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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Health Research:About the risks of water intoxication ♦ Novel tool can identify COPD ♦ Researchers link spatial neglect after stroke with poor outcomes

How the retina marches to the beat of its own drum New research sheds light on how the retina sets its own biological rhythm using a novel light-sensitive pigment, called neuropsin, found in nerve cells at the back of the eye.
Researchers link spatial neglect after stroke with poor outcomes Spatial neglect among inpatients with stroke is common, researchers say. At the conclusion of a recent study, the investigators said that affected patients had a higher risk for falls, longer lengths of stay and lesser likelihood of returning home after discharge.
About the risks of water intoxication Knowing the warning signs and responding with the right treatment to of water intoxication can save lives, according to a new report. Exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH), also known as water intoxication, results in an extreme, and potentially fatal, sodium imbalance. As outdoor endurance recreation grows in popularity, so does the risk of EAH.
Novel tool can identify COPD A novel approach for the identification of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been developed by a team of researchers. COPD is underdiagnosed, and previous screening tools have relied on smoking history and patient report of cough and sputum. COPD is often uncovered during exacerbations and after significant loss of lung function.
Scientists identify promising drug candidate to treat chronic itch, avoid side effects In a new study, scientists describe a class of compounds with the potential to stop chronic itch without the adverse side effects normally associated with medicating the condition.

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