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May 30, 2015

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May 30, 2015

Testing for Tuberculosis Reliably and Quickly

May 28, 2015 — Researchers have developed a simple diagnostic test to quickly and reliably detect tuberculosis in ... read more

Dry Mouth: Acupuncture-Like Electrical Nerve Stimulation May Help

May 29, 2015 — Phase III results indicate that acupuncture-like, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation may be equally effective as pilocarpine, the current prescription medication in a pill, to treat ... read more

Promising Trial Results of Brigatinib Show That All Next-Gen ALK Inhibitors May Not Be Created Equal

May 27, 2015 — Phase I/II clinical trial results show promising results for investigational drug brigatinib against ALK+ non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), with 58 of 78 ALK+ patients responding to treatment, ... read more

May 28, 2015 — A portable, finger-probe device successfully measured liver function in brain dead adult organ donors, a finding that could change the way organs are assessed and save thousands of dollars per ... read more

Endoscopic Removal of Spinal Tumor With the Patient Awake Reported

May 27, 2015 — The first reported case of extracting a tumor endoscopically has been reported with a 16 year-old patient awake and under a local anesthetic. The minimally invasive procedure enabled accurate ... read more

New Rapid-Deployment Plasma Protocol Effectively Treats Trauma Patients Quicker in the ER

May 28, 2015 — Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death among people under age 45, but if trauma physicians could deliver plasma to these injury victims within minutes of their arrival in the emergency room, ... read more

Metformin Use Associated With Reduced Risk of Developing Open-Angle Glaucoma

May 28, 2015 — Taking the medication metformin hydrochloride was associated with reduced risk of developing the sight-threatening disease open-angle glaucoma in people with diabetes, according to a ... read more

Pre-Surgery Beta Blockers, Risk of Death Examined in Noncardiac Surgery

May 27, 2015 — The controversial practice of administering pre-surgery beta-blockers to patients having noncardiac surgery was associated with an increased risk of death in patients with no cardiac risk factors but ... read more

Internet Acne Education With Automated Counseling Tested in Clinical Trial

May 27, 2015 — An Internet-based acne education program that included automated counseling was not better than a standard educational website in improving acne severity and quality of life in adolescents, according ... read more

High Rates of MRSA Transmission Found Between Nursing Home Residents, Healthcare Workers

May 28, 2015 — Healthcare workers frequently contaminate their gloves and gowns during every day care of nursing homes residents with drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, according to a new ... read more

Study Cites Federal Policy as Key to Primary Care Access and Nurse Practitioner Workforce Development

May 28, 2015 — With demand for primary care expected to increase sharply over the next five years– due to passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), population growth and aging – the role of advanced-practice ... read more

Treatment for Genetically Caused Emphysema Effective, Experts Say

May 28, 2015 — A landmark clinical study provides convincing evidence that a frequently overlooked therapy for genetically-caused emphysema is effective and slows the progression of lung disease. Alpha-1 ... read more

Ombitasvir/paritaprevir/r in Hepatitis C: Indication of Added Benefit in Certain Patients

May 28, 2015 — The new drug combination showed an advantage in three of a total of 16 patient groups, particularly regarding virologic response. The extent of added benefit remains unclear, ... read more

Tattoos May Come With Long-Term Medical Risks, Physicians Warn

May 27, 2015 — In what they believe to be the first survey of its kind in the United States, researchers have found that as many as 6 percent of adult New Yorkers who get "inked" -- in other words, those ... read more

US Healthcare: Medication Data Provides Insights Into Who Is Covered by ACA

May 27, 2015 — As the US Supreme Court considers the legality of tax subsidies to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an investigation provides an unprecedented look at prescription data ... read more

Wide Variability in Organ Donation Rates Across United States: Midwest Leads Nation in Highest Rates of Lifesaving Donations

May 28, 2015 — More than 123,000 Americans are currently waiting for lifesaving organ transplants, but 21 patients die each day because there aren't enough organs to go around. New research shows wide ... read more

May 27, 2015 — A growing number of diabetics are being diagnosed with a debilitating foot deformity called Charcot foot. Charcot foot often confines patients to wheelchairs, and in severe cases can require ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Given the threat of a massive earthquake striking Japan, researchers have organized a cooperative project team to develop a new robot. They set about determining the factors that are most important ... read more

Congressional Action Needed to Optimize Regulation of Genomic Tests

May 27, 2015 — Latest generation genomic testing offers a chance for improvements in patient care, disease prevention and healthcare cost-effectiveness. A new report recommends that Congress incentivize development ... read more

New Model for Identifying Total Hip Replacement Candidates

May 27, 2015 — A new model to help doctors and patients decide whether or not to proceed with total hip replacement surgery has been designed. The researchers have also surveyed patient wellbeing after surgery: ... read more

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