Research

May 2, 2013

Study: Ambien results in more trips to the emergency room

By Logan Lafferty

It’s a disturbing new trend, the number of emergency room visits linked to the active ingredient in sleeping pills is rising. “Many physicians think of Ambien first because it works, however it does have side effects,” said Sleep Medicine specialist Dr. Lois Krahn. “Very few people want to be in a situation where they are […]

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Tags: Ambien, amnesia, AZ Family, Dr. Lois Krahn, emergency room, sleep medicine, sleeping pills


May 2, 2013

General Anesthesia Not Linked to Raised Risk for Dementia

By Logan Lafferty

Despite previous concerns, older people who receive general anesthesia are not at greater risk of developing long-term dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, a new study says.  The study, by researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., involved 900 patients over the age of 45 who had dementia, a disease that affects brain functions such as […]

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Tags: alzheimer's disease, dementia, Dr. David Warner, general anesthesia, HealthDay


May 2, 2013

Mayo Clinic study finds explanation for postmenopausal belly fat

By Logan Lafferty

Scientists have long known that lower estrogen levels after menopause can cause fat storage to shift from the hips and thighs to the abdomen. Now, a groundbreaking study, co-authored by the Mayo Clinic, has determined why: Proteins, revved up by the estrogen drop, cause fat cells to store more fat…Even though the research doesn’t provide […]

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Tags: Dr. Michael Jensen, estrogen, fat storage, low estrogen levels, menopause, Star Tribune


May 1, 2013

ECG Alarm Alerts Docs to Silent Killer

By Logan Lafferty

An institution-wide, computer-based alert system for irregular heart rhythms identified and characterized patients at risk of death, researchers found. Patients identified by the alert system with a greater than 500 ms corrected interval between the Q and T waves of their ECG cycle had a significantly higher risk of death compared with a QTc interval […]

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Tags: alert system, Dr. Michael Ackerman, ECG alarm, irregular heart rhythms, MedPage Today


May 1, 2013

Linex among survivors raising awareness, funds for SCAD research

By Logan Lafferty

Originally brought together virtually through social media, Chicago-area survivors of a severe form of heart attack that often strikes healthy young women are gathering in Naperville, Ill. on May 4 to raise awareness and research funds for spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD)…Corsicana’s Tanya Linex, who survived a heart attack Dec. 17 and had open-heart, double-bypass […]

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Tags: Corsicana, Corsicana Daily Sun, Dr. Marysia Tweet, Dr. Sharonne Hayes, heart attack, SCAD, Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection


May 1, 2013

No Link Between Anesthesia, Dementia in Elderly, Mayo Clinic Study Finds

By Logan Lafferty

Elderly patients who receive anesthesia are no more likely to develop long-term dementia or Alzheimer’s disease than other seniors, according to new Mayo Clinic research. The study analyzed thousands of patients using the Rochester Epidemiology Project — which allows researchers access to medical records of nearly all residents of Olmsted County, Minn. — and found […]

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Tags: alzheimer's disease, anesthesia, elderly patients, HealthCanal, medical records, Olmsted County, Rochester Epidemiology Project


April 30, 2013

New PSA stresses how to stay safe in the sun

By Logan Lafferty

After our long winter, we all deserve to get out and soak up the sun! But doctors say there is such a thing as too much sun. According the Centers for Disease Control, one person dies of Melanoma every hour in the U.S and a growing number of those people are under 30.That’s why Mayo […]

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Tags: Centers for Disease Control, melanoma, skin cancer, sun exposure, WEAU-Eau Claire


April 30, 2013

Is Suicide Screening Effective? Still no Clear Answer

By Logan Lafferty

Since adults who die by suicide have often visited their primary care physician within the previous month, could routine screening for suicide by primary care physicians prevent suicides? Unfortunately, “there is not enough evidence to make a definitive recommendation for or against screening,” the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force—a volunteer panel of national experts in […]

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Tags: depression, Dr. Timothy Lineberry, Psychiatric News, suicide, suicide prevention, suicide screening, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force


April 30, 2013

New Mayo tool IDs heart patients at risk for premature death

By Logan Lafferty

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have developed a computer-aided electronic warning system to help identify patients at risk for premature death, such as from an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system, the institution recently announced. Findings on the system were published in this month’s Mayo Clinic Proceedings…What’s more, lead study author Michael Ackerman, a pediatric cardiologist at […]

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Tags: computer program, Dr. Michael Ackerman, electronic warning, FierceHealthIT, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, premature death


April 29, 2013

GenomeDx Expands Collaboration with Mayo Clinic

By Logan Lafferty

GenomeDx Biosciences announced today that it has expanded an existing research agreement with the Mayo Clinic. The expanded agreement includes exclusive license to certain Mayo developed intellectual property along with exclusivity covering co-developed intellectual property…”Access to the Mayo Clinic’s comprehensive cohort of samples from patients classified as high risk for metastatic disease and the involvement […]

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Tags: Decipher, Dr. Doug Dolginow, GenomeDx Biosciences, intellectual property, metastatic disease, research agreement, Wall Street Journal


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