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Mood stabilizers may decrease negative symptoms in psychiatric patients with specific genotype

Mood stabilizers may decrease negative symptoms in psychiatric patients with specific genotype

A drug prescribed to many patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may decrease negative symptoms for people with a certain variant of the COMT gene, suggests a new study from researchers at Columbia University Medical Center. [More]
New value driven outcomes program makes difference in healthcare quality and cost

New value driven outcomes program makes difference in healthcare quality and cost

Bucking national trends, a new study shows that a program is making a difference in healthcare quality and cost. [More]
Clinical trial assesses efficacy of experimental treatment in individuals with cervical spinal cord injury

Clinical trial assesses efficacy of experimental treatment in individuals with cervical spinal cord injury

Physicians at Rush University Medical Center became the first in Illinois to inject AST-OPC1 (oligodendrocyte progenitor cells), an experimental treatment, into the damaged cervical spine of a recently paralyzed man as part of a multicenter clinical trial. [More]
New paper provides insights into impact of music therapy on anxiety of surgical patients

New paper provides insights into impact of music therapy on anxiety of surgical patients

A new paper published in the September 2016 issue of the AORN Journal provides insights into the impact of implementing a music therapy program for surgical patients. [More]
Study highlights upward trend in alcohol-related injuries occurring at home

Study highlights upward trend in alcohol-related injuries occurring at home

Of all alcohol-related injuries in various public hospital emergency departments in Queensland, Australia, more occurred at home than at licensed premises. [More]
First accurate simulation reveals how virus shape changes when invading host cell

First accurate simulation reveals how virus shape changes when invading host cell

For the first time, scientists know what happens to a virus' shape when it invades a host cell, thanks to an experiment by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. [More]
Rare pattern of gut microbes in newborns linked to higher risk of later allergies and asthma

Rare pattern of gut microbes in newborns linked to higher risk of later allergies and asthma

The microbes living in a baby's gut during its first month of life may directly impact the developing immune system, leading to a higher risk of allergies and asthma later in childhood, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco and the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. [More]
Troubling gaps exist between oncologists and patients in having high-quality discussions, study shows

Troubling gaps exist between oncologists and patients in having high-quality discussions, study shows

Specifically training oncologists and their patients to have high-quality discussions improves communication, but troubling gaps still exist between the two groups, according to a new study in JAMA Oncology. [More]
Innovative computer app could be invaluable tool empowering patients who are voiceless

Innovative computer app could be invaluable tool empowering patients who are voiceless

There are almost 800,000 patients in the United States who are intubated and require mechanical ventilation annually. More than half of these patients are awake, alert and desperately attempting to communicate with nurses, physicians and their loved ones. [More]
Virginia Mason offers totally laparoscopic advanced surgery for removing tumors from pancreas

Virginia Mason offers totally laparoscopic advanced surgery for removing tumors from pancreas

Virginia Mason now offers the totally laparoscopic Whipple procedure as an advanced surgical option for removing tumors from the head of the pancreas. [More]
Research could pave way for more effective and safer anti-epilepsy drugs

Research could pave way for more effective and safer anti-epilepsy drugs

Columbia University Medical Center researchers have discovered how a new epilepsy drug works, which may lead the way to even more effective and safer medications. [More]
Researchers discover risk factors that contribute to fracture nonunion in adults

Researchers discover risk factors that contribute to fracture nonunion in adults

Dr. Robert Zura, the Robert D'Ambrosia Professor and Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, was part of a research team that identified risk factors which may help orthopaedic surgeons better predict a serious complication of bone fractures. [More]
UBC research reveals pregnancy rates of transgender youth similar to other young people

UBC research reveals pregnancy rates of transgender youth similar to other young people

Sexually active transgender youth have pregnancy rates similar to their non-transgender peers--dispelling the notion that trans youth are less at risk for pregnancy, according to new UBC research. [More]
Beta-blockers can help treat bone loss caused by antidepressants in mice

Beta-blockers can help treat bone loss caused by antidepressants in mice

The antidepressant fluoxetine causes bone loss by instructing the brain to send out signals that increase bone breakdown, but a beta-blocker can intercept the signals, a new study in mice has found. [More]
Fungal communities in chronic wounds can be linked to poor outcomes and slow healing

Fungal communities in chronic wounds can be linked to poor outcomes and slow healing

Researchers in Pennsylvania and Iowa have discovered that fungal communities found in chronic wounds can form mixed bacterial-fungal biofilms and can be associated with poor outcomes and longer healing times. [More]
New study explores why cost of dying higher for African Americans and Hispanics

New study explores why cost of dying higher for African Americans and Hispanics

Dying in America is an expensive process, with about one in four Medicare dollars going to care for people in their last year of life. But for African Americans and Hispanics, the cost of dying is far higher than it is for whites. [More]
Sign language may be highly effective in treating children with apraxia of speech

Sign language may be highly effective in treating children with apraxia of speech

Using sign language with intensive speech therapy may be an effective treatment for children with a rare speech disorder called apraxia of speech, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. [More]
Advances in IT sophistication can lead to potential improvements in health care quality measures

Advances in IT sophistication can lead to potential improvements in health care quality measures

A significant part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act was the $25 billion invested in health information technology (IT) to improve quality, safety, efficiency in health care while also reducing health disparities. [More]
New research explores challenges faced by African American breast cancer survivors

New research explores challenges faced by African American breast cancer survivors

Although there is some overlap, past research has shown that the challenges faced by African American breast cancer survivors differ somewhat from Caucasian women. [More]
Study examines perspectives linked to family-centered ICU rounds

Study examines perspectives linked to family-centered ICU rounds

Families are increasingly welcome in intensive care units (ICUs), including as active participants in discussions with physicians and nurses during daily bedside rounds. [More]
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