Chair yoga more effective than music therapy in older adults with advanced dementia

As dementia progresses, the ability to participate in exercise programs declines. Sticking to a program also becomes challenging because of impaired cognition, mobility issues or risk of falls and fractures—some exercise regimens are just too complicated or physically demanding. Although studies have shown the benefits of physical activity on dementia, Continue Reading

Laser therapy gains credibility as effective option for treating vaginal problems

Nearly 50% of menopausal women complain of vaginal dryness, itching, and burning, among other commonly reported menopause symptoms. Laser therapy is one of the newer techniques for addressing these problems. A new study suggests that it is as effective and safe as vaginal estrogen in improving sexual and urinary functionality. Continue Reading

Studies compare the most effective rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury patients

A series of four studies led by researchers at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and published online together in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation shed light on the most effective rehabilitation practices for patients with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). “The effectiveness of inpatient rehabilitation for Continue Reading

Cheaper drug just as effective protecting heart in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

A new clinical trial conducted at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found a cost-effective generic medication works just as well as a more expensive drug in preserving cardiovascular function in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Results of this multi-center trial are in today’s Journal of the American Continue Reading

Calcium channel blockers may be effective in treating memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia but the changes in brain cell function underlying memory loss remains poorly understood. Researchers at the University of Bristol have identified that calcium channel blockers may be effective in treating memory loss. The team’s findings, published in Frontiers in Cellular Continue Reading

Wide distribution of Naloxone effective in preventing opioid-related deaths

Broad distribution of the opioid reversal drug naloxone is highly cost-effective in reducing fatal overdoses, according to a new University of Michigan study. The researchers examined the cost-effectiveness of increased distribution of naloxone to laypeople likely to witness or experience overdose, police and firefighters, and emergency medical services. “Before this, Continue Reading

Study confirms cannabis flower is an effective mid-level analgesic medication for pain treatment

Using the largest database of real-time recordings of the effects of common and commercially available cannabis products in the United States (U.S.), researchers at The University of New Mexico (UNM) found strong evidence that cannabis can significantly alleviate pain, with the average user experiencing a three-point drop in pain suffering Continue Reading

Targeted therapy erdafitinib effective for patients with advanced bladder cancer and specific gene mutations

Treatment with the FGFR inhibitor erdafitinib in patients with metastatic bladder cancers marked by mutations in the FGFR3 gene resulted in a 40% overall response rate (ORR) and was well-tolerated, according to an international Phase II trial led by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The trial results, Continue Reading

Study suggests arthroscopy more effective than MRI for chondral defects of the knee

Using arthroscopy to stage a lesion in the chondral area of the knee is more accurate than magnetic resonance imaging, according to researchers from the Rothman Institute, La Jolla, Calif. The findings were presented today at the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. Chondral injuries of the knee Continue Reading