Minorities More Likely to Face Delays in Radiotherapy

Racial and ethnic minorities who have cancer are more likely to experience significant delays in radiotherapy initiation compared to their White counterparts, new research shows. Black patients, in particular, faced the longest delays in the initiation of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) compared with White patients — almost 26%, or a median of 20 days, longer. “This study

5 Gas-Busting Tips

Bloating is a common problem for many people, but it often can be avoided if you know how to prevent bloating. Whether your bloating is due to constipation, or you have an underlying medical condition, there are several steps you can take to reduce the amount of gas you’re producing, or improve your gut microbiome

Researchers detect harmful levels of PFAS in all the "stain-resistant" school uniforms

Millions of schoolchildren in the U.S. and Canada are exposed to potentially harmful levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) everyday through their uniforms, according to a peer-reviewed study published today in Environmental Science & Technology. The researchers detected PFAS in all the "stain-resistant" school uniforms they tested from nine popular brands. Most products had

Medical videos on YouTube often provide incomplete information

Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) information on YouTube is of low and highly-variable quality, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Quality Summit 2022. As more patients turn to the internet for medical education, the study identified an opportunity for medical institutions to help patients by understanding what information they are getting

Researchers identify multiple causal genes that drive type 2 diabetes risk

Researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have used advanced three-dimensional mapping techniques at a microscopic level to identify a multitude of genetic variants and corresponding target gene pairings in the pancreas that are implicated in type 2 diabetes. In addition to these discoveries, the resulting datasets will serve as a key resource for researchers

Experts Sound Alarm on Ruling Threatening Preventive Cancer Care

More than two dozen patient advocacy organizations have raised alarms about a recent court ruling that could threaten patient access to no-cost preventive screenings, including cancer screenings. In a statement, the groups highlighted that the decision “would result in a return to financial and other barriers proven to discourage Americans from obtaining lifesaving, preventive care.”

U.S. healthcare system's reliance on biased data perpetuates health inequity, report shows

Photo: The Terry Group There is widespread use of biased utilization data in the U.S. healthcare system, resulting in the misallocation of resources and perpetuation of health inequity, most notably in the already underserved communities nationwide, according to “How Biased Utilization Data Perpetuate Health Inequity: A Two-Part Strategy to Address the Problem,” a new report

Study suggests strategy for alleviating stress-related anxiety and alcohol use

Clinicians and researchers have known for some time that uncertainty fuels anticipatory anxiety—that heightened sense of caution and vigilance when danger is lurking. Though uncertainty is universally unpleasant, some people are particularly sensitive to uncertain threats in their environment. This sensitivity can manifest as chronic anticipatory anxiety and for some, excessive alcohol abuse. A study

Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Higher CV Event Risk

Health concerns about the consumption of artificial sweeteners could be strengthened with the publication of a new study linking their intake to increased risk of heart disease and stroke events. In this latest large-scale, prospective study of French adults, total artificial sweetener intake from all sources was associated with increased risk overall of cardiovascular and

Targeting Na+/K+ ATPase alpha 1 proteins could help identify novel therapies for blood clots, thrombosis

Targeting Na+/K+ ATPase alpha 1 (ATP1A1) subunit proteins could help identify novel therapies for addressing blood clots and thrombosis, according to a new study by Marshall University researchers. Using the Atp1a1 haplodeficient mice in a murine thrombosis model, a research team at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine discovered that ATP1A1 haplodeficiency

Concussions at school may affect academic performance

Adolescents who have experienced a concussion in the past 12 months could be 25% more likely to be in poor academic standing than youths who have no concussions, suggests a study published online in the journal Injury Prevention. A concussion is a temporary brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head,

How new motion-sensing technology may help standardize back-pain care: In study, pain relief is not a reliable indicator of spine surgery recovery

Digital health systems can tell clinicians when someone’s heart-disease risk calls for a drug to lower cholesterol or whether insulin shots are warranted for a person with type 2 diabetes. But for millions of low-back pain sufferers, care decisions rely heavily on subjective measures of patient discomfort — often leading to expensive tests and treatments