Health Problems

The illusion of multitasking boosts performance

Our ability to do things well suffers when we try to complete several tasks at once, but a series of experiments suggests that merely believing that we’re multitasking may boost our performance by making us more engaged in the tasks at hand. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for […]

Health Problems

Spectrum of cardiovascular toxicities with immune checkpoint inhibitors revealed

In the first large-scale analysis of cardiovascular complications linked to immune checkpoint inhibitors, Vanderbilt researchers have shown that heart and vessel complications include myocarditis, pericarditis, vasculitis and arrhythmias, and that they occur early in the course of treatment. The study, published online Nov. 12 in The Lancet Oncology, augments previous work by Vanderbilt University Medical […]

Health News

Matter of Moments: Recognizing AFib-Stroke Risk

AFib Fast Facts: Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is a common type of an irregular heartbeat.2 During AFib, the upper chambers of the heart quiver (fibrillate) and do not pump all of the blood to the lower chambers, causing some blood to pool, potentially causing clots to form.10 If the clot breaks loose it can travel […]

Health News

Quantity of Opioids Prescribed Postop Linked to Consumption

THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 — The quantity of opioids prescribed after surgery is associated with patient-reported opioid consumption, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in JAMA Surgery. Ryan Howard, M.D., from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues conducted a retrospective, population-based analysis of opioids prescribed and consumed across 33 health […]

Health Problems

Traditional glaucoma test can miss severity of disease

The most common tests for glaucoma can underestimate the severity of the condition by not detecting the presence of central vision loss, according to a new Columbia University study. The study, published Nov. 8 in JAMA Ophthalmology, found that administering a variation of the visual field test that better assesses macular damage can improve diagnosis […]

Health Problems

Emotional vulnerabilities shape complex behavioral arrangement of toddlers with autism spectrum disorder

At the age when autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be first reliably diagnosed, toddlers affected by ASD are already displaying emotional vulnerabilities potentially foreshadowing the emergence of co-morbid affective and behavioral conditions highly prevalent in older children, reports a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). The […]

Kids Health

Distance to nearest pediatric surgeon a potential barrier for millions of US children

Children who need surgery, statistics show, have fewer complications when it’s performed by doctors with specialized pediatric surgical training in regionalized centers where a high a volume of procedures are performed. But in ongoing efforts to develop these regional “centers of excellence,” researchers presenting new findings at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2018 National […]