Researchers find delirium in hospitalized patients linked to mortality, disability

Delirium, a form of acute brain dysfunction, is widespread in critically ill patients in lower resourced hospitals, and the duration of delirium predicted both mortality and disability at six months after discharge, according to a study published in PLOS ONE. Working with partners in Zambia, Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers evaluated 711 hospitalized critically ill […]

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Genetic ancestry linked to diabetes, heart failure and obesity among Native Hawaiians

With advances in analyzing human DNA, some well-studied populations have benefited from insights about how their health is affected by their genetic heritance. Others, however, have been left behind. Among them are people of Polynesian descent from Hawaii. Although population studies of Native Hawaiians have shown a substantial increase in risk for obesity, type 2 […]

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Low-income middle-aged African-American women with hypertension are likely to suffer from depression

Low-income middle-aged African-American women with high blood pressure very commonly suffer from depression and should be better screened for this serious mental health condition, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The researchers found that in a sample of over 300 low-income, African-American women, aged 40-75, […]

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