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Researchers Say More Aggressive Vitamin D Supplementation Needed in Obese Cancer Patients

CHICAGO, June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Body mass index (BMI) should be taken into account when assessing a cancer patient's vitamin D status, according to researchers at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), who found that obese cancer patients had significantly lower levels of vita...

Surveyed Oncologists Say That the Most Promising Targeted Therapy in Adjuvant Clinical Trials is Avastin for the Treatment of Early-Stage Colorectal Cancer

Despite Widespread Use, Formulary Coverage of Targeted Cancer Therapies is Inconsistent, According to a New Report from Decision Resources WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issu...

Brain Stem Cells Can Be Awakened, Say Schepens Scientists

Study Findings Promise to help in treatment of brain diseases BOSTON, June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists at Schepens Eye Research Institute have identified specific molecules in the brain that are responsible for awakening and putting to sleep brain stem cells, which, when activated, can t...

Molecular Science Could Further Improve Leukemia Survival, Say St. Jude Researchers

Understanding success in treating pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia combined with molecular science could help clinicians treat adolescents and adults with the disease MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The dramatic increase that has occurred in the cure rate for c...

Eighty-one Percent of U.S. Adults say that Birth Control Pills and Procedures Should Be Covered by Health Insurance

Support for Medical Use Approval and Insurance Coverage Varies Greatly for Different Medical Treatments ROCHESTER, N.Y. - April 30, 2007-- Most U.S. adults support approving the use of medical treatments and procedures that can impact people's quality of life, including birth control treatment...

July 2009 Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource Highlights Food Storage Safety, Energy Therapies and Vitamins and Minerals

...nd respiration rates. Because of a lack of research, it's hard to say for certain that energy therapies are completely safe and work or don't wor...n age. With new knowledge about the benefits of vitamin D, many experts now say that intake should be at least 800 to 1,000 IU a day. Vitamin E:...

July 2009 Mayo Clinic Health Letter Highlights a Positive Outlook, Bell's Palsy and Heart Valve Repair

...e. Researchers have studied antiviral drugs as a way to speed recovery. There's some controversy on their effectiveness. Mayo Clinic doctors say there may be benefit if the drugs are given within the 72 hours of symptom onset. For most people, symptoms begin to improve within a few we...

Results From Drug Trials and New Risk Factors Announced at International Alzheimer's Conference

... vegetables, low-fat dairy foods, and nuts and beans -- may offer benefits for cognition in late life. We need more research before we can confidently say how much of these foods to include in your diet to experience some benefit. Two studies from ICAD 2009 looked at physical activity and mental...

Dry Mouth Linked to Prescription and Over the Counter Drugs

...e/ -- Approximately ninety-one percent of dentists say patients complaining about dry mouth are taking mu...n of tooth decay; Approximately 68 percent say constant thirst is the most common symptom communicated by patients; 44 percent say patients have difficulty eating, swallowing or spe...

June 2009 Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource Highlights Summer Skin Problems, Low Vision and Pilates

...: A Low-Impact Way to Build Core Strength, Endurance and Flexibility ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The first instruction in a Pilates class? How to say it: puh-LAH-teez. The June issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource addresses this increasingly popular low-impact fitness technique. Pilates...

MedImmune Funds Study to Help Gain Insights Into Full Burden of RSV Disease Among Premature Infants

...ing insight into what risk factors may make preterm infants most susceptible to RSV infection and to serious RSV-related illness." She went on to say that this information may help pediatricians, payers and health policy makers make better decisions regarding the use of finite healthcare resources o...

ADHD Genes Found; Known to Play Roles in Neurodevelopment

...nvolved in this neuropsychiatric disorder." Some of the biological pathways involved in ADHD may also be common to other neurological conditions, say the researchers. Likewise, there is some overlap among the CNVs found in ADHD that also occur in autism, schizophrenia and other neurological disorder...

New Poll Finds Disease Prevention is Top Priority for Americans in Health Reform

...ng people after they become sick." "Any health reform effort must make a serious commitment to prevention and wellness. Not only does the science say we need to target disease before it strikes, but the American people are saying it too - loud and clear," said Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-...

