In a study of 142 patients preparing for cancer surgery, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have evidence that psychological or social risk factors such as depression, limited resilience and lack of emergency resources along with standard medical risk factors such as high blood pressure or diabetes are linked with higher risks of surgical complications.
“When it comes to cancer surgery, the conventional strategy has always been to treat the cancer as fast as you can,” says Ira Leeds, M.D., M.B.A., a research fellow in the Department of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “But our study suggests that there are things related to their psychosocial lives that we could and should be managing ahead of time, and that would help our patients have better outcomes after their surgery.”
The researchers caution that their study wasn’t designed to determine cause and effect, but to identify associations between risk factors and outcomes.
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Research shows that losing weight can help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. While best practice for weight loss often includes decreasing or eliminating calories from alcohol, few studies examine whether people who undergo weight loss treatment report changes in alcohol intake and whether alcohol influences their weight loss.
A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) suggests that alcohol consumption may attenuate long-term weight loss in adults with Type 2 diabetes.
In the study, close to 5,000 people who were overweight and had diabetes were followed for four years. One group participated in Intensive Lifestyle Intervention (ILI) and the other in a control group consisting of diabetes support and education. Data showed that participants in the ILI group who abstained from alcohol consumption over the four-year period lost more weight than those who drank any amount during the intervention. Results from the study also showed that heavy drinkers in the ILI group were less likely to have clinically significant weight loss over the four years.
Full story at Science Daily
Deaths from suicide, substance use and other forms of self injury have surpassed deaths due to diabetes in the United States, according to a new study.
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 29.1 people per 100,000 died from self injury, compared with 24.8 per 100,000 from diabetes in 2016. Deaths from self injury are now the seventh-leading cause of death, ABC News reports.
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People with anxiety-related issues can gain tremendous benefit from having a specially trained service dog.
Service dogs are companion animals that help people who have physical or mental health conditions.
A service dog for anxiety can provide a sense of calm, anticipate anxiety attacks, and even fetch medication for their owner.
In this article, we look at the benefits of service dogs for people with anxiety. We discuss how to get an anxiety service dog, which breeds make the most successful anxiety service dogs, and how much they cost.
Full story at Medical News Today
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