Other Notable Health Studies & Research From May 11, 2022

There are dozens of studies, innovations, and research findings released everyday by institutions and clinics across the world. Here’s a look at some of the other notable health reports from May 11.

New Research in JNCCN Encourages Harnessing Health Technology to Help Cancer Patients Quit Smoking
New research in the May 2022 issue of JNCCN—Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network finds the inclusion of the smoking cessation tool Electronic Health Record-Enabled Evidence-Based Smoking Cessation Treatment (ELEVATE, from Epic) into electronic health records (EHRs) can increase self-reported patient quit rates by more than 5 percentage points.

Antidepressant use during pregnancy not linked to epilepsy in children
A new study suggests that antidepressant use by mothers during the first trimester of pregnancy does not increase the chances of epilepsy and seizures in babies.

Large Study in Botswana Finds Daily Micronutrient Supplementation During Pregnancy Reduces Complications at Birth
A six-year study of nearly 100,000 women in Botswana has provided new evidence that relatively inexpensive daily diet supplementation of iron, folic acid and vitamin supplementation in pregnancy can reduce complications at birth.

A brain circuit in the thalamus helps us hold information in mind
In a study of mice, MIT researchers have identified a circuit in the anterior thalamus that is necessary for remembering how to navigate a maze.

New NIAAA site helps clinicians navigate alcohol and patient health
A new online resource will help healthcare professionals and practices improve care for people whose alcohol consumption may be impacting their health.

Limiting Resident-Physician Work Hours Improved Patient Safety Outcomes
In 2011, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) limited first-year resident-physicians’ work hours to no more than 16 consecutive hours after studies indicated that longer shifts may increase risk of medical errors and other adverse outcomes.

New study shines light on inequalities in gestational diabetes research
University of Leeds researchers found a concerning lack of robust data for non-white European women in previous studies examining the impact of diet on gestational diabetes.

Sun safety for children – new research will explore role of primary schools in preventing skin cancer
With skin cancer rates rising, much of it preventable, a new research project is to explore the role of primary schools in Wales and assess the effectiveness of sun safety policies in protecting children.

Discovery reveals blocking inflammation may lead to chronic pain
Using anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids to relieve pain could increase the chances of developing chronic pain, according to researchers from McGill University and colleagues in Italy.

Flu causes cardiac complications by directly infecting the heart
Researchers have shown for the first time in mice that heart problems associated with the flu are not caused by raging inflammation in the lungs, as has long been predicted.

10-minute meditation could help reduce Brexit polarization
In a new study, a brief, audio-guided, befriending-themed meditation reduced affective polarization between people on the “Remain” versus “Leave” sides of the U.K.’s Brexit referendum.

Prototype ventilator, open to all and potentially suitable for adults and kids, could cost as little as USD $1500
PVP1—The People’s Ventilator Project: A fully open, low-cost, pressure-controlled ventilator research platform compatible with adult and pediatric uses.

Healthy diet in pregnancy might not impact risk of developing gestational diabetes in non-White European populations, according to new meta-analysis
Ethnic-specific associations between dietary consumption and gestational diabetes mellitus incidence: A meta-analysis.

Nurse-Led Cedars-Sinai Study Leads to Creating ‘Serenity Lounges’
A new Cedars-Sinai study shows that “Serenity Lounges”–break rooms equipped with massage chairs and other relaxation tools–reduced feelings of stress, anxiety and burnout among nurses.

Researchers find a trigger for ‘cell suicide’; could lead to new skin infection therapies
Emory University researchers have discovered a mechanism for skin cell death that could eventually result in new treatments for ailments such as “flesh-eating” infections, alopecia, hives and potentially even the deadliest type of skin cancer, melanoma.

An efficient single item instrument to measure self-control
A straightforward and highly time-efficient method to evaluate the trait of self-control in individuals was developed and tested by German-Swiss research team, led by Dr Wanja Wolff (University of Konstanz, Germany and University of Bern, Switzerland) with the aim to aid future scholars, as well as practitioners, including medical workers and surveyors.

Post-Roe, millions will travel farther for abortion care
If the United States Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, state legislation would impact access to abortion care for tens of millions across the country, according to a University of Utah-led paper that published on May 9, 2022, in the journal Utah Women’s Health Review.

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