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September 1, 2015

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September 1, 2015

Study Identifies Potential Genes Associated With Most Common Form of Liver Damage

Sep. 1, 2015 — In a first-of-its-kind exploratory study, researchers identified a potential gene associated with the initiation of the most common cause of liver damage. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is the most ... read more

New Treatment Strategy Identified for Tumors Associated With Diabetes

Sep. 1, 2015 — If you have diabetes and cancer, here's some hope. In a new research report, scientists reveal a newly discovered tissue- and organ-specific mechanism that regulates blood vessel growth, and ... read more

Vitamin A Implicated in Development of Alcoholic Liver Disease

Sep. 1, 2015 — With a name like 'Alcoholic Liver Disease,' you may not think about vitamin A as being part of the problem. That's exactly what scientists have shown, however, in a new research ... read more

Hysterectomy Can Be Safely Combined With Cosmetic Surgery for 'Hanging Abdomen'

Sep. 1, 2015 — For women undergoing hysterectomy, removal of 'hanging' abdominal fat and skin -- a cosmetic procedure called panniculectomy -- can be performed at the same surgery without increasing the ... read more

Another Way Urate May Protect Against Parkinson's Disease

Sep. 1, 2015 — A study from members of the research team investigating whether increasing blood levels of the antioxidant urate can slow the progression of Parkinson's disease has found that the ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — Statins are a popular and easy-to-swallow option for people looking to lower their cholesterol. But for a quarter of patients, statins come with muscle pain, stiffness, cramps, or weakness without ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — The social wasp Polybia paulista protects itself against predators by producing venom known to contain a powerful cancer-fighting ingredient. A new study reveals exactly how the venom's toxin -- ... read more

Central Sleep Apnea Device Increases Mortality in Heart Failure

Sep. 1, 2015 — Adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) therapy increases mortality and should not be used to treat central sleep apnea in heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction, the SERVE-HF trial ... read more

Lupus: A Disease With Many Faces

Sep. 1, 2015 — Lupus is an autoimmune disease with so many different symptoms that it is often difficult to diagnose and to treat. Despite huge medical advances over the last few years, lupus is incurable. Modern, ... read more

Which Blood Thinner Works Better During Stent Placement? It's Still a Toss-Up

Sep. 1, 2015 — A large, ambitious contrast of blood-thinning medications used during cardiac stent placement suggests that a very expensive drug offers no clear safety benefits over a much more affordable option, ... read more

Redefining Pediatric Malnutrition to Improve Treatment

Sep. 1, 2015 — The new definition of pediatric malnutrition has been reviewed by experts, identifying populations where the new guidelines can be problematic in clinical practice. The review also describes the ... read more

Modified CAR T Cells Can Preferentially Target Cancer Cells, Spare Normal Cells

Sep. 1, 2015 — Engineering chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells to lower their affinity for the protein epithelial growth factor receptor (EGFR) made the cells preferentially recognize and eliminate tumor cells ... read more

Newly Engineered CAR T Cells Can Better Discriminate Between Cancer and Normal Cells

Sep. 1, 2015 — A new development in engineering chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells, called affinity tuning, can make the CAR T cells spare normal cells and better recognize and attack cancer cells, which may ... read more

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Is Safe, Effective for Very Elderly Patients

Sep. 1, 2015 — Select patients age 90 years and older with aortic stenosis (AS) can benefit from a relatively new, minimally invasive surgery for aortic valve replacement, new research ... read more

Statistical Model May Identify Patients Most Likely to Benefit from Surgery for Mesothelioma

Sep. 1, 2015 — A new statistical model may help predict which patients are most likely to receive life-extending benefits from surgical treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma, scientists ... read more

Injection Drug Use Limits Benefits of Surgery for Treatment of Heart Lining Infection

Sep. 1, 2015 — Injection drug users who undergo surgery for infective endocarditis (IE) have a significantly higher risk of reoperation or death between 3 and 6 months after surgery compared to patients who develop ... read more

Patient Perception a Key Element in Preventing Falls in Hospitals

Sep. 1, 2015 — Hospitalized patients deemed at risk for falls may not follow prevention strategies depending on their perceptions of personal risk, according to a study. An inpatient survey about fall-related ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — A new study has found that the occurrence of advanced forms of a diabetic eye disease remains low among children living with diabetes, regardless of how long they have had the disease or their ... read more

Possible New Weapon Against PTSD

Sep. 1, 2015 — Animals who underwent chronic stress prior to a traumatic experience engaged a distinctive brain pathway that encodes traumatic memories more strongly than in unstressed animals, new research ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — A bacterium engineered to produce different pigments in response to varying levels of a micronutrient in blood samples could give health officials an inexpensive way to detect nutritional ... read more

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