Study Challenges Marijuana Use Linked to Several Conditions
Regarding pulmonary and mental health, an emerging study has reported teen marijuana use is not associated to the development of several conditions including depression, psychosis, allergies, headaches, or high blood pressure.
Big Families at Higher Risk for Viral Infections
Researchers from the University of Utah School of Medicine claimed large familial units experience viral infections more often - 87% of the year to be exact.
Organization Calls For Termination of Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions
The American College of Physicians (ACP) announced their support of the ban on non-medical immunization exemptions during their summer Board of Regents meeting.
Researchers Pinpoint Catalyst Behind Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome
A medical phenomenon called asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS) â€“ is closer to being understood by researchers.
State Vaccination Policies Strong Predictor of Disease Outbreaks
University of Georgia (UGA) researchers claim lenient state vaccination laws led to epidemics of otherwise preventable diseases.
Researchers Push for Hospital Cleaning, Infection Control Best Practices
A study by University of Pennsylvania researchers identifying several favorable ways "high-touch surfaces" in hospitals can be cleaned also claimed there was insufficient evidence pointing to which method was the best to help decrease healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
Pulmonologist Visits Related to COPD Rehospitalization Outcomes
For patients hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) related complications, failing to see pulmonologists after discharge was found to increase readmission risk threefold, researchers reported in CHEST.
Large-Scale Study Supports Controversial Biodiversity-Disease Theory
Tying wildlife to infectious disease, researchers from the University of South Florida recently reported that there is an inverse relationship between biodiversity and disease outbreak, affecting both humans and animals.
Smoking Tied to Breast Cancer Outcomes
A study published in Cancer Science reported premenopausal women with breast cancer were more likely to die if they were also smokers.
Investigators Explore COPD Walking Aids' Benefits
Walking, an activity taken for granted by many, doesn't come easy for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dutch researchers are trying to change this, and have assessed the most beneficial walking aids, identifying which types work best during daily outdoor walking.
Study Endorses COPD Imaging for Diagnosis, Treatment
A statement released by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) endorsed the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and other imaging techniques for improving the quality of life and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients.
COPD Influences, Exacerbated by Physical Inactivity
Regardless of disease progression, German researchers reported that physical activity decreases over time in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), further worsening their condition.
For Military Members, Deployment Not Associated with Suicide
An analysis published in JAMA Psychiatry found that military personnel who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) or Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) did not have elevated suicide risks. However, the researchers reported that separation from the military appeared to affect this outcome.
Air Pollutants Also Come with Neuro Effects
An opinion piece recently published in JAMA Psychiatry cautioned that air quality can also affect brain development, potentially triggering a larger public health issue.
No Association Found Between Extra Time on MCAT, Medical School Admission
For medical school hopefuls, a JAMA study has found those awarded extra time on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), may not have affected their admissions, but still had lower United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step exam scores and 4-8 year graduation rates.
Worldwide Map Documents Rotavirus Risk
Michigan State University (MSU) researchers have created the first map to predict rotavirus (RV) prevalence on a global scale.
Homophobia Linked to Gay, Bisexual Men Bypassing HIV Prevention, Treatment
A Yale University study of 38 European countries' attitudes about homosexuality has uncovered homophobia was associated with gay and bisexual men not seeking HIV-prevention services, HIV testing, and disclosing their orientation to doctors.
Losing Weight Key in Improving Asthma in Obese Patients
For obese asthmatics, an article in CHEST reported that weight loss could mitigate their symptoms, which investigators believed highlighted a need for doctors to simultaneously treat obesity and asthma.
Social Media Initiative Effective at Getting Young Smokers to Quit
A social media program created by The Canadian Cancer Center was found to be twice as successful than traditional methods at aiding young adults quit smoking.
HIV-Positive Transgender Women Going Without Medications, Basic Needs
Study results show transgender women living with HIV are less likely to adhere to anti-HIV medication regimens and achieve viral suppression rates, and are more likely than non-transgender men to be deprived of basic needs.
Smoking, Drug Use Significantly Increases ER Visits
It is well known that smokers and drug users are plagued with varying health issues. Supporting this idea is a University of Buffalo (UB) study, which has not only found that they visit the emergency room (ER) at alarming rates, but also disputed that people are bypassing primary care practices for hospital care.
Ticks' Migration Linked to Changes in Disease Prevalence
A 15-year analysis of ticks has shown a change in their migration patterns, which was linked to fluctuating disease risks.
Underutilized Treatment Beneficial for Genetically-driven Emphysema
Investigators at Toronto Western Hospital deemed an existing - but not widely used - augmentation therapy effective at treating genetically-motivate emphysema.
Researchers Explore Cardiovascular Disease Relationship In Obese Teens
Among severely obese adolescents, research published in JAMA Internal Medicine found those who underwent weight-loss surgery had several traits making them susceptible for cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Testosterone Injections Bring Their Own Risks
Compared to gels and patches, testosterone injections resulted in an elevated chance of experiencing cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events
Study Endorses Multipronged Approach to Treating Chronic Pain
A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found a trifecta of analgesics, self-management tools, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) was effective at mitigating veterans' chronic pain.
Given Risks, Colleges Shouldn't Advertise Tanning Salons
Considering possible legal ramifications, an opinion piece published in JAMA Dermatology has urged universities to cut business ties with tanning salons.
Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment Beneficial for Posttraumatic, Lower-extremity Ulcers
In elderly patients who experience chronic, post-traumatic, lower-extremity ulcers, fractional carbon dioxide laser treatment was found to accelerate wound healing.
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers on a Steady Rise
A study published online in JAMA Dermatology identified an increase in non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) incidents in the US as well as equal basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) occurrences among Medicare recipients.
Inhaled Corticosteroid Use Lowers Pneumonia-related Mortality Risk in Patients with COPD
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who use inhaled corticosteroids have a decreased risk of dying from pneumonia, but face an increased risk of contracting the infection.
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