Reading clinician visit notes can improve patients’ adherence to medications

BOSTON—A new study of patients reading the visit notes their clinicians write, report positive effects on their use of prescription medications. The study, Patients Managing Medications and Reading their Visit Notes: A survey of OpenNotes participants, published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, shows that when patients read their notes, they report significant benefits,…

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UTSA study shows vaping is linked to adolescents’ propensity for crime

(San Antonio, May 28, 2019) — UTSA criminal justice professor Dylan Jackson recently published one of the first studies to explore emerging drug use in the form of adolescent vaping and its association with delinquency among 8th and 10th grade students across the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 4.9 million…

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As plaque deposits increase in the aging brain, money management falters

IMAGE: Scans of two study participants show the brain of a cognitively healthy 74-year-old (top row) who demonstrated average financial skills compared to an 86-year-old with mild Alzheimer’s disease (bottom row)… view more  Credit: Duke Health DURHAM, N.C. — Aging adults often show signs of slowing when it comes to managing their finances, such as calculating…

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What to Cook Today

Good morning. It’s Memorial Day, a holiday that honors those who have given their lives in military service to the United States. That is a not inconsiderable number. More than a million Americans have been killed in combat since the birth of the nation, and nearly 7,000 have perished over the course of the past…

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Medical News Today: Using EEG data to diagnose Parkinson’s disease

Currently, diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease relies on a neurologist’s professional opinion. Researchers behind a new study believe that an EEG may be a more effective alternative. New research suggests that an EEG test could help diagnose Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease affects more than 10 million people worldwide, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation, but no scan…

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Sleep Apnea Can Have Deadly Consequences

Although the woman in her 50s had been effectively treated for depression, she remained plagued by symptoms that often accompany it: fatigue, sleepiness and lethargy, even though she thought she was getting enough sleep. With depression no longer causing her persistent symptoms, her psychiatrist advised her to consult a sleep specialist. Sure enough, a night…

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What 8 Green Thumbs Wore to the New York Botanical Garden

Unlike other design shows, the Garden Furniture & Antiques Fair draws a highfalutin crowd who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. The fair, which took place in April at the New York Botanical Garden, showcased exotic plants, rare outdoor furniture and celebrity landscapers. Here’s how eight attendees got into the spring spirit. Image CreditAmy…

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A Missed Opportunity for the Malpractice System to Improve Health Care

Image The American medical malpractice system is doing almost nothing to improve the quality of health care, research suggests. What may be more concerning is that there is very little discussion, much less action, about changing this. Despite worries among doctors that they are at financial risk from large payouts to plaintiffs, it turns out…

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Medical News Today: These 5 tropical plants may ‘provide anticancer benefits’

In a recent study, scientists identified several tropical plants that have anticancer properties. The Bandicoot Berry (shown here) may have anticancer benefits. Researchers from the National University of Singapore, Department of Pharmacy (NUS Pharmacy) spent 3 years investigating the pharmacological properties of local plants. They found that three species were particularly effective at inhibiting the…

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Scientists Wanted: Recruited by Juul, Many Researchers Say No

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Alex Carll was presenting his research about the impact of e-cigarette smoke on mouse hearts at an American Heart Association conference when a man from Juul Labs approached him and started asking questions. “He seemed genuinely concerned about the health implications of Juul,” said Dr. Carll, who recalled meeting the e-cigarette company’s…

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