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Check it out: Tropical rickettsial illnesses associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes

Despite a common misconception that hookah tobacco smoke is 'safer' than conventional tobacco, a new study demonstrates increased uptake of benzene, a leukemia risk factor. ... more

It's hard to believe, but there are similarities between bean sprouts and human cancer. ... more

What's the best way to treat rectal cancer? Consult any of five top clinical guidelines for rectal cancer and you will get a different answer, according to a new study by researchers at the... ... more

Background: Rectal cancer surgery in the older population remains a highly controversial topic. The present study was designed to assess whether older patients had an increased risk for postoperative complications after rectal resection for malignancies. Methods: Consecutive patients (n =627), who underwent rectal cancer resection at a single institution, were included in the study and analyzed retrospectively. Short-term complications were compared between patients >=80 years (n =55) and <80 ye ... more

€śTo help other people overcome their injuries. €ť This mantra was accompanied by flushed faces, hidden trembling hands, and nervous chuckles as the majority of my peers told the class why they decided to pursue physical therapy as a career. Soon thereafter, this adage was lost as we dived into our studies, learning every bone, muscle, and organ. Focusing on the human body is a must for all healthcare professionals, and PTs especially must have a thorough and in-depth understanding of how the b ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Nov 23, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

To me, Medicaid is Obamacare €™s sleeping giant #8212; the enabler of federal power and control over the health system. It is a far more powerful enabler than health exchanges, which have gotten most of the publicity. It surpasses the number of uninsured and underinsured that the exchanges have enrolled. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Nov 22, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 40-year-old woman is evaluated for a rash on her hands that has been present for 6 weeks. This rash comes and goes throughout the year and has been present for many years, but never as severe as it is now. She also experiences itchy skin on her body. She had eczema as a child and currently has seasonal allergies. She is otherwise well and is currently taking no medication. On physic ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Nov 22, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Here is the attitude of ER physicians: Here are a few pills to hold you out for one or two days. Follow up with your PCP #8212; he or she should be managing your chronic pain #8212; not me. Now get out of my ER! #8221; Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Nov 22, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

When I started my internal medicine residency, I was pretty sure I was going to rock this primary care thing. I knew the drugs for hypertension, the guidelines for diabetes management, and depression management seemed like nothing more than an algorithm. I felt buoyed by familiarity as I looked at the problem list for my first primary care patient: basically diabetes, hypertension, and depression. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Nov 22, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Expert gives tips on avoiding problems ... more
Source: healthfinder.gov Daily News Nov 22, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

New research finds that while diets high in saturated fats might not increase saturated fat in the blood, a diet high in carbohydrates may increase the risk of heart diseases. ... more

Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Children's Health, Moles, Skin Cancer ... more
Source: MedlinePlus Health News Nov 22, 2014, 6:14 am (info)

Background: Neogenin is closely related to the human tumor suppressor gene deleted in colorectal cancer and plays a role in mammary morphogenesis. This study aimed to assess neogenin expression in breast cancer for any clinically significant association. Methods: A total of 54 breast cancer patients who underwent modified radical mastectomy were enrolled for immunohistochemical and quantitative real-time PCR analysis of neogenin expression in their cancerous breast tissues in comparison to match ... more

Mature cystic teratoma is a common benign neoplasm of the ovary. Complications occur in approximately 20% of cases. Clinical manifestations, laboratory findings, and imaging studies can assist in making a diagnosis of ovarian torsion of mature cystic teratoma. Furthermore, serum tumor markers may be helpful for diagnosing mature cystic teratoma and its torsion and, thus, can lead to early surgical intervention. A 56-year-old woman presented with a huge pelvic mass and pelvic pain. Serum CA19-9, ... more

Periosteal chondromas are rare benign cartilaginous tumors that arise adjacent to the cortex beneath the periosteum. These lesions are usually slow-growing and rarely exceed 3 cm in the greatest dimension. Here, we describe a 17-year-old boy who had a giant periosteal chondroma of the right distal femur, which was treated with intralesional resection and intensive curettage. In addition, we report a novel application of a bioresorbable plate in the management of the large bone defect after resec ... more

