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Mayo Clinic minute: Face pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia

It’s a condition that causes excruciatingly painful sensations to your face, similar to an electric shock. It’s not rare, and it’s often misdiagnosed as dental pain or a sinus issue. The trigeminal nerve carries sensation from your face to your brain. “And when it misfires or it doesn’t function right, it gives intense shocks of […]

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Neuroendovascular robotics could improve safety of complex procedures, study shows

Stroke surgery and other neuroendovascular procedures could be made safer and easier through robotics, according to research presented today at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery’s (SNIS) 19th Annual Meeting. A new multi-articulated, self-steering microcatheter for neuroendovascular surgery has the potential to increase technical precision, reduce procedural time, reduce radiation exposure and enable semi-automation of catheter […]

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Alzheimer’s researchers study drug efficacy in early stages of disease

Most drugs developed to treat Alzheimer’s disease have for years been ineffective in clinical trials. Researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine recently evaluated the efficacy of a failed clinical trial drug using their rigorous pipeline. Researchers from Model Organism Development and Evaluation for Late-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease (MODEL-AD), a consortium of experts at IU School […]

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Genetics weigh heavy on childhood cancer survivors’ risk of developing obesity

Researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital combined genetic and clinical risk factors to create a method to predict which childhood cancer patients are most likely to develop severe or “morbid” obesity as adults. The tool will give physicians and survivors the information to help motivate positive lifestyle changes. The research was published today in […]

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Each opioid prescription refill increases risk of family members’ misuse, researchers find

In 2019, more than 10 million Americans misused prescription opioids—1.6 million of them for the first time. Patients who undergo surgery are three times more likely to get an opioid prescription than those who do not have surgery, but the vast majority of postoperative patients do not finish their prescriptions, leaving pills unused after surgery. […]

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Urinary incontinence poses burden to long-term care

Richard G. Stefanacci, D.O., from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and colleagues assessed the impact of UI on residents, staff, care processes, and quality measures in LTC settings. The analysis included responses from directors of nursing who had worked for at least one year in a ≥100-bed facility. The researchers found that of the 62 […]

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Severity of PTSD symptoms linked to decreased activity in hippocampus

The hippocampus does more than encode new memories—it also takes stock of spatial and emotional contexts and processes threat. PTSD impacts all of these functions, generating symptoms like the overgeneralization of fear and recurrent traumatic memories. Yet the exact interplay between the hippocampal activity and PTSD was unclear. Tanriverdi et al. measured PTSD symptoms and […]