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January 21, 2014

Smoking Diseases Linked to Nasal Dyspnea, New Study Reveals

New research in Respirology has explored a possible link between COPD and nasal dyspnea

12:00 AM EST January 17, 2014

Most Women Undergoing Conservative Surgery for Vulvar Cancer Maintain Healthy Body Image and Sex Life

A new study finds that most women who undergo conservative surgery for vulvar cancer experience little to no long-term disruption to sexuality and body image.

12:00 AM EST January 16, 2014

Does taking multiple medicines increase your risk of being admitted to hospital? Yes and No.

Patients with a single illness who take many drugs have an increased risk of being admitted to hospital, but for patients with multiple conditions, taking many medicines is now associated with a near-normal risk of admission. This is the key finding of work published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Doctors call the situation where people take many drugs ‘polypharmacy’, a state of affairs that is becoming increasingly common in part because we have more elderly people and also a rising number of people are being diagnosed with multiple health conditions.

January 15, 2014

Monitoring Inactive Hepatitis B Patients is Cost-Effective Strategy for Shanghai

A novel study determined that monitoring inactive chronic hepatitis B (HBV) carriers is a cost-effective strategy for China. However, results published in Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, show that increasing treatment, monitoring and adherence to therapy are necessary to achieve significant health benefits at the population level.

7:00 AM EST January 14, 2014

Alcohol consumption is a necessary cause of nearly 80,000 deaths per year in the Americas

A new study published in the scientific journal Addiction by the Pan American Health Organization, a branch of the World Health Organization, has measured the number and pattern of deaths caused by alcohol consumption in 16 North and Latin American countries.  The study reveals that between 2007 and 2009, alcohol was a ‘necessary’ cause of death (i.e., death would not have occurred in the absence of alcohol consumption) in an average of 79,456 cases per year.  Liver disease was the main culprit in most countries.

January 14, 2014

Patients with Multiple Sclerosis in Taiwan May Be at Increased Risk of Developing Cancer

Individuals with multiple sclerosis may have an increased risk of developing any type of cancer, with an especially high risk of developing breast cancer. That is the conclusion of a recent study published in European Journal of Neurology. Because the findings contradict earlier studies, additional research is needed to determine whether a true link exists between multiple sclerosis and cancer.

12:00 AM EST January 13, 2014

Advanced Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer May Be Better than Traditional Radiation at Preventing Side Effects and Cancer Recurrence

Patients with head and neck cancer who are treated with an advanced form of radiation therapy may experience fewer side effects and be less likely to die from their disease than patients who receive standard radiation therapy.

12:00 AM EST January 13, 2014

Brief Mental Training Sessions Have Long-Lasting Benefits for Seniors’ Cognition and Everyday Function

Older adults who received as few as 10 sessions of mental (cognitive) training showed improvements in reasoning ability and speed-of-processing when compared with untrained controls participants as long as 10 years after the intervention. These gains were even greater for those who got additional “booster” sessions over the next three years. Older adults who received brief cognitive training also reported that they had less difficulty in performing important everyday tasks. The findings are published today in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

12:00 AM EST January 09, 2014

Does ObamaCare Cause Psychological Distress among U.S. Adults?

Stress & Health explores the psychological relationship between patients and health insurance coverage

January 09, 2014

Novel Potential Approach to Prevent Infection in Patients with Liver Failure

Findings published in the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases journal, Hepatology, indicate that infection, the commonest cause of mortality in patients with acute liver failure (ALF), may be decreased by inhibiting the activity of a protein found in saliva called SLPI (secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor). New research has found that this protein, produced by the body in response to injury, plays a vital role in patients with ALF.

January 07, 2014

How the Great Recession is Still Leading to Alcohol Problems for Middle-Aged America

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research explores the ongoing impact of the Great Recession

January 07, 2014

MRSA Drug Dosage Calculations Found to be Inaccurate for Children Over 10

Drug dosages to tackle the MRSA 'superbug' may be inaccurate under current guidelines, reports the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

January 07, 2014

New Global Stroke Repository Offers Regional Comparative Statistics

The International Journal of Stroke reports on the efforts of an international team to launch a common repository housing the latest published information on the impact of strokes worldwide.

January 07, 2014

The Infectious Dead: Morticians at Risk from TB Survives in Human Remains for 36 Days

Clinical Anatomy reveals how MTB pathogens can survive within the host up to 36 days after death.

12:05 AM EST December 23, 2013

Breast Cancer Patients Experience Fewer Side Effects from Anticancer Drug When Receiving Either Real or Sham Acupuncture

A new analysis has found that both real and sham acupuncture treatments may help alleviate side effects of drugs commonly used to treat
breast cancer. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the  American Cancer Society, the findings may help clinicians improve care for cancer patients.

12:00 AM EST December 23, 2013

Higher Mortality in Postmenopausal Women with RA and Anti-CCP Antibodies

New research shows mortality rates are two times higher in postmenopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies. Findings published in the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, soon to be called Arthritis & Rheumatology, indicate the higher mortality rates persisted after adjusting for age, positive rheumatoid factor, positive antinuclear antibodies (ANA) and disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) use.

December 20, 2013

Beating Sugar Addiction For Dummies

Beating Sugar Addiction For Dummies

12:00 AM EST December 20, 2013

Exposure to modified images of female genitalia changes women’s perceptions of what is considered normal and desirable, suggests study

Women’s perceptions of what is considered normal and desirable female genitalia may be influenced by exposure to modified images, suggests a new study published today (20 December) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

December 20, 2013

Want to stop smoking? See a specialist!

Smokers in England who want to stop smoking are three times more likely to succeed if they see a trained advisor than if they try by themselves, according to a new study published online today in the medical journal Addiction. Worryingly, just buying nicotine patches, gum or other licensed nicotine products from a shop does not seem to improve the chances of quitting.

December 17, 2013

Radiation Therapy to Treat Uterine Cancer Linked with Increased Risk of Bladder Cancer Later in Life

Radiation therapy used to treat uterine cancer may increase a patient’s risk of developing bladder cancer. That is the conclusion of a recent study published in BJU International.