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April 24, 2017

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April 24, 2017

Implanted Scaffold With T Cells Rapidly Shrinks Tumors

Apr. 24, 2017 — A biopolymer structure enriched with nutrients shows how immunotherapy could be adapted for solid tumors, according to study in The Journal of Clinical ... read more

Apr. 24, 2017 — One of the most dramatic medical success stories in recent years has been the introduction of new drugs that eradicate hepatitis C virus (HCV). But it's a different story among HCV patients with ... read more

HEART Score to Risk Stratify Patients With Chest Pain Is Safe but Underutilized in the ED

Apr. 24, 2017 — It is safe for physicians to use the HEART (History, ECG, Age, Risk factors, and initial Troponin) score to make decisions about admission, observation, or discharge in patients presenting to the ... read more

'Alarmingly High' Risk of Death for People With Opioid Use Disorder in General Medical Care

Apr. 24, 2017 — Almost one-fifth of patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in a large healthcare system died during a four-year follow-up period, reports a new ... read more

Facing Nightmare Scenarios Before Discharge Lifts Confidence of Parents of Babies in NICU

Apr. 24, 2017 — The key to improving confidence among parents of ill or premature infants may lie in simulated care, found new research. A new study found simulations of daily care and worst-case scenarios helped ... read more

Physicians Vastly Underestimate Patients' Willingness to Share Sexual Orientation, Study Finds

Apr. 24, 2017 — A study that surveyed a national sample of emergency department health care providers and adult patients suggests that patients are substantially more willing to disclose their sexual orientation ... read more

Challenging the Current Approach to Glut1 Deficiency

Apr. 24, 2017 — Researchers have discovered that diet changes and early diagnosis could help outcomes for patients with Glucose Transporter Type 1 Deficiency, a rare pediatric neurological disorder that can cause ... read more

Ambulances Respond More Slowly in Summer and Winter

Apr. 24, 2017 — Ambulance response times in London worsen when air temperatures rise or fall beyond certain limits in summer and winter, according to a new ... read more

Unravelling a Mystery Cause of Multiple Sclerosis

Apr. 24, 2017 — Ahead of MS Awareness Week, an international team of researchers has discovered a new cellular mechanism -- an underlying defect in brain cells -- that may cause the disease, and a potential hallmark ... read more

Testing Urine for Particular Proteins Could Be Key to Preventing Kidney Transplant Failure

Apr. 24, 2017 — Testing for molecular markers in the urine of kidney transplant patients could reveal whether the transplant is failing and ... read more

Space Technologies Improve Surgeries Back on Earth

Apr. 22, 2017 — A novel surgical robotic system has been developed that provides tactile feedback and is capable of single-incision and natural orifice (incision-free) robotic surgery. The system minimizes surgical ... read more

Improving Response to Toxic Inhalation Disasters

Apr. 21, 2017 — Better medical responses to the accidental or intentional release of inhaled toxic chemicals are being developed, but the field faces considerable challenges, according to a new report by an ... read more

Patients With Hyperpigmentation More Likely to Use Sunscreen, Few Use Other Sun-Protection Measures

Apr. 21, 2017 — Patients with hyperpigmentation, a medical disorder that leads to darkening or increase in the natural color of the skin, are more likely to use sunscreen but do not use other protection ... read more

Displaying Lab Test Costs in Health Records Doesn't Deter Doctors from Ordering Them

Apr. 21, 2017 — Hospitals nationwide are seeking ways to use price transparency -- displaying the price of lab tests at the time when doctors are placing the order -- to nudge doctors to consider whether the ... read more

Fecal Microbiota Transplants Improve Cognitive Impairment Caused by Severe Liver Disease

Apr. 21, 2017 — Fecal transplantation of bacteria from one healthy donor into patients that suffer from hepatic encephalopathy, is safe and improves cognitive function compared with standard of care treatment for ... read more

Investigational Dose of Oral Interferon-Free Treatment Can Cure Hepatitis C in Children

Apr. 21, 2017 — A study that evaluated an investigational dosage of once-daily ledipasvir 45 mg/sofosbuvir 200 mg (LDV/SOF) in children aged six to 11 years infected with HCV, found that 99 percent of children had ... read more

Medical History Reveals Multiple Sclerosis Begins to Impact Patients Sooner

Apr. 21, 2017 — People with multiple sclerosis can show signs of something wrong five years before the onset of disease, much earlier than previously thought, according to a new analysis of health records from ... read more

Medicaid Expansion Linked With Increase in Prescriptions Filled for Chronic Conditions

Apr. 20, 2017 — During the first one and a half years of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of prescriptions filled by adults using Medicaid coverage increased by 19 percent in states that expanded Medicaid ... read more

Treating Sports-Related Concussions Using Telemedicine

Apr. 20, 2017 — An estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million traumatic brain injuries occur every year. More than 75 percent of the injuries are sports-related mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions. Now a study focuses on ... read more

Apr. 20, 2017 — Researchers have developed a sensor-filled glove that doctors could wear to accurately measure muscle stiffness, known as spasticity, in patients suffering from stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple ... read more

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