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July 2, 2015

Patient Controlled Analgesia in the Emergency Department Is Effective

June 22, 2015 — Two studies are the first to track the effectiveness of patient-controlled pain relief (PCA - patient-controlled analgesia) in patients from the Emergency Department to the ward. The studies show ... read more

Novel Population Health Management Program Yields Major Health Improvement

June 16, 2015 — The Aging Brain Care Medical Home, a novel population health management program implemented in the homes of older adults achieves significant health improvement for individuals with depression and ... read more

Elder Abuse Is Common Around the World

June 15, 2015 — A new global review reveals that elder abuse -- which includes psychological, physical, and sexual abuse; neglect; and financial exploitation -- is common among community-dwelling older adults and is ... read more

Neuroscientist Leads Efforts to Detect, Treat Alzheimer's Disease and Other Forms of Dementia

June 15, 2015 — Every 67 seconds someone is the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia. Now, a prominent American neuroscientist is at the helm of cutting-edge research, screening ... read more

Study Links Brain Inflammation Triggered by Chronic Pain to Anxiety and Depression

June 9, 2015 — Brain inflammation caused by chronic nerve pain alters activity in regions that regulate mood and motivation, suggesting for the first time that a direct biophysical link exists between long-term ... read more

Study Links Severe Restless Legs Syndrome to Increased Risk of Stroke

June 8, 2015 — Increased restless legs syndrome severity is associated with subsequent increased risk of stroke, researchers report. The study group comprised 72,916 female registered nurses ages 41-58 years in ... read more

Weekly Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Provides Long-Term Relief of Post-Stroke Pain

June 8, 2015 — Weekly sessions of non-invasive repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation provided sufficient long-term pain relief in 61 percent of patients with central post-stroke pain, and delivered long-term ... read more

June 5, 2015 — Having a stroke ages a person's brain function by almost eight years, new research finds -- robbing them of memory and thinking speed as measured on cognitive tests. In both black and white ... read more

Compensatory Rehabilitation Limits Motor Recovery After Stroke

June 2, 2015 — Relying on the better-functioning side of the body after a stroke can cause brain changes that hinder rehabilitation of the impaired side, according to an animal study. Strokes that occur in one ... read more

Blood Pressure Medications Can Lead to Increased Risk of Stroke

May 29, 2015 — The importance of preventing hypertension is reinforced by a study showing anti-hypertension medicines can increase stroke risk by 248 percent, according to new ... read more

Altered Pain Processing in Patients With Cognitive Impairment

May 29, 2015 — People with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment (CI) have altered responses to pain, with many conditions associated with increased pain sensitivity, concludes a new research ... read more

Molecules Involved in Alzheimer's Have a Role in Weakening of Connections Between Neurons

May 27, 2015 — Molecules that are strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease are important players in a process called long-term depression (LTD), researchers have discovered. LTD is a process through which ... read more

Study Identifies Brain Regions Activated When Pain Intensity Doesn't Match Expectation

May 27, 2015 — Picture yourself in a medical office, anxiously awaiting your annual flu shot. The nurse casually states, "This won't hurt a bit." But when the needle pierces your skin it hurts, and ... read more

Study Identifies Possible Role for Carbon Monoxide in Treating Hemorrhagic Stroke

May 26, 2015 — Carbon monoxide is typically associated with brain injury and neurological symptoms. But a new study suggests that when administered in small, carefully controlled amounts, CO may actually protect ... read more

Breakthrough Measures Parkinson's Progression in Brain

May 26, 2015 — A biomarker that shows the progression of Parkinson's disease in the brain has been identified by researchers, opening the door to better diagnosis and treatment of the degenerative ... read more

New Mechanism for Alzheimer's Disease Confirmed

May 22, 2015 — Decreased removal of toxic peptides in the brain causes the onset and first clinical signs of Alzheimer's disease, research suggests, rather than overproduction as has previously been assumed. ... read more

Anti-Stroke Drug Effective Treatment for Middle-Ear Infections, Researchers Say

May 21, 2015 — An existing anti-stroke drug is an effective treatment for middle-ear infections, showing the ability to suppress mucus overproduction, improve bacterial clearance and reduce hearing loss, according ... read more

May 21, 2015 — A simple blood test to detect early Alzheimer's disease is a step closer to being used to screen older adults. Just as with blood tests for other diseases, such as diabetes, protocols must be ... read more

People With Depression May Be More Likely to Develop Parkinson's Disease

May 20, 2015 — People with depression may be more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, according to a large ... 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

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