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May 6, 2015

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May 6, 2015

Survival Rates in Trauma Patients After Massachusetts Health Insurance Reform

May 6, 2015 — A study of survival rates in trauma patients following health insurance reform in Massachusetts found a passing increase in adjusted mortality rates, an unexpected finding suggesting that simply ... read more

Blood Markers Could Help Predict Outcome of Infant Heart Surgery

May 6, 2015 — New research suggests it may be possible to predict an infant's progress following surgery for congenital heart disease by analysing a number of important small molecules in the ... read more

Employers and Workers Can Join Forces to Keep Diabetes Under Control

May 6, 2015 — People with diabetes who enroll in a health plan tailored to their medical condition are more likely to stick to their medication and actively take charge of their own health care, research into the ... read more

'Leg Bank' Hope for Changing Amputees' Lives

May 6, 2015 — A ‘leg bank’ – providing life-changing prostheses to low-income people who have lost limbs – is being developed by a team of researchers. The team aims to help people who struggle to find ... read more

Do Online Comments Affect Your Medical Attitude and Decisions?

May 6, 2015 — A new study reveals that social media posts, product reviews, and word-of-mouth communication influences consumer’s attitudes and behaviors toward vaccinations and other health-related ... read more

ASTRO Issues Guideline on Definitive and Adjuvant RT for Locally Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

May 5, 2015 — The American Society for Radiation Oncology is issuing a new guideline, 'Definitive and adjuvant radiotherapy in locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer: An American Society for Radiation ... read more

Redesigned Systems May Increase Access to MRI for Patients With Implanted Medical Devices

May 5, 2015 — New technology may extend the benefits of magnetic resonance imaging to many patients whose access to MRI is currently limited. A redesign of the wire at the core of the leads that carry signals ... read more

Treatment Reduces Risk of Recurrence of C. Difficile Infection

May 5, 2015 — Among patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) who recovered following standard treatment with the antibiotics metronidazole or vancomycin, oral administration of spores of a strain of C. ... read more

Interferon-Free Therapy Clears Hepatitis C in 93 Percent of Patients in Trial

May 5, 2015 — A 12-week dose of an investigational three-drug hepatitis C combination cured the virus in 93 percent of patients with liver cirrhosis who hadn't previously been treated, according to a study. ... read more

Connecting Uninsured Patients to Primary Care Could Reduce Emergency Department Use

May 5, 2015 — An intervention to connect low-income uninsured and Medicaid patients to a reliable source of primary health care shows promise for reducing avoidable use of hospital emergency departments in ... read more

One in Five People Will Develop Heart Failure

May 5, 2015 — One person in five is expected to develop heart failure in developed countries, a disease with no cure but which is largely ... read more

Accelerated Brain Aging in Type 1 Diabetes Related to Cognitive Complications

May 5, 2015 — The brains of people with type 1 diabetes show signs of accelerated aging that correlate with slower information processing, according to research. The findings indicate that clinicians should ... read more

Women Hospitalized 60 Percent More Than Men After Emergency Asthma Treatment

May 5, 2015 — Women with acute asthma who are treated in the emergency department are 60 percent more likely than men to need hospitalization, a study shows. The authors speculate that there are a number of ... read more

Profiling Approach to Enable Right Lung Cancer Treatment Match

May 5, 2015 — A new way to genetically profile lung cancer samples has been developed by researchers, potentially allowing doctors to more easily identify the most appropriate treatment for ... read more

Oral Spores of Harmless C. Difficile Prevent Repeated C. Difficile Infection

May 5, 2015 — In what is a major step towards the prevention of recurring bouts of Clostridium difficile (Cdiff) infection, an international team of researchers has shown that giving spores of non-toxic Cdiff by ... read more

'Fuzzy Thinking' in Depression, Bipolar Disorder: New Research Finds Effect Is Real

May 4, 2015 — People with depression or bipolar disorder often feel their thinking ability has gotten “fuzzy”, or less sharp than before their symptoms began. Now, researchers have shown in a large study that ... read more

Study Finds Inhibitor for COPD Lung Destruction

May 4, 2015 — Newly published observations in patients and experiments in mice provide evidence that cigarette smoke reduces expression of the protein NLRX1 in the lung, taking the restraints off a destructive ... read more

Racial Differences in Male Breast Cancer Outcomes

May 4, 2015 — While black and white men under age 65 diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer received similar treatment, blacks had a 76 percent higher risk of death than whites, research shows. Male breast ... read more

Primary Care Visits Available to Most Uninsured, but at a High Price

May 4, 2015 — Uninsured people in the United States don't have any more difficulty getting appointments with primary care doctors than those with insurance, but they get them at prices that are likely ... read more

Bystander CPR Helps Cardiac Arrest Survivors Return to Work

May 4, 2015 — In Denmark, more bystanders performing CPR contributed to more cardiac arrest survivors returning to work, a study concludes. Cardiac arrest is the abrupt loss of heart function in a person who may ... read more

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