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New Eye-Tracker Method Shows 'Preferred Retinal Location' in Both Eyes

Eyes with central vision loss adapt by developing a new fixation point in a different part of the retina, called the preferred retinal location (PRL). Now for the first time, a new method makes it possible to identify PRLs in both eyes...
28-Jul-2015 11:20 AM EDT

Stillbirth and Late Termination of Pregnancy—Women in 'Agonizing' Situations Need 'Empathic, Supportive Care'

Stillbirth or late termination of pregnancy due to severe fetal anomalies is a heartbreaking event for women and families—and one that poses challenges for all members of the healthcare team as they seek to provide empathic and supportive care,...
27-Jul-2015 8:30 AM EDT

Patient Satisfaction Is Good Indicator of Success after Spinal Surgery

Patient satisfaction ratings after surgery for spinal degenerative disease—especially in terms of reduced pain and disability—are a good indicator of the procedure's effectiveness, reports a study in the August issue of Neurosurgery, official...
24-Jul-2015 8:30 AM EDT

Job Strain Linked to Increased Sick Leave Due to Mental Disorders

Workers with high job demands and job strain are at increased risk of sick leave due to mental disorders, reports a study in the August Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational...
16-Jul-2015 11:30 AM EDT

Club Membership in Teens Linked to Lower Mortality in Older Age

Did you belong to community, sports, or other clubs in your teens? If so, you might be more likely to survive into your late seventies, suggests a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the...
16-Jul-2015 9:50 AM EDT

Many Opioid Overdoses Linked to Lower Prescribed Doses, Intermittent Use

Overdoses of opioid pain medications frequently occur in people who aren't chronic users with high prescribed opioid doses—the groups targeted by current opioid prescribing guidelines, reports a study in the August issue of Medical Care. The...
15-Jul-2015 11:15 AM EDT

MRI Studies Point to Brain Connectivity Changes in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Studies using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques are beginning to reveal differences in brain connectivity—the ways that different parts of the brain are connected to each other and work together—in people with autism spectrum disorders...
14-Jul-2015 9:40 AM EDT

Benzodiazepines Not Recommended for Patients with PTSD or Recent Trauma

Benzodiazepine drugs are widely used in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but available evidence suggests that they are not effective—and may even be harmful, concludes a systematic review and meta-analysis in the July Journal of...
14-Jul-2015 8:30 AM EDT

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