Veterinarian Kara Lascola, an associate professor of equine internal medicine at Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine, says she routinely uses acupuncture to manage pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions and neuropathies in horses. Animals' response to acupuncture varies, treatment is tailored to the specific animal, and it usually requires a series of sessions to be effective, Dr. Lascola says.
Volunteers with AniMeals, a partnership between the SPCA and community organization Resources for Seniors, delivered 11,315 meals to Wake County, N.C., seniors last year, but those meals were not for people. Seniors with low incomes often sacrifice their own meals to feed their pets, and the group now delivers food and supplies for nearly two dozen pets.
CDC researchers found the number of high-school students who reported having had sex dropped from 48% in 2007 to 39.5% in 2017, while the number of those who had used illicit drugs declined from 23% to 14% during the same period, with both rates being the lowest since the annual survey of youth risk behavior started in 1991. The findings, published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, also found fewer sexually active teens were using condoms.
Researchers found a single night of light exposure during sleep had an impact on insulin resistance measures. The findings, based on 20 healthy adults aged 18 to 40, were published in an online supplement of the journal Sleep.
Individuals with severe mental illness had a more than twofold increased risk of type 2 diabetes, especially among those who were African American or Hispanic, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers used a cohort of more than 15,000 patients with mental illness and found that more than half had prediabetes, compared with about one-third of the general population, and 28.1% had type 2 diabetes, compared with 12.2% of the general population.
Researchers recruited test participants who were shown photographs of familiar snacks and found they were willing to pay more for foods that had a high content of both carbohydrates and fats. The findings in the journal Cell Metabolism showed foods with a high fat-carb content triggered the "reward" center of the brain more than the participant's favorite food, foods in larger quantities, or those that were more energy-dense or sweeter.
The American Medical Association adopted a policy aimed at improving access to health care services, reducing health care gaps and achieving health equity across the US. The second policy adopted by the group seeks to fund and develop graduate medical education programs to help address physician shortages.
Kangaroo care, or skin-to-skin contact between newborns and parents, can result in Staphylococcus aureus infections in the neonatal intensive care unit, which is why Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Michigan implemented a three-part intervention that includes skin cleansing for parents. The intervention was associated with fewer confirmed Staph infections, central line-associated bloodstream infections and ventilator-related infections, according to a study presented at a meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
Infants whose mothers receive fluconazole during pregnancy had similar rates of stillbirth and neonatal death as those whose mothers didn't take fluconazole, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings were based on data from Norway and Sweden, and similar results were seen for doses greater and less than 300 milligrams.
A study in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that Xarelto, or rivaroxaban, was associated with reduced rates of stroke and systemic embolism compared with warfarin in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and frailty. The risk of major bleeding was similar in the study.
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