Aggressive treatment of hypertension in stroke patients could do more harm than good in the long term, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Georgia.
According to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) report on road safety, more than 1.3 million people die on the world's roadways each year -- and millions more are injured or disabled.
The low unemployment rate in the US -- which fell to a 49-year low in September and October -- is good news to many people, but perhaps not to residents of nursing homes. A Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) study found that quality of care in nursing homes improves during periods of recession and worsens when the economy is good.
New estimates of disability among India's elderly population, based on the ability to carry out three basic living activities -- walking, dressing, and toileting -- show that the scale of the problem is much larger than suggested by the Indian national census.
The symposium presentation at the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Annual Meeting will review current topics in occupational risk analysis that health officials are currently challenged with, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in football and exposure to metals via dermal contact in the workplace.
The interactions that take place between the species of microbes living in the gastrointestinal system often have large and unpredicted effects on health, according to new work from a team led by Carnegie's Will Ludington. Working with fruit flies, the team found that the interactions that take place between the microbial populations are as important to a fly's physiology as which individual species are present.
An international phase-2 trial of a CAR-T cell therapy--to be published on-line Dec. 1 in the New England Journal of Medicine (and presented at the ASH annual meeting in San Diego)--found that 52 percent of patients responded favorably to the therapy; 40 percent had a complete response and 12 percent had a partial response. One year later, 65 percent percent of those patients were relapse-free, including 79 percent of complete responders. The median progression-free survival 'has not been reached.'
What needs to happen to entice more seniors up and out of their easy chairs? A five-year-long Norwegian study of elders called Generation 100 has found some answers by combing through 70 000 exercise logs.
In the largest prospective study of its kind, researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife used high-resolution tomography imaging to assess whether bone characteristics besides bone mineral density can predict risk of fracture. They found that assessing the microstructure of the two different types of bone tissues -- compact bone and spongy bone -- may be useful to predict the incidence of fragility fractures in those who would not otherwise be identified as at risk.
Clinical trials for preventing Alzheimer's disease in people with Down syndrome may soon be possible thanks to new research from King's College London. The researchers found changes in memory and attention are the earliest signs of Alzheimer's in Down syndrome, and these changes start in the early 40s.