Health Problems

Beliefs about uncommitted sex may put marriages at risk

A group of Florida State University researchers has found that an individual’s premarital views about uncommitted sex may make it more difficult to remain blissfully married. In a study published today in the journal Psychological Science, researchers outline several factors that can contribute to a marriage’s long-term happiness or dissolution. One big red flag: An […]

Health Problems

Hookworm infection may cause cognitive impairment earlier than thought

Evidence from the lab of Raffi Aroian, Ph.D., shows that short-term human hookworm infection, even at low levels, can cause rapid, acute and measurable cognitive impairments in spatial memory among a mammalian animal model. These findings, published in Scientific Reports, highlight the global importance of hookworm elimination and suggest that additional, specific, spatial memory studies […]

Medications

Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors may up pancreatic disease risk

(HealthDay)—Use of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors (DPP-4i) is associated with increased risks for pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online Aug. 20 in Diabetes Care. Minyoung Lee, M.D., from the Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea, and colleagues used the Korean National […]

Medications

Taking buprenorphine for opioid use disorder may up other med compliance

(HealthDay)—Using buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) may increase adherence to treatments for other chronic conditions, according to a study published in the September issue of Medical Care. Hsien-Yen Chang, Ph.D., from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and colleagues used Truven Health’s MarketScan data to identify 12,719 commercially insured individuals with a diagnosis of […]

Health Problems

Meaningful PTSD symptom decrease may lower type 2 diabetes risk

Research from Saint Louis University finds treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that leads to an improvement in symptoms was associated with a 49 percent lower risk of incident type 2 diabetes. The study, “Clinically Meaningful PTSD Improvement and Risk for Type 2 Diabetes,” by Jeffrey Scherrer, Ph.D., professor in Family and Community Medicine at […]

Health Problems

Don’t miss a beat: Computer simulations may treat most common heart rhythm disorder

Scientists at Johns Hopkins have successfully created personalized digital replicas of the upper chambers of the heart and used them to guide the precise treatment of patients suffering from persistent irregular heartbeats. These simulations accurately identified where clinicians need to destroy tissue to restore the heart’s normal rhythm. The proof-of-concept study, published in Nature Biomedical […]