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It’s Thyroid Awareness Month!

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck. Although relatively small, the thyroid plays a huge role in the body, influencing the function of many important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and skin. Talk with your healthcare provider about whether your thyroid is healthy and functioning properly.

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Study Indicates NTM Infections on the Rise Nationally

Researchers say that the number of people newly infected each year and the number of people living with nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease seems to be increasing, especially among women and persons age 65 and older. In “Incidence and Prevalence of Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease in a Large United States Managed Care Health Plan, 2008-2015,”…

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New Study indicates effective rehabilitation treatments possible for chronic stroke patients

Here’s a study that could have implications for future rehabilitation treatments. A UCL-study finds that chronic stroke patients continue to benefit from intensive rehabilitation over a much longer period than previously thought. According to researchers, problems with the arm and hand after a stroke are common and greatly impact hugely patients’ life by reducing their…

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Cardiac Patients Overestimate Benefits of Heart Procedures

 A new study’s findings indicate that most patients do not understand or recall information given to them by health care providers before heart procedures.  Many mistakenly believe that opening blocked arteries will cure them of heart disease. These findings, from a study taking a look at informed consent, are published in the Nov. 28 issue…

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Study Seeks to Identify a Person’s Unique Muscle Movements

The way a person moves is as unique as their fingerprints or iris pattern. Researchers have tracked muscle movements of study participants during exercise, gait and pedaling, and believe these differences may go deeper than individual movement styles.  By identifying a person’s unique movement style could help identify future musculoskeletal problems, and assist in better…

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New Device Deposits Drug-Delivering Fiber Bandages onto Wounds

Researchers at Montana Technological University (MTU) have created a portable electrospinning device with a confined electric field that safely deposits bandages and drugs directly onto biological surfaces, using air to spray the fibers out onto the surface, like a can of spray paint, according to a an article published in the Nov. 12 issue of…

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Chronic Stroke Patients Benefited From Intensive Rehab

According to a recently released UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (UCL)-led sudy, chronic stroke patients can continue to benefit from intensive rehabilitation over a much longer period than previously thought.  These findings could have “huge implications” for future treatments, say the researchers. It’s common to have problems with using your arm or hand after…

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National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

The month of November is known as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan made that designation in 1983 and it is something that is still recognized today. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at that time there were less than two million people with the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that leads to memory,…

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