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December 2010: The Immune System

Omega 3 can help children with ADHD

Photo: Boy holding omega 3 pill in his hand [30/10/2014] Supplements of the fatty acids omega 3 and 6 can help children and adolescents who have a certain kind of ADHD. These are the findings of a dissertation at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, which also indicates that a special cognitive training program can improve problem behavior in children with ADHD.Omega 3 can help children with ADHD - Read more

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to three brain researchers

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Foto: May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser [09/10/2014] The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to John O´Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to three brain researchers - Read more

‘Programmable’ antibiotic harnesses an enzyme to attack drug-resistant microbes

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Photo: glowing resistant cells in mice [09/10/2014] Researchers at Rockefeller University and their collaborators are working on smarter antibiotic. The team describes a ‘programmable’ antibiotic technique that selectively targets the bad bugs, particularly those harboring antibiotic resistance genes, while leaving other, more innocent microbes alone.‘Programmable’ antibiotic harnesses an enzyme to attack drug-resistant microbes - Read more

Attacking type 2 diabetes from a new direction

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Photo: Victor Shengkan Jin [06/10/2014] Type 2 diabetes affects an estimated 28 million Americans according to the American Diabetes Association, but medications now available only treat symptoms, not the root cause of the disease. New research from Rutgers shows promising evidence that a modified form of a different drug, niclosamide – now used to eliminate intestinal parasites – may hold the key to battling the disease at its source. Attacking type 2 diabetes from a new direction - Read more

Laboratory in Space: Hot on the Trails of Cartilage Degradation

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[01/10/2014] On November 10, 2014, astronaut Alexander Gerst will return to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS). He is not just anxiously expected by his family, but also by Dr. Anna-Maria Liphardt from the Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopedics at the German Sport University Cologne Laboratory in Space: Hot on the Trails of Cartilage Degradation - Read more

Patients: 'just-in-time' management in the clinic

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Photo: Patients in the waiting room [23/09/2014] Using a pain clinic as a testing ground, researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that a management process first popularized by Toyota in Japan can substantially reduce patient wait times and possibly improve the teaching of interns and residents.Patients: 'just-in-time' management in the clinic - Read more

Improving medicines for children in Canada

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Photo: Mother with her child at the doctor [19/09/2014] A new expert panel report, Improving Medicines for Children in Canada, released today by the Council of Canadian Academies, addresses the importance of developing safe and effective medicines for children. Each year about half of Canada's seven million children use at least one prescription drug. Much of this prescribing is done off-label creating potential health risks. Improving medicines for children in Canada - Read more

Some lung cancer patients could live longer when treated with new radiotherapy strategy

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Photo: Doctor holding a X-ray image [17/09/2014] Treating advanced small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) with thoracic (or chest) radiation therapy in addition to standard treatment significantly prolongs long-term survival and reduces cancer recurrence in the chest by almost 50%, according to new research.Some lung cancer patients could live longer when treated with new radiotherapy strategy - Read more

Steroid hormone to fight age-related diseases

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Photo: Caenorhabditis elegans [12/09/2014] Through the study of the roundworm, Caenorhabditis elegans, the team led by Hugo Aguilaniu has discovered a hormone that enhances longevity and reduces fertility, thus reproducing the effects of an extreme diet. Steroid hormone to fight age-related diseases - Read more

Halving the risk of preterm birth for some twin pregnancies

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Photo: Twins [11/09/2014] International research involving the University of Adelaide has found that the risk of preterm birth could be halved for a specific group of "super high-risk" twin pregnancies. The results could help to save babies' lives throughout the world and prevent serious health complications after birth.Halving the risk of preterm birth for some twin pregnancies - Read more

Researchers identify a new target for treating heart failure

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Picture: Heart Rate [10/09/2014] As a heart fails, losing its ability to squeeze blood through the circulatory system, the body releases a neurohormone that interferes with the heart's best chance to improve contractility, a team of Temple University School of Medicine researchers show in a study.Researchers identify a new target for treating heart failure - Read more

Milestone reached in work to build replacement kidneys in the lab

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Graphic: Kidneys [09/09/2014] Regenerative medicine researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have addressed a major challenge in the quest to build replacement kidneys in the lab. Working with human-sized pig kidneys, the scientists developed the most successful method to date to keep blood vessels in the new organs open and flowing with blood. The work is reported in journal Technology.Milestone reached in work to build replacement kidneys in the lab - Read more

Researchers discover a key to making new muscles

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Photo: Muscles [08/09/2014] A new study finds that cyclic bursts of a STAT3 inhibitor can replenish muscle stem cells and promote their differentiation into muscle fibers. The findings are an important step toward developing and maintaining new muscle to treat muscle diseases.Researchers discover a key to making new muscles - Read more

ICD home monitoring: cost compares, reimbursement lags

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Photo: Physician talking to an elderly patient [01/09/2014] Roughly a decade since the start of telemonitoring capabilities in implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs), the first financial assessment of the impact of home monitored follow-up estimates the cost to physicians, hospitals and insurance providers is the same as traditional in-office monitoring, according to a new study.ICD home monitoring: cost compares, reimbursement lags - Read more

Pediatric Anesthesia: “I would object to a specialty medical training”

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[01/09/2014] When very young children already need to be in the operating room, it’s not just the parents that are concerned. This type of situation is a special challenge for the entire operating team, because children are always very special patients – especially since they are not just simply small grown-ups! Pediatric Anesthesia: “I would object to a specialty medical training” - Read more

A novel pathway for prevention of heart attack and stroke

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Graphic: Different words like stroke and heart [22/08/2014] A recent study could pave the way for preventing brain and cardiac ischemia induced by atherosclerosis. Finnish researchers have found that the low-expression variant of fatty acid-binding protein 4 (FABP4), which is particularly common among Finns, reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. The finding revealed a new way to customise a potentially preventive drug for atherosclerosis.A novel pathway for prevention of heart attack and stroke - Read more

Pain treatments less effective for those with irritable bowel

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Graphic: Bowel [21/08/2014] Researchers have discovered that the immune system is defective in people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, which is a major reason why sufferers have ongoing issues with pain.Pain treatments less effective for those with irritable bowel - Read more

Risks of postoperative cognitive side effects

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Photo: Anesthetist working on a monitor [19/08/2014] Postsurgical cognitive side effects can have major implications for the level of care, length of hospital stay, and the patient's perceived quality of care, especially in elderly and fragile patients. A nationwide survey of Swedish anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists has found there is low awareness of the risks of cognitive side effects following surgery. Risks of postoperative cognitive side effects - Read more

New tool to evaluate doctor's bedside manner

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Photo: Physician with patient and relative [15/08/2014] The best way to improve a doctor's bedside manner may lie in a new tool that evaluates and helps medical residents improve their communication and other soft skills to become better doctors, according to a new study led by Women's College Hospital's Dr. Tim Dwyer.New tool to evaluate doctor's bedside manner - Read more

Nearly 10 percent of patients with cancer still smoke

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Photo: Older man smoking [06/08/2014] Nine years after diagnosis, 9.3 percent of U.S. cancer survivors were current smokers and 83 percent of these individuals were daily smokers who averaged 14.7 cigarettes per day, according to a report in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Nearly 10 percent of patients with cancer still smoke - Read more

Reducing kidney injury using a quality improvement method

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Graphic: Depiction of a kidney [01/08/2014] Using quality improvement measures in eight of the 10 hospitals in the Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group, researchers have found a way to reduce kidney injury in patients undergoing a procedure with contrast dye.Reducing kidney injury using a quality improvement method - Read more

$15 billion annual public funding system for doctor training needs overhaul

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Graphic: stethoscope lying on a book [31/07/2014] The U.S. should significantly reform the federal system for financing physician training and residency programs to ensure that the public's $15 billion annual investment is producing the doctors that the nation needs, says a new report by the Institute of Medicine. $15 billion annual public funding system for doctor training needs overhaul - Read more

Potential biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease

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Graphic: old man thinking [30/07/2014] Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) report variants in a new gene, PLXNA4, which may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). The discovery of this novel genetic association may lead to new drug treatment options that target PLXNA4 specifically. Potential biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease - Read more

New route to identify drugs that can fight bacterial infections

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Graphic: Piled up drugs [29/07/2014] About 100 drugs already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for other purposes can also prevent the growth of certain bacterial pathogens inside human cells, including those that cause Legionnaires' disease, brucellosis, and Mediterranean spotted fever. New route to identify drugs that can fight bacterial infections - Read more

More people in the UK complaining about their doctors

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Graphic: A man is throwing a complaint in a box [21/07/2014] Report analyses the rise in doctor fitness to practice complaints made by the public to the General Medical Council.More people in the UK complaining about their doctors - Read more

Antivirals underprescribed

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Graphic: Doctor who explains the use of medicine to her patient [18/07/2014] Patients likely to benefit the most from antiviral therapy for influenza were prescribed these drugs infrequently during the 2012-2013 influenza season, while antibiotics may have been overprescribed. The findings suggest more efforts are needed to educate clinicians about the appropriate use of antivirals and antibiotics in the outpatient setting.Antivirals underprescribed - Read more

MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE: Focused Content for an International Expert Audience

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[23/06/2014] The MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE (MEC) debuted at MEDICA 2013 and replaced the long-time MEDICA Congress. With its new program, the Conference increasingly addresses an international expert audience. The goal is to unlock the practical benefit from the latest procedures in their application in clinical practice for physicians and patients.MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE: Focused Content for an International Expert Audience - Read more

mHealth Alliance: “Mobile health has the potential to improve healthcare for millions”

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[02/05/2014] Whether in remote areas or in a large city – people everywhere need good healthcare. Thanks to mobile health, more and more people can get medical help, even in poor regions of the world.mHealth Alliance: “Mobile health has the potential to improve healthcare for millions” - Read more

New Methods: Tracking the HI Virus with High-resolution Microscopy

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Photo: Aidssign [11/04/2014] Experts from science and industry are working on new methods of microscopy and advancing microscopy technology to improve our ability to study and understand the molecular processes of HIV infection. New Methods: Tracking the HI Virus with High-resolution Microscopy - Read more

New Prediction Model: Patient Survival after Paracetamol-related Liver Failure

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Photo: Pills [10/04/2014] In the UK paracetamol toxicity is the most common cause of ALF and has a high mortality rate. It is estimated that 150 to 200 deaths and 15 to 20 LTs occur as a result of poisoning each year in England and Wales. New Prediction Model: Patient Survival after Paracetamol-related Liver Failure - Read more

Anxiety: Health Workers Inadequately Trained to Treat Minority Ethnic Groups

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Photo: Question mark over people [09/04/2014] Health professionals are suffering from severe professional anxiety because they are being inadequately trained to treat minority ethnic groups – with their treatment often based on cultural stereotypes, research has found.Anxiety: Health Workers Inadequately Trained to Treat Minority Ethnic Groups - Read more

Health from Space: "The secrets of an astronaut's health and fitness"

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[24/03/2014] He is kind of a "Bones" McCoy, since he keeps astronauts fit: Dr. Simon Evetts leads the Medical Projects and Technology team within the Medical Support Office of the European Astronauts Centre in Cologne, Germany. MEDICA.de talked to him about sports in universe, space technology and the benefits for us earthlings.Health from Space: "The secrets of an astronaut's health and fitness" - Read more

Continuing Education: Overarching Cooperation Is Necessary

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[04/03/2014] Medical science and technology are growing. This holds not only true for the demand of medical services that an ever-aging and evermore wealthy population has from healthcare systems. Theoretical and practical knowledge are growing, too. Thus, healthcare staff has to keep up to date regarding the use of new devices and therapies.Continuing Education: Overarching Cooperation Is Necessary - Read more

Seminars for Physicians: “Physicians are obligated to continue their education for the safety of their patients“

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[04/03/2014] Continuing education is an integral part of the medical profession, because research continuously delivers new findings that sooner or later make their way into patient treatments. How does an event need to be organized to provide the highest level of benefit for the participants? MEDICA.de spoke with Eva Ningel, Managing Director for beta seminare bonn berlin GmbH (bsbb). Seminars for Physicians: “Physicians are obligated to continue their education for the safety of their patients“ - Read more

Sonography: “Unfortunately, hospitals are not being required to train well”

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[04/03/2014] Prenatal care, cancer check-up, vascular examinations – sonography is versatile, provides reliable imaging to physicians and does not tax patients with radiation. It is comprehensively available, from doctor’s office to university medical center. A sound continuing education of sonography users is essential for good diagnostics, also since different devices have different strong points.Sonography: “Unfortunately, hospitals are not being required to train well” - Read more

Assisted Suicide: Women More Likely to Receive Help Than Men

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Photo: Two female hands holding each other [20/02/2014] Organisations involved in assisted suicide help women die more frequently than men. In addition, those living alone, the divorced and well-educated people make above-average use of assisted suicide. This has been demonstrated by a study supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).Assisted Suicide: Women More Likely to Receive Help Than Men - Read more

High Cholesterol: Deciding about Options to Statins Together

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Photo: Doctor and patient [17/02/2014] Clinicians and patients should use shared decision-making to select individualized treatments based on the new guidelines to prevent cardiovascular disease, according to a Mayo Clinic physician.High Cholesterol: Deciding about Options to Statins Together - Read more

Blood Flow: New Imaging Technique Can Diagnose Common Heart Condition

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Photo: Graphic of blood [14/02/2014] A new imaging technique for measuring blood flow in the heart and vessels can diagnose a common congenital heart abnormality, bicuspid aortic valve, and may lead to better prediction of complications. Blood Flow: New Imaging Technique Can Diagnose Common Heart Condition - Read more

Cancer: Does Europe Have Enough Medical Oncologists?

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Photo: Cancer [20/01/2014] The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has welcomed a recent survey that shows the number of medical oncologists in Western Europe appears to be keeping pace with the rising toll of cancer.Cancer: Does Europe Have Enough Medical Oncologists? - Read more

“Gender-specific adjustments in clinical diagnostics and therapy can be expected”

[15/01/2014] In Western civilization, equality of women and men has been a topic for many years and is already being successfully implemented in many areas, even if many obstacles still need to be overcome – the introduction of quotas for women in boardrooms, just to mention one of them. “Gender-specific adjustments in clinical diagnostics and therapy can be expected” - Read more

Study: At-home Test Can Spot Early Alzheimer's

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Photo: Test [13/01/2014] The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE test), which takes less than 15 minutes to complete, is a reliable tool for evaluating cognitive abilities, say researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Study: At-home Test Can Spot Early Alzheimer's - Read more

Safety in the Operating Room: “Switzerland is on the Cutting Edge”

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[06/01/2014] In the operating room, it is especially important for the used devices to be safe and tolerable to the human body. Switzerland also shares this point of view. MEDICA.de spoke with Dr. Christoph Röder from the University of Bern about approval procedures and regulations that are being pursued in Swiss operating rooms.Safety in the Operating Room: “Switzerland is on the Cutting Edge” - Read more

Study Approach: Surgical Trials Mean More Safety in the Operating Room

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[06/01/2014] Whether a surgical suture is better applied manually or with a surgical stapler can be determined through trial and error. Determining which method guarantees patient safety best should also not just be based on a surgeon’s experience. Controlled studies are the method of choice to assess both well-proven and new techniques in the operating room. Study Approach: Surgical Trials Mean More Safety in the Operating Room - Read more

South Africa: Study Highlights Massive Benefits of HIV Treatment

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Photo: Map of africa and pills [04/12/2013] Antiretroviral therapy (ART) for the treatment of HIV infection has saved 2.8 million years of life in South Africa since 2004 and is projected to save an additional 15.1 million years of life by 2030, according to a new study. South Africa: Study Highlights Massive Benefits of HIV Treatment - Read more

Simulated Medicine: From Virtual Patient to Virtual Body

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[02/12/2013] Medical training becomes digital. eLearning, electronically supported learning methods, is well-established in medicine. It aids learning from plastic models, real patients or corpses. Today, students are also able to learn from virtual patients in the internet and to take exams about them. Virtual bodies, on the other hand, open space and time as new dimensions for anatomical demonstration.Simulated Medicine: From Virtual Patient to Virtual Body - Read more

Training Centers: “German medical technology is in demand worldwide, but there is often a lack of skilled personnel”

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[01/12/2013] Markus Kamann is CEO of Paderborn-based Society for Project and Service Management and he knows how high the demand for modern medical technology from Germany is abroad. But technology alone is not enough. It also has to be properly applied, maintained and repaired. It is this expertise which is taught in the gpdm’s technical training centers.Training Centers: “German medical technology is in demand worldwide, but there is often a lack of skilled personnel” - Read more

Virtual training: "Students gladly accept the flexible learning option"

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[01/12/2013] Instead of just sitting in front of a microscope, Bavarian medical students now also sit at the computer and categorize different tissue types. This is made possible by a project between the Universities and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. MEDICA.de spoke with Associate Professor Thomas Wittenberg about the benefits of virtual training.Virtual training: "Students gladly accept the flexible learning option" - Read more

eHealth Tools: A Way to Decrease In-Person Physician Visits

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Photo: Smartphone Use [11/11/2013] Will the growing use of health information technology (IT) and electronic-health (e-health) applications impact the future demand for physicians? Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health think so.eHealth Tools: A Way to Decrease In-Person Physician Visits - Read more

“Setting up a new operating room needs to be well-planned”

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[08/11/2013] The setup of a new operating room at a hospital is an organizational accomplishment. New equipment, technical processes and operational procedures as well as staff need to be included in the planning process. Only when all hospital departments communicate with each other, is the project able to run smoothly.“Setting up a new operating room needs to be well-planned” - Read more

DiMiMED: Military Medical Service meets the Medical Industry

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[04/11/2013] Military healthcare professionals often work under difficult conditions. Their equipment needs to be mobile and extremely resilient. Many medical technology manufacturers rise to these challenges, so their equipment meets the safety requirements of the military medical service.DiMiMED: Military Medical Service meets the Medical Industry - Read more

Survey: Doctors Face Moral Dilemmas in Health Care System

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Photo: Dilemma [29/10/2013] A survey among rheumatologists finds many face moral dilemmas when trying to do what is best for their patients in the current health care environment.Survey: Doctors Face Moral Dilemmas in Health Care System - Read more

Surgery: Restoring Surgeons' Sense of Touch

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Photo: Palpation Capsule Demo [21/10/2013] A small, wireless capsule has been developed that can restore the sense of touch that surgeons are losing as they shift increasingly from open to minimally invasive surgery.Surgery: Restoring Surgeons' Sense of Touch - Read more

Mobile Devices: Preventing Adverse Drug Events

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Photo: Smartphone [18/10/2013] Nearly nine out of 10 nursing home physicians said that using their mobile devices to look up prescription drug information prevented at least one adverse drug event in the previous month, according to a current study.Mobile Devices: Preventing Adverse Drug Events - Read more

semanticVOICE: Intelligent Speech Recognition Software Helps Physicians

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[01/10/2013] Technical progress also holds innovative ideas for the health care sector. Technology and medicine are not just collaborating for risky surgical interventions, but are also able to improve and make a physician’s daily operations easier.semanticVOICE: Intelligent Speech Recognition Software Helps Physicians - Read more

