Infectious diseases docs may be lifesaving for patients with antibiotic-resistant infections

For patients with difficult-to-treat, drug-resistant infections, seeing an infectious diseases specialist can be a lifesaver. Such patients experienced significantly lower mortality rates when treated by physicians specializing in infectious diseases, according to a study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Researchers found that infectious disease physicians helped reduce 30-day mortality rates by more than a half, and […]

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Intergenerational trauma evident in offspring caring for Holocaust survivor parents

More than 70 years since the end of World War II, there are still signs of intergenerational transmission of Holocaust trauma that are manifested in the way adult offspring of Holocaust survivors care for their elderly parents, according to a new study by researchers at Bar-Ilan University. To this day scholars debate whether intergenerational transmission of Holocaust trauma indeed exists. […]

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Machine learning finds tumor gene variants and sensitivity to drugs in The Cancer Genome Atlas

Matching unique genetic information from cancer patients’ tumors with treatment options – an emerging area of precision medicine efforts – often fails to identify all patients who may respond to certain therapies. Other molecular information from patients may reveal these so-called “hidden responders,” according to a Penn Medicine study in Cell Reports this week. The findings are published alongside several […]

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Reading to your kids might boost their social skills

(HealthDay)—Parents who read to their infants and toddlers may help them develop skills that pay big dividends when they start school, a new study suggests. Specifically, reading aloud and pretend play may offset disruptive behaviors—such as hyperactivity and aggression—and improve attention, researchers found. “When you read with your child, it’s really a warm, nice time together,” said lead researcher Dr. […]

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Study locates circadian clock that controls daily rhythms of aggression

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia commonly experience the sundown syndrome – a sudden worsening of confusion, agitation and aggression at the end of the day. Its daily pattern suggested that “sundowning,” as the phenomenon is also known, may be governed by the body’s internal biological clock. Synchronized by light and darkness, the circadian clock exerts control […]

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Controlling blood pressure even when older can prevent dementia in African Americans

Controlling blood pressure with any of the commonly prescribed antihypertensive medications can prevent dementia in older African-Americans with hypertension according to a new study from Regenstrief Institute researchers. African Americans are especially at risk of both hypertension and dementia. The new study provides substantial evidence of significant reduction of risk of onset of dementia for African American men and women […]

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Payments to doctors linked to prescription practices for two cancer types

Physicians who received payment from pharmaceutical companies for meals, talks and travel were more likely to prescribe those companies’ drugs for two cancer types, a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center-led study has found. The study was published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine. The preliminary findings were presented last year at the […]

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Caregiving costs for heart disease and stroke survivors projected to soar to $128 billion by 2035

In a new analysis released today, the American Heart Association projects that the cost of informal caregiving for Americans with heart disease and stroke will more than double from $61 billion in 2015 to $128 billion by 2035. These new data on caregiving would increase the association’s predicted 2035 price tag for cardiovascular disease (CVD) total costs to $1.2 trillion […]

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