Due to their powerful tumor-killing effect, metal-based chemotherapies are frequently used in cancer treatment. However, it was hitherto assumed that they damaged the immune system, because of their cytotoxic (cell-damaging) effect even against dividing healthy cells.
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An active ingredient in eye drops that were being developed for the treatment of a form of eye disease has shown promise for treating an aggressive form of blood cancer. Scientists have found that this compound, which targets an essential cancer gene, could kill leukaemia cells without harming non-leukemic blood cells. The results, published in Nature Communications reveal a potential new treatment approach for an aggressive blood cancer with a poor prognosis.
Kindred Healthcare, LLC ("Kindred") and Netsmart today announced a partnership to create unique, technology-driven clinical platform that surpasses the traditional boundaries of electronic medical records ("EMRs") and aligns with the needs of the evolving value-based care environment Through this partnership, the companies expect to build and support integrated post-acute solutions, improve care outcomes and address gaps in patient care.
A new study links higher levels of several key nutrients in the blood with more efficient brain connectivity and performance on cognitive tests in older adults. The study, reported in the journal NeuroImage, looked at 32 key nutrients in the Mediterranean diet, which previous research has shown is associated with better brain function in aging. It included 116 healthy adults 65-75 years of age.
Parental leave policies for resident physicians are lacking at many medical schools and even at the specialty medical boards that guide medical school policies. Those that do have such policies generally allow only about 6 weeks for maternity leave, which is well short of the 8.6 weeks typically provided to faculty, according to new research. The work appears as two research letters in this week's issue of JAMA.
Too rarely do doctors give their patients advice about healthy lifestyle changes. A statistical analysis of US health data conducted by MedUni Vienna researchers together with international partners has shown that people suffering from obesity, diabetes and other high-risk conditions are much too rarely encouraged to eat more healthily and to take more exercise. In terms of prevention, much more emphasis should be placed on this.
Where you live in Canada may play a role in your risk of major diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Researchers at McMaster University have identified trends linking health and lifestyle factors like access to public transit, the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in grocery stores, the prices of popular foods, the availability and prices of cigarettes and alcohol, and the promotion, or lack thereof, of healthy foods in restaurants. The study findings, based on detailed data collected across Canada's 10 provinces, were published in the journal Cities and Health.