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Study: Direct Link Between Ethnic Discrimination and Health

January 8, 2015 12:05 pm | News | Comments

New research from the University of Colorado Denver shows that women who experience racial discrimination while pregnant suffer significant health impacts that are passed on to their infants. ...            

Study Findings Help Patients and Physicians Determine Prostate Cancer Risk

January 8, 2015 11:06 am | News | Comments

A discovery by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute shows that looking at whether a man's uncles and great-grandparents, among other second- and third-degree relatives, had prostate cancer could be as important as looking at whether his father had prostate cancer. ...      

New Approach May Lead to Inhalable Vaccines for Influenza, Pneumonia

January 7, 2015 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University have uncovered a novel approach to creating inhalable vaccines using nanoparticles that shows promise for targeting lung-specific diseases, such as influenza, pneumonia and tuberculosis. ...    

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Analysis: Federal Government Underfunds Chronic Disease Prevention Research

January 7, 2015 12:07 pm | News | Comments

Investigators have, for the first time, completed a comprehensive analysis of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding of research to prevent non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) and determined that prevention research in the United States is severely underfunded....   

Many Women Who Get Hysterectomy May Not Need Procedure

January 7, 2015 11:16 am | News | Comments

It is estimated that one in three women in the United States will have had a hysterectomy by the age of 60. Although the numbers of hysterectomies are decreasing, a new study of more than three thousand women in Michigan who underwent hysterectomy for benign indications reveals that alternatives to hysterectomy are being underused and that treatment guidelines are often not followed. ...   

Imaging Technique Improves Prostate Cancer Detection

January 7, 2015 10:56 am | News | Comments

In 2014, prostate cancer was the leading cause of newly diagnosed cancers in men and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. In the January 6 issue of the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Disease, a team of scientists and physicians, describe a novel imaging technique that measurably improves upon current prostate imaging - and may have significant implications for how patients with prostate cancer are ultimately treated.

Court to Hear Case of Teen Refusing Chemotherapy

January 7, 2015 10:30 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

When a 17-year-old girl refused medical treatment for cancer and her mother agreed with her decision, state officials took custody of her and forced her to undergo what they called life-saving chemotherapy. ...         

Can ObamaCare Survive in 2015?

January 6, 2015 12:24 pm | by Dr. Jane M. Orient | Blogs | Comments

Now that Republicans have control of Congress, they could possibly keep their promise to repeal ObamaCare—except for two immediate obstacles. One of course is the threat of the Presidential veto. Another is the already apparent willingness of craven politicians to surrender pre-emptively. 

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Glowing Nanotechnology Guides Cancer Surgery, Kills Malignant Cells

January 6, 2015 11:30 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new way to selectively insert compounds into cancer cells - a system that will help surgeons identify malignant tissues and then, in combination with phototherapy, kill any remaining cancer cells after a tumor is removed. ...   

Outpatient Surgery Center Draws Opposition From Hospital

January 6, 2015 10:22 am | by Elizabeth Kim, Stamford Advocate | News | Comments

As the health care industry evolves, outpatient surgical centers have become increasingly familiar. Rather than going to a hospital, patients who need routine surgical procedures can have them performed at a private facility, usually in a nondescript office complex, and walk out the same day. ...    

Bites to the Hand Worse Than Previously Thought

January 5, 2015 11:55 am | News | Comments

Hand injuries are frequently caused by human and animal bites, prompting as many as 330,000 emergency department visits in the United States each year. ...                 

Hospital Controls Avian Flu With Preparedness Measures

January 5, 2015 11:38 am | News | Comments

A proactive infection prevention plan implemented widely in a Hong Kong healthcare system was a significant factor preventing the spread of influenza strain A H7N9, otherwise known as Avian flu. ...          

