Study Finds Correlation Between Serum Vitamin D Levels and Incidence of Relapse

New research undertaken at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reports that the risk of clinical relapse for patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) is higher for those with lower serum vitamin D levels. The work builds on the previously known association between...

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Measures of Peripheral Vison Reaction Time - Quick, Inexpensive, and Objective

A research team with affiliations at a number of universities and funded by a grant from the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command has reported that a new test of peripheral vision reaction time (PVRT) may permit better diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or concussion. Corresponding author Peter Bergold, PhD, professor of...

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Risk for Reoperation Increases with Amount Smoked

New research conducted at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia concludes that smoking contributes to higher risk of septic complication for patients who have undergone total hip or knee replacement surgery. These infections frequently result in the need for repeat surgery. Senior author Matthew Austin, MD, commented...

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Wealth, Education as Risk Factors for Incidence of Severe Pain and Disability

New research led by a medical sociologist from University at Buffalo, New York, concludes that older Americans who are less educated and poorer are much more likely to be impacted by chronic pain than their wealthier, better-educated counterparts. The findings deliver bad news...

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Updated Clinical Guideline Reaffirms Efficacy of Radiation Therapy, Could Spur Increased Utilization for Bone Metastases

An updated clinical guideline released by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) reaffirms the efficacy and safety of palliative radiation therapy in the treatment of symptoms of painful bone metastases. The new guideline is...

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Effective Knee OA Therapy Should Target Both Strength and Speed of Force

An observational study conducted by researchers at University of Kansas Medical Center has provided further insight into the association between lower limb muscle tone and risk for development or worsening of knee osteoarthritis (OA). Quadricep muscle weakness has...

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