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The connection between skin care and transplant

Patients with rare scleroderma have deadlier organ damage, despite getting standard treatment

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A Michigan Medicine-led study found that patients in the United States with a rare form of scleroderma have a greater chance of dying from related kidney, heart and lung problems, despite taking medications used to treat most patients with the disease. The research team assessed more than 300 patients diagnosed with …

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Perceptions of treatment risk vary based on how surgeons communicate risk information to patients

Perceptions of treatment risk vary based on how surgeons communicate risk information to patients

Treatment Risk Perceptions Vary Based on How Risk Information Is Communicated. Credit: American College of Surgeons Using quantitative rather than qualitative terms to describe the risks of various treatment options improves communication between surgeons and patients, according to a study presented at the virtual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2021. Based on a …

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Gene therapy shows early promise as angelman syndrome treatment

Gene therapy shows early promise as angelman syndrome treatment

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Scientists at the UNC School of Medicine have reported in the journal JCI Insight encouraging early tests of a gene therapy strategy against Angelman syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that features poor muscle control and balance, hard-to-treat epilepsy, and intellectual disabilities. Angelman syndrome affects roughly one in every 20,000 children, and in …

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Virtual intervention reduces fear of breast cancer recurrence

Study finds breast cancer survival increases with early diagnosis and treatment

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to a recent Cleveland Clinic study, breast cancer survival increases when treatment involving surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are completed within 38 weeks of the initial diagnosis. “Most of the original time to treatment studies were looking at individual aspects of care. So what was …

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Research breakthrough could mean better treatment for patients with most deadly form of brain tumor

Research breakthrough could mean better treatment for patients with most deadly form of brain tumor

Glioblastoma under microscope with dyes. Credit: Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence at Queen Mary University of London. Scientists studying the most common and aggressive type of brain tumor in adults have discovered a new way of analyzing diseased and healthy cells from the same patient. Crucially, the work which has been funded by the …

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Scientists shed light on action of key tuberculosis drug

New short, effective and safe treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis

Scanning electron micrograph of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, which cause TB.  Credit: NIAID A new all-oral six-month treatment regimen is safer and more effective at treating rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (RR-TB) than the current accepted standard of care, according to results announced at the 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health. These results, which are not yet peer-reviewed, signal the …

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Common dialysis treatment for patients with acute kidney injury can lead to poor outcomes

Common dialysis treatment for patients with acute kidney injury can lead to poor outcomes

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Patients with acute kidney injury who receive continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), a common dialysis method, have a high incidence of needing this dialysis method reinstituted after having it removed. This contributes to poor 90-day outcomes, according to new research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Though CRRT is a common dialysis …

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Flexible sensor-integrated RFA needle leads to smarter medical treatment

Flexible sensor-integrated RFA needle leads to smarter medical treatment

Schematic of RFA procedure and sRFA-needle and characteristics of the sensor on the RFA needle. a) Schematic of the RFA procedure to remove cancer tissue in patients: i) cancer in the normal tissue; ii) insertion of RFA needle through cancerous tissue; iii) application of RF power to the RFA needle and ablation of the tissue …

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Study: HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors and COVID-19 mortality in Stockholm, Sweden: A registry-based cohort study. Image Credit: Vitalii Vodolazskyi/ Shutterstock

Statin treatment and COVID-19 mortality

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic emerged in Wuhan, China, and spread rapidly across the globe. With a high transmission rate, few treatments, and high mortality rates in at-risk groups, countries faced with high death rates and overwhelmed health services enacted social distancing measures, lockdowns, and other restrictions designed to prevent the spread of the …

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What to know about treating sepsis

Antibody treatment for MIS-C works by depleting inflammatory immune cells

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Intravenous immune globulin (IVIG)—a common treatment for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C)—likely works by depleting immune cells called neutrophils, according to a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). MIS-C is a rare condition that usually affects school-age children who initially had only mild COVID-19 symptoms or no …

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