Scoring models underestimate risk of hospital readmission in neurocritical care patients

Scoring models used to predict 30-day readmission risk in the general hospital population may not accurately predict readmissions for patients in the neurocritical care unit, reports a study in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, official journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.
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First-ever European Meeting on CAR T Cell Therapy represents educational opportunity for healthcare professionals

CAR T Cell Therapy is revolutionizing the field of hematologic malignancies and has the potential to achieve cure for a number of dreadful diseases.
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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ Reading the tea leaves in blue wave’s wake

This week, "What the Health?" panelists discuss, among other things, how the House Democrats' leadership battle could affect the congressional health policy agenda.
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New Mainz-based Collaborative Research Center aims to explore DNA repair and genome stability

From January 1, 2019, the German Research Foundation will be funding the new Collaborative Research Center 1361 on Regulation of DNA Repair & Genome Stability.
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New project launched to map out lung cancer immunology

A 'rule book' to guide precision combination immunotherapies and to speed up the development of new lung cancer treatments will be created as part of a collaboration between Cancer Research UK, the Francis Crick Institute and Bristol-Myers Squibb, announced today (Friday).
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George Mason University program focuses on weight management for low-income Latino children

Latinos are one of the fastest growing populations in the United States and one of the largest communities in Prince William County, Virginia. Health-based outreach efforts and programs that provide targeted care for Latinos are limited, but a George Mason University program hopes to fix that.
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Research: Free-flap reconstruction has "generally good outcomes" in women aged 65 or older

Breast reconstruction using a "free flap" from the patient's abdomen is a safe procedure with a high success rate in older women opting for reconstruction after mastectomy, reports a study in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
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Innovative 'elastic' contrast media for more sensitive MRI diagnostics

Researchers from the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie have found a new method for obtaining high-quality images in magnetic resonance imaging, that requires less contrast medium compared to current methods.
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Controversial gene editing of embryos stopped by the Chinese authorities

The Chinese government has stopped the gene editing works of Professor He Jiankui calling it unlawful and unethical. Notably Professor Jiankui had recently claimed to have produced the world’s first pair of twins who have their genetic codes edited so that they would never be infected with HIV.
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CDC investigating fast-multiplying Asian Longhorned tick

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned about the spread of tick borne diseases across the United States in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that was released this week.
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HIV targets achieved by United Kingdom, says report

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids) target for 2020 is 90-90-90 which means 90 percent people with HIV would be diagnosed, 90 percent of those diagnosed would receive anti-HIV or anti-retroviral treatment and 90 percent of those treated with antiretroviral drugs would achieve suppression of their viral load so that they cannot transmit the infection to others.
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Paleo diet linked to heart disease biomarker

More than twice the amount of a key biomarker linked closely to heart disease has been found in the blood of people on the paleo diet.
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Insurance startup Bright Health raises $200M at ~$950M valuation

A flurry of digital-first insurers are betting they can surpass industry incumbents with a little help from technology and a lot of help from venture capitalists. The latest to land a massive check is Bright Health, a Minneapolis-headquartered provider of affordable individual, family and Medicare Advantage healthcare plans in Alabama,  Arizona ,  Colorado ,  New York City ,  Ohio  and  Tennessee. The company, founded by the former chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare Bob Sheehy; Kyle Rol...
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New report reveals effects of climate change, air pollution on human health

IIASA researchers have contributed to a major new report in The Lancet medical journal looking at the effects of climate change on human health, and the implications for society.
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Curry spice may improve exercise intolerance related to heart failure

New research suggests that curcumin, a main ingredient in curry, may improve exercise intolerance related to heart failure. The study is published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
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Researchers generate six antibodies to diagnose and treat Zika virus

Researchers have generated six Zika virus antibodies that could be used to test for and possibly treat a mosquito-borne disease that has infected more than 1.5 million people worldwide.
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Health care is on a different trajectory from most other businesses. Why is that?

