Leprosy Still Appears in the U.S., CDC Reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that leprosy, although quite rare, continues to appear in the United States.

Medical Malpractice Payments Sharply Dropping

The number of medical malpractice payments in the United States has dropped sharply since 2002, according to a new study.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass or Gastric Banding? Benefits and Risks

A comparison of two of the most common types of weight loss surgery indicates that laparoscopic gastric bypass helps patients shed more excess pounds than adjustable gastric banding, but carries a higher risk of short-term complications and long-term hospitalizations.

Chronic Fatigue Clues Found in Brain Scans

There are clear differences in the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome and the brains of non-affected people, new research indicates.

Does Prenatal Exposure to Epilepsy Drugs Actually Lower IQ in Offspring?

Prenatal exposure to sodium valproate (VPA) is associated with a reduction in offspring IQ, according to a review published in The Cochrane Library.

Sleep Issues Tied to Alzheimer's, Dementia Risk in Elderly Men

Insufficient sleep has been linked to brain health in animal and human studies, and new research has found an association between sleep disturbance and risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease in older men

Can Minocycline Protect Against AKI After CABG?

While minocycline prophylaxis may be beneficial for further study on recovery from CABG, this study does not support its use in preventing AKI after CABG.

Mini-Stomachs Grown from Stem Cells to Study Cancer, Ulcers

Scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have grown human pluripotent stem cells to create functional, three-dimensional human stomach tissue and 3D human gastric organoids (aka mini-stomachs) in order to study infection by H. pylori bacteria.

Prevalence, Characteristics of Persistent Pain in U.S. Adults

Estimated rates of chronic pain and measurements for assessment vary significantly in published research, making it difficult to identify potentially unmet needs for pain management.

Would Budgets for Patient Care Cut Medical Bills?

New research supports replacing the traditional way of reimbursing doctors for care -- paying for each service provided - with an alternative system that gives a set amount of money to health care organizations for patient care.