The European Medicines Agency committee has recommended secukinumab and apremilast for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and apremilast for active psoriatic arthritis. International Approvals ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 22, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

Senshio was recommended by an EMA panel for the treatment of moderate to severe symptomatic vulvar and vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women who are unable to use local vaginal estrogen therapy. International Approvals ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 22, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

Italian police put 12 pediatricians under house arrest on Friday for allegedly accepting extravagant gifts from makers of baby milk formula to promote it in place of breastfeeding. Reuters Health Information ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 22, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

Dear Dr. Oz, I know the #OzsInBox question on Twitter didn €™t exactly go the way you or your social media team expected.You told Sen. McCaskill when she asked you about the so-called miracles and medically baseless products that you promote on your show that you view yourself as a cheerleader, but consider #OzsInBox a wake-up call that doctors (or at least the ones who don €™t want to appear on your show to hawk a product) and a lot of other people think you are cheering for the wrong team. ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Nov 22, 2014, 12:14 am (info)

Background: Since 1993, we have performed minimally invasive laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) to treat malignant liver cancer, including colorectal liver metastases (CLM). However, further studies are needed to accumulate sufficient evidence on the oncological outcome of LLR for CLM. Methods: To elucidate the efficacy of LLR for CLM, this study comparatively analyzed the invasiveness and short-term prognosis of LLR (n = 43 cases) and open liver resection (OR) (n = 62 cases) performed for CLM a ... more

On 24 August, WHO was notified by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Jeera County, Equateur Province. This outbreak, which is unrelated to that affecting West Africa, caused a total of 66 cases of EVD including 8 among health care workers. By 20 November, 42 days had passed since the last case tested negative twice and was discharged from hospital. According to WHO recommendations, the end of an Ebola virus disease outbreak in a country can be ... more
Source: WHO news Nov 21, 2014, 6:16 pm (info)

In 2003, the FDA approved synthetic human growth hormones for kids who are healthy and not low in growth hormone but might wind up shorter than 97% of their peers -- a condition termed idiopathic short stature. ... more
Source: WebMD Health Nov 21, 2014, 6:16 pm (info)

Babies exposed to traces of peanut protein in house dust may have a higher risk of peanut allergy, researchers say. ... more
Source: WebMD Health Nov 21, 2014, 6:16 pm (info)

Switching locations might be tempting, WebMD's allergy expert says, but it's not guaranteed to bring relief. ... more
Source: WebMD Health Nov 21, 2014, 6:16 pm (info)

Allergy and asthma symptoms getting you down? Take control with these simple cleaning strategies. ... more
Source: WebMD Health Nov 21, 2014, 6:16 pm (info)

Bacteria counts in the air around the machines far exceeded those around paper dispensers ... more
Source: WebMD Health Nov 21, 2014, 6:16 pm (info)

Patients with a form of advanced colorectal cancer that is driven by a mutated version of the BRAF gene have limited treatment options available. However, results from a multi-center clinical trial suggest that the cancer may respond to a combination of three targeted drugs. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

A new method for discovering cancer drugs lets researchers identify weak and previously undetectable interactions between proteins inside living cells. This approach dould dramatically accelerate the identification of many potential new drug targets and provide an immediate platform to screen for badly needed new drug candidates that disrupt abnormal protein interactions. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

As many as one in five people with Type 2 diabetes do not see any improvement in blood sugar management when they engage in a supervised exercise regimen, according to a new scientific review. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

A new study is shedding light on an unexpected benefit of jogging in older adults. The study looked at adults over the age of 65 -- some of whom walk for exercise and some who run for exercise. The researchers found that those who run at least 30 minutes, three times a week were less likely to experience age-related physical decline in walking efficiency than those who simply walked. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

