The Lancet has published a new study on the death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico that brings their previous estimate of 1191 deaths up to 2975 (95% CI), and shows that death rates were highest for people living in municipalities with the lowest socioeconomic development.
Many serious eye diseases require intravitreal injections, or injections directly into the eyeball. New research suggests the treatment can be so stressful that patients' blood pressure skyrockets leading up to the injections, and could lead to cardiovascular events like heart attack.
Women with epilepsy are about 20% more likely to experience unplanned pregnancy, often because interactions between anti-epileptic drugs and hormonal contraceptions pose health risks. Moreover, their unplanned pregnancies are more than twice as likely to end in spontaneous fetal loss.
Cancer is so expensive to treat that 42% of patients deplete their entire life's assets to afford treatment within the first 2 years, according to a new study. Patients faced higher likelihood of asset depletion with worsening cancer, continuing treatment, and increasing age.
A new study has identified the gene that makes gentle touch feel painful after injuries. It's called PIEZO2, and it was previously shown to control our sense of our bodies in space, but may also be responsible for tactile allodynia: the skin's reaction to injury that results in touch being painful.
Delaying pushing during the second stage of labor — when the cervix is fully dilated at 10 centimeters — is a common practice at many U.S. hospitals, but it may have no effect on whether pregnant women deliver spontaneously, according to an NIH study.