Psoriasis-Hypertension Link

Patients with more severe psoriasis are also more likely to have uncontrolled hypertension, according to research done at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Through a cross-sectional study using information collected from a medical records database, the results provide further evidence of a strong link between psoriasis and hypertension. The results were published in October 2014 in JAMA Dermatology.

Discovery May Help Prevent Blindness

A team of researchers at the Institut de Researches Cliniques de Montréal (IRCM) led by Michel Cayouette, PhD discovered that a protein found in the retina of the eye plays an essential role in the function and survival of light-sensing cells that are required for vision. These findings could have a significant impact on the understanding of retinal degenerative diseases that cause blindness. The study was published in Octoner 2014 in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Improving Bladder Function After Spinal Cord Injuries

People who have suffered spinal cord injuries are often susceptible to bladder infections, and those infections can cause kidney damage and even death. Research done at the University of California, Los Angeles may go a long way toward solving the problem. A team of scientists studied 10 paralyzed rats that were trained daily for six weeks with epidural stimulation of the spinal cord and five rats that were untrained and did not receive the stimulation. The team found that training and epidural stimulation enabled the rats to empty their bladders more fully and in a timelier manner.

Getting the Most from Your Oral Healthcare Providers

By Marijke Vroomen Durning RN

Editor's note: This is the eighth in a series of articles on getting the most from the members of your healthcare team.

It used to be that if you went to the dentist, unless you needed some special work, the dentist took care of just about everything. But over the years, dentistry and its specialties have come into their own and you may see many people at your local dental office or clinic. Here’s a primer of who does what.

Public Health in the 21st Century

An American Journal of Preventive Medicine supplement published in October 2014 addresses critical challenges to public health in the 21st century. Although disease outbreaks and epidemics that are drawing worldwide attention emphasize the importance and acute need for public health professionals, the world faces a longer-term challenge—a public health workforce that is truly effective in the 21st century.


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