Health News

Anxiety, depression linked to more opioid use after surgery

Surgeons wielding their life-saving scalpels, laparoscopic tools, or other implements to repair or remove what ails their patients understand all too well that pain is an unavoidable part of the healing process. Yet the current opioid crisis has made the standard prescribing practices for these highly effective analgesics fraught with risk. New research from Michigan […]

Pet Care

New Jersey Says No to Pet Leasing

blog_nj-pet-leasing_082119_main.png We have great news for New Jersey’s pets! On August 9, Governor Murphy signed a bill that will finally outlaw New Jersey pet stores’ inhumane practice of leasing dogs and cats. Puppies sold in pet stores and online—primarily sourced from puppy mills—are often accompanied by soaring sticker prices. To make puppies appear more affordable, pet sellers […]

Health News

Players at risk as clubs ignore injury link to mental health

Injury is a major cause of mental health problems in top footballers, shows a study of counsellors working with players’ union, the Professional Footballers’ Association. The first evidence linking long-term injury with psychological distress in pro players calls for a culture change to one where clubs routinely offer injured players psychological support. Sports psychologists from […]

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Some antibiotics linked to a higher risk of colon cancer

Some antibiotics linked to a higher risk of colon cancer – but others may cut rectal cancer risks, study suggests About 70 percent of an 11.3 million-person study group had taken antibiotics  71.5% of those who got bowel cancer had taken antibiotics, compared to 69 % of people who didn’t develop the disease  Penicillins had […]

Health Problems

Regulating blood supply to limbs improves stroke recovery

Cutting off and then restoring blood supply to a limb following a stroke reduces tissue damage and swelling and improves functional recovery, according to a new study in mice published in JNeurosci. The simple, noninvasive technique could be developed into a treatment for stroke patients of varying severity. Remote ischemic limb conditioning utilizes a blood […]

Health Problems

Study reveals how stress can curb the desire to eat in an animal model

Eating disorder researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have discovered a neurocircuit in mice that, when activated, increased their stress levels while decreasing their desire to eat. Findings appear in Nature Communications. The scientists believe their research could aid efforts to develop treatments for a serious eating disorder called […]

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Adherence to surgical guidelines low for salpingo-oophorectomy

(HealthDay)—Only two-thirds of all health care providers are fully adherent to surgical guidelines for risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Annelise M. Wilhite, M.D., from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and colleagues retrospectively evaluated health care provider adherence to the surgical protocol endorsed by the National […]

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3D scan is the smart way to target tiny prostate tumours

3D scan is the smart way to target tiny prostate tumours A pioneering two-in-one scanning system can detect prostate cancer accurately New technique provides detailed images, allowing doctors to see suspect areas  A study compared the new SmartTarget system with the standard MRI Both techniques picked up tumours the other didn’t, suggesting a combination of […]