Medical News

  • Prevalence of diabetes tops 20 percent among U.S. veterans
    (HealthDay)—The overall prevalence of diabetes among U.S. veterans was 20.5 percent in 2013 to 2014, according to a study published online Dec. 14 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease. Read more »
  • Cordotomy by coblation viable for bilateral vocal fold immobility
    (HealthDay)—Cordotomy by coblation is safe and efficient for treating bilateral vocal fold immobility (BVFI), according to a study published online Dec. 14 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Read more »
  • Making insurers participate in marketplace could cut volatility
    (HealthDay)—Requiring insurers that participate in Medicare or Medicaid to also participate in Marketplaces in the same geographic area could improve access to insurance, according to a study published in the December issue of Health Affairs. Read more »
  • Transcranial direct current stimulation no aid to memory
    (HealthDay)—Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) applied to the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) may not enhance short-term memory in healthy individuals, according to a study published online Nov. 23 in CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics. Read more »
  • Too much takeout food threatens kids' health
    (HealthDay)—You can't beat the convenience of ordering out, but a steady diet of takeout food could raise your child's risk of heart disease and diabetes later in life. Read more »
  • Five ways to avoid holiday weight gain
    (HealthDay)—It's fun to celebrate the holidays, but week after week of festivities can add up to weight gain if you aren't careful. Pre-planning is key if you don't want to start next year with an even bigger weight loss goal. Read more »
  • Feeling sexually harassed? You're not alone
    (HealthDay)—Before the #MeToo movement and the fall of numerous powerful men accused of sexual harassment, researchers surveyed thousands of women and found the problem to be widespread. Read more »
  • Flying hospital helps blind patients see
    Most people who board this blue-and-white MD-10 cargo plane will never leave the ground—instead, they'll take a different type of journey. Read more »
  • Today is the deadline for Obamacare 2018
    (HealthDay)—Today marks the end of the shortened sign-up period for most Americans to buy health insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) marketplace. Read more »
  • Vermilionectomy has good long-term outcome for lip lesions
    (HealthDay)—Vermilionectomy is effective for treatment of actinic cheilitis (AC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the lower lip, according to a research letter published online Dec. 14 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Read more »
  • New chronic kidney disease audit published
    Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Clinical Commissioning Groups and primary care practices must all work together to improve outcomes for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), according to the national Chronic Kidney Disease Audit published today. Recommendations include reviewing practice procedures and monitoring performance to help identify and actively manage patients with CKD. Read more »
  • Drug found that induces apoptosis in myofibroblasts reducing fibrosis in scleroderma
    (Medical Xpress)—An international team of researchers has found that the drug navitoclax can induce apoptosis (self-destruction) in myofibroblasts in mice, reducing the spread of fibrosis in scleroderma. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their study of fibrosis in scleroderma and how they used what they learned to discover the healing effects of navitoclax. Read more »
  • Patients' health and spirituality values influence attendance for pelvic-floor dysfunction treatment
    New research from psychologists and health professionals in Swansea has found that the types of life values that patients hold affect their attendance at medical treatment for pelvic-floor dysfunction, a condition affecting over 25 percent of all women in the U.K.. Read more »
  • Cancer immunotherapy may work better in patients with specific genes
    Cancer cells arise when DNA is mutated, and these cells should be recognized as "foreign" by the immune system. However, cancer cells have found ways to evade detection by the immune system. Read more »
  • New cellular approach found to control progression of chronic kidney disease
    Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that extracellular vesicles - tiny protein-filled structures - isolated from amniotic fluid stem cells (AFSCs) can be used to effectively slow the progression of kidney damage in mice with a type of chronic kidney disease. The findings, by a research team at the Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles, provide new insights about the mechanisms of kidney disease and point to a new approach for improved treatments. Results of the study were recently published online in Scientific Reports. Read more »
  • Chaos in the transition from sleep to awake
    Danish researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen have investigated how to describe one of the most significant state changes in the brain, namely the transition between sleep and wakefulness. They have discovered that this transition can be described as a qualitative and quantitative change in the dynamic membrane potential pattern of the neurons and that this transition is facilitated by a change in the concentration of the ions present in the brain's extracellular environment. The results have been published in the scientific journal Cell Systems. Read more »
  • An ingredient in cannabis may be useful for treating psychosis – new study
    Psychiatric patients treated with a substance found in cannabis, cannabidiol, showed a significant reduction in psychotic symptoms and were also more likely to be rated as "improved" by their psychiatrist, our latest study shows. Read more »
  • A cough that won't quit—is it lung cancer?
    Coughing removes particles, mucus, irritants or fluids from the lungs. It may be caused by something in the air, such as cooking fumes, perfume or spices, or it may be related to congestion caused by a cold, allergies or a respiratory infection. Read more »
  • Warning labels can help reduce soda consumption and obesity, new study suggests
    Labels that warn people about the risks of drinking soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages can lower obesity and overweight prevalence, suggests a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study. Read more »
  • Adjusting to a 'new normal' during the holidays after a heart attack, stroke
    On the first Christmas after she suffered a major stroke, Chris Richards was determined to craft her traditional family celebration at their home in Laramie, Wyoming, rising at 5 a.m. for a day of baking, cooking and wrapping presents. Read more »
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