Complementing chronic #frailty assessment at hospital admission with an electronic frailty index (FI-Laboratory) comprising routine blood test results

..we created a frailty index from routine admission laboratory investigations (FI-Laboratory) linked to data comprising hospital outcomes. ..We found that the FI-Laboratory correlated weakly with the Clinical Frailty Scale (CFS; r2 = 0.09). An increase in the CFS and the equivalent of 3 additional abnormal laboratory test results in the FI-Laboratory, respectively, were associated with an increased proportion of inpatient days (rate ratios [RRs] 1.43, … Continue reading Complementing chronic #frailty assessment at hospital admission with an electronic frailty index (FI-Laboratory) comprising routine blood test results

Altruistic #behaviors relieve physical #pain

..Across 2 pilot studies and 3 experiments, we showed a pain-relieving effect of performing altruistic behaviors. Acting altruistically relieved not only acutely induced physical pain among healthy adults but also chronic pain among cancer patients. Using functional MRI, we found that after individuals performed altruistic actions brain activity in the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex and bilateral insula in response to a painful shock was significantly … Continue reading Altruistic #behaviors relieve physical #pain