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Programs to improve hand hygiene reduced infections, increased compliance

Programs to improve hand hygiene reduced infections, increased compliance

UPMC Presbyterian Hospital’s infection prevention teams have improved hand washing and sanitizing compliance at the hospital to nearly 100 percent among clinical staff through accountability and educational measures. In a separate effort at UPMC Mercy Hospital, rates of a deadly infection were reduced by educating patients about hand hygiene. Continue reading

Coastal living boosts physical activity, study shows

Coastal living boosts physical activity, study shows

People who live close to the coast are more likely to meet physical activity guidelines than inland dwellers, finds a new study released today. The research involved participants from across England and describes a particularly noticeable effect on western — but unexpectedly not eastern — coasts of the nation. Continue reading

Drug-infused nanoparticle is right for sore eyes

Drug-infused nanoparticle is right for sore eyes

For the millions of sufferers of dry eye syndrome, their only recourse to easing the painful condition is to use drug-laced eye drops three times a day. Now, researchers from the University of Waterloo have developed a topical solution containing nanoparticles that will combat dry eye syndrome with only one application a week. The eye drops progressively deliver the right amount of drug-infused nanoparticles to the surface of the eyeball over a period of five days before the body absorbs them. Continue reading

Drug-infused nanoparticle is right for sore eyes

Drug-infused nanoparticle is right for sore eyes

For the millions of sufferers of dry eye syndrome, their only recourse to easing the painful condition is to use drug-laced eye drops three times a day. Now, researchers from the University of Waterloo have developed a topical solution containing nanoparticles that will combat dry eye syndrome with only one application a week. The eye drops progressively deliver the right amount of drug-infused nanoparticles to the surface of the eyeball over a period of five days before the body absorbs them. Continue reading

Mortality risk of overweight, obesity similar for blacks, whites

Mortality risk of overweight, obesity similar for blacks, whites

A study from American Cancer Society researchers finds the increased risk of premature death associated with a higher body mass index (BMI) is similar for African Americans and whites, in contrast to previous, smaller studies that indicated the association may be weaker for African Americans. Continue reading

Reproducibility score for SNPs associated with human disease in GWAS

Reproducibility score for SNPs associated with human disease in GWAS

To reduce false positives when identifying genetic variations associated with human disease through genome-wide association studies (GWAS), Dartmouth researchers have identified nine traits that are not dependent on P values to predict single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) reproducibility as reported in Human Genetics on October 2, 2014. Continue reading

Drug used for another disease slows progression of Parkinson’s

Drug used for another disease slows progression of Parkinson’s

A new study from UCLA found that a drug being evaluated to treat an entirely different disorder helped slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease in mice. Continue reading

Drug used for another disease slows progression of Parkinson’s

Drug used for another disease slows progression of Parkinson’s

A new study from UCLA found that a drug being evaluated to treat an entirely different disorder helped slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease in mice. The study, published in the October edition of the journal Neurotherapeutics , found that the drug, AT2101, which has also been studied for Gaucher disease, improved motor function, stopped inflammation in the brain and reduced levels of alpha-synuclein, a protein critically involved in Parkinson’s. though the exact cause of Parkinson’s is unknown, evidence points to an accumulation of alpha-synuclein, which has been found to be common to all people with the disorder Continue reading

Price gap between more and less healthy foods grows

Price gap between more and less healthy foods grows

Novel use of UK national data finds a growing gap between the prices of more and less healthy foods between 2002 and 2012. Healthy foods in 2012 are three times more expensive per calorie than less healthy foods. Continue reading

Minimally invasive procedures offer hope for elderly patients with heart-valve problems

Minimally invasive procedures offer hope for elderly patients with heart-valve problems

Annie Henderson, 69, suffers from multiple chronic ailments, including kidney failure and mitral valve insufficiency. Continue reading