Drug Resistance: UK Is Not Funding Research Enough

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Photo: Research [13/09/2013] Study of funding awarded to antimicrobial resistance research projects in the UK calls for political leadership and sustained and targeted spending.Drug Resistance: UK Is Not Funding Research Enough - Read more

HIV: Predicting Treatment Response More Accurately

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Photo: Patient [03/09/2013] A new statistical model calculates the genetic evolution of the HI virus in individual patients. Knowing the possible evolutionary paths allows for more accurate predictions if the AIDS pathogen is likely to develop a resistance to a drug and thus if the treatment is likely to become ineffective in a specific patient.HIV: Predicting Treatment Response More Accurately - Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Nurses Manage the Disease Well

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Photo: Nurse and patient [29/08/2013] Patients attending clinical nurse specialist clinics do not get inferior treatment to that offered by consultant rheumatologists, the results of a major new clinical trial have revealed.Rheumatoid Arthritis: Nurses Manage the Disease Well - Read more

Communication: The Doctor Will Email You Now

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Photo: Computer [06/08/2013] Patients like it and so do health organizations, but electronic communications in clinical care will likely not be widely adopted by primary care physicians unless patient workloads are reduced or they are paid for the time they spend phoning and emailing patients, both during and after office hours.Communication: The Doctor Will Email You Now - Read more

Thyroid Cancer: Rising Most Rapidly Among Insured Patients

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Photo: Thyroid examination [05/07/2013] The rapid increase in papillary thyroid cancer in the US may not be linked to increase in occurrence, instead it may be linked to an increase in the diagnosis of pre-cancerous conditions and to a person's insurance status.Thyroid Cancer: Rising Most Rapidly Among Insured Patients - Read more

Dietary Supplements: Improving Doctor-patient Communication

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Photo: Supplements [04/07/2013] Dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals or herbs carry risks, including potentially adverse interactions with prescription drugs, and some people may even use them in place of conventional medications. Primary care physicians should communicate pros and cons to patients.Dietary Supplements: Improving Doctor-patient Communication - Read more

Training Centers: “German medical technology is in demand worldwide, but there is often a lack of skilled personnel”

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[01/07/2013] Markus Kamann is CEO of Paderborn-based Society for Project and Service Management and he knows how high the demand for modern medical technology from Germany is abroad. But technology alone is not enough. It also has to be properly applied, maintained and repaired. It is this expertise which is taught in the gpdm’s technical training centers.Training Centers: “German medical technology is in demand worldwide, but there is often a lack of skilled personnel” - Read more

IT & Security: “The use of mobile devices in hospitals is grossly negligent”

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[10/06/2013] By now, mobile devices are constant companions for many people. However, we often do not consider that cell phones or tablets send signals that may impact other technical devices in their operation. This can have fatal consequences for patients in a hospital.IT & Security: “The use of mobile devices in hospitals is grossly negligent” - Read more

Oncologists: High Career Satisfaction, But Burnout

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Photo: Burnout [04/06/2013] Even though a majority of U.S. oncologists report satisfaction with their careers, many say they have experienced at least one symptom of burnout, a Mayo Clinic-led study has found.Oncologists: High Career Satisfaction, But Burnout - Read more

Determination of Death: Experts Call for International Consensus

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Photo: Anaesthesia [03/06/2013] The criteria used to diagnose both circulatory and brain death in a patient are subject to variability and as such can be controversial. Anaesthesiologists play an important role in procedures related to the determination of death. So experts will call for international consensus.Determination of Death: Experts Call for International Consensus - Read more

Healthcare: Breakup of Physician Drug Company Relationship Cut Cost

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Photo: Doctor and drug company concultant [21/05/2013] A new report suggests that improved health care and significant reductions in drug costs might be attained by breaking up the age-old relationship between physicians and drug company representatives who promote the newest, more costly and often unnecessary prescription drugs.Healthcare: Breakup of Physician Drug Company Relationship Cut Cost - Read more

Public Health: 50 Percent Increase in ICU Admissions

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Photo: Patient hand [15/05/2013] A study of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) researchers offers an in-depth look at hospitals nationwide and admissions to intensive care units (ICU). The study finds a sharp increase — nearly 50 percent — in ICU admissions coming from United States’ emergency departments.Public Health: 50 Percent Increase in ICU Admissions - Read more

Medical Interns: Very Little Time at Patient Bedside

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Photo: Doctor at computer [24/04/2013] Medical interns spend just 12 percent of their time examining and talking with patients, and more than 40 percent of their time behind a computer, according to a new Johns Hopkins study.Medical Interns: Very Little Time at Patient Bedside - Read more

Lung Cancer: Doctors Do Not Assist Tobacco Cessation

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Photo: Tabacco Cessation [02/04/2013] Physicians who care for lung cancer patients recognize the importance of tobacco cessation, but often do not provide cessation assistance to their patients according to a recent study.Lung Cancer: Doctors Do Not Assist Tobacco Cessation - Read more

Medical Textiles: “Most germs are spread through hand contact, not through textiles”

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[02/04/2013] Whether it’s implants, medical drape sheets or surgeons’ attire – medicine relies on textiles every day. Their main task is to protect patients and physicians from infection. Even though most germs are not transmitted through textiles, they have to meet hygiene requirements.Medical Textiles: “Most germs are spread through hand contact, not through textiles” - Read more

Diabetes: Insulin Pumps Impact Quality of Life

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Photo: Insulin pump [27/03/2013] Being treated for diabetes with an insulin pump, an aid that is attached to the body to provide a continuous supply of insulin, has a strong impact on a person’s quality of life. The pump can be a lifeline, but also a bothersome shackle. This is shown in a unique long-term study performed at the Dalarna University, Sweden in collaboration with the Uppsala University and Umeå University.Diabetes: Insulin Pumps Impact Quality of Life - Read more

Multiple Sclerosis: The Thalamus Moves into the Spotlight

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Photo: Thalamus [25/03/2013] A growing body of research by multiple sclerosis (MS) investigators at the University at Buffalo (UB) and international partners is providing powerful new evidence that the brain’s gray matter reflects important changes in the disease that could allow clinicians to diagnose earlier and to better monitor and predict how the disease will progress.Multiple Sclerosis: The Thalamus Moves into the Spotlight - Read more

Medical Personnel: Intimately in Tune with the Latest Technology

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[01/02/2013] Progress in medical fields has been enormous. The skills physicians and other medical personnel acquired during their studies or training is no longer sufficient for their daily job routine. Medical technology in particular is constantly evolving. Many colleges and universities have discovered this market niche and offer continuing education in medical technology.Medical Personnel: Intimately in Tune with the Latest Technology - Read more

Health Care: Digital Diagnostic Tools Lead to Patient Dissatisfaction

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Photo: Doctor and patient [28/01/2013] A University of Missouri researcher says the increased use of computerized clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) leads to greater patient dissatisfaction and could increase noncompliance with preventative care and treatment recommendations.Health Care: Digital Diagnostic Tools Lead to Patient Dissatisfaction - Read more

Management: Success for Primary Care Networks

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Photo: Stethoscope and calender [28/01/2013] A newly-released study on early adoptees of the Primary Care Network (PCN) initiative proposes that their success lies with three key elements: strong leadership, a redefined, inclusive workspace and allowance for creative discord.Management: Success for Primary Care Networks - Read more

Hypertension: Black Patients Not Prescribed Diuretics Enough

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Photo: Measuring blood pressure [23/01/2013] A research study of more than 600 black patients with uncontrolled hypertension found that less than half were prescribed a diuretic drug with proven benefit that costs just pennies a day, report researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College.Hypertension: Black Patients Not Prescribed Diuretics Enough - Read more

Gender Medicine: Women Suffer from the Male Patient Pattern

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[22/01/2013] Gender medicine was born in the U.S. in the 90s. Since 2003, German researchers have also been focusing on gender differences for therapies. When it comes to a heart attack for instance, men generally complain about chest pain. Women on the other hand describe several symptoms, which often results in a delayed diagnosis.Gender Medicine: Women Suffer from the Male Patient Pattern - Read more

Guided Care: Better Quality of Care for Chronically Ill

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Photo: Caregiver and a patient [18/01/2013] Patients who received Guided Care, a comprehensive form of primary care for older adults with chronic health problems, rated the quality of their care much higher than patients in regular primary care, and used less home care, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.Guided Care: Better Quality of Care for Chronically Ill - Read more

Good Communication: The Key to Medication Adherence

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Photo: Patient and doctor [10/01/2013] Study shows patients who give their doctors high marks in communication more likely to fill prescriptions. The work suggests preparing doctors to be better communicators may help improve medication adherence and ultimately health outcomes.Good Communication: The Key to Medication Adherence - Read more

Survey: Neurologists Worry About Career Burnout

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Photo: Stressed physician [19/12/2012] A survey has identified career burnout as a significant problem among neurologists who predominantly work with hospital inpatients.Survey: Neurologists Worry About Career Burnout - Read more

Telestroke Networks: Cost-effective for Hospitals, Good for Patients

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Photo: Patient in hospital [18/12/2012] Telestroke networks that enable the remote and rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke can improve the bottom line of patients and hospitals, researchers report.Telestroke Networks: Cost-effective for Hospitals, Good for Patients - Read more

Physicians: One in Four Uses Social Media Daily

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Photo: Physician on computer [11/12/2012] A new survey shows that about one in four physicians uses social media daily or multiple times a day to scan or explore medical information, and 14 percent use social media each day to contribute new information, according to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.Physicians: One in Four Uses Social Media Daily - Read more

Surgery: Checklist Can Reduce Costly Complications

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Photo: Surgical team [10/12/2012] As the nation grapples with surging health care costs, researchers have confirmed two simple cost-effective methods to reduce expensive postoperative complications — communications team training and a surgical checklist.Surgery: Checklist Can Reduce Costly Complications - Read more

Quarterly Medical Co-pays Abolished: “The health insurance companies will be compensated”

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[10/12/2012] It annoys patients, physicians and the medical staff in Germany: the quarterly medical co-pay. After nine years, on January 1, 2013, it will now be abolished again much to the delight of all involved. However, this decision raises some concerns. MEDICA.de asked Christian Albrecht, spokesperson for the German Federal Ministry of Health, what consequences the abolition bears.Quarterly Medical Co-pays Abolished: “The health insurance companies will be compensated” - Read more

Health Insurance: Finding Physicians May Be Problematic

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Photo: Accept or refuse [06/12/2012] Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expected to result in up to 50 million currently uninsured Americans acquiring some type of health insurance coverage. However, newly insured patients may have trouble finding primary care physicians.Health Insurance: Finding Physicians May Be Problematic - Read more

Health Care: Defining Career Paths to Improve Systems

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Photo: Health care professionals meeting [05/12/2012] The sheer number of efforts aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of the health care system in United States – ranging from portions of the national Affordable Care Act to local programs at individual hospitals and practices – reflects the urgency and importance of the task.Health Care: Defining Career Paths to Improve Systems - Read more

MEDICA 2012: „We are very pleased with the fair. We had lots of visitors at our stand every day”

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[22/11/2012] CompuGroup Medical is one of the biggest exhibitors on MEDICA from the field of medical IT. In this year again, they have presented their products and solutions at a shared stand in hall 15. In the concluding interview from the last fair day, Volker Hess, Head of Marketing & Communications CER of CompuGroup Medical, told MEDICA.de that he is very pleased with the way the trade fair has gone.MEDICA 2012: „We are very pleased with the fair. We had lots of visitors at our stand every day” - Read more

Social Media: Physicians Fail to Disclose Conflicts of Interest

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Photo: Doctor on computer [12/11/2012] As the use of Twitter and other social media by physicians and patients rises, more and more physicians seem to forget to do what many consider crucial for building doctor-patient trust: disclose potential conflicts of interest.Social Media: Physicians Fail to Disclose Conflicts of Interest - Read more

Migraine Research: "Migraine is a complex disorder"

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[08/11/2012] A global collaboration of scientists with participation by a team of researchers from the Headache and Pain Center Kiel (“Schmerzklinik Kiel”) has decoded four new gene locations whose changes significantly increase the risk of migraines. Recently in the world’s largest migraine study, the genes of more than 5,000 migraine patients were being examined and compared to 7,000 control persons. Migraine Research: "Migraine is a complex disorder" - Read more

Hospital Mortality Rates: Financial Incentives May Improve

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Photo: Foot [08/11/2012] New research into controversial pay-for-performance schemes has suggested they may help to save the lives of National Health Service (NHS) patients. A “significant” fall in mortality rates for certain conditions emerged in a study into the use of incentives at hospitals in the North West of England.Hospital Mortality Rates: Financial Incentives May Improve - Read more

More Effective Treatment: Cancer Data in The "Cloud"

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Photo: Cancer graphic [07/11/2012] Storing music and photos on distant computers via "cloud" technology is nothing new. But Johns Hopkins researchers are now using this tactic to collect detailed information from thousands of cancer cell samples.More Effective Treatment: Cancer Data in The "Cloud" - Read more

Europe: Improving Medical Research Education

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Photo: Woman with microscope [26/10/2012] Fostering and improving medical research education is crucial to biomedical research and clinical patient treatment, and as such it has been identified as the main challenge in every joint European Science Foundation (ESF) - European Research Medical Councils (EMRC) strategy report. Europe: Improving Medical Research Education - Read more

Healthcare Workers: Feedback Helps to Clean Hands

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Photo: Washing hands [24/10/2012] A major three-year trial led by researchers at the University College London, in partnership with the Health Protection Agency, has shown that giving one-to-one feedback to healthcare workers makes them twice as likely to clean their hands or use soap.Healthcare Workers: Feedback Helps to Clean Hands - Read more

Health Care Services: Strategy for "Choosing Wisely"

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Photo: Money and stethoscope [24/10/2012] Cutting the expenses associated with "low-value" medical tests and treatments – such as unnecessary imaging tests and antibiotics for viral infections that won't benefit from them – will require a multi-pronged plan targeting insurance companies, patients, and physicians, according to a study of the University of Pennsylvania.Health Care Services: Strategy for "Choosing Wisely" - Read more

Nursing: Fewer Patient Deaths After Surgery

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Photo: Patient during surgery [23/10/2012] Patients treated in magnet hospitals (specially designated for their nursing excellence) had 14 percent lower odds of death than those in non-magnet hospitals in a four-state study of 564 hospitals led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.Nursing: Fewer Patient Deaths After Surgery - Read more

Hospital Hygiene: “Hands are playing the most important role in conveying pathogens“

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[23/10/2012] According to the German Federal Ministry of Health (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit, BMG) there are around 600,000 hospital infections every year in Germany alone, which result in 15,000 deaths. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, 20 to 30 percent of the infections and deaths would be preventable by adhering to well-known rules of hygiene.Hospital Hygiene: “Hands are playing the most important role in conveying pathogens“ - Read more

Infections: Antibiotic Resistance Is a Growing Concern

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Photo: Pills [15/10/2012] As a result of concerns about antibiotic resistance, doctors in the United States are increasingly prescribing newer, more costly and more powerful antibiotics to treat urinary tract infections, one of the most common illnesses in women.Infections: Antibiotic Resistance Is a Growing Concern - Read more

Medicine and Technology: “Higher education is needed more and more“

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[08/10/2012] Since the demands on medical personnel keep increasing, more and more hospital facilities are looking for higher educated staff. High-school graduates (“Abiturienten”) and prospective specialists also wish for new possibilities to study for jobs such as medical technician, surgical assistant, physiotherapist or midwife.Medicine and Technology: “Higher education is needed more and more“ - Read more

Rehabilitation: Robots Uncover Stroke Disabilities

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Photo: Robot [01/10/2012] When it comes to stroke rehabilitation, it takes a dedicated team to help a person regain as much independence as possible: physicians, nurses, physiotherapists and others. Now, a University of Calgary research team had added a robot to help identify and customize post-stroke therapy.Rehabilitation: Robots Uncover Stroke Disabilities - Read more

T-Systems: Making mobile medical rounds with Smartphones and tablets

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[01/10/2012] More and more hospital employees appreciate the potential of mobile working with Smartphones and tablets. Quick access to clinical data in day-to-day work life streamlines information search processes, can relieve physicians and supports the quality of medical care of patients. Deutsche (German)Telekom presents new solutions for healthcare. T-Systems: Making mobile medical rounds with Smartphones and tablets - Read more

Fasting: “People take a reserved stance towards naturopathic procedures"

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[24/09/2012] When people talk about fasting, they often mean caloric restriction in terms of a dietary regimen. Yet medically supervised fasting is so much more than this. Fasting has a positive effect on the human body in many different ways and could provide new perspectives for chronically sick people in the future. What mechanisms are behind all this – what is psychology and what is scientifically proven?Fasting: “People take a reserved stance towards naturopathic procedures" - Read more

Smartphone: App Lets You Monitor Lung Health

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Photo: Smartphone [19/09/2012] A new tool from researchers at the University of Washington, UW Medicine and Seattle Children's hospital lets people monitor their lung function at home or on the go simply by blowing into their smartphones.Smartphone: App Lets You Monitor Lung Health - Read more

Information and Communication Technology:
IT comes to the bedside

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[10/09/2012] MEDICA.de spoke with Bernhard Calmer, Director of IT Sales Healthcare Germany for Siemens AG Medical Solutions and President and Chief Executive Officer of the German Association for Healthcare IT (bvitg e. V).Information and Communication Technology:
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United Kingdom: Public Health Needs a Radical Shake Up

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Photo: Woman smoking and drinking [22/08/2012] Professor Gerard Hastings from the Institute for Social Marketing at the University of Stirling argues that marketing by multinational corporations "threatens our mental wellbeing, exacerbates inequalities, and encourages unsustainable consumption."United Kingdom: Public Health Needs a Radical Shake Up - Read more

Economy: Use of Retail Medical Clinics Continues to Grow

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Photo: Clinic [20/08/2012] Fast-growing retail medical clinics are attracting more older patients and delivering more preventive care, particularly flu shots and other vaccinations, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation.Economy: Use of Retail Medical Clinics Continues to Grow - Read more

Patient-Physician Relationship: Role of Governments and Legislation

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Photo: Patient and physician conversation [09/08/2012] The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends principles for the role of federal and state governments in health care and the patient-physician relationship.Patient-Physician Relationship: Role of Governments and Legislation - Read more

Nutrition: Color-coded Labels Improve Healthy Food Choices

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Photo: Color-coded labels on sandwiches [08/08/2012] A program designed to encourage more healthful food choices through simple color-coded labels and the positioning of items in display cases was equally successful across all categories of employees at a large hospital cafeteria.Nutrition: Color-coded Labels Improve Healthy Food Choices - Read more

