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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

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

Immune therapy for advanced bladder cancer yields promising results

Immune therapy for advanced bladder cancer yields promising results

A multi-center phase I study using an investigational drug for advanced bladder cancer patients who did not respond to other treatments has shown promising results in patients with certain tumor types, researchers report. Continue reading

Radiation for prostate cancer linked to secondary cancers, study finds

Radiation for prostate cancer linked to secondary cancers, study finds

Among men treated for prostate cancer, those who received radiation therapy were more likely to develop bladder or rectal cancer, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Overall the incidence of these cancers is low Continue reading