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Genetic Counseling Improved with Telemedicine Approach

Genetic counseling for cancer patients has become standard of care at academic medical centers, but patients cared for at community-based medical practices across the United States may not have access to these resources. Video and phone sessions can close that gap and bring genetic counseling to patients who would not otherwise have the chance to receive it, according to a new study from the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center.

Origin Of Phycotoxins in Marine Shellfish

Massive phytoplankton proliferation and the consequent release of toxic metabolites can be responsible for seafood poisoning outbreaks: filter-feeding mollusks, such as shellfish, mussels, oysters or clams, can accumulate these toxins throughout the food chain and present a threat for consumers’ health.

Walking Pace Linked With All-Cause Mortality, New Findings

Walking at an average pace was found to be associated with a 20% risk reduction for all-cause mortality compared with walking at a slow pace, while walking at a brisk or fast pace was associated with a risk reduction of 24%. A similar result was found for risk of cardiovascular disease mortality, with a reduction of 24%walking at an average pace and 21% walking at a brisk or fast pace, compared to walking at a slow pace.

New Way To Control Blood Pressure

A new study found new and better ways to fight hypertension and low blood pressure may be in the offing. The team showed that Galectin-1, a protein in our body, influences the function of another protein known as L-type (CaV1.2) calcium channel found on the arteries that normally acts to contract the blood vessels. By reducing the activity of these calcium channels, Galectin-1 is able to lower blood pressure. The study was published online in Circulation.

New Device For The Diagnosis Of Schizophrenia

A new study found portable device common in optometrists' offices may hold the key to faster diagnosis of schizophrenia, predicting relapse and symptom severity and assessing treatment effectiveness. Researchers used RETeval, a hand-held device developed to record electrical activity from the retina, to replicate and extend prior studies showing that people with schizophrenia had abnormal electrical activity in the retina. The study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology,