Cost of care for falls in elderly population

Researchers estimated medical costs attributable to both fatal and nonfatal falls in the elderly population and found that approximately 50 billion dollars were spent in 2015. These findings are published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.Researchers utilized population data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) and cost estimates from the Web-based Injury Statistics Query … Continue reading Cost of care for falls in elderly population

Association between inflammatory bowel disease and heart disease found

Researchers analyzed medical-record data from more than 17.5 million patients found that people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at increased risk for a heart attack, regardless of whether or not they have risk factors for heart disease. This research is presented at the American College of Cardiology's 67th Annual Scientific Session."Younger patients had about … Continue reading Association between inflammatory bowel disease and heart disease found

New flu simulation map using health and social media data

Researchers at the University of Chicago have created computer simulations to predict spread of flu across the United States utilizing datasets of demographics, healthcare visits and geographic movements of 150 million people over nine years. The study is published in the journal eLife.Simulation map of flu spread. Credit: Andrey Rzhetsky, UChicagoResearchers utilized deidentified patient data from … Continue reading New flu simulation map using health and social media data

Research suggests that heating coils contribute toxic metals in e-cigarette vapors

Significant amounts of toxic metals, including lead, leak from some e-cigarette heating coils and are present in the aerosols inhaled by users, according to a study from scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study is published online in Environmental Health Perspectives.In the study, the scientists examined e-cigarette devices owned by a … Continue reading Research suggests that heating coils contribute toxic metals in e-cigarette vapors

Artificial intelligence algorithm to predict and prevent spread of infectious diseases

Team of researchers from USC Viterbi School of Engineering has created an algorithm that can help policymakers reduce the overall spread of disease. The algorithm is optimized to make the most of limited resources, such as advertising budgets, thus helping cash strapped public health agencies.To create the artificial intellegence algorithm, the researchers used behavioral, demographic … Continue reading Artificial intelligence algorithm to predict and prevent spread of infectious diseases

Computational model to track flu using Twitter data

An international team led by Alessandro Vespignani from Northeastern University has developed a computational model to predict the spread of the flu in real time. This unique model uses posts on Twitter in combination with key parameters of each season's epidemic, including the incubation period of the disease, the immunization rate, how many people an … Continue reading Computational model to track flu using Twitter data

Price tag for cardiovascular disease to reach 1 trillion dollars by 2035

A new study projects that by 2035, cardiovascular disease, the most costly and prevalent killer, if left unchecked, will place a crushing economic and health burden on the nation's financial and health care systems. According to the study, in the next two decades, the number of Americans with cardiovascular disease will rise to 131.2 million … Continue reading Price tag for cardiovascular disease to reach 1 trillion dollars by 2035

Proton pump inhibitors linked with increased risk of infectious gastroenteritis

Research has found a link between proton pump inhibitors and an increase in the risk of infectious gastroenteritis. The study led by The Australian National University (ANU) and based on data from the Sax Institute's 45 and Up Study, found people who take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), had a 70 per cent increase in the … Continue reading Proton pump inhibitors linked with increased risk of infectious gastroenteritis

Decreased mortality associated with eating red hot chili peppers

Researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, who found that consumption of hot red chili peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in total mortality primarily in deaths due to heart disease or stroke in a large prospective study. The study was published recently in PLoS ONE.Chili Peppers. WikipediaGoing … Continue reading Decreased mortality associated with eating red hot chili peppers