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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study published in JAMA examines the appropriateness of administering thyroid hormone therapy to patients with subclinical hypothyroidism. Subclinical hypothyroidism describes the beginning stages of a condition when the thyroid does not produce enough hormones. This condition mostly affects older individuals and women, and is associated with
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study determined the effect of reducing nicotine content gradually or immediately on the biomarkers of smoke exposure. Earlier in 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration proposed a reduction of nicotine levels in various products. They aimed to elongate the time between an individual starting to
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Using genetic data, researchers have finally answered the question: is high blood pressure genetic?   High blood pressure affects millions of people across the world and can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. Although aspects of diet, health, and heredity have long been linked to high
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A new study by Mekala and colleagues in Circulation Research suggests that heart stem cell therapy is a possible treatment for heart failure.   Stem cells are a special kind of cells that have the ability to become any kind of tissue. These kinds of cells are vital
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers compared the effectiveness of traditional pethidine to remifentanil patient-controlled analgesia for pregnancy pain relief and the need of an epidural. During childbirth, women have some options for pregnancy pain relief during delivery. One option is the opioid drug, pethidine. Pethidine, delivered by injection, is used yearly by
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Ever wonder how effective disease screening tests really are? With the recent discussion in the media surrounding HPV and its potentially devastating effects, researchers compared HPV testing to a Pap smear in identifying cases of cervical cancer in women. Cervical cancer is a serious disease affecting many women
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers determined the prevalence of adults experiencing phantom smells and its associated sociodemographic factors, health behaviours, and health conditions. Phantom smells is a condition in which individuals smell odors that are not actually present. They are caused by dysfunctions in the body’s sensory system, the peripheral olfactory system.
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A study recently published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases reveals that obesity can help spread the influenza A virus by increasing the virus shedding time in infected adults. The global obesity epidemic has been linked to an increasing number of chronic diseases. Obesity may also influence the
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Sobolev and colleagues assess mortality and provide timing guidelines for hip fracture surgery.   Hip fractures are extremely common and lead to death in 5% to 10% of patients within 30 days. Surgery typically improves survival, and surgery within 48 hours
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Cardiac arrest is often a sudden and fatal event that can be treated with cardiac defibrillators. Researchers investigate if wearable defibrillators are an ideal solution for high-risk pediatric patients. Cardiac arrest is sudden heart failure which leads to loss of blood circulation. While certain risk factors can increase
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In a recent study, researchers describe a new technique that uses a “fingerprint” to potentially personalize medical treatment. Personalized medicine is the concept that each patient should be treated individually despite them having the same disease or diagnosis. Personalized medicine is based on several considerations such as individual
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Empathy is an important part of healthcare, especially when treatment plans and decisions are being discussed. A recent study looked at how well pediatric physicians delivered empathetic statements during these care conferences and its influence on family-physician communication. It is critical for physicians to respond appropriately with empathy
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, researchers analyzed recordings of doctor-patient communication to evaluate how effectively doctors are listening to patients. Good doctor-patient communication is essential for establishing a trusting relationship that leads to effective patient-centered care. As part of this, it is important that doctors
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In a recent study in Belgium, researchers examined the breast milk composition of females who had undergone bariatric surgery and the effect of maternal diet on breast milk composition. Bariatric surgery is a weight loss surgery that involves a variety of procedures. It is usually performed on individuals
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