Too much or not enough: The health care dilemma in developing countries

Globalization has significantly improved access to quality health care but some patients in developing countries are getting too much of it, researchers say. A series of scoping reviews into overdiagnosis and overuse of health care services reveal the problems of too much medicine—already well-established in high-income countries—are now widespread in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). […]

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Scientists define independent subtype of idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease

Multicentric Castleman disease (MCD) comprises a heterogenous group of rare disorders that exhibit generalized symptoms such as swelling of lymph nodes, anemia, fever, and fatigue. The causative factors underlying MCD include Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV)/human herpesvirus 8 (HHV8) infections. KSHV/HHV8-negative MCD without association with the POEMS (polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, M proteins, and skin changes) syndrome […]

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Electroacupuncture cuts risk for prolonged postoperative ileus

Electroacupuncture (EA) is effective in promoting gastrointestinal function recovery following laparoscopic resection of colorectal cancer, according to a study published online Nov. 2 in JAMA Surgery. Yu Wang, from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, and colleagues assessed the efficacy of EA in reducing the duration of postoperative ileus (POI) with the Enhanced Recovery After […]

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A skin-stroking device could help curb alcohol cravings

Aalto University researchers are developing a device that helps support sobriety in conjunction with other treatments, such as psychosocial treatments and pharmaceuticals. The new device is designed to suppress alcohol cravings through a pleasant touch to the skin that activates nerve pathways called C-tactiles. Through these, the stimulus reaches brain areas that are closely linked […]

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Extreme temperatures take deadly toll on people in Texas prisons, study finds

The U.S. has the world’s largest population of prisoners, and Texas holds more incarcerated people than any other state. As climate change continues to increase the severity, frequency and duration of heat waves, the approximately 160,000 individuals in Texas prisons—as well as the people who work in these settings—come under intense physical duress in prisons […]

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