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Statins reduce the formation of brown adipose tissue

A certain proportion of the adult population has not only white adipose (or fatty) tissue, but also the brown kind. This brown adipose tissue helps to convert sugar and fat into heat. People with brown adipose tissue are better at regulating their body temperature in the winter, and are less likely to suffer from excess weight or diabetes.
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Finding ways to reduce head impacts in youth football

The high head impact and concussion rates in football are of increasing concern, especially for younger players.
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New treatment for adults with rare, life-threatening blood disease receives FDA approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Ultomiris (ravulizumab) injection for the treatment of adult patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a rare and life-threatening blood disease.
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Refund on the way to latest ‘Bill of the Month’ patient

Sarah Witter had to pay for a second surgery to repair her broken leg after a metal plate installed during the first surgery broke. On Friday, she got a more welcome break — a $6,358.26 refund from the hospital and her insurer.
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Study shows high rates of antibiotic overuse in patients undergoing common urological procedures

A new study suggests that antibiotics are being overused in up to 60 percent of patients undergoing common urological procedures.
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Hospital readmission reduction program associated with increase in post-discharge mortality

A policy designed to reduce hospital readmissions through financial penalties was associated with a significant increase in post-discharge mortality for patients with heart failure and pneumonia, according to a large-scale study by researchers in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology.
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Study examines opioid prescribing rates for pediatric patients in EDs

Opioids for pain management in pediatric patients are sometimes necessary but their use has raised concerns about the effects of opioids and later abuse.
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Study explores causes for rising rate of hospitalizations among homeless individuals

A homeless individual is one who lacks fixed and reliable housing, and approximately 553,000 people fit that description on any given night in the United States.
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Your supplies could soon arrive by drone

Whether they are disrupting flights at London's Gatwick Airport or racing around stadiums in one of the world's newest sports, drones are being put to use in an ever wider variety of ways.
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FDA approves new treatment for rare disease of the bone marrow and blood

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Elzonris (tagraxofusp-erzs) infusion for the treatment of blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm in adults and in pediatric patients, two years of age and older.
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Harvest Bible Chapel Acknowledges Failures, Still Claims Only Three Defendants

Promising a change of tone, Harvest Bible Chapel posted tonight on the church’s website what is described as an acknowledgment of failures and deficits. In an admission that they have been marginalizing critics, the church promised to stop: The Executive Committee of the Elders has declared a moratorium on all efforts to minimize or marginalize our critics, except a carefully considered and conscious decision to pursue a legal remedy regarding attacks against the church that upon advice of couns...
Tags: Health, Infertility, Executive Committee, James MacDonald, Harvest Bible Chapel


Massachusetts stroke patient receives ‘outrageous’ $474,725 medical flight bill

Kristina Cunningham was in stable condition on an evening in June, when EMTs lifted her gurney into a medical flight, bound for Boston.
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Combination of statins and Mediterranean diet more effective in reducing cardiovascular mortality risk

For those who have already had a heart attack or a stroke, the combination of statins and Mediterranean Diet appears to be the most effective choice to reduce the risk of mortality, especially from cardiovascular causes.
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How Returning Aggregate Research Results Impacts Interest in Research Engagement and Planned Actions Relevant to Health Care Decision Making: Cohort Study

Background: Collection of patient-reported outcomes measures (PROs) may augment clinical data and inform health research, improving care, yet approaches to sustaining interest among patient cohorts in research participation are needed. One approach may involve returning aggregate research results (ARRs), which may help patients contextualize personal experiences, prompt conversations with providers or family, and encourage information seeking. This model has been demonstrated for Web-based patie...
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Electronic Consultation Services Worldwide: Environmental Scan

Background: Excessive wait times for specialist care pose a serious concern for many patients, leading to duplication of tests, patient anxiety, and poorer health outcomes. In response to this issue, many health care systems have begun implementing technological innovations designed to improve the referral-consultation process. Among these services is electronic consultation (eConsult), which connects primary care providers and specialists through a secure platform to facilitate discussion of pa...
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Air pollution linked with development of Alzheimer's in Mexico City children

