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Non-invasive diagnostic procedures for suspected CHD: search reveals informative evidence
Non-invasive diagnostic procedures for suspected CHD: search reveals informative evidence Informative study results are available on diagnostic procedures using computed tomography angiography (CTA) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for suspected coronary heart disease (CHD). (2020-07-08)
New guideline: Don't routinely screen for EAC in patients with chronic GERD
A new guideline from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, based on a rigorous systematic review of the latest evidence, found no benefit of routine screening for esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) and precursor conditions (Barrett esophagus and dysplasia) in patients with chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). (2020-07-06)
LSU Health New Orleans discovers new class of safer analgesics
Researchers at LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence and colleagues have discovered a new class of pipeline drugs to relieve pain and reduce fever without the danger of addiction or damage to the liver or kidneys. (2020-07-06)
Targeting deep areas of the skeletal muscles effectively alleviates postoperative pain
To address postoperative muscle pain in patients undergoing abdominal surgery, researchers developed a new method of effective pain control called needle electrical twitch obtaining intramuscular stimulation (NETOIMS). (2020-07-02)
Identified the genetic landscape of myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms
Researchers from the MDS Group of the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute and the Munich Leukemia Laboratory map the mutations that can ease and accelerate the diagnosis of Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative Neoplasms rare malignancies. (2020-07-01)
Meeting recommended weekly physical activity levels linked to lower risk of death
Adults who meet recommended weekly physical activity levels have a lower risk of death, finds a US study published by The BMJ today. (2020-07-01)
More than medicine: Pain-relief drug delivers choices for mothers in labor
Choice and control are important factors for ensuring a positive childbirth experience, yet until recently, little was known about the impact of alternative administrations of fentanyl -- one of the pain relief drugs used during labour- on both mother and baby. (2020-06-30)
Long-term use of muscle relaxants has skyrocketed since 2005
Penn Medicine researchers found the drugs were prescribed disproportionately to older adults, often concurrently with opioids, despite warnings against this dangerous combination. (2020-06-26)
The burden of non-COVID patients: Caring for the left-behind
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has exposed gaps in health care systems. (2020-06-25)
Merits of revascularisation and medical treatment for chronic coronary syndromes
There are two treatment goals for patients with chronic coronary syndromes: reducing the risk of hard outcomes (i.e., death, myocardial infarction) and improving health outcomes (i.e. angina symptoms, quality of life). (2020-06-25)
Genetic malfunction of brain astrocytes triggers migraine
Neuroscientists of the University of Zurich shed a new light on the mechanisms responsible for familial migraine: They show that a genetic dysfunction in specific brain cells of the cingulate cortex area strongly influences head pain occurrence. (2020-06-24)
A furry social robot can reduce pain and increase happiness -- Ben-Gurion University researchers
Ben-Gurion University researcher Levy-Tzedek and her team discovered that a single, 60-minute interaction with PARO actually improved mood as well as reduced mild or severe pain. (2020-06-23)
Prenatal stress associated with infant gut microbes
Mother's chronic prenatal psychological distress and elevated hair cortisol concentrations are associated with gut microbiota composition of the infant, according to a new publication from the FinnBrain research project of the University of Turku, Finland. (2020-06-23)
Existing drugs may limit damage caused by HIV
Yale researchers have identified four drugs that may help minimize the long-term health effects of HIV infection, they report June 23 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. (2020-06-23)
Renewed hope for treatment of pain and depression
Researchers at the Department of Infection and Immunity of the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) developed LIH383, a novel molecule that binds to and blocks a previously unknown opioid receptor in the brain, thereby modulating the levels of opioid peptides produced in the central nervous system (CNS) and potentiating their natural painkilling and antidepressant properties. (2020-06-19)
New therapy reduces chronic low back pain in large international study
A new study has found that tanezumab, a monoclonal antibody that inhibits nerve activity, provides relief in patients with chronic low back pain, one of the leading reasons why people seek medical care and the number one cause of disability worldwide. (2020-06-19)
Mutations linked to intellectual disability point to overly active ion channe
Two mutations identified in individuals with developmental and epileptic brain disease can be traced back to the same ion channel. (2020-06-18)
10 percent of patients continue to use opioids three to six months after heart surgery
Nearly 10 percent of patients who are prescribed opioid medications following heart surgery will continue to use opioids more than 90 days after the procedure, according to a new study led by researchers at Penn Medicine. (2020-06-17)
Managing pain after sports medicine surgery
A Henry Ford Hospital study published in the Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery has found that patients who underwent knee surgery and other types of sports medicine procedures could manage their pain without opioids or a minimal dosage. (2020-06-17)
Minimally-invasive treatment for 'frozen shoulder' improves patients' pain and function
