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April 28, 2015

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April 28, 2015

Patient Portals Could Widen Health Disparities

Apr. 28, 2015 — Online patient portals are increasingly important for doctor-patient communication and access to health care information. But patient portals could widen the gap in health disparities. Patients with ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — In a study that looked at a handful of quality measures for chronic disease care, veterans who used both Veterans Affairs care and a Medicare Advantage plan during 2008 or 2009 did no better or worse ... read more

Detection of Critical Heart Disease Before Birth Lags Among Poor

Apr. 27, 2015 — While prenatal ultrasounds are doing a good job of identifying critical congenital heart disease, those living in poor or rural communities are less likely to find out their baby has heart disease ... read more

New Proton Therapy Technique Brings Hope of More Effective Treatment for Tumors Without Causing Collateral Damage

Apr. 27, 2015 — Researchers have succeeded in making a model of breathing movement that allows for the precise measurement of narrow beams to a dummy tumor in the lung by simulating the motion and physical ... read more

Prostate Cancer Patients Who Receive Permanent Radiotherapy Implants Twice as Likely to Be Free of Cancer After Five Years

Apr. 27, 2015 — Results from a randomised controlled trial to compare the use of permanent radioactive implants (brachytherapy) with dose-escalated external beam radiotherapy in patients with prostate cancer show ... read more

Alcohol Use Disorders Stronger Predictor of Mortality Than Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection

Apr. 25, 2015 — Scientists show that alcohol use disorders (AUD) have a serious, negative prognostic outcome with higher mortality risks in the general population and patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection ... read more

Youths Who Survive Self-Poisoning Continue to Be at Risk of Suicide for Years

Apr. 25, 2015 — Teenagers who are hospitalized after intentionally poisoning themselves are at a significantly increased risk of dying by suicide in the following decade, according to a new ... read more

How Hospitals Can Improve Outcomes of Weekend Surgeries

Apr. 25, 2015 — Studies have shown that patients who undergo surgeries on weekends tend to experience longer hospital stays and higher mortality rates and readmissions. For the first time, a new study has identified ... read more

Brachytherapy Improves Survival for Inoperable Early Stage Endometrial Cancer

Apr. 25, 2015 — Women who have early stage endometrial cancer and are inoperable tend to live longer if they have been treated with brachytherapy with or without external beam radiation, according to new ... read more

High Radiotherapy Dose Improves Prospects for Children With Brain Cancer

Apr. 25, 2015 — Researchers have found that increasing the dose of radiotherapy given to children with an intracranial ependymoma, a form of cancer of the central nervous system, can significantly improve their ... read more

Caterpillar Fungus Could Hold the Key to Relieving the Pain of Osteoarthritis

Apr. 25, 2015 — A drug from a parasitic mushroom that lives on caterpillars could become an effective new painkiller for people with osteoarthritis within the next six ... read more

Long Lasting Anti-Hemophilia Factor Safe in Kids, Experts Say

Apr. 24, 2015 — Children with hemophilia A require three to four infusions each week to prevent bleeding episodes, chronic pain and joint damage. A new, extended therapy combines recombinant factor VIII with a ... read more

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Steatohepatitis: NASH Linked to 50% Higher Death Rate Compared With NAFLD

Apr. 24, 2015 — Results from a large population-based cohort of almost a million people in the UK found that the chances of dying from non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, over a 14-year period, was approximately 50 ... read more

Apr. 24, 2015 — Nearly half of American hospitals aren’t taking key steps to prevent C. difficile, a kind of gut infection that kills nearly 30,000 people annually and sickens hundreds of thousands more – ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — A new clinical trial is testing the feasibility and efficiency of a doctor in New York City remotely performing long-distance, tele-robotic ultrasound exams over the Internet on patients in ... read more

How to Stop a Stroke in Its Tracks

Apr. 23, 2015 — New minimally invasive surgical devices called stentrievers are enabling brain surgeons to stop strokes in their ... read more

Alginate-Enriched Bread Shown to Reduce Fat Digestion and Absorption in Patients With NAFLD

Apr. 23, 2015 — Alginate-enriched bread has the potential to inhibit fat digestion and circulatory lipids in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver ... read more

Long-Term Therapy With ETV or TDF Demonstrates Positive 5-Year Survival in Patients With Chronic HBV

Apr. 23, 2015 — Data show that the long-term use of entecavir or tenofovir results in excellent five-year survival for Caucasian patients with chronic hepatitis B, with more than 95 percent of patients surviving at ... read more

Delaying Treatment for Hepatitis C Puts Patients' Lives at Risk

Apr. 23, 2015 — New data highlights the impact of delaying treatment for the hepatitis C virus. Researchers found that treatment delays have a serious detrimental effect on treatment efficacy, increasing the risk of ... read more

Genomic Analyses Point to the Potential of Personalized Care for Liver Cancer Patients

Apr. 23, 2015 — A new study shows that by using genomic analyses to understand how and when carcinogenic mutations occur in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, it is possible to identify specific molecular ... read more

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