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October 6, 2015

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October 6, 2015

New Evidence for a Strategy to Identify Patients Nearing the End of Life

Oct. 6, 2015 — A new study provides compelling evidence that a simple tool can help predict which patients with cancer may be in their final year of life. The tool, known as the Surprise Question, was found to ... read more

Disparities in Time Spent Seeking Medical Care in the United States

Oct. 5, 2015 — Racial/ethnic minorities and unemployed individuals had a longer total time burden (time spent traveling to, waiting for and receiving ambulatory medical care) in a nationally representative study, ... read more

Speeding Up TB Detection in Cambodia

Oct. 5, 2015 — Tuberculosis (TB) is still a major health problem in Cambodia. New research in the slums of Phnom Penh, where tuberculosis (TB) wreaks havoc, has helped to develop a more effective approach to ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — The popularity of ziplining has skyrocketed rapidly in recent years. The increase in popularity has also increased the number of injuries related to ziplining. A new study found that an estimated ... read more

Stimulant Medication Safe, Effective for Children With ADHD and Congenital Heart Disease

Oct. 5, 2015 — Children with congenital heart disease and ADHD can take stimulant medications without fear of significant cardiovascular side effects, a new study ... read more

FDA Approves Game-Changing Immunotherapy Drug to Fight Lung Cancer

Oct. 2, 2015 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the breakthrough drug Keytruda to treat advanced non-small cell lung cancer, signaling a paradigm shift in the way the deadliest of all cancers is ... read more

High Opioid Use in Older People With COPD Raises Safety Concerns

Oct. 2, 2015 — Researchers are raising safety concerns about high rates of new opioid use among older adults with COPD, according to a study. Opioids, such as codeine, oxycodone and morphine might be prescribed ... read more

Reducing Aeromedical Transport for Traumas Saved Money and Lives

Oct. 2, 2015 — Changes to the trauma triage protocol in Maryland resulted in decreased use of helicopter transport for trauma patients and improved patient outcomes, saving lives and money. The results of a 11-year ... read more

Irrigation of Cutaneous Abscesses May Not Be Necessary

Oct. 2, 2015 — A procedure commonly performed in emergency departments on cutaneous abscesses may not have any impact on the need for further interventions and therefore may not be necessary, according to a ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — A less painful treatment strategy for Pneumothorax treatment has been created by scientists. By analyzing the partial pressure of oxygen and carbon dioxide in thoracic cavity gas during Pneumothorax ... read more

From Nuclear Research to Surgery Technology

Oct. 2, 2015 — A JRC invention initially stemming from its research in the nuclear sector will soon be used by hospitals for minimally-invasive robotic surgery. TELELAP ALF-X is an advanced multi-port robotic ... read more

Cancer Test Predicts Treatment Outcome

Oct. 2, 2015 — Researchers have announced a new tool in the fight against cancer, with the development of a world-first test that will direct treatment choices for patients with some forms of blood ... read more

Tallness Linked to Increased Risk of Premature Death for Patients on Dialysis

Oct. 1, 2015 — Tallness has been associated with higher premature mortality risk and shorter life spans in patients on dialysis. The association was observed in white, Asian, and American Indian/Alaskan native ... read more

Research Shows a Cause of Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Type 1 Diabetes

Oct. 1, 2015 — A molecular basis has been found for why 80 percent of patients with longstanding Type 1 diabetes have chronic gastrointestinal symptoms including gastroparesis (delayed emptying of food), irritable ... read more

Study Finds Gaps in Clinical Genetic Counseling Services for Women Undergoing BRCA Testing

Oct. 1, 2015 — Medical researchers have published results from a national study identifying factors and outcomes associated with the use of genetic counseling and testing services for hereditary breast and ovarian ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Tissue-engineered colon derived from human cells is able to develop the many specialized nerves required for function, mimicking the neuronal population found in native colon. These specialized ... read more

Gene Therapy Doubles Survival in Recurrent Glioblastoma

Oct. 1, 2015 — An experimental gene therapy essentially doubled the overall survival of patients with recurrent glioblastoma compared to the current standard of care, researchers ... read more

Lung Cancer Screening Programs Do Not Increase Rates of Unnecessary Surgeries

Oct. 1, 2015 — Lung cancer screening programs that utilize standardized reporting and include cardiothoracic surgeons as part of a multidisciplinary team can successfully be adopted into clinical practice without ... read more

Investors Are Indifferent to the Technology Needs of Healthcare Systems, Study Suggests

Oct. 1, 2015 — Health technologies are not governed by the real needs and challenges of healthcare systems, reveals a new ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — When a pathogen invades the body, specific cells in the human immune system are ready to take immediate action in order to destroy it. The molecular characteristics of these killer cells were unknown ... read more

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