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February 19, 2017

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February 19, 2017

Micro-RNA May Amplify Effectiveness of Sorafenib in Difficult Liver Cancer Cases

Feb. 17, 2017 — Only 25% of patients respond to sorafenib treatment, so researchers have endeavored to understand its mechanism of action and discover a way to boost its ... read more

ICU Care for COPD, Heart Failure and Heart Attack May Not Be Better

Feb. 17, 2017 — Does a stay in the intensive care unit give patients a better chance of surviving a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or heart failure flare-up or even a heart attack, compared with care ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Tumors that originate in other organs of the body and spread to the brain are known as metastatic brain tumors. According to the American Brain Tumor Association, this tumor type is the most common ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — In some areas of the US, medical providers consistently order more tests and treatments for patients than providers do elsewhere -- a fact that has generated considerable public debate. Now a new ... read more

New Test May Quickly Identify Mild Traumatic Brain Injury With Underlying Brain Damage

Feb. 16, 2017 — A new test using peripheral vision reaction time could lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment of mild traumatic brain injury, often referred to as a ... read more

New Technique Yields Healthier Blood Vessels After Heart Surgery

Feb. 16, 2017 — Surgeons often take a blood vessel from your leg to graft onto your heart during a coronary bypass surgery. The practice can lead to scarring in many patients, which in turn can cause another heart ... read more

Doctors Prescribe More Antibiotics When Expectations Are High, Study Says

Feb. 16, 2017 — Experimental evidence confirms what surveys have long suggested: Physicians are more likely to prescribe antibiotics when they believe there is a high expectation of it from their patients, even if ... read more

Complex Neurological Infections Require Team Care

Feb. 16, 2017 — A multidisciplinary approach is important for diagnosis and treatment of healthcare-associated ventriculitis and meningitis, suggest new guidelines. These complex brain and spinal infections can be ... read more

More Patients With Early-Stage Breast Cancer May Be Able to Avoid Chemotherapy in the Future

Feb. 16, 2017 — Women with early-stage breast cancer who had an intermediate risk recurrence score (RS) from a 21-gene expression assay had similar outcomes, regardless of whether they received chemotherapy, a new ... read more

After Joint Replacement Surgery, Smokers at Increased Risk of Reoperation for Infection

Feb. 16, 2017 — For patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement, smoking is associated with an increased risk of infectious (septic) complications requiring repeat surgery, reports a new ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — More than six decades after Castleman disease (CD) was first described, a group of experts has established the first set of diagnostic criteria for a life-threatening subtype of the condition, ... read more

Genome Analysis Helps Keep Deadly Brain Cancer at Bay for Five Years

Feb. 15, 2017 — An analysis of a patient’s deadly brain tumor helped doctors identify new emerging mutations and keep a 55-year old woman alive for more than five years, researchers ... read more

When Does a Man Say 'I'm the Father'?

Feb. 15, 2017 — American men much more readily acknowledge that they are the legal father of a child born out of wedlock when the woman involved is more affluent, educated, and healthy. It also helps (slightly) if ... read more

Chest Pain: New Tool Helps Doctors Decide When Tests Are Needed

Feb. 15, 2017 — Stress testing may not always be necessary for those with non-urgent chest pain, suggest researchers in a new ... read more

Mental Shortcuts: Many Physicians Choose Insomnia Meds Based on Habit

Feb. 15, 2017 — Clinical decision-making and treatment choice is a complex cognitive process influenced by multiple variables, report ... read more

Patient Complaints Can Identify Surgeons With Higher Rates of Bad Surgical Outcomes

Feb. 15, 2017 — Recording and analyzing patient and family reports about rude and disrespectful behavior can identify surgeons with higher rates of surgical site infections and other avoidable adverse outcomes, ... read more

Regional Chemotherapy Technique for Extremity Sarcoma Salvages Limbs from Amputation

Feb. 15, 2017 — Patients with a type of advanced malignant cancer of the arms or legs have typically faced amputation of the afflicted limb as the only treatment option. However, a technique that limits the ... read more

High Rates of Satisfaction for Applicator Free Local Estrogen Softgel Ovule

Feb. 15, 2017 — A new investigational delivery method for localized vaginal estrogen therapy received high rates of patient satisfaction among post-menopausal women, according to post-trial survey ... read more

Statin Side Effects Are Strongest Predictor of Failure to Meet Cholesterol Targets

Feb. 15, 2017 — Statin side effects are the strongest predictor of failure to meet low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol targets, according to new research. Other predictors were statin non-adherence and use of ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Delivering on the promise of preventing HIV infections with antiretroviral medicines, or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), requires thinking about PrEP as a nine-step continuum of preventive care, ... read more

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