Research Desk

Apr 10, 2019

Childhood trauma is linked to abnormal connectivity in the brain in adults with major depressive disorder (MDD), study finds. The paper shows symptom-specific, system-level changes in brain network connectivity in MDD.

Apr 10, 2019

Findings from a multicenter study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggest that practice of overlapping surgery has been found to be safe, with two exceptions namely, patients deemed preoperatively to be at high risk for death or complications and those undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. 

Apr 10, 2019

Emergency department (ED) visits for suicide attempts and suicidal ideation doubled among U.S. children and adolescents from 2007 to 2015. JAMA Pediatrics reported that kids, ages 5 to 11 years, accounted for the largest proportion of those ED visits.

Apr 09, 2019

Expansion sphincter pharyngoplasty (ESP) could be a useful surgical option in certain patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a retrospective study from South Korea hints. The researchers studied data on 63 patients with moderate or severe OSA who were diagnosed with lateral pharyngeal collapse under drug-induced sleep endoscopy.

Apr 09, 2019

Critically ill patients are more likely to be successfully weaned from a mechanical ventilator or breathing machine if they have higher levels of wakefulness and both their right and left brains experience the same depth of sleep, according to new research.

Apr 09, 2019

According to UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh research published in Pediatrics, the use of telemedicine in treating acute illnesses in Pediatrics has led to an apparent increase in antibiotic overprescribing. In spite of the numerous benefits of telemedicine in improving health-care status, the researchers added that doctors must be cautious with anti-biotics or in other words avoid them whenever possible. 

Apr 08, 2019

Certain rare childhood cancers may be more common in children conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF), a U.S. study suggests. Kids conceived using IVF were 28 percent more likely than other children to be diagnosed with embryonal tumors, which develop from embryonic cells that remain in the body after birth. The increased risk of embryonal tumors was driven mostly by a higher rate of liver tumors.

Apr 08, 2019

According to the new research, spinal manipulation therapy may help to reduce low back pain. Based on data from 47 previously conducted trials involving a total of 9,211 mostly middle-aged adults, spinal manipulation eased lower back pain as much as exercise, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and painkillers.

Apr 08, 2019

Use of the validated Psoriasis Epidemiology Screening Tool (PEST), which includes 5 separate questions, identified >10% of patients enrolled in the US-based Corrona Psoriasis Registry as having PEST scores of ≥3, raising the possibility that these individuals with psoriasis (PsO) may have undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis (PsA) as well.  This underscores the need for improved screening for PsA in dermatology settings, according to cross-sectional analysis.

Apr 05, 2019

The patient assurance program was launched by Cigna which is an optional adoption for clients of PBM Express Scripts. This collaboration between insulin manufacturers and PBM is expected lower copayments to $25 at the point of sale which also equals to 40 percent or more for many patients, Cigna said.