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Outsourced children’s care homes provide poorer quality care

For-profit children’s homes provide poorer quality services for children in care than homes run by Local Authorities, according to research from the University of Oxford’s Department for Social Policy and Intervention. Dr. Anders Bach-Mortensen, Carlsberg Foundation Visiting Fellow from Oxford’s Department for Social Policy and Intervention, says, “It is well known, huge profits are being […]

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New study examines epilepsy awareness and treatment satisfaction in Finland

ESiOR OY—a health economics and outcomes research expert company—along with University Pharmacy, University of Eastern Finland Pharmacy, and biopharma company UCB Pharma Oy Finland studied Finnish epilepsy patients and their close relations’ epilepsy awareness and treatment satisfaction. According to the study partners, these aspects have not been studied in Finland before. The survey responders were […]

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Targeting ion channels to manage osteoarthritis pain

Therapeutically targeting ion channels in nociceptor neurons may be a promising strategy to manage osteoarthritis pain. Paul DeCaen, Ph.D., associate professor of Pharmacology, was senior author of the study. Nociceptor neurons transmit pain signals to the brain using electrical currents generated by voltage-gated sodium channels; when overactive, those channels are commonly observed in cases of […]

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Study identifies a neural network supporting flexible learning and memory

People often need to adapt to unexpected and sudden events, such as a road construction or a road accident while driving, a broken automatic payment or ATM machine, and changes in weather. To effectively deal with these events, they must possess what is known as behavioral flexibility, or the ability to deviate from routine and […]

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Researchers use DNA analysis to diagnose subtypes of heart disease

The human heart is an intricate, complex organ and, like a car that starts sputtering, its function deteriorates for all sorts of reasons. Cardiomyopathy—any disease of the heart muscle that makes it pump blood less effectively—can be caused by blockages, thickened muscles, or enlarged heart chambers, among other things. For clinicians, differentiating and properly diagnosing […]

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5 signs of depression you shouldn’t ignore

It can be painful to watch a friend struggle with their mental health. Here are some common symptoms of depression to watch for and ways to support a friend or loved one who is struggling. Difficulty getting out of bed It’s perfectly normal to enjoy sleeping in or spending time in bed. However, if it […]

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Will we be able to count abortions after the Dobbs decision?

For over 50 years, most legal, clinically overseen abortions in the United States were counted. Thanks to national data collections, we know approximately how many abortions were performed each year by state, by week of pregnancy, by age of the pregnant person, by race and more. The data, like much of our data on public […]