Serum Ferritin Levels May Predict Long-Term Outcomes in MASLD

A study published in Gut found that serum ferritin levels may help predict the long-term prognosis of metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD). The study, conducted at multiple sites, showed that patients with high serum ferritin levels were at higher risk for extrahepatic cancer, liver-related events, hepatocellular carcinoma, and mortality compared to those with normal-low…

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b.well Connected Health scores $40M to accelerate growth

b.well Connected Health, a health management platform, closed a $40 million Series C growth round led by Leavitt Equity Partners. They focus on unifying patients’ health records and financial information, while also integrating wearable data and other healthcare information. The platform offers interoperability and personalization at scale, allowing clients to earn rewards through a gamified…

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Use these tips to overcome patient objections to daily disposable lenses

Patients prioritize comfort, convenience, and flexibility when choosing contact lenses. Daily disposable lenses are recommended for their comfort and convenience, especially for frequent travelers. Tips for successful insertion include holding upper lashes open, keeping fingers close to lash base, and moving eyes side to side and up and down. For patients struggling with discomfort, underlying…

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Cholera vaccine supplies dangerously low, outbreaks surging

A global shortage of cholera vaccines is leading to a surge in outbreaks across developing countries, with at least 16 countries affected. The shortage is exacerbated by climate change, which worsens flooding and outbreaks. The only vaccine maker currently producing doses is EuBiologics, leading to a lack of supply that compromises vaccine effectiveness. Health workers…

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Psychosocial therapies could be effective treatment for non-physical symptoms of menopause

A recent study by UCL researchers suggests that interventions such as mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be effective in treating menopause-related mood symptoms, memory issues, and concentration problems. The study analyzed 30 studies involving 3,501 women going through menopause in 14 countries, highlighting the benefits of CBT, mindfulness-based interventions, and other forms of…

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Understanding giggle incontinence: Causes, symptoms, and management

Giggle incontinence is a rare bladder storage disorder characterized by uncontrollable urine loss during laughter episodes. Historically mistaken for stress urinary incontinence, giggle incontinence is different and affects primarily females over five years old. Pathophysiology involves central nervous system dysfunction, with links to cataplexy and ADHD. Diagnosis includes voiding history, physical exams, and urodynamic studies….

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Shopping for Groceries With Diabetes

Managing type 2 diabetes involves understanding how different foods affect blood sugar levels. While there is no specific diabetes diet, balancing protein, non-starchy vegetables, fiber-filled carbs, and healthy fats can help keep blood sugar in check. Meal planning around these elements can make grocery shopping and eating out less overwhelming, especially with the help of…

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Transgender Males Ovulate Despite Amenorrhoea

A study found that one third of 52 transmasculine individuals receiving testosterone and scheduled for oophorectomy ovulated, highlighting the importance of contraception for sexually active individuals. The study involved evaluating the ovaries of these individuals for signs of ovulatory activity, with 17 out of 52 displaying recent ovulation. The researchers noted that amenorrhea does not…

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