Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 15, 2016
Risk of mortality linked to interstitial lung abnormalities
New research uncovering a link between Interstitial Lung Abnormalities and an increased risk of in-hospital mortality was shared at the ATS 2016 International Conference.

Review finds fathers' age, lifestyle associated with birth defects
A growing body of research is revealing associations between birth defects and a father's age, alcohol use and environmental factors, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Study finds non-narcotic nerve block controls children's pain, shortens hospital stays
A Mayo Clinic study has found an effective way to control pain following minimally invasive surgery to correct a congenital condition called pectus excavatum.

New way to predict COPD progression; new treatment may be on the horizon
New research has found that a process initiated in white blood cells known as neutrophils may lead to worse outcomes for some patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Lowering target blood pressure would save lives and money
A study from Columbia University Medical Center found that lowering blood pressure goals for people with cardiovascular risk factors could save tens of thousands of lives annually and reduce costs.

Unveiling the electron's motion in a carbon nanocoil
Toyohashi Tech researchers, in cooperation with researchers at University of Yamanashi, National Institute of Technology, Gifu College, and Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd., have? discovered how the electrical resistivity of carbon nanocoils (CNCs) depends on their geometry.

Study assesses performance of direct-to-consumer teledermatology services
A study that used fake patients to assess the performance of direct-to-consumer teledermatology websites suggests that incorrect diagnoses were made, treatment recommendations sometimes contradicted guidelines, and prescriptions frequently lacked disclosure about possible adverse effects and pregnancy risks, according to an article published online by JAMA Dermatology.

Container design important for endangered plant nursery
Changing a common nursery procedure could increase the survival rate of endangered tree.

Motivational interviewing may reduce COPD readmissions
Motivational interviewing, a goal-oriented, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change used in health coaching, is a feasible intervention that may reduce short-term readmissions for COPD patients.

Home-based pulmonary rehabilitation as effective as hospital-based
Home-based pulmonary rehabilitation may be equally effective in improving fitness and quality of life as a traditional center-based program for COPD patients, according to new research presented at the ATS 2016 International Conference.

Tiny coils improve quality of life for patients with severe emphysema
Results from a large international trial were presented by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine at the American Thoracic Society International Meeting in San Francisco.
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