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Saliva gland test for Parkinson’s disease?

Saliva gland test for Parkinson’s disease?

Jan. 10, 2013 — New research suggests that testing a portion of a person’s saliva gland may be a way to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. Continue reading

Surgeons may use hand gestures to manipulate MRI images in OR

Surgeons may use hand gestures to manipulate MRI images in OR

Jan. 10, 2013 — Doctors may soon be using a system in the operating room that recognizes hand gestures as commands to tell a computer to browse and display medical images of the patient during a surgery. Continue reading

First oral drug for spinal cord injury improves movement in mice

First oral drug for spinal cord injury improves movement in mice

Jan. 8, 2013 — An experimental oral drug given to mice after a spinal cord injury was effective at improving limb movement after the injury, a new study shows. The compound efficiently crossed the blood-brain barrier, did not increase pain and showed no toxic effects to the animals. Continue reading

Hold the diet soda? Sweetened drinks linked to depression, coffee tied to lower risk

Hold the diet soda? Sweetened drinks linked to depression, coffee tied to lower risk

Jan. 8, 2013 — New research suggests that drinking sweetened beverages, especially diet drinks, is associated with an increased risk of depression in adults while drinking coffee was tied to a slightly lower risk Continue reading

Hold the diet soda? Sweetened drinks linked to depression, coffee tied to lower risk

Hold the diet soda? Sweetened drinks linked to depression, coffee tied to lower risk

Jan. 8, 2013 — New research suggests that drinking sweetened beverages, especially diet drinks, is associated with an increased risk of depression in adults while drinking coffee was tied to a slightly lower risk Continue reading

Pesticides and Parkinson’s: Further proof of a link uncovered

Pesticides and Parkinson’s: Further proof of a link uncovered

Jan. 3, 2013 — For several years, neurologists at UCLA have been building a case that a link exists between pesticides and Parkinson’s disease. To date, paraquat, maneb and ziram — common chemicals sprayed in California’s Central Valley and elsewhere — have been tied to increases in the disease, not only among farmworkers but in individuals who simply lived or worked near fields and likely inhaled drifting particles Continue reading

Physician rating websites rely on few patient reviews

Physician rating websites rely on few patient reviews

Jan. 2, 2013 — Millions of Americans read physician ratings on websites such as Healthgrades.com, but such ratings are based on scores from an average of only 2.4 patients, a Loyola University Medical Center study has found. The study of 500 randomly selected urologists found that 79.6 percent of physicians were rated by at least one of the 10 free physician-review websites researchers examined. Continue reading

Some men complaint of shortened penis following prostate cancer treatment

Some men complaint of shortened penis following prostate cancer treatment

Jan. 2, 2013 — A small percentage of men in a prostate cancer study complained that their penis seemed shorter following treatment, with some saying that it interfered with intimate relationships and caused them to regret the type of treatment they chose. Continue reading

‘Protecting’ psychiatric medical records puts patients at risk of hospitalization

‘Protecting’ psychiatric medical records puts patients at risk of hospitalization

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Late-life depression associated with prevalent mild cognitive impairment, increased risk of dementia

Late-life depression associated with prevalent mild cognitive impairment, increased risk of dementia

Dec. 31, 2012 — Depression in a group of Medicare recipients ages 65 years and older appears to be associated with prevalent mild cognitive impairment and an increased risk of dementia, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Neurology, a JAMA Network publication. Depressive symptoms occur in 3 percent to 63 percent of patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and some studies have shown an increased dementia risk in individuals with a history of depression Continue reading