The medical authority Fraser Health in Vancouver, Columbia, has opted to impose a physician-assisted-suicide provision (euthanasia) in its palliative and hospice units, sparking criticism from the local bishop and the director of the facility’s palliative care program. But Vancouver archbishop says euthanasia in hospices is a serious error.
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A treatment that improves the lives of nearly 1.3 million people with rheumatoid arthritis might one day originate from scorpion venom. A new study, published in Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, has found that one of the hundreds of components in scorpion venom can reduce the severity of the disease in animal models, without inducing side effects associated with similar treatments. The study appears in the
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and RaySearch Laboratories today announced a strategic alliance with the aim of enhancing cancer radiation therapy through several initiatives, including more precisely targeting of tumors, and improving upon, and making more available, an existing radiation therapy called adaptive radiation therapy (ART), which is currently only used at highly specialized care centers.
A risk model including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-derived parameters may reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies among patients with suspected prostate cancer, according to a study published online in JAMA Oncology.
Led by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, a diverse team of neuroscientists and surgeons successfully grafted human neural progenitor cells into rhesus monkeys with spinal cord injuries. The grafts not only survived, but grew hundreds of thousands of human axons and synapses, resulting in improved forelimb function in the monkeys.
Medical researchers have found that hormone therapy (HT) use was associated with a reduction in vertebral fracture risk. A new study shows these same benefits may also guard against a woman's risk of developing hyperkyphosis, an exaggerated curvature of the spine that creates a forward-stooped posture.
Drugs normally used to treat cancer could reduce the disfigurements of thousands of children born with life-threatening blood vessel defects including arteriovenous malformation (AVM), according to the researchers at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The study findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Telementoring and telesurgery for minimally invasive urological surgery are becoming more practical and cost-effective, according to a review published in the February issue of The Journal of Urology.
In 2012, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Dana Vollmer set a world record even as a genetic condition threatened to stop her heart at any moment. She has the long-QT syndrome, one of several inherited heart diseases that can send patients into cardiac arrest.
A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), has identified a single genetic change in Salmonella that is playing a key role in the devastating epidemic of bloodstream infections currently killing around 400,000 people each year in sub-Saharan Africa.
Hearing this call go out at 36,000 feet can be anxiety-provoking for any physician and may trigger a dilemma of whether to respond, or wait to see if anyone else will offer their expertise. They have developed practical recommendations for in-flight medical emergencies for healthcare professionals. The study has published online today in the journal CMAJ.