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May 30, 2015

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May 30, 2015

Targeted Drug Can ‘diminish the Suffering’ of Myelofibrosis

May 30, 2015 — Use of the targeted agent pacritinib significantly reduced the symptoms and burden of advanced myelofibrosis in patients, says a researcher who co-led PERSIST-1, the worldwide phase 3 clinical trial ... read more

Doctors' Checklist Could Help Decrease Length of COPD Patients' Hospital Stay

May 29, 2015 — Patients with worsening chronic obstructive pulmonary disease spend less time in hospital when their doctors manage their care by using a checklist of steps called order ... read more

Altered Pain Processing in Patients With Cognitive Impairment

May 29, 2015 — People with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment (CI) have altered responses to pain, with many conditions associated with increased pain sensitivity, concludes a new research ... read more

May 28, 2015 — Researchers in Hong Kong have developed new technology that enables safer and more frequent screenings for ... read more

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

May 27, 2015 — A medical researcher is developing a robot that can conduct prenatal ultrasound exams on pregnant women in remote ... 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

Measuring Kidney Health Could Better Predict Heart Disease Risk

May 29, 2015 — Simple measures of kidney function and damage may be just as good at predicting who is at risk for heart failure and death from heart attack and stroke as traditional tests of cholesterol levels and ... read more

Inmates Denied Methadone Treatment Less Likely to Seek It Once Free

May 29, 2015 — When people on methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) are incarcerated in the United States, they are almost always forced off of the addiction-controlling medicine. In a randomized trial, inmates ... 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

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