Less Than 5 Hours of Sleep a Night Linked to Chronic Illness

Individuals who are middle-aged and older and who sleep 5 hours or less a night may be at risk for an array of serious and chronic health conditions, ranging from heart disease to cancer, results of a large study show. Researchers at University College London in the United Kingdom and Université Paris Cité, France, found … Read more

AHA Guidance on Infective Endocarditis With Injection Drug Use

Prompted by the “unprecedented” increase in the occurrence of infective endocarditis cases among people who inject drug, the American Heart Association (AHA) has issued a scientific statement devoted to this challenging patient population. The statement provides a more in-depth focus on the management of infective endocarditis (IE) among this unique population than what has been … Read more

Worsening Depression Can Precede Stroke in Older Adults

Whereas symptoms of depression are known to intensify in patients who have recently experienced an incident stroke, it might also be true in such cases that the depression actually starts to worsen in the months or years before the stroke occurs, suggests a new study of adults 50 years and older. “Stroke seems to alter … Read more

Liver Disease a New Dementia Risk Factor?

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is linked to an increased dementia risk, with an even greater risk in the setting of comorbid heart disease or history of stroke, new research shows. Investigators analyzed data for almost 3000 older individuals diagnosed with NAFLD and compared them with a large group of matched peers without NAFLD. At … Read more

TBI Linked to ‘Striking’ Risk for CVD, Endocrine, Brain Disorders

Mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) is linked to a significantly increased risk for a host of subsequent cardiovascular, endocrine, neurologic, and psychiatric disorders, new research shows. Incident of hypertension, coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, depression, and dementia all began to increase soon after the brain injury and persisted over a decade in both mild and … Read more

New Data Focus Need for Tailored Schizophrenia Care in Elderly

Older adults with schizophrenia are not a homogenous patient population, with various subgroups that differ significantly in terms of comorbid illness and mortality rates and causes, new research shows. For example, individuals in a group characterized by substance use disorders (SUDs) had a depression prevalence of about 60% and relatively high death rates from unintentional … Read more

Shoulder Arthritis Surgery: Depression Complicates Care

Patients undergoing primary reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA) for their glenohumeral osteoarthritis (OA) had more complications of care and higher hospital costs when they also had a diagnosis of depression, new data show. The abstract was presented Thursday at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2022 Annual Meeting. Researchers, led by Keith Diamond, MD, an … Read more

New Guidance on Palliative Care for Neurologic Disorders

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has released new expert guidance on palliative care for patients with stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurologic disorders. Palliative care includes much more than hospice services, lead author of the new position statement Lynne P. Taylor, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, and a fellow of the AAN, said … Read more

The Sound of Science: ASMR’s Potential in Healthcare

Back in the ’80s, Craig Richard, PhD, would come home from school, sling off his backpack, and plant himself in front of the television to watch painter Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting. Richard soaked in the gentle sounds of paintbrush on canvas as Ross conjured clouds and mountains and of the painter’s voice as … Read more