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Disability in arthritis

Interplay Between Pain And Disability In Arthritis

To examine the interplay between pain and disability in arthritis when adjusting for patient heterogeneity in pain progression. There is consistent evidence to suggest that people experience osteoarthritis heterogeneously; with subgroups of people having different trajectories of pain. However, at present, it is unclear how these pain trajectories are related to functional disability. Secondary analysis of a…

E-Scooter

Helmet Churn Adds To Challenges Of E-Scooter Disruption

You’re smiling as your e-scooter whispers along the riverside path. Without the helmet, the wind can blow through your hair and it looks good! You hear a shout, “Pull over!”, and turn to see police heading towards you with your helmet in hand. Police conducted a blitz on safety breaches by eletric scooter riders in Brisbane…

Radio daignosis

PET Imaging Improves MCI, Dementia Diagnoses

Amyloid positron emission tomography (PET) imaging in patients with suspected mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia results in more accurate diagnoses and alters patient management; results of a large, longitudinal study show. Overall, investigators found physicians altered treatment for about 62% of these patients following PET imaging  a percentage well in excess of the pre-specified 30%. Cognitive impairment…

Gastroenterology

Intestinal Helminths Boost Fat Burning

Intestinal infection with helminths a class of worm-like parasites prevented weight gain in laboratory mice on a high-fat diet. The helminths did so by boosting populations of bacteria that produce compounds that trigger increased energy consumption in the mice. The research is published in Infection and Immunity, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.…

Exercise

How to Start A Walking Group

Being active is the secret to staying healthy, and walking is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to get moving. So how about starting a walking group? It’s a great way to get exercise into your day and build stronger relationships with family, neighbors or co-workers. Walking is one of the safest forms…

Outbreak

Australia Ramps Up: Measles Warnings As Cases Jump

Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease; caused by the measles virus. Symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days. Initial symptoms typically include fever, often greater than 40 °C (104 °F), cough, runny nose, and inflamed eyes. Small white spots known as Koplik’s spots may form inside the mouth…

Heart

Culture, Paycheck, Neighborhood Key To Your Heart Health

Eating a low-fat diet, getting regular exercise and watching your weight can help lower risk for heart disease and stroke. But environmental and cultural factors also make a difference. So can how much you make for a living, especially if it barely brings in enough to pay for housing, groceries or the electricity bill. Social…

Marine fungus-derived compound

Lymphatic Endothelial Cells: Phomaketide A Inhibits Lymphangiogenesis

Cancer metastasis enables cancer cells to spread from the primary tumor and establish themselves in other tissues. Lymphatic circulation is a common route for cancer metastasis; with the thin walls and few tight junctions in the lymphatic vessels offering good permeability. Moreover, the lack of basal lamina and associated pericytes means that lymphatic capillaries have…

General surgery

Cutting Edge Procedure Mends Jagger's 'Heart of Stone'

When the Rolling Stone’s Mick Jagger underwent heart valve replacement surgery in New York recently, according to media reports the doctor in France who invented the technique took a modest bow. “I am not especially a fan of the Rolling Stones but I am please with the outcome,” Professor Alain Cribier told AFP. “What is…

General medicine

The New Truth About Aspirin, and Uptake of Medical Evidence

For decades, millions of patients have been taking a daily aspirin in an attempt to prevent hearts attacks and strokes. But in March 2019, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released guidelines declaring healthy adults with an average risk for heart disease receive no overall benefit from a daily aspirin. In simple…

disease progression in cystic fibrosis

Common Virus Linked to Faster Disease Progression: Cystic Fibrosis

A new study has found that cystic fibrosis patients who have a common virus may experience faster disease progression than patients who do not have the virus. Signs of faster cystic fibrosis disease progression included earlier times to lung transplant referral; and reaching the final stages of the disease. The study looked at the cytomegalovirus;…

Twinkling lights

Component Of The ELC's Preschool Autism Language And Social Skills

The relaxing sound of the ocean greets you as you take in the soft glow of twinkling lights around you and the smooth billows of white satin overhead. Sinking into the cozy hug of an oversized bean-bag chair; your mind begins to calm, absorbing the soothing ambiance and letting go of the day’s distractions. You…