Patients who receive prescription opioids are more satisfied with care than other patients

Public Release: 9-Jan-2018   Prescription opioid use and satisfaction with care among adults with musculoskeletal conditions American Academy of Family Physicians Patients with musculoskeletal conditions who receive prescription opioids are more satisfied with their care than comparable patients who do not receive opioids. In a study of nationally representative data, 13 percent (2,564) of more…

Common birth control shot linked to a 40% increased risk of HIV infection

Public Release: 4-Jan-2018 Research indicates alternative contraception methods may help protect women The Endocrine Society WASHINGTON–Transitioning away from a popular contraceptive shot known as DMPA could help protect women in Sub-Saharan Africa and other high-risk regions from becoming infected with HIV, according to a research review published in the Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrine Reviews. The…

1500 years ago Life Expectancy was about 70 not 40

Public Release: 3-Jan-2018 Redefining knowledge of elderly people throughout history Australian National University An archaeologist from The Australian National University (ANU) is set to redefine what we know about elderly people in cultures throughout history, and dispel the myth that most people didn’t live much past 40 prior to modern medicine. Christine Cave, a PhD…

‘Man flu’ may be real

Public Release: 11-Dec-2017   Article explores whether men are wimps or just have weaker immune systems BMJ The much-debated phenomenon of “man flu” may have some basis in fact, suggests an article published in the Christmas issue of The BMJ. A Canadian academic investigated the claim of man flu, meaning a cold or similar minor…

Antibiotics may reduce the ability of immune cells to kill bacteria

Public Release: 30-Nov-2017   Researchers found that in mice, antibiotics can directly remodel the biochemical environment of cells during infection, sometimes deleteriously Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Antibiotics normally act in concert with an organism’s immune system to eliminate an infection. However, the drugs can have broad side effects, including eliminating “good” bacteria in…

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease may have mutated to become infectious through skin contact

Public Release: 22-Nov-2017 Researchers find infectious prions in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease patient skin Case Western Reserve University Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)–the human equivalent of mad cow disease–is caused by rogue, misfolded protein aggregates termed prions, which are infectious and cause fatal damages in the patient’s brain. CJD patients develop signature microscopic sponge-like holes in their brains. The…

Women’s health has worsened while men’s health has improved, trends since 1990 show

Public Release: 21-Nov-2017   Umea University   Caption Trends indicating “worse” or “better” self-rated health 1990-2014. Light purple columns indicate better while dark purple columns indivate worse health among men according to a self-rated comparison with peers. For women the light green column indicate better while the dark green indicate worse. Data from Northern Sweden’s…

Parkinson’s disease: A looming pandemic

Public Release: 13-Nov-2017   University of Rochester Medical Center New research shows that the number of people with Parkinson’s disease will soon grow to pandemic proportions. In a commentary appearing today in the journal JAMA Neurology, University of Rochester Medical Center neurologist Ray Dorsey, M.D. and Bastiaan Bloem, M.D., Ph.D., with Radboud University Medical Center…

Fighting rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and progression with a list of food items proven beneficial

Fighting rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and progression with a list of food items proven beneficial Fighting rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and progression with a list of food items proven beneficialResearchers created a list of food items with proven beneficial effects on the progression and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis based upon prior clinical studies. As well as bringing…