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Stroke In Childhood

Research Identifies Genomic Risk Associated With Stroke In Childhood

Research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has identified a genomic risk factor associated with stroke in childhood cancer survivors. The findings were announce that today at a press conference as part of the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in Atlanta. This investigation draws on whole genome sequencing and other data gathered longitudinally…

Older Patients

Researchers Explore Rate Of Billed With Hospitalized, Older Patients

As the U.S. population ages, hospitals and health systems around the country have been grappling with how to integrate advance care planning (ACP) into routine practice. In 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began paying physicians for ACP by introducing two new billing codes which allowed them to bill for up to…

scrutinize cancer cells

Photoacoustic Microscopy: Better Scrutinize Cancer Cells

Devising the best treatment for a patient with cancer requires doctors; to know something about the traits of the cancer from which the patient is suffering. But one of the greatest difficulties in treating cancer is that cancer cells are not all the same. Even within the same tumor, cancer cells can differ in their…

Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Metastatic Prostate Cancer: May Have Its Own Biomarker

Prostate cancer is the development of cancer in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. Most prostate cancers are slow growing; however, some grow relatively quickly. The cancer cells may spread from the prostate to other areas of the body, particularly the bones and lymph nodes. It may initially cause no symptoms. In later stages, it can lead to…

Nuclear Medicine

Sidra Medicine Launchs Nuclear Medicine Therapeutic Service Soon

Sidra Medicine, a member of Qatar Foundation, will soon start providing nuclear medicine therapeutic service to inpatients; a senior official told Gulf Times. “So far, we have activated and opened our diagnostic nuclear medicine and molecular imaging services; and we are working hard to open the therapeutic service which should open within the next few…

Pharmacology

Targeting Triple Negative Breast Cancer with New Drug Design

The type of breast cancer most likely to affect young people and African Americans is also one of the most aggressive and difficult to treat. Triple-negative breast cancer, which represents about 20% of all breast cancer cases, is named for its lack of three common hormone receptors. Since targeted breast cancer treatments typically involve blocking those…

Step therapy position

New Drug: Pricing And Step Therapy Position Statements

Step therapy, or fail first, is a process that requires individuals who have prescribed certain medications to try and fail one or more medications preferred by the insurer before receiving the originally prescribed drug. There is no “one size fits all” treatment option for epilepsy; the response to epilepsy medications can differ for each person.…

Scientists identify biomarkers

Biomarkers to Predict Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

Scientists at the University of Navarra (Spain); in collaboration with clinicians from the University Hospital of Donostia; have identified two biomarkers associated with the risk of suffering atrial fibrillation; a cardiac ailment that affects more than 33.5 million people in the world. In the European Union, it is present in 8.8 million people over 55…

Microbiome

Against Gut Instinct

By turning a pathogenic yeast into an immunity-conferring symbiont; a team of A*STAR researchers is unraveling mysteries behind gut evolution and universal vaccines. While attempting to increase a yeast’s pathogenicity; towards a non-native host; A*STAR researchers unexpectedly transformed the fungi; into a symbiotic gut microbe that supported its host’s survival instead of fighting it. This…

Incurable Cancer

Complex Challenges For Patients With Protracted Incurable Cancer

Advances in oncology have resulted in protracted disease trajectories in incurable cancer patients. Accordingly, it is sometimes argued that some forms of cancer seem to be turning into a chronic disease. Surprisingly, little information is available as yet about experiences with protracted incurable cancer. Studies focusing on the last phase of life or on advance…

Astronauts

Aerospace Patients: Lessons In Patience

Aside from astronauts, seven private space tourists have traveled to the International Space Station for 10-day trips. How space travelers’ health fared is the subject of a New England Journal of Medicine report, which details what physicians and researchers have learned since the first human spaceflight by Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin in 1961. The growing interest…

Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Compression Only CPR Increases Survival Of Hospital Cardiac Arrest

A Swedish review of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest data shows rates of bystander CPR nearly doubled; compression-only (or Hands-Only CPR) increase six-fold over an 18 year period; and the chance of survival was doubled for any form of CPR compared with no CPR; according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. Because of…