Learn how dozing off during the day may lead to a higher risk of stroke among older adults in this medical report.
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Dr. Susan Sharma: This is Insidermedicine in 60. From New Orleans - Dozing off during the day may lead to a higher risk of stroke among older adults. Researchers looked at over 2,000 participants and found that those who unintentionally nodded off the most had a 4.5-fold higher risk of stroke, and those who indicated they dozed off occasionally had a 2.6-fold greater risk. The study did not find a significant association between sleeping during the day and death from all causes. From London - Health experts may be looking in the wrong places for the next major disease outbreak. Researchers analyzed 335 diseases and used a computer model to narrow down hotspots around the world where future outbreaks were more likely to start. Areas of Central America, tropical Africa and South Asia were found to have the highest risk, yet a significant portion of health resources are focused on developed countries. And finally, from Massachusetts - Researchers at MIT have developed a new adhesive surgical bandage inspired by the feet of geckos. In order to be used for medical applications, the new adhesive had to be biocompatible, biodegradable, and elastic. This was achieved by designing the adhesive using micro patterning technology to create a surface not unlike the "hill and valley" profile found in the feet of geckos. The new bandage could replace the glues, sutures and staples currently used by surgeons. For Insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.
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