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Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Malaria in Western Cambodia

According to a new genetic study, research is on the current outbreak of multidrug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia originated in western Cambodia soon after dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine became the first-line antimalarial drug. The rate of complete treatment failure in patients receiving dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine has increased rapidly in Cambodia.

New therapy for Mastocytosis

Researchers have presented the clinical data with a novel agent, avapritinib (BLU-285, Blueprint Medicines), which targets a specific mutation found in 90% of cases of mastocytosis, at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting. The results show impressive activity, with disease control seen in all patients, and improvements in clinical symptoms seen quickly.

An Ultrasonographic Identification of the ALL and Knee Anatomy

In this study, researchers regulated inter-observer agreement in the ultrasonographic identification of the anterolateral ligament (ALL) and in the evaluation of its length and thickness in healthy subjects. The identification and description of this ligament, was carried out with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in vivo and in anatomic dissection with different percentages of sensitivity.

‘Normal' Blood Pressure Response During Exercise Testing

According to a new study, researchers estimated an individual's peak blood pressure response during cardiopulmonary exercise testing and help doctors screen for hypertension and cardiovascular disease, may need to be revised. They found that peak systolic blood pressure, the first number of a blood pressure measurement that tracks the pressure in blood vessels when the heart beats, increased with age in both men and women up to age 60, after which there was a plateau.