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Merz Pharmaceuticals launches new CAIDE Dementia Risk App

Merz Pharmaceuticals launches new CAIDE Dementia Risk App

The CAIDE Dementia Risk App from Merz Pharmaceuticals is available free of charge for people from 40 to 65 to calculate their individual risk for getting dementia within the next two decades. Using a traffic light color scheme, the App can also help physicians discuss preventive measures with patients at risk. [More]
Findings could lead to improved treatments for stroke, other brain injuries

Findings could lead to improved treatments for stroke, other brain injuries

Learning a new skill is easier when it is related to ability that we already possess. For example, a trained pianist might learn a new melody more easily than learning how to hit a tennis serve. [More]
New Coalition helps prevent abuse, misuse, diversion of ADHD drug

New Coalition helps prevent abuse, misuse, diversion of ADHD drug

Today is the official launch of a newly formed Coalition of medical, mental health, higher education, student and pharmaceutical organizations that will work together to help prevent misuse, abuse and diversion of ADHD prescription stimulant medication. The Coalition will initially focus its efforts on college students. [More]
Suggestions for successful breast feeding from nurse midwifery program

Suggestions for successful breast feeding from nurse midwifery program

Most new moms know the benefits of breast feeding. For babies, it can lower the risk of developing asthma, diabetes, and leukemia. For moms, it reduces the risk of breast cancer. But many women still don't know where to turn for help when breast feeding doesn't go as smoothly as they imagined it would. [More]
Researcher finds income, education disparity in reasons for not vaccinating

Researcher finds income, education disparity in reasons for not vaccinating

Not all students returning to school this month will be up to date on their vaccinations. A new study conducted by Jennifer Reich, a researcher at the University of Colorado Denver, shows that the reasons why children may not be fully vaccinated depends on the class privilege of their mothers. [More]
Contaminated blood cultures can serve as diagnostic predictor for more targeted antibiotics

Contaminated blood cultures can serve as diagnostic predictor for more targeted antibiotics

Some 30 percent of all positive hospital blood culture samples are discarded every day because they're "contaminated" - they reflect the presence of skin germs instead of specific disease-causing bacteria. [More]
Experimental drug shows promise as viable treatment for anemia of inflammation

Experimental drug shows promise as viable treatment for anemia of inflammation

An experimental drug designed to help regulate the blood's iron supply shows promise as a viable first treatment for anemia of inflammation, according to results from the first human study of the treatment published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology. [More]
Men who are not well educated about prostate cancer face decisional conflict, finds UCLA study

Men who are not well educated about prostate cancer face decisional conflict, finds UCLA study

They say knowledge is power, and a new UCLA study has shown this is definitely the case when it comes to men making the best decisions about how to treat their prostate cancer. [More]
Receiving prescription at discharge improves outcomes in stroke patients

Receiving prescription at discharge improves outcomes in stroke patients

Stroke patients are 70 per cent more likely to continue taking their stroke prevention medications one year later if they have a prescription in hand when discharged - according to researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. [More]
Three pilot programs aim to improve colorectal cancer screening, follow-up care in community setting

Three pilot programs aim to improve colorectal cancer screening, follow-up care in community setting

Three locations will each receive $100,000 in funding to launch pilot programs to improve colorectal cancer screening rates and follow-up care for patients served by community health centers. The program is the work of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and is part of the group's effort to reach the goal of 80 percent of adults 50 and over receiving regular screening for colorectal cancer by 2018. [More]
Researchers help to gain greater insight into biological clock that sets pace for daily life

Researchers help to gain greater insight into biological clock that sets pace for daily life

Casey Diekman, assistant professor of mathematical sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), is helping to gain greater insight into the biological clock that sets the pace for daily life. [More]

Greatest percentage of catastrophic payouts occur from errors in diagnosis

A study published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality reports that many huge malpractice awards can be prevented by targeted interventions by health care provider organizations to reduce patient safety risks, such as reducing diagnosis errors. [More]
Penn receives orphan status in Europe for treatment of PNH

Penn receives orphan status in Europe for treatment of PNH

A Penn Medicine-developed drug has received orphan status in Europe this week for the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a rare, life-threatening disease that causes anemia due to destruction of red blood cells and thrombosis. [More]
Research: People with learning disabilities are suffering from hearing loss

Research: People with learning disabilities are suffering from hearing loss

At least forty per cent of UK people with learning disabilities are suffering from hearing loss, but new research shows they are unlikely to be diagnosed. [More]
Poor oral health can have negative impact on seniors' overall health

Poor oral health can have negative impact on seniors' overall health

Research has shown that poor oral health can have a negative impact on seniors' overall health and well-being, but for many, there are significant barriers to visiting a dentist, finds a new report in the American Journal of Health Behavior. [More]
Educating clinicians can reduce sepsis patient mortality and lower hospital costs

Educating clinicians can reduce sepsis patient mortality and lower hospital costs

Sepsis is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, and new research published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality (JHQ) shows that educating clinicians about expediting diagnosis and administration of antibiotics can reduce sepsis patient mortality and lower hospital costs. [More]
New guidelines can improve the way statin drugs prescribed to patients at cardiovascular risk

New guidelines can improve the way statin drugs prescribed to patients at cardiovascular risk

New national guidelines can improve the way statin drugs are prescribed to patients at risk for cardiovascular disease, a Yale University study has found. [More]
Versatile nanoparticles offer wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic applications

Versatile nanoparticles offer wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic applications

Kit Lam and colleagues from UC Davis and other institutions have created dynamic nanoparticles (NPs) that could provide an arsenal of applications to diagnose and treat cancer. [More]
Study examines ocular changes seen in astronauts to treat spaceflight-induced visual impairment

Study examines ocular changes seen in astronauts to treat spaceflight-induced visual impairment

To reduce and better treat spaceflight-induced visual impairment, University of Houston (UH) optometrists are collaborating on a NASA study that examines ocular changes seen in a number of astronauts. [More]
Dog-friendly walking environments and education could motivate people to take more exercise

Dog-friendly walking environments and education could motivate people to take more exercise

A study from the University of Liverpool has recommended investing in dog owner education and facilities as a strategy to target physical inactivity and problems such as obesity in both people and their pets. [More]