Doctors: Can a Nice Doctor Make Treatments More Effective?

In the age of the internet, it’s easier than ever to pull together lots of information to find the best doctor. And if you’re like most patients, the metric you probably rely on most is the doctor’s credentials. Where did she go to school? How many patients has he treated with this condition? You might…

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Scientists Are Teaching the Body to Accept New Organs

It was not the most ominous sign of health trouble, just a nosebleed that would not stop. So in February 2017, Michael Schaffer, who is 60 and lives near Pittsburgh, went first to a local emergency room, then to a hospital where a doctor finally succeeded in cauterizing a tiny cut in his nostril. Then…

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UMass Amherst materials chemists tap body heat to power ‘smart garments’

IMAGE: Materials chemists led by Trisha Andrew at UMass Amherst have developed a fabric that can harvest body heat to power small wearable microelectronics such as activity trackers. They produced and… view more  Credit: UMass Amherst/Andrew lab AMHERST, Mass. — Many wearable biosensors, data transmitters and similar tech advances for personalized health monitoring have now been…

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University of Cincinnati design team creates a naloxone dispenser

IMAGE: Claudia Rebola (left) worked with graduate design students Norberto Sanchez, Sebastian Ramirez (standing) and Swati Chopra to create AntiOD. view more  Credit: Andrew Higley/UC Creative Services Like many cities across the country, Cincinnati has been rocked by the opioid epidemic, with an ever-fluctuating range of 50 to 80 overdoses per week across the Tristate. Many…

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New mutations causing inherited deaf-blindness have been discovered

IMAGE: USH1 protein of the MIO7A gene and identified mutations. The mutations that have not been previously described are marked in blue. view more  Credit: Courtesy of Dmitry Zaletaev A team of scientists from Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (MSMU) together with their colleagues from leading scientific centers of Moscow and India described a number…

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Early detection of prediabetes can reduce risk of developing cardiovascular disease

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Jan. 23, 2019 — A diagnosis of prediabetes should be a warning for people to make lifestyle changes to prevent both full-blown diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine. «We know that having diabetes increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, so in our study…

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Annals of Family Medicine media tip sheet

Children’s Respiratory Symptoms Can Last Up to Three Weeks Symptoms of children’s respiratory tract infections, including runny nose, dry cough, and sore throat, can seem never-ending. According to new research, it takes 23 days for 90 percent of children to recover from respiratory tract infection symptoms. Researchers used a novel online study design to follow…

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Feeling groovy: Neurons integrate better with muscle grown on grooved platforms

IMAGE: University of Illinois researchers found that grooved surfaces help muscle grow into aligned fibers, which provides a track for neurons to follow. view more  Credit: Image by Janet Sinn-Hanlon, University of Illinois CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Growing muscle tissue on grooved platforms helps neurons more effectively integrate with the muscle, a requirement for engineering muscle in…

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Top US institutions win global competition in cancer research

The U.S. will lead three new global research projects, tackling some of the biggest challenges in cancer research, it was announced today by Cancer Research UK. The teams will: investigate how billions of microorganisms living in our bodies, called the microbiome, could be manipulated to treat colorectal cancer; find new ways to tackle cancers caused…

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