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Married Patients Do Better After Heart Surgery

VOA News October 29, 2015 Being married reduces mortality after heart surgery, according to a new study. Writing in the journal JAMA Surgery, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that patients who are divorced, separated or widowed had around a 40 percent higher risk of dying or “developing a new functional disability” within the first two years after heart surgery than patients who were married. “While it has been established that the chances of survival following major surgery may be better among married versus unmarried persons, it is not known how marriage ‘marries’…
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Video Game Helps Manage ADHD, Its Maker Says

LONDON—Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder show signs of improvement after playing a video game for 30 minutes a day rather than taking a pill, the company developing the treatment said Wednesday. Diagnoses of ADHD have risen in recent decades; some percent of children aged 3-17 in the United States had the condition in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children in the pilot study — 80 aged between 8 and 12, half of whom had ADHD — showed improved working memory and levels of attention, and some parent ratings of symptoms also rose, according to…
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Study Shows Why Heavy Drinkers Often Smoke

VOA News October 29, 2015 2:03 PM For many, drinking alcohol and smoking go together well, but new research may finally show why. Writing in the Journal of Neurochemistry, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine found that nicotine “cancels out the sleep-inducing effects of alcohol.” Previous research has shown that more than 85 percent of alcohol-dependent American adults were also dependent on nicotine. “We know that many people who drink alcohol also use nicotine, but we don’t know why exactly that is,” saidMahesh Thakkar, PhD, associate professor and director of research in the MU School of Medicine’s Department of…
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Kerry: Vienna Talks Best Chance to End Syria’s ‘Nonstop Horror’

Pamela Dockins Last updated on: October 29, 2015 10:18 AM VIENNA— Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting separately with his Iranian and Russian counterparts in Vienna Thursday, ahead of international talks on Syria that the top diplomat has called the "most promising" opportunity in years to end the country's "nonstop horror."In addition to one-on-one talks with Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif and Russia's Sergei Lavrov, Kerry is taking part in informal talks Thursday on Syria with senior diplomats from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the EU. On Friday, the meetings will expand to include representatives from other nations. The talks…
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