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  1. For the first time, researchers have identified specific regions of the brain that are damaged by high blood pressure and may contribute to a decline in mental processes and the development of dementia.
  2. The lower prevalence of risky sex with multiple or new partners without using condoms, which occurred during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, was still evident a year after Britain's first lockdown, reveal the results of a major national survey, published online in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.
  3. People with atopic (allergic) diseases like asthma or eczema may be at heightened risk of the painful and often disabling joint condition, osteoarthritis, finds research published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
  4. For the first time, researchers have developed a form of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) that is capable of crossing into the eye's retina to ward off visual declines related to Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and other disorders.
  5. In a study published in the March 27, 2023, online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health found the combination of immunotherapy (pembrolizumab) and chemotherapy in patients with advanced or recurrent/advanced endometrial cancer resulted in a significant reduction in disease growth when compared with chemotherapy alone.
  6. A cohort study of more than 9,000 persons found that in asymptomatic middle-aged persons without known cardiovascular disease, subclinical, obstructive coronary atherosclerosis is associated with a more than 8-fold elevated risk for myocardial infarction. The findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
  7. Although you can't legally buy nicotine e-cigarettes in Australia without a prescription, and promotion of e-cigarettes in general is restricted, new research suggests more young Australians are using them and finding them easy to access.
  8. The rising cost of cancer care puts patients and their caregivers at increased risk of experiencing financial toxicity, a term used to describe financial hardship caused by out-of-pocket treatment costs.
  9. Cannabis use disorder is defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a problematic pattern leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, with symptoms that may include increased tolerance, withdrawal symptoms, strong desire to use marijuana and spending large amounts of time using cannabis.
  10. A cup of wild blueberries a day may keep low energy at bay. The berries have long been hailed as a superfood. While they're known for a plethora of health benefits, new research from California Polytechnic State University Humboldt proves this superfruit could help burn fat during exercise.
  11. The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) have released an updated expert consensus statement on transcatheter left atrial appendage closure (LAAC). SCAI and HRS prioritized the development of an updated consensus statement to provide recommendations on contemporary, evidence-based best practices for transcatheter LAAC focusing on endovascular devices. The statement is published in the Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions.
  12. A new study from the University of Illinois Chicago has used death certificate data to compare mortality rates in states that legalized recreational cannabis dispensaries with states that only provided access to medical cannabis. The work is published in is published in the journal Social Science & Medicine.
  13. A primary care program promoting the health of older adults was well received by family medical practices but lacked clinical benefits, says a study led by McMaster University researchers, published in the Annals of Family Medicine.
  14. Light therapy has demonstrated its usefulness in treating a variety of diseases. But can it delay the occurrence of age-related disease?
  15. Providing an overview of the submissions process and examples of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) applications for Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) and Rare Pediatric Disease Designation (RPDD), a new article can help developers of gene therapies for rare genetic diseases. The article is published in the journal Human Gene Therapy.
  16. A Paris suburb on Monday became the first municipality in France to allow women leave if they suffer from conditions linked to their menstrual cycles including period pain and endometriosis.
  17. Growing evidence suggests that e-cigarettes may serve as a less harmful alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, but socioeconomic and racial inequities in cigarette and e-cigarette use are preventing certain populations from reaping these potential health benefits, according to a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (Keck School of Medicine of USC).
  18. A new editorial paper was published in Aging, titled, "Parsing chronological and biological age effects on vaccine responses."
  19. You might have heard or read about the 'superbug' Candida auris (C. auris), but is it as scary as the news makes it seem? Read on to learn what is it, who is at risk for getting it and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.
  20. Out-of-pocket costs for screening mammography have been mostly eliminated for women over 40 years old, but not for any needed follow-up procedures or testing if a screening mammogram is abnormal. A study by the Neiman Health Policy institute published in JAMA Network Open found that higher out-of-pocket costs is associated with lower utilization of subsequent diagnostic imaging.