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"Ultra-early biomarker" could lead to faster heart attack treatments
A new blood test can detect heart attacks hours faster than the current gold-standard blood test, according to a study led by Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researchers.The new test measures a protein that is released to the bloodstream by dying heart muscle. The protein is called cardiac myosin binding protein-C (cMyBP-C). The study found that cMyBP-C is released to the blood within just 15 minutes of cardiac damage, and rises to significant levels in three hours.
"Whole spine" approach to neck and back problems
A researcher at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Nedlands and collaborators in the United States, have created a new tool to help health professionals improve their treatment of patients experiencing pain in the neck or back. Professor Markus Melloh, who is also associated with the University of Western Australia, says the new Spine Functional Index is a tool which was tested in 10 Australian physiotherapy outpatient clinics on more than 200 patients who had neck and back problems for less than 5 weeks.
Accommodating Workers with Mental Health Disorders Webinar
There has been an increase in awareness about the role that mental health plays in the workforce. Many employers are starting to find that they can work with their employees with mental health disorders to keep them at work, which benefits both the employee and the employer.
Britain cannot afford to ignore the support needs of workers with long-term conditions
The Health and Work Assessment and Advisory Service (HWAAS), which will be introduced next year, is designed to support those who have been on sick leave for more than four weeks back to work. In our recent paper, Returning to Work, we welcomed the new service - which has the potential to fill a large and important gap in current provision by giving specialist advice and support to people on long-term sick leave.
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