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Patients who live alone can safely be sent home after joint replacement
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Most patients who live alone can be safely discharged home from the hospital to recover after hip or knee replacement surgery, suggests a study in the Jan. 17, 2018 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in partnership with Wolters Kluwer.
Advances in deep learning for biomarker development to be presented at the PMWC in Silicon Valley
(InSilico Medicine, Inc.) The CEO and founder of Insilico Medicine, Alex Zhavoronkov, will chair the AI-driven Pre-clinical and Clinical Drug Design, Discovery, and Development Panel at Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) 2018 in Silicon Valley. The AI panel will focus on the latest advances in artificial intelligence for biomarker development and drug discovery. The session will cover different approaches and AI platforms, and how they impact the pharmaceutical industry and specifically, the drug discovery and development processes.
109 groups urge Congress to reverse CMS rule linking MIPS adjustments to Part B drug costs
(American College of Rheumatology) More than 100 of the nation's leading patient and provider organizations -- including the American College of Rheumatology -- are urging Congressional leaders to immediately reverse a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) policy that will create enormous financial uncertainty for specialty providers and jeopardize patient access to vital Part B drug therapies.
Dr. Dobryakova of Kessler Foundation researches effect of feedback on cognitive fatigue
(Kessler Foundation) Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD, research scientist in Traumatic Brain Injury Research at Kessler Foundation, received an award from the New Jersey Health Foundation to study how performance feedback influences cognitive fatigue levels in individuals with TBI. The goal is to see whether a behavioral intervention that is based on providing performance feedback can effectively reduce levels of cognitive fatigue, a finding that would have implications for individuals with other types of neurological conditions who are affected by disabling fatigue.
How did a deadly tropical fungus get to the temperate environs of the Pacific Northwest?
(The Translational Genomics Research Institute) In what is being described as 'The Teddy Roosevelt effect,' a deadly fungus in the Pacific Northwest may have arrived from Brazil via the Panama Canal, according to a new study led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Cryptococcus gattii -- which until a 1999 outbreak in British Columbia's Vancouver Island was considered primarily a tropical fungus -- can cause deadly lung and brain infections in both people and animals.
Single blood test screens for eight cancer types
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers developed a single blood test that screens for eight common cancer types and helps identify the location of the cancer.
Harrington Discovery Institute announces 2018 grant funding to 10 physician-scientists
(University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center) Ten physician-scientists are named 2018 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award recipients to support their discoveries in diverse research areas, including cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and addiction.
Study finds shift in patterns of glutamate and GABA in visuospatial working memory network
(Elsevier) A new study in Biological Psychiatry has characterized the patterns of brain neurotransmitters glutamate and GABA in a network of regions that temporarily maintain and process visual information about the location of objects in space, a cognitive ability referred to as visuospatial working memory. The study reports that the patterns are altered in people with schizophrenia, suggesting a potential explanation for the impairments in visuospatial working memory that characterize people with the disorder.
Moms, sisters, wives rank among more 'difficult' kin
(University of California - Berkeley) Most of us put up with whiners, naggers, control freaks and other annoying people in our lives for good reason - we're related to them. While female kin are more likely to be viewed as difficult, they are also seen as being more supportive and involved in family life.
Health care financing system deepens poverty and income inequality
(Physicians for a National Health Program) Households' payments for medical premiums, copayments and deductibles pushed more than 7 million Americans into poverty in 2014, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health. Medical payments also dramatically worsened overall income inequality among Americans.
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