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May 27, 2015

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May 27, 2015

Clinical Trial Reduces Stress of Cancer Caregivers

May 26, 2015 — A randomized control trial demonstrates an intervention that successfully reduces the stress of caregivers in the context of cancer patients treated with stem cell transplantation. The study enrolled ... read more

New Findings About Mechanisms Underlying Chronic Pain Reveal Novel Therapeutic Strategies

May 26, 2015 — A critical role for a class of cells present in the brain and spinal cord, called microglia, has been discovered for those in pain. Researchers have found microglia to neuron signaling to be crucial ... read more

Copd Is Independent Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Death, but Not Risk of Stroke

May 20, 2015 — Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is associated with increased risk of dying from a cardiovascular disease such as heart failure or a heart attack, as well as diseases not associated ... read more

Hospital Admissions Strongly Linked to Disability for Older Adults in Last Year of Life

May 20, 2015 — A close association between acute hospitalizations and the development and progression of disability among older adults at the end of life has been found by researchers. Their findings may have ... read more

Atrial Fibrillation After Surgery Increases Risk of Heart Attacks, Strokes

May 18, 2015 — An irregular heartbeat following surgery known as post-operative atrial fibrillation (POAF) often is dismissed as a transient phenomenon. But a study has found that POAF can significantly increase ... read more

Study Finds Wide Variation in Carotid Artery Stenting Outcomes

May 18, 2015 — Hospitals performing carotid artery stenting vary considerably in rates of in-hospital stroke or death -- from 0 to 18 percent overall and from 1.2 to 4.7 percent when accounting for variation in ... read more

Substance Abuse Risk Not Greater in Those Using Medical Marijuana With Prescribed Opioids

May 18, 2015 — Among people who use medical cannabis for chronic pain, those who also take prescription pain medications are not at increased risk for serious alcohol and other drug involvement, according to a ... read more

Aging Baby Boomers, Childless and Unmarried, at Risk of Becoming 'Elder Orphans'

May 15, 2015 — With an aging baby boomer population and increasing numbers of childless and unmarried seniors, nearly one-quarter of Americans over age 65 are currently or at risk to become 'elder ... read more

Medicaid Patients Need Support to Use Primary Care Rather Than Emergency Rooms

May 14, 2015 — More than half of all Medicaid enrollees prefer the 'one-stop shop' of a hospital emergency department to receive care for conditions that could be treated effectively at a primary care ... read more

Fibromyalgia Has Central Nervous System Origins

May 17, 2015 — Fibromyalgia is the second most common rheumatic disorder behind osteoarthritis and, though still widely misunderstood, is now considered to be a lifelong central nervous system disorder, which is ... read more

Saving Critical Time Diagnosing Stroke Patients With MRI by Borrowing 'Lean' Principles

May 13, 2015 — Few hospitals routinely use MRI first-line for acute stroke diagnosis because of treatment delay concerns. The first study of its kind reports that, by applying "lean" process ... read more

Pharmacists Help Patients Control Blood Pressure, Study Finds

May 15, 2015 — Medical teams with a pharmacist helped patients with hypertension control their blood pressure more effectively, a new study has concluded. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, increases the risk ... read more

Researchers Discover New Ways to Shut Down Signals Involved in Brain Diseases

May 15, 2015 — A research team has found new ways to block a pathway that may be responsible for several brain disorders, which could open the door to developing better treatments. Their work is focused on the ... read more

May 15, 2015 — Chronic pain is known to cause brain anatomy changes and impairments, but yoga can be an important tool for preventing or even reversing the effects of chronic pain on the brain, according to a new ... read more

Diabetes Drug May Reduce Heart Attack Risk in HIV Patients

May 15, 2015 — A diabetes drug may have benefits beyond lower blood sugar in patients with HIV. New research suggests the drug may prevent cardiovascular problems because it works to reduce inflammation that is ... read more

Repetitive Brain Injuries May Accelerate Aging, Dementia Risk

May 12, 2015 — Repetitive head injuries that occur during contact sports and military service may accelerate the aging process by increasing the build-up of beta-amyloid in the brain, leading to worse disease and ... read more

Research Paves Way for Early Detection of Liver Cancer

May 14, 2015 — Researchers have developed the first robust and noninvasive detection of early stage liver cancer and liver metastases, in addition to other liver diseases, such as cirrhosis and liver fibrosis. More ... read more

Patient-Centered Outcomes Studies Needed in Pain Management

May 14, 2015 — People suffering chronic pain have valuable information to share about their condition and overall health that can help pain researchers and physicians in treatment planning, according to ... read more

Computer Intelligence System Developed for Acute Stroke Detection

May 14, 2015 — A novel computer-aided detection system has been developed for acute stroke using computer intelligence technology. The detection accuracy is 90 percent, which is as high as that conducted by ... read more

A SMARTer Approach to Stroke Care

May 13, 2015 — Time is critical when it comes to stroke, and early treatment is associated with better outcomes. According to the Screening with MRI for Accurate and Rapid stroke Treatment (SMART) study, small ... read more

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