Multicomponent home-based treatments improve mobility in older adults after hip fracture

Each year more than 260,000 older Americans are hospitalized for hip fractures, a debilitating injury that can severely and permanently impact mobility. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) studied two types of home-based interventions and discovered that these treatments are effective in helping individuals regain their Continue Reading

Greater support needed to improve the treatment of knee osteoarthritis

A new Curtin University-led paper has outlined that many people living with knee osteoarthritis may be needlessly suffering or receiving the wrong treatments for their symptoms, recommending a major change in how osteoarthritis is understood and treated. The paper, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, concluded that people Continue Reading

Artificial intelligence approaches may improve diagnostics of kidney disease

Two new studies reveal that modern machine learning—a branch of artificial intelligence in which systems learn from data, identify patterns, and make decisions—may augment traditional diagnostics of kidney disease. The findings appear in an upcoming issue of JASN. Pathologists often classify various kidney diseases on the basis of visual assessments Continue Reading

Early intensive vasodilation does not improve outcomes in acute heart failure

Early intensive vasodilation does not improve 180-day all-cause mortality and rehospitalization in patients hospitalized for acute heart failure, according to late breaking results of the GALACTIC trial presented in a Hot Line Session today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology.1 Acute heart failure is the Continue Reading

Early intensive vasodilation does not improve outcomes in acute heart failure

Early intensive vasodilation does not improve 180-day all-cause mortality and rehospitalization in patients hospitalized for acute heart failure, according to late breaking results of the GALACTIC trial presented in a Hot Line Session today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology.1 Acute heart failure is the Continue Reading

Tiny wearable cameras may improve quality of life in heart failure patients

The ever-present devices that seem to track all our moves can be annoying, intrusive or worse, but for heart failure patients, tiny wearable cameras could prove life-enhancing, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. Minute-by-minute images captured by these little “eyes” Continue Reading

The technology behind Bitcoin may improve the medications of the future

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have developed a prototype of an app that may potentially prescribe the optimal dose of medicine for the individual patient, as well as prevent counterfeit products. Big data. Machine Learning. Internet of Things. Blockchain. Futuristic concepts from the world of technology will likely soon Continue Reading

Study finds toolkit could improve detection and management of iron deficiency in pregnancy

Iron deficiency in pregnancy is a common problem that often goes unrecognized and untreated due to a lack of knowledge of its implications and competing clinical priorities. To enhance screening and management of iron deficiency in pregnancy, a research team at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital developed a quality improvement toolkit, Continue Reading

Aerobic exercise programs may improve endurance, walking after stroke

Stroke survivors who completed group-based aerobic exercise programs similar in design and duration to cardiac rehabilitation programs significantly improved their aerobic endurance and walking ability, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association. Stroke remains the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and physical therapy is Continue Reading

Nerve stimulation and repetitive sounds help improve hearing

Combining seizure-preventing electrical stimulation with repetitive musical tones improves processing of sounds in the brain, according to new research. The discovery may provide relief for chronic ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and aid communication skills in people with autism. The first-of-its-kind study, published ahead of print in the Journal of Continue Reading

Drugs commonly taken to improve cognition only boost short-term focus – at high cost

The use of prescription stimulants by those without medically diagnosed conditions marks a growing trend among young adults—particularly college students seeking a brain boost. But according to a study led by the University of California, Irvine, taking a nonprescribed psychostimulant may slightly improve a person’s short-term focus but impede sleep Continue Reading