Physiotherapy for Parkinson’s Disease: "Active therapy can ultimately delay the mobility disability"

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[01/08/2012] For the longest time, a specifically developed physiotherapy treatment for Parkinson’s patients was not being adequately considered. Yet goal-oriented therapy can alleviate and delay mobility disability. The sooner you start these newly developed types of physiotherapy training, the faster you can get results. Physiotherapy for Parkinson’s Disease: "Active therapy can ultimately delay the mobility disability" - Read more

Nurse Staffing: Burnout Linked to Hospital Infections

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Photo: Nurse with burnout [01/08/2012] Nurse burnout leads to higher healthcare-associated infection rates (HAIs) and costs hospitals millions of additional dollars annually, according to a study of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.Nurse Staffing: Burnout Linked to Hospital Infections - Read more

Celiac Disease: Medical Follow-up Is Less Than Optimal

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Photo: Gastro-intestinal tract [26/07/2012] Follow-up exams for patients with celiac disease are often inadequate and highly variable, according to a new study of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA).Celiac Disease: Medical Follow-up Is Less Than Optimal - Read more

Virtopsy: "We see findings we perhaps would not discover otherwise"

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[23/07/2012] The virtual examination of a dead person’s body is a new field in forensic medicine. The procedure, also called virtopsy, performs the autopsy via computer and enables detailed insights into the body of a deceased. This way, injuries can be analyzed to scale from different angles.Virtopsy: "We see findings we perhaps would not discover otherwise" - Read more

Medicare: Revised Geographic Adjustments to Improve Payments

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Photo: Money and stethoscope [18/07/2012] Changing the way that Medicare payments are adjusted to account for regional variations in the cost of providing care as recommended by a previous report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) would result in payment increases for some hospitals and practitioners and decreases for others.Medicare: Revised Geographic Adjustments to Improve Payments - Read more

Non-slip Tracheal Implants: Relieving Respiratory Distress

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Photo: Tracheal implant [10/07/2012] If a person‘s windpipe is constricted, an operation in which the surgeon inserts a stent to enlarge the trachea is often the only way to relieve their respiratory distress.Non-slip Tracheal Implants: Relieving Respiratory Distress - Read more

Strategy Limb Girdle and Muscular Dystrophies: New Gene Transfer

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Photo: Genes [09/07/2012] The challenge of treating patients with genetic disorders in which a single mutated gene is simply too large to be replaced using traditional gene therapy techniques may soon be a thing of the past. A Nationwide Children's Hospital study describes a new gene therapy approach capable of delivering full-length versions of large genes and improving skeletal muscle function. Strategy Limb Girdle and Muscular Dystrophies: New Gene Transfer - Read more

German Biobank Registry: “An overview for science and the public”

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[09/07/2012] Every day, patients and test persons give blood or tissue samples. Every day this increases the material quantities and data volumes in biobanks. The German Biobank Registry (Das Deutsche Biobanken-Register) now gives scientists and the interested public an overall view of the national inventories.German Biobank Registry: “An overview for science and the public” - Read more

Debilitating Eyesight: Good News for Aging Eyes

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Photo: Eyes of a senior citizen [06/07/2012] Today’s senior citizens are reporting fewer visual impairment problems than their counterparts from a generation ago, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. Debilitating Eyesight: Good News for Aging Eyes - Read more

Switzerland: Recommendations of Federal Office of Public Health Reinforced

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Photo: Bonestructure [06/07/2012] Several clinical trials have looked at whether the number of hip fractures and the horrendous costs associated with them can be reduced by administering prophylactic vitamin D. The results have been inconsistent. Researchers working with Heike Bischoff-Ferrari from the Centre on Ageing and Mobility at Zurich University have now produced a new overview of the data. Switzerland: Recommendations of Federal Office of Public Health Reinforced - Read more

Hormonal Balance: Feel-good Glass for Windows

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Photo: Woman; linked to [04/07/2012] Daylight acts on our body clock and stimulates the brain. Fraunhofer researchers have made use of this knowledge and worked with industry partners to develop a coating for panes of glass that lets through more light. Above all, it promotes the passage through the glass of those wavelengths of light that govern our hormonal balance.Hormonal Balance: Feel-good Glass for Windows - Read more

Study: Gene Mutation Lead to Enlarged Brain Size, Cancer, Autism, Epilepsy

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Photo: Genes [04/07/2012] A research team led by Seattle Children's Research Institute has discovered new gene mutations associated with markedly enlarged brain size, or megalencephaly. Mutations in three genes, AKT3, PIK3R2 and PIK3CA, were also found to be associated with a constellation of disorders including cancer, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, autism, vascular anomalies and skin growth disorders. Study: Gene Mutation Lead to Enlarged Brain Size, Cancer, Autism, Epilepsy - Read more

Computer Networks: "We can arrive considerably faster at the patient-specific mutations"

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[02/07/2012] Some scientific problems cannot be solved by using simple means. They require a fast “superbrain“ to be able to process and draw conclusions from extremely complex data. Now scientists at the Charité in collaboration with the Hasso-Plattner-Institute have launched a high-performance computer that could become important for personalized medicine. Computer Networks: "We can arrive considerably faster at the patient-specific mutations" - Read more

Personalized Medicine: Patients on the wrong path

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[02/07/2012] While many physicians immediately think of biomarkers, genetic fingerprinting and new possibilities for cancer treatments when they hear the key words personalized medicine, most patients view the issue differently. They rightly assume that means they receive a treatment that places them in the center – and not just their genes. Personalized Medicine: Patients on the wrong path - Read more

Study: Treating Diabetes Early and Intensively is Best Strategy

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[02/07/2012] Intensive early treatment of type 2 diabetes slows down progression of the disease by preserving the body's insulin-producing capacity, a UT Southwestern study has shown.Study: Treating Diabetes Early and Intensively is Best Strategy - Read more

Miniature Sensors: ”It can be used for many different applications“

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[22/06/2012] Tracking magnetic particles through the human body – this is one potential application for a new sensor that was developed by Professor Franz Faupel and his team at the Christian Albrecht University of Kiel (CAU) in Germany. In a conversation with the project manager, MEDICA.de found out what makes it different from other sensors and what benefits it can have for medical technology. Miniature Sensors: ”It can be used for many different applications“ - Read more

Systems Biology: "There is an enormous automation in laboratory techniques"

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[08/06/2012] The function of systems biology is to treat organs and biological organisms as a whole. In doing so, researchers among other things examine interactions and different aspects of the human cell. This still young discipline creates interfaces to biology, mathematics and physics to be able to understand regulatory processes for cells, tissues and organisms and thus get an integrated idea.Systems Biology: "There is an enormous automation in laboratory techniques" - Read more

Health Apps: ”Interoperability is still not developed“

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[01/06/2012] Exchanging medical topics through digital media is rapidly on the rise. Health apps in particular, offer interested people and patients a medical overall service package: whether it is measuring vital signs, the prevention of falling in patients with Parkinson’s disease or providing recommendations for healthy eating. Health Apps: ”Interoperability is still not developed“ - Read more

Brain: Laser for Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Photo: Graphic [29/05/2012] Researchers from the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) were involved in the development of a table-top solid-state laser system that could cut brain tissue with unprecedented precision.Brain: Laser for Minimally Invasive Surgery - Read more

Doctor Visits: To Dictate or Not to Dictate?

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[22/05/2012] Could the quality of care you receive be affected by how your doctor takes notes? According to a new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), doctors who dictated their patient notes appeared to have worse quality of care than those who used structured documentation.Doctor Visits: To Dictate or Not to Dictate? - Read more

Benefits and Risks: Direct-to-consumer Genetics Tests

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[11/05/2012] Patients see potential benefits from direct-to-consumer genetic testing, but are also concerned about how the test results will be used, and generally are unwilling to pay more than 10 or 20 Dollars for them, according to focus groups conducted by researchers at Loyola University Chicago.Benefits and Risks: Direct-to-consumer Genetics Tests - Read more

Drug Effects: Large-scale Simulation of Human Blood

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Photo: Virtual blood [07/05/2012] A team of biomedical engineers and haematologists at the University of Pennsylvania has made large-scale, patient-specific simulations of blood function under the flow conditions found in blood vessels, using robots to run hundreds of tests on human platelets responding to combinations of activating agents that cause clotting.Drug Effects: Large-scale Simulation of Human Blood - Read more

German Crisis Pregnancy Act: "The understanding for the respective other side is missing in part"

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[02/05/2012] For some time, the German Crisis Pregnancy Act that regulates the information and advice for the prenatal diagnosis in special cases, for example evidence of damage to the physical and mental health of the unborn child, is integrated into the German day-to-day practise. However, slowly, criticism is growing on the part of physicians. Bureaucracy and the daily workload seems to be increasing.German Crisis Pregnancy Act: "The understanding for the respective other side is missing in part" - Read more

Image Share Project: Anywhere Access to Medical Images

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Photo: Cloud with file [02/05/2012] Patients can successfully pull their medical images from the "cloud" making it faster for them to distribute them to their physicians regardless of where those physicians might be, according to a preliminary report of an image share project that involves five different academic institutions. Image Share Project: Anywhere Access to Medical Images - Read more

Genetic Tests: Nano Nod for Lab on a Chip

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[02/05/2012] You would not know it from appearances, but a metal cube the size of a toaster, created at the University of Alberta, is capable of performing the same genetic tests as most fully equipped modern laboratories — and in a fraction of the time.Genetic Tests: Nano Nod for Lab on a Chip - Read more

Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program: ”It was and is our aspiration to structure residency training and education“

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[02/05/2012] What can future medical specialists expect during the time of their training and education, which areas will they have gotten to know and what quality is attached to the apprenticeship. Depending on the hospital and location in Germany, this question has to be answered differently. Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program: ”It was and is our aspiration to structure residency training and education“ - Read more

Unique Device Identification: "Global interconnectedness makes uniform traceability systems necessary"

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[23/04/2012] In order to design safety standards and traceability of medical devices more professionally in the future, international committees are currently working on a new identification system that could apply worldwide in the future. In doing so, products could be identified during their entire life cycle.Unique Device Identification: "Global interconnectedness makes uniform traceability systems necessary" - Read more

Gender Determination: “Intersexuality is not a disease“

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[10/04/2012] Most people are clearly female or male. Nature however – human nature as well – also knows other gender types. Intersexuality has always been around in the world and now it is time for society and medical science to finally accept it.Gender Determination: “Intersexuality is not a disease“ - Read more

Children: ADHD Is Over-diagnosed

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[04/04/2012] What experts and the public have already long suspected is now supported by representative data collected by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Germany, and University of Basel: ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is over-diagnosed.Children: ADHD Is Over-diagnosed - Read more

The Slightly Different Kind of Flu: Pneumonia as reflected in modern medicine

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[02/04/2012] Pneumonia is a classic among infectious diseases. Hippocrates already described an illness whose symptoms included coughing followed by pneumonia but today would more resemble an influenza virus. Sir William Osler, considered to be the father of modern medicine, characterized it as “Captain of the Men of Death“ at the start of the 20th century. And what about today?The Slightly Different Kind of Flu: Pneumonia as reflected in modern medicine - Read more

Diagnosis: Paramedics Skilled in Identifying Strokes

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[30/03/2012] Researchers of Loyola University Medical Centre examined the records of 5,300 patients who were brought to Loyola's emergency room by emergency medical services (EMS). Paramedics were able to identify stroke patients with a 99.3 per cent specificity. In diagnosing disease, a high specificity rate indicates there's a high probability the patient actually has the disease.Diagnosis: Paramedics Skilled in Identifying Strokes - Read more

Medical Services: “Many patients feel blindsided by individual health benefits“

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[22/03/2012] Individual health benefits, so-called IGeL in Germany, are more and more often offered to German patients at their doctor’s office. Many recipients however are unsure whether the benefit is really necessary or whether their health really depends on paying for some benefits out of their own pocket. Medical Services: “Many patients feel blindsided by individual health benefits“ - Read more

Depression: Increasing of Death Risk in Coronary Stent Patients

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[16/03/2012] After seven years of follow up, depressed patients were 1.5 times more likely to have died than non-depressed patients. The findings were independent of age, gender, clinical characteristics, anxiety and the distressed (Type D) personality.Depression: Increasing of Death Risk in Coronary Stent Patients - Read more

Brain and Body: Loss of Appetite Deciphered in Brain Cell Circuit

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Photo: Empty plate [16/03/2012] The meal is pushed way, untouched. Loss of appetite can be a fleeting queasiness or continue to the point of emaciation. While it's felt in the gut, more is going on inside the head. New findings are emerging about brain and body messaging pathways that lead to loss of appetite, and the systems in place to avoid starvation.Brain and Body: Loss of Appetite Deciphered in Brain Cell Circuit - Read more

Enzyme: Progression of Gastrointestinal Tumours

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Photo: Tumour [15/03/2012] Gastrointestinal stroma tumours (GIST) are a very particular challenge for cancer research. For once the tumours, which are mostly located in the stomach, are relatively rare and hence are difficult to research.Enzyme: Progression of Gastrointestinal Tumours - Read more

Bipolar Disorder: Body Clocks May Hold Key for Treatment

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Photo: Alarm clock [14/03/2012] Scientists have gained insight into why lithium salts are effective at treating bipolar disorder in what could lead to more targeted therapies with fewer side-effects.Bipolar Disorder: Body Clocks May Hold Key for Treatment - Read more

Astronauts: Prolonged Space Travel Causes Brain and Eye Abnormalities

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Photo: Astronaut [13/03/2012] Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the eyes and brains of 27 astronauts who have spent prolonged periods of time in space revealed optical abnormalities similar to those that can occur in intracranial hypertension of unknown cause, a potentially serious condition in which pressure builds within the skull. Astronauts: Prolonged Space Travel Causes Brain and Eye Abnormalities - Read more

Guideline: Monitoring Spinal Cord During Surgery May Help Prevent Paralysis

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Photo: Spinal cord examination; linked to [12/03/2012] The American Academy of Neurology is issuing an updated guideline that recommends monitoring the spinal cord during spinal surgery and certain chest surgeries to help prevent paralysis, or loss of muscle function, related to the surgeries.Guideline: Monitoring Spinal Cord During Surgery May Help Prevent Paralysis - Read more

Sensor-Chip for Tumour-Monitoring: "Changes can be well detected"

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[08/03/2012] For cancer patients, chip implants could play an important role in the future - especially, when it comes to difficult to operate tumours. The chip technology will help doctors to monitor the tumour, because it measures the oxygen content in the tissue fluid. Once the oxygen level drops, the tumour threatens to accelerate its growth. Sensor-Chip for Tumour-Monitoring: "Changes can be well detected" - Read more

Product development: “If you fail early, you will reach your goal faster“

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[01/03/2012] Medical devices are becoming increasingly complex and develop faster and faster technically. Modern medicine would be unthinkable without the use of new and more delicate equipment. But there can also be risks to patients, since a comprehensible handling cannot be guaranteed in all cases – it can’t even be excluded in experienced medical specialists. Product development: “If you fail early, you will reach your goal faster“ - Read more

Adults over 65: Virtual Colonoscopy Effective Screening Tool

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Photo: Bowel [23/02/2012] Computed tomography (CT) colonography can be used as a primary screening tool for colorectal cancer in adults over the age of 65, according to a new study. Some previous medical studies have found no significant difference in the diagnostic accuracy of CT colonography, also known as "virtual colonoscopy," and traditional optical colonoscopy.Adults over 65: Virtual Colonoscopy Effective Screening Tool - Read more

Home Visits for Asthma: A Win for Both Patients and Payers

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Photo: Participians of the study [22/02/2012] Nearly 1 in 10 children have asthma, according to government statistics, and in low-income parts of Boston, nearly 16 per cent of children are affected. A program called the Community Asthma Initiative (CAI), developed and implemented in 2005 by clinicians at Children's Hospital Boston, demonstrates the potential to dramatically reduce hospitalisation and emergency department visits for asthma.Home Visits for Asthma: A Win for Both Patients and Payers - Read more

Facing Forgetfulness: Recognising the Early Stages of Alzheimer‘s Disease

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[01/02/2012] Diagnosing advanced Alzheimer‘s nowadays is no longer difficult. And yet, to detect the so-called “progressive neurodegenerative brain disease with memory loss as the leading symptom“ early on, basic diagnostic methods are not sufficient. Facing Forgetfulness: Recognising the Early Stages of Alzheimer‘s Disease - Read more

Diagnosis Sepsis: “The risk of patients dying from sepsis increases the longer the diagnosis takes”

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[01/02/2012] On the website of the German Sepsis Society (Deutsche Sepsis-Gesellschaft) you can find the following definition for the disease called sepsis: A modern definition of sepsis was published in 1989 by Bone. He wrote: Sepsis is defined as an invasion of microorganisms and / or their toxins into the blood stream along with the reaction of the organism to the invasion.Diagnosis Sepsis: “The risk of patients dying from sepsis increases the longer the diagnosis takes” - Read more

Fatigue: "Cancer patients suffer significantly from fatigue syndrome"

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[23/01/2012] Debilitating fatigue has probably encountered everybody once in a lifetime. In this mood one tries to find innocuous reasons for this mental state: the weather, the season or a sleepless night. However, chronic fatigue, the fatigue syndrome, is a pathological condition that one should take quite seriously. Fatigue: "Cancer patients suffer significantly from fatigue syndrome" - Read more

Hygiene: Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Linked to Hospital's Decorative Fountain

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[11/01/2012] A 2010 outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Wisconsin has been linked to a decorative fountain in a hospital lobby, according to a study of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.Hygiene: Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Linked to Hospital's Decorative Fountain - Read more

Sexualised Violence in War: “We offer traumatised women holistic support“

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[22/12/2011] Sexual violence against women is a taboo subject in many countries around the world. Especially in war zones and regions of conflict, violence and rape is a part of the horrific and traumatizing every day experience of women and girls. The victims are being ignored in society and rarely find support and sympathy for their situation.Sexualised Violence in War: “We offer traumatised women holistic support“ - Read more

Barely Noticed: Creating Awareness of Rare Diseases

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Photo: Screenshot of a website; linked to [20/12/2011] “Rare diseases”, by their very definition, occur in no more than 5 people out of every 10,000 inhabitants. Barely noticed by the general public, only around 1,000 of the currently 6,000 or so different rare diseases currently listed on the Internet platform Orphanet are treatable nowadays.Barely Noticed: Creating Awareness of Rare Diseases - Read more

Immunological Defense Mechanism: Malaria Patients Vulnerable to Deadly Infection

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[20/12/2011] The link between malaria and salmonella infections has been explained for the first time, opening the way to more effective treatments.Immunological Defense Mechanism: Malaria Patients Vulnerable to Deadly Infection - Read more

Germany’s Electronic Health Insurance Card: “Data protection for the insured person is unquestionably guaranteed”

