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Antioxidant biomaterial helps vascular grafts heal

Antioxidant biomaterial helps vascular grafts heal

When a foreign material like a medical device or surgical implant is put inside the human body, the body always responds. According to Northwestern University's Guillermo Ameer, most of the time, that response can be negative and affect the device's function. [More]
Earlier treatment better for bipolar patients

Earlier treatment better for bipolar patients

Patients with bipolar disorder are more likely to respond to lithium if the treatment is started early in the course of the condition, say researchers. [More]
Protective effects of ischemic preconditioning on focal cerebral infarction linked with upregulation of VEGF

Protective effects of ischemic preconditioning on focal cerebral infarction linked with upregulation of VEGF

Neuroprotection by ischemic preconditioning has been confirmed by many studies, but the precise mechanism remains unclear. [More]
First Edition: July 24, 2014

First Edition: July 24, 2014

Today's headlines include more analysis of this week's conflicting appeals courts' decisions regarding a key part of the health law. [More]
Researchers receive inaugural funding from AHA to prevent heart disease and stroke

Researchers receive inaugural funding from AHA to prevent heart disease and stroke

Researchers and clinicians at UT Southwestern Medical Center are among a small, select group at U.S. universities to receive inaugural funding from the American Heart Association (AHA) for work that takes aim at heart disease and stroke. [More]
Highlights: Calif. nurse union in contract fight; personhood measure in Colo.; Md. transgender coverage

Highlights: Calif. nurse union in contract fight; personhood measure in Colo.; Md. transgender coverage

But this is no church service, and nurses are not here to worship. The California Nurses Association is rousing its troops for battle. California's powerful nurses' union will begin bargaining next week with Kaiser Permanente on a new four-year contract for nurses at its Northern California hospitals. (Kaiser Health News is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.) Kaiser operates the largest hospital system in the state, by number of hospitals and number of hospital beds, and is the eighth largest health system in the country (Dembosky, 7/22). [More]
Researchers uncover how malaria parasite becomes resistant to fosmidomycin drug

Researchers uncover how malaria parasite becomes resistant to fosmidomycin drug

Researchers have uncovered a way the malaria parasite becomes resistant to an investigational drug. The discovery, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, also is relevant for other infectious diseases including bacterial infections and tuberculosis. [More]
Clinic-based audio project gives HIV patients a chance to share experiences with diagnosis

Clinic-based audio project gives HIV patients a chance to share experiences with diagnosis

The voice on the recording was low and calm as the speaker recounted the telephone call that brought the news he was infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS: "My heart just stopped for a little bit and next thing you know I was on the floor flat on my face boohooing, crying like a baby." [More]
Researchers find that considerable proportion of infections is discovered outside hospital setting

Researchers find that considerable proportion of infections is discovered outside hospital setting

More than 80 percent of hospitalized patients who tested positive for Clostridium difficile were tested outside the hospital or within the first 72 hours of hospitalization, suggesting that settings outside of the hospital may play key roles in the identification, onset and possible transmission of the disease, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. [More]
Columbia Nursing study looks to Massachusetts law for road map in New York

Columbia Nursing study looks to Massachusetts law for road map in New York

If past experience is anything to go by, nurse practitioners in New York State are about to get a lot more recognition for their contributions to primary care. In Massachusetts, laws already on the books allowing NPs to provide primary care offer nurses more recognition of their contributions to patient care and better relationships with physicians and administrators, compared with colleagues in New York, according to a study from Columbia University School of Nursing, published in Health Care Management Review. [More]
Scientist develops highly accurate device for diagnosing fatal lung disease

Scientist develops highly accurate device for diagnosing fatal lung disease

A scientist from the University of Exeter has developed a simple, cheap and highly accurate device for diagnosing a frequently fatal lung disease which attacks immune deficient individuals such as cancer patients and bone marrow transplant recipients. [More]
Standard TFI definition still applies for relapsed SCLC classification

Standard TFI definition still applies for relapsed SCLC classification

Italian researchers have confirmed that using a treatment-free interval cut-off of 60 days to classify relapsed small-cell lung cancer as sensitive or resistant can be regarded as the standard definition. [More]
Collaboration classification useful for Japanese lung cancer patients

Collaboration classification useful for Japanese lung cancer patients

Epidermal growth factor receptor status and prognosis in Japanese patients can be predicted by a recently developed lung adenocarcinoma classification system, say researchers. [More]
Severe pain during and post delivery linked to postpartum depression

Severe pain during and post delivery linked to postpartum depression

Controlling pain during childbirth and post delivery may reduce the risk of postpartum depression, writes Katherine Wisner, M.D., a Northwestern Medicine- perinatal psychiatrist, in a July 23 editorial in Anesthesia & Analgesia. [More]
First Edition: July 23, 2014

First Edition: July 23, 2014

Today's headlines include coverage and analysis of yesterday's conflicting legal decisions regarding the health law. [More]
University of Leicester receives funding from two Masonic charities for heart study

University of Leicester receives funding from two Masonic charities for heart study

A University of Leicester research project has received vital philanthropic funding for the second year from two Masonic charities. [More]
Out-of-pocket costs rising significantly for Medicare beneficiaries: Report

Out-of-pocket costs rising significantly for Medicare beneficiaries: Report

The analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation examines seniors' costs from 2000 to 2010. Also, another story focuses on a new Medicare effort to find ways to exempt beneficiaries from the requirement that they be in the hospital for three days before they qualify for nursing home coverage. [More]
Study: Lack of trust in one's physician affects physical, mental well-being of cancer patients

Study: Lack of trust in one's physician affects physical, mental well-being of cancer patients

The physical and mental well-being of people with cancer may be affected by how they feel about their relationship with their physician and by differences in attachment styles (how they rely and depend on others), finds a new study from General Hospital Psychiatry. [More]
Pilot study shows that anti-cancer drug can activate hidden HIV

Pilot study shows that anti-cancer drug can activate hidden HIV

A pilot study by HIV researchers from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark has shown that an anti-cancer drug can activate hidden HIV. [More]
Research findings could lead to new approaches for treating schizophrenia

Research findings could lead to new approaches for treating schizophrenia

As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have helped identify over 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia, in the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date, conducted with 80,000 people. [More]