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July 25, 2016

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July 25, 2016

Most Surgical Meniscus Repairs Are Unnecessary

July 22, 2016 — Three out of four people could avoid knee surgery with a new form of exercise therapy, with significant cost savings for society, say researchers in a new ... read more

Shaken Baby Syndrome Accepted as Diagnosis by Majority of Physicians

July 22, 2016 — Survey data reveals a high degree of medical consensus that shaking a young child is capable of producing subdural hematoma (a life-threatening pooling of blood outside the brain), severe retinal ... read more

Blood Disorders Cost €23 Billion to European Economy

July 22, 2016 — Healthcare costs per patient with blood cancers are two times higher than average cancer costs, due to long hospital stays and complex treatment and diagnosis, a new report ... read more

More Doesn't Mean Better When It Comes to Trauma Centers

July 21, 2016 — For the first time, research shows that changes over time in the volume of patients seen by trauma centers influence the likelihood of seriously injured patients living or dying. The findings mean ... read more

Chronic Low Back Pain Linked to Higher Rates of Illicit Drug Use

July 21, 2016 — People living with chronic low back pain (cLBP) are more likely to use illicit drugs -- including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine -- compared to those without back pain, reports a ... read more

Regenerative Medicine Improves Strength, Function in Severe Muscle Injuries

July 21, 2016 — Patients with severe muscle loss surgically implanted with bioscaffolds derived from pig tissue showed significant improvement in strength and range of motion, as well as evidence for skeletal muscle ... read more

Hospital More Than Four Times as Likely for Under-6s After Laundry Pod Detergent Contact

July 21, 2016 — Children under the age of 6 are four times as likely to end up in hospital after contact with laundry pod detergent as children exposed to other types of detergent, finds new ... read more

Preventive Therapy in Brain-Injured Patients Lowers Risk of Pulmonary Embolism, DVT

July 21, 2016 — People who sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are at high risk for developing deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. But blood-thinning medications started within 72 hours of hospital ... read more

Combining New and Old Drugs Improves Survival for Soft-Tissue Cancer Patients

July 20, 2016 — Adding a novel monoclonal antibody therapy called olaratumab to traditional chemotherapy increased median survival by nearly a year in patients with advanced sarcoma, according to a multicenter ... read more

Exercise as Effective as Surgery for Middle Aged Patients With Knee Damage

July 20, 2016 — Exercise therapy is as effective as surgery for middle aged patients with a common type of knee injury known as meniscal tear (damage to the rubbery discs that cushion the knee joint), finds a new ... read more

Imaging After Thyroid Cancer Treatment Does Not Necessarily Mean Better Outcomes

July 20, 2016 — More imaging after thyroid cancer treatment identifies recurrence, but it does not always improve survival, a new study suggests. More people are being diagnosed with low-risk thyroid cancer, but the ... read more

Screening for Suicide Risk Among Urban Children Vitally Important

July 20, 2016 — Screening for suicide risk among publicly insured urban children who are experiencing psychological distress is vitally important, finds a new ... read more

Scientists Call for Replacement of Animals in Antibody Production

July 20, 2016 — Routine scientific procedures using millions of animals are still being authorized when there is a tried and tested alternative, according to a group of scientists investigating the production of ... read more

New Superconducting Coil Improves MRI Performance

July 20, 2016 — A multidisciplinary research team has developed a high-temperature superconducting coil that allows magnetic resonance imaging scanners to produce higher resolution images or acquire images in a ... read more

Liquid Biopsies Offer Hope for Earlier Treatment, Better Tracking of Ovarian Cancer

July 20, 2016 — A promising new way to monitor and treat recurrence of ovarian cancer has been identified by researchers -- a hard-to-detect disease that claims many lives. New research finds liquid biopsies from ... read more

Improving Health Facility Efficiency Could Markedly Expand HIV Treatment

July 20, 2016 — Health facilities in Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia could extend life-sustaining antiretroviral therapy to hundreds of thousands of people living with HIV if facilities improved the efficiency of service ... read more

Majority of Physicians Have Favorite Patients, Study Finds

July 20, 2016 — Physicians like the majority of their patients, but a majority like some more than others, a study indicates. This study is thought to be among the first to explore the positive aspects of ... read more

Rationing Healthcare: More Than Half of US Doctors Say No to Clinical Services

July 20, 2016 — More than half of US physicians included in a national survey have withheld certain medical interventions with small benefits from their patients because of the cost-implications these hold. Such ... read more

Surgeons' Disclosures of Clinical Adverse Events

July 20, 2016 — Surgeons who reported they were less likely to discuss preventability of an adverse event, or who reported difficult communication experiences, were more negatively affected by disclosure than ... read more

Study Examines Opioid Agonist Therapy Use in Medicare Patients

July 20, 2016 — Few Medicare enrollees appear to be receiving buprenorphine-naloxone, the only opioid agonist therapy for opioid addiction available through Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, according to a ... read more

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