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July 30, 2015

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July 30, 2015

Pharmacists Help Patients With Hypertension

July 30, 2015 — Patients with hypertension benefit from interacting with a medical team that includes a pharmacist. Two studies showed pharmacist-included care teams delivered more hands-on and tailored medication ... read more

U.S. South Asians More Reluctant to Seek Medication for Pain

July 23, 2015 — When compared with other ethnicities, Asians are the most unsatisfied with the health care they received in the United States, previous research has shown. This dissatisfaction with health care ... read more

Hospitals Often Overestimate Their Ability to Deliver Fast Stroke Care

July 22, 2015 — When asked about administering the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator to stroke patients, hospital staff perceptions did not always line up with actual performance. Only 29 percent of ... read more

Specific Protein as Missing Link for Earliest Known Change in Alzheimer's Pathology

July 21, 2015 — A recent study implicates a new culprit in Alzheimer's disease development. The research reveals that a precursor of an amyloid beta peptide acts at the earliest stage of Alzheimer's to ... read more

Diabetes Drug May Protect Against Parkinson's Disease

July 21, 2015 — Diabetes patients taking glitazone antidiabetes drugs had a 28 percent lower incidence of Parkinson's disease than people taking other antidiabetic treatments, according to new research led by ... read more

Acupuncture Impacts Same Biologic Pathways in Rats That Pain Drugs Target in Humans

July 21, 2015 — In animal models, acupuncture appears to impact the same biologic pathways ramped up by pain and stress, analogous to what drugs do in humans. The researchers say their animal study provides the ... read more

Novel Monoclonal Antibodies Show Promise for Alzheimer's Disease Treatment

July 20, 2015 — Scientists have evidence that monoclonal antibodies they developed may provide the blueprint for effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, such as ... read more

Most Chronic Pain Patients Use Alternative Therapies, but Many Don't Tell Their Doctors

July 20, 2015 — More than half of chronic pain patients in a managed care setting reported using chiropractic care or acupuncture or both, but many of these patients didn't discuss this care with their primary ... read more

Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Technique Could Transform Learning

July 16, 2015 — Researchers have discovered a new technique to enhance brain excitability that could improve physical performance in healthy individuals such as athletes and ... read more

Alzheimer's May Affect the Brain Differently in African-Americans Than European-Americans

July 15, 2015 — Alzheimer’s disease may cause different changes in the brain, or pathologies, in African-Americans than in white Americans of European descent, according to a new ... read more

Why Does PTSD Increase the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease?

July 15, 2015 — A new review article finds that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) leads to overactive nerve activity, dysfunctional immune response and activation of the hormone system that controls blood ... read more

July 13, 2015 — Researchers have identified a promising stem cell based-therapy to address the chronic pain that affects more than one-third of the US adult population. In mice, bone marrow stromal cells were found ... read more

July 13, 2015 — When a spouse is cognitively impaired, marital communication is impaired. As Alzheimer's disease (AD) progresses, language problems increase in frequency -- such as searching for the right word ... read more

Uric Acid May Lessen Women's Disability After Stroke

July 9, 2015 — Forty-two percent of women treated with uric acid had less disability three months after a stroke compared with women given a placebo, report researchers who say that women benefit from uric acid ... read more

Opioids May Not Spell Relief for Chronic Back Pain Sufferers With Depression, Anxiety

July 9, 2015 — Patients who were prescribed opioids to treat chronic lower back pain experienced significantly less pain relief and were more likely to abuse their medication when they had psychiatric disorders, a ... read more

Secondhand Smoke Increases Stroke Risk by 30 Percent for Nonsmokers

July 9, 2015 — Nearly 800,000 people in the US suffer a stroke each year. Stroke is responsible for one out of every 19 deaths in the US and it is a leading cause of disability. A new study has found that ... read more

Memory, Thinking Ability Keep Getting Worse for Years After a Stroke, New Study Finds

July 7, 2015 — A stroke happens in an instant. And many who survive one report that their brain never works like it once did. But new research shows that these problems with memory and thinking ability keep getting ... read more

Life Expectancy Substantially Lower With Combination of Diabetes, Stroke or Heart Attack

July 7, 2015 — In an analysis that included nearly 1.2 million participants and more than 135,000 deaths, mortality associated with a history of diabetes, stroke or heart attack was similar for each condition, and ... read more

New Blood Pressure Guidelines May Lead to Under Treatment of Older Adults

July 6, 2015 — In 2014, the Joint National Committee released the eighth update to the blood pressure guidelines (JNC8P). These guidelines included a controversial decision to change the blood pressure goal that ... read more

July 6, 2015 — A new article reports on use of optical coherence tomography to obtain high-resolution images showing blood-flow dynamics in the brain before, during, and after stroke-like states. The information ... read more

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