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May 26, 2016

Investigational Drugs Show Promise for Treating Overactive Bladder

In a recent study of patients with overactive bladder (OAB), a 30 mg extended release formulation of propiverine hydrochloride was at least as effective and safe as a 4 mg extended release formulation of tolterodine tartrate. Both medications are called antimuscarinic drugs that block certain cell receptors, but propiverine differs from other antimuscarinics because of a dual mode of action.

12:00 AM EDT May 23, 2016

Many Young Adult Female Cancer Survivors Need More Information and Support to Preserve their Fertility

A new study indicates that many young adult female cancer survivors do not receive adequate information about their fertility as part of their survivorship care after completing treatment, despite having concerns about their ability to bear children in the future. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings point to the need for better resources to support survivors in making informed decisions about their reproductive options after treatment is completed.

May 19, 2016

The Effects of Laxatives May Provide New Clues Concerning Parkinson’s Disease

 

In a recent retrospective analysis, investigators discovered that the year-on-year increase in rigidity found in Parkinson’s disease flattened off with the regular use of laxatives to manage constipation.

 

May 16, 2016

Antipsychotic Drugs Are Linked with an Increased Risk of Heart Attacks

A review of nine observational studies found evidence supporting an increased risk of heart attacks in patients taking antipsychotic drugs.

May 16, 2016

Children with and without Multiple Sclerosis Have Differences in Gut Bacteria

In a recent study, children with multiple sclerosis had differences in the abundance of specific gut bacteria than children without the disease.

May 16, 2016

Physicians Are More Likely to Use Hospice and Intensive Care at End of Life

New research suggests that US physicians are more likely to use hospice and intensive or critical care units in the last months of life than non-physicians.

May 13, 2016

Patients with Coeliac Disease Should Receive Pneumonia Vaccine

Researchers have found that patients with coeliac disease are at high risk of acquiring pneumonia if they haven’t received the pneumococcal vaccine.

 

May 13, 2016

Researchers Determine the Best Strategy for Preventing Ulcers when Taking NSAIDs

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)—including ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen and others—are commonly used pain medications that are generally safe but may increase the risk of developing stomach and intestinal ulcers.

May 12, 2016

More Urinary Tract Stones Are Being Treated with Surgery

Researchers in Oxford who analyzed recent trends related to urinary tract stones in the UK found a sustained and high prevalence of the condition, with an increased trend to treat patients with surgery.

7:05 PM EDT May 11, 2016

Can psychological therapies help people who self-harm?

Latest research out today has found that psychological therapies, more commonly known as ‘talking treatments’, may help people who self-harm.

May 10, 2016

Breath Test May Help Diagnose Irritable Bowel Syndrome

There is currently no specific diagnostic test for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but now researchers have identified a combination of 16 different substances in the breath that, when measured together, can accurately distinguish IBS patients from people without the condition.

May 06, 2016

Surgeries for Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease Have Declined in Recent Years

Researchers have found that the rates of surgical operations for gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) in the United States have fallen rapidly in recent years, from 0.062 percent in 2009 to 0.047 percent in 2013. The numbers of overweight and obese patients having this surgery have increased, however. Also, women are more likely than men to have surgery for GERD.

May 06, 2016

Testosterone Undecanoate Improves Sexual Function in Men with Type 2 Diabetes and Very Low Testosterone

In a recent placebo-controlled study, long acting testosterone undecanoate (an ester of testosterone) improved erectile function, intercourse satisfaction, and sexual desire scores in type 2 diabetic men with severe hypogonadism,  a condition in which the body doesn't produce enough testosterone. Only sexual desire improved significantly with testosterone replacement therapy in those with mild hypogonadism.

May 05, 2016

“Biggest Loser” Study Reveals How Dieting Affects Long-Term Metabolism

While it’s known that metabolism slows when people diet, new research indicates that metabolism remains suppressed even when people regain much of the weight they lost while dieting.

May 05, 2016

New Method Helps Diagnose Neurological Disorder that Requires Early Treatment

Researchers have developed a quick and simple method for measuring bile acids in biological fluids that can be used to rapidly diagnosis a severe fat storage disorder that can lead to liver disease in infancy and neurological dysfunction starting in childhood or early adult life.

May 03, 2016

Many European Schools Face Barriers to Providing Mental Health Support to Students

In a cross-national study of what European schools are doing to support student mental health and well-being, 47% of surveyed schools indicated that mental health provision is a high/essential priority, but more than half did not implement a school policy regarding mental health.

May 03, 2016

Medical Conditions Are More Common in Women Who Are Sexually Abused

Researchers have found that a variety of conditions are more common in women before and after sexual assault.

May 03, 2016

Newspapers Often Publish False Depictions of Gout

A new analysis reveals that popular newspaper articles depict gout as a self-inflicted condition that is socially embarrassing and the focus of humor.

May 03, 2016

Obesity Rates Are Not Declining in US Youth

A clear and significant increase in obesity continued from 1999 through 2014, according to an analysis of data on United States children and adolescents age 2 to 19 years.

May 03, 2016

Ovary Removal May Increase the Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer may rise in women who have their ovaries removed, according to new research.

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