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[08/12/2011] Since October 2011, Germany’s electronic health insurance card (“elektronische Gesundheitskarte” eGK) has been adopted into the everyday lives of patients and physicians for good. After a long and tedious process, it finally meets the required regulations to ensure data protection for the insured.Germany’s Electronic Health Insurance Card: “Data protection for the insured person is unquestionably guaranteed” - Read more

Biochip: Recognising Blood Poisoning Quickly

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[02/12/2011] Is the patient suffering from blood poisoning? To answer this question, the doctor draws a blood sample and sends it to a central laboratory for testing. In future, physicians will be able to analyse blood there and then and have the results within twenty minutes. This is made possible by a biochip, developed by scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM.Biochip: Recognising Blood Poisoning Quickly - Read more

Neuroendocrine Tumours: Everolimus Prolongs Progression-Free Survival

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Photo: Tumour cells; linked to [01/12/2011] Combination treatment with everolimus, an inhibitor of the mammalian target rapamycin (mTOR), and octreotide has shown to improve progression-free survival for patients with advanced neuroendocrine tumours and a history of carcinoid syndrome, according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre.Neuroendocrine Tumours: Everolimus Prolongs Progression-Free Survival - Read more

Abdominal Pain: Use of Opioid Painkillers Has More than Doubled

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[01/12/2011] Across United States outpatient clinics between 1997 and 2008, opioid prescriptions for chronic abdominal pain more than doubled, according to a new study of the American Gastroenterological Association.Abdominal Pain: Use of Opioid Painkillers Has More than Doubled - Read more

Surgery: Integrated 3-D Imaging Facilitates Human Face Transplantation

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Photo: Face modell; linked to [28/11/2011] By combining conventional medical imaging with some of the same 3-D modelling techniques used in Hollywood blockbusters, researchers of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC) are offering new hope to victims of serious facial injuries.Surgery: Integrated 3-D Imaging Facilitates Human Face Transplantation - Read more

Neuropathic Pain: “Nerves cannot be compared with telephone wires“

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[22/11/2011] Chronic neuropathic pain has many reasons and is often poorly diagnosed - at the same time, the origin of the pain has not been fully understood. Therefore scientific pain research has been trying to analyse specific neuropathic pain for some time.Neuropathic Pain: “Nerves cannot be compared with telephone wires“ - Read more

Influenza: Enzymes That Could Help Fight Flu

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[21/11/2011] The influenza virus remains a worldwide threat to humans, causing an average of 36,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalisations each year in the United States alone. As health care professionals prepare for another flu season, a University of Missouri scientist is studying how two enzymes could be used to stop the virus in its tracks.Influenza: Enzymes That Could Help Fight Flu - Read more

Bypass Surgery: Cangrelor Provides Effective Maintenance of Platelet Inhibition

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Photo: Heart; linked to [16/11/2011] Data from the BRIDGE clinical trial demonstrate that intravenous use of the drug cangrelor was effective at maintaining platelet inhibition in patients on thienopyridines who required bypass surgery. Trial results were presented at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium.Bypass Surgery: Cangrelor Provides Effective Maintenance of Platelet Inhibition - Read more

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnoses Vary Widely Across Clinics

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[14/11/2011] Archives of General Psychiatry study suggests common diagnostic subcategories like Asperger syndrome are flawed and provides questionable value.Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnoses Vary Widely Across Clinics - Read more

USA: Guns in the Home Part of Comprehensive Preventive Health Care

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[11/11/2011] This June, a law took effect in the state of Florida limiting physicians' ability to ask patients about firearm ownership. In September, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of the law, citing that the law impeded doctors' Constitutional right to freedom of speech. Now researchers analysed available data around firearm injuries and prevention.USA: Guns in the Home Part of Comprehensive Preventive Health Care - Read more

Duesseldorf: MEDICA 2011 + COMPAMED 2011 Start with a Record Number of Participants

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Foto: Flags of Messe Düsseldorf [11/11/2011] In the week ahead, from 16 - 19 November 2011, the attention of health and medical care professionals from around the world will once again focus on Düsseldorf, as the world's largest medical trade fair, MEDICA 2011, World Forum for Medicine, and COMPAMED 2011, High tech solutions for medical technology, the leading trade fair for the suppliers market in medical manufacturing, get underway.Duesseldorf: MEDICA 2011 + COMPAMED 2011 Start with a Record Number of Participants - Read more

Drugs: Increased Risk of Schizophrenia in Heavy Methamphetamine Users

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Picture: Woman holding at the head; linked to [08/11/2011] In a study, scientists from Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) found evidence that heavy methamphetamine users might have a higher risk of developing schizophrenia. This finding was based on a large study comparing the risk among methamphetamine users not only to a group that did not use drugs, but also to heavy users of other drugs.Drugs: Increased Risk of Schizophrenia in Heavy Methamphetamine Users - Read more

Children: Spinal Bleeding with Brain Injury May Suggest Abuse

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[08/11/2011] According to the researchers of Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), abusive head trauma is the leading cause of significant traumatic brain injury in infants, with a 20 to 38 per cent mortality rate and significant neurological and developmental impairment in 30 to 78 per cent of survivors.Children: Spinal Bleeding with Brain Injury May Suggest Abuse - Read more

Children: Body Weight, Sleep-disordered Breathing and Cognition Linked

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[04/11/2011] Researchers at the University of Chicago have found important new relationships between obesity, sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and cognitive processing among elementary school children. Children: Body Weight, Sleep-disordered Breathing and Cognition Linked - Read more

Chronic Wounds: "Among experts we focus far too little on the basics"

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[02/11/2011] If a wound does not heal within four to twelve weeks after emergence, doctors call it a chronic wound. In many cases underlying diseases such as venous or vascular disease or diabetes mellitus are the cause. A successful therapy, however, still presents a challenge and requires an interdisciplinary cooperation.Chronic Wounds: "Among experts we focus far too little on the basics" - Read more

Tropical Medicine: “You must not underestimate the capability of these viruses“

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[22/10/2011] Tropical diseases used to appear almost exclusively in remote countries – hence the name. The mosquito bite was annoying, but nevertheless harmless in European regions. But the flying pests keep spreading and spreading. And they carry tiny, but dangerous pathogens. Scientists now found out that these viruses are now settling down in Europe. They are called Sindbis, Batai or Usutu. Tropical Medicine: “You must not underestimate the capability of these viruses“ - Read more

Breastfeeding: Reducing Risk of Suffering Allergy

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Photo: Bottle-feeded baby [17/10/2011] Today, about one in four European children suffer from allergy, which makes this disease the non-infectious epidemic of the 21st century. Evidence suggests that lifestyle factors and nutritional patterns, such as breastfeeding, help to reduce the early symptoms of allergy.Breastfeeding: Reducing Risk of Suffering Allergy - Read more

Diabetes: Older Beta Cells Act Young Again

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Photo: Beta cells; linked to [14/10/2011] Now, long-time by Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF)-funded researchers at Stanford University have identified a pathway responsible for the age-related decline, and have shown that they can tweak it to get older beta cells to act young again - and start dividing.Diabetes: Older Beta Cells Act Young Again - Read more

Birth: Battle Between the Placenta and Uterus Could Help Explain Preeclampsia

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Photo: Thropoblast and maternal cells; linked to [12/10/2011] A battle that brews in the mother's womb between the father's biological goal to produce the biggest, healthiest baby possible versus the mother's need to live through delivery might help explain preeclampsia, an often deadly disease of pregnancy. In a new study, Yale researchers describe the mechanism that keeps these conflicting goals in balance.Birth: Battle Between the Placenta and Uterus Could Help Explain Preeclampsia - Read more

Restless Legs Syndrome: Raising High Blood Pressure Risk?

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[12/10/2011] If you're a middle-aged woman with Restless Legs Syndrome, you may have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure.Restless Legs Syndrome: Raising High Blood Pressure Risk? - Read more

Stroke: Innovative Technology Improves Care and Reduces Costs

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[06/10/2011] The use of long-distance video and data hook-ups to link remote community hospitals with stroke neurologists in large centres provides the same level of care as having everyone in the same room, according to a new study of Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.Stroke: Innovative Technology Improves Care and Reduces Costs - Read more

Down Syndrome: New Findings Validate the Accuracy of Autism Diagnosis

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Photo: Girl with Down syndrome; linked to [06/10/2011] New findings from a 16-year study confirm that the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the gold-standard for the classification of mental health conditions, can be used to accurately identify autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children with Down syndrome, according to research from Kennedy Krieger Institute.Down Syndrome: New Findings Validate the Accuracy of Autism Diagnosis - Read more

E-Health: Telemedicine is slowly being accepted

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[04/10/2011] Whether it’s video-based Parkinson’s therapy or monitoring of diabetes patients – by now there are many telemedicine applications in Germany. Some of them are still in the test stage, while others have made the leap into practice. But how do physicians and patients rate the use of telematics applications in health care models?E-Health: Telemedicine is slowly being accepted - Read more

Toxicology: Single Dose of Hallucinogen May Create Lasting Personality Change

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Photo: Mushrooms; linked to [29/09/2011] A single high dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called "magic mushrooms," was enough to bring about a measureable personality change lasting at least a year in nearly 60 per cent of the 51 participants in a new study, according to the Johns Hopkins researchers who conducted it.Toxicology: Single Dose of Hallucinogen May Create Lasting Personality Change - Read more

Depression: Therapy via Internet Yields Good Results

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[28/09/2011] Treatment via the Internet enables many more patients to get help with their depression. This has been established by the psychologist Fredrik Holländare, who has studied the effects of Internet-based CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) both on ongoing depression and for preventing relapses.Depression: Therapy via Internet Yields Good Results - Read more

Study: Alzheimer's Disease Rises During Day and Falls with Sleep

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Photo: Sleeping man and woman [27/09/2011] A marker for Alzheimer's disease rises and falls in the spinal fluid in a daily pattern that echoes the sleep cycle, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis have found. The pattern is strongest in healthy young people and reinforces a link between increased Alzheimer's risk and inadequate sleep that had been discovered in animal models.Study: Alzheimer's Disease Rises During Day and Falls with Sleep - Read more

Lung: Risk of Comorbidities for COPD Patients

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Photo: Scheme of lung [26/09/2011] A new study has shown that people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or people with reduced lung function are at a serious risk of developing cardiovascular disease.Lung: Risk of Comorbidities for COPD Patients - Read more

Surgery Patients: Catching a Breath – Wirelessly

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Photo: Diagram of the wirelessly method [22/09/2011] University of Utah engineers who built wireless networks that see through walls now are aiming the technology at a new goal: noninvasively measuring the breathing of surgery patients, adults with sleep apnoea and babies at risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).Surgery Patients: Catching a Breath – Wirelessly - Read more

Health Prevention: “It is an investment in our economic development“

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[22/09/2011] Prevention is the best medicine, according to the proverb. To internalise this wisdom into as many people as possible is the most important goal of the health prevention. With a view to rising illnesses such as diabetes, mental disorders or adiposity, it is becoming more and more important. Health Prevention: “It is an investment in our economic development“ - Read more

Antibiotics: Common Treatments Can Lead to Resistance

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[21/09/2011] Overexposure to antibiotics has long been a concern in the medical community – most specifically the development of antibiotic resistant infections as a result of repeated use. According to a study, ophthalmologic antibiotics promote antimicrobial resistance too, prompting a call from Vanderbilt Eye Institute physicians to be more judicial in the administration of certain classes of antibiotics.Antibiotics: Common Treatments Can Lead to Resistance - Read more

Blood-forming Stem Cells: Scientists Expand Bone Marrow-derived Stem Cells in Culture

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Photo: Stem Cells [20/09/2011] All stem cells share the capability to replenish themselves by undergoing self-renewal. So far, efforts to grow and expand scarce blood-forming stem cells in culture for therapeutic applications have been met with limited success. Researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research now successfully expanded cultured hematopoietic stem cells to a hundredfold. Blood-forming Stem Cells: Scientists Expand Bone Marrow-derived Stem Cells in Culture - Read more

Doctors: Intensive Care Medicine; a Multidisciplinary Approach!

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Foto: Stethoscope; linked to [19/09/2011] Intensive Care is the care of seriously ill patients from all medical fields. Coupled with this are very special challenges of interdisciplinary collaboration, at the same time with rapid development of diagnostic and therapeutic options.Doctors: Intensive Care Medicine; a Multidisciplinary Approach! - Read more

New Study: Uterine Stem Cells to Treat Diabetes

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Photo: Slide shows insulin producing stem cells [16/09/2011] Controlling diabetes may someday involve mining stem cells from the lining of the uterus, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in a new study. The team treated diabetes in mice by converting cells from the uterine lining into insulin-producing cells.New Study: Uterine Stem Cells to Treat Diabetes - Read more

HCV: Breakthrough Opens New Avenues for Hepatitis C Vaccine

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Photo: Schematic of HCV; linked to [15/09/2011] Hopes for an effective vaccine and treatment against the potentially fatal hepatitis C virus (HCV) have received a major boost following the discovery of two 'Achilles' heels' within the virus. A team of medical researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) studied individuals at high risk of HCV infection, including a number identified within a few weeks of the onset of infection.HCV: Breakthrough Opens New Avenues for Hepatitis C Vaccine - Read more

Kidney Patients: Hormone That Predicts Premature Death

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Photo: Kidney-schematic; linked to [12/09/2011] Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have found that high levels of a specific hormone can predict which kidney patients will develop heart problems, require dialysis or die prematurely.Kidney Patients: Hormone That Predicts Premature Death - Read more

Study: Aerobic Exercise May Reduce the Risk of Dementia

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[09/09/2011] Any exercise that gets the heart pumping may reduce the risk of dementia and slow the condition's progression once it starts, reported a Mayo Clinic study. Researchers examined the role of aerobic exercise in preserving cognitive abilities and concluded that it should not be overlooked as an important therapy against dementia.Study: Aerobic Exercise May Reduce the Risk of Dementia - Read more

Medicines: Cheap Drugs Could Save Thousands of Lives

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[08/09/2011] A major new international study involving researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg and Sahlgrenska University Hospital has revealed that aspirin, statins, beta blockers and ACE inhibitors are prescribed far too infrequently.Medicines: Cheap Drugs Could Save Thousands of Lives - Read more

Heart Transplant: Researchers Develop New Way to Predict Survival

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Photo: Heart in hands; linked to [07/09/2011] Johns Hopkins researchers say they have developed a formula to predict which heart transplant patients are at greatest risk of death in the year following their surgeries, information that could help medical teams figure out who would benefit most from the small number of available organs.Heart Transplant: Researchers Develop New Way to Predict Survival - Read more

Leukaemia: Researchers Found Mechanism That Can Help Design Future Therapies

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Photo: Graphic of blood cells; linked to [06/09/2011] An international team of researchers has found a group of mutations involved in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL), and showed that certain drugs, already in clinical use to treat other diseases, can eliminate the cells carrying these mutations.Leukaemia: Researchers Found Mechanism That Can Help Design Future Therapies - Read more

Immune System: Endogenous Approach to the Prevention of Allergies

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[05/09/2011] Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz have clarified an endogenous mechanism that can prevent the development of allergies. They were able to show that certain cells of the immune system, so-called killer dendritic cells, are capable of eliminating allergy cells. The results of the study open up new perspectives for strategies to protect against allergies.Immune System: Endogenous Approach to the Prevention of Allergies - Read more

Neurology: New Insight into Impulse Control

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Photo: Graphic of impulse; linked to [05/09/2011] How the brain controls impulsive behavior may be significantly different than psychologists have thought for the last 40 years. That is the unexpected conclusion of a study by an international team of neuroscientists.Neurology: New Insight into Impulse Control - Read more

EurSafety Health-net: "You can learn a lot in many different areas from each other"

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[01/09/2011] To be able to fight resistant hospital bacteria effectively and for the long term, it is getting more and more important to collaborate throughout Europe and internationally with different stakeholders of medical facilities. Now one European project is making this its primary goal. The German-Dutch collaboration is meant to strengthen patient safety and protection against infections.EurSafety Health-net: "You can learn a lot in many different areas from each other" - Read more

Study: New Target for Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes

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Photo: Chocolate Mushmallow [25/08/2011] Researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center have shown that an enzyme found in the mitochondria of cells is decreased in the skeletal muscle of those with diabetes, a finding that could lead to the development of drugs to boost the activity of this enzyme in an effort to fight the disease.Study: New Target for Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes - Read more

Pandemics: Children's Hospitals Are Not Equipped

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Photo: A child in a hospital [24/08/2011] A new study of children's hospitals nationwide has found them underequipped to handle a major surge of patients in the event of a pandemic, and urges health care institutions and government agencies to immediately review emergency preparedness plans as flu season approaches.Pandemics: Children's Hospitals Are Not Equipped - Read more

Heart-Valve Infection: Imaging Probe Allows Noninvasive Detection

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Photo: Model of heart [23/08/2011] An imaging probe developed by Massachusetts General Hospital MGH investigators may make it possible to diagnose accurately a dangerous infection of the heart valves. The presence of Staphylococcus aureus-associated endocarditis in a mouse model was revealed by PET imaging with a radiolabeled version of a protein involved in a process that usually conceals infecting bacteria from the immune system.Heart-Valve Infection: Imaging Probe Allows Noninvasive Detection - Read more

Nitric Oxide: Newly Discovered Cell Mechanism to Fight C. Diff

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[23/08/2011] Groundbreaking research encompassing Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, has uncovered a natural defense mechanism that is capable of inactivating the toxin that spreads Clostridium difficile (C. diff) an increasingly common bacterial infection in hospitals and long-term care settings. Nitric Oxide: Newly Discovered Cell Mechanism to Fight C. Diff - Read more

New ‘Bionic’ Leg: Giving Amputees a Natural Gait

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[19/08/2011] A new lower-limb prosthetic developed at Vanderbilt University allows amputees to walk without the leg-dragging gait characteristic of conventional artificial legs.New ‘Bionic’ Leg: Giving Amputees a Natural Gait - Read more

Uncovering Mechanism: Link Between Stress and Appetite

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Photo: A stressed man eats [15/08/2011] Researchers in the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine have uncovered a mechanism by which stress increases food drive in rats. This new discovery could provide important insight into why stress is thought to be one of the underlying contributors to obesity.Uncovering Mechanism: Link Between Stress and Appetite - Read more

Warning Signs: Predict Kidney Injury After Surgery

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[15/08/2011] Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common – but preventable complication after surgery that can lead to other complications or even death. The use and development of biomarkers will help physicians diagnose and treat acute kidney injury. Three protein measurements indicate who has a high risk of developing kidney injury after heart surgery, according to two studies.Warning Signs: Predict Kidney Injury After Surgery - Read more

