You can now do pilates with miniature pigs

The class will be led by pilates teacher Harry Parkes, who explains: ‘While there is plenty of fun to be had, Pilates has many benefits including improving posture, movement quality, mobility, flexibility, mental cognition and core strength.’ Little pigs will be free to roam around during the session, so guests should be ready for curious piglets to stroll over for […]

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Eliminating routine but low-value preoperative tests for cataract surgery patients associated with cost savings

UCLA researchers found that eliminating routine but unnecessary procedures before people undergo cataract surgery has the potential to save costs and resources for hospitals serving lower-income patients. Forgoing routine chest x-rays, electrocardiograms and other preoperative procedures—which studies have found to have no clinical benefit prior to cataract surgery—was associated with a savings of $67,241 over three years at one of […]

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Brain-like model provides hope for millions with Alzheimer’s, other neurological disorders

Up to 1 billion people, nearly one in six of the world’s population, suffer from neurological disorders. The number of people with those disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, has been steadily increasing in recent decades. Drug discovery and development efforts to mitigate these diseases have increased. However, those efforts have been slow to translate into clinical practices and medications […]

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Preventing addiction with insight from scruffy dogs and ancient meditation

When Ivan Pavlov was measuring dog slobber at the turn of the 20th century, he could not have imagined all the ways his classical conditioning research would shape the future of scientific discovery. Today, there is substantial research suggesting that conditioned behaviors—such as smoking after a meal—sustain unhealthy habits. It follows that by preventing the development of certain conditioned behaviors, […]

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Celebrate National Unicorn Day With These Magical Kid Picks

What’s fabulous, ethereal, and one-of-a-kind? You, of course — and unicorns. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are; everyone deserves some sparkles and laughter in their lives and what better reason to sprinkle in some magic than National Unicorn Day? These mythical beasts have fascinated people all over the globe for thousands of years, and with good reason. […]

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Baby born with a rare disorder becomes a model

‘There was no indication that there was anything wrong, throughout the entire pregnancy or the birth – his only problem seemed to be the acid reflux and he was a little small,’ said mum Lauren, a doctor’s assistant. ‘UK doctors have had to seek advice from specialists from all over as he’s so rare, we’re yet to meet anyone else […]

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Kids with high blood pressure need smooth transition to adult care

A child diagnosed with high blood pressure should continue seeking treatment when he or she becomes an adult—and a newly published review looks at the medical guidelines that can help with the transition. A comparison of the separate blood pressure guidelines for children and adults found that efforts to bridge the care that adolescents receive as they shift to a […]

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Researchers identify over 400 genes associated with schizophrenia development

In the largest study of its kind, involving more than 100,000 people, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have applied a novel machine learning method to identify 413 genetic associations with schizophrenia across 13 brain regions. As described in the February issue of Nature Genetics, examining gene expression at the tissue level allowed researchers to not […]

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Group with consumer-friendly vibe pushes drugmakers’ message

Outside groups like the Alliance for Patient Access are raising their voices as they seek to influence deliberations in Washington aimed at lowering prescription drug costs. But not all of these organizations are clear about who they actually represent. Their names can obscure the source of the message and they’re cagey about where their money comes from. The Alliance is […]

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Doctors need to talk through treatment options better for black men with prostate cancer

African-American men have the highest risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer as well as dying from it compared to any other ethnic group in the U.S. This trend has remained unchanged for over four decades. Although research has focused on identifying the biological differences that may lead to this difference, there’s growing evidence that distinct racial and ethnic disparities […]

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