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May 27, 2015

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May 27, 2015

Congressional Action Needed to Optimize Regulation of Genomic Tests

May 27, 2015 — Latest generation genomic testing offers a chance for improvements in patient care, disease prevention and healthcare cost-effectiveness. A new report recommends that Congress incentivize development ... read more

Ending Medicaid Dental Benefit Is Costly, Experts Say

May 27, 2015 — A study finds states gain little when dropping adult dental coverage. Researchers say adults in California made 1,800 more hospital visits annually for dental care after losing the benefit. ... read more

ClinGen: A New Era for Genetic Interpretation

May 27, 2015 — A consortium if investigators has presented ClinGen, a program to evaluate the clinical relevance of genetic variants for use in precision medicine and research. Using this program, clinicians and ... read more

Cultural Health Beliefs and Social Networks Crucial in South Asian People's Management of Diabetes

May 27, 2015 — New findings shed light on the poor outcomes of South Asian people with diabetes in the UK. Analysis of interviews with South Asian people shows that especially among first generation immigrants, ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Emergency medicine faces special challenges during this fall's changeover in how medical diagnoses are coded. Nearly a quarter of all ER clinical encounters could pose difficulties, authors of a ... read more

Study Identifies Possible Role for Carbon Monoxide in Treating Hemorrhagic Stroke

May 26, 2015 — Carbon monoxide is typically associated with brain injury and neurological symptoms. But a new study suggests that when administered in small, carefully controlled amounts, CO may actually protect ... read more

Breakthrough Measures Parkinson's Progression in Brain

May 26, 2015 — A biomarker that shows the progression of Parkinson's disease in the brain has been identified by researchers, opening the door to better diagnosis and treatment of the degenerative ... read more

Labor Analgesia in Low-Income Countries: Experience from Ghana

May 26, 2015 — A program to improve pain control during labor at one of Ghana's largest maternity units greatly increased the use of safe and effective spinal analgesia for women undergoing cesarean section, ... read more

May 26, 2015 — We live in fear of 'superbugs': infectious bacteria that don't respond to treatment by antibiotics, and can turn a routine hospital stay into a nightmare. Now, researchers have ... read more

Nanotechnology Identifies Brain Tumor Types Through MRI 'Virtual Biopsy' in Animal Studies

May 26, 2015 — A tiny drug-delivery system has been invented that can identify cancer cell types in the brain through 'virtual biopsies' and then attack the molecular structure of the disease. The results ... read more

Oldest Old Less Likely to Be Investigated or Aggressively Treated After Surgery

May 26, 2015 — Patients aged 80 and above are significantly less likely to be investigated or aggressively treated after surgery than their younger counterparts, reveals a national audit of hospital ... read more

Clinical Trial Reduces Stress of Cancer Caregivers

May 26, 2015 — A randomized control trial demonstrates an intervention that successfully reduces the stress of caregivers in the context of cancer patients treated with stem cell transplantation. The study enrolled ... read more

A Push to Open Doors to Care for the Homebound

May 26, 2015 — A new study examines a nearly invisible population of shut-ins for ways to treat the infirm, assist the rest. Researchers looked at the community-dwelling Medicare population, which they estimate to ... read more

ER Doctors Stress Need for Good Communications With Police

May 26, 2015 — Not surprisingly, differences of opinion arise from time to time over a health care worker's duty to protect patient privacy and the police need to conduct a criminal investigation. A good ... read more

Hospice Use Linked to Fewer Depressive Symptoms for Surviving Spouses

May 26, 2015 — Spouses of patients receiving hospice for three or more days more frequently reported reduced depression symptoms, compared to surviving spouses of patients who did not receive hospice, a new report ... read more

New Findings About Mechanisms Underlying Chronic Pain Reveal Novel Therapeutic Strategies

May 26, 2015 — A critical role for a class of cells present in the brain and spinal cord, called microglia, has been discovered for those in pain. Researchers have found microglia to neuron signaling to be crucial ... read more

Infusions of Donor Bone Marrow Cells Help Children With Inherited Skin Blistering

May 26, 2015 — Promising results from a trial of a new stem-cell based therapy for a rare and debilitating skin condition suggest that the therapy, involving infusions of stem cells, provide pain relief and to ... read more

New UK Research 'Challenges the Assumption That Arthritis Patients Take Their Medication Regularly'

May 26, 2015 — 40% of UK arthritis patients scored low on an adherence questionnaire at least once during their time in a recent study, indicating that they might not be taking their expensive biological therapies ... read more

Mutated Gene Leads to Insensitivity to Pain With Drastic Consequences

May 26, 2015 — A rare congenital genetic mutation means that those affected do not feel pain. However, what seems, at first sight, to be a blessing, can have serious consequences. It means that injuries or diseases ... read more

Attitudes About Complementary and Alternative Medicine Predict Use Among Cancer Patients

May 26, 2015 — Attitudes and beliefs about complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) were found to be a better predictor of CAM usage than socio-demographic factors alone – such as race, sex, or education – ... read more

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