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3-D computer model may help refine target for deep brain stimulation therapy for dystonia

3-D computer model may help refine target for deep brain stimulation therapy for dystonia

Although deep brain stimulation can be an effective therapy for dystonia — a potentially crippling movement disorder — the treatment isn’t always effective, or benefits may not be immediate. Precise placement of DBS electrodes is one of several factors that can affect results, but few studies have attempted to identify the “sweet spot,” where electrode placement yields the best results. Continue reading

Sleep education program spurs preschoolers to snooze 30 minutes longer at night

Sleep education program spurs preschoolers to snooze 30 minutes longer at night

Taking part in an educational sleep program resulted in a 30-minute average increase in sleep duration at a one-month follow-up for preschoolers, according to a new study from the University of Michigan. In the study, published in the journal SLEEP , families in two Head Start programs participated in the Sweet Dreamzzz Early Childhood Sleep Education Program™ Continue reading

Summer season springs cluster headaches into action

Summer season springs cluster headaches into action

Did you know that while most people celebrate the start of summer on June 21, nearly 1 million Americans are facing the debilitating pain of cluster headaches due to Earth’s shift towards the sun? It’s true Continue reading

Summer season springs cluster headaches into action

Summer season springs cluster headaches into action

Did you know that while most people celebrate the start of summer on June 21, nearly 1 million Americans are facing the debilitating pain of cluster headaches due to Earth’s shift towards the sun? Continue reading

Severe scoliosis linked to rare mutations

Severe scoliosis linked to rare mutations

Children with rare mutations in two genes are about four times more likely to develop severe scoliosis than their peers with normal versions of the genes, scientists have found. The research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Continue reading

MRI brain scans detect people with early Parkinson’s

MRI brain scans detect people with early Parkinson’s

Oxford University researchers funded by Parkinson’s UK have developed a simple and quick MRI technique that offers promise for early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. The team demonstrated that their new MRI approach can detect people who have early-stage Parkinson’s disease with 85% accuracy, according to research published in Neurology , the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Continue reading

Diet higher in protein may be linked to lower risk of stroke

Diet higher in protein may be linked to lower risk of stroke

People with diets higher in protein, especially from fish, may be less likely to have a stroke than those with diets lower in protein, according to a meta-analysis published in the June 11, 2014, online issue of Neurology ®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “The amount of protein that led to the reduced risk was moderate — equal to 20 grams per day,” said study author Xinfeng Liu, MD, PhD, of Nanjing University School of Medicine in Nanjing, China Continue reading

Risk factors for hospital readmissions identified

Risk factors for hospital readmissions identified

Hospital readmission, an important measure of quality care, costs the United States an estimated $17 billion each year. And according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), about half of those readmissions could be avoided Continue reading

Prostate-cancer surgery prices are elusive

Prostate-cancer surgery prices are elusive

Let’s say you’re buying a car. You have a wealth of data at your fingertips, from safety information to performance, to guide your decision. The same is not as true in health care, especially if you’re pricing procedures. Continue reading

Ability to identify source of pain varies across body

Ability to identify source of pain varies across body

“Where does it hurt?” is the first question asked to any person in pain. A new UCL study defines for the first time how our ability to identify where it hurts, called “spatial acuity,” varies across the body, being most sensitive at the forehead and fingertips. Using lasers to cause pain to 26 healthy volunteers without any touch, the researchers produced the first systematic map of how acuity for pain is distributed across the body. Continue reading