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Lung Valve Treatment

In Southern California To Offer New Lung Valve Treatment

Eisenhower Health is the first hospital in Southern California to offer a new lung valve treatment for patients with severe COPD/emphysema. Recently approve by the FDA under their “Breakthrough Devices” status, the Zephyr Endobronchial Valve treatment represents a major advancement because it is the first minimally invasive procedure to help emphysema sufferers breathe easier without…

Psychosis-spectrum disorder

Diagnoses Of Psychosis-Spectrum Mental Illnesses

Growing up in impoverished urban neighborhoods more than doubles your chances over the average; a person of developing a psychosis-spectrum disorder by the time you reach middle adulthood; according to a new UC Davis and Concordia University study of nearly 4,000 families who monitored over 30 years. The results of the study suggest that intervention…

Nuclear medicine

Kids With Brain Tumors if Treated With Proton Therapy

A comparison of three types of radiotherapy for children’s brain tumours suggests that a type of proton therapy called pencil beam scanning offers the best hope of preserving cognitive functions. The study, presented at the ESTRO 38 conference, shows that this new form of radiotherapy delivers the lowest doses of radiation to the temporal lobes and hippocampus,…

Haematology

Discontinuing TKI Therapy for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

Although discontinuation of tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy is an option for select patients with chronic phase chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), a study designed to assess patient attitudes regarding this option showed varying results and misunderstandings of the risks and benefits of this approach. The findings of this study is publish in The Oncologist. Misunderstandings of…

Polycystic kidney disease

The Most Prestigious Prize For Research In Polycystic Kidney Disease

The Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize is the most prestigious prize in the polycystic kidney disease field; it recognizes individuals whose scientific work results in tangible achievement toward improving the knowledge and treatment of the disease. York Pei, M.D. Both also honorary lecturers this month at the World Congress of Nephrology in Melbourne, Australia. Andy…

Family medicine

More Equitable Way for Medicare Reimbursement

Those who were enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid were sicker, had more cognitive impairments and difficulty functioning, and needed more social support than those who were not enrolled in both government programs, Saint Louis University research found. These patients also had significantly higher healthcare costs. Kenton Johnston; Ph.D., assistant professor of health management and…

Marathon Runners

Weekly Training Runs May Increase Injury In First Time Marathon Runners

Results presented at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting showed injuries are common among first-time marathon runners, with an increased risk for injury among athletes with a high number of weekly training runs and those who did not complete an 18-mile training run. Brett G. Toresdahl , MD, and colleagues partnered with the…

Medical genetics

Study Links Gene to Sleep Problems in Autism

Up to 80% of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience sleep problems. The source of these problems has been as much of a mystery as the exact causes of ASD; which scientists are still working to unravel. A new study led by a team of neuroscientists at Washington State University has brought scientists closer…

Lungs For Transplant

Device Helps Doctors Select Lungs For Transplant

The Xvivo Perfusion System has approve by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help doctors determine whether lungs are suitable for transplant, the agency said in a news release.The device can temporarily ventilate; so oxygenate and pump preservation solution through the lungs, allowing a transplant team to conduct a more thorough assessment of lung function.…

Older Adults

Exercise Activates Memory Neural Networks In Older Adults

How quickly do they experience the benefits of exercise. A new University of Maryland study of healthy older adults shows that just one session of exercise increase activation in the brain circuits associate with memory including the hippocampus; which shrinks with age and is the brain region attack first in Alzheimer’s disease. “While it has…

Biomarker

Biomarker for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

People suffering from a debilitating and often discounted disease; known as chronic fatigue syndrome may soon have something; seeking for decades: scientific proof of their ailment. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have created a blood test that can flag the disease, which currently lacks a standard, reliable diagnostic test.”Too often, this disease…

Psoriasis Severity

DLQI With 'Not Relevant' Answers May Underrate Psoriasis Severity

The Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) may underestimate disease severity in patients with psoriasis who respond “not relevant” to one or more items, according to a research letter published online April 10 in JAMA Dermatology. John S. Barbieri, M.D., and Joel M. Gelfand, M.D., from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, compared disease…