Hypertension affects brain's 'highways'
Researchers imaged the brains of more than 300 Vietnam-era Veterans. Those with high blood pressure showed similar damage to the brain's white matter—the "highway" by which electrical signals are relayed from one neuron to another—regardless of whether the condition was relatively new or long-standing.
To prescribe or not to prescribe
Through in-depth interviews with 30 hospital physicians, researchers explored the factors that influence the prescribing of antibiotics. Past research suggests up to a half of antibiotic prescriptions for hospital patients are unjustified or unnecessary.
Virtual reality boosts job-interview skills
Studies have shown promising results for a virtual-reality computer program that helps those with PTSD or other special challenges master their job-interview skills.
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