Screening tool administered in pediatric ER accurately gauges suicide risk

A suicide risk screening tool that Johns Hopkins Medicine implemented in its pediatric emergency department six years ago appears to provide an accurate gauge of which youth are most vulnerable and has identified more than 2,000 patients who might benefit from mental health treatment and resources, according to a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public […]

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Blood test can predict prognosis in deadly brain cancer

A blood test that measures the amount of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in the bloodstream—called a liquid biopsy—correlates with how patients will progress after they are diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM), the deadliest and most common primary brain tumor in adults. In a new study, researchers from the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania are the first to show that […]

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Why phobias are natural—and how to overcome them

Don’t feel bad about having a phobia about public speaking, getting a needle or being near a dog—it’s not you, it’s your brain, says a University of Alberta psychologist. These fears are natural and there are ways to overcome them, said Janet Caryk, a clinical lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. “People blame themselves and think they are […]

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It takes more than a catchy headline for health awareness campaigns to inspire action

A new study published in Lancet Oncology reveals that the internet popularity of health awareness campaigns may not always translate into a greater interest in related health behaviors. Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC compared Pinktober and Movember, two monthlong cancer outreach campaigns with similar online popularity based on six years of search traffic data. They analyzed […]

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Number of Americans with dementia will double by 2040: Report

(HealthDay)—Nearly 13 million Americans will have dementia by 2040—nearly twice as many as today, a new report says. The number of women with dementia is expected to rise from 4.7 million next year to 8.5 million in 2040. The number of men with dementia is projected to increase from 2.6 million to 4.5 million. Over the next 20 years, the […]

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Women, young and old people are most risk adverse, research finds

Women, the young and older people are most risk averse when it comes to financial risk taking, according to new research from the University of Bristol and Cass Business School. The report ‘Quantifying Loss Aversion: Evidence from a UK Population Survey’ identifies key characteristics about individuals which explain their attitude to risk and loss. The findings have important implications for […]

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Yes, You Can Use Your Phone as a Vibrator—But Should You?

Is there anything your smartphone can’t do? Your digital BFF can help you lose weight, stream your favorite Netflix shows, and capture that perfect snap for Instagram. Now, some clever women have recently uncovered an entirely different use for your phone: a vibrator. App stores are loaded with tools that turn your phone itself into a buzzing bedroom buddy. That made […]

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Looking at the way we walk can help predict cognitive decline

The way people walk is an indicator of how much their brains, as well as their bodies, are aging. Scientists reporting in a special supplement to the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (JAD) say that gait disorders, particularly slowing gait, should be considered a marker of future cognitive decline. They propose testing motor performance as well as cognitive performance in older […]

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One-third of CVD in blacks attributable to hypertension

(HealthDay)—A substantial proportion of cases of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among black individuals are associated with hypertension, according to a study published online Oct. 23 in JAMA Cardiology. Donald Clark III, M.D., from University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, and colleagues assessed the population-attributable risk (PAR) for CVD associated with hypertension among black adults. The analysis included 12,497 black adults […]

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