Researchers have successfully developed two biomarkers that could help predict the risk of a heart condition and stroke. The study titled, “Data-driven discovery and validation of circulating blood-based biomarkers associated with prevalent atrial fibrillation,” was published in the latest issue of the European Heart Journal.
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a prior approval application that should allow for "broad commercial launch in the United States" of the factor Xa reversal agent andexanet alfa (Andexxa, Portola Pharmaceuticals), the company announced today.
The University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have identified a potential way to target a subtype of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) using chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, a form of immunotherapy in which patients' immune cells are genetically engineered to recognize and track their cancer.
Rutgers researchers have found a way to reduce bleeding in patients following bariatric surgery. The study, which appeared in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Disorders, was conducted by Luigi Brunetti and Leonid Kagan at the Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in collaboration with Ragui Sadek at Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics of New Jersey.
Selective tinkering with the medical center's electronic health records (EHR) system, plus a 20-minute presentation to doctors and nurses on the consequences of in-hospital sleep deprivation, was able to change the behavior of caregivers in ways that allowed more patients to sleep undisturbed through the night.
Better use of standard assessment tools could help long-term care homes identify which new residents are at risk of hospitalization or death in the first 90 days of admission.
A study from the University of Waterloo and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging has found that newly admitted residents' history of heart failure, as well as their score on the interRAI Changes to Health, End-Stage disease, Signs, and Symptoms (CHESS) scale, can accurately determine which residents are most at risk.
Using a unique bioinformatics technique developed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, UAB researchers have detected the emergence of new strains of microbes in the human fecal microbiota after obesity surgery. These new strains emerged after surgical disruption of the stomach and upper small intestine.
Most public health guidelines including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans do not allow fat portions in excess. However, nutritionists and dieticians have now agreed that not all fats in the diet are bad and many of them could be allowed.
At present, there is ample evidence to show that not all forms of fats are bad for the heart and some are indeed good for the heart. Some of the fats may help to reduce triglycerides in the blood.
Research carried out at the University of Adelaide shows that obese women lost more weight and improved their health by fasting intermittently while following a strictly controlled diet. The study, published in the journal Obesity, involved a sample of 88 women following carefully controlled diets over 10 weeks.
Hoping to earn its share of the $3.5 trillion health care market, the medical industry is pouring more money than ever into advertising its products — from high-priced prescriptions to do-it-yourself genetic tests and unapproved stem cell treatments. Spending on health care marketing doubled from 1997 to 2016, soaring to at least $30 billion a year, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA.
Treatment with chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy improved 5-year OS compared with chemotherapy alone among children with early-stage Hodgkin lymphoma, according to a retrospective study published in JAMA Oncology.
Clostridium difficile causes the most common and most dangerous hospital-born infections in the United States and around the world. People treated with antibiotics are at risk for these drugs, but they have identified a link between severe C. difficile infections and use of NSAIDs , or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The study is published in mBio .