A patient's medical problem was diagnosed as primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), a disease in which the bile ducts are damaged, causing bile to build up in the liver. Liver-transplant lists are ordered according to the severity of the liver disease based on a "MELD" score, which factors in creatinine levels, bilirubin levels, and INR (a measurement of how quickly blood clots). The higher the MELD number, the sicker a patient is and the higher they are placed on the waiting list. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

A new clinical trial will evaluate different dosage levels of a promising experimental Ebola vaccine. The Baltimore study is the second Ebola vaccine trial being led by the University of Maryland School of Medicine CVD, the first currently taking place in Mali, West Africa. The Mali trial is being performed by CVD-Mali in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Mali. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

An international team of researchers has shown that it may be possible to improve the effectiveness of the seasonal flu vaccine by 'pre-empting' the evolution of the influenza virus. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Ebola GP protein covers the virus' surface and is shed from infected cells during infection. Shed GP can trigger massive dysregulation of the immune response and affect the permeability of blood vessels. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Researchers have used a model inspired by patterns of epidemic disease spreading to map how misfolded proteins propagate within the brain. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Found in South America and sub-Saharan Africa, each year yellow fever results in 200,000 new cases and kills 30,000 people. About 900 million people are at risk of contracting the disease. Now a research team has determined that the yellow fever virus, a hemorrhagic fever virus, replicates primarily in the liver; other organ failures that often follow in people with the disease are due to secondary effects. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

A recent study from the Thai-Myanmar border highlights the severe and previously under-reported adverse impact of readily treatable tropical rickettsial illnesses, notably scrub typhus and murine typhus, on pregnancy outcomes, finding that more than one third of affected pregnancies resulted either in stillbirth or premature and/or low birth weight babies. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Drugs that have been used for the past 30 years to treat HIV/AIDS, could be repurposed to treat the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new study suggests. AMD is a progressive condition that is untreatable in up to 90 percent of patients and is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly worldwide. The two forms of AMD, wet and dry, are classified based on the presence or absence of blood vessels that have invaded the retina. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Researchers are taking a unique approach to understanding and investigating cancer by utilizing evolutionary principles and computational modeling to examine the role of specific genetic mutations in the Darwinian struggle among tumor and normal cells during cancer growth. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

A link between moms' employment and overweight/obesity in preschoolers has been found by researchers. The study investigated links between mothers' employment status and their children's weight over time, exploring the impact of potential mediators, such as children's sleep and dietary habits, the amount of time they spent watching TV and family mealtime routines. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Pain, discomfort and magnet displacement were documented in a small medical records review study of patients with cochlear implants who underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), according to a new report. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

The control of certain childhood diseases is difficult, despite high vaccination coverage in many countries. One of the possible reasons for this is 'imperfect vaccines,' that is, vaccines that fail either due to 'leakiness,' lack of effectiveness on certain individuals in a population, or shorter duration of potency. In a new article, authors use a mathematical model to determine the consequences of vaccine failure and resulting disease dynamics. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

A new nationally representative survey of employers -- the largest purchasers of health care in the United States -- shows that most are unfamiliar with objective metrics of health plan quality information. The survey also found that employers are looking to the Affordable Care Act as they make significant decisions on the benefits they offer, with the costs of health plans as a key consideration. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Recent studies showing acid ceramidase (AC) to be upregulated in melanoma, lung and prostate cancers have made the enzyme a desired target for novel synthetic inhibitor compounds. Now scientists describe the very first class of AC inhibitors that may aid in the efficacy of chemotherapies. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Scientists have discovered how one gene is essential to hearing, uncovering a cause of deafness and suggesting new avenues for therapies. "This raises hopes that we could, in principle, use gene-therapy approaches to restore function in hair cells and thus develop new treatment options for hearing loss," said the senior author of the new study. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

A genome of a rare species of tapeworm found living inside a patient's brain has been sequenced for the first time. The study provides insights into potential drug targets within the genome for future treatments. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

