Revealed: the secret life of godwits

To find out more about birds such as the black-tailed godwit, ecologists have been conducting long-term population studies using standardized information on reproductive behaviour–such as dates of egg-laying or hatching and levels of chick survival. New information gathered using geolocators on godwits in the Netherlands shows that traditional observation methods can lead to inaccurate data.…

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First official ATS practice guidelines for Sarcoidosis cover diagnosis and detection

April 20, 2020–New guidance is available for physicians who must go through a number of steps to provide a probable diagnosis of sarcoidosis – an inflammatory disease that affects the lungs, lymph glands, and other organs. The American Thoracic Society has published an official clinical practice guideline in which a panel of experts strongly recommended…

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Maternal hypertensive disorders may lead to mental health disorders in children

DALLAS, April 20, 2020 –Hypertensive pregnancy disorders, especially preeclampsia, a form of high blood pressure during pregnancy, may lead to adverse mental health conditions in children, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. A Finnish study of 4,743 mother-child pairs found associations between hypertensive pregnancy disorders – including chronic…

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Early screening based on family history may have dramatic effects on colorectal cancer detection

In an analysis that included information on adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer between 40 and 49 years of age, almost all patients could have been diagnosed earlier if they had been screened according to current family history-based screening guidelines. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society…

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New tool helps predict risk of death, admission to long-term care for people with dementia

A new tool that predicts risk of death and admission to a long-term care facility for patients with dementia may help conversations between health care providers, patients and their families, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). The recent tragic outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care homes highlight the need to have…

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