'Swamp Gas': Protecting Blood Vessels from Complications of Diabetes

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Photo: blood vessel [05/08/2011] Hydrogen sulfide is a foul-smelling gas with an odor resembling that of rotten eggs. Sometimes called "swamp gas," this toxic substance is generally associated with decaying vegetation, sewers and noxious industrial emissions. And — as odd as it may seem — it also plays a critical role in protecting blood vessels from the complications of diabetes, according to a new study. 'Swamp Gas': Protecting Blood Vessels from Complications of Diabetes - Read more

Hepatitis C: Unprotected Sex Between HIV-Infected Men

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[27/07/2011] Sexual transmission of hepatitis C virus, HCV, is considered rare. But a new study by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, provides substantial evidence that men with HIV who have sex with other men, MSM, are at increased risk for contracting HCV through sex.Hepatitis C: Unprotected Sex Between HIV-Infected Men - Read more

Discovery: Key to Help Women Fight Infections During Pregnancy

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Photo: Pregnant woman lying on a sofa [25/07/2011] By manipulating an immune suppressive cell type, researchers believe women will be able to more efficiently fight off prenatal infections.Discovery: Key to Help Women Fight Infections During Pregnancy - Read more

Medicaid: It Increases Use of Health Care

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[08/07/2011] Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in cooperation with other researchers have found that expanding low income adults' access to Medicaid substantially increases health care use, reduces financial strain on covered individuals and improves their self-reported health and well-being.Medicaid: It Increases Use of Health Care - Read more

Global Epidemics: “There is a worldwide advance”

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[01/07/2011] Despite continuing technological and pharmacological advances, physicians are still faced with several medical mysteries. Oftentimes however there is no time to intensely devote to the research for innovative possible solutions of modern diseases. Global Epidemics: “There is a worldwide advance” - Read more

Endocarditis: How Cavity-causing Microbes Invade Heart

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Photo: Bacteria [28/06/2011] Scientists have discovered the tool that bacteria normally found in our mouths use to invade heart tissue, causing a dangerous and sometimes lethal infection of the heart known as endocarditis. Endocarditis: How Cavity-causing Microbes Invade Heart - Read more

Identified: New Marker to Predict Progressive Kidney Failure

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Photo: Futuristic image of a kidney [17/06/2011] A high level of a hormone that regulates phosphate is associated with an increased risk of kidney failure and death among chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. Identified: New Marker to Predict Progressive Kidney Failure - Read more

Research: Eating Dirt Can Be Good for the Belly

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[03/06/2011] Most of us never considered eating the mud pies we made as kids, but for many people all over the world, dining on dirt is nothing out of the ordinary. Now an extensive meta-analysis forthcoming in the June helps explain why. Research: Eating Dirt Can Be Good for the Belly - Read more

Broken Heart Syndrome: "We do not know what happens locally at the heart"

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Photo: Broken heart [22/05/2011] When the heart literally breaks and a relationship is ending, it’s usually a painful experience for the people involved. Similar experiences, though they are less attributed to lovesickness, but rather to a traumatic shock, the death of a beloved person or extreme stress are the ingredients for a life-threatening cocktail. Broken Heart Syndrome: "We do not know what happens locally at the heart" - Read more

Obesity and Diabetes: 'Master Switch' Gene Discovered

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[16/05/2011] Researchers have found that a gene linked to type 2 diabetes and cholesterol levels is in fact a 'master regulator' gene, which controls the behavior of other genes found within fat in the body.Obesity and Diabetes: 'Master Switch' Gene Discovered - Read more

Heart Cell Signals: Discovery of Faint “Quark” Workings

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Photo: Subtle calcium release events [13/05/2011] Three years of microscopic experiments on heart cells has led to a discovery by a team of University of Maryland researchers and collaborators of the workings of faint calcium signals in the heart cells, a discovery that may translate into new therapies for heart disease. Heart Cell Signals: Discovery of Faint “Quark” Workings - Read more

Two Distinct Disease-causing Mutations: Serendipity Leads To Lifesaving Discovery

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[12/05/2011] About two years ago, Doctor Philippe Gros, McGill University/Department of Biochemistry, described a mouse mutant that was immunodeficient and hypersensitive to the Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine and to tuberculosis (TB). In this model, Gros's team had found that the immunodeficiency was caused by a mutation in a regulatory protein of the immune system named IRF8. Two Distinct Disease-causing Mutations: Serendipity Leads To Lifesaving Discovery - Read more

"Bad" Cholestero: LDL Not as Bad as People Think

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Photo: Pommes Frites mit Mayonnaise [10/05/2011] The so-called “bad cholesterol”– low-density lipoprotein commonly called LDL – may not be so bad after all, shows a Texas A&M University study that casts new light on the cholesterol debate, particularly among adults who exercise."Bad" Cholestero: LDL Not as Bad as People Think - Read more

Comprehensive Study: Prevalence of Autism in South Korea Estimated

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[10/05/2011] Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in South Korea affect an estimated 2.64 percent of the population of school-age children, equivalent to 1 in 38 children, according to the first comprehensive study of autism prevalence using a total population sample. Comprehensive Study: Prevalence of Autism in South Korea Estimated - Read more

Side-effect: Depression in a Positive Light

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[06/05/2011] Sadness, apathy, preoccupation. These traits come to mind when people think about depression, the world's most frequently diagnosed mental disorder. Yet, forthcoming research, provides evidence that depression has a positive side-effect.Side-effect: Depression in a Positive Light - Read more

Autism: Most Adults Go Undiagnosed

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[05/05/2011] Not a single person identified with autism or asperger’s syndrome during a community survey in England actually knew they had the condition, research led by the University of Leicester reveals.Autism: Most Adults Go Undiagnosed - Read more

Insomnia: Link to High Insulin Resistance in Diabetics

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[04/05/2011] In the largest study of it kind to establish a link between sleep and diabetes, researchers found that people with diabetes who sleep poorly have higher insulin resistance, and a harder time controlling the disease.Insomnia: Link to High Insulin Resistance in Diabetics - Read more

Diabetes mellitus: A disease that makes your skin crawl

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[02/05/2011] Hyperglycemia can lead to severe skin changes, which immediately require treatment. Yet special therapies for diabetes are rare, in many cases dermatologists treat independent of diabetologists. Diabetes mellitus: A disease that makes your skin crawl - Read more

Early Nutrition: Long-term Metabolic Impact

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[02/05/2011] Nutrition during the first days or weeks of life may have long-term consequences on health, potentially via a phenomenon known as the metabolic programming effect.Early Nutrition: Long-term Metabolic Impact - Read more

Dyshidrosis: “A diagnosis and classification is still difficult“

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[02/05/2011] Multifaceted clinical patterns hide behind skin blistering. The different types of skin rashes can be caused by infections, allergies as well as internal diseases and are often beyond a reliable diagnosis. Dyshidrosis: “A diagnosis and classification is still difficult“ - Read more

Fish Livers: Beneficial Fatty Acids

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Photo: Anchovies [29/04/2011] The fishing industry usually discards fish livers, but a team of researchers from the University of Almeria (Spain) has confirmed that they are a good source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are beneficial to health. Fish Livers: Beneficial Fatty Acids - Read more

Biology of Long-term Memory: Can Traumatic Memories Be Erased?

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[28/04/2011] Could veterans of war, rape victims and other people who have seen horrific crimes someday have the traumatic memories that haunt them weakened in their brains? In a new study, UCLA life scientists report a discovery that may make the reduction of such memories a reality. Biology of Long-term Memory: Can Traumatic Memories Be Erased? - Read more

Key Players: Cancer Cells' Survival Kit

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Photo: Cancer [27/04/2011] Scientists have discovered new details of how cancer cells escape from tumor suppression mechanisms that normally prevent these damaged cells from multiplying. They also demonstrated a potential link between this cell proliferation control mechanism and the cognitive deficits caused by Down syndrome.Key Players: Cancer Cells' Survival Kit - Read more

Social Activity: Decrease the Risk of Cognitive Decline

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[26/04/2011] If you want to keep your brain healthy, it turns out that visiting friends, attending parties, and even going to church might be just as good for you as crossword puzzles.Social Activity: Decrease the Risk of Cognitive Decline - Read more

Immune Attack: GM-CSF Required in Multiple Sclerosis

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Foto: Man in a wheelchair before stairs [26/04/2011] The neutralization of the cytokine GM-CSF could halt the development of multiple sclerosis. This was demonstrated by the research team at the University of Zurich in an animal model. Immune Attack: GM-CSF Required in Multiple Sclerosis - Read more

Country Doctor: “Sadly, humanity will fall by the wayside“

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Photo: Countryside [22/04/2011] Rural exodus is not just a well-known German problem, but happens all over the world. In the foreseeable future, this development will have a negative impact on the rural infrastructure and with it also on medical care. The fact remains: Many physicians prefer the city and a country atmosphere doesn’t do much for them.Country Doctor: “Sadly, humanity will fall by the wayside“ - Read more

Protein’s Mechanism: How TRIM5 Fights HIV

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Photo: Night monkeys [21/04/2011] Thanks to a certain protein, rhesus monkeys are resistant to HIV. Known as TRIM5, the protein prevents the HI virus from multiplying once it has entered the cell. Researchers have now discovered the protein’s mechanism. This also opens up new prospects for fighting HIV in humans. Protein’s Mechanism: How TRIM5 Fights HIV - Read more

Bacterial „Ecosystems": What’s Your Gut Type?

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[21/04/2011] In the future, when you walk into a doctor’s surgery or hospital, you could be asked not just about your allergies and blood group, but also about your gut type.Bacterial „Ecosystems": What’s Your Gut Type? - Read more

Irish Study: Psychiatric Disorders Linked with Epilepsy

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[20/04/2011] Researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, have conducted the first study of its kind to examine in detail, the basis of psychiatric disorders which occur in people with epilepsy. Irish Study: Psychiatric Disorders Linked with Epilepsy - Read more

Melanoma: Blood Test Could Predict Metastasis Risk

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[18/04/2011] Scientists at Yale University have identified a set of plasma biomarkers that could reasonably predict the risk of metastasis among patients with melanoma.Melanoma: Blood Test Could Predict Metastasis Risk - Read more

Temporary Changes: Brain Speeds Up Learning

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[15/04/2011] In a breakthrough that may aid treatment of learning impairments, strokes, tinnitus and chronic pain, UT Dallas researchers have found that brain nerve stimulation accelerates learning in laboratory tests.Temporary Changes: Brain Speeds Up Learning - Read more

Antibiotic Resistance: Rapid Spread Between Bacteria

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Photo: Antibiotic resistance-carrying plasmids [13/04/2011] The part of bacterial DNA that often carries antibiotic resistance is a master at moving between different types of bacteria and adapting to widely differing bacterial species, shows a study.Antibiotic Resistance: Rapid Spread Between Bacteria - Read more

Treating Lupus: Umbilical Cord Blood-derived Stem Cells Studied for Therapy

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[12/04/2011] Human umbilical cord blood-derived mensenchymal stem cells (uMSCs) have been found to offer benefits for treating lupus nephritis (LN) when transplanted into mouse models of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Treating Lupus: Umbilical Cord Blood-derived Stem Cells Studied for Therapy - Read more

Welding Fumes: Increased Risk for Brain Damage?

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Photo: Welding [11/04/2011] Workers exposed to welding fumes may be at increased risk of damage to the same brain area harmed by Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.Welding Fumes: Increased Risk for Brain Damage? - Read more

Molecules Identified: Help to Propelling Cancer Metastasis

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[08/04/2011] Researchers have identified two molecules that enable cancer to spread inside the body. These findings could eventually lead to therapies that prevent metastasis by inactivating the molecules.Molecules Identified: Help to Propelling Cancer Metastasis - Read more

Physical Health: Scores Predict Breast Cancer Outcomes

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[07/04/2011] Breast cancer survivors with poor physical health scores had an elevated risk of poorer cancer outcomes, including recurrence and death, according to the results of an observational study.Physical Health: Scores Predict Breast Cancer Outcomes - Read more

Hypertension: Decreasing Blood Pressure During Exercise

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Photo: Woman during exercise [05/04/2011] UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified one reason people with hypertension experience an even greater increase in their blood pressure when they exercise, and they’ve learned how to prevent the rise.Hypertension: Decreasing Blood Pressure During Exercise - Read more

Enzyme: Essential for Healthy Lung Development

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[30/03/2011] Investigators have provided the first evidence that Eya1 protein phosphatase is a crucial regulator of the development of embryonic lung epithelial stem cells. Enzyme: Essential for Healthy Lung Development - Read more

Cardiac Pacing: Helping Epilepsy Patients With Ictal Asystole

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Photo: cardiac pacemaker [24/03/2011] Researchers have found that cardiac pacing may help epilepsy patients with seizure-related falls due to ictal asystole, an unusual condition in which the heart stops beating during an epileptic seizure. Cardiac Pacing: Helping Epilepsy Patients With Ictal Asystole - Read more

Trauma Patients: Protection From Worse Outcomes

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[22/03/2011] Patients who've been hurt in car or bike crashes, been shot or stabbed, or suffered other injuries are more likely to live if they arrive at the hospital on the weekend than during the week, according to new University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.Trauma Patients: Protection From Worse Outcomes - Read more

Hospital Hygiene: “Optimum conditions require sufficient and qualified personnel“

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[22/03/2011] Many hospital stays go smoothly. Then suddenly complications arise and the patient experiences strange symptoms. The problem is well-known: often this is due to an infection with dangerous, antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A frequent cause is lack of hygiene. Thousands of patients all over the world contract these so-called nosocomial infections. How can this development be stopped?Hospital Hygiene: “Optimum conditions require sufficient and qualified personnel“ - Read more

Magnesium Deficiency: Not Always A Nutritional Problem

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[17/03/2011] Researchers and scientists have succeeded in identifying a genetic cause of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium Deficiency: Not Always A Nutritional Problem - Read more

Cat Allergy: Cell Component Involved in Triggering

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[10/03/2011] A breakthrough by scientists could provide hope for any allergy sufferers who have ever had to choose between their health and their household pet.Cat Allergy: Cell Component Involved in Triggering - Read more

New Study: Prevalence and Severity of Bipolar Disorder Worldwide

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[08/03/2011] Despite international variation in prevalence rates of bipolar spectrum disorder, the severity and associated disorders are similar and treatment needs are often unmet, especially in low-income countries, according to a report.New Study: Prevalence and Severity of Bipolar Disorder Worldwide - Read more

Discovery: Genetic Switch Increases Muscle Blood Supply

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Genetic Switch Increases Muscle Blood Supply [04/03/2011] Many people suffer from a devastating condition known as critical limb ischemia (CLI) that can lead to muscle wasting and even amputation. The disease is linked to the blockage of blood flow to the skeletal muscle and current treatment options include rehabilitative exercise and surgical bypass of blood vessels. Discovery: Genetic Switch Increases Muscle Blood Supply - Read more

Alcohol Consumption: Helping to Stave Off Dementia

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[02/03/2011] Experts agree that long-term alcohol abuse is detrimental to memory function and can cause neuro-degenerative disease. However, according to a study, there is evidence that light-to-moderate alcohol consumption may decrease the risk of cognitive decline or dementia. Alcohol Consumption: Helping to Stave Off Dementia - Read more

Telemedicine: "Oftentimes, the necessary systems that work in emergencies are still lacking"

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[01/03/2011] Being pressed for time, a lack of information and a shortage of resources are elements that define all disaster situations. For many injured however it is crucial to be medically as well as psychologically treated as quickly and optimally as possible. For this to happen, it’s not just the helpers that need to be well trained, but the technical processes also need to be able to run smoothly. Telemedicine: "Oftentimes, the necessary systems that work in emergencies are still lacking" - Read more

Emergency Departments: Substantial Increase in CT Exams

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Substantial Increase in CT Exams [01/03/2011] A new study reports that the use of computed tomography (CT) in the nation's emergency departments is growing exponentially. If the growth trend continues, by 2011, nearly 20 percent of all emergency department (ED) visits may involve a CT exam. Emergency Departments: Substantial Increase in CT Exams - Read more

HIV: Protein May Help the Virus's Resurgence

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Protein May Help the Virus's Resurgence [28/02/2011] New research enhances the current knowledge of how human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1), which causes AIDS, controls the cell cycle of cells that it infects. The new findings may shed light on how the virus reactivates after entering a dormant state, called latency. HIV: Protein May Help the Virus's Resurgence - Read more

Physician-Patient Relationship: Focus on Decision Making When Doctor Is a Woman

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[25/02/2011] A study conducted reveals that patients have greater expectations of their family doctor listening actively to them, keeping them informed and considering their opinions than in getting involved in decision making. Physician-Patient Relationship: Focus on Decision Making When Doctor Is a Woman - Read more

Vitamin D level: Link to Allergies in Kids

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Link to Allergies in Kids [25/02/2011] A study shows that low vitamin D levels are associated with increased likelihood that children will develop allergies. Vitamin D level: Link to Allergies in Kids - Read more

Full Film Frame: Family of Proteins Essential for Cell Function

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Family of Proteins Essential for Cell Function [24/02/2011] Researchers have completed the 3D structural sequence adopted by several essential proteins in the exchange of substances between the extra and intracellular milieu.Full Film Frame: Family of Proteins Essential for Cell Function - Read more

Insulin Resistance: Molecular Pathway Holds Therapeutic Promise

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[24/02/2011] A research team has shed new light on the problem of insulin resistance, and identified the key participants in a molecular pathway that holds therapeutic promise for reducing the severity of type 2 diabetes.Insulin Resistance: Molecular Pathway Holds Therapeutic Promise - Read more

Feedback Mechanism: A Cancer Gene Keeps Itself in Check

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A Cancer Gene Keeps Itself in Check [22/02/2011] Cancer develops from a disturbed balance between the division, the growth and the death of cells. This is what makes it so difficult to treat this disease: the therapy must not be radical but moderate. Feedback Mechanism: A Cancer Gene Keeps Itself in Check - Read more

Epithetics: “What always counts is a holistic view of the human being“

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Photo: Artificial nose [22/02/2011] In case of a tumor disease, a deformity or an accident, parts of the body or face of a person need to be reconstructed, often an epithetics specialist/ anaplastologist comes into play. His craft does not just require high empathy, but also the highest degree of technical skills.Epithetics: “What always counts is a holistic view of the human being“ - Read more

Turner Syndrome: New Test Shows Promise for Accurate Diagnosis

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[21/02/2011] As a child grows, a short stature is not usually cause for concern, but it is often the only sign of a condition called Turner syndrome. Turner Syndrome: New Test Shows Promise for Accurate Diagnosis - Read more

Personalised Medicine: Strategy for Identifying Biomarkers

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[18/02/2011] A team of biologists, clinical oncologists, pathologists and information scientists has established a strategy for identifying biomarkers. If a particular pattern of these biomarkers can be detected in the blood, this indicates a cancerous disease. Personalised Medicine: Strategy for Identifying Biomarkers - Read more

Parkinson's Disease: Problems with Mitochondria

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Problems with Mitochondria [17/02/2011] For the last several years, neurologists have been probing a connection between Parkinson's disease and problems with mitochondria, the miniature power plants of the cell. Parkinson's Disease: Problems with Mitochondria - Read more

Living in the Matrix: Sugar Residues Regulate Growth and Survival of Nerve Cells

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Sugar Residues Regulate Growth and Survival of Nerve Cells [15/02/2011] Researchers in Bochum have found out that certain sugar residues in the spinal cord regulate the growth and survival of nerve cells which control the movement of muscles. Living in the Matrix: Sugar Residues Regulate Growth and Survival of Nerve Cells - Read more

Key-Protein: New Treatment in a Childhood Cancer?

