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December 1, 2015

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December 1, 2015

State Workers' Compensation Policies Affect Costs, Disability Time

Dec. 1, 2015 — Certain workers' compensation (WC) policies explain much of the state-level variation in costs and outcomes of claims for low back pain (LBP), reports an American ... read more

Nov. 17, 2015 — Major depressive symptoms -- perceived stress, neuroticism, life dissatisfaction -- are associated with nearly twice the increased risk of stroke and coronary heart disease among African-Americans. ... read more

Researchers Find New Risk Posed by Opioid Pain Medication

Nov. 17, 2015 — Patients with no recent history of taking opioid pain medication had a 25 percent higher risk of chronically using the drugs if they received them when discharged from the hospital, according to ... read more

Alzheimer's Patients' Health Care Costs Higher Already Before Diagnosis: Finnish Study

Nov. 16, 2015 — The health care costs of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (AD) start to increase already one year before the diagnosis, shows a new study. The differences in the health care costs ... read more

Men With Alzheimer's Gene at Risk of Brain Bleeding, Study Finds

Nov. 11, 2015 — Additional evidence that Alzheimer's disease is unique to humans has been provided through recent research. This study also marks the latest study to focus on the Alzheimer's disease gene, ... read more

New Research Finds Hospitals Administer Wrong Dose of Drugs to Stroke Patients in Emergency Departments by Failing to Weigh Them

Nov. 10, 2015 — Stroke patients receiving emergency clot busting drugs, the correct dose of which depends on the patient’s weight, may be receiving the wrong dose because the UK (and much of Europe) does not weigh ... read more

New Vaccine Could Prevent High Cholesterol

Nov. 10, 2015 — A new cholesterol-lowering vaccine leads to reductions in 'bad' LDL cholesterol in mice and macaques, according to new research.The authors of the study say the vaccine has the potential to ... read more

Use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Healthy Men Does Not Increase Risk of Heart Attack or Stroke, New Study Finds

Nov. 9, 2015 — A new study of generally healthy men who used testosterone replacement therapy to normalize testosterone levels has found that taking supplemental testosterone does not increase their risk of ... read more

Strangled Cells Condense Their DNA

Nov. 9, 2015 — Scientists have been able to see, for the first time, the dramatic changes that occur in the DNA of cells that are starved of oxygen and nutrients. This starved state is typical in some of ... read more

The No. 1 Killer Is Invisible to Most Women

Nov. 8, 2015 — Even though heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 killer of US women, few women say they feel a personal connection to cardiovascular disease, according to a nationally representative survey. ... read more

Effectiveness and Cost-Effectivness of Physical Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis

Nov. 8, 2015 — Spacing exercise-based physical therapy sessions over a 12-month period while using three additional “booster” sessions periodically has been shown to be more cost effective than alternative ... read more

Ozone Gas Injections May Do the Trick for Knee Osteoarthritis Sufferers

Nov. 8, 2015 — Injecting ozone gas into the knee reduces pain and improves functioning and quality of life in people with knee osteoarthritis, according to new ... read more

Cholesterol-Lowering 'Portfolio Diet' Also Reduces Blood Pressure

Nov. 7, 2015 — A diet developed for reducing cholesterol also lowers blood pressure, a new study has found. The portfolio diet lowered blood pressure by an average two per cent, when compared with another diet ... read more

MRI-Based Screening Improves Assignment of Stroke Patients to Endovascular Treatment

Nov. 6, 2015 — A new system for determining which patients with severe strokes are most likely to benefit from catheter-based systems for blood clot removal led to a greater percentage of screened patients ... read more

Estrogen Drug May Not Benefit Women With Alzheimer's Dementia

Nov. 4, 2015 — An estrogen-like drug, raloxifene, has no demonstrated benefit on memory and thinking skills for women with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease, according to a new ... read more

Most Patients Still Have Improved Mobility, Less Joint Pain Three Years After Weight-Loss Surgery

Nov. 4, 2015 — After weight-loss surgery, 57 percent of patients with significant mobility issues before surgery no longer had them and about 70 percent of those with severe knee and hip pain or disability, ... read more

Endovascular Intervention Compared to Standard Treatment for Stroke

Nov. 3, 2015 — In a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke, an endovascular intervention (such as use of a very small catheter to remove a blood clot) compared to ... read more

Righting a Wrong? Right Side of Brain Can Compensate for Post-Stroke Loss of Speech

Nov. 3, 2015 — After a debate that has lasted more than 130 years, researchers have found that loss of speech from a stroke in the left hemisphere of the brain can be recovered on the back, right side of the brain. ... read more

New Genetic Risk Marker for Late-Life Depression

Nov. 3, 2015 — One of the most powerful predictors in neuropsychiatry is the epsilon 4 (?4) allele of the apolipoprotein gene (APOE). Individuals who carry this ?4 variant of APOE are at increased risk for ... read more

Trial Reveals Evidence of Long-Term Benefits for People With Chronic Neck Pain

Nov. 2, 2015 — Chronic neck pain is a difficult condition to treat, and previous research shows that single interventions generally do not provide long term benefits. Now a large scale investigation has found that ... read more

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