A new nonsurgical treatment decreases errant blood flow in the shoulder to quickly reduce pain and improve function in patients with adhesive capsulitis, also known as 'frozen shoulder,' according to a research abstract presented during a virtual session of the Society of Interventional Radiology's 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting on June 13. (2020-06-15)
House-call model tapping interventional radiology improves outcomes and access to care
Interventional radiologists participating in a collaborative house call model in rural Indiana helped reduce emergency department use by 77% and hospital readmissions by 50 percent for nearly 1,000 elderly homebound patients with chronic illnesses, according to a research abstract presented during a virtual session of the Society of Interventional Radiology's 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting on June 13. (2020-06-15)
Muscles support a strong immune system
In the fight against cancer or chronic infections, the immune system must be active over long periods of time. (2020-06-15)
Mindfulness combined with hypnotherapy aids highly stressed people, study finds
A new treatment for stress which combines mindfulness and hypnotherapy has shown positive results in a Baylor University pilot study. (2020-06-15)
Doing good does you good
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine takes a closer look at the benefits of volunteering to the health and well-being of volunteers, both validating and refuting findings from previous research. (2020-06-11)
High doses of ketamine can temporarily switch off the brain, say researchers
Researchers have identified two brain phenomena that may explain some of the side-effects of ketamine. (2020-06-11)
Shift to online consultations helps patients with chronic pain receive support in lockdown
Academics and practitioners from the Centre for Pain Research at the University of Bath (UK) have been active in ensuring those with debilitating chronic pain conditions continue to receive support throughout lockdown, including by championing virtual consultations. (2020-06-11)
Immune cell discovery could improve the fight against hepatitis B
For the first time, researchers at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) have identified and described a new and unique subset of human cells that are involved in the immune response against hepatitis B (HBV) infection. (2020-06-09)
Botox is an effective treatment for some common sports injuries, new research suggests
While botulinum toxin is commonly known as a cosmetic treatment for facial lines and wrinkles, a growing body of evidence suggests that 'Botox' can also be an effective treatment for certain sports injuries and chronic pain conditions, according to a review in the June issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports, official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). (2020-06-09)
Clocking in with malaria parasites
Discovery of a malaria parasite's internal clock could lead to new treatment strategies. (2020-06-09)
Study shows opioid, sedative and antidepressant use pre-surgery leads to worse outcomes
A study led by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers showed that patients who already used opioids, sedatives or antidepressants prior to colorectal surgery experience significantly more complications post-surgery. (2020-06-08)
Cognitive behavior therapy tops other psychotherapies in reducing inflammation
A review of 56 randomized clinical trials finds that psychological and behavioral therapies may be effective non-drug treatments for reducing disease-causing inflammation in the body. (2020-06-03)
Antiepileptic drugs are associated with a higher risk of mortality in persons with Alzheimer's
The use of antiepileptic drugs is associated with a higher risk of death among persons with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. (2020-06-03)
App promises to improve pain management in dementia patients
University of Alberta computing scientists are developing an app to aid health-care staff to assess and manage pain in patients suffering from dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases. (2020-06-02)
Largest study of its kind of women in labor finds nitrous oxide safe, side effects rare
Researchers at the University of Colorado College of Nursing and the School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology at the Anschutz Medical Campus found that the use of nitrous oxide (N2O) as a pain relief option for individuals in labor is safe for newborn children and laboring individual, and converting to a different form of pain relief such as an epidural or opioid is influenced by a woman's prior birth history and other factors. (2020-05-29)
UTEP study examines COVID-19 stress, coping strategies, and well-being
Emre Umucu, Ph.D., assistant professor of rehabilitation counseling, and Beatrice Lee, an incoming rehabilitation counseling faculty member, examined the perceived stress levels and coping mechanisms related to COVID-19, and how coping affects well-being in people with self-reported chronic conditions and disabilities. (2020-05-29)
Increased activity not always the best advice for neck and back pain
The Norwegian Directorate for Health and Human Affairs generally recommends more physical activity and less sitting time. (2020-05-28)
Age, sex and smoking influence opioid receptor function in the brain
Opioids regulate the feelings of pleasure and pain in the brain. (2020-05-28)
Researchers find CBD improves arthritis symptoms in dogs
This study shows that in dogs diagnosed with arthritis, CBD treatment significantly improved quality of life as documented by both owner and veterinarian assessments. (2020-05-28)
Heart surgery stalled as COVID-19 spread
In two recent journal articles, Dr. Marc Ruel explores how hospitals worldwide scaled back on heart surgeries as the pandemic hit, and how they can resume those operations in a world still plagued by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. (2020-05-28)
Researchers call for new approach to some mental disorders
Depression, anxiety and PTSD might not be disorders at all, according to a recent paper by Washington State University biological anthropologists. (2020-05-26)
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