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Patients with a certain form of kidney disease may have reduced risk of cancer

Patients with a certain form of kidney disease may have reduced risk of cancer

Patients with a certain form of kidney disease may have a reduced risk of cancer compared with patients with other kidney diseases, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology ( JASN ). Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a kidney disorder passed down through families in which many cysts form in the kidneys, causing them to become enlarged. It’s thought to have cancer-like features, but cancer risk has never been compared between PKD patients and others with kidney disease. Continue reading

Preschool teacher depression linked to behavioral problems in children: Unhealthy classroom climate is contributing factor

Preschool teacher depression linked to behavioral problems in children: Unhealthy classroom climate is contributing factor

Depression in preschool teachers is associated with behavioral problems ranging from aggression to sadness in children under the teachers’ care, new research suggests. The study identified one contributing factor to this link: a poor-quality atmosphere in the child care setting that exists as a result of the teacher’s depressive symptoms Continue reading

Living near foreclosed property linked to higher blood pressure

Living near foreclosed property linked to higher blood pressure

Living near foreclosed property may increase your risk of higher blood pressure, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation . The study provides the first evidence that foreclosed property may affect neighbors’ systolic blood pressure, the top number in a blood pressure reading. Neighborhood environment is an important social determinant of cardiovascular health, including blood pressure. Continue reading

Living near foreclosed property linked to higher blood pressure

Living near foreclosed property linked to higher blood pressure

Living near foreclosed property may increase your risk of higher blood pressure, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation . Continue reading

Screening ‘not effective’ in fight against domestic violence, researchers conclude

Screening ‘not effective’ in fight against domestic violence, researchers conclude

One in three women around the world has experienced physical or sexual violence from a partner. Although domestic violence is associated with a range of adverse health impacts, even after the abuse has ended, it is not easily identified by health care professionals, prompting some countries, notably the United States, to introduce screening programmes in healthcare settings Continue reading

Standard test that measures ‘everyday task’ performance is a good predictor of hospital readmission

Standard test that measures ‘everyday task’ performance is a good predictor of hospital readmission

Patients freshly discharged from acute care hospitals with low scores on a standard test that measures how well they perform such everyday activities as moving from a bed to a chair are far more likely to need readmission to a hospital within 30 days than those who score better, according to new Johns Hopkins research. Continue reading

Steroids after surgery do not help infants with rare liver disease

Steroids after surgery do not help infants with rare liver disease

Infants with biliary atresia — a rare liver disease — did not benefit from corticosteroid treatment after bile duct surgery and could face more harm, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Continue reading

Discrimination associated with mental health woes in black teens: Racism a common ‘toxic stressor’

Discrimination associated with mental health woes in black teens: Racism a common ‘toxic stressor’

The vast majority of African-American and Afro-Caribbean youth face racial discrimination, and these experiences are associated with an increased risk of mental health problems, according to a study to be presented Saturday, May 3, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Continue reading

Discrimination associated with mental health woes in black teens: Racism a common ‘toxic stressor’

Discrimination associated with mental health woes in black teens: Racism a common ‘toxic stressor’

The vast majority of African-American and Afro-Caribbean youth face racial discrimination, and these experiences are associated with an increased risk of mental health problems, according to a study to be presented Saturday, May 3, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Continue reading

Out of shape? Your memory may suffer

Out of shape? Your memory may suffer

Here’s another reason to drop that doughnut and hit the treadmill: A new study suggests aerobic fitness affects long-term memory. Michigan State University researchers tested 75 college students during a two-day period and found those who were less fit had a harder time retaining information Continue reading