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Optimal use of combination therapy achieves best treatment outcomes in patients with CHB

Optimal use of combination therapy achieves best treatment outcomes in patients with CHB

Three new studies presented today at the International Liver CongressTM 2014 have helped clarify the optimal use of combination therapy with peginterferon and nucleoside analogues (NUCs) to achieve the best treatment outcomes in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). [More]
Researchers find link between patient satisfaction and SDM during radiation treatment

Researchers find link between patient satisfaction and SDM during radiation treatment

Playing an active role in their radiation treatment decisions leaves cancer patients feeling more satisfied with their care, and may even relieve psychological distress around the experience, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania report in the journal Cancer. [More]

Study: Chemotherapy before surgery improves survival in patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer

Contrary to treatment guidelines for high-risk bladder cancer, chemotherapy before or after surgery is not commonly used in routine clinical practice. The findings are published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. [More]

Hospital sees success by temporarily connecting major blood vessels

Doctors at Henry Ford Hospital reached a medical milestone April 3, performing the 25th successful transcatheter valve replacement using a novel way to access the heart. [More]
Oral therapy cures hepatitis C infection in more than 90% of patients with liver cirrhosis

Oral therapy cures hepatitis C infection in more than 90% of patients with liver cirrhosis

Twelve weeks of an investigational oral therapy cured hepatitis C infection in more than 90 percent of patients with liver cirrhosis and was well tolerated by these patients, according to an international study that included researchers from UT Medicine San Antonio and the Texas Liver Institute. [More]

Study shows impact of hepatic encephalopathy on liver disease patients

New data presented today at the International Liver Congress show the impact of hepatic encephalopathy on liver disease patients and healthcare systems. [More]

New procedure helps curtail complication rate associated with bone grafting

UT Arlington and Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital are investigating whether bone grown from the body's own stem cells can replace traditional types of bone grafting. [More]

Scientists report successful nose reconstruction surgery using cartilage grown in laboratory

Scientists at the University of Basel report first ever successful nose reconstruction surgery using cartilage grown in the laboratory. Cartilage cells were extracted from the patient's nasal septum, multiplied and expanded onto a collagen membrane. [More]
Acupuncture protects brain neurons against injury in rats following heroin relapse

Acupuncture protects brain neurons against injury in rats following heroin relapse

Heroin abuse can damage many brain areas, including the pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus of the midbrain, the ventral tegmental area, and nucleus accumbens. Persistent use of heroin induced irreversible damage to the nervous system. [More]

Spike in mortality after cardiac surgery is associated with 30 days survival measurement

Analyzing a national database of hospital inpatient records, a team of researchers reports an expected spike in mortality six days after cardiac surgery, but also a more surprising and potentially troubling jump in deaths at the 30-day mark. [More]

Frost & Sullivan: Advancements in laser technology raise number of aesthetic procedures

Aesthetic procedures, though cost-intensive, have experienced increased growth over the past decade. With patients gradually shifting from more complicated, time-consuming invasive procedures to minimally invasive and non-invasive ones, surgical lasers in particular have turned out to be the most preferred choice for aesthetic applications. [More]
FAST Upset Stomach offers one shot dose of Liquid Relief for people suffering from heartburn

FAST Upset Stomach offers one shot dose of Liquid Relief for people suffering from heartburn

First Aid Shot Therapy, makers of First Aid Shot Therapy Pain Relief, today announced the launch of its newest offering, First Aid Shot Therapy Upset Stomach. Upset Stomach is the second variant to be launched in the F.A.S.T. range of products and it is formulated to relive upset stomach symptoms. [More]

Research shows blocking DNA repair improves radiation therapy for glioblastomas

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have demonstrated in both cancer cell lines and in mice that blocking critical DNA repair mechanisms could improve the effectiveness of radiation therapy for highly fatal brain tumors called glioblastomas. [More]
DePuy Synthes Power Tools announces launch of Anspach EG1 High Speed Electric System

DePuy Synthes Power Tools announces launch of Anspach EG1 High Speed Electric System

DePuy Synthes Power Tools announced today the global launch of the Anspach EG1 High Speed Electric System, a next generation high-speed electric drill with multiple attachments and accessories, designed for use in neurosurgery, otology and spinal procedures. The announcement was made here at the 2014 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting (American Association of Neurological Surgeons). [More]

Patient-friendly examination method reduces need for prostate cancer biopsies

Each year prostate tissue samples are taken from over a million men around the world - in most cases using 12 large biopsy needles - to check whether they have prostate cancer. [More]
Menopausal hormone therapy may lower risk of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Menopausal hormone therapy may lower risk of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Hormone therapy, which is prescribed to women for relief of menopausal symptoms such hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness, has recently seen a decline in popularity (and use) due to its link to an increased risk of breast and endometrial cancer. But City of Hope researchers have found that menopausal hormone therapy may actually lower the risk of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. [More]

6 months of hormonal treatment in addition to radiotherapy improves outcome for prostate cancer

Vienna, Austria: Men with prostate cancer that is small and confined to the prostate gland but that is at risk of growing and spreading, do better if they are treated with radiotherapy combined with androgen deprivation therapy, which lowers their levels of the male hormone, testosterone, according to new research. [More]
Women who had radiotherapy for breast cancer may have increased risk of lung tumour

Women who had radiotherapy for breast cancer may have increased risk of lung tumour

Women who have radiotherapy for breast cancer have a small but significantly increased risk of subsequently developing a primary lung tumour, and now research has shown that this risk increases with the amount of radiation absorbed by the tissue. [More]

Helium ion radiotherapy provides hope for improved, accurate radiation treatment for young cancer patients

For the first time, researchers have been able to demonstrate that the use of helium ions in radiation therapy could provide accurate treatment to tumours while helping to spare healthy organs. [More]

20% of adults with tonsillectomies have higher complication than previously shown

Twenty percent of adults who have tonsillectomies will have a complication, which is significantly higher than previously shown, according to a team of researchers. The team also found that these complications substantially increase health care expenditures. [More]