Early autism screening has limited effect

Screening for autism at three years of age only identifies those with significant developmental delay, and not those with less severe autism. Early screening may therefore not be as beneficial as previously thought, according to data from the Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study. This study measured the extent with which a commonly used screening tool could identify children […]

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Specific multinutrient combination benefits patients with early stage Alzheimer’s disease

A new longitudinal study has shown that a nutritional drink designated a “food for special medical purposes” containing the multinutrient combination Fortasyn Connect can benefit patients with the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), mild cognitive impairment, who are at risk of progressing to the dementia stage of AD, report scientists in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Reports. The purpose […]

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For dying patients, early plans can improve quality of life

Careful documentation of a hospice patient’s end-of-life wishes—and prominently noting that information in health records early—could prevent unwanted hospitalizations and medical interventions, a new study suggests. Researchers at The Ohio State University analyzed the health records of 1,185 cancer patients who had been referred to hospice and found that a verified do-not-resuscitate order, or DNR, before the last 30 days […]

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Obesity in early pregnancy linked to pregnancy complications

In a prospective study of 18,481 pregnant women in China who had never given birth before, obesity in early pregnancy was linked to higher risks of spontaneous abortion, preterm birth, and large birth weight in newborns. In the Obesity study, being underweight during pregnancy was linked to higher risks for early neonatal deaths, as well as low birth weight. The […]

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Micro Preemie Baby Who Was Born 24 Weeks Early Just Celebrated Her First Birthday

Amina Maizer celebrated her first birthday in February—a normal milestone for most babies. But for Amina and her family, hitting this one-year mark is a miracle. Taylor Dobson, Amina’s mother and a Chicago-based esthetician, gave birth to her daughter four months before her due date. When she came into the world, Amina weighed just one pound, 10 ounces and was kept […]

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Asian nations in early tobacco epidemic: study

Asian countries are in the early stages of a tobacco smoking epidemic with habits mirroring those of the United States from past decades, setting the stage for a spike in future deaths from smoking-related diseases. That’s the conclusion of researchers from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center after analyzing 20 prospective cohort studies from mainland China, Japan, South […]

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Eyes reveal early Alzheimer’s disease

Reduced blood capillaries in the back of the eye may be a new, noninvasive way to diagnose early cognitive impairment, the precursor to Alzheimer’s disease in which individuals become forgetful, reports a newly published Northwestern Medicine study. Scientists detected these vascular changes in the human eye non-invasively, with an infrared camera and without the need for dyes or expensive MRI […]

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Researchers design algorithms to improve detection of early cognitive impairment

Researchers at the Pharmacy and Mathematics departments of the CEU UCH University in Valencia have collaborated on the design of two artificial intelligence algorithms that improve the screening of positive cases in the early detection of cognitive impairment in chemists. These algorithms also make it possible to identify the main risk factors of developing some type of dementia in the […]

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Birthweight and early pregnancy body mass index may risk pregnancy complications

Women who were born with a low birthweight are at increased risk of pregnancy complications, according to a new Obesity study. The findings suggest that women who were born small may have been affected by unfavourable intrauterine conditions, and the physiological demands of pregnancy may act as a “second hit” leading to pregnancy complications. In the study of 5,336 women, […]

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Woman, 25, to have pioneering operation to REVERSE early menopause

Cancer survivor, 25, to have a pioneering operation to REVERSE her early menopause triggered by grueling cancer treatment so she can have a second child Adele Stevens will have the surgery ovarian cryopreservation to restore fertility Ms Stevens had an ovary removed before starting chemo for her bone cancer The 25-year-old, from Reading, is desperate to have another child  e-mail […]

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