Less Alcohol, More Plants Key to Reducing Obesity-Related Cancers

January 5, 2015 10:51 am | News | Comments

Low alcohol consumption and a plant-based diet, both healthy habits aligning with current cancer prevention guidelines, are associated with reducing the risk of obesity-related cancers, a New York University study shows. The findings appear in the journal Cancer Causes & Control. ...       

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More Than 1.5 Million Cancer Deaths Prevented With Dropping Mortality

January 2, 2015 12:52 pm | News | Comments

The American Cancer Society's annual cancer statistics report finds that a 22% drop in cancer mortality over two decades led to the avoidance of more than 1.5 million cancer deaths that would have occurred if peak rates had persisted. ...     

For Facial Transplant Patients, Blink Assessment Essential

December 30, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Face transplantation can dramatically enhance a patient's quality of life after severe facial trauma, but lack of attention to eyelid function and vision can leave patients with impaired vision, corneal exposure, eyelid retraction that occurs when the upper or lower eyelid pulls away from the eyeball, and other eyelid-related complications. ...   

New Test Measures Doctors' Ability to Deliver Patient-Centered Care

December 30, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

When health care providers take patients' perspectives into consideration, patients are more likely to be actively engaged in their treatment and more satisfied with their care. ...            

Scientists Help Put Bed Bugs to Bed - Forever

December 29, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

The world owes a debt of gratitude to Simon Fraser University biologist Regine Gries. Her arms have provided a blood meal for more than a thousand bedbugs each week for five years while she and her husband, biology professor Gerhard Gries, searched for a way to conquer the global bedbug epidemic. ...   

Scientists Focus on How Lung Cancer Spreads

December 29, 2014 11:45 am | News | Comments

CANCER RESEARCH UK scientists have taken microscopic images revealing that the protein ties tethering cells together are severed in lung cancer cells - meaning they can break loose and spread, according to research published in Cell Reports on Dec. 24. ...   

Protein Could Target Ebola, Other Infections

December 29, 2014 11:28 am | News | Comments

A protein called GRP78 could be a universal therapeutic target for treating human diseases like brain cancer, Ebola, Influenza, Hepatitis and superbug bacteria such as MRSE and MRSA, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University-led pre-clinical study published this month in the Journal of Cellular Physiology. ...   

Gallbladder Surgery: Many Patients Who Would Benefit The Most Don't Get It

December 29, 2014 11:11 am | News | Comments

Gallbladder removal is one of the most common operations performed in older adults. Yet, research from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston shows many patients who would benefit most from the surgery don't get it. ...     

Surgery Can Provide Elbow Pain Relief in Minutes

December 29, 2014 9:59 am | by Roxanne Stein, WPTV | News | Comments

A surgery to relieve pain in the elbow can now be completed in just a few minutes with minimal invasion. ...                          

Researchers Map Paths to Cancer Drug Resistance

December 23, 2014 4:07 pm | News | Comments

A team of researchers led by Duke Cancer Institute has identified key events that prompt certain cancer cells to develop resistance to otherwise lethal therapies.                  

'July Effect' Does Not Impact Stroke Outcomes

December 23, 2014 3:59 pm | News | Comments

Patients with strokes caused by blood clots -known as acute ischemic strokes- who were admitted in July had similar outcomes compared to patients admitted any other month, according to a new study. ...          

Skin Patch Could Help Heal, Prevent Diabetic Ulcers

December 23, 2014 3:49 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine say they have developed a safe and effective skin patch to deliver a drug that enhances the healing of diabetes-related ulcers. The patch, which they tested in mice, may also serve as a way to prevent ulcer formation. ...   

Researchers Find Alternate Drug Therapy Lowers Antibodies

December 23, 2014 3:38 pm | News | Comments

Findings of a three-year clinical trial led by University of Cincinnati (UC) transplant researchers suggest that a novel pre-operative drug therapy reduces antibodies in kidney patients with greater success than with traditional methods, with the potential to increase the patients' candidacy for kidney transplantation and decrease the likelihood of organ rejection. ... 

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