A simple blood test could predict the risk of suicide, according to a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. For the study the researchers focused specifically on one particular gene variant known as SKA2. While examining the brains of deceased mental illness patients, the researchers discovered that those who had died of suicide have low levels of the SKA2 gene variant.
The use of statins may enable faster recovery times after cardiac surgery, according to a study from researchers at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. For the study the researchers reviewed data from 20 cohort studies involving statin use and heart surgery. They found that on average those using statins following heart surgery had a reduced wound healing time.
Those who suffer from clinical depression may be more likely to develop Alzheimer's later in life, according to a new study from researchers at Rush University. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from 1,764 adults over the age of 77. Over the course of the study 680 participants died and post mortems were carried out on 582.
Johnson and Johnson has reportedly pulled a controversial device from the market that has been used in hysterectomy procedures. The device, called a morecellator, is used in a form of hysterectomy that has recently been linked to an increased risk of uterine cancers. The device is used to cut up growths within the uterus into smaller sections.
The FDA has approved an over-the-counter formulation of the drug Flonase aimed specifically at allergy relief. The drug, produced by GlaxoSmithKline, will be the second major nasal steroid approved for over the counter sales by the FDA. The first such drug approved by the agency was Nasacort 24Hr and both drugs are approved for symptoms including nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing and more.
Babies who are born pre-term may have an increased risk of developing blood clots later in life, according to a new study from researchers at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from roughly 3.5 million babies born in Sweden between 1973 and 2008. Out of those babies about 207,000 were born pre-term.
Keeping a cooler bedroom during sleep may help boost metabolism, according to a new study from researchers at the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. For the study the researchers collected data on volunteers who slept in temperature controlled rooms at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Center.
Running may be linked with significant increases in life span, according to a new study from researchers at the Iowa State University. For the study the researchers collected health data from 55,000 adults aged 18 to 100 over a 15-year period. Roughly one quarter of the participants associated as a runners. They found that those who ran even very small amounts decreased risk of death.
Tonsillectomies, commonly prescribed to relieve sleep apnea in kids, may trigger weight loss gain, according to research conducted at Stanford University. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed data on 815 children who underwent the surgery. On average, the kids' weight rose over 6 percent within 18 months of their surgery, while their BMI rose an average of 8 percent.
Alcon's Simbrinza has been approved in the European Union to treat those living with glaucoma. The drug combines two approved therapies, Brinzolamide 10mg/mL and Brimonidine 2mg/mL, in one eye drop formula. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye's optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness.
Those who suffer from lack of sleep may be more likely to have distorted or false memories, according to research conducted at the University of California-Irvine and Michigan State University. The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, surveyed data on 104 college students. The participants, split into two groups, were asked to look at pictures of a crime scene.
Fist bumps are a more sanitary way to greet someone than handshakes, according to research conducted at the University of Wales. The study, published in the Journal of Infection Control, suggests that, during times of flu outbreaks, people should adopt the fist bump gesture to minimize contamination. "If there's a flu pandemic then handshaking might be something you want to think about . . ."
Health care workers holding an associate's degree currently make up the majority in the U.S. and that number is expected to climb, according to research conducted at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. The study notes that associate holding health care workers make up more than half of the health care workforce, a number that has risen 46 percent since 2000.
Children and adolescents who lose a parent may suffer higher mortality rates than those children and adolescents who are unaffected by parental death, according to research conducted at Aarhus University. The study, published in PLOS Medicine, found a 50 percent greater risk of mortality in kids (aged six months to 18 years) who lost a parent.
American males who join the armed forces are more likely to have suffered some trauma as children compared to those American males who do not serve their country, according to research conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, surveyed data on over 60,000 men and women who were interviewed with the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.