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7:00 PM EST February 08, 2016

New health evidence gives women informed choice in the prolapse surgery debate

New evidence published today highlights benefits and harms of using artificial mesh when compared with tissue repair in the surgical treatment of vaginal prolapse. Slightly better repair with mesh needs to be weighed carefully against increased risk of harms.

12:00 AM EST February 08, 2016

Study Compares Effectiveness of Phone-Based and Web-Based Smoking Cessation Programs in Four States

A new analysis indicates that states’ Web-based and phone-based tobacco cessation programs can help people quit smoking, but certain personal characteristics may lead individuals to prefer one type of program over the other. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings may help states optimize their tobacco cessation and cancer control programs.

12:00 AM EST February 08, 2016

Treatments that Reduce Knee Buckling May Help Prevent Falls in Older Adults

Symptoms of knee instability in older adults may indicate an increased risk of falling and of experiencing the various physical and psychological effects that can result from falling, according to a study published in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). The findings indicate that determining effective treatments for knee instability should be an important priority as clinicians care for aging patients.

February 05, 2016

Where Infants Sleep May Affect How Long They Are Breastfed

A new study indicates that mothers who frequently sleep, or bed-share, with their infants consistently breastfeed for longer than mothers who do not bed-share. Also, pregnant women who expressed a strong motivation to breastfeed were more likely to bed-share frequently once their baby was born.

February 04, 2016

Fecal Analyses May Lead to Noninvasive Diagnostics for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

New research indicates that analyses of vapors from fecal samples can identify volatile metabolites indicative of different types of inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

February 04, 2016

Management Style Affects Quality of Care and Retention among Nurses

A recent study shows that encouraging nurses to work towards a collective goal within a supportive milieu—a style of management called transformational leadership—can have positive effects on the quality of the care given to patients. It was also a predictor of nurses’ intentions to stay on at their current healthcare facilities. Conversely, abusive leadership practices potentially lead to poorer quality of care and to a strong intention to quit.

7:00 PM EST February 03, 2016

Have national smoking bans worked in reducing harms in passive smoking?

The most robust evidence yet, published today in the Cochrane Library, suggests that national smoking legislation does reduce the harms of passive smoking, and particularly risks from heart disease.

February 01, 2016

Cancer Drug Helps Combat Asthma in Mice

In a mouse model of allergic asthma, dasatinib—an enzyme inhibitor approved for the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia—reduced inflammation, enhanced airway repair, and improved lung mechanics.

February 01, 2016

Drinking Coffee May Reduce the Risk of Liver Cirrhosis

Regular consumption of coffee was linked with a reduced risk of liver cirrhosis in a review of relevant studies published before July 2015.

February 01, 2016

Experts Establish Standards for Psychosocial Care of Children with Cancer and their Families

Children with cancer and their families often experience considerable psychological and social challenges during and after treatment. A special issue of Pediatric Blood & Cancer now offers evidence-based standards for pediatric psychosocial care.

February 01, 2016

Lupus May Contribute to Pregnancy-Related Complications

A new study found that lupus during pregnancy may have negative health impacts for women and their babies.

February 01, 2016

Noninvasive Electrical Stimulation May Help Relieve Symptoms of PTSD and Depression

A new study indicates that a noninvasive treatment that stimulates nerves through an electrical impulse many help patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression.

February 01, 2016

Sleep Apnea Linked with an Increased Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease

New research published in Respirology suggests that sleep apnea may increase the risk of developing chronic kidney disease to a similar extent as hypertension.

February 01, 2016

Study Examines Long-Term Effectiveness of Hepatitis A Vaccination in Children

In a follow-up study of children who were vaccinated against hepatitis A virus at ages 6 to 21 months, most children who were vaccinated at 12 or 15 months continued to have anti-hepatitis A antibodies in their blood until at least age 15 to 16 years, and modeling experiments suggested that this protection should persist for at least 30 years.

February 01, 2016

Targeted Antibiotics May Help Protect Against Infections in Men Being Tested for Prostate Cancer

A new review indicates that antimicrobial therapy given before clinicians take transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsies to diagnose prostate cancer may lead to lower rates of sepsis, a potentially life-threatening infection.

12:00 AM EST January 25, 2016

Many Colorectal Cancer Patients Are Younger than the Recommended Screening Age

In a recent analysis of US data, one in seven colorectal patients was younger than 50 years old, the recommended age to begin screening. Younger patients were more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stage disease; however, they received more aggressive therapy and lived longer without a cancer recurrence, suggesting some compensation for their later diagnosis. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings raise questions concerning how younger adults’ risk of developing colorectal cancer should be assessed, and whether or not they should be screened.

January 19, 2016

Delirium Is Common in Older Gastrointestinal Surgery Patients

A new analysis indicates that delirium commonly develops in the older patients who have undergone gastrointestinal surgery. Among 11 studies analyzed, the incidence of postoperative delirium ranged from 8.2 to 54.4 percent.

January 19, 2016

Does Greater Scrutiny of Transplant Centers Create Disparities for the Sickest Patients?

A new study indicates that transplant centers that receive low scores on performance evaluations tend to remove more patients from the transplant waiting list. According to US data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients on 315,796 candidates on the kidney transplant waiting list from 2007 to 2014, the rate of removal was approximately 60% higher for centers that received low performance evaluations compared with all other centers, even after adjusting for candidates’ demographic and clinical characteristics.

January 19, 2016

Frailty May Increase Complication Risk Following Urologic Surgery

For patients undergoing urologic surgery, frailty may increase their risk of experiencing complications after surgery.

January 19, 2016

Socio-economic Status May Impact Care of Children with Epilepsy

Socio-economic status may influence the use of health resources among children with epilepsy, even in a universal health insurance system.

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