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Many elderly are prescribed antihypertensive medication despite having low blood pressure
According to a new study in the journal Age and Ageing [1], a significant proportion of patients over 70 remain on antihypertensive medication despite having low blood pressure. This, the study argues, has a significant effect on increased mortality rates and admissions to hospital. (2016-07-04)

Rx for better orthopaedic surgeons: Track their errors as well as their skills
In a small study to determine the best way to assess the operating skills of would-be orthopaedic surgeons, Johns Hopkins researchers found that tracking the trainees' performance on cadavers using step-by-step checklists and measures of general surgical skills works well but should be coupled with an equally rigorous system for tracking errors. (2016-06-29)

Depression decreases adherence to COPD maintenance medications
A recent study in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society found that in a nationally representative sample of Medicare beneficiaries who were newly diagnosed with COPD, adherence to maintenance medications decreased with new episodes of depression. (2016-06-24)

Eyewitnesses who collaborate make fewer mistakes in police interview
Witnesses correct each other's errors. Two recently published research studies by legal psychologists Annelies Vredeveldt and Peter van Koppen at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam show that witnesses make fewer errors when they are interviewed together than when they are interviewed separately. This stands in sharp contrast with current police guidelines to always interview witnesses separately. (2016-06-24)

Fix for 3-billion-year-old genetic error could dramatically improve genetic sequencing
Researchers found a fix for a 3-billion-year-old glitch in one of the major carriers of information needed for life, RNA, which until now produced errors when making copies of genetic information. (2016-06-23)

New study helps determine which older adults might need help taking medications
Men were 1.5 to 2 times as likely as women to need help. The odds of needing help were 3 to 5 times greater among people with memory challenges. (2016-06-22)

Sequencing method precise enough to reveal mechanisms by which bacteria resist antibiotics
A new technology can read the order (sequence) of the 'letters' making up DNA code with enough accuracy to reveal how bacteria use high-speed evolution to defeat antibiotics. (2016-06-22)

New heart failure therapy could prevent substantial number of deaths, study finds
A UCLA-led study estimates that almost 28,500 deaths could be prevented each year in the US through use of a new FDA-approved class of cardiovascular medication that helps reduce mortality in patients diagnosed with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction, the percentage of blood pumped from the heart with each contraction. (2016-06-22)

Existing diabetes drug shows effectiveness against chronic liver disease
Researchers have found that an existing diabetes drug can be used to halt progression of another disease that is a leading cause of liver transplants. (2016-06-21)

Shedding light on an assistant protein
Observing in-protein motions with high spatial and temporal resolution: This is made possible by a new technology developed by scientists from the University of Würzburg, giving new insight into the functional mechanisms of very special proteins. (2016-06-20)

Antidepressive treatment during pregnancy can affect newborn brain activity
A new Finnish study shows that fetal exposure to commonly used SRI drugs may affect brain activity in newborns. The researchers suggest that the effects of drugs on fetal brain function should be assessed more carefully. Furthermore, indications for preventive medication should be critically evaluated, and non-pharmacological interventions should be the first-line treatment for depression and anxiety during pregnancy. (2016-06-15)

Study, research letter examine aspects of opioid prescribing, sharing
Pain-relieving prescription opioids are the subject of a new original investigation and research letter published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. (2016-06-13)

Six in ten adults prescribed opioid painkillers have leftover pills
In the midst of an epidemic of prescription painkiller addiction and overdose deaths, a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health survey suggests that more than half of patients prescribed opioids have leftover pills -- and many save them to use later. (2016-06-13)

Pre-procedure medication regimen could lead to less hospital time for liver cancer patients
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine have found that putting liver cancer patients on a medication regimen prior to undergoing a certain treatment could lead to shorter hospital stays and less chance for readmission due to complications. (2016-06-09)

U-M study highlights multiple factors of ADHD medication use
Youth who take Ritalin, Adderall or other stimulant medications for ADHD over an extended period of time early in life are no more at risk for substance abuse in later adolescence than teens without ADHD, according to a University of Michigan study. (2016-06-08)

Air pollution affects young people's psychiatric health
New research from Umeå University in Sweden indicates that dispensed medication for psychiatric diagnosis can be related to air pollution concentrations. The study covers a large part of the Swedish population and has been published in the journal BMJ Open. (2016-06-08)

Study uncovers clue to deciphering schizophrenia
The brains of healthy relatives of people with schizophrenia may hold a clue to better understand - and ultimately treat - the devastating illness, finds new research led by a Michigan State University scientist. (2016-06-07)

Antipsychotic meds for foster care, other poor children: Still quality challenges
Significant quality challenges persist in antipsychotic medication use for children in foster care and other Medicaid-insured children, according to a new Rutgers University-New Brunswick study. While overall prescribing rates for children in foster care and other Medicaid-insured children have leveled since the mid-2000s, some important guideline-recommended practices are frequently not followed. (2016-06-07)

Study finds one-third of women taking bisphosphonates remain at risk for fracture
A recent study of oral bisphosphonates, the most commonly prescribed osteoporosis treatment, found that approximately a third of women prescribed these drugs continue to be at elevated risk for bone fracture, an outcome that may have several origins. The retrospective cohort study was conducted under the auspices of a Regenstrief Institute-Merck collaboration. (2016-06-06)

Pregnant women may need more information about medicine use
Pregnant women overestimate the risks of taking over the counter and prescribed medication. New findings reveal that women choose not to medicate common pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, heartburn and aches and pains. Most worryingly, mums-to-be are choosing not to take medication for UTIs -- which can cause significant complications and harm the fetus if left untreated. (2016-06-02)

