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New skin-graft system a better fix for chronic wounds

08/02/2017

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than six million cases of chronic wounds cost $20 billion each year in the United States. Diabetic ulcers, pressure sores, surgical site wounds and traumatic injuries to high-risk patients account for most wounds that won't heal.
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Type 1 diabetes: Continuous glucose monitoring lowers blood sugar in the long term

08/02/2017

Significantly decreased blood sugar levels over time - and increased well-being. These are just some of the results of a long-term study at Sahlgrenska Academy of continuous glucose monitoring in persons with type 1 diabetes.
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Mental activities may protect against mild cognitive impairment

06/02/2017

Mayo Clinic researchers have found that engaging in mentally stimulating activities, even late in life, may protect against new-onset mild cognitive impairment, which is the intermediate stage between normal cognitive aging and dementia.
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What primary care providers should know about diabetic neuropathy

06/02/2017

An estimated 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes develop some form of diabetic neuropathy, or the chronic nerve damage diabetes causes, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
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Link between sleep and cognitive impairment in the elderly

03/02/2017

Daytime sleepiness is very common in the elderly with prevalence rates of up to 50 percent. Caused by sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), a disruption of normal breathing during sleep, these cause recurrent awakenings and subsequent excessive daytime sleepiness.
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Acupuncture boosts effectiveness of standard medical care for chronic pain

01/02/2017

Health specialists at the University of York have found than acupuncture treatment can boost the effectiveness of standard medical care, lessening the severity of chronic pain and depression.
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Getting closer to treatment for Parkinson's

01/02/2017

A new Norwegian study shows new mechanisms behind Parkinson's disease, which can be key mechanisms for future treatment. More than 10 million people worldwide have Parkinson's disease. The cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown and thus no effective treatments exist.
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Photo: Scoliosis patient's back before and after six months of physical therapy; Copyright: University of Alberta

Scoliosis: Specialized physical therapy helps teens

30/01/2017

For teens with scoliosis, a new study shows specialized physical therapy exercises can improve the curve of the spine, muscle endurance and quality of life, as researchers advocate for conservative management to be added to the standard of care for patients in Canada.
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Arthritis: Elderly need just 45 minutes of activity per week

18/01/2017

Older adults who live with arthritis need to keep moving to be functionally independent. But in an examination of a goal that is daunting for most of this aging population, a new Northwestern Medicine study found that performing even a third of the recommended activity is beneficial.
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PHAGO project to explore a new approach for patients with Alzheimer’s disease

16/01/2017

On 1st November 2016 the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) together with an association of industrial partners came together to support PHAGO, an innovative research project devoted to the development of immunomodulatory therapies for Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
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Stimulator bypasses spine injury, helps patient move hands

11/01/2017

Doctors at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center have implanted a spinal stimulator that is showing early promise in returning hand strength and movement to a California man who broke his neck in a dirt-biking accident five years ago.
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Photo: Neuroscience researchers Constantine Trahiotis, left, and Leslie R. Bernstein; Copyright: Janine Gelineau/UConn Health

Hidden hearing loss revealed by UConn School of Medicine researchers

09/01/2017

Two researchers at UConn School of Medicine have developed a new hearing test that can identify hearing loss or deficits in some individuals considered to have normal or near-normal hearing in traditional tests.
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Studies suggest gaming your brain to treat depression

04/01/2017

Researchers have found promising results for treating depression with a video game interface that targets underlying cognitive issues associated with depression rather than just managing the symptoms.
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Painless microneedle patch could replace needles

03/01/2017

It's only a matter of time before drugs are administered via patches with painless microneedles instead of unpleasant injections. But designers need to balance the need for flexible, comfortable-to-wear material with effective microneedle penetration of the skin. Swedish researchers say they may have cracked the problem.
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Physiotherapy: Cycling in bed is safe for ICU patients

03/01/2017

Early bicycle exercise during their stay in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU) may help some patients recover more quickly. Researchers at McMaster University and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton have demonstrated that physiotherapists can safely start in-bed cycling sessions with critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients early on in their ICU stay.
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