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Driving Anxiety Experienced By Many Older Adults

Driving anxiety is experienced by many older adults in New Zealand, especially among women and those aged over 70, recent collaborative research shows. In a nationwide survey of 1170 drivers aged 65 and over, researchers from the University of Otago, Massey University and the University of Auckland found 62.3% reported no driving anxiety, 27% reported mild driving anxiety and 10.7 endorsed more moderate to extreme levels.

Intensive Care Survival not linked to calorie intake

Increasing the calorie intake for an intensive care patient does not improve their chances of survival. Presented on Monday afternoon at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) congress in Paris, the study involved almost 4,000 patients across 46 intensive care units (ICUs) in Australia and New Zealand.

Optimal calorie delivery during critical illness is uncertain and patients typically receive only 50-60% recommended requirements.

FUT2 Variants Confer Susceptibility to Familial Otitis Media

Researchers have found multiple genetic variants within the FUT2 gene that makes some people especially susceptible to middle ear infections. Middle ear infections are very common in kids. By the time they are 1-year-old around half of the fever, ear pain or pus/fluid in the middle ear due to infection.

Some of these infections may recur or become chronic thus requiring surgery. The FUT2 gene is expressed in the salivary gland, colon, and lungs but its expression in the middle ear has not been previously reported.

To Investigate The Prevalence Of Depression Among Diabetics & Glycemic Control

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic noncommunicable disease characterized by hyperglycemia and is associated with chronic disorders affecting the overall quality of life. As of 2017, the prevalence of diabetes in Lebanon is estimated to be 14.6%.

Depression is noted to be common among Lebanese citizens, present in around 17.3%. This study aims to investigate the prevalence of depression among diabetics and their relationship with poor glycemic control and diabetes.