Study suggests greater social support linked to lower diabetes distress

New research reveals a perceived lack of support from family and friends affects a patient’s ability to manage type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Among vulnerable populations, the necessary modifications to daily lifestyle can be difficult to maintain without adequate social support, leading to diabetes-related…

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New discovery may change how dexamethasone is prescribed for some COVID-19 patients

Research has shown that dexamethasone, a widely available steroid, can significantly reduce the chance of death from COVID-19. However, because of the way dexamethasone is transmitted throughout the body, it may be less effective in patients with diabetes, according to new research performed at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)…

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Study finds patients prefer doctors who share their same race/ethnicity

PHILADELPHIA — Patients who shared the same racial or ethnic background as their physician were more likely to give the maximum patient rating score, according to a new analysis of 117,589 patient surveys from 2014 to 2017. The findings, from a team of Penn Medicine researchers, were published today in JAMA Network Open. «What it…

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Cleveland Clinic researchers identify melatonin as possible COVID-19 treatment

CLEVELAND — Results from a new Cleveland Clinic-led study suggest that melatonin, a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and is commonly used as an over-the-counter sleep aid, may be a viable treatment option for COVID-19. As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world, particularly with cases rising during what some have termed the «fall…

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Wake Forest Baptist scientists to develop flu vaccine for newborns

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Nov. 9, 2020 — Newborns and young infants are particularly susceptible to the flu and are six times more likely to die from the infection than older children. Currently there is no flu vaccine available for babies less than 6 months old. But thanks to a $2.9 million, four-year grant from the…

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Georgia State researchers to combat suicide among older adults during COVID-19

ATLANTA—With a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) researchers are developing and evaluating the Belonging and Empathy, With Intentional Targeted Helping (BE WITH) project, which is designed to reduce social isolation, loneliness and elevated suicide risk in racially diverse older adults, the demographic hardest hit by COVID-19. Georgia…

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Researchers isolate and decode brain signal patterns for specific behaviors

At any given moment in time, our brain is involved in various activities. For example, when typing on a keyboard, our brain not only dictates our finger movements but also how thirsty we feel at that time. As a result, brain signals contain dynamic neural patterns that reflect a combination of these activities simultaneously. A…

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Three-nation research to examine relationships between social factors and epigenetics

A new three-nation project will examine how social, economic, psychological, environmental and behavioral circumstances in childhood influence gene expression and affect health and aging later in life. The cooperation brings together large longitudinal studies in the US, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This unique international collaboration will examine social, economic, health and epigenetic data…

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Large, delayed outbreaks of endemic diseases possible following COVID-19 controls

Measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as mask wearing and social distancing are a key tool in combatting the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These actions also have greatly reduced incidence of many other diseases, including influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Current reductions in these common respiratory…

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