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Two heart medications tied to greater heart attack risk during very hot weather

For people with coronary heart disease, beta blockers can improve survival and quality of life, while aspirin and other anti-platelet medications can reduce the risk of a heart attack. But those protections could backfire during hot-weather events, a time when heart attacks are more likely. A new study has found that among people suffering non-fatal […]

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Iron buildup in brain linked to higher risk for movement disorders

A disorder called hereditary hemochromatosis, caused by a gene mutation, results in the body absorbing too much iron, leading to tissue damage and conditions like liver disease, heart problems and diabetes. Scant and conflicting research had previously suggested, however, that the brain was spared from iron accumulation by the blood-brain barrier, a network of blood […]

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Predicting patients’ race can improve equity in health care delivery, says new analysis

Algorithms designed to guide medical care can contribute to racially inequitable outcomes, but eliminating information about patient race and ethnicity as an input to algorithms is not the right way to address the issue, according to new analysis from the RAND Corporation. Instead, using tools to estimate racial and ethnic information about patients where self-identified […]

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The role of behavioral medicine in addressing climate change-related health inequities

An article published in Translational Behavioral Medicine explores the role of behavioral medicine in addressing climate change-related health inequities. “Structural racism has led to longstanding health inequities for communities that have been subjected to marginalization. Climate change is exacerbating these longstanding health inequities for frontline communities—which are those communities that are hit first and worst […]

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USDA gets tough on salmonella in breaded chicken products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to toughen regulations on certain raw chicken products. The agency has notified food processors that new rules would require they lower the amount of salmonella found in breaded and stuffed chicken products, which include frozen foods such as chicken cordon bleu and chicken Kiev. These foods appear to be […]

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Coaching patients to advocate for themselves can offset the effects of doctors’ racial bias

Coaching patients to voice their concerns about their medical care and advocate for themselves can offset physicians’ racial bias so it doesn’t lead to inferior experiences for Black patients, a University of Michigan-led analysis found. The researchers showed that doctors’ implicit biases, often favoring white people over Black people, played out in the way they […]

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Using smartphones could help improve memory skills

Using digital devices such as smartphones could help improve memory skills, rather than causing people to become lazy or forgetful, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. The research, published in Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, showed that digital devices help people to store and remember very important information. This, in turn, frees up […]