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Brain Injury Can Hurt Medical Decisions

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UPI) — People who suffer a traumatic brain injury might not be thinking straight but still might have to make crucial medical decisions, a U.S. researcher said. Daniel Marson of the University of Alabama at Birmingham tested 86 traumatic brain injury patients’ ability to understand medical options, decide on treatments and appreciate consequences […]

High Levels Of Naphthalene Can Hurt Genes

NEW YORK (UPI) — Children exposed to high levels of naphthalene — moth balls, cigarettes, exhaust — are at increased risk for chromosomal aberrations, U.S. researchers say. First author Dr. Manuela A. Orjuela — assistant professor of clinical environmental health sciences and pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, and a pediatric oncologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan […]

Study: 'Bloodletting' May Be Beneficial

BERLIN (UPI) — Bloodletting as a medical treatment was abandoned in the 19th century, but German researchers said blood donation is beneficial to the donor. Professor Andreas Michalsen of the Charite-University Medical Centre in Berlin and colleagues at the University Duisburg-Essen said donating blood can provide medical benefits for obese people with metabolic syndrome — […]

Telerehab Helps Functioning After Stroke

INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) — A monitored stroke rehabilitation program performed at home via computer helped patients recovered lower body function, U.S. researchers say. Neale Chumbler, a scientist at the Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis and the Regenstrief Institute, and colleagues said post-stroke rehab is critically important. “But for many veterans and others who experience […]

Hospital Doctors Often Fatigued

BOSTON (UPI) — A study of 27 U.S. orthopedic surgery residents found their mean amount of daily sleep was 5.3 hours, with ranges of 2.8 hours to 7.2 hours, researchers say. Dr. Frank McCormick of the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and colleagues evaluated surgical residents’ sleep and awake […]

Night Shift Linked To Breast Cancer Rates

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (UPI) — Working night shifts more than twice a week is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, researchers in Denmark found. The study, published online in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, found the increased breast cancer risk seemed to be cumulative and strongest among those who describe themselves as “morning” people or […]

Workplace Bullying Hurts Bottom Line

NEW YORK (UPI) — Workplace bullying is a major cause of stress — and expense — that can leave employees feeling hurt, angry, frightened and depressed, a U.S. author says. Paul Huljich, the author of the book “Stress Pandemic,” said, “If you work with others, you’ll be bullied at some point in your career.” Workplace […]

Schoolyard Designed For Kids With Autism

MANHATTAN, Kan. (UPI) — U.S. researchers said they are developing a schoolyard that can become a therapeutic landscape for children with autism. Chelsey King, a master’s student in landscape architecture, and Katie Kingery-Page, assistant professor of landscape architecture at Kansas State University, said the biggest issue with traditional schoolyards is that they are completely open […]

Bone Loss Drugs Linked To Femur Fractures

GENEVA, Switzerland (UPI) — Treatment with bisphosphonates — drugs that offset bone loss associated with menopause — may be linked to femur fractures, Swiss researchers say. Dr. Raphael P. H. Meier and colleagues from University Hospitals of Geneva and Faculty of Medicine in Switzerland evaluated the association between bisphosphonate treatment and atypical femoral fractures in […]

C-Section May Double Risk Of Child Obesity

BOSTON (UPI) — Cesarean section deliveries — already linked to an increased risk of childhood asthma — may double the risk of preschool child obesity, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Susanna Huh of Children’s Hospital in Boston and colleagues said the study involved 1,255 mother-and-child pairs who attended eight outpatient maternity services in eastern Massachusetts from […]

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