Watch your step -- blur affects stepping accuracy in older adults
Visual blurring -- like that produced by bifocals or multifocal lenses -- may cause errors in foot position when walking. And that could contribute to the risk of tripping and falling in older adults, suggests a study in the June issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. (2016-06-02)

The brain clock that keeps memories ticking
Neurons in the brain need well-timed waves of activity to organize memories across time. In the hippocampus, temporal ordering of the neural code is important for building a mental map of where you've been, where you are, and where you are going. Research from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan has pinpointed how the neurons that represent space in mice stay in time. (2016-05-30)

Rethinking hospital alarms
On average, there are about 480,000 patients in hospitals in the US -- each generating about 135 clinical alarms per day. But studies show that more than 90 percent of these alarms result in no action, and alarm errors occur roughly 8 million times per day. During the ASA 171st meeting, Ilene Busch-Vishniac, an acoustical consultant, will present a model that predicts how often alarm errors will occur based on several recent studies of hospital alarms. (2016-05-27)

Early use of 'hurricane hunter' data improves hurricane intensity predictions
Data collected via airplane when a hurricane is developing can improve hurricane intensity predictions by up to 15 percent, according to Penn State researchers who have been working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Hurricane Center to put the new technique into practice. (2016-05-25)

May repairs full of mistakes develop into cancer?
A group of researchers at Osaka University found that if DNA damage response does not work when DNA is damaged by radiation, proteins which should be removed remain instead, and a loss of genetic information can be incited, which, when repaired incorrectly, will lead to the tumor formation. (2016-05-24)

Depression lowers women's chances of pregnancy, BU study finds
Women with severe depressive symptoms have a decreased chance of becoming pregnant, while the use of psychotropic medications does not appear to harm fertility, a study by researchers from the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine shows. (2016-05-24)

Current screening methods miss worrisome number of persons with mild cognitive impairment
In a paper published in the current Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System say existing screening tools for mild cognitive impairment result in a false-negative error rate of more than 7 percent. These persons are misclassified as not having MCI based on standard screening instruments but actually do have MCI when more extensive testing is conducted. (2016-05-23)

Dartmouth team creates new method to control quantum systems
Dartmouth College researchers have discovered a method to design faster pulses, offering a new way to accurately control quantum systems. (2016-05-23)

Survey: 71 percent of hip fracture patients not told they have osteoporosis
More than 7 in 10 older adults who suffer hip fractures aren't told they have the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis -- despite the fact that hip fractures nearly always signify the presence of this potentially debilitating condition, according to revealing new research by Northwell Health physicians. (2016-05-19)

New data on the variability of the Earth's reflectance over the last 16 years
The Earth's albedo is a fundamental atmospheric parameter having deep implications for temperature and climate change. Experiments have been performed to monitor it over the past two decades to reveal how it evolves. One of these has brought up to date the observations made since 2007 and gives a new systematic record of the Earth's albedo covering the period between 1998-2014. This study, whose first author is IAC researcher Enric Pallé, has been published in Geophysical Research Letters. (2016-05-18)

Researchers may be one step closer to curing HIV
Scientists from KU Leuven, Belgium, present a new therapeutic approach that may make it possible for HIV patients to (temporarily) stop their medication. The findings shed a completely new light on the search for a cure for HIV. (2016-05-17)

Monthly resident handoff of patients may increase risk of dying
Transitions in care that occur when medical residents leave a clinical rotation and turn their patients' care over to another resident is associated with increased mortality, according to new research presented at the ATS 2016 International Conference. (2016-05-16)

Noninvasive monitor assesses patients' response to painful stimulation during surgery
A novel measure for assessing the body's response to surgery may allow for better anesthesia management in the O.R., less pain when regaining consciousness from anesthesia and better postoperative outcomes. (2016-05-13)

New study finds asthma patients rely heavily on rescue inhalers, difficult to diagnose
In a new national survey of asthma patients, Health Union, and its new online community, reveals that most were satisfied with the care they received; however, the most frequently used form of treatment, at 89 percent, is the rescue inhaler. The results also show the difficult path many people have prior to being correctly diagnosed with asthma. (2016-05-12)

Research examines some losses in the devices that convert solar energy into useful heat
The engineer Fabienne Sallaberry has calculated the losses sustained by solar thermal collectors, devices that convert the sun's energy into useful heat, when one of their components is not correctly focusing the direct solar radiation. This researcher is also proposing that certain sections included in the Spanish standards and in the international ones should be revised so that the global output of these devices can be better determined. (2016-05-11)

Public reporting measures fail to describe the true safety of hospitals
Common measures used by government agencies and public rankings to rate the safety of hospitals do not accurately capture the quality of care provided, new research from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality suggests. (2016-05-10)

Study finds many patients abusing drugs and alcohol are self-medicating chronic pain
With opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse considered one of the biggest public health threats of our time in the US, many are asking why so many Americans are struggling with addiction to illegal drugs and prescription medications. New research suggests that chronic pain may be part of the answer. (2016-05-09)

Study: Medicare Part D boosts medication adherence, reduces blood pressure risk
Research shows that implementation of Medicare Part D has increased the number of people taking their prescribed medications as directed -- so-called 'medication adherence' -- and reduced the likelihood that newly covered beneficiaries develop high blood pressure. (2016-05-09)

Newspapers often publish false depictions of gout
A new analysis reveals that popular newspaper articles depict gout as a self-inflicted condition that is socially embarrassing and the focus of humor. (2016-05-04)

'Kidney on a chip' could lead to safer drug dosing
University of Michigan researchers have used a 'kidney on a chip' device to mimic the flow of medication through human kidneys and measure its effect on kidney cells. (2016-05-04)

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