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South Africa bottom of the class for road safety? Here’s why this isn’t true

In an average year, 1.35 million people die on the world’s roads and another 50 million are seriously injured. Most (93%) of the deaths happen in low- and middle-income countries, and sub-Saharan Africa is the global hotspot in the road death pandemic. In South Africa 26 out of every 100,000 people die on the roads—far […]

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International team identifies genetic link between face and brain shape

An interdisciplinary team led by KU Leuven and Stanford has identified 76 overlapping genetic locations that shape both the face and our brain. What the researchers didn’t find is evidence that this genetic overlap also predicts someone’s behavioral-cognitive traits or risk of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. This means that the findings help to debunk […]

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Maddening itch of liver disease comes from a surprising source

A devastating itching of the skin driven by severe liver disease turns out to have a surprising cause. Its discovery points toward possible new therapies for itching, and shows that the outer layer of the skin is so much more than insulation. The finding, which appears April 2 in Gastroenterology, indicates that the keratinocyte cells […]

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Medicare spending on physician services down $9.4B during first half of 2020

Medicare spending on physician services declined an estimated $9.4 billion between January and June 2020, according to a report from the American Medical Association (AMA). Kurt Gillis, Ph.D., on behalf of the AMA, used claims data to assess Medicare fee-for-service spending for the first six months of 2020, with a focus exclusively on Medicare physician […]

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Anxiety among fathers is higher than recently reported, new study suggests

New research suggests anxiety among men transitioning into parenthood is significantly higher than reported by the global World Health Organization (WHO) regional prevalence rates. In a new study published in The Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus studied the […]

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Study projects significant savings from potential Alzheimer’s disease treatment

Alzheimer’s disease treatments that slow progression of the disease could significantly reduce the financial burden to U.S. state budgets, according to a new USC study. The study outlines how states—which have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic—would see relief: Medicare would cover the costs of treating the disease, while Medicaid expenditures would be […]

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Reopen and regenerate: Exosome-coated stent heals vascular injury, repairs damaged tissue

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed an exosome-coated stent with a “smart-release” trigger that could both prevent reopened blood vessels from narrowing and deliver regenerative stem cell-derived therapy to blood-starved, or ischemic, tissue. Angioplasty—a procedure that opens blocked arteries—often involves placing a metal stent to reinforce arterial walls and prevent them from collapsing […]