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June 30, 2015

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June 30, 2015

New Detection Method for a Key Drug Resistant Hepatitis C Virus Mutation

June 29, 2015 — A rapid, sensitive, and accurate method to detect drug resistant hepatitis C virus (HCV) mutants has been developed. Researchers have established a system to rapidly and accurately measure the ... read more

New Strategies for Combatting Chronic Kidney Disease, Other Long-Term Conditions

June 25, 2015 — New strategies for using electronic health records (EHRs) to treat patients with chronic kidney disease have been outlined by investigators. Their recommendations may help clinicians and hospitals ... read more

Smartphone App May Prevent Dangerous Freezing of Gait in Parkinson's Patients

June 25, 2015 — CuPID is striving to provide personalized rehabilitation for patients with Parkinson's disease who experience gait disturbances. It is a home-based personalized rehabilitation tool in the form ... read more

Functional Class Helps Predict Mortality Risk After Surgery

June 25, 2015 — Information on functional status—whether or not a person can carry out routine daily tasks independently—improves the ability to predict risk of death in patients undergoing surgery, according to ... read more

Updated Guidance on Use of Hepatitis C Drugs

June 25, 2015 — The online Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C has been updated to aid practitioners treating patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV is a blood-borne virus ... read more

Are Your Emotional Responses Normal or Abnormal?

June 25, 2015 — We all feel emotion, we all get upset, can feel low, angry and overjoyed, but when do these emotional responses become something of a medical concern? When are these feelings inappropriate, too ... read more

Weight Loss, Combined With Vitamin D, Reduces Inflammation Linked to Cancer, Chronic Disease

June 24, 2015 — For the first time, researchers have found that weight loss, in combination with vitamin D supplementation, has a greater effect on reducing chronic inflammation than weight loss alone. Chronic ... read more

Study Identifies Characteristics of Patients Likely to Have a Potential Living Liver Donor

June 24, 2015 — Younger patients, those who are married, and those with Child-Pugh C disease—the most severe measure of liver disease—are more likely immigrants, divorced patients and those at the lowest income ... read more

Unemployed Are in Poorer Health Than They Say They Are

June 24, 2015 — In an international context, Norway stands as an egalitarian country with only small class and income disparities, in which everyone basically has equal access to universal health care. Yet research ... read more

June 23, 2015 — Scientists working to find treatments for a rare and severe form of diabetes known as Wolfram syndrome have identified a gatekeeper in cells that prevents harmful molecules from spilling and ... read more

How Huntington's Disease Proteins Spread from Cell to Cell

June 23, 2015 — By identifying in spinal fluid how the characteristic mutant proteins of Huntington's disease spread from cell to cell, scientists and colleagues have created a new method to quickly and ... read more

Diabetes Medication Reduces Dementia Risk

June 23, 2015 — Treating people with type 2 diabetes, also known as 'age-related diabetes' with antidiabetics reduces their risk for Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. The risk is most ... read more

Mixed Findings Regarding Quality of Evidence Supporting Benefit of Medical Marijuana

June 23, 2015 — In an analysis of the findings of nearly 80 randomized trials that included about 6,500 participants, there was moderate-quality evidence to support the use of cannabinoids (chemical compounds that ... read more

Parkinson's Disease May Begin in the Gut

June 23, 2015 — A major epidemiological registry-based study indicates that Parkinson's disease begins in the gastrointestinal tract. The study is the largest in the field so ... read more

New Light Shed on How Neurons Control Muscle Movement

June 23, 2015 — Researchers studying how the brain controls movement in people with paralysis, related to their diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease, have found that groups of neurons work together, firing in ... read more

Rapid Skin Improvement Seen After Treating Systemic Sclerosis Patients With Fresolimumab

June 22, 2015 — A major treatment breakthrough for total body scarring of the skin that occurs in patients with systemic sclerosis, also known as scleroderma, may soon be available for the estimated 300,000 ... read more

How Can Health Professionals Enhance Cognitive Health in Older Adults?

June 22, 2015 — An expert panel has clarified the cognitive aging process by making a distinction from Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and provided recommendations to enhance cognitive health in ... read more

Pregnancy Safer for Women With Lupus Than Previously Thought

June 22, 2015 — Most women with lupus whose disease is not very active will have a safe pregnancy, new research concludes. The study also identified several risk factors that might put some women with systemic lupus ... read more

Millions of Smokers May Have Undiagnosed Lung Disease

June 22, 2015 — More than half of long-term smokers and ex-smokers who are considered disease-free because they passed lung-function tests have respiratory-related impairments when more closely evaluated with lung ... read more

More Women Are Reaching 100 but Centenarian Men Are Healthier

June 22, 2015 — New research has found an increasing trend in the number of people in the UK reaching age 100 over the past two decades. The study also found that, whilst women were far more likely to reach 100 than ... read more

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