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February 22, 2017

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February 22, 2017

A New Way to Inhibit Inflammation

Feb. 21, 2017 — Researchers have identified an enzyme as a kind of biological gauge regulating inflammation in the human body. Now a research team says the enzyme – Bruton’s tyrosine kinase or BTK – is ... read more

Supporting a Caring and Creative Culture for Hospital Patients and Staff Through 'Being Human'

Feb. 14, 2017 — Going into hospital, whether unexpectedly or planned, can be a very difficult time for patients and their families. Care and support from hospital staff can make a huge difference to their ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — The older we get, the more our brain ages. Cognitive abilities decline and the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease or having a stroke ... read more

Drug Used to Combat Pain Medication Side Effects May Help With Gastrointestinal Recovery

Feb. 13, 2017 — A drug given to reduce the side effects of strong post-surgery pain medications resulting in a reduced length of hospital stay for patients who have undergone major gastrointestinal or bladder cancer ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — Novel technology has been used to monitor vulnerabilities for cardiovascular events, aid in diagnosis and ... read more

Poor and Less Educated Suffer the Most from Chronic Pain

Feb. 8, 2017 — Poorer and less-educated older Americans are more like to suffer from chronic pain than those with greater wealth and more education, but the disparity between the two groups is much greater than ... read more

Peroxide Ingestion, Promoted by Alternative Medicine, Can Be Deadly

Feb. 2, 2017 — High-concentration peroxide, sometimes promoted in alternative medicine circles for cleanses or as a so-called 'natural cure,' can lead to numerous life-threatening ailments and death ... read more

With Mini-Vessels, Mini-Brains Expand Research Potential

Feb. 2, 2017 — Mini-brains produce networks of capillaries, an important anatomical feature for lab studies of stroke and other circulation-related brain diseases, report ... read more

Stem Cell Transplants May Induce Long-Term Remission of Multiple Sclerosis

Feb. 2, 2017 — New clinical trial results provide evidence that high-dose immunosuppressive therapy followed by transplantation of a person's own blood-forming stem cells can induce sustained remission of ... read more

Seven Heart-Healthy Habits Could Save Billions in Medicare Costs

Feb. 1, 2017 — At least $41 billion annually in Medicare costs could be saved if beneficiaries adopted five to seven of the American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7 healthy habits to reduce ... read more

Clinical Massage, Guided Imagery Show Promise as Tools to Relieve Pain, Anxiety and Insomnia for Hospitalized Patients

Feb. 1, 2017 — Patients’ self-reported pain and anxiety scores improved immediately after a clinical massage, while other patients who listened to a guided-imagery recording found the intervention to be very ... read more

Drug Candidate Stabilizes Essential Transport Mechanism in Nerve Cells

Jan. 31, 2017 — New research has discovered how a drug candidate works to possibly alleviate Alzheimer's disease and autism spectrum ... read more

Over 100 New Blood Pressure Genes Could Provide New Targets for Treating Hypertension

Jan. 30, 2017 — Scientists have found 107 new gene regions associated with high blood pressure, potentially enabling doctors to identify at-risk patients and target ... read more

Acupuncture Boosts Effectiveness of Standard Medical Care for Chronic Pain, Depression

Jan. 30, 2017 — Acupuncture treatment can boost the effectiveness of standard medical care, lessening the severity of chronic pain and depression, health specialists have ... read more

Research Suggests Way to Improve Stroke Treatments

Jan. 27, 2017 — Working with animal models, researchers now have demonstrated the potential of giving a drug in combination with tPA that might improve stroke outcomes and increase the window of opportunity for the ... read more

Deep Brain Stimulation Studies in Alzheimer's Disease Pose Ethical Challenges

Jan. 24, 2017 — Promising, early studies of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease have paved a path for future clinical trials, but there are unique ethical challenges with this ... read more

Low-Cost Therapy Produces Long-Lasting Improvements for Stroke Survivors

Jan. 23, 2017 — A low-cost therapy can improve the lives of stroke patients with vision problems, investigators have ... read more

Jan. 23, 2017 — A study shows new mechanisms behind Parkinson's disease, which can be key mechanisms for future treatment. More than 10 million people worldwide have Parkinson´s ... read more

Advances in Imaging Detect Blunt Cerebrovascular Injury More Frequently in Trauma Patients

Jan. 19, 2017 — Advances in diagnostic imaging technology have meant that more trauma patients are being diagnosed with blunt cerebrovascular injuries, and as a result, stroke and related death rates in these ... read more

Disadvantaged Women at Greater Risk of Heart Disease Than Men

Jan. 19, 2017 — Women from low socioeconomic backgrounds are 25 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack than disadvantaged men, a major new study has found. A new study examined data from 22 million people from ... read more

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