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What Anesthesia Works Best for Hip Fracture Surgery?

What Anesthesia Works Best for Hip Fracture Surgery?MONDAY, June 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who have spinal anesthesia while doctors repair a broken hip have more pain and need more prescription painkillers afterward than those given general anesthesia, a new study finds.Spinal anesthesia is increasingly used as a way to reduce pain and painkiller use, but these findings suggest it is having the opposite impact on hip fracture surgery patients."In our study, patients who got spinal anesthesia did get fewer opioids in the operating room, but they ended up having more pain, and more prescription pain medication use after surgery," said lead study author Dr. Mark Neuman. He is an associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and is a former chair of the Penn Medicine Opioid...

Sleep Throughout the Lifespan: When You Get Best, Worst...

17 June 2022
Sleep Throughout the Lifespan: When You Get Best, Worst SlumberFRIDAY, June 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are night owls at age 20, get the least sleep at 40, and then finally get more shut-eye after retirement.Those are among the key takeaways from a study that looked at the sleep patterns of Americans of all ages. In short, teenagers and young adults often fall asleep after midnight, while folks in their 40s go to bed earlier but devote the fewest hours to sleep.That might not be surprising, especially to 40-something parents of teens. But the study gives a clearer picture of Americans' sleep habits, by using objective measures instead of self-reports: Participants wore devices on their wrists that recorded their movement, day and night, for seven days.The findings are based on more than 11,000 Americans aged 6 and up who took part in a...

Salsa Is Smart: Latin Dance May Boost Your Aging Brain

17 June 2022
Salsa Is Smart: Latin Dance May Boost Your Aging BrainFRIDAY, June 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Latin dance classes may be a great workout and social outlet, but new research suggests that learning the intricate steps of the salsa, samba and merengue may also improve your memory.In the study, a Latin dance program was offered to more than 300 Spanish speakers over four years at 12 different sites in Chicago.After eight months of classes, assessments found significant improvement in participants' working memory scores. Working memory is a type of short-term memory used to keep small amounts of information in mind while partaking in other cognitive tasks."We think it worked for several reasons. More time being spent active, that could be a reason. It could be the different components of the dance program itself," said study author Susan...

New Alzheimer's Drug Delivers Disappointing Results

17 June 2022
New Alzheimer`s Drug Delivers Disappointing ResultsFRIDAY, June 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental Alzheimer's drug called crenezumab did not prevent or slow mental decline in patients with a genetic mutation that greatly raises the risk of developing the disease, the results of a decade-long clinical trial show.The mutation seen in the few hundred study participants from an extended family in Colombia means they're virtually guaranteed to develop Alzheimer's in their mid-40s to mid-50s and highly likely to die in their 60s, The New York Times reported.The trial was the first to test a drug meant to delay or halt mental decline in people who have a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer's, but do not yet have any symptoms.“We’re disappointed that the treatment did not demonstrate a statistically significant clinical...

How Grief Harms the Body After a Spouse's Death

17 June 2022
How Grief Harms the Body After a Spouse`s DeathFRIDAY, June 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Heartache and heartbreak are apt terms for the intense grief caused by losing a spouse.A new study says such a loss can lead to major health problems and even death, and the paper may help explain why that happens.When faced with stressful situations, grieving spouses have significant increases in body inflammation. Inflammation is associated with a range of health issues, including serious heart troubles and premature death, the Rice University researchers said."I was extremely motivated to publish this work because it gives us insight into how severe grief can encourage inflammation to accumulate in the body and put widow(er)s at risk for cardiovascular disease," study co-author Ryan Linn Brown said in a university news release."Because we...
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