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Thyroid hormone treatment hastens recovery after cardiac surgery

... trial published in The Lancet. The effects were greatest in the patients who underwent long and difficult surgeries. Following trauma or surgery or during a critical illness, thyroid hormone concentrations plummet. Many experts thought this was an adaptive response by the body to minimize metabolic demands...

Researchers Scale to assess the Severity of Epilepsy in Kids

...o called symptomatic generalized epilepsy - are at greatest risk, according to Anne Berg, an associate professor in biological sciences at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. "We found evidence that the higher the frequency, the more the probability of intractability" she explains. Researchers also found...

Dentist's note for vegetarians

...ent problems. "The potential for deficiencies is greatest among children and teenagers who put themselves on vegetarian diets without knowing enough about their nutritional needs," he said. He warned that anyone considering changing their eating habits should inform their dentist. "Diet is an important pa...

Aspirin reduces deaths

...death from all causes by at least 30 per cent. The greatest risk reduction was seen in older people, those who had a reduced capacity for exercise, and those with a history of coronary heart disease. The study shows that aspirin can be recommended for routine use in heart patients to improve their life ex...

Complementary and Alternative medicine

...rapies used has changed over the years. // The greatest increase in popularity was in the transition from the 1960s to the 1970s. Seven out of ten of those born between 1965 and 1979 had used CAM, compared to five out of ten of those born between 1945 and 1964. And only three out of 10 of those born pre-1...

Relating heart protection and antihypertensive drugs

... blood pressure as much as possible to achieve the greatest reduction in cardiovascular complications. The team also specified that on average all antihypertensive drugs had similar long-term efficacy and safety. ...

Miscarriage linked to late embryos

...ary, with those implanting on day eight having the greatest chance of success.// The researchers speculate that late-implanting embryos may be weaker and that rejection of them may be a protective mechanism designed to spare the mother the physiologic burden of supporting non-viable offspring. The new stud...

Less sodium,less pressure

...nt), and low (1500 mg). The study found that the greatest blood pressure reduction occurred when the lowest sodium intake was combined with the DASH diet. This combination worked best for all population groups in the study. Study participants on this regime experienced an average drop of 8.9 points in systo...

Get, set, go...

...rchers in Canada have found that children have the greatest increase in bone mineral after the growth spurt just before puberty. Children who do not take enough exercise are in danger of suffering broken bones in later life,// says the study. Many fail to strengthen up their skeleton during a vital two-year ...

Lengthy Fingers could predict heart attacks

... that boys with shorter ring fingers tend to be at greatest risk. This is because these boys tend to have lower levels of the male sex hormone testosterone, which is known to protect against heart attack. The genes that are indirectly responsible for the production of testosterone and the female hormone oestr...

Prescription Drug Use Varies Widely Between States

...ass. Variation in non-chronic therapy classes was greatest for cough/cold/allergy medications and in chronic ...alence of use at 7.5 percent. Among children, the greatest variation was found for cough/cold/allergy products, followed by stimulant therapy for attention def...

Chromosomes to predict oral cancer

...he likelihood of developing cancer was found to be greatest in patients with leukoplakia cells containing a number of chromosomes that did not divide evenly by 23, the number of chromosomes received from each parent. According to study results, of the 27 patients with these aneuploid lesions, 21 developed can...

How trees affect sun exposure

...ring a sunblock of Sun Protection Factor 10. The greatest benefit of tree cover is in more northern latitudes, between 45 and 60 degrees. Urban and residential planners should take the tree cover and sun exposure link into account, say the Purdue researchers. Many apartments and offices have no tree cover c...

Birth weight may be influenced by genes

...ely to have a low birth weight baby, the odds were greatest among women with certain genetic make-ups. Environmental factors like maternal smoking certainly play key roles in birth weight. But the knowledge that genes also help determine a newborn's weight could have implications for preventing low birth weig...

Tennis gives protection against heart disease lifelong

...l, baseball and basketball. Those who reported the greatest skill in tennis were the most likely of all to still be physically active in mid-life. The tennis group also had a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease and heart attack - compared to those who did not play tennis. The study shows that signific...

Gene glitches connecting pot with Schizophrenia

...isk of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is one of the greatest mental health challenges in the world, affecting roughly one of every 80 people and filling about a quarter of all hospital beds in the United States. For years, clinical scientists have known that abusing marijuana, also known as cannabis, can trigg...

New therapy for PMS

... symptoms, while the half-cycle group achieved the greatest decrease in symptoms. Authors of the study conclude, "These results from a small number of subjects with open-label treatment must be viewed as preliminary but suggest that citalopram treatment is effective for PMS patients who failed previous...tre...

Nurses save more lives

... most striking findings, medical patients with the greatest proportion of RN care - relative to LPNs and aides - were 9 percent less likely to suffer shock or cardiac arrest, or to get a urinary tract infection. Medical patients with more hours of RN care also spent 5 percent less time in the hospital. Surgi...

Physical activity less among black girls

...oubled in female children and adolescents with the greatest increase// among black girls. On an average, surveys show girls are not eating more. Instead, the problem appears to be physical activity level. New research shows the activity levels of white and black girls substantially declines through adolescenc...

Aggressiveness is a prime heart disease risk

... reduce levels of hostility could benefit those at greatest risk....

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