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March 1, 2017

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March 1, 2017

In Select Patients With Gunshot Wounds, No Operation Is Sometimes a Better Option

Mar. 1, 2017 — At one time, trauma surgeons considered an operation mandatory to treat gunshot wounds to the abdomen, but a study has found that in selected patients, avoiding an operation -- a practice known as ... read more

Mar. 1, 2017 — Thanks to electronic health records and online portals, more and more patients have access to the notes their clinicians write about their health care visits. A new study offers insight into the ... read more

Telephone-Based Collaborative Care Program Eases Anxiety

Mar. 1, 2017 — A telephone-delivered collaborative care program for treating panic and generalized anxiety disorders in primary care is significantly more effective than doctors' usual care at improving ... read more

May Smartphones Help to Maintain Memory in Patients With Mild Alzheimer's Disease?

Mar. 1, 2017 — May SmartPhones help to maintain memory in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease? A small trial succeeds using Google calendar application to maintain prospective memory (the ability to ... read more

Nonsurgical Treatment Can Correct Congenital Ear Malformations in Infants

Feb. 28, 2017 — For infants with congenital malformations of the ear, a treatment system called EarWell can gently reshape the ear, avoiding the pain and cost of later surgery, reports a ... read more

Feb. 28, 2017 — In a recent study to determine why some individuals who experience symptoms for acute coronary syndrome decide to seek medical attention more quickly than others, a researcher has identified numeracy ... read more

Ski Helmets Lessens Severity of Injuries, Research Finds

Feb. 28, 2017 — New research focused on helmet safety and injury prevention among young skiers and snowboarders. The research found that children who wear a helmet while skiing or snowboarding sustain less severe ... read more

Inactivity, Excess Weight Linked to Hard-to-Treat Heart Failures

Feb. 27, 2017 — Lack of exercise and excessive weight are strongly associated with a type of heart failure that has a particularly poor prognosis, researchers determined in an analysis of data from three large ... read more

Light Beam Replaces Blood Test During Heart Surgery

Feb. 27, 2017 — Light beamed into a patient's blood through an optical fiber can determine whether blood is clotting during an operation, continuously and in real time. Researchers believe it could take the ... read more

Doctors Should Discuss Herbal Medication Use With Heart Disease Patients

Feb. 27, 2017 — Physicians should be well-versed in the herbal medications heart disease patients may take to be able to effectively discuss their clinical implications, potential benefits and side effects—despite ... read more

Care by Physicians, Non-Physician Clinicians Does Not Differ in Community Health Centers

Feb. 27, 2017 — A new study examining patient health outcomes in community health centers found that nurse practitioners and physician assistants delivered care that was equivalent to care delivered by ... read more

Effects of Early Preventive Dental Care in Medicaid-Enrolled Children: Greater Costs

Feb. 27, 2017 — Children receiving early preventive dental care from a dentist had more frequent tooth decay-related treatment, a higher rate of visits and higher annual dental expenditures, a new study ... read more

Given the Choice, Patients Will Reach for Cannabis Over Prescribed Opioids

Feb. 27, 2017 — Chronic pain sufferers and those taking mental health meds would rather turn to cannabis instead of their prescribed opioid medication, according to new ... read more

Publicly Funding Essential Medicines for All Canadians Could Save Over $4 Billion a Year

Feb. 27, 2017 — Universal public coverage of 117 essential medicines could address the needs of most Canadians for pharmaceutical drugs, and possibly save more than $4 billion a year, according to a new ... read more

Preventing, Treating Smoking in Children and Youth

Feb. 27, 2017 — A first-ever guideline from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care on tobacco use by children and youth aged 5 to 18 years recommends that physicians should play a more active role in the ... read more

Ketogenic Diet Shown Safe, Effective Option for Some With Rare and Severest Form of Epilepsy

Feb. 27, 2017 — In a small phase I and II clinical trial, researchers and colleagues elsewhere found that the high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet was a safe and effective treatment option for the majority of ... read more

Smoking Bans Finds Decrease in Smoke Exposure in Public and Private Places

Feb. 26, 2017 — Exposure to secondhand smoke has long been associated with negative health effects. A study of secondhand smoke exposure after two smoking bans in Spain, suggests that overall exposure can be ... read more

Alzheimer's Drug Prescribed Off-Label Could Pose Risk for Some

Feb. 25, 2017 — Donepezil, a medication that is approved to treat people with Alzheimer's disease, should not be prescribed for people with mild cognitive impairment without a genetic test. Researchers ... read more

Antibiotics Used to Treat Cystic Fibrosis Increases Risk of Permanent Hearing Loss

Feb. 25, 2017 — A powerful class of antibiotics provides life-saving relief for people with cystic fibrosis; however, a new study for the first time reveals the levels at which high cumulative dosages over time ... read more

Antibiotic Resistance: A Burgeoning Problem for Kids Too

Feb. 24, 2017 — In a new, first-of-its-kind study, researchers have found a 700-percent surge in infections caused by bacteria from the Enterobacteriaceae family resistant to multiple kinds of antibiotics among ... read more

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