Cardiology

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Patients with venous thromboembolism - blood clots in the veins - usually undergo anticoagulant therapy. But a new study finds that for patents who are unable to take these drugs long-term, aspirin could be a promising and cost-effective alternative. For patients with venous thromboembolism, 100 mg of aspirin a day for at least 2 years reduced the risk of recurrent blood clots by up to 42%.

Disease

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An analysis of synovial fluid may have helped to explain why OA is more common among women. Osteoarthritis is more common in women than men in older age, but researchers have struggled to pinpoint precisely why this is. A new study may have shed light on the issue, after identifying differences in the synovial fluid of men and women with the disease.

Medical practice

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Teaching babies to swim turns out to be more than just fun. Baby swimmers have better balance and are also better at grasping at things than non-swimmers. This difference persists even when children are five years old, when babies who have been taught to swim still outperform their peers, research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) shows.

Other

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Drinking two to three cups of coffee every day could lower a man's risk of erectile dysfunction. This is according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Drinking two to three cups of coffee a day could reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction by up to 42%, according to the study. Erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence, is the inability to get and sustain an erection that is firm enough for sexual intercourse.

Psychiatry

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A new study does not support the belief that alcohol consumption causes depression - nor that it prevents it. This was the conclusion of clinical neuroscientists from the University of Western Australia (UWA). They write about their findings in a paper published online recently in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

Retirees

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A new study suggests that, following increases in the provision of health insurance attributable to the Affordable Care Act, the number of young adults self-reporting with excellent physical and mental health has risen significantly. On September 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act ensured that health plans that cover children must make that coverage available to them until they reach the age of 26.

Women health

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Multiple facial rejuvenation techniques can be safely and effectively performed in combination during a single operative session under local anesthesia, researchers reported here at a meeting of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS). Brian Somoano, MD, a dermatologic surgery fellow with Greg S.