A new 3D model of the protein Bax, a key regulator of cell death, has been developed and released by researchers. When active, Bax forms pores in the membranes of mitochondria, causing the release of proteins from the intermembrane space into the cytoplasm. This in turn triggers a series of operations ending in cell death, which are often impaired in cancer cells. Using Double Electron-Electron Resonance spectroscopy, the research group has now shown that active Bax is present on the membrane in ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

A protein kinase or enzyme known as PKM2 has proven to control cell division, potentially providing a molecular basis for tumor diagnosis and treatment, researchers report. Understanding how cytokinesis goes awry is important since abnormal cell division impacts tumor cell growth and spread, they add. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

In order to distinguish self from other, the immune system processes proteins from inside and outside the body in different ways. A new study revises understanding of how the process works and sheds light on autoimmune disease. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Activated through permanent stress, immune cells will have a damaging effect on and cause changes to the brain. This may result in mental disorders. Medical researchers are studying the effects of permanent stress on the immune system. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Survivors of stroke or other neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson €™s disease often struggle with mobility. To regain their motor functions, these patients are required to undergo physical therapy sessions. A team of researchers has invented a novel robotic walker that helps patients carry out therapy sessions to regain their leg movements and natural gait. The system also increases productivity of physiotherapists and improves the quality ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

For the first time, researchers have transplanted bone marrow stem cells into damaged brain tissue while applying lipoic acid (a potent antioxidant), with the aim of improving neuroregeneration in the tissue. This new way of repairing brain damage, which combines cellular treatment with drug therapy, has shown positive results, especially in forming blood vessels (a process called angiogenesis) in damaged areas of the brains of adult laboratory mice. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Medical researchers are considering the possibilities for personalized vaccines in all types of cancer. The first vaccine will be prepared from a warehouse of 72 targets previously identified by the researchers as relevant for treatment in glioblastoma. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

A cohesin molecule ensures the proper distribution of DNA during cell division. Scientists can now demonstrate the concept of its carabiner-like function by visualizing for the first time the open form of the complex. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Researchers are trying to help patients who have suffered a stroke to improve arm movement by stimulating the brain using a device called a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS). The idea is that when one side of the brain is damaged by a stroke, the healthy side tends to generate much more activity to compensate, but that may actually prevent the injured side from recovering, explains the principal investigator. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Life's extremists, a family of microbes called Archaea, may be an untapped source of new antibacterial drugs. That conclusion arises from the discovery of the first antibacterial gene in this ancient lineage. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Public health researchers from Australia have evaluated international breast cancer guidelines, finding that there is potential to improve surveillance of breast cancer survivors from both a patient and health system perspective. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Powered lower limb prosthetics hold promise for improving the mobility of amputees, but errors in the technology may also cause some users to stumble or fall. New research examines what happens when these technologies fail, with the goal of developing more robust powered prostheses. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

As in the first dossier assessment of canagliflozin, the drug manufacturer provided no suitable data for the fixed combination with metformin either. Therefore, no added benefit of canagliflozin plus metformin has been demonstrated for type 2 diabetes care. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Cirrhosis and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease are two serious liver conditions with limited pharmacological treatments. The December issues of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Gastroenterology highlights important updates into treatments for these two debilitating diseases. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

There are plenty of body parts that don't grow back when you lose them. Nails are an exception, and a new study reveals some of the reasons why. A team of researchers has identified a new population of nail stem cells, which have the ability to either self-renew or undergo specialization or differentiation into multiple tissues. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Although serrated polyps usually are associated with colorectal cancer, it turns out that such polyps are themselves not dangerous, according to a study. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Researchers have developed a hybrid metal-polymer nanoparticle that lights up in the acidic environment surrounding tumor cells. Nonspecific probes that can identify any kind of tumor are extremely useful for monitoring the location and spread of cancer and the effects of treatment, as well as aiding initial diagnosis. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