A new study by researchers at the Universities of Montana, Valle de México, Boise State, Universidad Veracruzana, Instituto Nacional de Pediatría and Paul-Flechsig-Institute for Brain Research heightens together with German company Analytik Jena concerns over the evolving and relentless Alzheimer's pathology observed in young Metropolitan Mexico City urbanites.
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Researchers develop artificial intelligence system to diagnose, classify brain hemorrhages

A team of investigators from the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiology has developed a system using artificial intelligence to quickly diagnose and classify brain hemorrhages and to provide the basis of its decisions from relatively small image datasets.
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WHO IS SAINT RITA? WHY DOES SHE HELP WITH INFERTILITY?

Saint Rita of Cascia Saint Rita is known as the saint for seemingly impossible causes. If you are struggling with infertility or miscarriage, getting pregnant seems like the impossible dream. Every month that goes by without a pregnancy or every miscarried baby adds to the desperation and feeling of hopelessness that you will never achieve the one thing you want the most: a child. Yet, many women who have gone through the throes of infertility do get pregnant naturally. I am a perfect...
Tags: Health, Jesus, Christ, Infertility, Rita, Antonio, St Rita of Cascia, Mary Magdalen, Sandy Robertson, Saint Rita, Guelphs, St Rita, Saint Rita of Cascia Saint Rita, Amata Lotti, Cascia Italy, Paolo Mancini


Southern California’s Newcastle disease toll on chickens rises to 60,000, including commercial flock

After appearing to have taken the upper hand on the bird-killing Newcastle disease outbreak in Southern California, officials this month announced a commercial chicken flock in Riverside County had been infected and that mandatory euthanasia operations has expanded to include Riverside County’s greater Perris area. Since the outbreak of the virus in mid-May, about 60,000 birds – mostly chickens – have been euthanized, according to Steve Lyle, spokesman for the California Department of Agricultur...
Tags: Health, News, California, Environment, Usda, Sport, Soccer, Newcastle, Riverside County, Southern California, Compton, Ventura, U S Department of Agriculture, Lyle, San Bernardino County, CDFA


The rewards of being a designated airman medical examiner

For the last 25 years, I have had the privilege of being a designated airman medical examiner by the Federal Aviation Administration. To earn that privilege, it required flying to FAA headquarters and taking a one-week training course followed by refresher training material every three years. The FAA grades medical examiners annually by our judgment […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Hey Juul Employees, What Are You Going to Do With Your Big Tobacco Riches?

Following news that Juul had secured a massive, nearly $13 billion deal with Big Tobacco, it was also revealed that staff of the vape company stood to receive bonuses potentially reaching in the multimillions.Read more...
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Bellabeat’s new hybrid smartwatch tracks your stress…and goes with your outfit

Bellabeat, the company behind a variety of health and wellness wearable devices aimed at women, is now selling its first smartwatch. The device, which is simply called “Time,” was announced earlier this month right in the midst of holiday shopping season. Like other fitness trackers, the watch is capable of basic tasks like counting your steps, tracking sleep patterns, and reminding you to move. But unlike traditional smartwatches -which, aesthetically, are still very much just a screen on yo...
Tags: Apple, Health, Wellness, Gadgets, Wearable, Fitness, Fitness Tracker, Smartwatch, Time, Women, Tech, Watch, Apple Watch, Bellabeat, Michael Kors, Urska Srsen


Do You Have a Healthy Personality?

