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broadly adopted transfusion practice may not benefit patients without traumatic




a study from investigators at massachusetts general hospital (mgh) finds that a blood transfusion practice previously studied only in patients with severe traumatic injuries has been widely adopted within the hospital for surgical patients without traumatic injuries. not only has this practice not b...



simple tool can predict serious adverse events in acute heart failure patients




des plaines, il--more than one million patients are admitted to the hospital with heart failure each year. a prospective clinical validation found the ottawa heart failure risk scale (ohfrs) tool to be highly sensitive for serious adverse event in acute heart failure patients and can now be used in ...



physical therapy proves as effective as surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome




physical therapy is as effective as surgery in treating carpal tunnel syndrome, according to a new study published in the march 2017 issue of the journal of orthopaedic & sports physical therapy® (jospt®).researchers in spain and the united states report that one year following treatment, patients...



study identifies strategies to improve knee replacement outcomes in patients wit




rosemont, ill. (march 1, 2017)--obesity affects 35 percent of the adult population in the u.s. a new literature review published in the journal of the american academy of orthopaedic surgeons (jaaos) identifies strategies to improve total knee replacement (tkr) outcomes in patients with obesity. tkr...



newer medications can cure hcv infections




a new analysis reveals a dramatic transformation in the care of patients infected with hepatitis c virus (hcv) as more effective and tolerable medications have become available.in an analysis of all hcv antiviral treatment regimens (n=107,079) initiated from 1999 through 2015 in the us veterans affa...



scientists discover new mechanism that leads to inflammation in rheumatoid arthr




new research findings published in the journal of leukocyte biology, suggest that synovial cd4+ t cells that produce il-21 contribute to joint inflammation by activating synovial fibroblasts in rheumatoid arthritis patients. understanding the mechanisms of inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis is imp...



study finds not all women get appropriate care for cervical cancer




image: this is shitanshu uppal, mbbs. view more credit: michigan medicineann arbor, michigan -- women with locally advanced cervical cancer whose treatment follows national guidelines for care have better survival, regardless of race, ethnicity or stage of cancer. but fewer than three out of five w...



nhs told to 'do god' to address needs of dying




healthcare workers looking after dying patients in their final days must ask them about their spiritual beliefs, according to new nhs advice from the national institute for health and care excellence (nice).the guidance suggests "doctors must not be afraid to do god", reports the daily telegraph.off...



eczema patients treated by drug-producing microbes found on their own skin




enlargegetty | media for medical share this storylooking to find the most effective probiotics? you may need to look no further than your own body.scientists could rid eczema patients’ arms of disease-spurring staphylococcus aureus simply by picking out rare but helpful bacteria also on their ski...



men with higher cognitive ability better at taking heart medication




after a heart attack, it is important for patients to take medication that lowers cholesterol levels. in a new study published in the european journal of preventive cardiology, researchers at uppsala and umeå universities have found that general cognitive ability (intelligence) has a bearing, in th...



two-thirds of americans see docs who got paid by drug companies: drexel universi




a majority of patients in the united states visited a doctor who received payments from drug companies, but most have no clue about it, according to a new drexel university study.about 65 percent of those surveyed as a part of the study by genevieve pham-kanter, phd, an assistant professor in drexel...



it glitch leaves hospitals without surgical supplies, patients at risk




hundreds of patients have been put at risk after victorian hospitals were left without vital surgical supplies due to an it glitch.the hospitals were unable to order surgical instruments when the computer ordering program of one of australia's largest medical suppliers, medtronics, went down. victor...



tool helps evaluate likely outcomes for elderly patients with traumatic brain in




chicago (march 3, 2017): traumatic brain injury (tbi) is the leading cause of death for people age 45 and younger in the united states, but, as people live longer, this type of injury is becoming more prevalent in those 75 and older. treatment and recovery of the elderly population is even more chal...



brain architecture alters to compensate for depression




image: these are brain scans of chronically depressed patients before and during treatment. left: before treatment, depressed patients had a thicker cortex in the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes of the... view more credit: ravi bansal, phda study led by ravi bansal, phd, and bradley s. peterso...



clinical trial supports use of novel preventive therapy for dangerous swelling d




clinical trial for a new drug to prevent attacks of hereditary angioedema (hae) - a rare disorder characterized by recurrent swelling of tissues in the face, hands, gastrointestinal tract and airway - has had promising results. in the february 23 new england journal of medicine, a multi-institutiona...



lung cancer may go undetected in kidney cancer patients




image: (l to r): dr. james brugarolas, dr. isaac bowman, dr. ivan pedrosa, and dr. payal kapur studied lung cancer tumors in kidney cancer patients. view more credit: ut southwesterndallas - march 7, 2017 - could lung cancer be hiding in kidney cancer patients? researchers with the harold c. simmon...



palbociclib in advanced breast cancer: disadvantages predominate in certain pati




palbociclib (trade name: ibrance) has been approved since november 2016 for the treatment of women with advanced hormone receptor-positive breast cancer who are not eligible for chemotherapy, radiotherapy or further surgery. in an early benefit assessment, the german institute for quality and effici...



inhaler users get about half as much medicine as they should from each puff




image: rice university scalable health lab researchers ashutosh sabharwal and rajoshi biswas found that inhaler patients get the most medicine in their lungs when they inhale deeply for about three seconds... view more credit: jeff fitlow/rice universitytens of millions of americans with lung disea...



study: physicians not prepared for male patients who perpetrate intimate partner




(boston) - family medicine physicians feel underprepared to serve patients whom they know are perpetrators of intimate partner violence (ipv), particularly if they also provide care to the victim. these findings appear in the journal of american board of family medicine.ipv is a serious, preventable...



liver tumor growth in mice slowed with new chemo-immunotherapy treatment




image: university of missouri school of medicine researchers have developed a new treatment that combines chemotherapy and immunotherapy to significantly slow tumor growth in mice. the team includes (from left) guangfu... view more credit: justin kelley/mu healthcolumbia, mo. (feb. 28, 2017) -- hep...



in select patients with gunshot wounds, no operation is sometimes a better optio




chicago: at one time, trauma surgeons considered an operation mandatory to treat gunshot wounds to the abdomen, but a study published online as an "article in press" on the journal of the american college of surgeons website has found that in selected patients, avoiding an operation--a practice know...



telephone-based collaborative care program eases anxiety




pittsburgh, march 1, 2017 - a telephone-delivered collaborative care program for treating panic and generalized anxiety disorders in primary care is significantly more effective than doctors' usual care at improving health-related quality of life, anxiety and mood symptoms, according to a new study ...



presstv-illuminated flowers light up london




a garden of bright flowers has been grown literally overnight in a london cathedral for charity purposes.2,100 handmade daffodils were placed at saint paul’s cathedral to mark the opening of a charity for those living with terminal illnesses.the illuminated installation is dubbed 'garden of light'...



decreasing antibiotic use can reduce transmission of multidrug-resistant organis




new york (march 8, 2017) - reducing antibiotic use in intensive care units by even small amounts can significantly decrease transmission of dangerous multidrug-resistant organisms (mdros), according to new research published online today in infection control & hospital epidemiology, the journal of t...



study finds knee surgery holds even in heavier patients




meniscal repairs are one of the most common orthopedic surgeries in the u.s., but about 15 percent of them fail, requiring the patient to undergo a second surgery. many have assumed that an increased body mass index (bmi) is a good predictor of whether a meniscal repair will fail, since more weight ...