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May 4, 2016

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May 4, 2016

Genetic Test Shows Patients at Risk of a Serious Adverse Reaction to Toxic Goitre Treatment

May 4, 2016 — Gene variants that predict the risk of a serious adverse reaction to drugs used for the treatment of hyperthyroidism, researchers report. Adverse drugs reactions are a leading cause of admission to ... read more

Diabetes Risk of Common Arthritis Medicine Quantified for First Time

May 4, 2016 — Glucocorticoid (or steroid) therapy, prescribed to around half of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, is a known risk factor for developing diabetes. A study has found how the risk of diabetes ... read more

Zika Virus and Health Systems in Brazil: From Unknown to a Menace

May 3, 2016 — A new article examines the Zika Virus epidemic in Brazil and the Americas. On February 1, 2016, a World Health Organization (WHO) emergency committee declared clusters of birth defects suspected of ... read more

Giving Patients a Tool to Search for Health Care Prices Did Not Result in Lower Spending

May 3, 2016 — Offering a price transparency website and app to employees at two large companies was not associated with reduction in outpatient spending or out-of-pocket ... read more

One in Five Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Missing Recommended Flu Jab

May 3, 2016 — Research has found a shortfall in the uptake of influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations among those diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), potentially increasing their infection ... read more

Teens With Allergies and Asthma: Start Prepping Now for Move to College

May 3, 2016 — Being in a new location with new risky behaviors can negatively impact your health and increase your risk for ingesting food allergens and exposure to allergy and asthma triggers. A new article ... read more

Double-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial of the Xiao Procedure in Children

May 3, 2016 — The results have been released of a double-blinded randomized controlled trial of the 'Xiao procedure' in children with spina bifida who suffer from neurogenic bladder dysfunction. The Xiao ... read more

Funding Decline for a US Government HIV/AIDS Initiative Raises Concerns

May 3, 2016 — A new study finds a significant decline in funding for an important part of the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR. The study finds a 33 percent drop in funding ... read more

Nonprofit Hospitals Earn Substantial Profits

May 2, 2016 — Seven of the 10 most profitable hospitals in the United States in 2013 – each earning more than $163 million in profits from patient care services – were nonprofit hospitals, according to new ... read more

Corporate Churning Associated With Lower Nursing Home Quality

May 2, 2016 — Nursing homes that underwent chain-related transactions such as mergers and acquisitions experienced a larger number of deficiency citations both before and after transactions than nursing homes that ... read more

May 2, 2016 — Researchers have developed SpiroCall, a new health sensing tool that can accurately measure lung function from anywhere in the world over a simple phone call. It is designed to work with older mobile ... read more

Diagnosing Mononucleosis: Researchers Work to Expedite Proper Treatment

May 2, 2016 — One researcher wasn't impressed with research on infectious mononucleosis when he wrote his first published review on it back in the 1990s, and he still isn't. Early diagnosis of mono is ... read more

Veterans More Likely to Delay Seeking Health Care

May 2, 2016 — Military veterans are more likely to report delays in seeking necessary healthcare, compared to the US general population, reports a new study. Delays in seeking care are an important issue in the US ... read more

UK Health Check Has Only Modest Impact on Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease

May 2, 2016 — The largest risk assessment and management program for cardiovascular disease in the world, England's National Health Service Health Check, had only a modest impact on risk factors for heart ... read more

Breast Cancer Study: Towards Personalized Treatment

May 2, 2016 — The largest-ever study to sequence the whole genomes of breast cancers has uncovered five new genes associated with the disease and 13 new mutational signatures that influence tumor development. Two ... read more

Expand Prescribing of Buprenorphine for Opioid Abuse? Experts Weigh Pros and Cons

May 2, 2016 — Buprenorphine is a critical part of treatment for the growing epidemic of opioid abuse -- but also carries the potential for misuse and diversion. The debate over whether 'to expand or not to ... read more

Ibrutinib: Indication of Added Benefit in One of Three Therapeutic Indications

May 2, 2016 — No added benefit has been proven for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and Waldenström macroglobulinaemia. Certain patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma benefit from the ... read more

New Drug More Effective in Treating Atrial Fibrillation

May 2, 2016 — Vernakalant, a new drug for treating recent-onset atrial fibrillation, has proved to be considerably more effective than Ibutilide, an established drug in this indication. It was able to normalize ... read more

Radiation and Immunotherapy Combination Can Destroy Both Primary and Secondary Tumors

May 1, 2016 — The addition of an immune system-strengthening compound to radiation therapy can extend the radiation therapy-induced immune response against the tumor sites and that this response even has an effect ... read more

Breast Milk Linked to Significant Early Brain Growth in Preemies

Apr. 30, 2016 — Feeding premature babies mostly breast milk during the first month of life appears to spur more robust brain growth. Those preemies whose daily diets were at least 50 percent breast milk had more ... read more

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