Protocol reduces opioid use in spinal surgery patients

A novel "Enhanced Recovery After Surgery" (ERAS) protocol developed by Penn Medicine for patients undergoing spinal and peripheral nerve surgery significantly reduced opioid use. A new study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine showed that when an ERAS protocol...

The hitchhiker’s guide to defeating glioblastoma

In cancer therapeutics research, microRNAs -- tiny strings of nucleotides that get churned out inside cells -- have been a source of both excitement and disappointment. While preclinical studies have found that microRNAs play an important role in cancer and...

Quebec looking at expanding free flu vaccine program

Quebec's health minister is looking into the possibility of expanding the number of people who can receive free flu vaccines.In an email to CBC News, the ministry confirmed Danielle McCann has asked for an expert opinion on extending the province's influenza...

Are skinny genes the secret to staying slim?

RelaxnewsPublished Friday, January 25, 2019 7:56AM ESTLast Updated Friday, January 25, 2019 8:10AM EST Slim people find it easier to maintain a healthy weight in part due to their genes according to new research. In the largest study of its...

Dairy: Health food or health risk?

When I was a growing teenager, I drank as much milk as possible (often straight from the carton while standing in front of the open fridge, much to my mother’s chagrin). I’d seen the TV ads — milk and other...

The Day They Came to Tell Me My Husband Died

When the doorbell rang on New Year’s Eve four years ago, I knew something was wrong. It was 9 p.m. I was alone. I opened the door to three men in uniform. This was something I had imagined many times...

When Should I Take an Antibiotic?

Q. I know that antibiotics don’t treat viruses, but at some point, isn’t it time to try one? A. With the caveat that medical expertise is required to differentiate bacterial illnesses from viral ones, many common infections have features that...

Parents worry that brain injury risk has turned youth football into a game of ‘Russian roulette’

"You guys better follow the ball!" yells Michael Wagner, coach of the El Segundo Little Eagles. The young football players, all of them under the age of 14, converge on the running back in a tangle of teenage limbs. Their...

Smartphone psychiatry: how doctors are harnessing tech to fight depression, anxiety

While some may blame the rise of smartphones and other connected devices for an uptick in mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, a growing number of researchers are seeking to harness such technology to help spot when vulnerable...

Investigational monoclonal antibody to treat Ebola is safe in adults

The investigational Ebola treatment mAb114 is safe, well-tolerated, and easy to administer, according to findings from an early-stage clinical trial published in The Lancet. Eighteen healthy adults received the monoclonal antibody as part of a Phase 1 clinical trial that...
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