Certain dietary supplements tied to dysphagia, choking in seniors

(HealthDay)—Most reports of swallowing problems caused by dietary supplements involve seniors taking multivitamins or calcium supplements, according to a research letter published online Aug. 20 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Cecile Punzalan, M.D., from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in College Park, Maryland, and colleagues used data from Continue Reading

Study finds specific microbiome tied to long-term survival of patients with pancreatic cancer

A key difference between the few pancreatic cancer patients who survive long-term and the many whose disease overcomes all treatments is the bacterial signatures on their tumors that either stimulate or suppress immune response, a team led by researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reports in Continue Reading

Poor pneumonia outcomes tied to overuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics

Overuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics is associated with increased mortality and other poor outcomes in adults admitted for community-onset pneumonia, according to a study published in the July 1 issue of the European Respiratory Journal. Brandon J. Webb, M.D., from the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, and colleagues evaluated the Continue Reading

Neuropathology tied to dementia ID’d in football players who had CTE

(HealthDay)—White matter rarefaction, arteriolosclerosis, and dorsolateral frontal cortex (DLFC) neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) are independently associated with dementia among older men who played football and had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to a study published online Aug. 5 in JAMA Neurology. Michael L. Alosco, Ph.D., from the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Continue Reading

Monthly lifestyle counseling tied to better outcomes for patients with diabetes

For primary care physicians caring for patients with type 2 diabetes, it’s a familiar conversation: Exercise. Improve your diet. Lose weight. Patients with diabetes are at increased risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event so physicians counsel their patients on how to make lifestyle changes to Continue Reading

Video Game Addiction Tied To Depression, Social Problems And Poorer Grades In School

Video game addiction is a global phenomenon and appears to lead to poorer grades in school and serious psychological problems, including depression, anxiety, and social phobia, said an international team of researchers who followed over 3,000 third through eighth grade students in Singapore and found the percentage of pathological youth Continue Reading