The closure of Mercy Hospital Fort Scott in Fort Scott, Kan., and over 110 other rural hospitals nationwide since 2010 has left rural residents scrambling for emergency care services, and one of them was Fort Scott resident Robert Findley, who died after falling on the ice during a winter storm this year. Due to the closure of Mercy Hospital, Findley had to be transported by an air ambulance to a neurology center 90 miles north in Kansas City, Mo., but at least three air ambulances declined the call before one accepted.
Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles found that as people age, the beta-amyloid's 23rd amino acid may form kinks that result in the formation of a second water-free molecular zipper and faster fibril growth associated with Alzheimer's disease, and repair enzymes' reduced efficacy in fixing the kinks in older age may prompt kink accumulation and significant neuron damage. The findings in Nature Communications may prompt the development of ways to curb kink formation, improve repair enzyme function and prevent fibril growth, researchers said.
A study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease showed that adults with mild cognitive impairment ages 55 to 90 who underwent mindfulness meditation had improved cognitive health after eight weeks, compared with those in the control group. Researchers also found better understanding of mindfulness concepts among those in the intervention group.
United Imaging's uEXPLORER total-body PET/CT system has been installed at the University of California at Davis, the first in the US, and was first clinically tested to boost lymphoma staging in a 49-year-old mother of seven. The uEXPLORER was co-developed with the EXPLORER Consortium led by UC Davis researchers.
Genomind's genetic testing service will be combined with NeuroFlow digital health platform to improve patient wellness and reduce costs of care for conditions such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Psychotherapist Elizabeth Beecroft, who has a master's degree in social work, loved basketball and sneakers as a child, a passion that continues. After going to therapy herself, she designed a Nike sneaker to raise awareness of mental health, and some proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Castleton University Social Work Program Director Michael Reeves is working on a project that shows the lives of teenagers in nonpermanent housing and tells their stories. Participating teens will take photos to be displayed at a gallery along with quotes and stories.
A St. Louis NICU found that when evaluating antimicrobial stewardship efforts, using an antibiotic spectrum index was able to identify changes in antibiotic use that were not captured by using the days of therapy per 1,000 patient days metric recommended by the CDC, according to a study in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. Researchers recommended an ASI be used in conjunction with the DOT metric to evaluate antimicrobial stewardship interventions.
Canadian researchers associated every additional 1 mg/L of maternal urinary fluoride levels during pregnancy to a 4.49-point decline in Full Scale IQ scores among boys ages 3 to 4, but there was no correlation between prenatal fluoride exposure and reduced IQ scores among girls. However, the findings in JAMA Pediatrics shouldn't prompt changes in drinking water consumption and public policy on fluoridation until more studies are conducted, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association.
Some people seeking health insurance through publicly run exchanges will have more options for the 2020 plan year as more insurers offer plans in more areas. Some also have reduced premiums.