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[14/02/2011] After analyzing hundreds of proteins produced by the DNA of tumor cells, researchers have identified one protein that may be central to a new treatment for the often-fatal childhood cancer neuroblastoma.Key-Protein: New Treatment in a Childhood Cancer? - Read more

Neurology: Partnership of Genes Affects the Brain's Development

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Partnership of Genes Affects the Brain's Development [14/02/2011] The human brain consists of approximately one hundred billion nerve cells. Each of these cells needs to connect to specific other cells during the brain's development in order to form a fully functional organism. Neurology: Partnership of Genes Affects the Brain's Development - Read more

Skin Test: Unhealthy Lifestyle Will Be Detected

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[11/02/2011] Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin has developed a unique measuring method which permits medical personnel, within minutes, to say whether the lifestyle of a person is healthy or unhealthy. Skin Test: Unhealthy Lifestyle Will Be Detected - Read more

Tumor Cells: Prevention of Metastasis

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Prevention of Metastasis [10/02/2011] Tumor cells have several routes that enable them to move from the primary tumor to distant tissues, a process called metastasis. It is metastasis of the primary tumor that kills most cancer patients. Tumor Cells: Prevention of Metastasis - Read more

Lung Injury: Gene Protects Lung from Damage

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Gene Protects Lung from Damage [09/02/2011] Lung injury is a common cause of death among patients with pneumonia, sepsis or trauma and in those who have had lung transplants. The damage often occurs suddenly and can cause life-threatening breathing problems and rapid lung failure.Lung Injury: Gene Protects Lung from Damage - Read more

Blood-Clotting Protein: Linked to Cancer and Septicaemia

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[07/02/2011] In our not-so-distant evolutionary past, stress often meant imminent danger, and the risk of blood loss, so part of our body’s stress response is to stock-pile blood-clotting factors. Scientists in Heidelberg have now discovered how stressed cells boost the production of the key blood-clotting factor, thrombin. Blood-Clotting Protein: Linked to Cancer and Septicaemia - Read more

MicroRNA: Cocktail Helps Turn Skin Cells into Stem Cells

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Cocktail Helps Turn Skin Cells into Stem Cells [04/02/2011] Stem cells are ideal tools to understand disease and develop new treatments; however, they can be difficult to obtain in necessary quantities. MicroRNA: Cocktail Helps Turn Skin Cells into Stem Cells - Read more

Breast Cancer Therapy: Contribution to Hip Fractures?

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Contribution to Hip Fractures? [02/02/2011] A hip fracture is not common in a 54-year-old woman, unless she is a 54-year-old breast cancer survivor, according to a new study. Breast Cancer Therapy: Contribution to Hip Fractures? - Read more

Uncovered: Understanding Cause of Lupus

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Understanding Cause of Lupus [01/02/2011] Potentially impacting future diagnosis and treatment of lupus, an immune illness affecting more than 5 million people worldwide, researchers lhaveuncovered where the breakdown in the body's lymphocyte molecular regulatory machinery is occurring.Uncovered: Understanding Cause of Lupus - Read more

Magnetic Stimulation: Brain Nerve Cells Can Be Influenced

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Brain Nerve Cells Can Be Influenced [28/01/2011] What sounds like science fiction is actually possible: thanks to magnetic stimulation, the activity of certain brain nerve cells can be deliberately influenced. What happens in the brain in this context has been unclear up to now. Magnetic Stimulation: Brain Nerve Cells Can Be Influenced - Read more

Mechanism Revealed: Protein Related to Aging Holds Breast Cancer Clues

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[28/01/2011] The most common type of breast cancer in older women — estrogen and progesterone receptor (ER/PR) positive breast cancer — has been linked to a protein that fends off aging-related cellular damage.Mechanism Revealed: Protein Related to Aging Holds Breast Cancer Clues - Read more

Early Antibiotic Use: Increased Risk of Childhood Asthma

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[27/01/2011] When babies are given antibiotics, their risk of developing asthma by age 6 may increase by 50 percent. Early Antibiotic Use: Increased Risk of Childhood Asthma - Read more

Blood Pressure and Metabolism: Mediator of Blood Pressure Regulation in the Liver Identified

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Mediator of Blood Pressure Regulation in the Liver Identified [27/01/2011] Scientist have now discovered a new group of sensory neurons in the mouse liver which mediates the regulation of blood pressure and metabolism. This control center outside of the brain is triggered simply by drinking water and leads to an elevation of blood pressure in sick and elderly people. Blood Pressure and Metabolism: Mediator of Blood Pressure Regulation in the Liver Identified - Read more

Safety Concerns: Experimental Cancer Approach

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Experimental Cancer Approach [26/01/2011] The strategy takes aim at a key signaling pathway, called Notch, involved in forming new blood vessels that feed tumor growth. When researchers targeted the Notch1 signaling pathway in mice, the animals developed vascular tumors, primarily in the liver, which led to massive hemorrhages that caused their death.Safety Concerns: Experimental Cancer Approach - Read more

Biomarker Test: Promise for Melanoma Diagnosis

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[26/01/2011] A new study shows that a test of biomarkers for DNA methylation is technically feasible and could aid in earlier, more precise diagnosis of melanoma.Biomarker Test: Promise for Melanoma Diagnosis - Read more

Culprit Found: Increased Stroke Injury with Diabetes

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Increased Stroke Injury with Diabetes [24/01/2011] Strokes are a leading cause of mortality and adult disability. Those that involve intracerebral hemorrhage are especially deadly, and there are no effective treatments to control such bleeding. Culprit Found: Increased Stroke Injury with Diabetes - Read more

Forensic Medicine: "We are not just dealing with dead bodies“

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[22/01/2011] It’s well-known that reality and fiction sometimes are much farther apart than you would think. Popular US crime drama series have long since shown us that and sketch a smart image of the job of forensic pathologists: they perform autopsies, identify and solve homicide cases like clockwork. Everyday life in a forensic medical Institute though is reflected to a lesser extent in this case.Forensic Medicine: "We are not just dealing with dead bodies“ - Read more

Children with Asthma: Premature Loss of Lung Function During Adolescence

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[21/01/2011] Severe asthma in early childhood may lead to premature loss of lung function during adolescence and more serious disease during adulthood, researchers at Emory University School of Medicine report. Early identification and treatment of children with severe asthma is important to help stem asthma progressionChildren with Asthma: Premature Loss of Lung Function During Adolescence - Read more

Under Control: Reactivating Cancer Suppressor Genes

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Reactivating Cancer Suppressor Genes [19/01/2011] Scientists have brought cancer cells back under normal control — by reactivating their cancer suppressor genes. The discovery could form a powerful new technology platform for the treatment of cancer of the breast and other cancers. Under Control: Reactivating Cancer Suppressor Genes - Read more

Rare Genetic Disease: Skin Provides Australia’s First Adult Stem Cells

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[14/01/2011] Scientists have developed Australia’s first adult induced pluripotent stem cell lines using skin biopsies from patients with the rare genetic disease Friedreich Ataxia (FA).Rare Genetic Disease: Skin Provides Australia’s First Adult Stem Cells - Read more

Legacy Effect: Blood Pressure-lowering Medications Reduce Risks

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Blood Pressure-lowering Medications Reduce Risks [13/01/2011] Early treatment with blood pressure-lowering medications provides a long-term benefit of reducing the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Legacy Effect: Blood Pressure-lowering Medications Reduce Risks - Read more

Blood Samples: Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease

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Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease [12/01/2011] Scientists have developed a novel technology that is able to detect the presence of immune molecules specific to Alzheimer’s disease in patients’ blood samples. While still preliminary, the findings offer clear proof that this breakthrough technology could be used in the development of biomarkers for a range of human diseases. Blood Samples: Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease - Read more

Analysis of Medical Database: New Markers for Allergic Disorders

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[12/01/2011] Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have developed new methods for analysing medical databases that can be used to identify diagnostic markers more quickly and to personalise medication for allergic disorders. They could also reduce the need for animal trials in clinical studies.Analysis of Medical Database: New Markers for Allergic Disorders - Read more

Research: Early Detection of Breast Cancer

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[11/01/2011] Using a new, powerful method for rapidly screening molecules associated with disease, proteomics expert Joshua LaBaer and colleagues from ASU's Biodesign Institute have identified a broad panel of 28 early predictors, or biomarkers, that may one day aid in the early diagnosis of breast cancer. Research: Early Detection of Breast Cancer - Read more

Nuclear Receptors: Possible Interventions for Cancer

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Possible Interventions for Cancer [11/01/2011] Significant implications in the treatment and intervention of cancer and obesity has been revealed by University of Houston (UH) biochemist Doctor Jan-Åke Gustafsson. Nuclear Receptors: Possible Interventions for Cancer - Read more

New Description: Measles Viral Protein Movement

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[10/01/2011] Researchers have shown that proteins on the surface of a cell twist a viral protein into position, allowing the virus to start infection and cause disease, all in a movement as graceful as a ballroom dance. New Description: Measles Viral Protein Movement - Read more

Proteins Need Chaperones: Newly Discovered Processes in Production of Proteins

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Newly Discovered Processes in Production of Proteins [10/01/2011] A research group of Freiburg biochemists studies how the chaperones at the end of the ribosomal tunnel influence the fate of newly synthesized proteins and how their functioning is coordinated in time and space.Proteins Need Chaperones: Newly Discovered Processes in Production of Proteins - Read more

A Journey into Adventure: A ship’s surgeon in the 17th century

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A ship’s surgeon in the 17th century [03/01/2011] Discovering foreign countries, getting to know new civilizations. What’s possible for many today, in the 17th century was an adventure few dared to embark on. Back then, moving from one continent to another was only possible by ship. But journeys that often lasted many months were often also very perilous – and generally no trained physicians were on board the ship. A Journey into Adventure: A ship’s surgeon in the 17th century - Read more

Brain Study: Coma and General Anesthesia Demonstrate Similarities

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[03/01/2011] The brain under general anesthesia isn't "asleep" as surgery patients are often told - it is placed into a state that is a reversible coma, according to three neuroscientists. This insight could eventually lead to new approaches to general anesthesia and improved diagnosis and treatment for sleep abnormalities and emergence from coma.Brain Study: Coma and General Anesthesia Demonstrate Similarities - Read more

The History of Anesthesia: “At first there is the experimental research“

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“At first there is the experimental research“ [03/01/2011] For centuries many different types of remedies to soothe the suffering and pain of people have been known. Nonetheless, the search for pain free, reversible anesthesia took a while. Not until the 19th century was the first progressive anesthesia possible and paved the way for modern surgery.The History of Anesthesia: “At first there is the experimental research“ - Read more

Nasal Congestion: Signs of Severe Asthma?

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Signs of Severe Asthma? [22/12/2010] Nasal congestion can be a sign of severe asthma, which means that healthcare professionals should be extra vigilant when it comes to nasal complaints. Furthermore, more severe asthma appears to be more common than previously thought, reveals a study from the Sahlgrenska Academy’s Krefting Research Centre.Nasal Congestion: Signs of Severe Asthma? - Read more

Men’s Health: “Men Are Genetically the Weaker Sex“

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[22/12/2010] Men are masters in pushing their health issues aside. They often feel far too physically fit and healthy to schedule a check-up with a doctor. The male assessment - as positive as it may seem- has very little to do with reality. In fact, lifestyle still defines a man‘s identity. It is considered uncool to go to preventative medical check-ups or admit to physical ailments. Men’s Health: “Men Are Genetically the Weaker Sex“ - Read more

Ion Channel: Responsibility for Pain Identified

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Responsibility for Pain Identified [20/12/2010] Neuroscience researchers conducting basic research on ion channels have demonstrated a process that could have a profound therapeutic impact on pain.Ion Channel: Responsibility for Pain Identified - Read more

Discovery: Biomarker Panel for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

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Biomarker Panel for Early Detection of Breast Cancer [17/12/2010] In the war on cancer, perhaps there is nothing more powerful in a physician's arsenal than early detection. Despite recent advances in early detection and treatment, breast cancer remains a common and significant health problem in the United States and worldwide. Discovery: Biomarker Panel for Early Detection of Breast Cancer - Read more

Breast Inflammation: Key to Cancer Growth

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Key to Cancer Growth [16/12/2010] It took 12 years and a creation of a highly sophisticated transgenic mouse, but researchers at Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have finally proven a long suspected theory: Inflammation in the breast is key to the development and progression of breast cancer.Breast Inflammation: Key to Cancer Growth - Read more

Nutrition: Fats And Carbohydrates Shorten Life Expectancy

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Fats And Carbohydrates Shorten Life Expectancy [15/12/2010] A team of scientists now showed that a lifelong diet with fat and carbohydrates reduced the life expectancy of mice by 33 percent. By contrast, high fat feeding with a high protein but low in carbohydrates reduced the life expectancy of rodents simply by seven percent. Nutrition: Fats And Carbohydrates Shorten Life Expectancy - Read more

Increasing Lifespan: More Time Sick Than A Decade Ago

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[14/12/2010] Increased life expectancy in the United States has not been accompanied by more years of perfect health.Increasing Lifespan: More Time Sick Than A Decade Ago - Read more

Kidney Disease: Protein Offers New Clue to Cause and Treatment

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Protein Offers New Clue to Cause and Treatment [14/12/2010] University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have pinpointed a protein that compromises the kidney's filtering ability, causing nephrotic syndrome, and demonstrated that a naturally occurring precursor of an acid in the body offers potential for treating some forms of the condition.Kidney Disease: Protein Offers New Clue to Cause and Treatment - Read more

New Study: Cranberry Juice Not Effective Against Urinary Tract Infections

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[10/12/2010] Drinking cranberry juice has been recommended to decrease the incidence of urinary tract infections, based on observational studies and a few small clinical trials.New Study: Cranberry Juice Not Effective Against Urinary Tract Infections - Read more

Social Stress: Development of Atherosclerosis?

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[08/12/2010] Studies on genetically engineered mice show that social stress activates the immune system and accelerates the development of atherosclerosis. Social Stress: Development of Atherosclerosis? - Read more

Influenza Virus Strains: Increasing Drug Resistance and Ability to Spread

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Increasing Drug Resistance and Ability to Spread [08/12/2010] Two new studies raise public health concerns about increasing antiviral resistance among certain influenza viruses, their ability to spread, and a lack of alternative antiviral treatment options. Influenza Virus Strains: Increasing Drug Resistance and Ability to Spread - Read more

Biological System: Brittle Bones And Heart Disease

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[02/12/2010] Norwegian studies indicate that people with osteoporosis have a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and vice versa. Biological System: Brittle Bones And Heart Disease - Read more

Immune cells: Incitement to suicide

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Incitement to suicide [01/12/2010] Each of our somatic cells contains a genetic suicide program, which can be activated by patrolling immune cells. Cancer cells avoid this elimination mechanism. Immune cells: Incitement to suicide - Read more

Commentary: Miracles can happen

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Miracles can happen [01/12/2010] Even in patients with terminal cancer, time and again there are miraculous tumor regressions. Such spectacular developments demonstrate what our self-healing powers are capable off in extreme cases. Commentary: Miracles can happen - Read more

Hygiene: When Too Much Cleanliness Makes People Sick

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When Too Much Cleanliness Makes People Sick [29/11/2010] Young people who are overexposed to antibacterial soaps containing triclosan may suffer more allergies. The exposure to higher levels of Bisphenol A among adults may negatively influence the immune system, a new University of Michigan School of Public Health study suggests.Hygiene: When Too Much Cleanliness Makes People Sick - Read more

COPD: A Problem With Autoimmunity?

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[24/11/2010] Moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be an auto-immunity problem, according to researchers in Spain, who studied the presence of auto-antibodies in patients with COPD and compared them to levels of control subjects. COPD: A Problem With Autoimmunity? - Read more

Under Suspicion: Painkiller Could Increase Suicidal Ideation

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Painkiller Could Increase Suicidal Ideation [24/11/2010] The active agent ziconotide, the synthetic toxin of the cone snail (Conus magus), was acclaimed a safe alternative to morphine when it was introduced six years ago. Now it is increasingly suspected of causing patients to commit suicide. Under Suspicion: Painkiller Could Increase Suicidal Ideation - Read more

Organ Donation: "There is a long waiting list for donated organs“

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[22/11/2010] Death is an unpopular subject that is often not talked about. Many people have an especially tough time to confront the issue of their own death while they are still in the midst of their life. Particularly when it comes to the question of whether to donate their organs, people are at a loss. Organ Donation: "There is a long waiting list for donated organs“ - Read more

Rare Disease: New Path For Creating Stem Cells

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[22/11/2010] Researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine have found that by mimicking a rare genetic disorder in a dish, they can rewind the internal clock of a mature cell and drive it back into an adult stem-cell stage. This new "stem cell" can then branch out into a variety of differentiated cell types, both in culture and in animal models. Rare Disease: New Path For Creating Stem Cells - Read more

Cancer Stem Cell Model: Melanoma Does Not Conform

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Melanoma Does Not Conform [19/11/2010] University of Michigan researchers have determined that most types of melanoma cells can form malignant tumors, providing new evidence that the deadliest form of skin cancer does not conform to the increasingly popular cancer stem cell model. Cancer Stem Cell Model: Melanoma Does Not Conform - Read more

Model for Neural Development: 'Grow Rett Syndrome' in a Petri dish

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'Grow Rett Syndrome' in a Petri dish [18/11/2010] A groundbreaking study revealed that a team of investigators had successfully generated nerve cells using skin cells from four individuals with Rett syndrome. Model for Neural Development: 'Grow Rett Syndrome' in a Petri dish - Read more

'Magic number' 695: New Areas for Alzheimer's Research

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[18/11/2010] Alzheimer's disease is widely believed to be caused by the gradual accumulation in the brain of amyloid-beta peptide which is toxic to nerve cells. Amyloid beta peptide is formed from a protein known as APP, which is found in three forms. Most research into APP – a key area of study for the disease – does not distinguish between the different forms of the protein. 'Magic number' 695: New Areas for Alzheimer's Research - Read more

Medical Device: Synchronizing a Failing Heart

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[17/11/2010] New hope and proven help for heart failure patients: International study proves medical device therapy to boosts a fading heart beat. Medical Device: Synchronizing a Failing Heart - Read more

Specialised Blood Vessels: Jumpstart and Sustain Liver Regeneration

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[16/11/2010] The liver's unique ability among organs to regenerate itself has been little understood. Now scientists have shed light on how the liver restores itself by demonstrating that endothelial cells - the cells that form the lining of blood vessels - play a key role.Specialised Blood Vessels: Jumpstart and Sustain Liver Regeneration - Read more

Dialysis: Heightened Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

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[15/11/2010] Approximately 500,000 Americans require dialysis to treat kidney disease; of that population, nearly half of the deaths that occur are caused by cardiovascular disease. Dialysis patients are at elevated risk for sudden cardiac death, but physicians are unclear why these deaths occur. Dialysis: Heightened Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death - Read more

Stroke Patients: Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Helps Improve Motor Function

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[12/11/2010] A noninvasive electric stimulation technique administered to both sides of the brain can help stroke patients who have lost motor skills in their hands and arms, according to a new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).Stroke Patients: Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Helps Improve Motor Function - Read more

Childhood Asthma: Paracetamol Use in Pregnancy

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[11/11/2010] Evidence suggesting that the risk of childhood asthma associated with prenatal paracetamol exposure may depend on antioxidant genes in the mother has been found by a team of UK scientists. Childhood Asthma: Paracetamol Use in Pregnancy - Read more

Parkinson's Disease: Time Takes Its Toll

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Time Takes Its Toll [11/11/2010] We all know that living a stressful lifestyle can take its toll, making us age faster and making us more susceptible to the cold going around the office. Parkinson's Disease: Time Takes Its Toll - Read more

High Blood Pressure: Children More Likely to Have Learning Disabilities

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[10/11/2010] Children who have hypertension are much more likely to have learning disabilities than children with normal blood pressure, according to a new University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) study.High Blood Pressure: Children More Likely to Have Learning Disabilities - Read more

Repair after Stroke: Brain Has Limited Capacity

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Brain Has Limited Capacity [05/11/2010] A new UCLA study offers insights into a major limitation in the brain's ability to recover function after a stroke and identifies a promising medical therapy to help overcome this limitation.Repair after Stroke: Brain Has Limited Capacity - Read more

Changes in the Brain: Association with Sleep Deprivation

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[04/11/2010] Discovery of novel genes and brain areas associated with sleep deprivation may have implications for improved management of brain functionChanges in the Brain: Association with Sleep Deprivation - Read more

Magnetic Resonance Imaging: MRI May Help Determine Time of Stroke Onset

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MRI May Help Determine Time of Stroke Onset [02/11/2010] Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain could expand the number of stroke patients eligible for a potentially life-saving treatment, according to a new study.Magnetic Resonance Imaging: MRI May Help Determine Time of Stroke Onset - Read more

Occupational Image: Every fifth physician is suffering from burnout!

