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Concussion, RNA, Microrna, TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury

Molecules in Spit May Be Able to Diagnose and Predict Length of Concussions

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Diagnosing a concussion can sometimes be a guessing game, but clues taken from small molecules in saliva may be able to help diagnose and predict the duration of concussions in children, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine.

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Blueprint to Reduce Wasteful Blood Transfusions

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By analyzing data from randomized clinical trials comparing blood transfusion approaches, Johns Hopkins experts, along with colleagues at Cleveland Clinic and NYU Langone Medical Center, endorse recommendations for blood transfusions that reduce blood use to improve patient safety and outcomes. Publishing this week in JAMA Internal Medicine, the report also provides a how-to guide for launching a patient blood management program.

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Pediatrics, Pediatric Dermatology, Telemedicine, Dermatology

Parent-Supplied Photos Allow Pediatric Dermatology Diagnoses without an Office Visit in Most Instances

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Using smartphone cameras, parents can reliably take high-quality photographs of their child’s skin condition to send to a dermatologist for diagnosis. This finding suggests that direct-to-patient dermatology can accurately provide pediatric dermatology care.

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Aggressive Testing Provides No Benefit to Patients in ER with Chest Pain

Patients who go to the emergency room (ER) with chest pain often receive unnecessary tests to evaluate whether they are having a heart attack, a practice that provides no clinical benefit and adds hundreds of dollars in health-care costs, according to a new study from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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JAMA Opthalmology, jonathan lass, cornea preservation, Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine, University Hospitals Eye Institute, NIH, NEI, corneas, Cornea preservation time study, donor corneas, Clinical Trial, corneal transplantation

New Study Offers Added Hope for Patients Awaiting Corneal Transplants

New national research led by Jonathan Lass, MD of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center has found that corneal donor tissue can be safely stored for 11 days before transplantation surgery to correct eye problems in people with diseases of the cornea. This is four days longer than the current conventional maximum of seven days in the United States.

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Cancer Drug Parity Laws Lower Costs for Many, but Not Everyone

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In an analysis of the impact of parity laws published in JAMA Oncology, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and collaborators from Harvard Medical School report modest improvements in costs for many patients. However, patients who were already paying the most for their medications, saw their monthly costs go up.

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Mental Health, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Lithium, Genetics, Psychiatry

Gene Breakthrough on Lithium Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Genes linked to schizophrenia in psychiatric patients suffering from bipolar disorder are the reason why such patients don't respond to the "gold standard" treatment for bipolar – the drug lithium – according to international research led by the University of Adelaide.

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New Study Points to Risks from Mislabeled Unregulated Cannabidiol Products

Study findings highlight need for manufacturing and testing standards and federal government oversight.

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Penn Study Shows Nearly 70 Percent of Cannabidiol Extracts Sold Online Are Mislabeled

Business experts estimate that the market for Cannabidiol (CBD) products will grow to more than $2 billion in consumer sales within the next three years. While interest in this area continues to grow, little has been done to ensure regulation and oversight of the sale of products containing CBD.







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