A more sustainable approach to a bond-forming reaction extensively used in the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries has now been developed. The team used the solvent-free, catalytic reaction to produce high yields of a wide range of amides, including the antidepressant moclobemide and other drug-like molecules. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Digoxin, a drug commonly used to treat heart conditions, was associated with a 71 percent higher risk of death and a 63 percent higher risk of hospitalization among adults with diagnosed atrial fibrillation and no evidence of heart failure, according to a study. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Physicians from 60 sites treated 161 heart attack patients with their own bone marrow cells, selected for their healing potential and then reinjected into the heart, in an effort to improve the heart's recovery. Their conclusion? Patients who receive more cells get significant benefits. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

New research raises concern about potential long-term harmful impact of 'antiretroviral therapy' on in-utero infants whose mothers are HIV-positive, but who are not infected with HIV themselves. The study shows that while the HIV medications have been successful in helping to prevent the transmission of the virus from mother to infant, they are associated with persistently impaired development of heart muscle and reduced heart performance in non-HIV-infected children whose mothers received the m ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Laparoscopic procedures conducted with the EndoSphere Surgical system are immensely easier, and can be done in an environment with significantly lowered pressure. Mr. Prenovitz described the new system as being easier for surgeons, especially those 45 and under €“ as they have played more interactive video games than their older colleagues! Interestingly enough, the concept of virtually entering a person €™s body and conducting surgery uses similar coordination and spatial understanding as many ... more
Source: OneMedPlace Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

This fact sheet provides information on the safety and effectiveness of pomegranate as a dietary supplement. ... more
Source: NCCAM Featured Content Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

The documentary, Sleepless in America, premieres on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday, November 30th at 8 p.m. ET/PT. ... more

Administration of a dose lower than intended, especially in patients prone to severe electrolyte imbalance, may lead to serious, life-threatening adverse health consequences. ... more
Source: MedWatch Safety Alert RSS Feed Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Guidance for UK general practitioners on identifying and referring patients suspected of having cancer has been updated for latest draft consultation. Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Overweight and obese adults have smaller hippocampal volumes at baseline and greater hippocampal atrophy over 8 years than their normal-weight peers. Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday filed a long-anticipated lawsuit challenging the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law over employer-based coverage and payments to insurers, according to court documents. Reuters Health Information ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

A large observational study, in contrast to two randomized controlled trials, shows that niacin administration reduces all-cause mortality and declines in kidney function. Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

A new quick guide for doctors to help them home in on the 10 most important things to think about when treating diabetes patients has been produced by the US National Diabetes Education Program. Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Hear a review of the top cardiology stories for the week ending Nov 21. theheart.org on Medscape ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Provocative results of the AVOID trial not only show no benefit of supplemental oxygen in normoxic ST-elevation MI but hint at larger infarct size and more recurrent events with therapy. Heartwire ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

A final position on testosterone in Europe has been adopted today and finds evidence linking testosterone to heart problems in men "weak and inconclusive. " Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Blink training decreases partial blinking and improves meibomian gland function and symptoms in patients with evaporative dry eye. Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

For people with rheumatoid arthritis who are obese, bariatric surgery leads to substantial improvements in disease activity; some were off all medications a year after the procedure. Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Nonthoracic scans are "very safe " as long as the device is appropriately programmed, before and after the MRI, said one expert, based on the registry analysis. Heartwire ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Exviera and Viekirax were recommended by the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use for the treatment of adults with chronic hepatitis C. International Approvals ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

The emergency contraceptive ulipristal acetate (ellaOne, HRA Pharma) should be available without a prescription in the European Union, according to the CHMP. International Approvals ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

I have to thank my colleague @SusannahFox for alerting me to this on my Twitter stream. It was a link to a Washington Post article about about a campaign to get people in Belgium to stop Googling their symptoms. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Nov 21, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

The term #8220;Golden Age #8221; seemed to permeate multiple domains in the 1950s, almost to the point of triteness. The field of cardiac surgery, however, deservedly earned the term as pioneer after pioneer introduced innovation after innovation that advanced the specialty. Walter Lillehei in Minnesotta, Wilfred Gordon Bigelow in Toronto, William Chardack in Buffalo, and Ake Senning in Stockholm were just some of the trailblazers of that era. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Nov 21, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

