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Study finds childhood stress impacts adult health

A 45-year study of nearly 7,000 people born in a single week in Great Britain in 1958 found psychological distress in childhood — even when conditions improved in adulthood — was associated with higher risk for heart disease and diabetes later in life. The study, published today in the Journal of the American College of [...]

A risk score for chronic kidney disease can inform choice of HIV medications

Both traditional and HIV-related risk factors can predict the likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a study published in PLOS Medicine. In the study, Amanda Mocroft, of University College London, United Kingdom, and colleagues developed and validated a risk score model that can help inform choices among antiretroviral drugs for patients with [...]

Low-Risk Heart Attack Patients Identified By Simple, Inexpensive Risk Score May Have Shorter Hospital Stays

A simple-to-use risk score can identify low-risk patients following a severe heart attack (STEMI) and may provide an opportunity to employ early discharge strategies to reduce length of hospital stay and save hospital costs without compromising the safety of the patient, based on a study presented by the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation at the 2012 [...]

Infections In Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients: Mayo Clinic Study Finds Way To Pinpoint Risk

Rheumatoid arthritis alone is painful and disabling, but it also puts patients at higher risk of death. The greater susceptibility to infections that accompanies the autoimmune disorder is one reason. Assessing the danger of infection a particular patient faces so it can be addressed can prove challenging for physicians. A Mayo Clinic study finds that [...]

Predicting Risk Of Serious Infection In Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Using Rabbit Risk Score

Results of a study presented at EULAR 2012, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism, suggest that the newly developed RABBIT Risk Score, which calculates the risk of serious infections in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are treated with anti-tumour necrosis factor drugs (anti-TNFs) or conventional disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) is [...]