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An Older Person's Emergency Case Often Signals To Serious Issue

In this study, researchers found Six months after visiting the ER, seniors were 14 percent more likely to have acquired a disability, an inability to independently bathe, dress, climb down a flight of stairs, shop, manage finances, for instance than older adults of the same age, with a similar illness and does not end up with ER. These older adults weren't admitted to the hospital from the ER; they returned home after their visits, as do about two-thirds of seniors who go to ERs, nationally. This study got published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Relationship between selenium levels and the risk of laryngeal cancer

According to this study, researchers conducted observational studies between selenium status and the risk of laryngeal cancer. Selenium is an essential trace element which is a cofactor for several antioxidant enzymes, and as a result, there has been much interest in the potential health benefits of adequate selenium status. Epidemiologic evidence is still emerging with respect to the full spectrum of the health benefits associated with selenium status.

Low-level Radiation Exposure is Less of Health Risk than Modern Living

Human populations have always been exposed to ionizing radiation, and more so in modern life due to its use in medicine, industry and the armed forces. Whilst the risks to human health from medium and high-level radiation are relatively well-understood, the risks at lower levels are less clear. A new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society revealed that health risks associated with low-level exposure to ionizing radiation are less pronounced compared to other lifestyle factors such as obesity, smoking and air pollution.

New Hope for Patients Awaiting Corneal Transplants

Jonathan Lass of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has found that corneal donor tissue can be safely stored for 11 days before transplantation surgery to correct eye problems in people with diseases of the cornea. This is four days longer than the current conventional maximum of seven days in the United States. The findings were published in the  JAMA Ophthalmology .

Development of Gene Regulation Map in Human Neurogenesis

UCLA researchers have developed the first map of gene regulation in human neurogenesis, the process by which neural stem cells turn into brain cells and the cerebral cortex expands in size. The scientists identified factors that govern the growth of our brains and, in some cases, set the stage for several brain disorders that appear later in life.