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Every fifth physician is suffering from burnout! [01/11/2010] More and more doctors suffer from burnout during the course of their professional career. According to the report titled “Mental health at the work place“, currently already every fifth physicians is affected and the trend continues. Occupational Image: Every fifth physician is suffering from burnout! - Read more

MEDICA MEDIA: Status quo of Telemedicine

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Status quo of Telemedicine [01/11/2010] This year the Theme Park MEDICA MEDIA once again offers an information and discussions forum on Telemedicine. A look beyond to other places like China and India is also on the agenda. MEDICA MEDIA: Status quo of Telemedicine - Read more

Missing a beat: When the heart skipped

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When the heart skipped [01/11/2010] It is the Number One disease and rapidly growing in Western industrial nations: coronary heart disease and with it heart attacks. The impulse generator of the human organism, the heart as our “muscle pump“, accomplishes a lot: it is only as big as a fist, beats about three billion times in a life time and daily pumps approximately 8,000 liters of blood through the body. Missing a beat: When the heart skipped - Read more

Stiff Person Syndrom: Antibodies Gone Astray

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Antibodies Gone Astray [29/10/2010] A rare disorder, called stiff person syndrom, of the central nervous system whose causes still puzzle scientists. A research team from the Department of Neurology at the University of Würzburg (Germany) has now made a new discovery about this disease.Stiff Person Syndrom: Antibodies Gone Astray - Read more

Tumor Suppressors: Act as Oncogene in Some Cancers

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Act as Oncogene in Some Cancers [28/10/2010] Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida have found that a molecule long believed to be a beneficial tumor suppressor — and thus a potential cancer drug target —appears to act as an oncogene in some lethal brain tumors. Tumor Suppressors: Act as Oncogene in Some Cancers - Read more

Afternoon Nap: Lead to More Active Lives

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[28/10/2010] Experts at the University of Surrey discovered that many older people felt that they may be branded lazy for taking afternoon naps so they tried hard to avoid nodding off.Afternoon Nap: Lead to More Active Lives - Read more

Allergies and Wheezing Illnesses: Determination in the Womb

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[27/10/2010] A child’s chances of developing allergies or wheezing is related to how he or she grew at vital stages in the womb, according to scientists from the University of Southampton.Allergies and Wheezing Illnesses: Determination in the Womb - Read more

Balance Disorder: Development of Implanted Device

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[22/10/2010] Success could spur new treatment approach for millions of people who suffer vestibular problems.Balance Disorder: Development of Implanted Device - Read more

Malaria: Research Begins to Bite

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Research Begins to Bite [22/10/2010] Scientists have pin-pointed the 72 molecular switches that control the three key stages in the life cycle of the malaria parasite and have discovered that over a third of these switches can be disrupted in some way.Malaria: Research Begins to Bite - Read more

Physician Job Profile: “Communication is the central tenet in medical science“

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[22/10/2010] Just like in modern society, the image of physicians is also subject to different developments. The physician’s profession has to constantly meet new challenges. It is particularly difficult to reconcile role perceptions, which have increasingly become more differentiated due to the modern science- and health care system. Physician Job Profile: “Communication is the central tenet in medical science“ - Read more

World Osteoporosis Day: Devastating Impact of Spinal Osteoporotic Fractures

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[21/10/2010] A new report issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) for yesterday's World Osteoporosis Day puts the spotlight on the severe impact of spinal fractures and calls on health professionals to recognize the signs of these fractures in their patients. World Osteoporosis Day: Devastating Impact of Spinal Osteoporotic Fractures - Read more

Cancer Types: Potential Therapeutic Target

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Potential Therapeutic Target [21/10/2010] Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found a common link among several malignant tumor types in all grades of cancer. This breakthrough may ultimately provide a new diagnostic or therapeutic target to detect cancer early or stop tumor growth. Cancer Types: Potential Therapeutic Target - Read more

Atherosclerosis: Body´s Bacteria Affect the Outcome

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[18/10/2010] New findings suggesting that bacteria in the mouth and/or intestine can affect the the outcome pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and lead to new treatment strategies, reveals research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.Atherosclerosis: Body´s Bacteria Affect the Outcome - Read more

Cancer: Cells Switch Their Profile

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Cells Switch Their Profile [18/10/2010] Scientists at the University of East Anglia have made an important breakthrough in the way anti-cancer drugs are tested.Cancer: Cells Switch Their Profile - Read more

Lower Blood Pressure: Watermelons May Help

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[15/10/2010] No matter how you slice it, watermelon has a lot going for it –– sweet, low calorie, high fiber, nutrient rich – and now, there’s more. Evidence from a pilot study led by food scientists at The Florida State University (FSU) suggests that watermelon can be an effective natural weapon against prehypertension, a precursor to cardiovascular disease. Lower Blood Pressure: Watermelons May Help - Read more

Alzheimer’s Disease: Nicotine Could Play A Role

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[14/10/2010] Stimulating the brain's Alpha7 nicotine receptor may eliminate side effects caused by promising Alzheimer's drug.Alzheimer’s Disease: Nicotine Could Play A Role - Read more

Breast Cancer: Healthy Lifestyle Confirms Lower Risk

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Healthy Lifestyle Confirms Lower Risk [13/10/2010] Having a family history of breast cancer can lead some people to wonder if their risk is out of their control. A study of more than 85,000 postmenopausal women observed that regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and drinking less alcohol lowers breast cancer risk for women with, and without a family history of the disease.Breast Cancer: Healthy Lifestyle Confirms Lower Risk - Read more

Patients: Malnutrition Increases Risk of Prolonged Hospital Stay

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[13/10/2010] Hospital patients admitted with malnutrition or who don’t eat for several days are at greater risk of a prolonged hospital stay, according to a new study.Patients: Malnutrition Increases Risk of Prolonged Hospital Stay - Read more

Metastatic Cancer: Surgical Technique Relieves Painful Spine Fractures

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Surgical Technique Relieves Painful Spine Fractures [11/10/2010] A surgical technique appears to offer quick and effective relief for debilitating spinal fractures often suffered by patients with metastatic cancer, researchers reported.Metastatic Cancer: Surgical Technique Relieves Painful Spine Fractures - Read more

Cancer Center: “We feel the economic pressure enormously“

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[08/10/2010] If you are referred to a hospital as a tumor patient, you will need complete treatment care and usually intensive therapy. Administrative proceedings and political requirements on the hospital end are added, all of which are not always easily carried out.Cancer Center: “We feel the economic pressure enormously“ - Read more

Autism or ADHD Symptoms: Girls Are Often Not Taken Seriously

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[06/10/2010] When girls with symptoms of autism or ADHD seek professional medical help, their problems are often played down or misinterpreted, and there is a real risk that they will not get the help or support they need. Autism or ADHD Symptoms: Girls Are Often Not Taken Seriously - Read more

Breast Cancer: Alcohol Consumption May Increase Recurrence Risk

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Alcohol Consumption May Increase Recurrence Risk [17/09/2010] Alcohol consumption following diagnosis of early-stage breast cancer may increase risk of recurrence of cancer but not total mortality risk.Breast Cancer: Alcohol Consumption May Increase Recurrence Risk - Read more

Lack of Healthy Food: Contribution to Health Disparities in Kidney Disease

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[17/09/2010] Processed and fast foods enriched with phosphorus additives may play a role in health disparities in chronic kidney disease. Lack of Healthy Food: Contribution to Health Disparities in Kidney Disease - Read more

Missing DNA: Link to Autism in Boys

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Link to Autism in Boys [16/09/2010] New research provides further clues as to why Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects four times more males than females. Missing DNA: Link to Autism in Boys - Read more

Periodontal Therapy: Risk of Preterm Birth Reduced

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Risk of Preterm Birth Reduced [15/09/2010] A collaboration led by a periodontal researcher from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine has found a possible link between the success of gum-disease treatment and the likelihood of giving birth prematurely. Periodontal Therapy: Risk of Preterm Birth Reduced - Read more

Traumatic Brain Injuries: 70 Per Cent Increase In Basketball

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[13/09/2010] A new study conducted by researchers examined basketball-related injuries treated in emergency departments among children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 19 from 1997 to 2007.Traumatic Brain Injuries: 70 Per Cent Increase In Basketball - Read more

High Stress Hormone: More Cardiovascular Mortality

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[10/09/2010] Study suggests high cortisol levels may be harmful to cardiovascular system.High Stress Hormone: More Cardiovascular Mortality - Read more

Medication for Insomnia or Anxiety: Increasing Mortality Risk

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[09/09/2010] Taking medications to treat insomnia and anxiety increases mortality risk by 36 per cent, according to a study conducted by the School of Psychology at Université Laval. Medication for Insomnia or Anxiety: Increasing Mortality Risk - Read more

Insulin: Reduce of Several Inflammatory Factors

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Reduce of Several Inflammatory Factors [09/09/2010] Treating intensive care patients who develop life-threatening bacterial infections, or septicemia, with insulin potentially could reduce their chances of succumbing to the infection.Insulin: Reduce of Several Inflammatory Factors - Read more

Brain Signals: Scientists Decode Words

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Scientists Decode Words [07/09/2010] In an early step toward letting severely paralyzed people speak with their thoughts, University of Utah researchers translated brain signals into words using two grids of 16 microelectrodes implanted beneath the skull but atop the brain.Brain Signals: Scientists Decode Words - Read more

Hygiene: 'Jailbreak' Bacteria Can Trigger Heart Disease

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'Jailbreak' Bacteria Can Trigger Heart Disease [06/09/2010] Plaque-causing bacteria can jailbreak from the mouth into the bloodstream and increase your risk of heart attack says a scientist at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting in Nottingham.Hygiene: 'Jailbreak' Bacteria Can Trigger Heart Disease - Read more

Lupus-Study: Increased Risk in Men

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[03/09/2010] Scientists found the first direct evidence that X-linked TLR7 gene promotes Lupus in humans.Lupus-Study: Increased Risk in Men - Read more

Hair Proof: Link Between Chronic Stress and Heart Attack

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Link Between Chronic Stress and Heart Attack [03/09/2010] Researchers at the University of Western Ontario have provided the first direct evidence using a biological marker, to show chronic stress plays an important role in heart attacks.Hair Proof: Link Between Chronic Stress and Heart Attack - Read more

Brain Exercises: May Slow Cognitive Decline But Speed Up Dementia Later

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[02/09/2010] New research shows that mentally stimulating activities such as crossword puzzles, reading and listening to the radio may, at first, slow the decline of thinking skills but speed up dementia later in old age. Brain Exercises: May Slow Cognitive Decline But Speed Up Dementia Later - Read more

New Infrared Light: New Frontier in Fighting Cancer

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New Frontier in Fighting Cancer [02/09/2010] A "game-changing" technique using near infrared light enables scientists to look deeper into the guts of cells, potentially opening up a new frontier in the fights against cancer and many other diseases.New Infrared Light: New Frontier in Fighting Cancer - Read more

E-Coli: Fusion Strategy to Improve Vaccines

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Fusion Strategy to Improve Vaccines [01/09/2010] South Dakota State University research is exploring a “fusion strategy” for making improved vaccines to protect pigs and humans against some strains of E. coli.E-Coli: Fusion Strategy to Improve Vaccines - Read more

Older Adults: Experience Destination Amnesia

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[31/08/2010] I'm sure I told you that already! – Older adults are more likely to have destination memory failures – forgetting who they've shared or not shared information with, according to a new study led by Baycrest's Rotman Research Institute. Older Adults: Experience Destination Amnesia - Read more

Best for Heart Health: Resistance and Endurance Training

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Resistance and Endurance Training [31/08/2010] A study of triathletes reveals that the heart adapts to triathlon training by working more efficiently. Best for Heart Health: Resistance and Endurance Training - Read more

Patients: New Genomic Marker for Tuberculosis

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New Genomic Marker for Tuberculosis [30/08/2010] It may soon be possible to identify patients who will develop tuberculosis, as scientists have identified changes in the blood specific to the disease. These findings are from an international study conducted by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital using blood profiling techniques to understand infections. Patients: New Genomic Marker for Tuberculosis - Read more

Mumps: Vaccine Coverage Should Be Improved

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[27/08/2010] Although immunity to mumps is high in the United States, mumps vaccine coverage must be maintained and improved to prevent future outbreaks.Mumps: Vaccine Coverage Should Be Improved - Read more

Gonorrhoeae Bacteria: Waiting For The Right Moment

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Waiting For The Right Moment [26/08/2010] Pathogens make themselves feel at home in the human body, invading cells and living off the plentiful amenities on offer. Gonorrhoeae Bacteria: Waiting For The Right Moment - Read more

Shoulder Problems: Physiotherapy After Surgery Is The Best Solution

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[25/08/2010] Most patients who receive physiotherapy after surgery experience that pain is reduced by a half within a few months. Most of them are free of pain after one to two years. This is the conclusion of a thesis presented at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.Shoulder Problems: Physiotherapy After Surgery Is The Best Solution - Read more

Promising Target: Treatments Against Parkinson's Disease

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Treatments Against Parkinson's Disease [25/08/2010] Researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that using specific drugs can protect nerve cells in mice from the lethal effects of Parkinson’s disease. Promising Target: Treatments Against Parkinson's Disease - Read more

Sleep Medicine: “There Are No Registered Sleep Experts in Private Practice“

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[23/08/2010] Sleep makes up a third of our life and thus is a very important part of us. Even so, we foster a paradoxical relationship with it. For many people the natural need for sufficient sleep is either a forced recovery or a longed-for desire, usually in the knowledge that a life of constant sleep deprivation is unhealthy. Sleep Medicine: “There Are No Registered Sleep Experts in Private Practice“ - Read more

Asthma: Breakthrough in Research on the Molecular Mechanisms

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Breakthrough in Research on the Molecular Mechanisms [20/08/2010] Scientists at the University Medical Center Mainz have taken a further step towards improving our understanding of how asthma develops. Asthma: Breakthrough in Research on the Molecular Mechanisms - Read more

Immune Genes: Key in Parkinson's Disease

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[17/08/2010] The immune system may have a key role in the development of Parkinson's disease, say US researchers. Immune Genes: Key in Parkinson's Disease - Read more

Aggressive Breast Cancer: Genes Associated

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[16/08/2010] Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have for the first time identified 12 genes that could be associated with aggressive breast tumours. The discovery could result in more reliable prognoses and better treatment strategies for patients.Aggressive Breast Cancer: Genes Associated - Read more

Study: Spinal MuscularAatrophy May Also Affect the Heart

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[13/08/2010] Along with skeletal muscles, it may be important to monitor heart function in patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). These are the findings from a study conducted by Nationwide Children's Hospital. This is the first study to report cardiac dysfunction in mouse models of SMA.Study: Spinal MuscularAatrophy May Also Affect the Heart - Read more

Molecular Imaging: Identification of High-risk Patients

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[12/08/2010] Study shows that a new imaging method can aid in planning implantable cardiac defibrillator placemen.Molecular Imaging: Identification of High-risk Patients - Read more

Healthy Teeth: Gene Brings Teeth in Shape

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Gene Brings Teeth in Shape [06/08/2010] No healthy teeth without this gene: if during tooth formation (odontogenesis) the so-called Jagged2 gene is inactivated, and hence the Notch signalling pathway interrupted, tooth crowns will be malformed and enamel will be lacking. Healthy Teeth: Gene Brings Teeth in Shape - Read more

MS Theory: Study Questions How MS Arises

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[05/08/2010] Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have performed a study that indicates that neither blood flow nor the flow of spinal fluid in the brain contribute to the development of multiple sclerosis, MS. The findings run directly counter to a much-discussed and widely spread Italian theory.MS Theory: Study Questions How MS Arises - Read more

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Potential Key Regulator Detected

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[04/08/2010] Research into inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) led by UCD Conway Institute scientists has identified a key regulator involved in maintaining the functional integrity of the gut lining. Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Potential Key Regulator Detected - Read more

Protein for Iron Balance: Supply and Demand

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Photo: Mitochondria in a normal cell [04/08/2010] Most organisms need iron to survive, but too much iron is toxic, and can cause fatal organ failure. The same is true inside cells, where iron balance must also be maintained. Scientists have now identified proteins that ensure iron balance.Protein for Iron Balance: Supply and Demand - Read more

The Psychology of Healing: Mind over Matter?

