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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

Why Some People Would Pay for a Drug They Probably Won't Ever Need

Dec. 1, 2015 — A sick person is obviously willing to pay for a good medical treatment, but economists have found that healthy people are potentially a much broader, if largely overlooked, market for medical ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — A new genetic model has been developed that is yielding new insights into what happens when astrocytes go awry. Damage to astrocytes -- star-shaped cells found in the brain and spinal cord -- is ... read more

Neuromyelitis Optica: Conventional Therapies Do Not Achieve the Best Results

Nov. 26, 2015 — Medical professionals have compared different treatment methods for Neuromyelitis optica, an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. It turned out that the best results were not achieved ... read more

Recommended Levels of Activity Rarely Achieved by Obese Children and Those With Liver Disease

Nov. 26, 2015 — Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is most common form of chronic liver disease in children and adolescents in western countries, and yet new research indicates that obese children rarely achieve ... read more

New Strategy Discovered for Treating Arthritis

Nov. 25, 2015 — Arthritis patients could one day benefit from a novel form of medicine, according to researchers. Their early study indicates that arthritic cartilage, previously thought to be impenetrable to ... read more

Ultrasound Examinations Can Identify Patients at Risk of Stroke

Nov. 25, 2015 — Ultrasound, a non-invasive technique commonly used to study the presence of atherosclerosis disease in blood vessels, can be used to identify patients at increased risk of future stroke who could ... read more

New Treatment Potential for Heart Attack Sufferers

Nov. 25, 2015 — New hope in the fight against cardiovascular disease has arrived, following breakthrough research identifying a pigment in our bile which could protect ... read more

Native Americans Have Decreased Access to Kidney Transplants

Nov. 24, 2015 — Native Americans have decreased access to kidney transplants and are more likely to die while waiting for a kidney than whites according to new research. Long-term survival outcomes in Native ... read more

Fat Cells Originating from Bone Marrow Found in Humans

Nov. 24, 2015 — Fat cells produced by stem cells from the bone marrow may be linked to chronic illnesses like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and some cancers, researchers ... read more

Team Science for Turner Syndrome

Nov. 24, 2015 — An epigenetic mechanism that could be the cause of painful chronic ear infections that plague people with chromosomal and genetic conditions has been uncovered by a group of ... read more

PMS as an Early Marker for Future High Blood Pressure Risk

Nov. 24, 2015 — In the first prospective study to consider premenstrual syndrome (PMS) as a possible sentinel for future risk of hypertension, epidemiologists report that women with moderate-to-severe PMS had a 40 ... read more

Mental Health Risk for New Dads

Nov. 24, 2015 — Anxiety around the arrival of a new baby is just as common as postnatal depression, and the risks for men are nearly as high as for women, researchers have found. A mental health researcher reviewed ... read more

Nixing Latex: Building the Perfect Condom With Hydrogel, Plant-Based Antioxidants

Nov. 23, 2015 — In 2014, there were about 36.9 million people living with HIV and about 2 million were infected. The virus, which causes AIDS, is commonly spread through sexual activity, and although antiretroviral ... read more

Expensive Drugs That Cure Hepatitis C Are Worth the Cost, Even at Early Stages of Liver Fibrosis

Nov. 23, 2015 — It is cost effective to give patients expensive new hepatitis C drugs much earlier than some insurers now pay for them. Researchers were surprised by these findings, since the drugs can cost up to ... read more

Young Women Who Survive Cardiovascular Event Have Long-Term Risks

Nov. 23, 2015 — Young women who survive a heart attack or stroke still face long-term risks of death and illness, according to an article. The study included 226 women who had a heart attack (average age 42), 160 ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Mounting evidence points to a link between infections, the immune response, and neurodegenerative diseases. New findings show that infection with pathogenic bacteria causes neurodegeneration in the ... read more

Tick That Feeds on Birds May Increase the Range of Lyme Disease

Nov. 23, 2015 — A tick that is not known to bite people may play a role in the transmission of Lyme disease, according to a new article. This study adds to a growing body of evidence that indicates that in order to ... read more

New Approach Explored to Prevent Newborn Epilepsies

Nov. 23, 2015 — Specific forms of epilepsy may manifest as early as in the first weeks of life. A new laboratory study shows that a preventive therapeutic strategy can be successful if it is applied within a time ... read more

Adults Born With Heart Defects Have a Substantially Higher Risk of Stroke

Nov. 23, 2015 — Adults with congenital heart defects have considerably higher rates of stroke compared to the general population. Heart failure, diabetes and recent heart attacks were the strongest predictors of ... read more

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