Connecting the dots in the migraine brain

London, UK: A neuroimaging study recently published in the journal Cephalalgia, the official journal of the International Headache Society, shared more evidence of structural changes in the brain of migraine patients. The study, entitled «Structural connectivity alterations in chronic and episodic migraine: A diffusion magnetic resonance imaging connectomics study», was conducted by a multidisciplinary team…

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Yale-led team finds parents can curb teen drinking and driving

Binge drinking by teenagers in their senior year of high school is a strong predictor of dangerous behaviors later in life, including driving while impaired (DWI) and riding with an impaired driver (RWI), according to a new Yale-led study. But researchers also found that what teens believe their parents know about their leisure activities and…

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Save the date! Cover ATS 2020 in Philadelphia!

Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, will play host to the ATS 2020 International Conference, the biggest gathering of scientists and clinicians in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Join us beginning on Sunday, May 17 through Wednesday, May 20. Register now to get access to: The latest in research and technological advances…

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WSU study aims to prevent adverse drug reactions in dogs

If not identified before surgery, a rare genetic mutation could result in your dog being exposed to dangerously high levels of anesthetic agents. Scientists at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine initially discovered the mutation in greyhounds and more recently in other common dog breeds. The research group, a member of the Program in…

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Historical housing disparities linked with dangerous climate impacts

Extreme heat kills more people in the United States than any other type of hazardous weather and will likely become even deadlier due to climate change. However, extreme heat does not affect all people equally. Surface temperatures in different neighborhoods within a single city can vary by a whopping 20 degrees (F), making some people…

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Hospital critical care resuscitation unit improves patients’ chances of survival

Patients with acutely life-threatening health conditions who were treated in the innovative Critical Care Resuscitation Unit (CCRU) received faster treatment and had better health outcomes, including a 36 percent lower risk of dying than those who were transferred from a hospital’s emergency department then evaluated and treated in a traditional intensive care unit, according to…

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A new old therapy

The fight against drug-resistant pathogens remains an intense one. While the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) 2019 «biggest threats» report reveals an overall decrease in drug-resistant microbe-related deaths as compared to its previous report (2013) the agency also cautions that new forms of drug-resistant pathogens are still emerging. Meanwhile, the options for treating infections by…

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Participants in environmental health studies vulnerable to re-identification

Newton, Mass. (January 13, 2020) — Before sharing human research data, scientists routinely strip it of personal information such as name, address, and birthdate in order to protect the privacy of their study participants. However, reporting in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers at Silent Spring Institute and their colleagues show that for environmental health…

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Ronald Melzack, Cartographer of Pain, Is Dead at 90

Soldiers with deep wounds sometimes feel no pain at all for hours, while people without any detectable injury live in chronic physical anguish. How to explain that? Over drinks in a Boston-area bar, Ronald Melzack, a psychologist, and Dr. Patrick Wall, a physiologist, sketched out a diagram on a cocktail napkin that might help explain…

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