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February 25, 2017

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February 25, 2017

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

Patients Registered in a Heart Failure Registry Lived Longer

Feb. 23, 2017 — Heart failure patients registered in the Swedish Heart Failure Registry receive better medication and have a 35 percent lower risk of death than unregistered patients, according to a new ... read more

Direct-to-Consumer Genomics: Harmful or Empowering?

Feb. 23, 2017 — In a new study, a research explores questions that stem from new advances in direct-to-consumer DNA tests, which have the effect of separating the physician-patient relationship from access to new ... read more

Study Finds Resistant Infections Rising, With Longer Hospital Stays for US Children

Feb. 23, 2017 — Infections caused by a type of bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics are occurring more frequently in US children and are associated with longer hospital stays and a trend towards greater risk ... read more

Is Back Pain Killing Us?

Feb. 23, 2017 — Older people who suffer from back pain have a 13 per cent increased risk of dying from any cause, research has found. The study of 4390 Danish twins aged more than 70 years investigated whether ... read more

A Prescription With Legs

Feb. 23, 2017 — Physician-delivered step count prescriptions, combined with the use of a pedometer, can lead to a 20 per cent increase in daily steps, as well as measurable health benefits, such as lower blood sugar ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — A weight loss drug has reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 80 per cent compared to placebo, report ... read more

Measuring Patients' Muscles to Predict Chemotherapy Side Effects

Feb. 22, 2017 — Measuring patients' muscle mass and quality could potentially help doctors better identify patients at high risk for toxic side effects that could require hospitalizations, researchers ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — There are neurons in your skin that are wired to sense itchy things. These neurons are separate from the ones that detect pain, and yet, chemical-induced itch is often accompanied by mild pain such ... read more

Proteins in Your Runny Nose Could Reveal a Viral Infection

Feb. 22, 2017 — It may seem obvious, but the key to confirming whether someone is suffering from a cold or flu virus might lie at the misery's source -- the inflamed passages of the nose and throat. Scientists ... read more

Benefits of Cognitive Training in Dementia Patients Unclear

Feb. 22, 2017 — Positive effects of cognitive training in healthy elderly people have been reported, but data regarding its effects in patients with dementia is unclear, say ... read more

Superfluid Is Now Helping Brain Surgeons

Feb. 22, 2017 — A superfluid, which resembles brain tissue, makes ultrasound images easier to interpret during an operation. This will make it easier for surgeons to remove brain tumors more accurately, say ... read more

New Tool Developed to Help Avoid Adverse Drug Reactions

Feb. 22, 2017 — Medicines are an important part of treating and preventing disease in adults and children. Now researchers have developed a new tool to help avoid adverse reactions to ... read more

Fighting Malnutrition With Education

Feb. 22, 2017 — Malnutrition manifests itself as both over- and under-nutrition, and is currently not diagnosed and treated in time. It leads to serious health problems, including the estimated 60 percent of ... read more

MRI-Guided Laser Surgery Proving Effective for Some Epilepsy Patients

Feb. 21, 2017 — The MRI-guided laser ablation method is far less invasive and time-consuming than conventional surgery and has produced good results for people with medial temporal lobe epilepsy, report ... read more

New Study Shows How Bacteria Get Into the Lungs

Feb. 21, 2017 — Human lungs contain many bacteria, which make up a unique microbiome. New research pinpoints just how they get there, and opens the door to more research on what happens to them -- and our bodies -- ... read more

Pre-Eclampsia Significantly Increases Risk of Heart Disease in Later Life, Study Reveals

Feb. 21, 2017 — Women who suffered pre-eclampsia during pregnancy are four times more likely to have heart failure in later life, new research ... read more

Study Reveals Ways to Improve Outcomes, Reduce Costs for Common Heart Procedure

Feb. 21, 2017 — Hospitals can improve patient care and reduce costs associated with coronary angioplasty if cardiologists perform more of these procedures through an artery in the wrist and if they take steps to ... read more

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