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Researchers Improve Identification of Women at High Risk of Pre-Eclampsia

Apr. 19, 2016 — Researchers have developed a new tool that will improve how clinicians can identify women at high risk of developing pre-eclampsia, and who should take Aspirin after 12 weeks of ... read more

Guidelines Updated: Botulinum Toxin for Spasticity, Headache, Other Brain Disorders

Apr. 19, 2016 — The American Academy of Neurology has updated its 2008 guidelines on the use of botulinum toxin for spasticity, cervical dystonia, blepharospasm and migraine headache, based on recent ... read more

Why Do Older Asymptomatic Patients Have Carotid Imaging?

Apr. 18, 2016 — Most of the patients who had carotid revascularization for asymptomatic carotid disease were diagnosed on the basis of carotid imaging tests ordered for uncertain or inappropriate indications, ... read more

Poor Patient Warfarin Knowledge May Increase Risk of Deadly Side Effects

Apr. 15, 2016 — Patients have poor knowledge of warfarin which may increase their risk of serious side effects, according to research. Warfarin is given to patients at increased risk of blood clots from conditions ... read more

Immune Cells Help the Brain to Self-Heal After a Stroke

Apr. 15, 2016 — After a stroke, there is inflammation in the damaged part of the brain. Until now, the inflammation has been seen as a negative consequence that needs to be abolished as soon as possible. But, as it ... read more

Study Uncovers Genetic Variation That Predicted Type and Rate of Physical Decline in Patients With Parkinson's Disease

Apr. 14, 2016 — A site of genetic variation has been found that identified which patients with Parkinson's disease are more likely to have tremors versus difficulty with balance and walking. The team also found ... read more

Increased BMI During Adolescence Predicts Fatal Cardiovascular Events in Adulthood

Apr. 14, 2016 — A nationwide study of 2.3 million Israeli adolescents, examined from 1967 through 2010, finds an association between elevated body-mass index in late adolescence, and subsequent cardiovascular ... read more

New Blood Thinners Reduce Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Risk Without Frequent Monitoring

Apr. 13, 2016 — A new generation of blood thinners can reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, without requiring frequent monitoring and dietary restrictions, report ... read more

Researchers Open the Way to New Treatments for Chronic Pain, Cancer

Apr. 13, 2016 — A discovery of the full-length structure of a protein named Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid subtype 2 (TRPV2) has been described in a new paper. Taken in addition to their study of its ... read more

Community-Based Treatment Providers Can Help Ease Pressure on Specialists in Battle Against Hep C

Apr. 13, 2016 — A new study demonstrates treatment for hepatitis C can be provided safely and effectively within a community-based and non-specialist setting. This illustrates the potential for alternative providers ... read more

Patients With Learning Disabilities Less Likely to Be Diagnosed With Cancer, but Have Higher Rates of Serious Mental Health Issues Compared to General Public

Apr. 12, 2016 — Coronary heart disease and cancer rates among people with learning disabilities are nearly a third lower than the general population, shows new ... read more

Apr. 12, 2016 — Accurate diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, and the related disease "dementia with Lewy bodies," can be difficult in the early stages of both conditions. While brain biopsies can be ... read more

Many ICU Patients Trade Critical Illness for New Illness, ICU-Acquired Weakness

Apr. 8, 2016 — Some patients who suffer from muscle weakness six months after ICU discharge demonstrate persistent muscle wasting, even when the biologic functions that commonly cause muscles to atrophy have ... read more

New Gene Responsible for Stroke Discovered

Apr. 7, 2016 — Researchers have identified a new set of genes that may be responsible for the two most common and disabling neurological conditions, stroke and dementia. The study may help researchers better ... read more

New Low-Cost Workforce Extends Primary Care to Homes of Older Adults

Apr. 7, 2016 — Person-centered dementia care, which involves both patients and their caregivers, can be effectively provided by an engaged low-cost workforce -- care coordinator ... read more

Stroke Survivors Face 'Invisible Impairments' to Return to Work

Apr. 6, 2016 — 'Invisible impairments' can make it difficult for stroke survivors to maintain a job, according to a new study . The findings suggest that more needs to be done to make survivors, their GPs ... read more

How Bioceramics Could Help Fight Gum Disease

Apr. 6, 2016 — The surface of silicon nitride has a lethal effect on the bacteria that commonly cause periodontitis. Now scientists are examining why this happens. Their findings could help inform future efforts to ... read more

For Parents of Autistic Children, More Social Support Means Better Health

Apr. 6, 2016 — About one in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Their parents consistently report greater stress levels, caregiving burden and depression than parents of ... read more

SOD-Mimetic M40403 Is Protective in Cell and Fly Models of Paraquat Toxicity: Implications for Parkinson Disease

Apr. 6, 2016 — Parkinson disease is a debilitating and incurable neurodegenerative disorder, affecting approximately 1-2% of people over sixty-five years old. Oxidative damage is considered to play a central role ... read more

Death of Partner Linked to Heightened Risk of Irregular Heartbeat for Up to a Year Later

Apr. 5, 2016 — The death of a partner is linked to a heightened risk of developing an irregular heartbeat otherwise known as atrial fibrillation -- itself a risk factor for stroke and heart failure -- for up to a ... read more

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