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August 24, 2016

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August 24, 2016

Recommended Blood Pressure Targets for Diabetes Are Being Challenged

Aug. 23, 2016 — The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare recently raised the recommended target blood pressure for patients with diabetes. This may lead to more patients suffering from stroke or heart ... read more

Rx Associated With Fracture Risk Infrequently Reduced After Fracture Occurrence

Aug. 22, 2016 — Is the occurrence of a fragility fracture -- where Medicare beneficiaries broke a hip, wrist or shoulder -- a missed opportunity to reduce exposure to prescription drugs associated with fracture ... read more

Answering the Call for Quality Colorectal Cancer Patient Info

Aug. 22, 2016 — Patients depend on the Internet for health information, but when it comes to colorectal cancer, currently available resources are not meeting their ... read more

Socioeconomic Factors -- Not Race or Ethnicity -- Influence Survival of Younger Patients With Multiple Myeloma

Aug. 22, 2016 — Advances in the treatment of multiple myeloma, a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell, have led to improved survival predominantly among young and white patients, with less of an increase ... read more

MRI Technology Quantifies Liver Response in Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Patients

Aug. 19, 2016 — Researchers have found that a form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that non-invasively measures fat density in the liver corresponds with histological (microscopic tissue analyses) responses in ... read more

Vertebroplasty Helps Reduce Acute Pain Among Patients With Spinal Fractures

Aug. 19, 2016 — Vertebroplasty is a safe and effective procedure to reduce acute pain and disability in patients who have experienced spinal fractures within a 6-week period, according to a new study. In this ... read more

'Born to Be Bad' or 'Born to Be Benign:' Testing Cells for Esophageal Cancer Risk

Aug. 19, 2016 — Genetically analyzing lesions in the food pipe could provide an early and accurate test for esophageal cancer, according to research. Barrett's Esophagus is a common condition that affects ... read more

Swimming Is an Effective Part of the Treatment for Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests

Aug. 19, 2016 — Swimming is as effective as walking to relieve pain and improve quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia, that experience chronic diffuse non-inflammatory pain in the musculoskeletal system ... read more

Researcher Provides Recommendations to Stop Violence Against Clinicians in China

Aug. 19, 2016 — Responding to the number of violent attacks on physicians in China, researchers organized an initiative to rebuild patient-physician trust with recommendations published in a new ... read more

New Oral Diabetes Drugs May Also Protect Patients' Kidney Health

Aug. 18, 2016 — In a clinical trial of patients with type 2 diabetes, canagliflozin (a sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor) slowed kidney function decline to a greater extent than glimepiride (a sulfonylurea), ... read more

Nivolumab in Advanced Lung Cancer: Indication of Major Added Benefit

Aug. 18, 2016 — Patients with advanced nonsquamous NSCLC who have already undergone chemotherapy survive longer with the drug Nivolumab than with ... read more

Postoperative Telephone Clinic Can Be Used in Lieu of in-Person Care for Some Patients

Aug. 18, 2016 — Implementation of a telephone postoperative clinic at a Veterans Affairs facility significantly improved utilization of surgeon and facility resources while maintaining satisfactory patient outcomes, ... read more

Ramucirumab in Stomach Cancer: Added Benefit Not Proven

Aug. 18, 2016 — Two studies submitted were unsuitable for the assessment of an added benefit because they did not meet the specifications on the comparator therapy and on the target ... read more

Afatinib in Advanced Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lung: Added Benefit Not Proven

Aug. 18, 2016 — Considering Afatinib in advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the lung, neither the direct nor the indirect comparison conducted by the drug manufacturer allows conclusions on advantages or ... read more

New Report Presents Bundled Payment Model for Breast Cancer Screening

Aug. 18, 2016 — Mammography may present an opportunity for the expanded use of bundled payments in radiology, suggests new research. The study reports that breast cancer screening provides a framework for ... read more

Unexplained Developmental Disorder Linked to Gene Involved in Essential Cellular Processes

Aug. 18, 2016 — A neurodevelopmental disorder for which there was no known cause has been linked to SON, a gene that is involved in essential mechanisms a cell uses to translate DNA into protein, as well as in DNA ... read more

Innovative Device Simulates Cataract Replacement Experience

Aug. 18, 2016 — A vision simulator works to help patients test artificial lens designs prior to implantation in the ... read more

New Research Sheds Light on the Real Experience of Calling the GP Surgery

Aug. 18, 2016 — A new study has examined, for the first time, how receptionists interact with patients over the telephone. The pioneering has revealed how patients have to 'push' for effective ... read more

Concussion Rates Rising Significantly in Adolescents

Aug. 18, 2016 — The number of Americans diagnosed with concussions is growing, most significantly in adolescents, according to researchers. They recommend that adolescents be prioritized for ongoing work in ... read more

Acetaminophen Does Not Aggravate Children's Asthma

Aug. 17, 2016 — Contrary to earlier reports, giving acetaminophen (Tylenol, etc.) for pain and fever does not worsen asthma in young children with the condition, concludes a randomized ... read more

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