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July 7, 2015

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July 7, 2015

Experts Call for More Understanding of Hospital Weekend Death Risk

July 7, 2015 — Two academics say more research is needed to understand why patients are more likely to die in hospital on the weekend. The research found that the heightened risk of death after admission to ... read more

S100B Protein in Diagnosing Intracranial Hemorrhage in Some Patients With Mild Head Injury

July 7, 2015 — Researchers have examined elderly patients and adult patients receiving antiplatelet therapy who had presented with mild head injury to see if levels of S100B protein could help identify whether ... read more

July 7, 2015 — Magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography provide important information on the symptoms and exercise capabilities of people with mild-to-moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ... read more

Religious Groups Could Expedite Response to Biggest Global Health Challenges of 21st Century

July 7, 2015 — Faith-based organizations are crucial in achieving the promise of universal health coverage -- an adequate standard of health care for all people -- especially for poor and marginalized groups, ... read more

Scientists Lead Consensus Guidelines for Thyroid Cancer Molecular Tests

July 6, 2015 — National guidelines for thyroid cancer testing have been revised to reflect newly available tests that better incorporate personalized medicine into diagnosing the condition. The clinical explanation ... read more

Pazopanib Improves Progression-Free Survival Without Impairing Quality of Life

July 6, 2015 — In patients with soft tissue sarcoma, whose disease had progressed during or after prior chemotherapy, pazopanib improved progression-free survival but did not change health-related quality of life, ... read more

July 6, 2015 — Over the same time period that multiple outbreaks of measles and whooping cough made headlines around the country, parents' views on vaccines became more ... read more

Arthritis Drug Could Be Used to Treat Blood Cancer Sufferers

July 5, 2015 — Scientists have discovered that a common drug given to arthritis sufferers could also help to treat patients with blood cancers, and is one thousandth of the cost of another drug that works in the ... read more

Detecting Eye Diseases Using a Smartphone

July 4, 2015 — Researchers have developed software that detects eye diseases such as diabetic macular edema using a smartphone. The system is aimed at general physicians who could detect the condition and refer the ... read more

Fingolimod in Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis: Indication of Added Benefit in Certain Patients

July 6, 2015 — Based on new analyses conducted by the drug manufacturer, an advantage can be determined in two instead of only one patient group for the use of Fingolimod in relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. ... read more

New Test Could Predict Arthritis Drug Failure in Patients

July 3, 2015 — It may be possible to predict early which rheumatoid arthritis patients will fail to respond to the biologic drugs given to treat them, a study of 311 patients has found. These findings could help ... read more

Rapid Response to Kids' Stroke Symptoms May Speed Diagnosis

July 2, 2015 — A rapid response plan for children at a hospital quickly identified stroke and other neurological problems. One in four children with stroke-like symptoms were diagnosed with stroke and 14 percent ... read more

Genetic Testing in Kids Is Fraught With Complications

July 2, 2015 — Despite an increasing ease in acquiring genetic information, experts pointsout that doing so has consequences, particularly when it comes to children. It is this population, they say, that is the ... read more

Cardiovascular Disease in Females: New Perspectives on Lifelong Risks

July 2, 2015 — While heart disease is the number one cause of death in both sexes, it poses special considerations in women—with risks often beginning in childhood and changing at different stages of ... read more

Body Mass Index Impacts Ovarian Cancer Chemotherapy Dosages

July 2, 2015 — Ovarian cancer patients who are overweight or obese are often given less chemotherapy per pound of body weight in order to reduce the toxic side effects associated with higher doses, and this in turn ... read more

Anxiety Increases Risk of Gastrointestinal Infection, Long-Term Complications

July 2, 2015 — A team of researchers has made significant progress in uncovering the connection between psychological factors and the immune system. Their findings are based on an investigation of a massive ... read more

Experts Call for 'All Hands on Deck' to Tackle Global Burden of Non-Communicable Disease

July 2, 2015 — A group of the world's top doctors and scientists working in cardiology and preventive medicine have issued a call to action to tackle the global problem of deaths from non-communicable ... read more

Study of Gene Mutations in Aplastic Anemia May Help Optimize Treament

July 1, 2015 — Scientists have identified a group of genetic mutations in patients with aplastic anemia, which likely will help doctors optimize treatment for this rare and deadly blood condition. The study could ... read more

End Pharmacists' Monopoly on Selling Certain Drugs, Argues British Expert

July 1, 2015 — Evidence is lacking that having a category of drugs that can be sold only by pharmacists or under their supervision ('pharmacy medicines') has benefits, writes a pharmacy professor in a new ... read more

New Chronic Lung Disease Guidelines Over-Diagnose Older Men and Under-Diagnose Younger Women

July 1, 2015 — New guidelines for diagnosing chronic lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD), should be modified because they over-diagnose COPD in older men and under-diagnose COPD in young ... read more

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