Use of self-applied TENS device at home can relieve migraine pain

A portable, disposable, and home self-applied transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device is effective for reducing pain among patients with migraine, according to a study published online May 20 in PAIN Practice. Flávia S. Domingues, from Sao Paulo State University in Botucatu, Brazil, and colleagues conducted a double-blind randomized controlled trial over three months, with […]

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One in five privately insured births may result in a surprise medical bill

Among privately insured families with in-network deliveries in 2019, almost one in five potentially received surprise bills for maternal and/or newborn care, according to a study published online July 2 in JAMA Health Forum. Kao-Ping Chua, M.D., Ph.D., from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues estimated the frequency and magnitude of surprise bills […]

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Precision medicine helps identify ‘at-risk rapid decliners’ in early-stage kidney disease

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in the United States, but identifying type 1 or type 2 diabetes patients at high risk for progressive kidney disease has never had a sure science behind it. Historically, assessing kidney function meant looking at estimated glomerular filtration rate, a calculation that determines how well blood is […]

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Link found for weight-, shape-related bullying, eating disorder behaviors

Weight- or shape-related bullying (WSB) is associated with purging and muscularity-oriented behavior (MOB), but not other eating disorder behaviors, according to a study published online June 28 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Sinead Day, from Macquarie University in Sydney, and colleagues examined the correlation between WSB and specific forms of disordered eating in […]

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Women with recurrent UTIs voice ‘fear and frustration’ over treatment options

Women with recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) experience frustration related to their treatment—particularly the risks from repeated use of antibiotics, according to a focus group study in The Journal of Urology. “This study was prompted by our experience treating countless women with recurrent UTIs referred to our specialized Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery center,” […]

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Factors ID’d for radiologist performance in screening mammography

Radiologist characteristics predict performance in screening mammography, according to a study published online June 22 in Radiology. Cindy S. Lee, M.D., from New York University in New York City, and colleagues assessed radiologist characteristics impacting screening mammography interpretation performance using the National Mammography Database (2008 to 2019; 1,223 radiologists) and linked Centers for Medicare & […]

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A molecular switch turns on the unfavorable evolution of prostate tumors

Researchers from the Prostate Cancer Biology laboratory, directed by Giuseppina Carbone, M.D., at the Institute of Oncology Research (IOR, affiliated to USI) in Bellinzona, have discovered an unexpected mechanism that drives the largest group of prostate tumors’ evolution, the ERG fusion-positive prostate cancers. The study is published in Nature Communications. Prostate cancer is one of […]

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