Study finds higher odds for death, hospitalization for patients with atrial fibrillation ... more
Source: healthfinder.gov Daily News Nov 21, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

Larger peer group is less important when it comes to drinking or not, study says ... more
Source: healthfinder.gov Daily News Nov 21, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

Bacteria counts in the air around the machines far exceeded those around paper dispensers ... more
Source: healthfinder.gov Daily News Nov 21, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued three additional policy documents to assist entities that compound sterile human drugs with registering as outsourcing facilities. The policy documents will also assist entities with complying with provisions of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), which was enacted in November 2013. ... more
Source: Food and Drug Administration--Press Releases Nov 21, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued three additional policy documents to assist entities that compound sterile human drugs with registering as outsourcing facilities. The policy documents will also assist entities with complying with provisions of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), which was enacted in November 2013. ... more
Source: Food and Drug Administration Press Releases Nov 21, 2014, 6:14 pm (info)

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Agency says it's latest step in curbing epidemic of addiction to drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin ... more
Source: WebMD Health Nov 21, 2014, 12:15 pm (info)

Bad smells during sleep may teach smokers to dislike cigarettes and help them cut back, a new study hints. ... more
Source: WebMD Health Nov 21, 2014, 12:15 pm (info)

Get vaccinated, health experts say, because it takes about two weeks for protection to kick in ... more
Source: WebMD Health Nov 21, 2014, 12:15 pm (info)

Up to one in five residents involved in unpleasant, sometimes inappropriate confrontations, N.Y. study suggests ... more
Source: WebMD Health Nov 21, 2014, 12:15 pm (info)

Even nonsmoking bystanders had raised blood levels of the chemical, which is tied to leukemia risk ... more
Source: WebMD Health Nov 21, 2014, 12:15 pm (info)

According to a new study, running regularly in older age 'slows down the aging process,' allowing easier movement and improving quality of living. ... more

NIH-funded study finds that gene appears to regulate protein signals inside the cell. ... more

One part of the Affordable Care Act is going according to plan, with U.S. states receiving and spending more money on the Medicaid health insurance program. Reuters Health Information ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

When a 12-year-old boy went on the Oprah Winfrey show to announce he was transgender, Mara Keisling realized how far the once ostracized community had come despite hundreds of hate crime murders in recent years. Reuters Health Information ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

The British government has launched a review to speed the path to market for new drugs and medical devices in an attempt to improve patient care and make the country a more attractive place for investment in life sciences. Reuters Health Information ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Sanofi and its U.S. partner Regeneron said on Thursday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had designated their dupilumab drug as 'breakthrough therapy' in the treatment of atopic dermatitis. Reuters Health Information ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

France has negotiated a big discount for Gilead Sciences Inc's controversial new hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir (Sovaldi), under a government deal that ensures it will be fully reimbursable by health-funding schemes. Reuters Health Information ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Contrary to popular opinion, only 10% of U.S. adults who drink too much are alcoholics, according to a federal study, a finding that could have implications for reducing consumption of beer, wine and liquor. Reuters Health Information ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Patients with chronic kidney disease improved on fitness tests and quality-of-life measures after completing a 12-week exercise program. Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Infants with eczema, especially those with severe cases, are particularly susceptible, researchers have found. Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Growing evidence suggests brain training programs may help maintain cognition and lower dementia risk. But new research examining the efficacy of these programs suggests not all are created equal. Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

When it works, immunotherapy such as ipilimumab can work extraordinarily well. New research provides insights into why some patients with metastatic melanoma respond to ipilimumab while others remain unresponsive. Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

