Even One Extra Walk a Day May Make a Big Difference

How many steps should people take every day for good health? A new study of activity and mortality in older women finds that the total could be lower than many of us expect and that even small increases in steps can be meaningful. The study also side-eyes the validity, utility and origin of the common…

Details

Becoming a Digital Grandparent

Emerging from a theater on a recent Sunday, I turned on my phone and found a flurry of texts from my daughter. My 2-year-old granddaughter had just smashed her thumb in a closing restaurant door. Wincing, I read on: They were headed for an urgent care clinic. They were waiting for X-rays. The thumb was…

Details

Medical News Today: Why 6 fingers per hand are better than 5

Some people around the world have polydactyly, meaning that they are born with extra fingers on their hands or extra toes on their feet. Some doctors may refer to this as a «malformation,» but does polydactyly actually bring benefits to an individual? People with polydactyly can use just one hand to perform tasks for which…

Details

Study suggests new computer analytics may solve the hospital readmission puzzle

BALTIMORE, Md, June 5, 2019 -A University of Maryland School of Medicine study suggests that a novel machine learning model developed at the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), called the Baltimore score (B score), may help hospitals better predict which discharged patients are likely to be readmitted. The research was led by Daniel Morgan,…

Details

Mosquito control program reduces dengue, costs in Sri Lanka

A public health, police, and military partnership to reduce the mosquito population in Sri Lanka resulted in a more than 50-percent reduction in dengue, as well as cost savings, finds a study from an international team of researchers led by NYU College of Global Public Health. The findings are published in The Lancet Planetary Health.…

Details

Safe consumption spaces would be welcomed by high-risk opioid users

A large majority of people who use heroin and fentanyl would be willing to use safe consumption spaces where they could obtain sterile syringes and have medical support in case of overdose, suggests a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In the study, published June 5 in the…

Details

UA physician to study sleep apnea and heart health

IMAGE: Salma Patel, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor and sleep medicine specialist in the UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, has won a $100,000 Career Development Award… view more  Credit: UA Health Sciences TUCSON, Ariz. — Obstructive sleep apnea is a common condition that has been associated with increased mortality, especially in…

Details

A pluralistic approach to thinking about the human microbiome

In «The Conceptual Ecology of the Human Microbiome,» published in the June 2019 issue of The Quarterly Review of Biology, Nicolae Morar and Brendan J. M. Bohannan examine in detail the different metaphors scientists use to describe the human microbiome. Because it appears that each view has both advantages and disadvantages, the authors suggest the…

Details

Study: New drug regimens improve outcomes for kidney transplant patients

IMAGE: BEST trial investigators E. Steve Woodle, M.D., and Rita Alloway, Pharm.D., both of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. view more  CINCINNATI (June 5, 2019) — Preliminary results from a $5.2 million clinical trial led by University of Cincinnati researchers show that the immunosuppressive drug belatacept can help safely and effectively treat kidney transplant…

Details

To see how invading predators change an ecosystem, watch the prey, say researchers

IMAGE: To study the impacts of invading predators, a research team led by Princeton’s Rob Pringle used three lizard species: one predator, the curly-tailed lizard (Leiocephalus carinatus, bottom left), and two… view more  Credit: Jonathan Losos, Washington University (bottom right) and Kiyoko Gotanda, McGill University (bottom left and top) Invading predators can devastate an ecosystem. In…

Details