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Sutter Health reaches fair and reasonable agreement with Blue Shield of California

Sutter Health reaches fair and reasonable agreement with Blue Shield of California

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network announced today that it reached agreement on a new two-year contract with Blue Shield of California, preserving patient access to the doctors and care centers that Blue Shield sold to patients during fall open enrollment. [More]
Genetic support for insulin system role in growth hormone response

Genetic support for insulin system role in growth hormone response

Genetic determinants of insulin sensitivity are positively related to spontaneous growth and response to growth hormone treatment in children born small for gestational age, researchers have found. [More]
EGFR–TKI response worse in NSCLC patients with rare EGFR mutations

EGFR–TKI response worse in NSCLC patients with rare EGFR mutations

In patients with non-small-cell lung cancer, rare epidermal growth factor receptor mutations are associated with a poorer response to EGFR–tyrosine kinase inhibitors compared with frequently occurring ones, according to a study published in Lung Cancer. [More]
Plasma EGFR mutation cfDNA predicts advanced lung cancer outcome

Plasma EGFR mutation cfDNA predicts advanced lung cancer outcome

Monitoring plasma cell-free DNA levels of epidermal growth factor receptor mutations may indicate prognosis for patients with lung adenocarcinoma after EGFR–tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy, research suggests. [More]
Cohera Medical, B. Braun sign sales and distribution agreement for TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive

Cohera Medical, B. Braun sign sales and distribution agreement for TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive

Cohera Medical, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of absorbable surgical adhesives and sealants, announced today that it has entered into an exclusive sales and marketing distribution agreement with B. Braun for its TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive in Germany, Spain and Portugal. [More]
EvergreenHealth recognized as Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence

EvergreenHealth recognized as Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence

EvergreenHealth has achieved its sixth designation as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades, placing the health care organization among the top 5 percent of hospitals of the more than 4,500 hospitals evaluated nationwide and based solely on its outstanding clinical performance. [More]

Rare, complex EGFR mutations adversely affect EGFR–TKI treatment outcomes

Individuals with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer who have rare or complex epidermal growth factor receptor mutations have inferior outcomes in response to EGFR–tyrosine kinase inhibitor treatment compared with those with common mutations, research indicates. [More]
MET amplified in NSCLC irrespective of type, genetic background

MET amplified in NSCLC irrespective of type, genetic background

A third of non-small-cell lung cancers show low- to high-level amplification of the MET gene, according to a German study, with no significant difference in frequency across different types of cancer and genetic backgrounds. [More]
EGFR mutations, ALK translocations not mutually exclusive in NSCLC

EGFR mutations, ALK translocations not mutually exclusive in NSCLC

Researchers from the Republic of Korea have found that epidermal growth factor receptor mutations and anaplastic lymphoma kinase translocations can occur concomitantly in a proportion of patients with non-small-cell lung cancer. [More]
Orlando Regional Medical Center opens new patient tower

Orlando Regional Medical Center opens new patient tower

As the new year begins, Orlando Health turns the page to a new chapter in patient, guest and team member experience, when Orlando Regional Medical Center opens its new patient tower. [More]
Careful blink assessment essential to preserve vision in face transplant procedures

Careful blink assessment essential to preserve vision in face transplant procedures

Face transplantation can dramatically enhance a patient's quality of life after severe facial trauma, but lack of attention to eyelid function and vision can leave patients with impaired vision, corneal exposure, eyelid retraction that occurs when the upper or lower eyelid pulls away from the eyeball, and other eyelid-related complications. [More]
Chromosome X microduplications implicated in infancy-onset gigantism

Chromosome X microduplications implicated in infancy-onset gigantism

Researchers report that heritable microduplications on chromosome Xq26.3 may underlie a “striking” form of gigantism with onset in late infancy, and reveal a candidate culprit gene. [More]
Single biopsy site may reveal all lung adenocarcinoma genetic mutations

Single biopsy site may reveal all lung adenocarcinoma genetic mutations

Genetic sequencing of a single tumour site sample may be adequate for identifying cancer gene mutations in patients with lung andenocarcinoma, research published in Science suggests. [More]
Older adults participating in hospital-based exercise program report less pain, stiffness and fatigue

Older adults participating in hospital-based exercise program report less pain, stiffness and fatigue

It may seem counterintuitive, but exercise can be beneficial for people suffering from arthritis and other muscle and joint conditions. A new study at Hospital for Special Surgery finds that older adults experienced less pain, reduced stiffness and less fatigue after participating in a hospital-based exercise program. [More]
Metastatic lung cancer outcomes independent of KRAS mutation subtypes

Metastatic lung cancer outcomes independent of KRAS mutation subtypes

Overall survival in patients with metastatic lung cancer does not correlate with Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene homologue mutation subtypes, US researchers report. [More]
First-line dacomitinib may improve advanced NSCLC survival

First-line dacomitinib may improve advanced NSCLC survival

Preliminary research suggests that the second-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor dacomitinib may improve progression-free survival in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer with epidermal growth factor receptor mutations. [More]
PD-L1 expression tied to favourable prognosis in SCLC

PD-L1 expression tied to favourable prognosis in SCLC

Programmed death-ligand 1 is expressed by around 70% of small-cell lung cancers and is associated with favourable patient outcomes, Japanese researchers report. [More]

Molecular response criteria examined for CML

The limitations in determining molecular response in patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy have been reviewed in Cancer. [More]
PD-1, PD-L1 differentially expressed in NSCLC

PD-1, PD-L1 differentially expressed in NSCLC

The expression of the immune checkpoint protein programmed death-1 receptor and its ligand varies according to tumour and patient characteristics in oncogene-addicted non-small-cell lung cancer, research indicates. [More]
SI-BONE wins Gold 2014 International MarCom Award for SI Joint Patient Community website

SI-BONE wins Gold 2014 International MarCom Award for SI Joint Patient Community website

SI-BONE, Inc., a medical device company that pioneered the use of the iFuse Implant System, a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) device indicated for fusion for certain disorders of the sacroiliac (SI) joint, won the Gold 2014 International MarCom Award for its SI Joint Patient Community website and an Honorable Mention for the SI Buddy Patient Networking Program. [More]
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