Study: Multidisciplinary transplantation evaluation shows promise for older adults

Older adults with blood cancers can benefit from a team-based, holistic evaluation before undergoing transplantation, according to a new study published today in Blood Advances. The study, which reported on a multidisciplinary clinic (MDC) at the University of Chicago Medical Center, found that patients treated with this approach experienced better transplantation outcomes and survival rates. Most blood cancers that can […]

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Advances in the detection of the postoperative progress of abdominal aortic aneurysm

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a focal dilation of the abdominal aorta, that if not treated, tends to grow and may rupture. The most common treatment is endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), which requires patients to undergo lifelong postoperative surveillance based on computed tomography angiography (CTA) due to the possible appearance of complications. These complications may again lead to aneurysm dilation […]

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US superbug infections rising, but deaths are falling

Drug-resistant “superbug” infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine back a century, making conquered germs once again untreatable. So there’s some surprising news in a report released Wednesday: U.S. superbug deaths appear to be going down. About 36,000 Americans died from drug-resistant infections in 2017, down 18% from an estimated 44,000 in 2013, the Centers for […]

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Good noise, bad noise: White noise improves hearing

Noise is not the same as noise—and even a quiet environment does not have the same effect as white noise. With a background of continuous white noise, hearing pure sounds becomes even more precise, as researchers from the University of Basel have shown in a study in Cell Reports. Their findings could be applied to the further development of cochlear […]

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E-sports gamers face same level of psychological pressure as pro-athletes, study finds

E-sports players competing in top-flight tournaments face the equivalent pressure and stress as professional athletes, researchers have revealed. A study at the University of Chichester examined the psychological challenges encountered by elite esports professionals when competing in major contests, in what is the first investigation of its kind. Researchers found that esports players faced 51 different stress factors—including communication problems […]

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PTSD linked to increased heart disease risk among female veterans

Female veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have more heart disease risk factors, including obesity, at younger ages than female veterans without PTSD, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019—November 16-18 in Philadelphia. PTSD has previously been linked to heart disease, however, most of that research was conducted on male veterans. “Since […]

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Study shows biomarker accurately diagnoses deadly infant disease

A diagnostic study of 136 premature infants found that a protein involved in managing harmful bacteria in the human intestine is a reliable biomarker for the noninvasive detection of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Led by researchers and clinicians at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, this is one of the largest prospective clinical studies in premature infants yet. Results of […]

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Air pollution in India is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease

The association between ambient and household air pollution and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), a marker of atherosclerosis, has been explored for the first time in a population of a low-and-middle income country by a team led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by “la Caixa.” The study, performed in a periurban area in southern India, […]

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Stroke death rate increasing for middle-aged Americans

In more than half of all counties across the country, a growing percentage of middle-aged Americans are dying of strokes, according to a new study. The study—which examined stroke mortality rates at the county level—reveals a statistical jump previously masked by national data showing a leveling off of stroke mortality rates following years of decline. The study was published Thursday […]

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