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December 17, 2012
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  • Distress may increase risk of stroke-related death in seniors
    Seniors with the highest levels of psychosocial distress such as depression faced three times the risk of stroke-related mortality compared with people who experienced lower stress, according to a study in the journal Stroke. "The study adds to the growing evidence that stress is a significant factor in cardiovascular disease and stroke," said neurologist Ralph Sacco, however, it did not prove a causal relationship. HealthDay News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Psychological therapies effective for young PTSD patients
    Researchers reviewed 14 studies involving 758 3- to 18-year-olds diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and found that psychological treatments yielded better outcomes, such as lower levels of anxiety and depression. The findings appear in The Cochrane Library. (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study looks at role of detection method on breast cancer survival
    An analysis of data on 126,537 women in Japan found that mammography and clinical breast examination may be better for patients than mammography alone. Women screened using mammogram and clinical breast exam had a 96.8% five-year survival rate compared with 92.7% for those diagnosed by clinical breast exam alone, and 86.6% for those diagnosed by self-detection. The results didn't prove that mammography together with clinical examination had any protective effect. The study was published in the journal Breast Cancer. (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study cites health risks for older women from yo-yo diets
    Yo-yo dieting in postmenopausal obese women can result in higher cardiovascular and diabetes risks than before weight loss, according to a study on the website of the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. Wake Forest University researchers said risks went back to baseline or worsened even in women who regained only some of the lost weight, which shows the importance of weight management. HealthDay News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • FDA, IARS cite need to discuss risks of pediatric anesthesia, sedatives
    SmartTots, a partnership of the FDA and the International Anesthesia Research Society, released a statement saying that the use of sedatives and anesthetics in pediatrics is sometimes needed, but the potential benefits and risks should be discussed by health care providers with parents and caregivers. "Increasing evidence from research studies suggests the benefits of these agents should be considered in the context of their potential to cause harmful effects," the statement said. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tenofovir is well-tolerated by teens with chronic HBV, study shows
    Whether or not teens infected with chronic hepatitis B virus received prior treatment, taking tenofovir once a day for 72 weeks effectively normalized alanine aminotransferase values and suppressed the virus' DNA, a trial found. However, researchers noted that those in the tenofovir group were more likely to report grade 3 and 4 side effects than those in the placebo group. The findings appear in the journal Hepatology. News (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Child abuse cases down for 5th consecutive year
    Reports of child abuse and neglect in the U.S. have dropped for the fifth year in a row, from 723,000 cases in 2007 to about 681,000 in 2011, according to a report released by the HHS' Administration for Children and Families. The number of maltreatment-related child deaths reached a five-year low of 1,570 last year, researchers said. HealthDay News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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