Lilly Announces Positive Phase II Data on Investigational Medicine for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

...in patients with type 2 diabetes by enhancing glucose-dependent insulin secretion from the pancreas. Diabetes: A Global Epidemic Researchers say new diabetes treatments are needed because the disease is growing globally at epidemic proportions. Currently, about 24 million Americans have diabet...

Cardiovascular Fitness Not Affected by Cancer Treatment

...evel of cancer survivors is not affected by many standard cancer therapies, say researchers from Georgetown University Medical Cancer. That is the findi... type, duration or time since treatment," LeMoine explains. "That isn't to say there aren't side effects of some treatments that may hinder physical activ...

CDC Foundation Partners with Amgen, CDC to Reduce Infections Among Cancer Patients

...tcomes. According to a new Harris Interactive, Inc. survey of oncologists, infectious disease (ID) specialists and patients, 92 percent of oncologists say it is extremely to very important to prevent infections to achieve successful outcomes in chemotherapy patients. Physicians are also concerned ab...

Insurance Industry Teleconference on Swine Flu Pandemic Set for May 13

...ow about the situation they are operating in the better they can react to it. Certainly there is potential to overreact to these situations -- not to say that this is not a serious issue, certainly it's affecting a lot of peoples' lives. The industry needs to learn as much as it can about the science a...

Genetic Source of Rare Childhood Cancer Found; Gene is Implicated in Other Cancers

...esearch team studied the genetic makeup of 11 extended families with two or more members having PPB or related childhood cancers. The scientists say that finding this variant form of a gene in some PPB families is a first step to understanding why PPB and other conditions may occur in some families...

Treating Knee Ligament Injuries

...injuries are not always identified." Thorough physical examinations and appropriate imaging are of paramount importance in managing MCL injuries, say the study authors. In addition, they add that high-grade MCL injuries are often associated with other ligament injuries, so orthopaedic surgeons shou...

Statins Lower Stroke Severity, Improve Recovery

...ayo team found that statin used in this cohort also decreased the severity of the strokes and significantly improved overall outcomes. The researchers say this shows benefits far beyond lowering lipid levels. Researchers think the specific benefits may include plaque stabilization and improved cell funct...

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: New Gene-Searching Method Uncovers Possible New Targets for Crohn's Disease Drugs

...painful condition caused by inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The researchers, led by scientists at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, say their approach broadens the power of gene discovery studies to ferret out potential targets for disease treatments. In a complex disorder such as...

February 2009 Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource Highlights Diabetes and Heart Disease, Going Vegetarian and Tinnitus

...l-balanced vegetarian diet --- and some reasons why it's worth considering. The vegetarian menu emphasizes the food that U.S. dietary guidelines say all Americans should eat regularly --- fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and other legumes. Vegetarian diets often are lower in calories than th...

Do You Know You're Having a Stroke?

...s emergency care, the more likely the stroke can be limited and the condition managed to prevent further damage and improve recovery." The researchers say their findings clearly indicate that better public understanding of stroke symptoms will lead to a faster response and better outcomes. What ...

Video: New Survey Finds Mothers See Influenza as a Serious Health Threat, but Often Don't Get Their Families Vaccinated

...eatening disease that can strike anyone, only half say it is likely their families will get vaccinated th...Lung Association. Only 38 percent of moms say they will get vaccinated this influenza season, th... Virtually all mothers (95 percent) in the survey say they have the responsibility of organizing appoint...

Grapes May Aid a Bunch of Heart Risk Factors, U-M Animal Study Finds

...ome people are very sensitive to salt intake, some are only moderately so, and there are perhaps some people who are salt resistant. But in general we say stay away from excess salt." He notes that the popular DASH diet, which is low in salt and high in fruits and vegetables, has been proven to reduce ...

MatTek's EpiDerm In Vitro Tissues Headed for Validation in Europe

... been submitted to ECVAM for approval by the ECVAM Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) at its next meeting on Nov. 3-4, 2008. Spielmann went on the say that it would be helpful in promoting the new in vitro skin irritation test in Europe if these catch-up validation results are taken into account at t...

American Heart Association Scientific Statement: Heart Patients Should Be Screened, Treated for Depression

...atment," he said. "I've had a number of people call me through the years and thank me for warning them about the possibility of depression." Experts say depressed cardiac patients have at least twice the risk of second events in the one to two years after a heart attack. Furthermore, studies have shown...

