The stroke care paradox: Close-knit social networks increase delays in hospital arrival

Patients with closer-knit social networks, including family members and spouses, were more likely to delay seeking hospital care for a stroke whereas those with a more dispersed network of acquaintances were more likely to seek care faster. Source: The stroke care paradox: Close-knit social networks increase delays in hospital arrival

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A viable alternative to Medicare-for-all?

Medicare-for-all, a solution that would bring United States healthcare policies more in line with other industrial nations, faces strong opposition and is unlikely to be enacted in the foreseeable future. Researchers now propose another approach that they believe would achieve wider access to care without triggering widespread opposition: a Medicare buy-in option for individuals under […]

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Continued PTSD in women exposed to deepwater horizon oil spill

A study reports that women exposed to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (BP) Oil Spill continue to experience symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Less than half reported receiving past-year mental health treatment despite the high levels of PTSD symptoms, which suggests that many affected women may not be receiving needed mental health care. […]

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Study questions value of genetic risk scores

What’s known as the genome-wide polygenic score, or GPS, combines information from many thousands of genetic markers, each with only a minimal effect, to produce an overall assessment of disease risk based on an individual’s entire genetic background. While a recent publication claimed that the GPS could be used by doctors to identify patients at […]

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Effective fear of heights treatment without a therapist using virtual reality, study suggests

A fully self-guided treatment using virtual reality (VR) is effective in reducing fear of heights. A team of researchers developed ZeroPhobia, a treatment delivered through a smartphone app and a basic VR viewer. Source: Effective fear of heights treatment without a therapist using virtual reality, study suggests

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New heart valve aimed at high-risk patients

Researchers have created the first-ever nanocomposite biomaterial heart-valve developed to reduce or eliminate complications related to heart transplants. By using a newly developed technique, the researchers were able to build a more durable valve that enables the heart to adapt faster and more seamlessly. Source: New heart valve aimed at high-risk patients

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