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May 31, 2016

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May 31, 2016

May 30, 2016 — Painkillers paradoxically prolong pain in rats, a study that could have far-reaching effects for humans, new research demonstrates. Roughly 20,000 Americans died in 2015 from overdoses of ... read more

A Combined Approach to Treating Metastatic Melanoma

May 30, 2016 — Oncologists have successfully treated a patient with metastatic melanoma by combining two different types of ... read more

Quiet Please in the Intensive Care Unit

May 30, 2016 — A new study shows that noise levels in the Intensive Care Unit can go well above recommended levels, disturbing both patients and the medical teams that care for ... read more

Study Shows Patients Require Less Painkilling Medication After Breast-Cancer Surgery If They Have Opiate-Free Anesthesia

May 30, 2016 — New research shows that patients undergoing breast cancer surgery need less painkilling medication post-surgery if they have anesthesia that is free of opioid ... read more

Gaps in Pregnancy Testing Before Surgery in Women of Reproductive Age

May 27, 2016 — New research addresses the importance of discussing potential pregnancy and providing pregnancy testing for women of reproductive age before they undergo surgery, so that harm to mother and baby can ... read more

Music for the Eyes: Music Helps Before Surgery

May 27, 2016 — Having relaxing music played just before eye surgery leads to patients feeling less anxiety and requiring less sedation, concludes a new ... read more

Rethinking Hospital Alarms

May 27, 2016 — On average, there are about 480,000 patients in hospitals in the United States -- each generating about 135 clinical alarms per day. But studies show that more than 90 percent of these alarms result ... read more

Pharmacist Prescribes Education as Key to Curbing Opioid Abuse

May 27, 2016 — Technologies that make it harder for people to abuse opioids -- like doctoring pills so that they produce unpleasant side effects if broken, crushed or injected --- likely will have limited ... read more

The Dying Child: Room for Improvement in End-of-Life Care

May 27, 2016 — Many pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists believe that their clinical care extends from treating ill children through end-of-life care. However, are pediatricians actually meeting the needs of ... read more

Moving Beyond Race-Based Drugs

May 26, 2016 — Prescribing certain medications on the basis of a patient's race has long come under fire from those uneasy with using race as a surrogate for biology when treating disease. But there are ... read more

Why Everyone Wants to Help the Sick, but Not the Unemployed

May 26, 2016 — New research explains why health-care costs are running out of control, while costs to unemployment protection are kept in line. The answer is found deep in our psychology, where powerful intuitions ... read more

First Discovery in United States of Colistin Resistance in a Human E. Coli Infection

May 26, 2016 — The Multidrug Resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research characterized a transferrable gene for colistin resistance in the United States that ... read more

Who Should Pay for Gene Therapy?

May 26, 2016 — As gene therapy trials show promise to cure or ameliorate several diseases, it is time to explore ways to pay for the treatments, according to a new commentary. Noting the potential of gene therapy ... read more

Researchers Link Gene Expression Patterns of Normal Tissue to Breast Cancer Prognosis

May 26, 2016 — Researchers have identified a particular gene expression pattern in normal-appearing breast tissue around tumors that was linked to lower 10-year survival rates for women with estrogen ... read more

Unmet Surgical Needs High for World's 60 Million Refugees

May 26, 2016 — The world’s estimated 60 million refugees, displaced from their homes due to conflict, persecution or human rights violations, may need at least 2.78 million surgeries a year, something thought to ... read more

Helping Stroke Survivors Get Back on Their Feet

May 26, 2016 — Small sensory devices could help to improve walking recovery during stroke rehabilitation in a bid to reduce social isolation, say ... read more

New Treatment Room Design Model for Future Hospitals

May 26, 2016 — A new design model for future intensive and intermediate care facilities has been developed by experts. The results of research on evidence-based design (EBD) and user-orientation were applied to the ... read more

Genome Sequencing Provides Diagnosis for Some Types of Intellectual Disability

May 25, 2016 — A study is one of the first to show the life-changing benefits of genome-wide sequencing for children with certain kinds of intellectual disability, report ... read more

Researchers Identify Immune Genes Tied to Common, Deadly Brain Cancer

May 25, 2016 — Researchers have identified a group of immune system genes that may play a role in how long people can live after developing a common type of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme, a tumor of ... read more

Dialing Up Chemotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer With Ultrasound

May 25, 2016 — By enhancing the ability of cells to absorb chemotherapeutics, researchers have nearly doubled the median patient survival time from diagnosis in a phase I clinical trial. Researchers have combined a ... read more

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