Don’t panic over ‘dry drowning’ reports, ER docs say

(HealthDay)—Despite media hype this week around what’s being called “dry drowning,” a group representing U.S. emergency physicians says the water is still safe for kids this summer. Reports of so-called dry drowning have made headlines, and just this week the family of 4-year-old Elianna Grace of Sarasota, Fla., sounded the alarm that she had almost died from the condition. According […]

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Study shows drug effectiveness in reducing glucocorticoid-induced bone loss

About one in every 100 people in the world takes glucocorticoids long term to treat immune-mediated diseases. However, glucocorticoids, such as prednisone, have a side effect—they induce the bone loss called osteoporosis, causing an estimated yearly bone fracture rate of 5 percent. An alternative treatment option now appears promising, according to results of an international study published in the journal […]

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Increased smartphone use and selfie-taking linked to lower connection to nature and higher anxiety in new study

A team of academics at the University of Derby has conducted the first study into the link between smartphone use, the number of selfies a person takes and how connected they feel to nature – and what this means for their health and wellbeing. With Britain now a ‘smartphone society’ (68 percent of adults currently own a smartphone), concerns about […]

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E. coli—are we measuring the wrong thing?

A sepsis awareness and management programme has demonstrated overall success in terms of improved sepsis detection, but has led to an increase in the number of E. coli blood stream infection cases presented, calling into question the targets used by Health Boards and set by the Welsh Government. Sepsis is a serious complication of an infection, which can lead to […]

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Drinking kefir may prompt brain-gut communication to lower blood pressure

Drinking kefir may have a positive effect on blood pressure by promoting communication between the gut and brain. Kefir is a fermented probiotic milk beverage known to help maintain the balance of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. Researchers will present their findings today at the American Physiological Society (APS) annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2018 in San Diego. Previous […]

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Ticagrelor + aspirin beneficial after elective CABG

(HealthDay)—For patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), ticagrelor + aspirin is associated with significantly increased saphenous vein graft patency rates compared with aspirin alone, according to a study published in the April 24 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Qiang Zhao, M.D., Ph.D., from the Ruijin Hospital Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, and […]

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Prospects for new malaria interventions

April 25 marks World Malaria Day, an international event commemorated every year in recognition of global efforts to control malaria, one of the world’s oldest and deadliest diseases. This year’s theme, “Ready to beat Malaria”, underscores the collective goal and commitment of the global malaria community. In a recent review published in Open Biology, David Baker, Professor of Malaria Parasite […]

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Linear link for physical activity, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

(HealthDay)—There is a linear correlation for physical activity (PA) with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to a study published online April 23 in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. Anne E. Visser, M.D., from the University Medical Center in Utrecht, Netherlands, and colleagues recruited patients with incident ALS and controls from five population-based registers in three European countries (Ireland, […]

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