Prescribers be aware of fatal risks of methadone and clozapine

New Zealand prescribers should be aware of the high risk of death associated with two prescription medicines, methadone and clozapine, University of Otago researchers warn. In the largest review of medicine-related deaths in the National Coronial Information System between 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2013, Dr. John Fountain and his colleagues from the Dunedin School of Medicine and Best […]

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Your Low Libido Might Actually Be a Sign of This Sexual Disorder

All sorts of factors, from age to relationship status, can influence whether you crave sex…or would rather clock an extra hour’s sleep. But when does a low sex drive become a disorder? It's mostly a matter of how you feel about your libido level. Some people don’t mind having a low libido, Lauren Streicher, MD, a clinical professor of obstetrics and […]

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Study suggests women may be undertreated for obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been considered a predominantly male disease. While more women have been diagnosed with OSA in recent years, the numbers remain disproportionate, with 3-to-5 times more men than women receiving an OSA diagnosis. Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Yale School of Medicine set out to understand this disparity and its causes. They found that […]

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Some child development milestones may be set too early

CDC guidelines say most children reach a milestone by a certain age, but new data shows that “most” may mean over 99% or barely half. A new Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) study published in the journal Pediatrics provides more specific data on what ages young children reach different developmental milestones. Guidelines from the CDC say “most children” […]

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There Might Be A Scientific Explanation For Veggie-Haters

For picky-eaters out there who’ve never had a steamy love affair with dark greens, don’t “get” the Kale obsession and never met a Chopt salad they could stand, researchers at the American Heart Associations Scientific sessions may have found a gene explaining why some people just aren’t able to get into leafy greens. Turns out, you might just be a […]

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Only-children more likely to be obese than children with siblings

Families with multiple children tend to make more healthy eating decisions than families with a single child. A new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier, found that only-children, who researchers refer to as “singletons,” had less healthy family eating practices, beverage choices, and total Healthy Eating Index 2010 score, coming in lower on three […]

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Therapy for neuroendocrine tumors may be improved by patient-specific dosimetry

In neuroendocrine tumor treatment, different methods of predicting patient response may be required for different patients, according to new research published in the October issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. By tailoring the method to the specific patient, physicians may better predict the effectiveness of treatment. “The present study aimed to develop a method for patient-specific determination of activity […]

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Third of A&E patients wait over an hour to be seen by staff

One third of A&E patients are forced to wait more than an HOUR before being seen by a nurse or doctor, shocking report reveals Survey of 50,000 patients revealed thousands made to wait in pain last year Found a small number of patients (5 per cent) had to wait longer than four hours Official guidance of 15-minute A&E target was […]

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Medical alarms may be inaudible to hospital staff

Thousands of alarms are generated each day in any given hospital, but there are many reasons why humans may fail to respond to medical alarms, including trouble hearing the alarm. New research from the University of Illinois at Chicago looked at one common issue that affects alarm perceivability—simultaneous masking. “We know that our sensory system works as a filter and […]

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Calories in popular UK restaurant chain dishes can be ‘shockingly high’ warn experts

The calorie content of popular starters, sides and desserts served in UK restaurant chains is too high and only a minority meet public health recommendations, finds a University of Liverpool study published in BMJ Open. University of Liverpool researchers call for the food industry to reduce the number of calories in food products sold to the general public and for […]

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