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July 6, 2015

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July 6, 2015

Pazopanib Improves Progression-Free Survival Without Impairing Quality of Life

July 6, 2015 — In patients with soft tissue sarcoma, whose disease had progressed during or after prior chemotherapy, pazopanib improved progression-free survival but did not change health-related quality of life, ... read more

July 6, 2015 — Over the same time period that multiple outbreaks of measles and whooping cough made headlines around the country, parents' views on vaccines became more ... read more

Arthritis Drug Could Be Used to Treat Blood Cancer Sufferers

July 5, 2015 — Scientists have discovered that a common drug given to arthritis sufferers could also help to treat patients with blood cancers, and is one thousandth of the cost of another drug that works in the ... read more

Detecting Eye Diseases Using a Smartphone

July 4, 2015 — Researchers have developed software that detects eye diseases such as diabetic macular edema using a smartphone. The system is aimed at general physicians who could detect the condition and refer the ... read more

Fingolimod in Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis: Indication of Added Benefit in Certain Patients

July 6, 2015 — Based on new analyses conducted by the drug manufacturer, an advantage can be determined in two instead of only one patient group for the use of Fingolimod in relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. ... read more

New Test Could Predict Arthritis Drug Failure in Patients

July 3, 2015 — It may be possible to predict early which rheumatoid arthritis patients will fail to respond to the biologic drugs given to treat them, a study of 311 patients has found. These findings could help ... read more

Rapid Response to Kids' Stroke Symptoms May Speed Diagnosis

July 2, 2015 — A rapid response plan for children at a hospital quickly identified stroke and other neurological problems. One in four children with stroke-like symptoms were diagnosed with stroke and 14 percent ... read more

Genetic Testing in Kids Is Fraught With Complications

July 2, 2015 — Despite an increasing ease in acquiring genetic information, experts pointsout that doing so has consequences, particularly when it comes to children. It is this population, they say, that is the ... read more

Cardiovascular Disease in Females: New Perspectives on Lifelong Risks

July 2, 2015 — While heart disease is the number one cause of death in both sexes, it poses special considerations in women—with risks often beginning in childhood and changing at different stages of ... read more

Body Mass Index Impacts Ovarian Cancer Chemotherapy Dosages

July 2, 2015 — Ovarian cancer patients who are overweight or obese are often given less chemotherapy per pound of body weight in order to reduce the toxic side effects associated with higher doses, and this in turn ... read more

Anxiety Increases Risk of Gastrointestinal Infection, Long-Term Complications

July 2, 2015 — A team of researchers has made significant progress in uncovering the connection between psychological factors and the immune system. Their findings are based on an investigation of a massive ... read more

Experts Call for 'All Hands on Deck' to Tackle Global Burden of Non-Communicable Disease

July 2, 2015 — A group of the world's top doctors and scientists working in cardiology and preventive medicine have issued a call to action to tackle the global problem of deaths from non-communicable ... read more

Study of Gene Mutations in Aplastic Anemia May Help Optimize Treament

July 1, 2015 — Scientists have identified a group of genetic mutations in patients with aplastic anemia, which likely will help doctors optimize treatment for this rare and deadly blood condition. The study could ... read more

End Pharmacists' Monopoly on Selling Certain Drugs, Argues British Expert

July 1, 2015 — Evidence is lacking that having a category of drugs that can be sold only by pharmacists or under their supervision ('pharmacy medicines') has benefits, writes a pharmacy professor in a new ... read more

New Chronic Lung Disease Guidelines Over-Diagnose Older Men and Under-Diagnose Younger Women

July 1, 2015 — New guidelines for diagnosing chronic lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD), should be modified because they over-diagnose COPD in older men and under-diagnose COPD in young ... read more

The Importance of Placebo Effects to Medical Care

July 1, 2015 — The "placebo effect" is often described as events that occur when patients show improvement from treatments that contain no active ingredients. A new article proposes that placebo effects ... read more

Eliminate Emotional Harm by Focusing on Respect, Dignity for Patients

July 1, 2015 — Hospitals have made significant strides to reduce or eliminate physical harm to patients since the landmark 1999 Institute of Medicine Report 'To Err is Human.' In a new paper, patient care ... read more

Initial Weight Loss Could Predict Long-Term Success

July 1, 2015 — New research using data from the reputable Look AHEAD study suggests doctors may want to look at results from a patient’s first two months of intensive lifestyle intervention (ILI) to help predict ... read more

Support for Overdose-Reversing Drug Low, but Can Be Bolstered With Right Messages

July 1, 2015 — While most Americans do not support policies designed to increase distribution of naloxone -- a medication that reverses the effects of a drug overdose -- certain types of educational messages about ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Doctors used a 3-D model of a patient’s heart to guide a tricky minimally-invasive valve replacement. The patient was not a candidate for traditional surgery due his heart's unique anatomy and ... read more

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