The Most Popular Grandparent Nickname in Your State May Surprise You

Growing up, I often felt like my sister and I were the only kids on Earth whose family included a Saba, Safta, Abuelo and Abuela. Grandma and Grandpa? Those words described sweet, elderly strangers. Now, of course, I know that I’m most certainly not unique in having immigrant grandparents. But I’m also continually fascinated by the number of grandparent nickname […]

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Having a baby may cost some families $4,500 out-of-pocket

One of the most expensive parts of having a baby may involve the birth itself, a new Michigan Medicine study suggests. For some families, average out-of-pocket health care spending for maternity care—including the pregnancy, delivery and three months postpartum—jumped from $3,069 in 2008 to $4,569 in 2015, according to findings published in the January issue of Health Affairs. And the […]

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Brain tumor organoids may be key to time-sensitive treatments for glioblastomas

Lab-grown brain organoids developed from a patient’s own glioblastoma, the most aggressive and common form of brain cancer, may hold the answers on how to best treat it. A new study in Cell from researchers at Penn Medicine showed how glioblastoma organoids could serve as effective models to rapidly test personalized treatment strategies. Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) remains the most difficult […]

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Hydration myths may be putting older people’s health at risk

Myths about healthy water drinking may be putting older people’s health at risk by discouraging them from drinking enough fluid to stay healthy, according to a new UCL-led study. Dehydration is thought to affect between a third to nearly half of frail older people and is associated with a higher risk of adverse health outcomes, from having a stroke or […]

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Aspirin use may reduce cancer, all-cause mortality in seniors

Aspirin use three or more times per week is associated with reductions in all-cause, any cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and colorectal cancer (CRC) mortality among older adults, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in JAMA Network Open. Holli A. Loomans-Kropp, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland, and colleagues examined the correlation of aspirin use with […]

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New diagnostic techniques and drug may slow and even reverse cognitive decline from aging

A groundbreaking clinical approach has been developed combining new diagnostic techniques to detect a leaking blood-brain barrier (BBB) with a new anti-inflammatory drug that for the first time slows or reverses age-related cognitive decline. In two related studies published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the University of California, Berkeley (UC) […]

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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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Citizen responder CPR and defibrillation programs may improve survival and outcomes from cardiac arrests

Implementing citizen responder programs to answer calls for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests may increase bystander defibrillation in private homes, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium 2019—November 16-17 in Philadelphia. Most out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in residential areas, where automated external defibrillator (AED) devices are rarely available. Researchers in Denmark evaluated whether dispatching […]

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