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May 22, 2015

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Twitter 'Big Data' Could Provide Valuable Details About Transgender Individuals' Health and Social Needs

May 20, 2015 — Researchers and public health officials have looked for ways to better understand the health concerns of transgender populations, so social "big data" technologies like Twitter offer an ... read more

Scientists Reveal Potential New Drug Target for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

May 20, 2015 — A novel drug target for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has been identified, which focuses on the cells that are directly responsible for the cartilage damage in affected joints. Rheumatoid ... read more

People With Metabolic Syndrome Face Higher Cardiovascular Death Risk

May 20, 2015 — People who have metabolic syndrome are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than people who do not have the condition, and having diabetes or high blood pressure worsens the risk, according ... read more

Include Men in Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines, Experts Urge

May 20, 2015 — Osteoporosis affects more men than prostate cancer. In a large study of smokers, men were more likely than women to have osteoporosis and fractures of their vertebrae. Smoking history and chronic ... read more

'Insufficient Evidence' on Degenerative Brain Disease in Athletes

May 20, 2015 — Available research does not support the contention that athletes are uniquely at risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) or other neurodegenerative disorders, according to a review. Other ... 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

Discovery of a Treatment to Block the Progression of Multiple Sclerosis

May 20, 2015 — A drug that could halt the progression of multiple sclerosis may soon be developed thanks to a new ... read more

High Risk of Sleep Apnea in Young Veterans With PTSD

May 19, 2015 — The probability of having a high risk of obstructive sleep apnea increased with increasing severity of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms (PTSD), a new study of young US veterans shows. The ... read more

UK Population Is Becoming Overweight and Obese at Younger Ages

May 19, 2015 — Children born since the 1980s are two to three times more likely than older generations to be overweight or obese by the age of 10, according to new research. The study characterized population ... read more

Multiple Sclerosis: Scientists Identify Cause of Movement, Balance Problems

May 19, 2015 — New research into the causes of the excessive inflammation that drives multiple sclerosis has identified a faulty 'brake' within immune cells, a brake that should be controlling the ... read more

HIV Reservoirs Remain Obstacles to Cure

May 19, 2015 — Antiretroviral therapy has proven lifesaving for people infected with HIV; however, the medications are a lifelong necessity for most HIV-infected individuals and present practical, logistical, ... read more

Cognitive Process Speed in Teen Years Affects Depression Risk in Adulthood

May 19, 2015 — Teens with slower performance on a test of "cognitive processing speed" are more likely to have depression and anxiety symptoms as adults, reports a new paper. Previous studies have shown ... read more

Stress Levels Linked to Risk of Liver Disease Death, Study Shows

May 19, 2015 — Suffering from anxiety or depression could carry an increased risk of death from liver disease, a study suggests. The study is the first to identify a possible link between high levels of ... read more

Getting Smokers to Quit With an Unlikely Drug: Nicotine

May 18, 2015 — COPD is a mix of chronic bronchitis (which involves a constant cough) and emphysema (which destroys lung tissue). Most people who develop COPD are older with a history of smoking. The Centers for ... read more

New School-Based Program Helps Reduce Absentee Rate for Urban Minority Children With Asthma

May 18, 2015 — Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children, and it can only be managed, not cured. It affects a disproportionally higher percentage of low-income, urban minority children, and is ... read more

Certain Risk Factors Can Predict the Risk for COPD Exacerbations in Patients Using Inhaled Medications

May 18, 2015 — Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), being female, and certain scores on the St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) were associated with exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary ... 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

How Early Childhood Vaccination Reduces Leukemia Risk

May 18, 2015 — A team of researchers has discovered how a commonly administered vaccine protects against acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer. The Haemophilus influenzae Type b ... read more

Curing Hepatitis C Could Yield Huge Economic Benefit

May 17, 2015 — While a new generation of safer, more effective oral medications to treat hepatitis C patients may cost tens of thousands of dollars for a 12-week regiment, investing in these new therapies could ... 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

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