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  • May 25, 2010
    Italian researchers have discovered that antiviral treatment and sustained virologic response (SVR) prevents esophageal varices in patients with compensated hepatitis C (HCV)-induced cirrhosis, indicating that endoscopic surveillance can be safely delayed or avoided in these patients. Full findings are published in the June issue of Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (...
  • May 25, 2010
    A study conducted by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic finds that patients suffering from cirrhosis preceded by nonalcoholic steatohepatitis are at an equal risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma than those who develop cirrhosis resulting from hepatitis C virus (HCV). Results of this study appear in the June issue of Hepatology, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).The incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (...
  • May 24, 2010
    African-Americans and women are less likely than Caucasians and men to undergo bone marrow transplantation to treat cancers of the blood. That is the conclusion of a new analysis published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study’s results indicate that additional research is needed to determine why disparities exist in access to bone marrow transplantation and also that the medical community should work to eliminate these inequities.Bone marrow...
  • May 24, 2010
    Adult survivors of childhood cancer experience poorer health, more medical illnesses, greater limitations in daily functioning, and decreased productivity compared with adults who did not have cancer as children. Those are the findings of a study published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The results suggest that the effects of childhood cancer are long-lasting and that survivors deserve special attention from the medical community throughout...
  • May 20, 2010
    Eight-five per cent of patients who took part in a survey shortly after day surgery said that they had been anxious about receiving a general anaesthetic, according to research in the May issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing.Seventeen per cent of respondents said they were very or extremely anxious, 22 per cent said they were quite anxious, 46 per cent said they were a little anxious and 15 per cent experienced no anxiety at all.Key concerns included dying while asleep, not waking up after...
  • May 19, 2010
    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--“Berkshire is where it is today because of the all-stars running our various operating businesses. This book captures what makes them special,” wrote Warren Buffett, in praise of Ronald W. Chan’s new book, BEHIND THE BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY CURTAIN: Lessons from Warren Buffett’s Top Business Leaders (Wiley; May 2010; $24.95). Further praise for the book comes from Donald Keough, Chairman of the Board of Allen &...
  • May 19, 2010
    A newly published study reported that children with new/recent onset epilepsy have significantly slowed expansion of white matter volume compared to healthy children over a two year interval. The reduced white matter volume may affect brain connectivity and influence cognition. Results of this study conducted by researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are now available online and will appear in the July issue of Epilepsia, a journal published by Wiley-...
  • May 17, 2010
    A study to compare two increasingly popular treatments for varicose veins has found that patients who received radiofrequency ablation reported less post-procedural pain than those treated with endovenous laser ablation.However, both groups reported the same clinical and quality of life improvements at six weeks, according to UK research published in the June issue of the British Journal of Surgery.“Varicose veins are a very common condition that occurs when the blood flow to the legs is...
  • May 13, 2010
    Nine out of ten patients who discontinued their overactive bladder (OAB) medication said it was because it didn’t work as expected or they couldn’t tolerate it, according to research in the May issue of the urology journal BJUI.US researchers also discovered that smokers, men with enlarged prostates and people with bladder infections are also significantly more likely to stop taking prescription drugs for bladder problems.The team surveyed 6,577 adults who said in a National Family Opinion...
  • May 12, 2010
    Caffeine can help those working shifts or nights to make fewer errors, according to a new study by Cochrane researchers. The findings have implications for health workers and for any industry relying on shift or night work, such as transportation.More than 15% of workers in industrialised countries are involved in some shift or night time work, which may upset natural circadian rhythms or ‘body clocks’. In so-called shift work disorder (SWD), workers sleep only for short periods and...