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Tears may be reliable, noninvasive biological marker of Parkinson's disease

11 hours 14 min ago
Tears may hold clues to whether someone has Parkinson's disease, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April 21 to 27, 2018.

Study finds lower intellectual functioning in kids with chronic kidney disease

11 hours 22 min ago
Children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) may have lower intellectual functioning compared with the general population, with mild deficits across academic skills, executive function, and visual and verbal memory.

Well-being of individuals matters after AOD treatment

12 hours 19 min ago
Alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment and recovery research typically focuses on outcomes such as 'days abstinent.' Yet the degree to which individuals may be functioning better physically, socially and psychologically, how happy they may be, and their levels of self-esteem may be equally important as measures of progress.

Amputees participate in UT Southwestern’s neural interfacing study

12 hours 58 min ago
Michael "Shawn" Findley, a 44-year-old amputee with a wiring harness emerging from his upper left arm, is working with a UT Southwestern team to help change the way robotic hand biofeedback occurs. Ultimately, he hopes this research may lead to the closest thing to feeling in the hands of every amputee.

Impairment of interneuron migration could lead to cortical malformation

13 hours 36 min ago
A team from the University of Liège has discovered a new crosstalk between the migrating inhibitory interneurons and the stem cells that generate the excitatory neurons.

Exposure to toxicants reduces when smokers switch from cigarettes to glo, study reveals

13 hours 54 min ago
A clinical study conducted by scientists at British American Tobacco have revealed that when smokers switch completely from cigarettes to glo, their exposure to certain cigarette smoke toxicants is significantly reduced, in some cases to levels comparable to those seen in smokers who quit smoking completely.

Study highlights risks involved in short-term use of PICCs

14 hours 9 sec ago
Many hospital patients get medicine or nutrition delivered straight into their bloodstream through a tiny device called a PICC. In just a decade, it's become the go-to device for intravenous care.

Study shows no increase in complications with 'ad lib' oral intake during labor

14 hours 29 min ago
At most US maternity units, women in labor are put on nil per os status--they're not allowed to eat or drink anything, except ice chips. But new nursing research questions that policy, showing no increase in risks for women who are allowed to eat and drink during labor.

Exercise-related posts influence health of social media pals

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 23:09
We all have that Facebook friend -- or 10 -- who regularly posts photos of his or her fitness pursuits: on the elliptical at the gym, hiking through the wilderness, crossing a 10K finish line.

Study supports benefits of meditation in control of attention and emotions

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 23:00
The study's findings show that mental silence experienced through Sahaja Yoga meditation is associated with the development of neural networks and areas that are crucial for the control of attention and emotions.

Children from low-income areas have poor outcomes after heart surgery, study finds

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 12:49
Children from low-income neighborhoods had a higher mortality rate and higher hospital costs after heart surgery compared with those from higher-income neighborhoods, found a national study of more than 86,000 kids with congenital heart disease.

Researchers developing rapid saliva test to detect Zika virus

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 12:45
Researchers at New York University College of Dentistry, in collaboration with Rheonix, Inc., are developing a novel test for Zika virus that uses saliva to identify diagnostic markers of the virus in a fraction of the time of current commercial tests.

New research project to determine why mine dust-related lung diseases are on the rise

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 12:41
The passage of critical mine health and safety legislation in the late 1960s, along with advances in technology and safety practices, helped to decrease the prevalence of lung diseases for miners. But starting in the mid-1990s, there was a significant documented increase in lung diseases among coal workers, especially among younger workers.

Study provides insight into neurobiology of dying

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 10:29
A new Annals of Neurology study provides insight into the neurobiology of dying. For the study, investigators performed continuous patient monitoring following Do Not Resuscitate - Comfort Care orders in patients with devastating brain injury to investigate the mechanisms and timing of events in the brain and the circulation during the dying process.

Study finds tobacco smoke exposure among most adolescents in economically disadvantaged population

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 10:24
Ninety-four percent of adolescents ages 13 to 19 in an economically disadvantaged, largely minority population in San Francisco had measurable levels of a biomarker specific for exposure to tobacco smoke.

Discovery may result in new medication to build stronger muscles in old age

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 10:17
As we grow older, our muscular function declines. A new study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows how an unexpectedly high number of mutations in the stem cells of muscles impair cell regeneration.

New two-child policy in China could negatively affect women's status and gender equality

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 08:53
Since China ended its one-child policy allowing all families to have up to two children, an additional 90 million women have become eligible to have a second child. But new UBC sociology research suggests the new universal two-child policy could be negatively affecting women's status and gender equality.

Older adults with dementia more likely to be readmitted to hospital after discharge

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 08:49
About 25 percent of older adults admitted to hospitals have dementia and are at increased risk for serious problems like in-hospital falls and delirium (the medical term for an abrupt, rapid change in mental function). As a result, older adults with dementia are more likely to do poorly during hospital stays compared to older adults without dementia.

Repeated sick days do not affect children's learning ability, study shows

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 08:40
A fevered and listless child with ear pain, a bad cough or snot running out of their nose is a well-known phenomenon in most families with children.

Researchers discover mechanism that could open doors to new treatments for celiac disease

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 08:35
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects by some estimates nearly 1 in 100 people. Celiac disease symptoms are triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat and related plants, but gluten doesn't act alone to cause the digestive symptoms that patients suffer.