Real-Time Radiation Monitor Reduces Exposure

According to UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers, a real-time radiation monitor that alerts staff by beeping in response to radiation exposure during cardiac-catheterisation procedures markedly reduces the amount of exposure that medical workers receive. Results of the RadiCure study are published

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Breast Density Better Predicts Breast Cancer Risk

According to a new study from UVA Cancer Center, breast density can help better predict women's risk for breast cancer. The study was presented during the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The findings suggest that including breast density as part of risk models for breast cancer could help support the developm

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Overprescribing Medications Is Bad For Health

According to a recent survey by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, 43 percent of men and 50 percent of women in England are taking at least one prescription medicine, and 22 percent of men and 24 percent of women are taking at least three prescriptions. Nearly 2.7 million prescriptions are dispensed every d

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Using Big Data To Monitor Drug Safety

According to a new report by researchers at RTI Health Solutions (RTI-HS) and parent company RTI International, while healthcare databases allow greater access to real world medical data, using this data to evaluate the safety of medical products is complex and requires careful research consideration.   The report

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Hypofractionated Whole Breast Irradiation Underused

According to a study published in JAMA, most breast cancer patients do not receive radiation treatment that is shorter in duration and less costly, despite guidelines endorsing their use. The study was released at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (TX, USA).   Breast cancer accounts for the larges

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GPs Should Not Avoid Overt Patient Dialogue When Making Cancer Referrals

A UK-based study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) reveals that general practice physicians whose patients exhibit symptoms of cancer often do not overtly discuss their recommendation for a cancer investigation when referring patients to specialists for follow-up testing. The study, conducted

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Reducing Sudden Cardiac Death During Sports

Sudden cardiac death during sports has long been a source of concern for heart specialists. Cardiac arrest has been known to occur out of the blue in young, apparently healthy and athletic people. Last week, 250 of the world’s leading specialists met in Berlin at the 6th EURO VT/VF meeting to share their e

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New Technique For Earlier CVD Diagnosis

A new technique has been developed at Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology that shows significant promise for early diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.  Atherosclerosis is a common disorder that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Doctors rely on ultrasonic grayscale images to visually ass

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Wake Up And Breathe Programme Shows Positive Results

According to a new study, waking intensive care unit patients and having them breathe on their own decreased both sedation levels and coma prevalence. The research team from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Ageing Research also report that the Wake UP and Breathe programme showed a trend

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Organ Donors Who Need Kidneys Go to Top of Transplant List

Based on a new study in the US, living organ donors who later need a kidney go to the top of the transplant waiting list and get excellent-quality kidneys compared to their counterparts who were not donors. The finding tends to confirm that a US policy giving priority to previous organ donors on the transplant waiting

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10 Health IT Predictions For 2015

A report from IDC Health Insights lists 10 predictions for health IT in 2015. The outlook suggests that consumers expect hospitals and healthcare providers to be more responsive to their needs and wishes, which will necessitate the employment of new, cost-effective technology systems and tools. The focus will be on con

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New Robotic Surgery for Head and Neck Cancers

UCLA researchers have reported that they have advanced a surgical technique performed with the help of a robot to access a previously-unreachable area of the head and neck. “This is a revolutionary new approach that uses highly advanced technology to reach the deepest areas of the head and neck,” said Dr. Abie

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New Method Detects Antibiotic Resistance Fast

A new method developed by Swedish researchers can rapidly identify which bacteria are causing an infection and detect whether they are resistant or sensitive to antibiotics. Results of the study have been published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology."Clinical use of the method would mean that the right antibiotic

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Blood Test Helps Determine Patient Response To TNF-Alpha Inhibitors

Baseline levels of serum interferon in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients may help rheumatologists determine who may have a poor response to tumour necrosis factor-alpha inhibitor drugs. This new finding could eventually help rheumatologists determine the best possible options for treating individual pat

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