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[03/08/2010] People suffering from diabetes-related foot ulcers show different rates of healing according to the way they cope and their psychological state of mind, according to new research by a health psychologist at The University of Nottingham.The Psychology of Healing: Mind over Matter? - Read more

Dense Bones: Raised Risk for Prostate Cancer

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Photo: Knee bone [03/08/2010] Men who develop prostate cancer, especially the more aggressive and dangerous forms that spread throughout the body, tend to retain denser bones as they age than men who stay free of the disease, suggests new research from Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health.Dense Bones: Raised Risk for Prostate Cancer - Read more

Alzheimer’s Therapy: Identification of Key Target Molecule

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Photo:Elderly woman [02/08/2010] Researchers from the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich have shown that the ADAM10 protein can inhibit the formation of beta-amyloid, which is responsible for Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s Therapy: Identification of Key Target Molecule - Read more

Meat Consumption: Increase of Bladder Cancer Risk

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[02/08/2010] A new study suggests that consuming specific compounds in meat related to processing methods may be associated with an increased risk of developing bladder cancer. Meat Consumption: Increase of Bladder Cancer Risk - Read more

Modern Foods: “Our Body is Not Prepared for the Diet of Today“

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“Our Body is Not Prepared for the Diet of Today“ [01/08/2010] The vast number of additives in foods is unsettling for many consumers. For the “headquarters“ of food processing, our gastrointestinal tract, increasingly artificial foods could pose a big challenge. So far we do not really know how these substances are processed in the body. Modern Foods: “Our Body is Not Prepared for the Diet of Today“ - Read more

Mechanism Uncovered: Salmonella Virulence and Drug Susceptibility

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Photo:Salmonella bacteria [30/07/2010] Researchers have discovered a novel mechanism in Salmonella that affects its virulence and its susceptibility to antibiotics by changing its production of proteins in an unheard of manner. Evidence shows similar mechanism of protein modification occurs in all five kingdoms of life.Mechanism Uncovered: Salmonella Virulence and Drug Susceptibility - Read more

No Safe Level: Teenage Binge Drinkers Harm Abilities

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[30/07/2010] Academics at Northumbria University have demonstrated a link between teenage binge drinking and damage to prospective memory.No Safe Level: Teenage Binge Drinkers Harm Abilities - Read more

Tuberculosis: Test for Children

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[28/07/2010] An international team of researchers comparing recently-developed methods for diagnosing tuberculosis in children in resource-poor countries has concluded that the best test for high-risk children is the microscopic-observation drug-susceptibility (MODS) technique.Tuberculosis: Test for Children - Read more

Down Syndrome: Identification of Critical Genes

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[21/07/2010] Down syndrome is a well known cause of mental retardation and other medical problems, including early onset of Alzheimer disease. It has long been known that Down syndrome is associated with an individual having an additional copy of chromosome 21. Down Syndrome: Identification of Critical Genes - Read more

HIV Test: Novel Microfluidic

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[21/07/2010] Microfluidic device uses antibodies to 'capture' white blood cells called T cells affected by HIV. Researchers have now developed a "lab on a chip" device for HIV testing. HIV Test: Novel Microfluidic - Read more

Key Pathway: Prostate Cancer Tumor Progression Blocked

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Photo:Prostata cancer [21/07/2010] Prostate cancer advances when tumors become resistant to hormone therapy, which is the standard treatment for patients, and begin producing their own androgens.Key Pathway: Prostate Cancer Tumor Progression Blocked - Read more

Wood Smoke: Increase Risk of COPD

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Photo:smoke [15/07/2010] Smokers who are exposed to wood smoke, either through home heating and cooking or through ambient neighborhood pollution, are not only at increased risk of COPD, but are also more likely to have epigenetic changes in the DNA that further increase their risk of COPD and related pulmonary problems. Wood Smoke: Increase Risk of COPD - Read more

Chronic Leukemia: Successful Using Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplation

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Photo:Cells [14/07/2010] The transplantation of stem cellsf (allogeneic) offers the chance of cure for patients with an aggressive form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), irrespective of genetic prognostic factors. The German CLL Study Group proved this in a multicentric clinical phase II study. Chronic Leukemia: Successful Using Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplation - Read more

Head and Neck Cancer: Pain and Dry Mouth May Play Role in Sleep Quality

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[12/07/2010] Head and neck cancer patients who reported poor sleep quality one year after diagnosis had more symptoms of chronic pain and complaints of dry mouth related to radiation treatments. Head and Neck Cancer: Pain and Dry Mouth May Play Role in Sleep Quality - Read more

Obese Children: Higher Risk of Reflux Disease

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[09/07/2010] Extremely obese children have a 40 percent higher risk of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and children who are moderately obese have a 30 percent higher risk of GERD compared to normal weight children, according to a Kaiser Permanente.Obese Children: Higher Risk of Reflux Disease - Read more

Intoxicating Fragrance: Jasmine as Valium Substitute

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Foto: Jasmine flower [09/07/2010] Researchers discover unexpected effect of scents. The effect is comparable to potent psychotropic drugs. Instead of a sleeping pill or a mood enhancer, a nose full of jasmine from Gardenia jasminoides could also help.Intoxicating Fragrance: Jasmine as Valium Substitute - Read more

Blood Pressure: Identification of Key Players

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Photo: Blood Pressure Measurement [08/07/2010] Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have identified key players in a little-known biochemical pathway that appears to regulate blood pressure. Blood Pressure: Identification of Key Players - Read more

Palliative Care: “We want to help patients until the end to achieve the best possible quality of life or to maintain it.“

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[08/07/2010] If you receive the diagnosis of a disease with a high probability of death, it feels like you are standing on the edge of an abyss. Palliative health care professionals attend to critically ill patients until the end of their lives, so they will not fall into this abyss.Palliative Care: “We want to help patients until the end to achieve the best possible quality of life or to maintain it.“ - Read more

Ovarian Cancer: New Therapeutic Approach

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[06/07/2010] Investigators at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) have discovered a way that may help ovarian cancer patients who no longer respond to conventional chemotherapy.Ovarian Cancer: New Therapeutic Approach - Read more

Rating Physicians: Click Me – Fair Grades for Doctors

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Click Me – Fair Grades for Doctors [01/07/2010] With its suggestion to grade doctors on the Internet, the German National Health provider AOK caused a big stir one year ago. Supporters expected more transparency and quality health care from this. Critics feared that physicians are being put on a digital chopping block. Now the first step was made. Whether hopes are being fulfilled or fears prove to be true: MEDICA.de has taken a closer look.Rating Physicians: Click Me – Fair Grades for Doctors - Read more

Quality Assurance: Listening to the Patient

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Listening to the Patient [01/07/2010] Nobody can deny the need for quality-assured care in medical science. The only question is: Which measures are really suited to guarantee comprehensive and good quality medical care?Quality Assurance: Listening to the Patient - Read more

Hospitals in Competition: “Quality Requires Transparency“

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Folding construction site sign and traffic cone with warning light [01/07/2010] The introduction of quality standards in hospitals is in vogue. This does not just apply to legally required records, but also for “self-imposed“ quality management. For some hospitals the competition has just started: They publish and analyze data and face direct comparison. It still is disputed how quality can be measured best. Hospitals in Competition: “Quality Requires Transparency“ - Read more

Lower Cancer Recurrence: Statins Associated

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[28/06/2010] Men who use statins to lower their cholesterol are 30 percent less likely to see their prostate cancer come back after surgery compared to men who do not use the drugs, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. Researchers also found that higher doses of the drugs were associated with lower risk of recurrence. Lower Cancer Recurrence: Statins Associated - Read more

HIV: Many People Start Care Too Late

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Many People Start Care Too Late [01/06/2010] Patients with HIV: Study Highlights Need for Earlier Diagnosis and Treatment HIV: Many People Start Care Too Late - Read more

Cantonese Cancer: Throat Cancer Genes detected

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Picture of a double-helix DNA structure [31/05/2010] Scientists identify three new susceptibility genes in genome-wide association study of nasopharyngeal carcinoma. This finding provides an opportunity for biologists to understand the molecular mechanism underlying the development of this cancer.Cantonese Cancer: Throat Cancer Genes detected - Read more

US-Health Care Reform: “The System Remains Fragmented"

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[25/05/2010] The American health care system includes latest and state-of-the-art methods of treatment - as well as the highest health care costs per capita worldwide. In December 2009 the US-Senate passed officially President Obama's most important domestically aim: the health care reform.US-Health Care Reform: “The System Remains Fragmented" - Read more

Pregnancy: Mum Knows Best?

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Mum Knows Best? [21/05/2010] Research suggests that pregnant women are more likely to follow their mothers’ wisdom than medical advice.Pregnancy: Mum Knows Best? - Read more

Personalized Medicine: “A Genetic Test for Your Graduation Present“

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“A Genetic Test for Your Graduation Present“ [01/05/2010] Individual, goal oriented and without any side effects – this is how more and more patients should be treated in the future. Treatments according to the key-lock principle already partially exist today. MEDICA.de talked to Ivar Roots from the Charité Institute for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology about cancer, genes and an unusual present. Personalized Medicine: “A Genetic Test for Your Graduation Present“ - Read more

Wolfgang Zöller: “Patients Have a Lot of Rights“

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[22/04/2010] In the past, doctors were unchallenged authorities, but times are changing. These days, if patients are in doubt about the right treatment, they voice their concern. If they have become the victim of a medical malpractice, they also don’t shy away from going to court. A new law soon intends to inform them about their patient rights even more. Wolfgang Zöller: “Patients Have a Lot of Rights“ - Read more

Physicians: Clinical Conflicts with Religious Hospitals

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[16/04/2010] Nearly one in ten primary care physicians in the United States has experienced a conflict with a religiously-affiliated hospital or practice over religious policies for patient care, researchers report.Physicians: Clinical Conflicts with Religious Hospitals - Read more

Clinical Trials: Children Need Clearer Communication

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[01/04/2010] A small study of children with cancer enrolled in clinical trials shows that they don't fully understand what physicians and parents tell them about their participation, nor do they feel genuinely involved in the choice to take part.Clinical Trials: Children Need Clearer Communication - Read more

Primary Care: Inappropriate CT and MRI Referrals

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Inappropriate CT and MRI Referrals [08/03/2010] A significant percentage of outpatient referrals received from primary care physicians for computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies are inappropriate, according to a new study.Primary Care: Inappropriate CT and MRI Referrals - Read more

Patient Care: Images Speed Decision Making

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Images Speed Decision Making [05/03/2010] Embedding clinical images to accompany findings described in a radiology text report enhances radiologists' communication with referring physicians and can improve patient care, according to a new study.Patient Care: Images Speed Decision Making - Read more

Simulation Training: Communication Was Successful, Patient Is Alive

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Communication Was Successful, Patient Is Alive [01/03/2010] Medical study is full of dull theory. After completing their final University semester, most graduates have become walking medical encyclopedias. Still, mistakes in the operating room happen time and again. Usually the reason is not a physician‘s lack of medical knowledge. Communication is the key word here- and simulation dummies can help.Simulation Training: Communication Was Successful, Patient Is Alive - Read more

Attending Physicians: “Learning Early on that Everybody Makes Mistakes”

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“Learning Early on that Everybody Makes Mistakes” [01/03/2010] “A man, who has made a mistake and doesn't correct it, just made another mistake.” This quote from Confucius also applies to doctors, since only being open-minded and dealing with mistakes prevents them. Matthias Schrappe is the Director of the Institute for Patient Safety in Bonn – the first facility of its kind in Germany. MEDICA.de talked with him about forgotten swabs, students and pilots. Attending Physicians: “Learning Early on that Everybody Makes Mistakes” - Read more

Doctors Without Borders: "Creativity Is Essential When Working In Troubled Regions"

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[22/02/2010] Civil wars, floods or an earthquake like the recent one in Haiti – Catastrophes like these demand a lot of hard work from doctors. Surgeries are performed in piece work under poor hygienic conditions while missing anaesthetics and drugs. Doctors Without Borders: "Creativity Is Essential When Working In Troubled Regions" - Read more

Surgeons: Injuries from Minimally Invasive Techniques

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[05/02/2010] Surgeons who engage in minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery are providing great benefits to their patients, but possibly to their own detriment, found a new survey.Surgeons: Injuries from Minimally Invasive Techniques - Read more

New Subject Palliative Care: „Doctors Have to Accept that Life Is Limited.”

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„Doctors Have to Accept that Life Is Limited.” [01/01/2010] For decades, dealing with dying patients was no topic for German medical students, even though most doctors have to face death. Finally the subject palliative care has become part of the curriculum. MEDICA.de spoke to Christof Müller-Busch, President of the German Association for Palliative Medicine, about the rising number of patients with old-age diseases and actors in palliative seminars. New Subject Palliative Care: „Doctors Have to Accept that Life Is Limited.” - Read more

Surgery: Bedside Skills Trump Technology

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Bedside Skills Trump Technology [22/12/2009] Researchers found that physicians' bedside exams did a better job than Computer Tomography (CT) scans in predicting which patients would need to return to the operating room to treat complications such as bleeding.Surgery: Bedside Skills Trump Technology - Read more

Treatment for People in Need: „I Hope That I Will Have Only Few Patients“

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„I Hope That I Will Have Only Few Patients“ [01/12/2009] No Advent without Christmas tales! Who does not know the story of the heart- and ruthless Ebenezer Scrooge who is converted by three Christmas ghosts? It is imaginary though. The people of the German town Bad Segeberg can tell a fully true Christmas story: Shortly after the holidays, a socially engaged physician will open a local practice for poor people – and treat completely free of charge.Treatment for People in Need: „I Hope That I Will Have Only Few Patients“ - Read more

MEDICA 2009: Concluding Statement

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Foto: Horst Giesen; linked to a video [22/11/2009] The Director of MEDICA, Horst Giesen, is very satisfied with MEDICA 2009. He gives a resumé about the medical technology trade fair and how the highlights have been perceived.MEDICA 2009: Concluding Statement - Read more

Health Care: The Power of Doctors Makes Elderly Patients Passive

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The Power of Doctors Makes Elderly Patients Passive [29/10/2009] Hierarchical structures, time pressure and traditions in the health care sector make elderly patients and their relatives passive when facing the doctor and his position of power. Health Care: The Power of Doctors Makes Elderly Patients Passive - Read more

Physicians: Less Respect for Obese Patients?

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Less Respect for Obese Patients? [27/10/2009] Doctors have less respect for their obese patients than they do for patients of normal weight, a new study suggests. Physicians: Less Respect for Obese Patients? - Read more

Report: Students Post Unprofessional Content

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[05/10/2009] A majority of medical schools surveyed report they have experienced incidents of students posting unprofessional content online, including incidents of violation of patient confidentiality, with few schools having policies to address this. Report: Students Post Unprofessional Content - Read more

Rating Physicians: „As if a Pedestrian Should Judge a Car Driving Past“

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[22/07/2009] Teachers and lecturers, but also hotels and restaurants – a lot of persons and objects can be rated via internet. As from 2010, physicians may be next in line since the German health insurance company AOK wants to install a rating portal. Critics fear that doctors could be in the digital pillory that way. Rating Physicians: „As if a Pedestrian Should Judge a Car Driving Past“ - Read more

Rating Physicians: „We Need to Prevent Conditions like those on American Idol”

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[08/07/2009] Teachers and lecturers, but also hotels and restaurants – a lot of persons and things can be rated via internet. As from 2010 physicians may be next in line since the German health insurance company AOK wants to install a rating portal. Supporters see many advantages for patients in such a website. Rating Physicians: „We Need to Prevent Conditions like those on American Idol” - Read more

Women in Medical Profession: „In my View, the Shortage of Physicians Is a Chance”

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[08/06/2009] It was eleven years ago, that for the first time the same amount of women as men registered for human medicine in Germany. Meanwhile, 70 percent of all first-year students and 60 percent of all young professionals are female. The change in medical profession demands a rethink.Women in Medical Profession: „In my View, the Shortage of Physicians Is a Chance” - Read more

Sterilisation: Measuring Imploding Bubbles

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[16/04/2009] Researchers have developed a sensor which helps hospitals ensure that their instruments are properly disinfected before they are used on patients.Sterilisation: Measuring Imploding Bubbles - Read more

Physicians on the Countryside: „If Nothing Changes We Are at the Beginning of a Supply Problem“

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[22/01/2009] Ten years ago in Germany, laws aimed to avert a physician surplus. Now, the tide has turned –especially in many rural areas it has become difficult to find successors for practices of retiring physicians. The situation is so tense that 68-year-old doctors now do not have to return their license which means: physicians work as long as they consider it appropriate.Physicians on the Countryside: „If Nothing Changes We Are at the Beginning of a Supply Problem“ - Read more

Health Insurance: "You Can't Always Get What You Want"

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[01/01/2009] The quest for supporters of the health fund is like looking for a needle in a haystack. The politicians who were mainly involved in the implementation of the fund refused an interview in unison. Only the statuory health insurancy AOK who is seen as one of the winners of the health fund agrees to an interview. The insurancy, however, does not show enthusiasm about the changes. Health Insurance: "You Can't Always Get What You Want" - Read more

Health Insurance: "You Can't Always Get What You Want"

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[01/01/2009] The quest for supporters of the health fund is like looking for a needle in a haystack. The politicians who were mainly involved in the implementation of the fund refused an interview in unison. Only the statuory health insurancy AOK who is seen as one of the winners of the health fund agrees to an interview. The insurancy, however, does not show enthusiasm about the changes. Health Insurance: "You Can't Always Get What You Want" - Read more

Health Fund: „Many People Are Losing“

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[01/01/2009] Everybody being insured through compulsory health insurance in Germany now pay the same fee regardless which services are being offered or which ones the clients make use of. This is supposed to be a kind of public solidarity – claims the Federal Ministry of Health. Critics are not so sure about this. Health Fund: „Many People Are Losing“ - Read more

Health Fund: „Many People Are Losing“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[01/01/2009] Everybody being insured through compulsory health insurance in Germany now pay the same fee regardless which services are being offered or which ones the clients make use of. This is supposed to be a kind of public solidarity – claims the Federal Ministry of Health. Critics are not so sure about this. Health Fund: „Many People Are Losing“ - Read more

Career and Job Planning: Young Physicians with Good Chances

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[01/11/2008] Physicians are much sought after in Germany. The number of job offers is rising. There are more and more new occupational areas and forms of activities. Good chances and new challenges for young physicians. This is the topic of a special event at MEDICA 2008. Career and Job Planning: Young Physicians with Good Chances - Read more

Lack of Organs: „Role of Doctors Underestimated“

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[01/10/2008] In 2007, 12,000 patients waited for a donor organ in Germany but only 1,313 people donated an organ. Lack of Organs: „Role of Doctors Underestimated“ - Read more

 
 

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