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Geriatrics

Physicians In Older Patient Care To Meet Growing Demand

As the country’s aging population grows, experts say there aren’t enough medical specialists who care for older adults, with one study estimating a shortage of nearly 27,000 geriatricians by 2025. Because That demand is part of the reason the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is going beyond the books; working with…

Tobacco

Nicotine Linked With SIDS and Cardiac Arrhythmias

Fetal exposure to tobacco smoke in utero is associated with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and cardiac arrhythmias in newborns. In a novel study in rabbits, investigators provide the first evidence linking fetal exposure to nicotine to long-term alterations of the cardiac sodium current. These changes may impair adaptation of the cardiac sodium current to…

Prostatectomy

After Prostatectomy A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Men who score high for the personality trait of neuroticism tend to have worse recovery and suffer from more adverse; events following radical prostatectomy than men with more with a more serene outlook on life; investigators reported here at the European Association of Urology (EAU) 2019 Congress. Neuroticism was by using the validated Eysenck Personality…

Biotechnology

Microneedle Technology Gets Green Light

Innovators at Cardiff Medicentre have pioneered microneedle technology that could end certain types of injections. Picofluidics Ltd – based at Cardiff University’s medtech incubator—has completed rigorous proof of concept tests. Working with scientists from Coventry University and backed by funding from Innovate UK, Picofluidics is preparing to go to market. Thinner than human hair, microneedles deliver…

General surgery

Frailty Before Surgery Tied to More Complications

Patients who are frail before surgery are more likely to have serious complications afterward and increased costs of care; suggesting that frailty should be factored into risk calculations before surgery, researchers say. The study team assessed 14,530 patients for frailty before common non-emergency operations such as heart surgery, cancer operations, plastic surgery and organ transplants.…

Medical Genetics

Need To Increase Diversity Within Genetic Data Sets

Polygenic scores can predict a person’s risk for conditions like coronary artery disease, breast cancer; and type 2 diabetes (T2D) with great accuracy; even in patients who lack common warning signs. This new genome analysis tool holds promise for physicians, who may be able to intervene earlier to help prevent common disease for at-risk individuals.…

Antibiotic prescribing

Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescribing In SA

A study by researchers at Wits and the London School of Economics has revealed very high rates; of antibiotic prescribing in South Africa. Researchers in the Centre for Health Policy in the Wits School of Public Health and in the Department of Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science shared the…

Hospital Deaths

Bereavement Service May Help Curb Legal Action After Hospital Deaths

Hospital bereavement services that are led by senior doctors and nurses and the person responsible for quality and safety may help to curb patient complaints and legal action in the wake of a difficult death, suggest the results of a pilot study, carried out at one NHS hospital trust and published online in the journal BMJ…

Immune haematology

Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Combo Efficacious For Patients

A combination of the anti-CTLA-4 immunotherapeutic ipilimumab and the anti-PD-1 immunotherapeutic nivolumab (Opdivo) showed clinical benefit among patients with rare, high-grade neuroendocrine carcinoma, according to results from the DART phase II clinical trial presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2019, March 29-April 3. Performing clinical trials “Rare tumor types, as an aggregate, represent nearly a…

Heart Disease

Poor Lung Function Linked To Increased Risk Of Heart Disease

In the study, published in the journal Communications Biology, researchers examine over 800 places in the human genome known to be associated with adult height and also evaluated data suggesting that lower height increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. Long-term lung conditions are traditionally separate into two main categories as…

Women in airspace

Delivering Middle East's Aviation Aspirations

Women in airspace have transitioned from being employed as flight attendants to premier cockpit controllers. Today, a fifth of students enrolling for a commercial flying license in India, the world’s second-most populous country, are women, which is way higher than other countries. Compared with other countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region,…

'Taste bud cells'

'Taste Bud Cells' in Mice Lungs After Severe Bout of Flu

Most people who weather an infection with influenza fully recover after a week or two. But for some, a severe case of the flu can actually reshape the architecture of their lungs; and forever compromise their respiratory function. With a surprising new finding, researchers from Penn have identified; what they believe to be a major…