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PD surgery improves quality of life in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma

PD surgery improves quality of life in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma

Although surgery can prolong the lives of patients with an aggressive type of cancer called malignant pleural mesothelioma, many patients avoid the operation for fear it will degrade their quality of life. [More]
Researcher explores whether DBS can help improve life of bipolar disorder patients

Researcher explores whether DBS can help improve life of bipolar disorder patients

Jennifer Sweet, MD, a neurosurgeon at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, recently opened a clinical research study to learn if there is a structural target in the brain for patients suffering from bipolar disorder and whether deep brain stimulation (DBS) can bring them relief. [More]
UPMC study gives better understanding of cardiac arrhythmia following lung transplantation

UPMC study gives better understanding of cardiac arrhythmia following lung transplantation

Cardiac arrhythmia is a common complication following lung transplantation, and one that has a significant negative impact on long-term patient survival, reports a team of UPMC researchers in the largest study of its kind to date. [More]
Pediatric feasibility study results set stage for clinical trial of world’s first bioabsorbable heart valve enabling Endogenous Tissue Restoration

Pediatric feasibility study results set stage for clinical trial of world’s first bioabsorbable heart valve enabling Endogenous Tissue Restoration

One-year follow-up results from a pediatric feasibility study of Xeltis bioabsorbable cardiovascular pulmonary graft have been presented as late-breaker at the 96th American Association for Thoracic Surgery annual meeting today. [More]
First-ever clinical trial of bioabsorbable cardiovascular device in children shows promise

First-ever clinical trial of bioabsorbable cardiovascular device in children shows promise

Current cardiovascular valve or blood vessel implants are generally associated with a number of complications, have limited efficacy over time, and may necessitate repeated interventions over a patient's lifetime, especially when implanted in a young child. [More]
New form of SBRT to deliver radiation to specific area of prostate cancer

New form of SBRT to deliver radiation to specific area of prostate cancer

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center physicians have started the world's first clinical trial using a new form of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) to deliver radiation to a specific area of the prostate invaded with cancer - instead of the entire gland. The study aims to determine if treating a targeted cancer region within the prostate in early stage prostate cancer can increase treatment options and reduce the side effects of radiation. [More]
Clinical study to evaluate safety of investigational cell therapy to treat chronic motor deficits after stroke

Clinical study to evaluate safety of investigational cell therapy to treat chronic motor deficits after stroke

University Hospitals Case Medical Center is the first surgical site for a Phase 2b clinical trial study to further evaluate the safety and efficacy of an investigational cell therapy for the treatment of chronic motor deficit following an ischemic stroke. [More]
LivaNova announces first implantation of Perceval sutureless valve in U.S.

LivaNova announces first implantation of Perceval sutureless valve in U.S.

LivaNova, PLC (the “Company”), a global medical technology company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, announced the first U.S. implantation of the Perceval valve, the sutureless biological aortic replacement valve. [More]
Diets high in glycemic index linked to increased risk of lung cancer

Diets high in glycemic index linked to increased risk of lung cancer

Consuming a diet with a high glycemic index, a classification of how rapidly carbohydrates elevate blood sugar levels, was independently associated with an increased risk of developing lung cancer in non-Hispanic whites, according to a new epidemiologic study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. [More]
Closing patient knowledge gap could encourage cancer patients to enroll in clinical trials

Closing patient knowledge gap could encourage cancer patients to enroll in clinical trials

A five-center national study led by Neal Meropol, MD, and a team of researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center demonstrated that a little information goes a long way in encouraging cancer patients to enroll in clinical trials, a decision that could be potentially lifesaving. [More]
Reducing cost for screening does not increase colorectal cancer screening rates

Reducing cost for screening does not increase colorectal cancer screening rates

Making colonoscopy available at no cost to eligible Medicare beneficiaries under the Affordable Care Act did not increase the number of people in this target population who regularly undergo the procedure, says a new large scale national study from University Hospitals Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center. [More]
New technology may facilitate early detection of sickle cell disease for infants in developing countries

