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Intellectual disability is rarely inherited—risk for younger siblings is low

The prevalence of intellectual disabilities, which means difficulties with learning and understanding new things, is roughly 1-2% in the population. People with a severe intellectual disability need help from others in daily activities throughout their lives. Such disabilities can be caused by genetic changes or external factors. According to estimates, roughly 2,500 genes underlie intellectual […]

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MS Hospital Visits Increase in Warmer Weather

Individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) seek additional acute medical care during periods of unusually warm weather, a new study has found, raising concerns about possible increased symptoms and healthcare usage over the long-term because of global warming. “Our study suggests that warming trends could have serious implications over the long term for people living with […]

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Anti-CD20s Linked to Higher COVID-19 Severity in MS

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Like other people, patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) who become infected with COVID-19 face worse outcomes if they’re older and more disabled, a biostatistician told neurologists. With the exception of anti-CD20s, registries also suggest that disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) don’t cause higher […]

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Reduced ambulatory function in cancer survivors associated with increased risk of death

Bottom Line: Cancer survivors had a greater risk of reduced ambulatory function, which was associated with an increased risk of death. Journal in Which the Study was Published: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research Author: Elizabeth Salerno, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of surgery at Washington University School […]

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Disability, quality of life, mood may affect sleep in IBD patients

(HealthDay)—Sleep quality is associated with mood state, disability, and quality of life among patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a study published online Jan. 16 in Scientific Reports. Carla Marinelli, from the University Hospital of Padua in Italy, and colleagues evaluated sleep quality among 166 IBD patients to identify possible independent risk factors […]