A new biomarker can predict which ovarian tumors will respond to PARP inhibition over and above tumors that express the BCRA1 and 2 mutation. Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Avoid long, hot showers Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Skin Conditions ... more
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But researchers add that eating behaviors mothers pass on might play greater role than genetics Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Diseases, Obesity, Pregnancy ... more
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Mentally stimulating work may keep your mind sharp, research says Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Memory, Seniors' Health ... more
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Older women in unhappy relationships seem especially vulnerable, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Family Issues, Heart Disease in Women, Seniors' Health ... more
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Federal official urges people to seek treatment to 'restore their well-being' Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Depression, Mental Health ... more
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Increases also seen for prediabetes, undiagnosed diabetes care Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Diabetes, Prediabetes ... more
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New rules would require even failed trials to publish summary of results Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Clinical Trials ... more
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Quality of relationships may have more impact on libido Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hormones, Menopause, Sexual Problems in Women ... more
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But raising price of alcohol and limiting sales could help curb excessive drinking, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse ... more
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Study suggests that about 20 percent of patients carry 'exercise-resistant' genes Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Diabetes Type 2, Exercise and Physical Fitness, Genes and Gene Therapy ... more
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Study finds some patients had to discontinue the scan, or the hearing device was impaired by magnetic field Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Cochlear Implants, MRI Scans ... more
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Agency says it's latest step in curbing epidemic of addiction to drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Pain Relievers, Prescription Drug Abuse ... more
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Most former donors got a needed organ relatively quickly, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Kidney Transplantation, Organ Donation ... more
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With the growing usage of EHRs, more and more doctors are bringing their computers and tablets with them into the exam room. But just because you €™re using a computer in the exam room, it doesn €™t mean that you €™re using it properly. Computers can be one of the most beneficial tools you use in an exam room, or they can lead to deteriorating patient engagement. Make sure you don €™t make any of these four mistakes when you use your computer in the exam room. Continue reading ... Your patients ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Nov 21, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

We like to say good things; we try to make normative to our profession to do the things that should be done. Many of us are saying that physicians should be advocates for their patients and communities outside of the clinic. Sounds good right? Unfortunately, what sounds good is not always a reality on the ground. I think most physicians agree that some from of advocacy for patients outside the clinic is ideal. What we should be asking is whether this is possible. Continue reading ... Your patie ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Nov 21, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Last year, Dean Dupuy, 46, an engineer at Apple, suddenly died of a heart attack while playing hockey. He experienced no warning symptoms and, with a healthy, active lifestyle, did not fit the profile of someone at risk. Too late to save him, Dupuy €™s wife Victoria discovered that early coronary disease can be identified by simple CT scans. She recently launched a nonprofit organization, No More Broken Hearts, in San Jose to raise awareness of the value of cardiac screening. Continue reading . ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Nov 21, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

A few days ago, we broached the subject of Minimum Value Plans, and their potential role in mitigating group health insurance costs. In that post, co-blogger Nate shared with us a TPA's view of how this might play out.At the time this whole concept hit my radar, I was invited to interview a benefits attorney with expertise in this area for another perspective. Kurt Anderson has specialized in employee benefit, and especially ERISA, plans for the past quarter century, and is co-author of a book o ... more
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Parasite was causing seizures, headaches in 50-year-old, researchers say ... more
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Even nonsmoking bystanders had raised blood levels of the chemical, which is tied to leukemia risk ... more
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Up to one in five residents involved in unpleasant, sometimes inappropriate confrontations, N.Y. study suggests ... more
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Get vaccinated, health experts say, because it takes about two weeks for protection to kick in ... more
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House Republicans Sue Obama Administration Over Health Care Law Ebola Infection Rate Has Fallen in Liberia: CDC Millions of Baby Strollers Recalled Due to F ... more
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Hydroxyurea pills worked as well as transfusions in reducing stroke risk, researchers report ... more
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Patients were six times more likely to get clot-busting drug within 'golden' hour of first symptoms in German study ... more
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Women in powerful positions may be judged harshly, researcher says ... more
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Turn on bathroom fan while in use ... more
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From the Desert Foot 2014 conference in Phoenix, AZ, we bring you the findings of research into dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane allografts for diabetic foot ulcerations. ... more
Source: Diabetes News From Medical News Today Nov 21, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

