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February 9, 2016

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February 9, 2016

National Underutilization of Preemptive, Early Kidney Transplants

Feb. 8, 2016 — A kidney transplant is a life-changing and life-saving procedure. Yet, a new study shows that only one-third of patients who ultimately receive a living donor kidney transplant receive it ... read more

New Evidence Gives Women Informed Choice in the Prolapse Surgery Debate

Feb. 8, 2016 — New evidence published today highlights benefits and harms of using artificial mesh when compared with tissue repair in the surgical treatment of vaginal prolapse. Slightly better repair with mesh ... read more

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Does Not Cure Sensations of Knee Catching or Locking

Feb. 8, 2016 — A commonly used surgical treatment does not help patients who suffer from 'mechanical symptoms' associated with a degenerative knee, a new Finnish study ... read more

Five Common Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Feb. 8, 2016 — You’ve seen the late night commercial come across your screen. An older man is on a date with a beautiful woman in a romantic setting. A big smile stretches across his face as he looks in her eyes, ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — A team led by engineers has 3-D-printed a tissue that closely mimics the human liver's sophisticated structure and function. The new model could be used for patient-specific drug screening and ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Using a model blood vessel system built on a polymer microchip, researchers have shown that the relative softness of white blood cells determines whether they remain in a dormant state along vessel ... read more

Study Details Molecular Mechanism That Regulates How the Heart Pumps Blood

Feb. 8, 2016 — A healthy heart regulates itself so that with each beat, it pumps out as much blood as it receives. In a finding that could lead to new drugs to treat heart failure, researchers have uncovered the ... read more

Risk of Suicide Increased 3-Fold in Adults After a Concussion

Feb. 8, 2016 — The long-term risk of suicide for adults who have had a concussion is three times higher than the population norm, and the risk increases further if the concussion occurred on a weekend, found a new ... read more

Veterans Affairs Health System Faces Significant Challenges, Studies Find

Feb. 8, 2016 — A series of reports prepared as part of a Congressionally mandated review of the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system finds that demands on the VA will continue to increase through the end of the ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Scientists are intending to develop and trial a new wearable technology to help people who have had a stroke recover use of their arm and hand. The team will create a wireless sleeve, which will ... read more

Treatments That Reduce Knee Buckling May Help Prevent Falls in Older Adults

Feb. 8, 2016 — Symptoms of knee instability in older adults may indicate an increased risk of falling and of experiencing the various physical and psychological effects that can result from falling, according to a ... read more

Study Evaluates Pay-for-Performance Program for Medicaid Children in an ACO

Feb. 5, 2016 — The first pay-for-performance (P4P) evaluation of pediatricians under a full-risk Medicaid accountable care organization (ACO) for children shows P4P incentives were partially responsible for higher ... read more

Proteomics and Precision Medicine

Feb. 5, 2016 — Researchers have used personalized proteomics to devise a successful treatment strategy for a patient with uveitis, a potentially blinding eye disease that can have many causes, making it ... read more

Single-Lesion Biopsy May Be Insufficient to Choose Therapy Targeting Resistance Mutations

Feb. 5, 2016 — When metastatic tumors driven by drug-targetable genetic mutations become resistant to a targeted therapy drug, the usual practice is to test a single metastatic lesion for new mutations that can ... read more

New Method for Rapid Detection of Infection in Wounds

Feb. 5, 2016 — A new method for detection of infection in wounds could take physicians less than a minute to complete, rather than the current 24 hours it takes for ... read more

New Assay Detects Persistent Disease in Leukemia Patients Thought to Be in Remission

Feb. 5, 2016 — A new study describes a new personalized DNA-based digital assay that detects persistent chronic myeloid leukemia in 81 percent of samples taken from a group of patients thought to be in ... read more

Most Internet Resources for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Are Inaccurate, Incomplete and Outdated

Feb. 5, 2016 — After evaluating content on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis on almost 200 websites, researchers with medical backgrounds found that the information on IPF from these sites was often incomplete, ... read more

Better Quality of Care May Reduce Risk of Death for Patients on Opioid Painkillers

Feb. 4, 2016 — Better quality of care may reduce the risk of death for patients who are prescribed opioid painkillers for chronic pain, say Yale researchers. Their study offers evidence that supports ... read more

C. Diff Study Provides Insight Into Antibiotic Resistance and Risks for Infection

Feb. 4, 2016 — Exposure to specific antibiotics is linked to the development of certain strains of antibiotic-resistant C. difficile, one of the fastest growing bacteria superbugs, according to a new ... read more

Functional MRI May Help Identify New, Effective Painkillers for Chronic Pain Sufferers

Feb. 4, 2016 — New research may allow new, more effective and safer pain medications to reach patients who suffer from chronic pain ... read more

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