New technology may facilitate early detection of sickle cell disease for infants in developing countries

Researchers from Seidman Cancer Center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine presented new research findings this weekend at the 57th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in Orlando. [More]
Intensive management of high blood pressure reduces rates of cardiovascular disease, lowers risk of death

Intensive management of high blood pressure reduces rates of cardiovascular disease, lowers risk of death

Jackson T. Wright Jr., MD, PhD, and researchers from University Hospitals Case Medical Center presented new results from the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) showing that in patients at high risk for cardiovascular events, targeting a systolic blood pressure of less than 120 mm Hg resulted in lower rates of fatal and non-fatal major events or death compared to targeting systolic blood pressure to the usually recommended target of less than 140 mm Hg. [More]
New Cleveland Clinic study shows bariatric surgery is safe option for managing type 2 diabetes in overweight or mildly obese patients

New Cleveland Clinic study shows bariatric surgery is safe option for managing type 2 diabetes in overweight or mildly obese patients

Weight-loss surgery, long considered a treatment largely reserved for people with severe obesity, may also be a good and safe option for the treatment of uncontrolled type 2 diabetes in those who are overweight or have mild to moderate obesity, according to researchers from Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. [More]
Weight-loss surgery may be safe for managing type 2 diabetes in patients with mild obesity

Weight-loss surgery may be safe for managing type 2 diabetes in patients with mild obesity

Weight-loss surgery, long considered a treatment largely reserved for people with severe obesity, may also be a good and safe option for the treatment of uncontrolled type 2 diabetes in those who are overweight or have mild to moderate obesity, according to researchers from Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. [More]
Mallinckrodt announces approval of INOmax for cardiovascular surgery in Australia and Japan

Mallinckrodt announces approval of INOmax for cardiovascular surgery in Australia and Japan

Mallinckrodt plc, a leading specialty biopharmaceutical company, today announced that INOmax (nitric oxide) for inhalation has received regulatory approval in Australia and Japan for pulmonary hypertension in conjunction with heart surgery. [More]
Pharmacy-led glycemic control program improves outcomes for surgical patients with diabetes

Pharmacy-led glycemic control program improves outcomes for surgical patients with diabetes

A pharmacy-led glycemic control program is linked to improved outcomes for surgical patients with diabetes and those who develop stress-induced hyperglycemia or high blood sugars as a result of surgery, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published in the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits. [More]
Alaska pollock gelatin can be used to treat pulmonary diseases

Alaska pollock gelatin can be used to treat pulmonary diseases

In recent years, patients with pulmonary emphysema have been increasing mainly among middle-aged and elderly males due to aging and excessive smoking. Emphysema makes brittle lungs, and in severe cases, holes develop in the lung tissue, causing air leakage. Researchers at NIMS developed a new sealant to close holes developed in lungs and blood vessels using Alaska pollock gelatin. [More]
High dose flu vaccines significantly reduce hospitalization risk during influenza season

High dose flu vaccines significantly reduce hospitalization risk during influenza season

In the largest nursing home study to date on the effect of high dose flu vaccine, researchers found that shots with four times the strength of standard flu shots significantly reduced the risk of being hospitalized during the influenza season. There was a 1.2 percent difference (19.7 percent versus 20.9 percent) in admission for the group that received the high dose vaccine compared to the one that received the standard dose vaccine. [More]
Postmenopausal women who are not aware of VVA consequences continue to experience pain during sex

Postmenopausal women who are not aware of VVA consequences continue to experience pain during sex

Results from qualitative research of postmenopausal women with vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA) show that they recognize the significant physical, emotional and psychological consequences of untreated dyspareunia (painful sex) yet they continue to suffer because of misperceptions about the condition and a general lack of understanding about treatment options. [More]
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