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September 24, 2016

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September 24, 2016

Rare Genetic Condition May Provide Insights on Parkinson’s and Other Late-Onset Diseases

Sep. 19, 2016 — A new article suggests that an enzyme deficiency seen in the lysosomal storage disorder Krabbe’s disease may point to new mechanisms underlying certain late-onset neurodegenerative diseases such as ... read more

Families Caring for an Aging America

Sep. 13, 2016 — The demand for family caregivers for adults who are 65 or older is increasing significantly, and family caregivers need more recognition, information, and support to fulfill their responsibilities ... read more

Memory Loss Not Enough to Diagnose Alzheimer's

Sep. 13, 2016 — Relying on clinical symptoms of memory loss to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease may miss other forms of dementia caused by Alzheimer’s that don’t initially affect memory, reports a new ... read more

Low Statin Use in People With Diabetes Despite Cardioprotective Effects, Guidelines

Sep. 12, 2016 — Nearly 2 out of 5 people with diabetes who could benefit from statin therapy to lower their risk of future heart attack, stroke and related death were not prescribed one, according to new research. ... read more

Major Review to Help Doctors, Patients and Public Make Informed Decisions About the Use of Statins

Sep. 8, 2016 — A major review of the available evidence on the safety and efficacy of statin therapy intends to help doctors, patients and the public make informed decisions about the use of the drugs. The authors ... read more

New Electrical Stimulation Therapy May Improve Hand Function After Stroke

Sep. 8, 2016 — A new technique uses a glove on the unaffected hand to send electrical stimulation to nerves in the stroke-affected hand. Researchers report that the best improvement was noted in patients who had ... read more

Excess Weight in Women Has Different Effects on Different Types of Stroke

Sep. 7, 2016 — Women who are overweight or obese may have an increased risk of the most common kind of stroke, called ischemic stroke, but a decreased risk of a more often deadly stroke, called hemorrhagic stroke, ... read more

Stroke: Study Examines Risk, Risk Factors for Depression

Sep. 7, 2016 — During the first three months after stroke, the risk for depression was found to be eight times higher than in a reference population of people without stroke, according to a new ... read more

Strong Social Support Is Related to Shorter Stay in Inpatient Rehab After Hospitalization

Sep. 7, 2016 — A recent study showed that patients with strong social support from family and friends spend less time in an inpatient rehabilitation facility. 'Without the social support of family and friends, ... read more

Six New Groups of Molecules Could Be the Key to Delaying Aging

Sep. 7, 2016 — Researchers assess how six previously identified plant extracts can delay aging by affecting different signalling pathways that set the pace of growing ... read more

New Treatment Strategy Against Alzheimer’s Disease?

Sep. 7, 2016 — New research suggests that Alzheimer’s disease may trigger increased expression of an enzyme called lysozyme, which attempts to counteract amyloid build-up in the ... read more

Cancer Caregivers Experience Unique Burdens Compared With Other Conditions

Sep. 7, 2016 — An analysis of data from more than 1,200 caregivers in the United States finds that cancer caregivers report a higher burden and spend significantly more hours per week caregiving, as opposed to ... read more

Drug Reduces Seizure Frequency in Children With Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

Sep. 6, 2016 — The drug everolimus has been shown to significantly reduce the frequency of seizures in patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy and tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) -- a genetic disease that ... read more

Irregular Heartbeat Linked to Wider Range of Serious Conditions Than Previously Thought

Sep. 6, 2016 — An irregular heartbeat (known as atrial fibrillation) is associated with a wide range of serious events, including heart attacks, heart failure, chronic kidney disease, and sudden cardiac death, ... read more

Sep. 6, 2016 — A new update provides evidence-based guidelines for Canadian practitioners and will impact how they, and the global community of cardiologists, manage and treat atrial ... read more

Life and Death: Team Finds Hospital Readmissions Sometimes Save Lives

Sep. 1, 2016 — A group of physicians and researchers suggests that data on mortality and hospital readmission used by the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid suggest a potentially problematic ... read more

Doctors: Beware of Low Diastolic Blood Pressure When Treating Hypertension

Sep. 1, 2016 — By analyzing medical records gathered over three decades on more than 11,000 Americans participating in a federally funded study, researchers say they have more evidence that driving diastolic blood ... read more

Painful Reality: Care Providers Tend to Underestimate Pain During Pediatric Burn Dressing Changes

Sep. 1, 2016 — Pediatric burn pain assessment can vary not only based on patient pain intensity, but also nurse clinical experience, new research ... read more

Nondrug Approaches Effective for Treatment of Common Pain Conditions, Review Suggests

Sep. 1, 2016 — Data from a review of US-based clinical trials suggest that some of the most popular complementary health approaches -- such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture -- appear to be effective tools for ... read more

Connection Between Chronic Pain, Anxiety Disorders Found by Researchers

Aug. 31, 2016 — New study results provide insight into a long-observed, but little-understood connection between chronic pain and anxiety and offer a potential target for treatment. Researchers found that increased ... read more

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