Two-Minute Video Boosts Pneumonia Vaccinations

Northwestern University research news Many older adults don’t get pneumococcal vaccination  A simple two-minute video about pneumococcal vaccination sent to patients before a primary care visit tripled the likelihood they would get the vaccine, reports new Northwestern Medicine research. The vaccination can prevent severe disease from the bacteria that most commonly causes pneumonia and meningitis….

The importance of maintaining muscle mass, rather than focusing on weight loss, in order to prolong life

UCLA Health news Higher muscle mass associated with lower mortality risk in people with heart disease FINDINGS Researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA found that cardiovascular disease patients who have high muscle mass and low fat mass have a lower mortality risk than those with other body compositions. The findings also…

Vanderbilt Asthma, Sinus, Allergy Program sees uptick in alpha-gal syndrome

Vanderbilt University medical center news Vanderbilt’s Asthma, Sinus and Allergy Program (A.S.A.P) has seen an increase in the number of patients being treated for alpha-gal syndrome, commonly known as the red meat allergy linked to tick bites. Just five years ago, the number of patients diagnosed and treated for alpha-gal was minimal. Allergists at A.S.A.P….

Patients at High Risk for Psychiatric Symptoms After a Stay in the Intensive Care Unit

Johns Hopkins Medicine news release Results of a multi-institutional national study of nearly 700 people who survived life-threatening illness with a stay in an intensive care unit (ICU) suggest that a substantial majority of them are at high risk for persistent depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder — especially if they are female, young and…

To Age Well, Change How You Feel About Aging

Negative stereotypes about getting older can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. How to improve your mind-set—and well-being. Scientists are discovering something very peculiar about aging: How we feel about getting old matters. A lot. In test after test, researchers are finding that if we think about getting older in terms of decline or disability, our health…

Addicted to shopping?

A group of researchers at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen (UiB) have developed a new and unique method to measure shopping addiction: The Bergen Shopping Addiction Scale. The new method is based on core addiction elements recognised as diagnostic criteria for other addictions, and is the first of its kind worldwide….

Saliva Test for Stress Hormone Levels May Identify Healthy Older People with Thinking Problems

American Academy of Neurology news release Testing the saliva of healthy older people for the level of the stress hormone cortisol may help identify individuals who should be screened for problems with thinking skills, according to a study published in the August 19, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of theAmerican Academy of…

Contrary to Previous Studies, Diabetes Affects Diaphragm, Smooth Muscle Cells Differently –

Discovery could lead to better research of respiratory failure in individuals with diabetes University of Missouri press release Previous studies have shown that diabetes adversely affects breathing and respiratory function. However, in the past, researchers have not differentiated diaphragm muscle cells and the muscle cells of limb skeletal muscle in their studies. Now, researchers from…