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Patient care can improve with technology in nursing homes


A significant part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act was the $25 billion invested in health information technology (IT) to improve quality and efficiency in health care. However, nursing homes did not receive the same level of investment in technology. A research from the University of Missouri shows increases in IT can lead to potential improvements in health care quality measures.
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Study finds connection between chronic pain and anxiety disorders


New research provides insight into a long-observed, but little-understood connection between chronic pain and anxiety and offers a potential target for treatment. The study's findings, show that increased expression of PACAP - a peptide neurotransmitter the body releases in response to stress - is also increased in response to neuropathic pain and contributes to these symptoms.
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Stopping exercise decreases brain blood flow


New research led by University of Maryland School of Public Health researchers examined cerebral blood flow in healthy, physically fit older adults before and after a 10-day period during which they stopped all exercise. Using MRI brain imaging techniques, they found a significant decrease in blood flow to several brain regions, after they stopped their exercise routines.
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Telemedicine could improve eye exam access for people with diabetes


Electronic eye exams could become popular in the U.S. among patients who see them as an easy way to visit the eye doctor. After a nationwide telemedicine diabetic screening program in England and Wales, for example, diabetic retinopathy is no longer the leading cause of blindness there.
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NIST study provides voice for evacuation needs of mobility impaired


A new study conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) detailing the challenges faced by people with mobility impairments during emergency evacuation from multistory buildings.
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