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Virtual reality training may be as effective as regular therapy after stroke

Using virtual reality therapy to improve arm and hand movement after a stroke is equally as effective as regular therapy, according to a study published in the November 15, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. » Read more Source: Science Daily

Moderate coffee intake reduces risk for liver cancer, cirrhosis, fibrosis

In a roundtable format, experts gathered to discuss the latest research on coffee and liver disease, which indicate that drinking approximately three to five cups per day is associated with a reduced risk for hepatocellular carcinoma, cirrhosis and fibrosis. » Read more Source: Healio

Higher thyroid hormone levels associated with artery disease and early death

High and high-normal levels of a thyroid hormone called FT4, were associated with artery disease and death in elderly and middle-aged people, according to new research in Circulation Research, an American Heart Association journal. » Read more Source: Science Daily

Researchers advise caution about recent US advice on aggressively lowering blood pressure

New research suggests the benefit of aggressively lowering blood pressure in older people, as per major US SPRINT trial, should be balanced against the increased the risk of associated falls and blackouts as otherwise it may harm rather than help » Read more Source: Science Daily

Research review recommends eliminating widely ordered blood test for diagnosing heart attacks

Review is first publication from national consortium of academic medical centers working to eliminate unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures » Read more Source: Science Daily

Benefits of continued statin use after adverse reactions

Patients who continued receiving statin prescriptions had lower rates of death and cardiovascular events » Read more Source: Science Daily

Screening reduces mortality for those with detectable type 2 diabetes but not for general population, large studies find

Screening for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors may not reduce mortality and cardiovascular disease in the general population, suggests new research. » Read more Source: Science Daily

GW researcher finds centenarians have lower incidence of chronic illness, contributing to longer health span

Centenarians have a lower incidence of chronic illness than those in their 80s and 90s, according to research from the George Washington University (GW). » Read more Source: MDLinx

Medicare reimbursement not yet boosting advance care planning

Medicare’s reimbursement for advance care planning (ACP) appears to have been “largely ineffective” at encouraging clinicians to discuss ACP with their patients, at least in the first 3 months after the reimbursement went into effect, a new study reports. » Read more Source: MDLinx

Cellular stress in the brain may contribute to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Disruptions in a protein folding process occurring in the brain, known as endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress may cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, independent of other factors. » Read more Source: MDLinx


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