Cigarette smoking among adults has declined to record low levels in the United States, but some of the most vulnerable in society continue to smoke at far higher rates compared with the population at large. In a newly released report, the American Cancer Society (ACS) called the continued high prevalence of cigarette smoking among these […]Continue Reading ...
February 15, 2018 Elementary school children who read below grade level may have challenges with their eyesight even if standard tests show they see 20/20, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. The study showed that children with reading challenges may have lower than expected binocular vision test results, something a standard […]Continue Reading ...
Uptake of 18F-sodium fluoride (18F-NaF) can point to active vascular calcification associated with high-risk atherosclerotic plaque and may be a marker of high-risk abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), according to a molecular imaging study. Uptake of the biomarker on positron emission tomography (PET) and CT was significantly higher in the AAA (aortic diameter exceeding 40 mm) […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: RTI International The impact of congenital Zika syndrome on families will be substantial and will last a lifetime, given its severity and uncertainty about long-term outcomes for infants. What do we know and what can we expect regarding the cognitive, behavioral, and functional development of children with congenital Zika syndrome? How can families best […]Continue Reading ...
February 13, 2018 The number of clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health has declined since 2005, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During the same period, average trial sizes were observed to be smaller with only 10 percent of trials enrolling more […]Continue Reading ...
French fries and chocolate milkshakes affect people differently. Some are tempted by them, and others are not. Credit: Sheila Fitzgerald/Shutterstock.com For many years, the long-term success rates for those who attempt to lose excess body weight have hovered around 5-10 percent. In what other disease condition would we accept these numbers and continue on with […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Several studies have reported a lack of gender diversity in clinical trials, with trials including mostly adult males; however, a recent review of publicly available registration data of clinical trials at the US Food and Drug Administration for the most frequently prescribed drug classes found no evidence of any systemic significant […]Continue Reading ...
February 16, 2018 New research published in The Journal of Physiology could open the door to new therapies to improve the movement of arms and hands of stroke survivors. Around 8 in 10 stroke survivors are affected by one-sided weakness (called ‘hemiparesis’) which can cause difficulty in moving one side of the body. This can […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 — By the time you’ve decided to have weight-loss surgery, you’ve probably given up on dieting altogether. But a new study suggests that if you can drop some weight in the month before your procedure, you might have a smoother surgery and recovery — and you could ultimately lose more weight. […]Continue Reading ...
By Kate Bass BScFebruary 16, 2018 Researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have developed a DNA-detection system based on the CRISPR-Cas9 system that can be used to detect bacteria and viruses known to cause chronic diseases. Credit: vchal/Shutterstock.com The system, called DETECTR, identifies specific DNA sequences and could be used to facilitate early detection […]Continue Reading ...
Action Points Combining an intervention to reduce cannabis use with interventions for reducing sexually risky behavior and alcohol use proved effective at cutting the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STI). The study suggests that behavioral interventions to reduce STI among adolescents should include alcohol- and cannabis-related content. Combining an intervention to reduce cannabis use with […]Continue Reading ...
February 2, 2018 For the last 100 years, researchers have constantly pushed the boundaries for our knowledge about medicine and how different bodies can respond differently to it. However, the methods for the production of medicine have not yet moved itself away from mass production. Many who have a given illness get the same product […]Continue Reading ...
FDA Approves Erleada (apalutamide) for Non-Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer February 14, 2018 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Erleada (apalutamide) for the treatment of patients with prostate cancer that has not spread (non-metastatic), but that continues to grow despite treatment with hormone therapy (castration-resistant). This is the first FDA-approved treatment for non-metastatic, […]Continue Reading ...
February 16, 2018 Mentor Worldwide LLC, a global leader in breast aesthetics and part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices companies, announced today the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® publication of a U.S.-based 10-year clinical study involving 955 patients which highlights the safety of MENTOR® MemoryShape Gel Breast Implants. MemoryShape The open-label, multi-center MENTOR® MemoryShape® […]Continue Reading ...
February 14, 2018 Billions of euro could be saved from a country’s annual health bill if more people can be persuaded to follow a plant-based diet, according to new research published in the Journal of Nutrition. Also society overall will benefit due to less absenteeism from work. The study looked at the health and economic […]Continue Reading ...
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