Credit: public domain Sepsis is an infection that kills as many Americans each year as stroke and Alzheimer’s combined-about 250,000-but very little has changed in the treatment of this age-old scourge. Now researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center have found a clue in understanding how an infection can spiral into sepsis by blunting the […]Continue Reading ...
By Sally Robertson, BScJuly 17, 2018 A study led by researchers at the University of Buffalo has shown that an advanced MRI technique can help to identify patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) who are at an increased risk of developing a physical disability. Image Credit: sfam_photo / Shutterstock Lead author Robert Zivadinov hopes the technique, […]Continue Reading ...
July 16, 2018 Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found that sentiments in the nursing notes of health care providers are good indicators of whether intensive care unit (ICU) patients will survive. Hospitals typically use severity of illness scores to predict the 30-day survival of ICU patients. These scores include lab results, vital signs, […]Continue Reading ...
July 17, 2018 Patients with persistent facial pain are costing the economy more than £3,000 each per year, new research has revealed. Experts at Newcastle University, UK, say introducing an electronic referral system to speed up diagnosis and treatment is likely to improve quality of life and save money. The team has assessed the hidden […]Continue Reading ...
Treatment for Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria Alexion Submits Application for Priority Review and Approval of ALXN1210 as a Treatment for Patients with Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) in the U.S. NEW HAVEN, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE) June 19, 2018 –Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALXN) today announced the submission of a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the U.S. Food and Drug […]Continue Reading ...
ROCKVILLE, Md., July 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Kolon TissueGene, Inc. (“the Company”), a leader in advanced cell and gene therapies, announced today that Clinical Hold issued by the FDA has been lifted effective July 5, 2018 and that the Company now has FDA Approval to move forward with its clinical trials involving patients diagnosed with […]Continue Reading ...
July 13, 2018 Follow-up imaging for women with non-metastatic breast cancer varies widely across the country, according to a new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco. Some patients go without the annual mammograms that experts recommend, while others with the same cancer diagnosis receive full-body scans that expose them to significant amounts of […]Continue Reading ...
July 13, 2018 Previous studies have shown that when all members of the clinical care team feel comfortable speaking up, team performance improves. With intimate knowledge of patients’ wishes, medical histories and clinical conditions, patients and their families are increasingly considered crucial members of the optimal patient-centered care team. However, to have an impact on […]Continue Reading ...
When I was a cardiology fellow, I spent time at San Francisco General Hospital. As the main county hospital in the city, it’s “real” medicine on the front lines, with patients from all socioeconomic strata and many with limited English language skills. While I was there I saw some of these patients being prescribed a […]Continue Reading ...
July 17, 2018 Patients whose blood cancers have failed to respond to repeated rounds of chemotherapy may be candidates for a new type of gene therapy that could send their cancers into remission for years. But the two approved therapies, with price tags of hundreds of thousands of dollars, have roiled the insurance approval process, […]Continue Reading ...
July 16, 2018 Well more than a million patients are transferred between hospitals each year in the U.S. This process is challenging both for hospitals and patients and breakdowns in communication are common. A recent University of Minnesota Medical School study showed that there is a lot of lost information, or changes in diagnosis, from […]Continue Reading ...
In adults, tibia (shinbone) fractures are usually fixed through the surgical implantation of a slender metal rod called an intramedullary nail in the hollow space within the bone. This treatment is generally effective for tibial fractures. However, in 10% to 15% of cases the bone fails to heal in a timely manner, resulting in a […]Continue Reading ...
Immunohistochemistry for alpha-synuclein showing positive staining (brown) of an intraneural Lewy-body in the Substantia nigra in Parkinson’s disease. Credit: Wikipedia Deep brain stimulation (DBS) may slow the progression of tremor for early-stage Parkinson’s disease patients, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study released in the June 29 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal […]Continue Reading ...
July 13, 2018 Many cancer patients suffer from a loss of body mass known as cachexia. Approximately 20 percent of cancer-related deaths are attributed to the syndrome of cachexia, which in cancer patients is often characterized by a rapid and/or severe loss of fat and skeletal muscle. Dr. Melinda Sheffield-Moore, professor and head of the […]Continue Reading ...
July 13, 2018 Thirteen patients with OXA-48-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae ST392 have been reported by Sweden and Norway between January and April 2018 – all returning travelers with prior hospital admission in Gran Canaria, Spain. Whole genome sequencing showed tight clustering between the bacterial isolates from the cases. According to ECDC’s risk assessment published today, the […]Continue Reading ...
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