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Caregiving, Chronic Illness, Health Support, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Arthritis, Lung Disease, Depression

In Chronic Disease Care, Family Helpers Are Key, But Feel Left Out

People with diabetes, heart failure and other chronic diseases often live independent lives, without a traditional caregiver. But many have a family member or friend who plays a key supporting role in their health care.

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Heart Attack, Cardiac Arrest, Troponin, Blood Test

New Blood Test for Diagnosing Heart Attacks: A ‘Big Deal,’ with Caveats

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A longtime blood test that measures the likelihood of a cardiac event has become more sensitive and more precise. Why doctors and patients should be cautiously optimistic.

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Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, neuroscien

Does an Exploding Brain Network Cause Chronic Pain?

New research reports that hyperreactive brain networks could play a part in the hypersensitivity of fibromyalgia.

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States May Set #Medicaid Work Requirements for 1st Time; Leader of Related Study Available to Comment

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Child Obesity, Childhood Obesity

Moms of Obese Children Use Different Words to Restrict Eating

Mothers may be more likely to use direct statements to restrict a child’s eating.

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Tinnitus, Otolaryngology, Hearing, Neuroscience, Ringing In The Ears, Somatosensory

Specially Timed Signals Ease Tinnitus Symptoms in First Test Aimed at the Condition’s Root Cause

Millions of Americans hear ringing in their ears -- a condition called tinnitus -- but a new study shows an experimental device could help quiet the phantom sounds by targeting unruly nerve activity in the brain. Results of the first animal tests and clinical trial of the approach resulted in a decrease in tinnitus loudness and improvement in tinnitus-related quality of life.

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Flu Vaccination, Influenza, Nursing Home, Long-Term Care Facilities, Vaccination Compliance, Healthcare Workers

Nursing Homes Should Require Flu Shots for All Staff and Patients, Most Older Adults Say

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As flu season swings into high gear, a new poll suggests nursing homes and other long-term care facilities should be doing more to get their staff and patients vaccinated before it’s too late. Nearly three-quarters of people over age 50 say all staff in such facilities should definitely be required to get the flu vaccine. More than 60 percent say that patients should definitely get vaccinated too.

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Walking the Tightrope Between Risk and Reward in Studying Viruses

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A virologist involved in the debate over "gain of function" and dual-use infectious disease research reflects on the issue, in the wake of NIH action.

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Heart Attack, healthcare spending, Medicare, Acute Myocardial Infarction, Angioplasty & Stenting, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Quality Improvement

Better Treatment, Not More Spending, Saves Heart Attack Patients, Study Finds

A long-term look at heart attack care and spending in America in the 21st Century shows more survival, more spending, and more variation between hospitals on both scores. And while spending on rapid angioplasty appears to be paying off, a lot of the dollars spent in the six months after a heart attack aren’t making a difference in the long-term death rate.







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