• Argentina reports 2 cases of monkeypox
    on May 28, 2022 at 9:03 am

    Argentina reported two cases of the monkeypox virus on Friday in men who had recently arrived from Spain, marking the first time the presence of the virus has been confirmed in Latin America during this latest outbreak.

  • New study finds public health messaging could benefit from an 'autonomy-supportive' approach
    on May 27, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Novel research led by psychologists from Durham University, UK and Illinois Institute of Technology, U.S., along with the collaborative network of researchers around the world (under the consortium name "Psychological Science Accelerator Self-Determination Theory Collaboration") have discovered that public health communication is highly effective when an "autonomy-supportive" approach is undertaken compared to controlling message approach.

  • On nutrition: Eating for your genes
    on May 27, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    In response to a recent column where I mentioned how genetic research is beginning to show us how our DNA may influence our dietary needs, reader Ann F sent me a slew of questions:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging shows brain inflammation in vivo for the first time
    on May 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Research by Dr. Silvia de Santis and Dr. Santiago Canals, both from the Institute of Neurosciences UMH-CSIC (Alicante, Spain), has made it possible to visualize for the first time and in great detail brain inflammation using diffusion-weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This detailed "X-ray" of inflammation cannot be obtained with conventional MRI, but requires data acquisition sequences and special mathematical models. Once the method was developed, the researchers were able to quantify the alterations in the morphology of the different cell populations involved in the inflammatory process […]

  • Mixing drugs into oil-based gels could help the medicine go down
    on May 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    For most children and even some adults, swallowing pills or tablets is difficult. To make it easier to give those medicines, researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital have created a drug-delivering gel that is much easier to swallow and could be used to administer a variety of different kinds of drugs.

  • 'Almost like malpractice': To shed bias, doctors get schooled to look beyond obesity
    on May 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    When Melissa Boughton complained to her OB-GYN about dull pelvic pain, the doctor responded by asking about her diet and exercise habits.

  • Kids aren't skipping just COVID vaccines
    on May 27, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    There are thousands of children across Maryland who not only haven't been vaccinated against COVID-19, but also lack protection from influenza and the kinds of diseases that routine shots long ago made scarce, such as measles and chickenpox.

  • Appearance of ovarian lesions on ultrasound may predict malignancy
    on May 27, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    The appearance of ovarian lesions on ultrasound may predict the risk for malignancy, according to a study published in the June issue of Radiology.

  • Not just 'Gluten-sensitive': What people with celiac disease want you to know
    on May 27, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Hayden Bishop can't help but feel terribly self-conscious when she goes out to eat with friends and family.

  • Nine monkeypox cases confirmed in United States
    on May 27, 2022 at 5:24 pm

    Nine cases of monkeypox had been confirmed in seven states as of Wednesday, and there are likely to be more cases as a worldwide outbreak continues, U.S. health officials say.

  • Airway injuries among the severe consequence of button battery ingestion
    on May 27, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    Airway injuries are a severe consequence of ingestion of button batteries (BBs), with tracheoesophageal fistulae and vocal cord paralyses the most common airway injuries, according to a review published online May 26 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

  • Exploring how abstract concepts are represented in the brain across cultures, languages
    on May 27, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have explored the regions of the brain where concrete and abstract concepts materialize. A new study now explores if people who grow up in different cultures and speak different languages form these concepts in the same regions of the brain.

  • Prognostic model predicts survival in elderly with gastrointestinal diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
    on May 27, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    A prognostic model based on clinical parameters has been developed and validated for predicting overall survival among elderly patients with primary gastrointestinal diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (EGI DLBCL), according to a study published online May 2 in Frontiers in Medicine.

  • Retinal layer thickness linked to cognitive decline in older adults
    on May 27, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    Macular retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness is associated with cognitive decline in older adults, according to a study published online May 26 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

  • Seizure-related emergency visits dropped in early pandemic period
    on May 27, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    During the early pandemic period, there was a decrease in seizure-related emergency department visits, which almost returned to prepandemic levels for almost all age groups by the end of 2020, according to research published in the May 27 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

  • Inability to afford prescription meds, specialty care more likely for adults with epilepsy
    on May 27, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    Adults with active and inactive epilepsy are more likely to have Medicaid and other public insurance coverage, and to report an inability to afford prescription medicine, specialty care, or other types of care compared with those without epilepsy, according to research published in the May 27 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

  • More shipments of baby formula heading to store shelves soon
    on May 27, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    At least some American parents and caregivers needing formula for their infants will be able to find it on store shelves as soon as this weekend.

