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September 1, 2016

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September 1, 2016

Stem Cell Agency Spinal Cord Injury Clinical Trial Passes Safety Hurdles

Aug. 31, 2016 — A clinical trial using stem cells to treat people with recent spinal cord injuries has cleared two key safety hurdles, and been given approval to expand the therapy to a larger group of patients with ... read more

High Rates of Suicide and Self-Harm Among Transgender Youth

Aug. 31, 2016 — In a new study, 30 percent of transgender youth report a history of at least one suicide attempt, and nearly 42 percent report a history of self-injury, such as cutting. The study also discovered a ... read more

Nationwide Study Sets Benchmarks for 30-Day Mortality Following Chemotherapy for Breast and Lung Cancer in England

Aug. 30, 2016 — For the first time, English national data on 30-day mortality for patients with breast and lung cancer treated with chemotherapy have been collected and analyzed in order to help clinical teams ... read more

Children With Asthma Attacks Triggered by Colds Less Responsive to Standard Treatment

Aug. 30, 2016 — A study confirms that respiratory viral detection, not child's age, explains the high rate of hospitalization for asthma attacks in children under ... read more

Affordable Care Act Has Improved Access to Health Care, but Disparities Persist

Aug. 30, 2016 — The Affordable Care Act has substantially decreased the number of uninsured Americans and improved access to health care, though insurance affordability and disparities by geography, race/ethnicity, ... read more

Pets and Children Are a Potential Source of C. Difficile in the Community

Aug. 30, 2016 — Household transmission of Clostridium difficile to pets and children may be a source of community-associated C. difficile infections according to findings from a new study. The study found that ... read more

Researchers Identify Multidrug-Resistant E. Coli Bacteria from New Jersey Patient

Aug. 30, 2016 — New Jersey researchers have identified what is believed to be the first strain of Escherichia coli bacteria from a patient in the United States that harbored two mobile genes making it resistant to ... read more

Swelling Obesity Rates May Be Tied to Childhood Antibiotic Use

Aug. 30, 2016 — As the nation's obesity rate continues to skyrocket, scientists across the country are combing the health records of 1.6 million kids to determine if childhood antibiotic use causes weight gain ... read more

Results of Trial Into Anticoagulants for Cardioversion in Atrial Fibrillation Patients Published

Aug. 30, 2016 — Clinical trial finds edoxaban to be equally effective as current use of ... read more

Longer Duration of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy After Stent Placement Improves Outcomes for Patients With Peripheral Arterial Disease

Aug. 30, 2016 — Reserachers assessed the efficacy and safety of prolonged (24 months) vs short (6 months or less) dual antiplatelet therapy in patients with peripheral arterial disease undergoing percutaneous ... read more

Five-Year Study Reveals Patients Operated on at Night Twice as Likely to Die as Patients Who Have Daytime Operations

Aug. 29, 2016 — New research shows that patients who have surgery during the night are twice as likely to die as patients operated on during regular working ... read more

Aug. 29, 2016 — A wearable device has been developed that can tell if a user is misusing their voice and potentially someday be used to help detect vocal ... read more

Outpatient Bloodstream Infections Costly for Pediatric Transplant and Cancer Patients

Aug. 29, 2016 — Pediatric stem cell transplant and cancer patients often are discharged from the hospital with an external central venous line for medications that parents or other caregivers must clean and flush ... read more

Many Adults Who Screen Positive for Depression Don't Receive Treatment

Aug. 29, 2016 — A new study suggests gaps exist in the treatment of depression with many individuals who screen positive for the mental health disorder not receiving treatment, according to a new ... read more

Artificial Intelligence Expedites Breast Cancer Risk Prediction

Aug. 29, 2016 — Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) software that reliably interprets mammograms, assisting doctors with a quick and accurate prediction of breast cancer risk. The AI computer ... read more

ERs After Obamacare: More Patients, Fewer on-Call Specialists

Aug. 29, 2016 — The average monthly emergency department visit increased by 5.7 percent in Illinois after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, although the population remained essentially flat. In ... read more

Patients With Moderate to Severe TBI Twice as Likely to Die from an Unintentional Injury

Aug. 29, 2016 — Research examining adults with moderate to severe TBI who participated in rehabilitation showed that they were twice as likely to die from an unintentional injury that occurred following their TBI. ... read more

Drug-Dispensing Contact Lens Effectively Lowers Eye Pressure in Glaucoma Model

Aug. 29, 2016 — A novel contact lens-based system, which uses a strategically placed drug polymer film to deliver medication gradually to the eye, is at least as effective, and possibly more so, as daily latanoprost ... read more

Doctors Prescribe Diabetes Treatment Medications 15 Times More Than Obesity Drugs

Aug. 29, 2016 — Obesity is a well-established major risk factor for developing diabetes, with almost 90% of people living with type 2 diabetes having obesity or overweight. Even with the close tie between obesity ... read more

Assessing Unnecessary Angiography in Heart Care

Aug. 29, 2016 — Reserachers examined whether among patients with suspected coronary heart disease (CHD), cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR)-guided care is superior to National Institute for Health and Care ... read more

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