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What are insurance coverage policies for drug treatments for low back pain?

EurekAlert! - Jue, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
An analysis of prescription drug coverage policies for the treatment of low back pain suggests insurers could help to reduce opioid overuse by expanding access to opioid alternatives through coverage and reimbursement policies.

How are chronic opioid use, 2016 presidential voting patterns associated?

EurekAlert! - Jue, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
An analysis of Medicare claims data suggests chronic opioid use in US counties corresponded with support for Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, with much of the correlation explained by socioeconomic factors.

Yellowstone's 'landscape of fear' not so scary after all

EurekAlert! - Jue, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
After wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the mid-1990s, some scientists thought the large predator reestablished a 'landscape of fear' that caused elk, the wolf's main prey, to avoid risky places where wolves killed them. But according to findings from Michel Kohl and Dan MacNulty, Yellowstone's 'landscape of fear' is not as scary as first thought.

Broken shuttle may interfere with learning in major brain disorders

EurekAlert! - Jue, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
A broken shuttle protein may hinder learning in people with intellectual disability, schizophrenia, or autism.

Research team discovers drug compound that stops cancer cells from spreading

EurekAlert! - Jue, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
New research, published in the journal Nature Communications, shows that it may be possible to freeze cancer cells and kill them where they stand.

What causes the sound of a dripping tap -- and how do you stop it?

EurekAlert! - Jue, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
Scientists have solved the riddle behind one of the most recognisable, and annoying, household sounds: the dripping tap. And crucially, they have also identified a simple solution to stop it, which most of us already have in our kitchens.

Normalisation of 'plus-size' risks hidden danger of obesity, study finds

EurekAlert! - Jue, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
New research warns that the normalisation of 'plus-size' body shapes may be leading to an increasing number of people underestimating their weight - undermining efforts to tackle England's ever-growing obesity problem.Analysis of data from almost 23,460 people who are overweight or obese revealed that weight misperception has increased in England. Men and individuals with lower levels of education and income are more likely to underestimate their weight status and consequently less likely to try to lose weight.

Inhaled nitric oxide may reduce kidney complications from heart surgery

EurekAlert! - Jue, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
Administration of nitric oxide gas during and for 24 hours following heart surgery decreased the risk of patients developing acute and chronic kidney problems, a randomized, controlled trial conducted in China found.

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