Category: Research

Nurses deal with battle fatigue in the fight against burnout

Being a caregiver for someone who’s ill or injured comes at a cost.
Sometimes that cost is emotional. Sometimes it’s physical. It doesn’t matter if the caregiver is a paid professional or a family member or friend.  
If the caregiver doesn’t take time to take care of themselves, they and the patient can end up

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Game-changing heart valve procedure approved by FDA

We’re excited to announce the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially approved what’s being called a “game-changing” heart valve procedure, which will provide many with a chance at a longer life.
Why is transcatheter aortic valve replacement considered a game-changer? It let’s patients who are considered too high-risk for surgery to have open-heart

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Breast-feeding can help reduce risk of breast cancer

When we think of modifiable risks associated with breast cancer, things like weight, alcohol consumption, and even hormone replacement therapy immediately come to mind.
Another modifiable risk that often isn’t thought of immediately, or even at all, is breast-feeding.
Breast-feeding is often overlooked and completely natural, and it’s something that many women can do to

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World Alzheimer's Day

As anyone who has dealt with Alzheimer’s can tell you, it’s a struggle for everyone involved. Whether it’s a spouse, a family member, an in-law, a friend or a neighbor, the long-term outlook can quickly become overwhelming.
I’ve not had to deal with this first-hand, but have friends who’ve watched their parents and grandparent succumb

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Study links diabetes to likelihood of developing Alzheimer's

In case you needed another reason to lose weight and become more active: 
Researchers keeps finding that obesity and poor eating habits can endanger your mental health as well as your physical health. For instance, a study out of Japan finds that people with diabetes may have double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Again, that’s double

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Legendary coach announces she has Alzheimer's

News that’s sad, yet strangely hopeful, came from the world of sports
today. Pat Summitt, the legendary woman’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee (UT), announced that she has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Summitt, who is only 59, has more than 1,000 career wins and has won eight national titles with the

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New study shows benefits of Parkinson's patients cared for by neurologists

New study shows benefits of Parkinson's patients cared for by neurologists

Good news on the Parkinson’s disease front was announced today.
In a new study published in Neurology, results show that Parkinson’s patients who are seen by a neurologist are less likely to break a hip and less likely to be put into a nursing home.
Analyzing the records of nearly 138,000 newly diagnosed Parkinson’s disease

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A pioneer in the fight for women's health issues dies at 67

Dr. Bernadine Healy may be unknown to many, but it’s because of her determination that women’s heart health is in the forefront of medical discussions today.
Dr. Healy, who started out as a cardiologist, went on to become the first woman to lead both the National Institutes of Health (1991 – 1993) and the American

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Vitamin D helps relieve joint and muscle pain in breast cancer patients

Good news on the cancer front. A very attainable and affordable remedy for joint and muscle pain has been discovered, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
The study, which you can read here, details how high-dose vitamin D helps breast cancer patients who are taking estrogen-lowering drugs

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The Wash U. "brain drunk" study featured on "The Body Odd"

Congrats to our friends at Washington University School of Medicine for publication of their study in the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience, and the resulting post on one of my favorite blogs – “The Body Odd.”
Their study looked at what happens to brain cells  when you drink.  Previously, it was thought that drinking to the

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