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  • May 20, 2010
    Eight-five per cent of patients who took part in a survey shortly after day surgery said that they had been anxious about receiving a general anaesthetic, according to research in the May issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing.Seventeen per cent of respondents said they were very or extremely anxious, 22 per cent said they were quite anxious, 46 per cent said they were a little anxious and 15 per cent experienced no anxiety at all.Key concerns included dying while asleep, not waking up after...
  • May 19, 2010
    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--“Berkshire is where it is today because of the all-stars running our various operating businesses. This book captures what makes them special,” wrote Warren Buffett, in praise of Ronald W. Chan’s new book, BEHIND THE BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY CURTAIN: Lessons from Warren Buffett’s Top Business Leaders (Wiley; May 2010; $24.95). Further praise for the book comes from Donald Keough, Chairman of the Board of Allen &...
  • May 19, 2010
    A newly published study reported that children with new/recent onset epilepsy have significantly slowed expansion of white matter volume compared to healthy children over a two year interval. The reduced white matter volume may affect brain connectivity and influence cognition. Results of this study conducted by researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are now available online and will appear in the July issue of Epilepsia, a journal published by Wiley-...
  • May 17, 2010
    A study to compare two increasingly popular treatments for varicose veins has found that patients who received radiofrequency ablation reported less post-procedural pain than those treated with endovenous laser ablation.However, both groups reported the same clinical and quality of life improvements at six weeks, according to UK research published in the June issue of the British Journal of Surgery.“Varicose veins are a very common condition that occurs when the blood flow to the legs is...
  • May 13, 2010
    Nine out of ten patients who discontinued their overactive bladder (OAB) medication said it was because it didn’t work as expected or they couldn’t tolerate it, according to research in the May issue of the urology journal BJUI.US researchers also discovered that smokers, men with enlarged prostates and people with bladder infections are also significantly more likely to stop taking prescription drugs for bladder problems.The team surveyed 6,577 adults who said in a National Family Opinion...
  • May 12, 2010
    Caffeine can help those working shifts or nights to make fewer errors, according to a new study by Cochrane researchers. The findings have implications for health workers and for any industry relying on shift or night work, such as transportation.More than 15% of workers in industrialised countries are involved in some shift or night time work, which may upset natural circadian rhythms or ‘body clocks’. In so-called shift work disorder (SWD), workers sleep only for short periods and...
  • May 12, 2010
    A new type of procedure for correcting short-sightedness could be safer than laser eye surgery, according to a new Cochrane Systematic Review. The study also shows that patients prefer the new procedure, despite there being little difference between the two in terms of improving vision.Myopia or short-sightedness is a condition where the eye focuses images in front of the retina instead of directly on it. Myopia affects around a quarter of the population in Western countries and is becoming...
  • May 12, 2010
    Regular exercise can play an important a role in improving the physical and mental wellbeing of individuals with schizophrenia, according to a review published in The Cochrane Library. Following a systematic review of the most up-to-date research on exercise in schizophrenia, researchers concluded that the current guidelines for exercise should be followed by people with schizophrenia just as they should by the general population.“Current guidelines for exercise appear to be just as acceptable...
  • May 10, 2010
    A new study indicates that patients aged 75 years or older who have confined kidney tumors do not live longer if they have their entire kidney removed. The research reveals that these patients typically have other medical problems of greater significance and that many should receive more conservative cancer-related care, such as observation or treatments that spare the noncancerous parts of their kidneys. The study is published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American...
  • May 10, 2010
    A new analysis finds that the costs of treating cancer have nearly doubled over the past two decades and that the shares of these costs that are paid for by private health insurance and Medicaid have increased. The study also reveals that cancer costs have shifted away from inpatient treatments to outpatient care. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the information could be used to prioritize future resources for treating and preventing...