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Artificial intelligence can diagnose PTSD by analyzing voices

A specially designed computer program can help diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans by analyzing their voices, a new study finds. Published online April 22 in the journal Depression and Anxiety, the study found that an artificial intelligence tool can distinguish—with 89 percent accuracy—between the voices of those with or without PTSD. “Our findings

Exercise boosts well-being by improving gut health

Though this may seem strange, human bodies are actually made, according to recent estimates, of about as many bacteria and other microorganisms as regular human cells. In the colon alone — the tract that contains the largest number of bacterial cells — there are approximately 38 trillion bacteria. These bacteria have important effects on the

Study reveals high rate of phlebitis caused by IV cannulas

(HealthDay)—The incidence of phlebitis caused by peripheral intravenous cannula insertions may be higher among patients with certain risk factors, according to a study published online Dec. 27 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing. Dragana Simin, Ph.D., R.N., from the University of Novi Sad in Serbia, and colleagues evaluated complications among 368 adult patients undergoing 1,428

Proportion of Cancers Due to Excess Body Weight Varies by State

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 — A considerable proportion of cancer cases in men and women are attributable to excess body weight (EBW), with variation in the proportion among states, according to a study published online Dec. 27 in JAMA Oncology. Farhad Islami, M.D., Ph.D., from the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, and colleagues used state-level,

Twins separated by surgery are healing, sticking together

Medical staff say that conjoined twins from Bhutan who were separated at an Australian hospital last week have been healing well, showing their cheeky side, and have become impossible to keep apart. Joe Crameri, the head of pediatric surgery at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, told reporters Thursday there have been a few bumps along the

More Australians affected by gambling and for longer

On the eve of the Melbourne Cup, new research from The Australian National University (ANU) has found more Australians are experiencing gambling harm and suffering life and health hardships for much longer than previously known. In providing one of the first national snapshots of gambling harm in Australia, the Centre for Gambling Research (CGR) has

Guns End More Lives by Suicide Than Murder

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 — Shootings make the headlines, yet the American public doesn’t know that guns take more lives by suicide than by homicide, a new study reveals. In the United States, suicide is twice as common as murder, and suicide by firearm is more common than homicide by firearm, the researchers reported. However,

Alzheimer’s burden will double by 2060, warn CDC

About 5.7 million individuals in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. This neurodegenerative disease is one of the leading causes of disability and the sixth-leading cause of mortality in the U.S. With annual healthcare costs of more than $250 billion, the disease also puts a significant strain on

Climate change will increase deaths by suicide

Extreme heat has gripped the northern hemisphere in recent months, and the year 2018 is on track to be among the hottest ever recorded. Higher global temperatures are expected to have detrimental effects on our natural environments and our physical health, but what will they do to our mental health? New research from an international

Promoting HPV Vaccine Doesn’t Prompt Risky Sex by Teens: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 — Controversial state laws that promote vaccinating kids against the human papillomavirus (HPV) do not increase the likelihood that teens will engage in risky sexual behavior, a new study contends. “Parents and caregivers, as well as policy makers, should not be wary of policies or legislation related to HPV education or

Safeguarding fetal brain health in pregnancies complicated by CHD

Yao Wu, a research postdoctoral fellow in the Developing Brain Research Laboratory at Children’s National Health System, has received a Thrasher Research Fund early career award to expand knowledge about regions of the fetal brain that are vulnerable to injury from congenital heart disease (CHD) during pregnancy. CHD, the most common birth defect, can have