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Study points to need for care in inappropriate use of stigmatising terms in weight management

A large quantitative research study has found using the terms “weight” or “high BMI (body mass index)” to describe excess fatness was rated as less stigmatising and less blaming than commonly used medical terms, such as “fat” or “obese.” Researchers from Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Otago, Wellington recruited 775 adults, including […]

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A gene involved in ADHD could be related to addictive substance use

Some variations in the gene LPHN3, associated with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults, could favour the likelihood to smoke, consume alcohol, cannabis and other addictive substances, according to an article published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, from the Nature Publishing Group. The findings are based on the study of around 2,700 patients—children, […]

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Long-Term Opioid Use With OA Varies Across States

TUESDAY, Feb. 5, 2019 — There is substantial variation across states in rates of long-term opioid therapy among patients with advanced osteoarthritis, according to a study published online Jan. 28 in Arthritis & Rheumatology. Rishi J. Desai, Ph.D., from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and colleagues evaluated variation in long-term opioid use by geography […]

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Liver Transplants Tied to Alcohol Use Doubled Since 2002

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23, 2019 — The percentage of U.S. liver transplant recipients with alcohol-associated liver disease (ALD) doubled over 15 years, but significant regional variations remain, a new study finds. ALD has replaced hepatitis C as the most common reason for U.S. liver transplants. One reason is that hepatitis C rates have decreased due to […]

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New leukemia drug is more effective and easier to use

A landmark study co-authored by a Loyola Medicine oncologist has found that a newer targeted drug is significantly more effective than standard therapy for treating elderly patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The drug, ibrutinib, attacks cancer cells without damaging normal cells, thus causing fewer side effects. The drug is taken as a pill once […]

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USPSTF recommends screening adults for unhealthy alcohol use

(HealthDay)—The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that primary care clinicians screen all adults, including pregnant women, for unhealthy alcohol use and provide brief behavioral counseling to reduce unhealthy alcohol use. These findings form the basis of a final recommendation statement published in the Nov. 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical […]