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ESC publishes new guidelines on pericardial diseases

ESC publishes new guidelines on pericardial diseases

New ESC Guidelines on pericardial diseases are published today. Until now there was insufficient evidence for strong recommendations in this group of conditions which can severely restrict quality of life. [More]
Fentanyl sold as heroin causing new wave of overdose deaths

Fentanyl sold as heroin causing new wave of overdose deaths

With the heroin epidemic in the United States reaching deadlier heights, Jacksonville-based Lakeview Health drug and alcohol treatment center's Dr. Philip Hemphill is helping to explain why fentanyl is causing a new wave of overdoses. Because Fentanyl is approximately 40 to 50 times more potent than pharmaceutical grade heroin and often illegally purchased unknowingly by recreational users as heroin, the risk of death skyrockets. [More]
Former football star Beau Orth set to take the stand in multimillion dollar medical malpractice trial

Former football star Beau Orth set to take the stand in multimillion dollar medical malpractice trial

Former football star Beau Orth, known to many Las Vegans as "Orth," is set to take the stand Friday in the multimillion dollar malpractice trial over a surgery he claims ended his playing career and caused lifelong injuries. [More]
Researchers examine how patients handle stigma of using medical marijuana

Researchers examine how patients handle stigma of using medical marijuana

Research recently published in Journal of Psychoactive Drugs (Routledge) examines the experiences of California residents who have been prescribed medical marijuana and the stigma they experience from public opinion. The findings indicate that the stigma of using medical marijuana may contribute to the under-treatment of those who might benefit from medical marijuana. [More]
Oysters play important role in persistence and transmission of norovirus

Oysters play important role in persistence and transmission of norovirus

Oysters not only transmit human norovirus; they also serve as a major reservoir for these pathogens, according to research published August 28 in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. "More than 80 percent of human norovirus genotypes were detected in oyster samples or oyster-related outbreaks," said corresponding author Yongjie Wang, PhD. [More]
Despite increased life expectancy, British people suffer from more medical ailments

Despite increased life expectancy, British people suffer from more medical ailments

People in the UK are living longer but are coping with more medical ailments causing illness or disability in their older years, according to a major new international study published in The Lancet today (Thursday 27 August). [More]
ACR commends FDA’s draft guidance requiring distinct names for biosimilars, biologic therapies

ACR commends FDA’s draft guidance requiring distinct names for biosimilars, biologic therapies

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) today praised the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for issuing draft guidance requiring separate and distinct names for biosimilars and biologic therapies. [More]
Arthrosurface inlay implant dramatically reduces progression of osteoarthritis

Arthrosurface inlay implant dramatically reduces progression of osteoarthritis

A recent study by Feucht et al, published in the KSSTA Knee Journal, compared the Arthrosurface HemiCAP Wave implant, which is based on an "inlay" Arthroplasty design, versus an "onlay" design implant for isolated patellofemoral disease. While both implant groups showed similar improvements in function and pain scores, none of the patients in the "inlay" group showed progression of osteoarthritis (OA). [More]
Experimental gene therapy may prevent neuronal degeneration in patients with Alzheimer's disease

Experimental gene therapy may prevent neuronal degeneration in patients with Alzheimer's disease

Degenerating neurons in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) measurably responded to an experimental gene therapy in which nerve growth factor (NGF) was injected into their brains, report researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in the current issue of JAMA Neurology. [More]
Nitroglycerin can be repurposed to treat cancer, researchers find

Nitroglycerin can be repurposed to treat cancer, researchers find

For over a century, nitroglycerin has been used medically - particularly in the treatment of angina, or chest pain. It is a safe, cheap and effective treatment. Now, according to the latest study in ecancermedicalscience, researchers find that nitroglycerin is the latest in a series of medicines that could be repurposed to treat cancer. [More]
Global life expectancy climbs, but people live longer with illnesses

Global life expectancy climbs, but people live longer with illnesses

Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 as healthy life expectancy grows; ischemic heart disease, lower respiratory infections, and stroke cause the most health loss around the world. [More]
Founder of ACPA discusses how patient with chronic pain can tackle their NSAID usage

Founder of ACPA discusses how patient with chronic pain can tackle their NSAID usage

When a patient with chronic pain is experiencing symptoms, relief is only thing on their mind. NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, can often provide that relief, however it's important to balance the potential benefits with the potential risks of these drugs. [More]
Theresa Alenghat receives 2015 AGA-CCFA-Janssen Research Award in IBD Epigenetics Research

Theresa Alenghat receives 2015 AGA-CCFA-Janssen Research Award in IBD Epigenetics Research

The American Gastroenterological Association, in partnership with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America and Janssen Biotech, Inc., announced today that Theresa Alenghat, VMD, PhD, from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, OH, was awarded with the 2015 AGA-CCFA-Janssen Research Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Epigenetics Research. [More]
Education can empower clinicians to safely prescribe opioids for chronic pain sufferers

Education can empower clinicians to safely prescribe opioids for chronic pain sufferers

Educating clinicians on how to safely prescribe opioids can help decrease opioid misuse among chronic pain sufferers. [More]
Commonly used heart attack blood test may identify people at risk for hypertension

Commonly used heart attack blood test may identify people at risk for hypertension

Analysis of blood samples from more than 5,000 people suggests that a more sensitive version of a blood test long used to verify heart muscle damage from heart attacks could also identify people on their way to developing hypertension well before the so-called silent killer shows up on a blood pressure machine. [More]
Study shows that quitting smoking after heart attack improves mental health, quality of daily life

Study shows that quitting smoking after heart attack improves mental health, quality of daily life

A new study shows that quitting smoking after a heart attack has immediate benefits, including less chest pain, better quality of daily life and improved mental health. Many of these improvements became apparent as little as one month after quitting and are more pronounced after one year, according to the research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. [More]
Inpatient palliative care visits associated with improved quality of life for patients with heart failure

Inpatient palliative care visits associated with improved quality of life for patients with heart failure

A recent randomized trial conducted by researchers at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health, found that inpatient palliative care (PC) visits were associated with improved quality of life and symptom burden for patients with heart failure (HF). [More]
Researchers examine how small wireless sensors integrated into orthopedic implants can help detect SSI

Researchers examine how small wireless sensors integrated into orthopedic implants can help detect SSI

A team of researchers, led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Eric Ledet, will investigate whether small wireless sensors incorporated into orthopedic implants could be used to detect surgical site infections. The research is supported by a $429,560 grant from the National Institutes of Health. [More]
Simple modification can increase effectiveness of emergency treatment for patients with supraventricular tachycardia

Simple modification can increase effectiveness of emergency treatment for patients with supraventricular tachycardia

A simple, safe and cost-free modification to a physical technique used to treat patients in the emergency department with an abnormally fast heart rhythm could improve its effectiveness by more than a quarter, according to a study published in The Lancet today (25 August 2015). [More]
Amgen to present data on Repatha (evolocumab) and observational studies at ESC Congress 2015

Amgen to present data on Repatha (evolocumab) and observational studies at ESC Congress 2015

Amgen today announced that it will present six abstracts at the upcoming ESC Congress 2015, organized by the European Society of Cardiology, being held Aug. 29 – Sept. 2 in London. [More]
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