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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

New Treatment Option for the Acute Phase of the Rare Disease TTP

Feb. 11, 2016 — Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) is a rare disorder caused by an enzyme deficiency. This can be heriditary or can be acquired as an autoimmune condition. Due to the associated excessive ... read more

Remote Telemonitoring Does Not Reduce Hospital Readmissions for Heart Failure Patients

Feb. 11, 2016 — Combined health coaching and remote monitoring did not reduce all-cause 180-day hospital readmissions among heart failure patients, and did not have significant effects on 30-day hospital ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — A cardio-oncology program is focusing on modulating the risk factors for cardiovascular disease in men, especially those receiving androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) to treat their prostate ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Alcohol itself can directly damage liver cells. Now researchers report evidence that alcohol is also harmful to the liver for a second reason -- it allows gut bacteria to migrate to the liver, ... read more

Stakeholder Involvement in Clinical Trial Design Leads to Greater Recruitment, Retention

Feb. 10, 2016 — By seeking the advice of patients, families and other stakeholders in designing a clinical trial investigating pediatric appendicitis, researchers found a way to significantly increase the number of ... read more

Study Finds High Rate of Elective Surgery for Uncomplicated Diverticulitis After Few Episodes

Feb. 10, 2016 — Patterns of episodes of diverticulitis before surgery, and factors associated with earlier interventions using inpatient, outpatient, and antibiotic prescription claims, have all been examined by a ... read more

Improving Quality of Life for the Seriously Ill

Feb. 10, 2016 — Being diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening illness is distressing enough but a dearth of cohesive services often compounds the difficulty, according to a ... read more

Higher Nurse to Patient Ratio Linked to Reduced Risk of Inpatient Death

Feb. 9, 2016 — A higher nurse to patient ratio is linked to a reduced risk of inpatient death, finds a study of staffing levels in NHS hospitals. In trusts where registered (professionally trained) nurses had six ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Using an advanced technology, research has begun a retrospective study to analyze joint implants that fail in the hope of improving future implants and preventing or decreasing the incidence of joint ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Status epilepticus -- continuous or rapid sequential seizure activity for 30 minutes or more -- is a medical emergency with a high mortality rate in both children and adults. Prompt and effective ... read more

Children With Special Health Care Needs and Their Families Have High Food Insecurity Risk

Feb. 9, 2016 — Low-income families with children who have special health care needs are at high risk for food insecurity, even when they receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and participate in public ... read more

Interruption of Radiation Therapy Risks Cancer Recurrence

Feb. 9, 2016 — Cancer patients who miss two or more radiation therapy sessions have a worse outcome than fully compliant patients, investigators have found. The study evaluated 1,227 patients scheduled for courses ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Researchers study the link between malformations of the cerebral cortex and the occurrence of the neurological disease. Why does a structural irregularity in the temporal lobe make humans more ... read more

COPD May Cause Structural Changes Within the Brain

Feb. 9, 2016 — Patients with COPD demonstrated gray matter decreases in areas of the brain that process breathlessness, fear and sensitivity to pain. The study found patients with COPD show regionally decreased ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — They may have made America their new home, but immigrants whose children have special medical needs appear to be having trouble finding a true 'medical home' for their child, a new study ... read more

Effectiveness of Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing

Feb. 9, 2016 — Among primary care practices, the use of two socially motivated behavioral interventions -- accountable justification and peer comparison -- resulted in significant reductions in inappropriate ... read more

Study Compares Outcomes at VA Hospitals Vs. Non-VA Hospitals

Feb. 9, 2016 — Among older men with heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia, hospitalization at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, compared with hospitalization at non-VA hospitals, was associated with lower 30-day ... read more

Professors Use Cadaver DNA to Advance Genetics Literacy in Medical Curricula

Feb. 9, 2016 — Cadavers have long been one of the most important resources for anatomy teaching in medical school. Now, they are also at the forefront of cutting-edge genetics teaching, thanks to some innovative ... read more

Oral Capsule With Bacterial Spores May Be Effective Treatment for Recurrent C. Difficile

Feb. 9, 2016 — Treatment with an oral capsule containing the spores of approximately 50 species of beneficial bacteria successfully prevented recurrence of C. difficile infection in patients with a history of ... read more

Patient Access to Online Health Action Plans Enhances Rate of Preventive Care

Feb. 9, 2016 — Health plan members who accessed their health information online and received timely alerts about potential gaps in care were more likely to receive preventive tests and screenings than those who did ... read more

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