This CDC video provides information about the leading causes of death in the U.S. and where we may be in 2030, if we continue down the current path. It suggests small steps that providers can take now to make a difference in the future health of our nation. Posted at Clinical Cases and Images. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook. ... more
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One of the most aggressive and common forms of liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma. ... more
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The increase in Scandinavian snus consumption in Norway is highest among young people, according to a new report from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. ... more
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"For HIV-infected women in good immune health, taking a three-drug regimen during pregnancy prevents mother-to-child HIV transmission more effectively than taking one drug during pregnancy, another during labor and two more after giving birth, an international clinical trial has found. "The ongoing PROMISE (Promoting Maternal-Infant Survival Everywhere) study also has found that one triple-drug regimen for preventing mother-to-child transmission may be safer than another for women and their ... more

Current efforts to prevent violence against women and girls are inadequate, according to a new Series published in The Lancet. Estimates suggest that globally, 1 in 3 women has experienced either physical or sexual violence from their partner, and that 7% of women will experience sexual assault by a non-partner at some point in their lives. Yet, despite increased global attention to violence perpetrated against women and girls, and recent advances in knowledge about how to tackle these abuses ... more
Source: WHO news Nov 21, 2014, 6:15 am (info)

In a small study in Japan, people who stopped smoking didn't face increased death risk if they gained weight, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions... ... more

A study just released by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that children who were exposed to antibiotics in the second or third trimester of pregnancy had a higher risk of... ... more

Beverage companies spent $866 million to advertise unhealthy drinks in 2013, and children and teens remained key target audiences for that advertising, according to a new report released November... ... more

Risk for hip or spine fracture is extremely low for postmenopausal women aged 50 to 64 years who have healthy bone density in a baseline scan. Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 6:14 am (info)

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From MedPage Today: Clinical Focus in MS: Novel Approaches to Progressive Disease. Although the drug development pipeline still contains numerous products intended for patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), the consensus among clinicians is that relapses can be effectively squelched in nearly all RRMS patients with the dozen or so currently approved therapies. Clinical Focus in Renal Cell Carcinoma: Indolent Disease Tx. A select subset of patients with metastatic renal ce ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Nov 21, 2014, 6:14 am (info)

Ferroptosis is a newly discovered form of cell death believed to be involved in numerous pathological processes. ... more

Researchers have found that patients with an advanced form of kidney cancer, for which there is no standard treatment and a very poor prognosis, respond well to a combination of two existing... ... more

Medications, such as chemotherapy, are often limited by their tendency to be detrimental to healthy cells as an unintended side effect. ... more

On Target Laboratories LLCand Purdue University are clinically investigating optical imaging technology that could "light up" cancer cells and help surgeons remove more cancerous tissue than... ... more

Researchers who have uncovered the 'monstrous' hidden nature of a molecule involved in prostate cancer say the findings could herald a new form of personalised medicine for patients, with doctors... ... more

A new insight into immune cells by scientists at The University of Manchester could lead to more effective drug treatments. ... more

Patients with B-cell Non-Hodgkin lymphomas and advanced solid tumours have responded to a new drug that is being tested for the first time in humans in a phase I clinical trial. ... more

Researchers have found a way of identifying which ovarian cancer patients are likely to respond well to a new anti-cancer drug called rucaparib. ... more

Social networking now reaches into most aspects of people #8217;s daily lives. They check the weather, chat with friends, read the news, find new recipes, and more each time they log into their Facebook, Twitter, or other social media page. It makes sense, then, that more people are finding the motivation they need to overcome their drug and alcohol addictions by relying on social media. They can learn more about their addictions, follow the success stories of others, and ultimately resolve to g ... more
Source: WorldHealthCareBlog.org Nov 21, 2014, 12:16 am (info)

Bad smells during sleep may teach smokers to dislike cigarettes and help them cut back, a new study hints. ... more
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General physicians who are not board-certified in allergy and immunology have knowledge gaps that need to be corrected for patient safety, report investigators. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Nurses and employers are jointly responsible for reducing risks related to nurse fatigue, according to a new position statement from the American Nurses Association. Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 21, 2014, 12:15 am (info)