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June 16, 2014

Cryoprobes Better than Traditional Forceps for Obtaining Certain Lung Biopsies

A randomized controlled trial has found that cryoprobes, which are tools that apply extreme cold to tissues, are better than conventional forceps for performing so-called transbronchial lung biopsies in patients who are being assessed for certain lung conditions. Cryoprobes allowed for improved diagnosis of interstitial lung diseases because they collected larger sized samples that were of higher quality.

June 16, 2014

Gluten-Free Diet Relieves ‘Brain Fog’ in Patients with Celiac Disease

Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics findings indicate that ridding the diet of gluten may help address problems that celiac disease patients can experience related to attention, memory, and other mental tasks.

June 16, 2014

Signaling Pathway May Explain the Body Clock’s Link to Mental Illness

Alterations in a cellular signaling pathway called cAMP–CREB may help explain why the body clocks of people with bipolar disease are out of sync, according to a new European Journal of Neuroscience study.

June 12, 2014

Wiley Acquires SimBioSys

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled solutions that improve outcomes in research, professional practice, and education, announced today that it has acquired SimBioSys Inc., a provider of scientific software tools that facilitate the drug discovery process.Terms were not disclosed.

12:00 AM EDT June 12, 2014

6,000 Steps A Day Keeps Knee OA Limitations Away

A new study shows that walking reduces risk of functional limitation associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA).  In fact, the study funded in part by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published in the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) journal, Arthritis Care & Research, suggests that walking 6,000 or more steps per day may protect those with or at risk of knee of OA from developing mobility issues, such as difficulty getting up from a chair and climbing stairs.  

12:00 AM EDT June 12, 2014

Low Cholesterol Linked with Worse Survival in Patients with Kidney Cancer

People are often told to reduce their cholesterol to improve their heart health, but new research suggests that low cholesterol may increase kidney cancer patients’ risk of dying from their disease. The findings, which are published in BJU International, indicate that cholesterol testing may help doctors as they monitor and treat patients with kidney cancer.

June 12, 2014

Survivors of Childhood Liver Transplant at Risk of Becoming “Skinny Fat”

New research reports that survivors of childhood liver transplant remain nutritionally compromised over the long-term. Findings published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, indicate that the recipients’ return to normal weight post-transplant was due to an increase in fat mass as body cell mass remained low, indicating a slim body composition with little lean muscle mass or “skinny fat”.

7:00 PM EDT June 11, 2014

Advanced breast cancer: benefits of Trastuzumab (Herceptin®) outweigh the risk of harm

In women with advanced (or metastatic) breast cancer, treatment with the breast cancer drug Trastuzumab (Herceptin®) is associated with prolonged survival but also increases the risk of developing heart problems, a new systematic review shows. However, the review, published in The Cochrane Library, concludes that more women benefit from use of Trastuzumab than are harmed.

12:00 AM EDT June 09, 2014

Iron Supplements Improve Anemia, Quality of Life for Women with Heavy Periods

A study by researchers from Finland found that diagnosis and treatment of anemia is importanat to improve quality of life among women with heavy periods.  Findings published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, a journal of the Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology, suggest clinicians screen for anemia and recommend iron supplementation to women with heavy menstrual bleeding  (menorrhagia).

12:00 AM EDT June 09, 2014

Most Breast Cancer Patients May Not Be Getting Enough Exercise

Physical activity after breast cancer diagnosis has been linked with prolonged survival and improved quality of life, but most participants in a large breast cancer study did not meet national physical activity guidelines after they were diagnosed.

June 06, 2014

Masquerading Symptoms: Uncovering Physical Illnesses That Present as Psychological Problems

Learn to decode the ways diseases present as psychological disorders in order to offer better patient

June 04, 2014

Remote school gardens for Indigenous kids

Gardens in remote schools could boost students’ healthy eating habits at a low cost.

This is the finding from a study published in the June issue of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Andrew Hume from Menzies School of Health Research, led the study that tested a novel, low-cost program to get remote schools started in gardening and nutrition.

June 02, 2014

Does Your Stomach Bacteria Protect you From Obesity?

Research in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics suggests that treating the bacteria Helicobacter pylori is linked to weight gain.

June 02, 2014

Research Explores Success of HIV Prevention Strategies

The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology reviews the development of HIV topical microbicides, their limited successes, their failures, and what has been learned

12:00 AM EDT June 02, 2014

Speaking Two Languages Benefits the Aging Brain

New research reveals that bilingualism has a positive effect on cognition later in life. Findings published in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society, show that individuals who speak two or more languages, even those who acquired the second language in adulthood, may slow down cognitive decline from aging.

June 02, 2014

Study Explores Psychological Impact of Surviving a Campus Mass Shooting

The Journal of Traumatic Stress explores the long-term psychological impact for survivors of campus shootings

12:00 AM EDT May 29, 2014

Circumcision Linked to Reduced Risk of Prostate Cancer in Some Men

Circumcision is performed for various reasons, including those that are based on religion, aesthetics, or health. New research indicates that the procedure may help prevent prostate cancer in some men. The findings, which are published in BJU International, add to a growing list of advantages to circumcision.

12:00 AM EDT May 29, 2014

Researchers Offer Strategies to Address Major Geographic Disparities in Access to Kidney Transplantation in the United States

There is substantial geographic variation in access to kidney transplantation among the more than 4000 US dialysis facilities that treat patients with kidney failure, with a disproportionate lack of access to those in the Southeast.

12:00 AM EDT May 27, 2014

An Area’s Level of Poverty or Wealth May Affect the Distribution of Cancer Types

A new analysis has found that certain cancers are more concentrated in areas with high poverty, while other cancers arise more often in wealthy regions.

7:00 PM EDT May 25, 2014

Anti-Doping Scientists Pilot Detection Test for EPO Producing Xenon Gas

Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry reports on scientists attempts to detect doping drug Xenon