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Premature babies

Healthy Premature Babies Can Succeed At Breastfeeding

Researchers have determined that healthy premature babies can have as much success breastfeeding as full-term babies. The study; conducted by researchers at UBC Okanagan’s School of Nursing and the University of Hong Kong; involved 2,700 pairs of mothers and infants and included two different survey groups one in 2006/07 and another in 2011/12. The mother-infant…

Outbreak

Do We Have An Epidemic? A Health Information Exchange

How do public health officials know if there is a disease outbreak and where that outbreak has occurred? Surveillance is the cornerstone of public health practice, yet while disease surveillance has shifted toward greater use of electronically transmitted information to decrease the reporting burden on physicians, the challenge of getting the right information to public health officials at the right time…

AIDS

One Step Closer To A HIV Cure

Scientists associated with the University of the Witwatersrand; Johannesburg are part of an international team that today published research suggesting a cure for HIV. Scientists found no rebound of HIV in two patients who stopped taking their HIV medication after they received stem cell transplants for a hematological [blood] disease. Both patients underwent stem cell…

Virus

A Step Closer: Developing New Pneumonia Vaccine

Firstly, a vaccine against the biggest bacterial killer on the planet is a step closer to being available; with funding secured for preclinical trials. So, professor James Paton; Director of the University of Adelaide’s Research Centre for Infectious Diseases and his team have been working on a vaccine for Streptococcus pneumoniae(the pneumococcus); that could save…

children with arthritis

Treatments For Children With Arthritis

Arthritis is not just an ailment of old ag it can affect children too; causing lifelong pain and disability in its most severe forms. Fortunately, some kids grow out of it. Knowing which patients will develop milder forms of disease could spare them unnecessary treatment and potential medication side effects but currently; doctors have no…

Bhutan news

Primary To Secondary And Tertiary Health Care: Govt. Shifts Focus

The Prime Minister of Bhutan has instructed the health ministry to not construct grade II Basic Health Units (BHU) anymore. All BHUs would provide the services offered by those categorised as level I. Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering announced this where he also said that the government would also switch its focus from primary to secondary…

Prostate cancer

Blacks, Whites Similar Survival In Prostate Cancer

In a surprising result, black and white men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC); treated with standard chemotherapy in phase 3 clinical trials had a similar overall survival (OS); report researchers. In the United States; black men are much more likely to die from prostate cancer than white men. The findings come from a retrospective…

Holothuroidin

Antimicrobial Peptide Holothuroidin 2 From Mediterranean Sea Cucumber

There is an urgent need for novel classes of antibiotics able to escape the most common resistance mechanisms of pathogens. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are currently considered ideal candidates; for the development of new classes of antimicrobials effective against resistant pathogens. Their mechanism of action, which involves the perturbation of the membrane structure rather than the…

radiotherapy

Robots Can Detect Breast Cancer As Well As Radiologists

A new paper in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that artificial intelligence systems may be able to perform as accurately as radiologists in the evaluation of digital mammography in breast cancer screening. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, and despite important improvements in therapy, it is still a major cause…

Pharmacology

Medication Management Challenges For Home Care Providers

Medically high-risk patients and communication breakdowns between providers contribute to the difficulty of medication management for older adults receiving home health care, finds a study led by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. The findings are published in the journal Medical Care Research and Review. Initial hospitalization “Our study suggests that medication management coordinated…

Radiodaignosis

Electronic Order Set May Reduce Inappropriate ECG Monitoring

Use of electronic order sets is a safe and effective way to enhance appropriate electrocardiograph (ECG) monitoring of hospitalized patients, according to a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Critical Care. Sue Sendelbach, Ph.D., retired from the Abbott Northwestern Hospital/Minneapolis Heart Institute/Allina Health in Minnesota, and colleagues evaluated the impact…

Bone growth

The New Mechanism Of Bone Growth

In a paper published in the journal Nature; an international research team led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden reports that bone growth takes place in accordance with the same principles as when new cells are in blood, skin and other tissue. This contradicts the previous understanding that bone growth depends on a finite number of…