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Category: Clinical Research


Clinical Research, Innovation

Don’t ignore diastolic blood pressure values, say researchers

July 18, 2019

Via: The Medical News

A large study from clinicians at Kaiser Permanente has concluded that both the upper and lower values of blood pressure readings (systolic and diastolic blood pressure) are associated with the risk of heart attack and stroke. The new study, which […]


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Do antidepressants work better than placebo?

July 18, 2019

Via: Medical News Today

In 2017, around 17.3 million adults in the United States experienced an episode of major depression. Alongside talking therapies such as psychotherapy, many people with depression take antidepressants. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a 2011–2014 […]


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Discovery could pave the way towards new treatments for neurological disorders

July 16, 2019

Via: The Medical News

Scientists at the University of Warwick have discovered a new process that sets the fastest molecular motor on its marathon-like runs through our neurons. The findings, now published in Nature Communications, pave the way towards new treatments for certain neurological […]


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Air pollution may raise atherosclerosis, heart disease death risk

July 16, 2019

Via: Medical News Today

Studies have linked air pollution with the risk of developing a range of conditions, from neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s to diabetes and atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries. For instance, early last month, Medical […]


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Why even slim people may benefit from calorie restriction

July 15, 2019

Via: Medical News Today

This is the main takeaway of a randomized controlled trial that lasted for 2 years and included 218 people, ages 21–50, without obesity. Dr. William E. Kraus — a cardiologist and distinguished professor of medicine at Duke University in Durham, […]


Clinical Research, Innovation, Wellness

Cutting around 300 calories a day protects the heart even in svelte adults

July 12, 2019

Via: The Medical News

New data from a two-year Duke Health trial suggests when it comes to cutting your risk for killer ailments such as diabetes and heart disease, there’s always room for improvement. In adults already at a healthy weight or carrying just […]


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This herbal supplement ‘poses a public health threat’

July 12, 2019

Via: Medical News Today

Kratom is an extract from the tropical tree Mitragyna speciosa, a relative of the coffee plant. Historically, manual laborers in Southeast Asia have used the compound — either chewing the leaves or making them into tea — to soothe aches […]


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New drug for acute migraine shows promising results in a large-scale trial

July 11, 2019

Via: The Medical News

A drug belonging to a new generation of acute migraine headache treatments was found to eliminate pain and reduce bothersome symptoms for people with migraine in a large-scale trial reported in the July 11 issue of The New England Journal […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

Sugary drinks, including 100% fruit juices, may raise cancer risk

July 11, 2019

Via: Medical News Today

For some time now, researchers have been linking sugary drinks with a wide range of health risks. Obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are only some of the conditions that previous studies have associated with sweetened drinks. Some studies […]


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Researchers devise a more ‘child-friendly’ test for autism

July 11, 2019

Via: Medical News Today

“The current approaches to determining if someone has autism are not really child-friendly,” notes Mehrshad Sadria, who is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Sadria and colleagues have been busy looking for an alternative […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

Structure of brain networks can change in fundamental and recurring ways over time

July 9, 2019

Via: The Medical News

The shape and connectivity of brain networks — discrete areas of the brain that work together to perform complex cognitive tasks — can change in fundamental and recurring ways over time, according to a study led by Georgia State University. […]


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These diets and supplements may not really protect the heart

July 9, 2019

Via: Medical News Today

Common knowledge has it that diet and lifestyle play an important role in supporting a person’s physical health and overall well-being. That is why doctors may advise their patients to modify their diets and lifestyle habits by making them more […]


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Ignoring cues for alcohol and fast food is hard — but is it out of our control?

July 8, 2019

Via: ScienceDaily Health

If you’re stressed, tired or otherwise straining your brain power, you may find it harder to ignore cues in the environment that signal something rewarding. That’s what a UNSW Sydney experiment by a group of psychologists — published today in […]


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Brain structure may play key role in psychosis

July 8, 2019

Via: Medical News Today

Variations in the structure of the choroid plexus, which produces cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), could play a key role in psychosis. A team that Dr. Paulo Lizano — of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA — led has […]


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Study finds alarmingly high rate of opioid prescriptions for osteoarthritis patients

July 8, 2019

Via: The Medical News

Opioids work against severe pain but the risks of side effects and addiction are high. In the USA alone, 26 people die every day from overdoses. Now researchers in an international collaboration have investigated how common opioid prescriptions are for […]