  • Watching video feed of hospitalized baby found to improve breast pumping experience
    on May 27, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    Parents who used videoconferencing technology to view their hospitalized baby reported an improved pumping experience while expressing milk for their premature infant. Videoconferencing also helped the whole family connect to their infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). These findings were published in Breastfeeding Medicine this month.

  • Patient-level factors predominantly influence women's uptake of GP health checks
    on May 27, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    NHS Health checks together with annual hypertension and diabetes reviews for eligible patients are associated with improved quality of care and cardiovascular (CVD) disease management. Researchers from the Department of Population Health Sciences set out to discover what factors influence uptake of these checks, as well as those for diabetes and hypertension, among women in ethnically diverse South London.

  • Keep calm and carry on: Virtual reality helps medical and nursing students manage agitated patients...
    on May 27, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    Caring for patients who are facing stress, anxiety and depression, or when physical restraint is required, is one of the several challenges that healthcare professionals face in the clinical setting.

  • Study reveals flaws in using social media to identify race and ethnicity for health research
    on May 27, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    By using social media data, researchers can get insights into patients' experiences that are often overlooked or otherwise difficult to attain. Social media also provides data more quickly than traditional epidemiological studies, which can take years to complete.

  • T cells found to require rest and maintenance
    on May 27, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    T cells, biology textbooks teach us, are the soldiers of the immune system, constantly on the ready to respond to a variety of threats, from viruses to tumors. However, without rest and maintenance T cells can die and leave their hosts more susceptible to pathogens, Yale scientists report May 27 in the journal Science.

  • Circular RNA circCCNB1 found to inhibit the migration and invasion of nasopharyngeal carcinoma
    on May 27, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is the most common malignant tumor of the head and neck in Southeast Asia and Southern China and originates from the epithelial tissue of the nasopharynx. Most NPCs are non-keratinizing cancers, which are prone to migration and invasion. Since the early symptoms of NPC are atypical, most patients are diagnosed after having lymph node or distant metastasis. The prognoses of late-stage patients are relatively poor. Therefore, exploring the molecular mechanism of NPC migration and invasion and identifying novel molecular markers or targets are very important for […]

  • Burnout in emergency medicine workers hits a new high
    on May 27, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a prolonged increase in workload and stress among specialists in many healthcare sectors, but this has been particularly noticeable in emergency medicine (EM). A survey carried out by the European Society for Emergency Medicine (EUSEM) among EM professionals in 89 countries showed that 62% of the responders had at least one symptom of burnout syndrome, and 31.2% had two. Results from the survey are published today in the European Journal of Emergency Medicine.

  • How dangerous is monkeypox?
    on May 27, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    Monkeypox, which is normally encountered in Central and Western Africa, has spread to more than a dozen countries, including the United States. Cases in the current outbreak now number in the hundreds. This has fueled more infection fears, no surprise in the wake of the still quite active COVID pandemic.

  • Argentina reports case of monkeypox; man traveled from Spain
    on May 27, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Argentina reported a case of the monkeypox virus on Friday in a man who recently traveled to Spain. It also reported a suspected case of the rare virus in another person.

  • Planning a holiday? What's the COVID situation in Bali, Fiji, NZ and the UK?
    on May 27, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Many of us are considering a long-delayed overseas trip. However, despite what our politicians are telling us, the pandemic is not over yet, and there is always the risk you could catch COVID on holiday or just before you depart.

  • New liver and kidney disease identified
    on May 27, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Scientists have identified a new disease in a ground-breaking discovery that could help patients with unexplained liver and kidney problems.

  • Study: Autistic individuals have poorer health and health care
    on May 27, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    Autistic individuals are more likely to have chronic mental and physical health conditions, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. Autistic individuals also report lower quality health care than others.

  • Genetic mutations can be benign or cancerous. New method to differentiate them could lead to better...
    on May 27, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    Most of the roughly 40 trillion cells of your body have nearly identical copies of your genome—the DNA inherited from your parents, containing instructions for everything from converting food to energy to fighting off infections. Healthy cells become cancerous through harmful mutations in the genome. If a cell's genome is damaged by ultraviolet light, for example, it can result in mutations that tell the cell to grow uncontrollably and form a tumor.