Health

Genetic tests help identify relative risk of 25 cancer-associated mutations

What does a mutation mean? Increasingly, women who are tested for a panel of cancer-associated mutations are given a mixed bag of results. Advances in DNA sequencing have made it quicker, easier and cheaper to identify mutations in an ever-growing panel of cancer-associated genes. With the exception of a few well-studied mutations such as BRCA1 and BRCA2, however, the exact ...

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Maine Reports First Confirmed Case Of Measles In 20 Years

For the first time since 1997, Maine has reported a confirmed case of measles.  The state’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday that a person in Franklin County had been diagnosed with the highly contagious disease. Dr. Siiri Bennett, the state epidemiologist, told Bangor Daily News that the individual had caught the illness while traveling overseas. No other details ...

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Study Examines Opioid Use in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

A new analysis indicates that the use of opioid pain medications in older US rheumatoid arthritis patients peaked in 2010 and is now declining slightly. By 2014, 41% of rheumatoid arthritis patients were regular opioid users. In the analysis of 2006-2014 Medicare data on 70,929 rheumatoid arthritis patients, the most commonly received opioids were hydrocodone and propoxyphene. Regular opioid use ...

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Researchers identify best treatment for iron deficiency anemia in children

DALLAS – Researchers in the Department of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified the most effective treatment approach for children diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia (IDA). Anemia as the result of iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world, affecting up to 3 percent of U.S. children ages 1 to 2. Yet treatment methods and ...

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IUPUI study finds risk for binge drinking differs by race and income, changes with age

INDIANAPOLIS — A new study led by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis assistant professor of psychology Tamika Zapolski has found differing risks for binge drinking based on race, income and age. Zapolski found that while African-Americans and Hispanics in the lowest income bracket (annual incomes less than $ 20,000) have a lower risk of binge drinking during adolescence compared to whites, ...

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You Need To Give Up These Toxic Habits If You Want To Be Confident And Successful

According to a study from the University of Melbourne, individuals that gain high confidence are more likely to earn high wages and be promoted earlier and more frequently. If you want to be exceptionally successful, you must learn to be your own best cheerleader. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, who will? If you emanate confidence, others will ...

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Better Medical Care Could Cut Opioid Deaths By One-Third

The Senate health care bill would slash Medicaid funding and waive essential benefit requirements that include addiction coverage, severely cutting back coverage most Americans now have for opioid addiction treatment. The changes would leave 22 million more Americans without health insurance by 2026, according to a Congressional Budget Office assessment. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), lacking support to move ...

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Handheld scanner reveals vascularization in psoriasis patients

A newly developed tissue scanner allows looking under the skin of psoriasis patients. This provides clinically relevant information, such as the structure of skin layers and blood vessels, without the need for contrast agents or radiation exposure. A team of researchers from Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) recently introduced the technology in ‘Nature Biomedical Engineering’. ...

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