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July 31, 2015

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July 31, 2015

Gene Drive Research: Safeguarding the Greater Good

July 30, 2015 — Research teams have proactively assembled an international group of 26 experts, including prominent genetic engineers and fruit fly geneticists, to unanimously recommend a series of preemptive ... read more

Cost of Physician Board Recertification Fuels Questions About How Best to Achieve Better Outcomes for Patients

July 30, 2015 — Many American physicians are pushing back against or debating new requirements for maintaining medical board certifications, which affect more than 250,000 physicians ... read more

Every Country in the World Can Afford to Support Its Smokers to Stop

July 30, 2015 — A major new review examined a wide range of measures that healthcare systems in different countries can adopt to help smokers to stop, determining that in fact, all countries can afford to support ... read more

State Immunization Laws Should Eliminate Non-Medical Exemptions, Say Internists

July 29, 2015 — Support for eliminating existing exemptions, except for medical reasons, from immunization laws was among the policy recommendations adopted at the summer meeting of the Board of Regents of the ... read more

Vaccination Rates in Older Adults Fall Short of Targets

July 29, 2015 — A new white paper discusses factors for underutilization of vaccines in older adults and offers recommendations to improve immunization ... read more

July 29, 2015 — An endoscopic probe that delivers adjustable-focus capabilities in a slimmer package has been developed by researchers. The findings could ultimately facilitate more effective and less painful ... read more

July 29, 2015 — Researchers have developed a smartphone test for chlamydia that can detect the disease with high accuracy, which could reduce the prevalence of this sexually transmitted disease (STD) by making ... read more

First Lab-on-Cartridge Device That Can Perform All Common Medical Tests

July 29, 2015 — Clinical laboratory tests play a crucial role in making sure patients get appropriate care, yet many small labs and clinics in low resource settings cannot afford the instruments needed to provide ... read more

Hospital Penalties Based on Total Number of Blood Clots May Be Unfairly Imposed, Study Shows

July 29, 2015 — Researchers say their review of 128 medical case histories suggests that financial penalties imposed on Maryland hospitals based solely on the total number of patients who suffer blood clots in the ... read more

Compliance With Guidelines for Treating Brain Injuries Doesn't Guarantee Better Outcomes

July 29, 2015 — Two decades ago, the Brain Trauma Foundation published its first set of guidelines for treating traumatic brain injury. Now, a study has found no evidence that compliance with the guidelines led to ... read more

Use of Left-Ventricular Assist Devices on Heart Failure Patients: Findings, Treatment Criteria Released

July 29, 2015 — Researchers are announcing results of a study on the effectiveness of left-ventricular assist devices (LVAD) in treating patients with a form of cardiomyopathy called restrictive cardiomyopathy ... read more

Scientists Discover Link Between Common Medications and Serious Falls in Older Men

July 28, 2015 — A significant link between serious falls causing injury in older men and a particular group of commonly used medicines has been identified by a group of researchers. Many medicines which are commonly ... read more

Tailored Mobile Health Technologies May Help Patients Take Their Medications Appropriately

July 28, 2015 — There was only a 5 percent error rate when patients with chronic kidney disease used mobile health technologies designed to help them use medications ... read more

Many Dialysis Patients Are Unprepared for Natural Disasters

July 28, 2015 — Among patients scheduled to have dialysis during the landfall of Hurricane Sandy at clinics where electricity had been deprived, 26.3 percent missed dialysis sessions and 66.1 percent received ... read more

Big Data Gives New Insight Into Blood Pressure Reduction Role of Commonly Prescribed Drug

July 28, 2015 — A drug commonly prescribed to conserve potassium in the blood also significantly lowers blood pressure when taken in conjunction with a diuretic frequently prescribed to patients with hypertension, a ... read more

Autism Costs Estimated to Reach Nearly $500 Billion, Potentially $1 Trillion, by 2025

July 28, 2015 — Health economists have for the first time projected the total costs of caring for all people with autism spectrum disorder in the United States for the current calendar year and in 10 years if ... read more

Parents' Health Literacy Affects Child Weight-Loss Tactics, Study Finds

July 28, 2015 — Parents who are less health literate may choose weight-loss strategies for their children that are unhealthy or not recommended. Governmental weight-control info may not be reaching families who need ... read more

Anti-Inflammatory Drug Acts Against Ovarian Cancer, Scientists Find

July 28, 2015 — A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called ketorolac helped women with ovarian cancer to survive longer, researchers report. Ketorolac, marketed as Toradol®, is approved for clinical use ... read more

National Study of Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression Fails to Demonstrate Efficacy

July 28, 2015 — Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide, and treatment-resistant symptoms of depression have a terrible personal and societal cost. They can devastate lives, careers, and families. Some ... read more

Marked Improvement in Health, Healthcare for Medicare Patients

July 28, 2015 — In a 15-year study of older Medicare patients, researchers saw an estimated 20 percent drop in mortality, about 30 percent fewer hospitalizations, and 40 percent reduction in deaths after ... read more

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