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September 5, 2015

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September 5, 2015

Surgery Achieves Better Long-Term Control of Type 2 Diabetes Than Standard Therapy

Sep. 3, 2015 — Metabolic or bariatric surgery may be more effective than standard medical treatments for the long-term control of type 2 diabetes in obese patients, according to a new study. The study is the first ... read more

'Unethical' Targets in India's Private Hospitals

Sep. 3, 2015 — Many doctors working in India's private hospitals are under pressure to carry out unnecessary tests and procedures to meet revenue targets, according to a new ... read more

Targeting Newly Discovered Pathway Sensitizes Tumors to Radiation and Chemotherapy

Sep. 3, 2015 — In some patients, aggressive cancers can become resistant to chemotherapy and radiation treatments. In a new paper, researchers identified a pathway that causes the resistance and a new therapeutic ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — A number of illnesses causing blindness can be cured from transplanting cells from the oral cavity. New findings make the treatment accessible to the places where the condition strikes the most ... read more

Do Antipsychotic Medications Affect Cortical Thinning?

Sep. 3, 2015 — People diagnosed with schizophrenia critically rely upon treatment with antipsychotic medications to manage their symptoms and help them function at home and in the workplace. But despite their ... read more

Arabs or Jews, Children Who Need Pain Relief in the ER Get It

Sep. 3, 2015 — Children with broken bones or joint dislocations in northern Israel emergency departments received equal pain treatment, regardless of their ethnicity or the ethnicity of the nurses who treated them, ... read more

Drug for Fungal Infections in Lung Transplant Recipients Increases Risk for Cancer, Death

Sep. 3, 2015 — Voriconazole, a prescription drug commonly used to treat fungal infections in lung transplant recipients, significantly increases the risk for skin cancer and even death, according to a new ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Childhood celiac disease mirrors the condition in adults, increasing the possibility a celiac disease therapy that could enable patients to eat gluten again will work in children, a new study has ... read more

Who Gets a Transplant Organ?

Sep. 2, 2015 — A new study examines how decisions are made when it comes to allocating scare resources. Imagine 12 patients who need new kidneys, and six kidneys available. How would you allocate them? This ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Exposure to air pollution has a direct adverse health effect on the liver and causes liver fibrosis, an illness associated with metabolic disease and liver cancer, scientists ... read more

New Drug Against Leading Causes of Death Under Development

Sep. 2, 2015 — The novel anti-inflammatory drug, SAN101, is being developed by a team of scientists and clinicians, to be used as a treatment for sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Currently, there are ... read more

Researchers Report Long-Term Remissions in First Personalized Cell Therapy Trial

Sep. 2, 2015 — Eight of 14 patients in the first trial of a personalized cellular therapy for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) responded to the therapy, with some complete remissions continuing past four and a ... read more

Spine Surgery: Findings Could Cut Costs for Osteoporosis Patients, Facilities

Sep. 2, 2015 — New findings from an interventional radiology department have shown that a more expensive option isn’t necessarily more effective for spine ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Bacteria's ability to become resistant to antibiotics is a growing issue in health care: Resistant strains result in prolonged illnesses and higher mortality rates. One way to combat this is to ... read more

Provision of HIV Treatment Can Be Cost-Saving for Companies in High Prevalence Settings

Sep. 1, 2015 — In settings with a high prevalence of HIV, such as South Africa, provision of antiretroviral therapy programs in the workplace can be cost saving for companies due to reductions in healthcare costs, ... read more

Cirrhosis, Antibodies Increase Risk of Poor Outcome for Autoimmune Hepatitis Patients

Sep. 1, 2015 — New research reports that cirrhosis at first diagnosis and antibodies for the soluble liver antigen/liver pancreas antigen (SLA/LP) are major risk factors for poor short- and long-term outcome in ... read more

How Much Liposuction Is 'Safe'? The Answer Varies by Body Weight

Sep. 1, 2015 — What's the 'safe' amount of fat to remove in patients undergoing liposuction? Rather than a hard-and-fast rule, the answer depends on the patient's body mass index (BMI), ... read more

Gene May Predict Severity of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Sep. 1, 2015 — A gene linked in previous research, appears to predict more severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms as well as a thinner cortex in regions of the brain critical for regulating strong ... read more

Hysterectomy Can Be Safely Combined With Cosmetic Surgery for 'Hanging Abdomen'

Sep. 1, 2015 — For women undergoing hysterectomy, removal of 'hanging' abdominal fat and skin -- a cosmetic procedure called panniculectomy -- can be performed at the same surgery without increasing the ... read more

Big Differences in U.S. Healthcare Costs for Fixing Back Pain

Sep. 1, 2015 — How much does spinal fusion surgery cost? The answer depends on what part of the country you live in, reports a study. The researchers analyzed 2012 Medicare data on the costs of two common types of ... read more

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