94th AATS Annual Meeting Tip Sheet

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A quick overview of the 94th AATS Annual Meeting, Toronto, April 26-30, 2014 plus 8 featured presentations.

– American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)|4/24/2014 5:00 PM EDT

Higher Muscle Mass Linked with Better Physical Function and Quality of Life in Dialysis Patients

• Dialysis patients with higher BMI, waist circumference, and abdominal fat measures had poorer scores on a 6-minute walking test. • Patients with more muscle mass had better scores on the walking test as well as better scores on physical and mental health questionnaires

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)|4/24/2014 5:00 PM EDT

Many Patients Who Could Benefit From Home Dialysis Are Receiving Care in Dialysis Centers

• In Australia, kidney failure patients from the most advantaged areas were less likely to use home dialysis and more likely to use in-center hemodialysis than patients from the most disadvantaged areas. • Patients from the most advantaged areas were more likely to use private hospitals than those from the most disadvantaged areas.

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)|4/24/2014 5:00 PM EDT

Goodness Snakes — as Weather Warms Up, Snakes Come Out

Warm weather means encounters with snakes will be on the rise. UAB emergency medicine physicians have some do's and don'ts.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham|4/24/2014 4:00 PM EDT

American Pain Society Publishes New Clinical Practice Guideline on Methadone Safety

Improved physician education and patient counseling about methadone safety and ECG monitoring to identify patients at high risk for cardiac problems will lead to safer use of the medication, according to the American Pain Society’s Clinical Practice Guideline on Methadone Safety, published this week in The Journal of Pain.

– American Pain Society|4/24/2014 4:00 PM EDT

Texas Tech Survey Update: Abbott to Win Texas Governor, Voter ID Law Didn’t Cause Problems and Texans Split on Gay Marriage

Researchers at Texas Tech University’s Earl Survey Research Center issued updated numbers on issues from who will likely be the next governor of Texas to gay marriage and voter ID laws.

– Texas Tech University|4/24/2014 4:00 PM EDT

Study Suggests Targeting B Cells May Help with MS

A new study suggests that targeting B cells, which are a type of white blood cell in the immune system, may be associated with reduced disease activity for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The study is released today and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014.

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)|4/24/2014 4:00 PM EDT

Classroom Dare Develops Into the Jacob Maresbeth Chronicles for CWRU Author

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Created by Brandy Schillace, a Case Western Reserve University alumnae and research associate in the history department, the fictional Jacob Maresbeth makes his debut this month in High Stakes, the first of nine books in The Jacob Maresbeth Chronicles (Cooperative Press, 2014).

– Case Western Reserve University|4/24/2014 3:55 PM EDT
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