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  • March 30, 2010
    Urologists at a leading Irish hospital have reported an alarming increase in the number of teenage boys and young men developing mumps orchitis, in a paper published in the April issue of the urology journal BJUI.They are urging colleagues to offer the MMR vaccine to unvaccinated males in the 15-24 age group and educate them about the condition, which causes one or both testicles to swell and can lead to fertility problems.Mr Niall Davis, a Urology Research Registrar, teamed up with colleagues...
  • March 30, 2010
    A recent study found that individuals with knee osteoarthritis (OA) who made lifestyle changes within 6 months of diagnosis, saw improvement in function and experienced less pain. About three-quarters of study participants started exercising, one-third initiated activity aids (knee taping, acupuncture), and one-third started taking natural medicine products. Most patients made these changes to their lifestyle on their own, without advisement from health care professionals. Details of the study...
  • March 30, 2010
    German researchers determined that concentrations of the sex hormones, testosterone in men and estrogen in women, may have a positive effect on the regenerative potential of cartilage tissue. The study suggests hormone replacement in the joint fluid of men and women might be beneficial in treating late stages of human osteoarthritis (OA) by regenerating damaged tissue. Details of this evidence-based study appear in the April issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal published by Wiley-...
  • March 25, 2010
    A recent study confirms that the standard hepatitis C (HCV) therapy, pegylated interferon and ribavirin, is significantly less effective in urban minority patients treated in an ordinary clinical practice setting compared with results produced during clinical trials. Results of this study appear in the April issue of Hepatology, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.According to the CDC’s Office of Minority Health &...
  • March 25, 2010
    A recent study found that sirolimus-based immunosuppression following liver transplantation in patients with non-resectable hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) significantly increases survival rates for this patient population. Results of this study appear in the April issue of Hepatology, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).According to the NIH, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a common type of liver cancer...
  • March 24, 2010
    Receiving soothing massages for eight weeks after the death of a loved one can provide much-needed consolation during an intense, stressful period of grieving, according to a study in the April issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing.Eighteen people who had lost a relative to cancer took part in the study. Participants ranged from 34 to 78 years of age and included widows, widowers, daughters and sisters. Nine chose foot massage, eight chose hand massage and one asked for both. Only...
  • March 22, 2010
    A new study has found that when African American and white cancer patients are treated at similar, specialized cancer care institutions, mortality rates are roughly equal. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings suggest that where patients receive care may partly explain observed racial disparities in cancer mortality.In the new study, researchers led by Tracy Onega, PhD, MA, of the Dartmouth Medical School looked at records for...
  • March 22, 2010
    Infertile men have an increased risk of developing high grade prostate cancer, which is more likely to grow and spread quickly. That is the conclusion of a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study’s results suggest that because infertility may be an identifiable risk factor for prostate cancer, early screening may be warranted in infertile men.Research focusing on the number of children a man has have pointed to male...
  • March 18, 2010
    A recent study organized by Stanford University researchers found patients with refractory partial and generalized seizures had a reduction in seizures after deep brain stimulation. This multi-center clinical trial determined that the benefits of stimulation of the anterior nuclei of thalamus for epilepsy (SANTE) persisted and by 2 years there was a 56% reduction in seizure frequency. Full findings of this study are available early online in Epilepsia, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on...
  • March 18, 2010
    Cardiac interventionalists and surgeons at University Clinic in Leuven, Belgium have achieved successful stent implantation and follow-up coarctectomy in premature infants suffering from aortic coarctation. Full findings are published in the March issue of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, the official journal of The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.Aortic coarctation is a common congenital condition characterized by a narrowing of the aorta, a major...