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Good economies bring bad nursing home conditions, study says

Good economies bring bad nursing home conditions, study says

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Dec. 7 (UPI) -- As the economy rises, the quality of nursing homes falls, a new study says. An investigation by researchers, published Friday in The Gerontologist, studied over a decade of data and connected a low unemployment rate with the inability of nursing home management to recruit and maintain quality employees due to the physical and mental strain associated with the job. "During economic downturns, many people are willing to take positions with work environments they may not prefer because there aren't many options. But when the economy is good, there are plenty of employment opportunities and taking a nursing home job may not be that attractive," said, Sean Shenghsiu Huang, an assistant professor at Georgetown University's School of Nursing & Health Studies and the study's princ...
FDA disagrees, calls meeting on study showing breast implant link to rare conditions

FDA disagrees, calls meeting on study showing breast implant link to rare conditions

Health
The Food and Drug Administration has refuted a link between silicone breast implants and higher rates of rare health conditions, found in a recent study. The agency has called a meeting next year to review all available data, including this study. The study has sparked controversy within the medical community, especially since silicone breast implants have been taken off the market in the past. What to know about silicone breast implants The current generation of silicone-filled implants was approved in 2006, after the FDA lifted a previous 1992 ban that had been in place because of safety concerns. The approval came after the Institute of Medicine second review of the evidence that led to the 1992 ban, which concluded there was no association between breast implants and autoimmune ...
Degenerative eye conditions linked to Alzheimer's in study

Degenerative eye conditions linked to Alzheimer's in study

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Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Researchers have found a significant link between three degenerative eye diseases and Alzheimer's disease risk, offering a potential way for medical providers to detect the memory loss condition. Age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma were associated with an increased prevalence in cognitive decline that are part of Alzheimer's, researchers report in findings published Wednesday in the journal Alzherimer's & Dementia. Another degenerative eye condition, a cataract, wasn't an Alzheimer's disease risk factor, the researchers found. "What we found was not subtle," Dr. Paul Crane, professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine said in a press release. "This study solidifies that there are mechanistic things we can learn fr...
Minimal air pollution can trigger lung conditions in kids

Minimal air pollution can trigger lung conditions in kids

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April 13 (UPI) -- Brief exposure to minuscule air pollution particles trigger acute lower respiratory infection in young children, according to research.Scientists from Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, Brigham Young University and the University of Utah studied exposure to PM2.5, pollution-causing particles that measure about 3 percent of the diameter of a human hair. Their findings were published Friday in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, an American Thoracic Society journal.The study involved 146,397 patients with acute lower respiratory infection in Utah between 1999 and 2016. The researchers said this is the largest study involving air pollution and children."The most important finding of this study is that infectious processes of respiratory disease may...
Conditions of ex-Russian spy, daughter improving after nerve agent poisoning

Conditions of ex-Russian spy, daughter improving after nerve agent poisoning

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The conditions of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter are improving after the two were poisoned by nerve agent in England last month, according to the hospital treating them. Sergei Skripal, 66, is responding well to treatment, said Salisbury District Hospital Medical Director Dr. Christine Blanshard. His health is "improving rapidly," and he is no longer in critical condition, Blanshard said in a statement. His daughter, Yulia Skripal, is in stable condition. "As Yulia herself says, her strength is growing daily and she can look forward to the day when she is well enough to leave the hospital," Blanshard said. It is unclear when Yulia Skripal will be able to leave the hospital. Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal were found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury, about 90 miles southw...