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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

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

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

Most Internet Resources for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Are Inaccurate, Incomplete and Outdated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

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

Diagnosis of Rare Bleeding Disorder Improved With Super-Resolution Microscopy

Feb. 4, 2016 — Researchers have differentiated between patients with a rare bleeding disorder and healthy volunteers using super-resolution microscopy, providing an alternative method for accurately and ... read more

To Prevent Infection After C-Section, Chlorhexidine Better Than Iodine

Feb. 4, 2016 — Chlorhexidine-alcohol skin prep is superior to iodine-alcohol for preventing infection after C-section, according to a new study. Rather than prepping patients with iodine-alcohol -- a common ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Meditation eases anxiety, fatigue and pain for women undergoing breast cancer biopsies, according to researchers. They also found that music is effective, but to a lesser ... read more

Connective Tissue Disease Increases Risk for Cardiovascular Problems

Feb. 4, 2016 — African-American patients with connective tissue diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis are twice as likely as white patients to suffer from atherosclerotic blood vessels, which increase the ... read more

Association Among Childhood ADHD, Sex and Obesity

Feb. 4, 2016 — The incidence of childhood and adult obesity has increased significantly over the past three decades. New research shows that there is an association between obesity development during adulthood and ... read more

Don't Use Body Mass Index to Determine Whether People Are Healthy

Feb. 4, 2016 — Relying on body mass index (BMI), a numerical measure of a person's height and weight, as a proxy for health incorrectly labels more than 54 million heavy Americans unhealthy when they are not, ... read more

Tool Decreases Superfluous Lab Testing, Cuts Health-Care Costs

Feb. 4, 2016 — Physicians recognize that routine lab testing isn't necessary for all hospitalized patients. Now researchers have developed a tool, Value Driven Outcomes, to reduce superfluous lab testing. When ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Clinics and hospitals across the country are adding physician's assistant (PA) positions to serve growing numbers of patients, and in underserved rural areas, practices are turning to PAs to ... read more

Emergency Blood Transfusions for Major Trauma Need to Be More Rapid, Consistent

Feb. 4, 2016 — Only 2 percent of patients with life-threatening bleeding after serious injury receive optimal blood transfusion therapy in England and Wales, according to research. The study estimates that nearly ... read more

Investigation Casts Doubt Over Trial Used to Support Top-Selling Anti-Clotting Drug

Feb. 4, 2016 — An investigation raises new concerns about the top-selling anti-clotting drug, rivaroxaban (Xarelto). The trial compared rivaroxaban with the older anti-clotting drug warfarin for preventing strokes ... read more

Preventive Surgery for Women at High Risk of Breast, Ovarian Cancer

Feb. 3, 2016 — A new article provides an in-depth look at the issues associated with the care of women in families with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome who have not yet developed cancer ... read more

Routine Antibiotics Should Be Reconsidered for Malnourished Children

Feb. 3, 2016 — The current recommendation to treat severely malnourished children with routine antibiotics does not increase the likelihood of nutritional recovery in uncomplicated cases, a new study ... read more

Why Is Calcific Tendinitis So Painful?

Feb. 3, 2016 — Calcific tendinitis of the shoulder, typically characterized by calcium deposits on the rotator cuff, is an extremely painful condition that can severely impair movement and life quality. A new study ... read more

'How Much Does It Hurt?' For Preschoolers, Cognitive Development Can Limit Ability to Rate Pain

Feb. 3, 2016 — 'Rate your pain on a scale of zero to ten' -- for most adults and older children, it's a simple concept. But preschool-aged children generally lack the cognitive skills needed to make ... read more

Surgical Safety Checklists Associated With Reduced Risk of Death, Length of Hospital Stay

Feb. 3, 2016 — The implementation of surgical safety checklists (SSCs) at a tertiary care hospital was associated with a reduced risk of death within 90 days after surgery, but not within 30 days, according to a ... read more

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