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New public guide addresses unrealistic expectations of screening tests

New public guide addresses unrealistic expectations of screening tests

Misconceptions about how screening works, its limitations and possible harms are still being perpetuated by media stories and high profile cases, such as Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy and emotive tabloid case studies of women under 25 dying from cervical cancer. [More]
15-20% women overdiagnosed in Norway's Breast Cancer Screening Programme

15-20% women overdiagnosed in Norway's Breast Cancer Screening Programme

For every life saved by Norway's Breast Cancer Screening Programme, five women are over-diagnosed, and have to go through an operation to remove a tumour that otherwise never would have caused problems. [More]
Patients who receive intracranial stents at increased risk of experiencing another stroke

Patients who receive intracranial stents at increased risk of experiencing another stroke

The risk of experiencing another stroke is higher if patients, after dilation of their blood vessels in the brain, receive not only clot-inhibiting drugs, but also have stents inserted. The recently published results of the VISSIT study confirm this conclusion of a rapid report by the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) of October 2014. [More]
CPhA urges federal government to enhance HPV vaccination programs for young Canadians

CPhA urges federal government to enhance HPV vaccination programs for young Canadians

The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) urges the federal government to enhance its national immunization strategy to ensure that all Canadians have the opportunity to protect themselves against the common strains of HPV (human papillomavirus) through immunization. [More]
TCU, UNTHSC sign MOU to create new MD school in Fort Worth

TCU, UNTHSC sign MOU to create new MD school in Fort Worth

Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas Health Science Center have entered into a memorandum of understanding to create a new MD school in Fort Worth. The school, planning to accept its first class in 2018, will be among the leading institutions in the nation in providing a team-oriented educational approach that benefits patients and shapes the future practice and business of medicine. [More]
Bacterial biofilms play role in development of systemic lupus erythematosus

Bacterial biofilms play role in development of systemic lupus erythematosus

Lupus, multiple sclerosis, and type-1 diabetes are among more than a score of diseases in which the immune system attacks the body it was designed to defend. But just why the immune system begins its misdirected assault has remained a mystery. [More]
Study explores link between medical marijuana ads and youth behavior

Study explores link between medical marijuana ads and youth behavior

Adolescents who saw advertising for medical marijuana were more likely to either report using marijuana or say they planned to use the substance in the future, according to a new RAND Corporation study. [More]
Disproportionate number of older people hospitalized in Canada with TBI

Disproportionate number of older people hospitalized in Canada with TBI

A disproportionate number of people hospitalized in Canada with traumatic brain injuries are 65 years or older, a new study from St. Michael's Hospital has found. [More]
Pazopanib improves survival in soft tissue sarcoma patients without impairment of health-related quality of life

Pazopanib improves survival in soft tissue sarcoma patients without impairment of health-related quality of life

Results of EORTC trial 62072 appearing in Cancer show that in patients with soft tissue sarcoma, whose disease had progressed during or after prior chemotherapy, pazopanib improved progression-free survival but did not change health-related quality of life. This observed improvement in progression-free survival without impairment of health-related quality of life was considered a meaningful result. [More]
Common arthritis drug could help to treat patients with blood cancers

Common arthritis drug could help to treat patients with blood cancers

Scientists at the University of Sheffield have discovered that a common drug given to arthritis sufferers could also help to treat patients with blood cancers. [More]
New CNIT mobile app for Healthcare One Pass launched to provide comprehensive healthcare services

New CNIT mobile app for Healthcare One Pass launched to provide comprehensive healthcare services

China Information Technology, Inc., a leading provider of integrated cloud-based platform, exchange, and big data solutions in China, today announced that the Company launched its mobile app for Healthcare One Pass, ushering in a new age of accessible healthcare services on mobile devices. [More]
Parents' views on safety and benefits of vaccines have shifted, finds new poll

Parents' views on safety and benefits of vaccines have shifted, finds new poll

Over the same time period that multiple outbreaks of measles and whooping cough made headlines around the country, parents' views on vaccines became more favorable, according to a new nationally-representative poll. [More]
UTHealth School of Public Health working to improve health of Hispanics living along Texas-Mexico border

UTHealth School of Public Health working to improve health of Hispanics living along Texas-Mexico border

Sylvia Hernando became a Community Health Worker (CHW) because she wanted to help others. Hernando had been a stay-at-home mother and was looking to go back to school when she heard about the CHW certification program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. [More]
FMNCA's disaster response program makes difference in patients' lives during Super Storm Sandy

FMNCA's disaster response program makes difference in patients' lives during Super Storm Sandy

Fresenius Medical Care North America, a division of Fresenius Medical Care and North America's largest provider of kidney care, hospitalist services and renal products, today hailed a new study by the Department of Health and Human Services this week showing that dialysis patients who received treatments immediately before Super Storm Sandy experienced a much better survival rate and less frequent visits to the hospital. [More]
Harvard Medical School scientists reveal structure of vesicular stomatitis virus protein

Harvard Medical School scientists reveal structure of vesicular stomatitis virus protein

Viruses need us. In order to multiply, viruses have to invade a host cell and copy their genetic information. To do so, viruses encode their own replication machinery or components that subvert the host replication machinery to their advantage. [More]
GPS devices help dementia sufferers achieve increased sense of security, quality of life

GPS devices help dementia sufferers achieve increased sense of security, quality of life

A brand new study of 200 dementia sufferers in Norway reveals that almost all experience greater peace of mind and increased levels of physical activity using GPS devices. [More]
DTC genetic testing has negative consequences in children

DTC genetic testing has negative consequences in children

A woman coping with the burden of familial breast cancer can't help but wonder if her young daughter will suffer the same fate. Has she inherited the same disease-causing mutation? Is it best to be prepared for the future, or to wait? During the last decade, genetic tests have been through a sea change, both in their availability and the technologies behind them. Today there are at least 34 companies that offer direct to consumer (DTC) DNA testing, some of which return health results. And now it is possible to sequence someone's entire genetic code for the price of a laptop. [More]
New study finds that cancer survivors who smoke have more barriers to quitting

New study finds that cancer survivors who smoke have more barriers to quitting

Cancer survivors who smoke report fewer negative opinions about smoking, have more barriers to quitting, and are around other smokers more often than survivors who had quit before or after their diagnosis, according to a new study appearing in Psycho-Oncology. [More]
Galderma obtains FDA approval for Restylane Lyft to restore structure to the cheeks and midface area

Galderma obtains FDA approval for Restylane Lyft to restore structure to the cheeks and midface area

Galderma, a global healthcare company focused on skin health, announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to market Restylane Lyft for cheek augmentation and the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies in patients over the age of 21. [More]
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: CAMFT encourages all minorities to get mental health support

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: CAMFT encourages all minorities to get mental health support

Research from the National Association on Mental Health suggests that one in five Americans experiences a mental illness in a given year. The same research shows that African Americans and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about one-half the rate of Caucasian Americans and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate. [More]
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