In a new assessment of the state of medical malpractice, the American College of Physicians (ACP) said that although the cost of liability insurance has leveled off, doctors still “fear litigation” and “expect lawsuits.” Molly Cooke, MD, FACP, president of ACO, also said that physicians feel “the psychological burden of navigating the complex medico-legal system.”…
Customers are more likely to frequent restaurants that provide both healthful foods and nutrition information, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of Tennessee. The results appeared in the February 2014 issue of the International Journal of Hospitality Management….
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Customers Like Menus With Nutrition Facts
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new, stretchable antenna that can be incorporated into wearable technologies such as health monitoring devices to keep track of blood pressure, oxygen in the blood, and pulse rate.
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Stretchable Antenna for Wearable Health Monitors
All the negative press about “boomerang kids” aside, helping your adult children in various ways may actually be an antidote to depression as you age. That’s the finding of a team of researchers at Penn State, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan.
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Helping Grown Kids Can Boost Mental Health
Women living in rural communities are less likely than urban-dwelling women to receive sufficient mental health care, in large part due to limited access to services and societal stigma, according to a study dome at Penn State College of Medicine and published in the journal Mental Health in Family Medicine….
Mental Health Care Scarce for Rural Women
Patients at high risk of osteoporosis can be identified via an automated letter-generating system that encourages them to follow up on their care, according to researchers.
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The Letter that Can Make You Healthier
We’ve been pretty freaked out by all the scary news about the flu this year — not only does everyone around us seem to be getting sick, but people are actually dying. Which is not really OK. In fact, just in the last week alone, flu deaths in the state of California doubled, from 45 to 95.
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Young Adults Are Bearing the Brunt of Flu Season: Here’s How You Can Protect Yourself
Oregon State University researchers in Corvallis and collaborators found that omega-3 fatty acids, especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), could “be of significant value in the prevention of fatty liver disease”, according to a release from the university….
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Omega-3s and Liver Health
The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE test), which takes less than 15 minutes to complete, is a reliable tool for evaluating cognitive abilities. Findings by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center confirm the feasibility and efficiency of the tool for community screening of large numbers of people.
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Pen-and-Paper Test to Spot Early Alzheimer’s
Researchers at North Carolina State University have updated a database that can be used to track drugs and their unintentional toxic side effects.
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New Drug Data Can Help Track Side Effects