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Too few patients follow the adage: You better shop around

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:54
Despite having more financial "skin in the game" than ever, many consumers don't make any attempt to compare prices for health care services, a newly released study found.

Research identifies new gene fusions and mutations linked to GIST tumors

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:49
Researchers at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, with colleagues from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Fox Chase Cancer Center, have determined that a specific region of the small bowel, called the duodenal-jejunal flexure or DJF, shows a high frequency of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) with mutations of the NF1 gene

Study finds link between vitamin D deficiency and elevated heart failure risk in older adults

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:25
A recent study found an elevated risk of heart failure in more than half of older individuals, and this risk was significantly associated with vitamin D deficiency.

Researchers highlight global burden of suboptimal fetal growth in low-and middle-income countries

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:21
In low-and middle-income countries, it is common for babies to be born of low birth weight, due to either inadequate growth in utero (fetal growth restriction) and/or preterm birth, (birth before 37 weeks gestation).

New Global Burden of Disease study estimates vast impact of asthma and COPD

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 19:20
Latest global estimates illustrate the vast impact of the two most common chronic respiratory diseases, with 3.2 million deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and 0.4 million deaths caused by asthma in 2015, according to a new Global Burden of Disease study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal.

Study provides evidence that oral immunotherapy may be possible cure for peanut allergy

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 19:18
Allergy immunotherapy company Prota Therapeutics Pty Ltd is pleased to announce results from a follow up study of the probiotic and peanut immunotherapy (PPOIT) treatment which it has licensed from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, demonstrating long-lasting tolerance effects of treatment more than four years after the original study ended.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust recognized among top ten for medical research

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 19:15
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been named as a UK top ten NHS ‎research active Trust. Between 2016 and 2017 11,490 patients took part in clinical research trials at Sheffield's five adult hospitals, a 34% increase from the previous year.

Air pollution particles could make you more susceptible to infection, say scientists

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 19:08
AIR pollution could make you more vulnerable to infection, scientists at a Scots university have revealed.

Researchers identify molecule that enables cell appendages to drive bodily fluid flow

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:38
Researchers at Nagoya University have identified a molecule that enables cell appendages called cilia to beat in a coordinated way to drive the flow of fluid around the brain; this prevents the accumulation of this fluid, which otherwise leads to swelling of the head as found in the condition hydrocephalus.

Hypertension during pregnancy linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:32
Women who experience hypertension during pregnancy face an increased risk of heart disease and hypertension later in life, according to a new study.

New diagnostic tool uses near-infrared light to spot patients at risk of heart attacks and strokes

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:27
Patients at risk of heart attacks and strokes may be spotted earlier thanks to a diagnosis tool that uses near-infrared light to identify high-risk arterial plaques, according to research carried out at WMG, University of Warwick, the Baker Institute and Monash University.

Researchers rebut theory that antidepressants do not exert any actual effect

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:22
A theory that has gained considerable attention in international media, including Newsweek and the CBS broadcast 60 minutes, suggest that antidepressant drugs, such as the SSRIs, do not exert any actual antidepressant effect.

New biomarkers for early Lyme Disease identified

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 16:22
A team of researchers led by Colorado State University has developed a test to facilitate early diagnosis of Lyme Disease, which it is hoped will improved treatment outcomes. Until now, it was difficult to distinguish Lyme disease from similar, less severe tick-borne conditions.

Girls have higher risk for sports-related injuries than boys

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:52
School is back in session and that means youth athletes are returning to the field, court or track. Parents and players beware: recent reports have shown that youth sports-related injuries are on the rise.

Researchers uncover brain mechanism that makes high risk people resilient to bipolar disorder

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:28
Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have identified a brain mechanism in siblings of bipolar patients that makes them resilient to bipolar disorder.

Greater use of firearms linked to higher suicide rates in rural areas

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:19
Suicide rates in rural areas of Maryland are 35-percent higher than in the state's urban settings, a disparity that can be attributed to the significantly greater use of firearms in rural settings, according to new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Scientists reveal differences between human and murine microglia used in degenerative disease research

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:13
The results of a new research showed that many of the genes that are expressed by microglia are different between humans and mice, which are frequently used as animal models in research on Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.

Drug blocked by regulators found to improve quality of life for MS patients

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:00
A drug that is blocked by the EU regulatory system has now been found to improve the quality of life of people with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study by Queen Mary University of London.

Community-acquired infections increase with lower kidney function

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:55
Individuals with reduced kidney function may be at increased risk of developing infections acquired in the community, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

New study finds way to improve health, lower costs among Medicaid, uninsured patients

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 06:31
As politicians struggle to solve the nation's healthcare problems, a new study finds a way to improve health and lower costs among Medicaid and uninsured patients.