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May 27, 2017

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May 27, 2017

Safe Space for Illegal Drug Consumption in Baltimore Would Save $6 Million a Year

May 25, 2017 — $6 million in costs related to the opioid epidemic could be saved each year if a single 'safe consumption' space for illicit drug users were opened in Baltimore, a new cost-benefit analysis ... read more

May 24, 2017 — Researchers have developed a new device to map the brain during surgery and distinguish between healthy and diseased tissues. The device provides higher resolution neural readings than existing tools ... read more

Shedding Light on How Humans Walk, With Robots

May 24, 2017 — Patients walking in clinical robotic suits do not modify their gait in response to forces that are meant to alter the height of their steps, though they do respond to alterations in step length, ... read more

Program Helps Reduce Risk of Delirium, Hospital Length of Stay for Older Patients Undergoing Surgery

May 24, 2017 — Older patients who underwent major abdominal surgery and received an intervention that included nutritional assistance and early mobilization were less likely to experience delirium and had a shorter ... read more

May 24, 2017 — Contrary to the condition's name, heart failure doesn't mean the heart has stopped pumping -- it's just not working at full strength. It can often be managed with medications and ... read more

In-Hospital COPD Mortality Shows Large Drop from 2005-2014

May 24, 2017 — While the number of hospitalizations for COPD in the United States fluctuated within a narrow range between 2005 and 2014, in-hospital deaths decreased substantially during that same time, according ... read more

May 24, 2017 — A novel handheld device, known as CLiKX, has been developed for the treatment of a condition called Otitis Media with Effusion (OME), or ‘glue ear’, which is the leading cause of hearing loss and ... read more

Chondroitin Sulfate as Good as Widely Used Anti-Inflammatory for Knee Osteoarthritis

May 23, 2017 — High quality (pharmaceutical grade) chondroitin sulfate is as good as a widely prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (celecoxib) for the treatment of painful knee osteoarthritis, concludes ... read more

Pediatricians Can Play a Pivotal Role in Reducing Pediatric Firearm-Related Injuries

May 23, 2017 — While firearms are present in 18 percent to 64 percent of US homes, almost 40 percent of parents erroneously believe that their children are unaware where weapons are stored, and 22 percent of ... read more

Comparison of Antibiotic Treatments for Cellulitis

May 23, 2017 — Among patients with uncomplicated cellulitis, the use of an antibiotic regimen with activity against MRSA did not result in higher rates of clinical resolution compared to an antibiotic lacking MRSA ... read more

Mortality Rates at Teaching Hospitals Lower Compared With Non-Teaching Hospitals

May 23, 2017 — Patients admitted to major teaching hospitals are less likely to die compared with patients admitted to minor teaching or non-teaching hospitals, according to a large national ... read more

Dual Gait Testing as Early Predictor of Dementia

May 23, 2017 — Gait, or motion testing, while simultaneously performing a cognitively demanding task can be an effective predictor of progression to dementia and eventually help with earlier diagnosis, new research ... read more

May 23, 2017 — Researchers found that a molecule called PD-L1, which is blocked by the immunotherapy drug nivolumab, acts not only on immune cells but also on the nerve cells that signal pain. That insight could ... read more

New Study Examines Child Death Rates in Motor Vehicle Crashes by State

May 23, 2017 — An estimated 1,100 pediatric deaths could be averted over five years with an absolute 10 percent improvement in child restraint use, new research ... read more

Test to Identify Best Treatment for Gonorrhea Now Developed

May 23, 2017 — A laboratory test has been developed that helps physicians determine which people with gonorrhea may be more treatable with an antibiotic that has not been recommended since 2007 because of concerns ... read more

Flexible New Method for Early Cancer Diagnosis

May 23, 2017 — Earlier discovery of cancer and greater precision in the treatment process are the objectives of a new method recently developed. Investments are now being made to roll out this innovation across ... read more

Life-Threatening Childhood Brain Cancer: New Insight

May 23, 2017 — The most common type of malignant childhood brain cancer has been identified as seven separate conditions each needing a different treatment, new research has ... read more

Half of Patients Recover to Baseline Function After Refractory Status Epilepticus

May 23, 2017 — Three in four patients with refractory status epilepticus treated in an intensive care unit (ICU) are still alive a year later, and half of them have recovered to baseline function, according to a ... read more

Was a Statin Beneficial for Primary Cardiovascular Prevention in Older Adults?

May 23, 2017 — Analysis of data from older adults who participated in a clinical trial showed no benefit of a statin for all-cause mortality or coronary heart disease events when a statin was started for primary ... read more

Intestinal Fungi Worsen Alcoholic Liver Disease

May 23, 2017 — Liver cirrhosis is the 12th leading cause of mortality worldwide and approximately half of those deaths are due to alcohol abuse. Yet apart from alcohol abstinence, there are no specific treatments ... read more

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