Health care is on a different trajectory from most other businesses today. It’s a little hard to understand why. In business, mass market products and services have always competed on price or perceived quality. Think Walmart or Mercedes-Benz, even the Model T Ford. But the real money and the real excitement in business is moving […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Weight cycling could increase a person's risk of death, study shows

Weight cycling is associated with a higher risk of death, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
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Nasal surgery can reduce or eliminate chronic headaches in selected patients

Nasal surgery to relieve obstructed breathing can reduce or eliminate chronic headaches in selected patients, reports a paper in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
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Researchers identify inconspicuous protein as key to aggressive blood cancer

Five percent of acute leukemia cases are diagnosed as mixed lineage leukemia. MLL is an aggressive blood cancer that predominantly occurs in infants and has been difficult to treat.
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Sleeping sickness study could aid efforts to beat the disease

Key insights into how the parasites behind sleeping sickness boost their ability to spread could aid efforts to beat the disease.
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Physical inactivity viewed as serious public health concern by many Canadians

Physical inactivity is nearly on par with unhealthy diets and tobacco use as a public health concern among Canadians, a new UBC study has found.
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New Cochrane review assesses efficacy of pyrethroid-PBO nets for preventing malaria in Africa

Researchers from LSTM have confirmed that using pyrethroid-PBO treated nets to prevent malaria is more effective at killing mosquitoes in areas where there is a high level of resistance to pyrethroids.
Tags: Health, Africa, LSTM, New Cochrane, PBO

New strategy for developing cell replacement therapies to combat type 1 diabetes

Scientists have discovered the signals that determine the fate of immature cells in the pancreas. The research shows that they are very mobile and that their destiny is strongly influenced by their immediate environment.
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It looked like Downey man had a beer belly. It turned out he had a 77-pound tumor

By Christina Caron For months, Hector Hernandez, 47, didn’t understand why his stomach had gotten so big. “I just thought I was fat,” he said. “I’ve always been a big guy.” It would be a year and a half before he discovered that his large belly was actually a 77-pound tumor. In the meantime, he watched as it grew and grew. When he took the Los Angeles Metro to work every morning, people would stare. “I wore big jackets to try to cover up, but it was very noticeable,” he said in an interview Wedn...
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McDonald's touchscreens test positive for feces, dangerous bacteria

The Metro newspaper conducted a semi-scientific test of touchscreen kiosks in eight McDonald's restaurants in the U.K.All of them tested positive for various kinds of bacteria that can cause infection.Public touchscreens are known to harbor high amounts of bacteria, though tests also suggest the average smartphone isn't much cleaner. None A new test suggests you should strive to avoid public touchscreens — unless you don't mind getting poop and other infection-causing bacteria on your fingers.Th...
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Out of the Closet with OCD

I came out of the closet about my OCD shortly after the release of the film, As Good As It Gets , starring Jack Nicholson in 1997. I figured if a cool (but mean) character played by Nicholson could be afflicted, why not a nice guy like me? I hasten to admit that I don’t usually confess my predicament to just anyone; on the other hand, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s pure hell, of course, but it’s nothing to hide. I have read that Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder often starts between 18...
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3 Things People Get Wrong About the History of HIV and AIDS

What to know about the real story of this era-shaping virus
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Suicide, at 50-year peak, and drug overdoses push down U.S. life expectancy

By MIKE STOBBE NEW YORK  — Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. It was the most deaths in a single year since the government began counting more than a century ago. The increase partly reflects the nation’s growing and aging popul...
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Natural Sports Drink Startup Rallying Behind Texans

Q&A with Kasey Long, Marketing Director at Texas’s newest natural sports recovery drink: Rally Electrolyte Beverage As Kasey Long warms into her new role as the Marketing Director at sports drink startup Rally Electrolyte Beverage, her first priority was to understand the “why” of the product. The story she frequently hears is that people drink Rally to feel better, and do better, as they pursue a personal goal, quite often participating in a fitness event like the recent Cycle for Hope at LIFE...
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