Stem Cell Regeneration Repairs Congenital Heart Defect

... initial damage. Stem cell therapy also increased stamina and removed fluid buildup in the body, so characteristic in heart failure. The researchers say their findings show that stem cells can achieve functional repair in non-ischemic (cases other than blood-flow blockages) genetic cardiomyopathy. Furt...

Nation's Foremost Health Care Leaders Kick Off Summit Focused on Zero-Tolerance Approach to Hospital-Acquired Infections

... Summit attendees say HAIs are most difficult preventable medical conditions to address; Hospitals must improve infection prevention awareness, education ...

Study Suggests a Possible Way to Offset Chemobrain Memory Loss

...some patients, problems can persist for up to two years." The WVU authors say as many as 40 percent of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy complain o...ntial remedy is suggested as well. "At this point, we have no evidence to say that NAC is safe in patients who are getting chemotherapy," Abraham said. "...

New Genes Found for Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children

... the specific disease-causing mutations in these new genes, the researchers say the genes are particularly strong candidates to be added to the list of gen...with studies using additional samples from other sources. The researchers say that the TNFRSF6B gene on chromosome 20 is a compelling candidate, because ...

Gene That Causes Childhood Cancer Neuroblastoma Is Found

...upport, as did the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The study could not have been done, say the authors, without the support and resources of the Children's Oncology Group. Among Mosse's and Maris's co-authors were Garrett M. Brodeur, M.D.,...

Survey Shows Parents' Best Intentions Out of Step with Expert Recommendations in Protecting Kids from Flu

...st the flu, less than half of parents (44 percent) say their child has ever received an influenza vaccine.(1) Furthermore, only about half (48 percent) say they were extremely or very likely to have their c...t-to-17 years of age), only 40 percent of children say that it is either extremely or very important for ...

Dallas Researchers Find Compression Stockings Improperly Used

...tically analyze the problems and recommend ways to improve practice," said lead author Elizabeth H. Winslow, Ph.D., RN. The Presbyterian researchers say knee-length stockings -- not thigh-length -- should be the standard size used and nurse and patient education should be improved. Thigh-length stockin...

New Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedure Restores Quality of Life in Patients With Potentially Debilitating Spinal Condition

... enables practitioners to first remove the bone -- known as a Laminotomy -- and then sculpt or thin the ligament. To date, representatives of Vertos say that 42 patients have undergone the MILD(TM) procedure with no adverse events. Ten patients have been followed under an IRB-approved protocol designed...

New Research on Pre-Eclampsia in Mice May Have Important Implications for Humans

...researchers gave the mice a substance that blocks the action of the autoantibodies; this prevented the development of pre-eclampsia. The investigators say they demonstrated an important pathway of pre-eclampsia as well as a potential new approach to diagnosis and treatment. "Angiotensin receptor agonis...

Pediatric Researchers Find Possible 'Master Switch' Gene in Juvenile Arthritis

...hritis is also present in all types of childhood arthritis. The researchers say the responsible gene may be a "master switch" that helps turn on the debili...s factor, a chemical strongly associated with JIA. However, the researchers say further study is needed to determine whether the TRAF1 gene or the C5 gene ...

New Global Survey Exposes Considerable Burden of Fibromyalgia Including Potential Economic Impact

...all countries surveyed, patients with fibromyalgia say they experience 6 to 11 symptoms on average, inclu...ve to the overall quality of their lives. Patients say the areas of their lives that are most affected ar...Mexico) and 71% (Korea) of all physicians surveyed say they are not very or not at all confident in recog...

Women Who Gain Excessive Weight During Pregnancy More Likely to Have Overweight Children

...t of weight during pregnancy are more likely to be overweight at age seven, say researchers from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University... women gaining more weight than recommended during pregnancy. The authors say that encouraging pregnant women to adopt healthy eating practices and engag...

New England Journal of Medicine Publishes Results From a RELISTOR Phase 3 Clinical Study

...le cancer, end-stage heart and lung disease, or AIDS. A considerable number of these patients are prescribed opioids to manage their pain, and experts say that constipation occurs in practically all of them. However, for many, laxatives do not provide sufficient relief. RELISTOR, administered via subcuta...
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