When the diagnostic accuracy of coronary CT angiography matches that of catheter angiography — ScienceDaily

When a patient complains about chest pain, diagnosis will usually involve catheter angiography to evaluate the adequacy of blood supply to the heart. Researchers from Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin have now established that, in certain cases, the diagnostic reliability of non-invasive coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography is as good as that of coronary angiography —…

Chronic conditions — not infectious diseases — are top 5 causes of early death in China — ScienceDaily

Chronic diseases, such as stroke, ischemic heart disease, and lung cancer, now represent the leading causes of premature death in China, according to a new scientific study. The rise in non-communicable diseases reflects declines in maternal and child mortality over nearly three decades, largely the result of economic growth and increasing levels of education. In…

Understanding C. auris transmission with the healthcare environment — ScienceDaily

Researchers have now shown that patients who are heavily colonized with Candida auris on their skin can shed the fungus and contaminate their surroundings. This finding provides an explanation for the extensive contamination that often occurs in healthcare facilities with C. auris outbreaks. These results can help inform infection control efforts. The research is presented…

More than 5 million cancer survivors experience chronic pain, twice the rate of the general population — ScienceDaily

More than 5 million cancer survivors in the United States experience chronic pain, almost twice the rate in the general population, according to a study published by Mount Sinai researchers in JAMA Oncology in June. Researchers used the National Health Interview Survey, a large national representative dataset from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and…

Discovery leads to promising new materials for converting waste heat to power — ScienceDaily

The promise of thermoelectric materials as a source of clean energy has driven the search for materials that can efficiently produce substantial amounts of power from waste heat. Researchers reported a major step forward Friday, publishing in Science Advances the discovery of a new explanation for asymmetrical thermoelectric performance, the phenomenon that occurs when a…