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Canada to invest $8.5 million in harm reduction projects for HCV, HIV

Canadian Minister of Health announced that the Government of Canada will fund 28 projects across the country designed to reduce the risk for bloodborne infections among people who use injection drugs such as hepatitis C and HIV, according to a press releas ...

Machine learning effective for detecting flares in RA, axial SpA

Researchers successfully used machine learning to detect flares among patients with rheumatoid arthritis and axial spondyloarthritis, and to determine a strong association between patient-reported flares and less physical activity, according to recent find ...

Bifidobacteria may protect infants from antimicrobial-resistant infections

Previous studies have demonstrated the benefits of breastfeeding on the infant gut. However, research published in mSphere suggests that infants with a high level of Bifidobacterium, a bacterium commonly seen in the breastfed infant microbiome, may also be ...

Dorsal root ganglion neurostimulation may aid patients with chronic back pain

Dorsal root ganglion neurostimulation therapy effectively decreased pain, increased function and created a clinically important improvement in patient impression of change among those with chronic lower extremity and back pain, according to a presenter at ...

Recall of endovascular AAA system designated as Class 1

The FDA has designated Endologix’ product recall of an endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm system as a Class 1 recall, the most serious kind. The recall affects 61,300 devices manufactured and distributed since March 2011. The recall was made due to rep ...

Bartonella bacteria prevalent in vampire bats

Bartonella bacteria — which can cause several human diseases — were discovered in high rates in vampire bats in Peru and Belize, according to findings published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. “These gram-negative bacteria cause bacteremia and endocar ...

Zimmer Biomet, Apple collaborate on health app related to joint replacement

Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. and Apple announced a collaboration on a new mobile health app called Zimmer Biomet mymobility, which is designed to promote new levels of connection between patients undergoing hip or knee replacement and their surgical care te ...

Asymptomatic visceral leishmaniasis prevalent in US soldiers deployed to Iraq

Study findings showed that almost 20% of United States soldiers who have deployed to Iraq have asymptomatic visceral leishmaniasis and may face a lifelong risk for reactivation. According to Rupal M. Mody, MD, MPH, an infectious disease specialist at the W ...

History of cardiotoxicity, cancer treatment linked to congestive HF during, after pregnancy

Women with a prior history of cardiotoxicity previously treated for cancer with radiation or chemotherapy had elevated odds of developing clinical congestive HF during and after pregnancy, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Colle ...

Doctors can review, dispense eye wear prescriptions via Opternative portal

Opternative Inc. announced its new ability to route a patient’s online vision test results to a web portal. There, doctors can make recommendations regarding the results, prescriptions or more comprehensive eye exams. Rather than having its own network of ...

Specific RNA splicing events tied to Alzheimer's disease progression

Results from a large-scale analysis published in Nature Genetics support dysregulation of messenger RNA splicing in the aging brain as a feature of Alzheimer’s disease. Moreover, these aberrations may be genetically driven in some cases, according to the d ...

Prostatectomy plus radiotherapy may improve survival in advanced prostate cancer

Patients who underwent primary radical prostatectomy followed by radiotherapy for locally or regionally advanced prostate cancer had better survival outcomes than patients treated with radiotherapy plus androgen deprivation therapy, according to findings f ...

Multidisciplinary approach to CLI care may confer fewer amputations

SAN DIEGO — An effective treatment option for patients with critical limb ischemia may involve a multidisciplinary approach, according to a presentation at TCT 2018. There have been several recent studies that focus on patient populations with CLI, includi ...

Neanderthals Suffered a Lot of Traumatic Injuries. So How Did They Live So Long?

Neanderthals suffered many gruesome injuries in their day. The precious remains of our ancient-human relatives reveal crushed limbs, fractured skulls, and broken ribs—relics from hunting accidents and warfare. That’s not to mention severe tooth abscesses ...

Autograft bone yielded better rates of osseous integration with all-polyethylene glenoid

CHICAGO — Results presented at the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Annual Meeting showed no difference in functional outcome scores and revision rates between different surgical techniques in total shoulder arthroplasty treated with an all-polyethylen ...

Crackdown on painkillers amid addiction fears

Pregabalin and gabapentin to be reclassified as class C drugs from April, the government announces. ...

221+ patient support group established

A patient support group, 221+, for women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy has been launched. The group was founded by Vicky Phelan, Stephen Teap and Lorraine Walsh, who have all been directly affected by the scandal, with the support of the Irish ...

Walking reduces risk of severe stroke

People who walk regularly are less likely to suffer a severe stroke, the results of a new study suggest. It is already known that regular exercise can reduce a person's risk of stroke overall. However, this latest study has found that walking for just ...

Irish adults failing to plan for future

Less than 10% of adults have discussed with loved ones where they would like to be cared for if they developed a serious or long-term illness, new research has found. According to the findings, just 6% of adults have legally nominated a family member or fr ...

7 recent reports on NALFD risk factors, intervention

Several recent studies have shown that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis rates are increasing steadily in the U.S. and other countries following increased trends for obesity. NAFLD and NAFLD-related complications such as liv ...

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