A new study helps define what a healthy personality looks like. Am I normal? Do I have a good personality? We’ve all wondered these things. A new study from the University of California, Davis, presents insights in what the most psychologically healthy personality traits are. To create the theory, researchers used what’s called the “Big Five” personality traits, based on years of psychological models, so let’s take a quick look at those: Neuroticism. This sounds bad, but is really examining h...
Tags: Psychology, Study, Personality, Low, Publishers, Big Five, Better, Spirituality & Health, University of California Davis, Personality Traits, Wiebke Bleidorn, Healthy Personality


Syracuse cops falsely accuse man of rectal dope-stashing and take him to hospital for nonconsensual anal probe; now he must pay $4600 for the procedure

In October 2017, Syracuse cops arrested Torrence Jackson with a small amount of marijuana and accused him of hiding drugs in his rectum (the officers say they saw him shift in his seat and concluded that he'd put drugs up his butt). They took him to St Joseph's Hospital where he was nonconsensually X-rayed; when that revealed no drugs, officers told doctors to force sedation on Jackson and then put a tube and camera up his rectum. Two doctors refused to perform the procedure, but eventuall...
Tags: Health, Post, New York, Human Rights, News, Police, Jackson, Syracuse, Blacklivesmatter, Keller, St Joseph, Ben Walsh, St Joe, St Joseph s Hospital, Torrence Jackson, Paying To Be Violated


Enhancing Privacy Controls for Patients via a Selective Authentic Electronic Health Record Exchange Service: Qualitative Study of Perspectives by Medical Professionals and Patients

Background: Patients’ privacy is regarded as essential for the patient-doctor relationship. One example of a privacy-enhancing technology for user-controlled data minimization on content level is a redactable signature. It enables users to redact personal information from signed documents while preserving the validity of the signature, and thus the authenticity of the document. In this study, we present end users’ evaluations of a Cloud-based selective authentic electronic health record (EHR) ex...
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Identifying Information Needs for Hirschsprung Disease Through Caregiver Involvement via Social Media: A Prioritization Study and Literature Review

Background: Patient and public involvement in health research is important to produce relevant and impactful results. Objective: This paper aimed to prioritize and summarize Hirschsprung disease (HD)–related information needs among caregivers of children with HD and pediatric surgeons through partnership with a parent-initiated social media campaign. Methods: We conducted a Web-based survey with the 2 stakeholder groups to identify information needs. The caregiver survey was conducted through a ...
Tags: Health, Hirschsprung, Canadian Association of Paediatric Surgeons


Using a Mobile Social Networking App to Promote Physical Activity: A Qualitative Study of Users’ Perspectives

Background: Despite many health benefits of physical activity, nearly a third of the world’s adult population is insufficiently active. Technological interventions, such as mobile apps, wearable trackers, and Web-based social networks, offer great promise in promoting physical activity, but little is known about users’ acceptability and long-term engagement with these interventions. Objective: The aim of this study was to understand users’ perspectives regarding a mobile social networking interv...
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The Effect of Using Geosocial Networking Apps on the HIV Incidence Rate Among Men Who Have Sex With Men: Eighteen-Month Prospective Cohort Study in Shenyang, China

Background: Men who have sex with men (MSM) frequently seek partners through mobile apps (geosocial networking [GSN] apps). However, it is unclear whether GSN apps’ use is associated with the increase in HIV incidence among MSM. Objective: The aim of this study was to clarify the characteristics of GSN apps’ users and to determine the association and putative mechanisms between GSN apps’ use behavior and HIV incidence. Methods: We conducted an 18-month prospective cohort study of MSM in Shenyang...
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Is a flexitarian diet right for you?

Going vegan or vegetarian might be a good choice for your health — as well as the environment — but not everyone wants to take the extreme measure of cutting meat and other animal products completely out of their diet. So, over the past five years, many who want to live a healthy life and/or do their part in the fight against climate change have opted for the flexitarian diet. What is flexitarianism? Flexitarianism doesn’t go as far as veganism or vegetarianism, but it does include some ...
Tags: Health, Meat, Food, UK, Design, Diet, Features, Healthy Eating, Veganism, Vegan, Eat & Drink, Clean Eating, Plant-based Diet, Animal Products, Vegetarian Diet, Flexitarian


Is shared decision-making applicable to only a minuscule fraction of encounters?

I recently attended a cardiology conference where a speaker proudly presented a case of shared decision-making.  It involved a young female athlete who had survived a cardiac arrest and was diagnosed as having an anomaly in her heart conduction system, putting her at risk for arrhythmia during exercise. She had received an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, and […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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