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Diagnosing traumatic brain injury through a blood test: an interview with Dr Korley

Diagnosing traumatic brain injury through a blood test: an interview with Dr Korley

The severity of traumatic brain injury is currently crudely classified as mild, moderate or severe. However, often patients referred to as mild have debilitating symptoms that are not “mild”. Additionally, there are patients currently classified as moderate or severe who regain their pre-injury functional status whereas others don’t. [More]
Administering ticagrelor in the ambulance cuts ischaemic events 24 hours following PCI

Administering ticagrelor in the ambulance cuts ischaemic events 24 hours following PCI

Ticagrelor administered in the ambulance reduces ischaemic events 24 hours after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), according to findings from the ATLANTIC-H24 study presented for the first time today at ESC Congress. [More]
North Shore-LIJ researcher compares safety benefits two blood-thinning medications

North Shore-LIJ researcher compares safety benefits two blood-thinning medications

A large, ambitious contrast of blood-thinning medications used during cardiac stent placement suggests that a very expensive drug offers no clear safety benefits over a much more affordable option, according to a prominent North Shore-LIJ researcher and cardiologist. [More]
New statistical model may help predict patients most likely to benefits from surgical treatment for mesothelioma

New statistical model may help predict patients most likely to benefits from surgical treatment for mesothelioma

A new statistical model may help predict which patients are most likely to receive life-extending benefits from surgical treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), according to an article in the September 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Finerenone effective in heart failure patients with diabetes and/or chronic kidney disease

Finerenone effective in heart failure patients with diabetes and/or chronic kidney disease

In heart failure patients with diabetes and/or chronic kidney disease, a new, non-steroidal mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist (MRA) called finerenone was no more effective than the currently approved MRA eplerenone in reducing the heart failure biomarker N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide [NT-proBNP]. [More]
Survey: Mental health care inaccessible to many Americans

Survey: Mental health care inaccessible to many Americans

Nearly 90 percent of Americans value mental health and physical health equally, yet about one-third find mental health care inaccessible, and more than four in 10 see cost as a barrier to treatment for most people, according to the results of a new survey released today by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. [More]
Defibrillator does not improve outcomes in patients with CRT pacemaker

Defibrillator does not improve outcomes in patients with CRT pacemaker

Most patients with a cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) pacemaker would not benefit from the addition of a defibrillator, according to results from the CeRtiTuDe cohort study presented for the first time today at ESC Congress1 and published in European Heart Journal. [More]
SLU scientist receives grant to solve blood-clotting mysteries

SLU scientist receives grant to solve blood-clotting mysteries

Last summer, SLU scientists made a breakthrough discovery about the way in which blood clots. Through X-ray crystallography, they solved the molecular structure of prothrombin, an important blood-clotting protein, revealing an unexpected, flexible role for a "linker" region that may be the key to developing better life-saving drugs. [More]
John Foy & Associates announces new scholarship for college students affected by leukemia

John Foy & Associates announces new scholarship for college students affected by leukemia

Georgia-based law firm John Foy & Associates announced the offering of a new scholarship for college students who have been affected by leukemia—either as a patient or a loved one. [More]
Treating cancer cells with quizartinib inhibits key metabolic pathway, activates macroautophagy

Treating cancer cells with quizartinib inhibits key metabolic pathway, activates macroautophagy

A study published in The Journal of Cell Biology describes a way to force cancer cells to destroy a key metabolic enzyme they need to survive. [More]
Study: Retrieval of larger thrombi during IAT linked to improved neurological recovery after acute ischaemic stroke

Study: Retrieval of larger thrombi during IAT linked to improved neurological recovery after acute ischaemic stroke

Retrieval of larger thrombi during intra arterial treatment (IAT) is associated with improved neurological recovery after acute ischaemic stroke, according to a sub study of the MR CLEAN trial presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Anouchska Autar, PhD candidate at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. [More]
Preoperative statins linked to reductions in cardiac complications, mortality after noncardiac surgery

Preoperative statins linked to reductions in cardiac complications, mortality after noncardiac surgery

Preoperative statins are associated with a 17% reduction in cardiac complications and a 43% reduction in mortality after noncardiac surgery, according to results from the VISION Study presented for the first time today at ESC Congress by Dr Otavio Berwanger, director of the Research Institute HCor, Hospital do Coração (Heart Hospital) in São Paulo, Brazil. [More]
Lifestyle changes lead to sharp reduction in strenuousness of daily life

Lifestyle changes lead to sharp reduction in strenuousness of daily life

New research from Royal Holloway, University of London has found that changes in lifestyle over the past 30 years have led to a sharp reduction in the strenuousness of daily life, which researchers say may explain why there has been a dramatic rise in obesity. [More]
GARFIELD-AF Registry: All-cause death is most frequent major event in newly diagnosed AF patients

GARFIELD-AF Registry: All-cause death is most frequent major event in newly diagnosed AF patients

The first-ever two-year outcomes from the Global Anticoagulant Registry in the Field - Atrial Fibrillation (GARFIELD-AF) showcased at ESC Congress 2015 expose that all-cause death was the most frequent major event in more than 17,000 newly diagnosed AF patients, far exceeding the rate of stroke or major bleeding. [More]
Janssen, Bayer HealthCare announce results from landmark studies evaluating safety profile of XARELTO in NVAF patients

Janssen, Bayer HealthCare announce results from landmark studies evaluating safety profile of XARELTO in NVAF patients

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and its development partner, Bayer HealthCare, today announced results from PMSS (Post-Marketing Safety Surveillance) and XANTUS (XARELTO for Prevention of Stroke in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation), their landmark real-world studies evaluating the safety of XARELTO in people with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). [More]
Experts to discuss research on lupus at world congress organized by MedUni Vienna

Experts to discuss research on lupus at world congress organized by MedUni Vienna

Lupus is an autoimmune disease with so many different symptoms that it is often difficult to diagnose and to treat. Despite huge medical advances over the last few years, lupus is incurable. Modern, individually tailored therapeutic approaches are aimed at helping sufferers. The world congress organized by MedUni Vienna brings experts from more than 80 countries together in Vienna from 2 to 6 September to discuss the latest research results and therapies. [More]
Non-invasive FFRCT test can reduce need for invasive tests in patients having chest pain

Non-invasive FFRCT test can reduce need for invasive tests in patients having chest pain

According to results of the PLATFORM (Prospective LongitudinAl Trial of FFRCT: Outcome and Resource Impacts) trial, a test known as FFRCT can obviate the need for invasive tests in up to 61% of patients who have chest pain and suspected coronary artery disease. [More]
Training session can improve cardiologists’ ability to detect basic and advanced murmurs

Training session can improve cardiologists’ ability to detect basic and advanced murmurs

Cardiologists failed to identify more than half of basic and about 35 percent of advanced pre-recorded murmurs, but skills improved after a 90 minute training session, according to research presented today at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2015. [More]
Temple-led study shows benefits of using digital health application for COPD patients

Temple-led study shows benefits of using digital health application for COPD patients

Early intervention facilitated by a digital health application for reporting symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) provides key benefits for patients, according to the results of a Temple-led, two-year clinical study. [More]
Robotic surgeon offers free consultation for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer

Robotic surgeon offers free consultation for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer

September marks the beginning of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. World renowned robotic prostate cancer surgeon, Dr. David Samadi, is offering a free phone consultation for patients newly diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. [More]
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