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Research shows smoking and being overweight is bad for your brain
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An expanding waistline and middle-age vices are not only bad for your heart — they could cause your brain to shrink, researchers warn. Smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure also take their toll on the grey matter, dealing a blow to brainpower 10 years later. Researchers said doctors could use the information to pick out patients at a higher risk of dementia and encourage them to improve their lifestyles. More

A nursing pilot study on bedside reporting to promote best practice and patient/family-centered care
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The change-of-shift nursing report often involves only nurse-to-nurse communication, occurs far away from the patient's bedside, and includes little or no patient/family involvement. Studies show that the bedside nursing report is a more comprehensive and patient-centered approach. More

New technology helps research, cure epilepsy
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Researchers are getting better at diagnosing epilepsy thanks to new technology at the University of Minnesota. A team comprised of researchers used 7 Tesla MRI technology to get extremely detailed images of patients' brains. Because of the strength of the 7 Tesla MRI, the researchers were able to get an up-close look at the portion of the scar tissues responsible for epilepsy and in turn cure eight patients of epileptic symptoms. If neurosurgeons know where the scars are, it's possible for them to remove the scars and stop the seizures. More

Transfer Patients Safely with Posey

Posey Gait Belts help assist in the safe transfer or ambulation of fall risk patients and also help prevent caregiver back injuries. Models are available in two sizes and come in a variety of colors and patterns. Styles include nickel-plated metal buckles, quick- release buckles and wipe clean models.

Surveys find widespread violence against nurses and other hospital caregivers
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Although nearly invisible to the public except in extreme cases, violence against nurses and other hospital caregivers is commonplace in California and around the nation, according to surveys, state records and interviews with hospital employees and industry experts. Some workers, especially in emergency rooms, say they experience some level of assault — biting, hitting, kicking and chasing — so often they consider it an unavoidable part of the job. More

Brain injury may boost stroke risk
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In the three months after a traumatic brain injury, the risk of stroke may increase 10-fold, Taiwanese researchers report. "Traumatic brain injury has not been included among the usual stroke risk factors in the past," said Dr. Ralph Sacco, president of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, who is familiar with the study. "The mechanism is still not clear, but deserves further investigation." More

Parkinson's linked to REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
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Suffering from nightmares where you cry, punch kick jump and grab uncontrollably? You might have Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD). Studies published in the journal Lancet Neurology have found that RBD has been linked to increase risk of Parkinson's disease. Present studies have shown that 45 percent of patients who suffer from RBD developed Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative disease. More

Drug cuts brain lesions in MS patients
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Swiss biotech company Actelion Ltd. said a mid-stage study showed one of its drugs under development helped reduce new inflammatory brain lesions in a targeted group of multiple sclerosis patients. The study found Actelion's Ponesimod drug, a selective S1P1 receptor agonist, achieved its primary trial goal of reducing the number of new active inflammatory lesions in the brain of patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. More

Simulations being used to help veterans recover from brain injuries
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About 300,000 veterans are believed to have suffered brain injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan. Usually, it's from a blast or explosion. Many are going untreated because these injuries are often hard to diagnose. But Houston researchers have opened a new national center for brain injury study that may help veterans turn their lives around.

Statins may help heart in some young stroke patients
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Statins, a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs that includes Lipitor and Crestor, appear to help young people after they've had a certain kind of stroke with unknown cause, a new study has found. Strokes are rare in young people, and it's even more uncommon for them to occur without a known cause. More

Study identifies protein that shrinks brain lesions in stroke victims
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Researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine published a study that revealed alpha-B-crystallin, a naturally occurring protein, significantly shrank the size of stroke-induced lesions in the brains of laboratory mice and mitigated the destructiveness of the inflammatory response that follows the stroke. More

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