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Amid Reports Of Rising ER Visits, Safety Nets Put Focus On Primary Care

In San Francisco, physicians can discuss more straightforward cases by phone.
Source: University of Southern California

A key goal of health reform is for newly insured individuals to seek out primary care, instead of simply showing up at the emergency room for their health care. Yet that hasn’t been the case in many emergency departments nationwide, with some reporting even more patients under reform. Earlier this month, an analysis by The [...]

Telomere Extension Turns Back Aging Clock In Cultured Human Cells, Study Finds

Hands of elderly person (stock image). Skin cells with telomeres lengthened by a new procedure were able to divide up to 40 more times than untreated cells. The research may point to new ways to treat diseases caused by shortened telomeres.
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A new procedure can quickly and efficiently increase the length of human telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are linked to aging and disease, according to scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Treated cells behave as if they are much younger than untreated cells, multiplying with abandon in the [...]

Revolutionary Device Found To Lower Blood Pressure

Measuring blood pressure (stock image). The study findings show that blood pressure treatment with the ROX Coupler can give both patients and doctors an alternative option for treating high blood pressure in the future -- particularly when standard therapies have failed.
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Revolutionary device has been shown to significantly lower blood pressure among patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure, compared to those treated with usual drug measures — according to research from Queen Mary University of London and published in The Lancet. The device — developed by ROX Medical and named the ‘Coupler’ — is a paper [...]

Treatment Restores Sociability In Autism Mouse Model

Researchers have treated ASD mice with a neuropeptide called oxytocin, and have found that it restores normal social behavior.
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Among the problems people with Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) struggle with are difficulties with social behavior and communication. That can translate to an inability to make friends, engage in routine conversations, or pick up on the social cues that are second nature to most people. Similarly, in a mouse model of ASD, the animals, like [...]

Majority Of Homeless Adults With Mental Illness Have High Rates Of Cognitive Deficits

Nearly three-quarters of homeless adults with mental illness in Canada show evidence of cognitive deficits, such as difficulties with problem solving, learning and memory, according to a new study by Vicky Stergiopoulos, chief of psychiatry at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.
Source: St. Michael's Hospital

Nearly three-quarters of homeless adults with mental illness in Canada show evidence of cognitive deficits, such as difficulties with problem solving, learning and memory, new research has found. The study-believed to be the largest of its kind -assessed neurocognitive functioning indicators such as mental processing speed, verbal learning and memory in 1,500 homeless adults in [...]

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