Pain Expectations Before Surgery Can Be a Self-fulfilling Prophesy

Patients who expect their pain to worsen after surgery may be at higher risk of lingering postsurgical pain, according to a study published in Anesthesiology. Factors associated with lingering postsurgical pain remain poorly understood. Researchers retrospectively analyzed a single-center cohort of 3628 postsurgical patients who underwent operations between February 2015 and October 2016 at a US tertiary-care hospital. These patients […]

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Red meat consumption may promote DNA damage-associated mutations in patients with colorectal cancer

Genetic mutations indicative of DNA damage were associated with high red meat consumption and increased cancer-related mortality in patients with colorectal cancer, according to a study published in Cancer Discovery. “We have known for some time that consumption of processed meat and red meat is a risk factor for colorectal cancer,” said Marios Giannakis, MD, Ph.D., an assistant professor of […]

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UMSOM researchers receive $5 million federal grant to improve use of genetic risk scores

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have received a $5 million federal grant to pool genomic information from existing and new datasets – predominantly in African and African American populations — in order to calculate the risk of developing specific diseases. They will use sophisticated modeling and genetic datasets to calculate the risk, known as a […]

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Court voids ruling that sperm donor must pay child support

RALEIGH, N.C. — When it comes to deciding whether a sperm donor should pay child support, a judge should follow the paternity laws of the state where the child is conceived, a North Carolina appeals court ruled this week. The case involved Anthony Garrelts, a North Carolina man who agreed by a “verbal contract” to provide artificial insemination for Ericka […]

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