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12:00 AM EDT September 14, 2015

Social Factors May Impact Young Leukemia Patients’ Survival

A new study reveals that insurance status, marital status, and county-level income may affect the chances of survival in young patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). 

September 09, 2015

How Genetic Testing Can Improve Care for Children with Epilepsy

The steps involved in evaluating and diagnosing patients with epilepsy are complicated. In a new and extensive literature review of available information, experts provide insights on the valuable role of genetic testing in the diagnosis and care of pediatric epilepsy.

September 08, 2015

Arthritis May Be a Major Driver of Poverty

Developing arthritis increases the risk of falling into poverty, especially for women, new research shows.

September 08, 2015

Experts Examine Ways to Address Anemia and Blood Loss in Surgery Patients

Anemia is common, and in surgical patients can increase various risks associated with operations. While blood transfusion can be a lifesaver for patients in these situations, it may not be always be appropriate and can even increase risks.

September 08, 2015

Exposure to Wildfire Smoke Linked to Increased ER Visits for Asthma

Researchers who analyzed data from the 2006-2007 wildfires in Australia found that exposure to wildfire smoke was linked to increased visits to hospital emergency departments for asthma.

September 08, 2015

Flu Vaccine Reduces Hospitalizations and Deaths among Nursing Home Residents

When the influenza vaccine is well matched to the prevailing strains of flu in a given season, patients in nursing homes are significantly less likely to be hospitalized or to die of pneumonia and other influenza related causes. The finding comes from a study of more than 1 million Medicare fee-for-service long-stay nursing home residents.

September 08, 2015

Infant Learning: Is More Really Better?

Many parents and caregivers believe that multi-sensory stimulation during infancy promotes developmental growth and learning, but researchers who conducted eye movement experiments on preverbal infants show that this is not always true.

September 08, 2015

Many Childhood Brain Tumor Survivors Experience Seizures

New research reveals that seizures are frequent in childhood brain tumor survivors.

September 08, 2015

Study Identifies Psychological Traits Associated with Homophobia

A new study that investigated the potential of certain psychological traits for predisposing heterosexuals to have negative attitudes towards homosexual people found that psychoticism and immature defense mechanisms may be important risk factors for homophobia.

September 08, 2015

Study’s Findings Could Help Expand the Donor Pool for Liver Transplantation

A new study of DCD liver transplantations conducted at the Cleveland Clinic from 2005 to 2014 found no significant correlation between donor age and organ survival, however. The results suggest that stringent donor and recipient selection may ameliorate the negative impact of donor age in DCD liver transplantation.

September 02, 2015

Men in China Face Increasing Tobacco-Related Cancer Risks

In China, smoking now causes nearly a quarter of all cancers in adult males. The finding comes from a large study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, as part of a Special Issue on Lung Cancer in China.

September 01, 2015

Cirrhosis, Antibodies Increase Risk of Poor Outcome for Autoimmune Hepatitis Patients

New research reports that cirrhosis at first diagnosis and antibodies for the soluble liver antigen/liver pancreas antigen (SLA/LP) are major risk factors for poor short- and long-term outcome in patients with autoimmune hepatitis. Results published in Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, also found that patients diagnosed in childhood were at higher risk of relapse, need of a liver transplant, and reduced life expectancy.

12:00 AM EDT August 31, 2015

Knee and Hip Replacements May Be Bad for the Heart

Contrary to recent reports, Boston-based researchers found that osteoarthritis patients who had total knee or hip joint replacement surgery, known as arthroplasty, were at increased risk of heart attack (myocardial infarction) in the early post-operative period. However, findings published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), indicate that long-term risk of heart attack did not persist, while the risk for venous thromboembolism—blood clot in veins and lungs—remained years after the procedure.

August 26, 2015

Experts Stress Need for Sufficient Iodine Nutrition During Pregnancy

New research published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, a journal of the Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that pregnant women in Sweden had inadequate levels of iodine in their diets. Proper iodine nutrition is necessary for neurological developent of the fetus.

August 25, 2015

Optimal Breastfeeding Practices May Help Save Infants’ Lives

In a new review of all relevant medical research on breastfeeding practices, infants 0 to 5 months of age who were predominantly, partially, or not breastfed had 1.5-, 4.8-, and 14.4-times higher risks of dying, respectively, compared with exclusively breastfed infants

12:00 AM EDT August 24, 2015

Heart Medications that Target Stress May Help Prolong Survival in Women with Ovarian Cancer

A new analysis of patient records indicates that certain drugs taken to improve heart health may also have anti-cancer properties. 

August 17, 2015

Liver Problems Will Likely Increase in Adults

Liver diseases affect hundreds of millions of people and cause significant illness and death. A new study indicates that liver scarring (or fibrosis), which can ultimately lead to liver failure, is fairly common.

August 17, 2015

Long-Term Brain Changes Persist Years after Drug Abuse and Recovery

It’s known that brain changes are present in drug addicts even when they have been abstinent for a short period of time. Now new research shows that alterations persist in long-term abstinent heroin-depended individuals as well.

August 17, 2015

Oral Contraceptives May Impact Aspects of Arthritis in Women

New research indicates that use of oral contraceptives may provide benefits for women with inflammatory arthritis.

August 17, 2015

To What Extent Are Condoms Responsible for Erection Difficulties

Research indicates that the use of condoms may cause some men to experience erection difficulties. However, in a study of 479 heterosexual men who used condoms and were 18 to 24 years old, those who reported condom-associated erection problems were also more likely to experience more generalized erection difficulties.