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Obamacare may be key to reverse trend of declining social trust, research shows

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 08:20
Since the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, known as Obamacare, an estimated 20 million previously uninsured U.S. citizens have gained access to health insurance.

Grammatical pronoun production more impaired in speech of people with agrammatic aphasia

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 08:15
A study of the use of pronouns by French speakers with agrammatic aphasia shows that grammatical pronouns are significantly more impaired in speech than lexical ones.

Combination of serrated polyps and high-risk adenomas may increase odds for colorectal cancer

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 06:57
Most colorectal cancer develops from precursors known as polyps, the most common and well researched of which are conventional adenomas. Conventional adenomas often progress to colorectal cancer through an intermediate step called high-risk adenomas.

Study pinpoints racial disparities linked to severity and effects of peripartum cardiomyopathy

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 06:48
African American women were found to be twice as likely to be diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy as compared to women of Caucasian, Hispanic/Latina, Asian, and other ethnic backgrounds, according to a new study--the largest of its kind--published today in JAMA Cardiology by researchers from the Perelman school of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

BU researchers receive grant to explore ways of capturing health data using mobile devices

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 06:23
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine are the recipients of a three-year, $446,999 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to explore different approaches to capturing health data using mobile devices such as smartphones.

Gut microbiota of healthy elders not different from 30 year-olds, study shows

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 06:16
In one of the largest microbiota studies conducted in humans, researchers at Western University, Lawson Health Research Institute and Tianyi Health Science Institute in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, China have shown a potential link between healthy aging and a healthy gut.

Survey: Migraine affects work productivity, relationships, and employment of sufferers

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 05:57
A significant percentage of migraine sufferers as well as those without the disease are concerned that migraine affects work productivity, quality of life, family/relationships and employment, according to a new national public opinion survey commissioned by Research!America.

Calcium controls use of glucose by T cells to multiply and battle against infection, study finds

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 05:48
A calcium signal controls whether immune cells can use the nutrients needed to fuel their multiplication into a cellular army designed to fight invading viruses.

Acupuncture may help alleviate vulvar pain in women

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 01:34
Acupuncture has been successfully used to treat such ailments as back and neck pain, osteoarthritis and headaches. Judith Schlaeger is working to discover whether it can help the up to 14 million American women who experience genital pain.

Study reveals unique norovirus characteristic of hiding from host immune system

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 01:24
Noroviruses are the leading cause of non-bacterial gastroenteritis in the world and are estimated to cause 267 million infections and 20,000 deaths each year. This virus causes severe diarrhea, nausea, and stomach pain.

Canadian researchers pinpoint new gene linked to peanut allergy

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 00:51
Canadian researchers have pinpointed a new gene associated with peanut allergy, offering further evidence that genes play a role in the development of food allergies and opening the door to future research, improved diagnostics and new treatment options.

Mitochondrial DNA copy number appears to be predictive of sudden cardiac death, heart attacks

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 00:33
Johns Hopkins researchers report that the level, or "copy number," of mitochondrial DNA--genetic information stored not in a cell's nucleus but in the body's energy-creating mitochondria--is a novel and distinct biomarker that is able to predict the risk of heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths a decade or more before they happen.

Frailty linked to greater odds of complications after common ambulatory surgery

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 00:20
Frailty was associated with an increased risk of complications among patients who underwent outpatient hernia, breast, thyroid or parathyroid surgery, with the findings suggesting that surgeons should consider frailty rather than age when counseling and selecting patients for elective ambulatory surgery, according to a study published by JAMA Surgery.

Expert report provides new insight into nature of mental illness

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 23:17
A week after the government announced its review of mental health legislation, an expert report published by the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology on Friday 13 October challenges received wisdom about the nature of mental illness.

Web-based therapies increase likelihood of people with severe mental illness finding work

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 22:15
Patients living with severe mental illness are being helped to return to work courtesy of new research from Sydney's Westmead Institute for Medical Research.

New genomics study aims to evaluate effectiveness of blood test in detecting breast cancer

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 22:02
Cancer researchers at Intermountain Medical Center and the Intermountain Precision Genomics Program in Salt Lake City are launching an exciting, new three-year study to determine if a blood test that looks for DNA from a cancer tumor can be used to complement mammography to improve the way breast cancer is diagnosed.

Researchers examine wide range of visual impairments developed by stroke survivors

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 21:40
A new University of Liverpool study, published today in Brain and Behaviour, examines the wide range of visual impairments developed by stroke survivors.

Research finds higher rates of cancer in world's ‘better’ countries

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 20:54
The world's "better" countries, with greater access to healthcare, experience much higher rates of cancer incidence than the world's "worse off" countries, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.

Scientists better understand how rabies virus induces drastic changes in behavior

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 20:48
Scientists may finally understand how the rabies virus can drastically change its host's behavior to help spread the disease, which kills about 59,000 people annually.

IBS scientists invent hydrogel to combat rheumatoid arthritis

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 20:21
IBS scientists at the Center for Self-Assembly and Complexity, within the Institute for Basic Science, invented a hydrogel to fight rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases. Published in Advanced Materials, this jelly-like material could be used to absorb extra fluids in swelling joints and release drugs.