People Who Develop Kidney Stones May Face Increased Bone Fracture Risk

• People who developed kidney or urinary tract stones were more likely to later experience bone fractures. • The median time between diagnosis and bone fracture was 10 years

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)|23-Oct-2014 5:00 PM EDT

Twitter Can Be Useful Tool for Public Health Organizations — but Must Be Carefully Monitored

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Social media marketing strategies present both challenges and opportunities for public health professionals. It’s an effective way of reaching large audiences, but social media can also be used to spread misinformation. That’s the findings of a situational analysis by researchers at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis of a recent social media campaign by the Chicago Department of Public Health. The study suggests that public health organizations need to pay close attention to how they disseminate information, and also to the response the campaign gets.

– Washington University in St. Louis|23-Oct-2014 4:00 PM EDT

In Orbit or on Earth, Implantable Device Will Be Commanded to Release Therapeutic Drugs Remotely

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Scientists will receive about $1.25 million from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space to develop an implantable device that delivers therapeutic drugs at a rate guided by remote control. The device's effectiveness will be tested aboard the International Space Station and on Earth's surface.

– Houston Methodist|23-Oct-2014 4:00 PM EDT

‘Long Tail’ Thinking Can Help Eliminate Health Disparities

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“Long tail” thinking in public health might yield greater progress in eliminating health disparities, according to a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

– Washington University in St. Louis|23-Oct-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Pre-Enlistment Mental Disorders, Suicide Rates Among New Soldiers Comparable to Civilians

New results from the largest-ever study of mental health risk and resilience in Army personnel show that despite higher rates of current mental disorders and suicidality among U.S. Army soldiers than similarly matched civilians, the rates of most pre-enlistment mental disorders among new soldiers are comparable to those of civilians.

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)|23-Oct-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Nearly Half of Older Americans Need Support with Daily Routines

About 18 million Americans age 65 and older require help with routine daily activities like bathing, handling medications or meals, finds a new study in Milbank Quarterly. The research shows a growing need for improved services and support for older Americans, their spouses, their children and other "informal caregivers."

– Health Behavior News Service|23-Oct-2014 3:30 PM EDT

Cedars-Sinai Medical Tip Sheet for October

Hypertension, gender differences in high-fat meals, bioartificial liver research, ALS, Halloween costumes for preemies in the neonatal intensive care unit and more are all included in this month's medical tip sheet.

– Cedars-Sinai Medical Center|23-Oct-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Increasing Protein, Fiber in Pasta, Baked Goods

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South Dakota State University food science professor Padmanaban Krishnan received a four-year grant geared toward getting corn co-products to the food market.

– South Dakota State University|23-Oct-2014 3:00 PM EDT
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