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Oral capsule as effective as invasive procedures for delivery of fecal transplant

Oral capsule as effective as invasive procedures for delivery of fecal transplant

A noninvasive method of delivering a promising therapy for persistent Clostridium difficile ( C. difficile ) infection appears to be as effective as treatment via colonoscopy or through a nasogastric tube Continue reading

Common anesthetic procedure dramatically improves well being of veterans with PTSD

Common anesthetic procedure dramatically improves well being of veterans with PTSD

A single application of a common anesthetic procedure could be the answer to alleviating anxiety, depression and psychological pain in those suffering from chronic, extreme post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Continue reading

Parental misconceptions about concussions could hinder treatment, recovery

Parental misconceptions about concussions could hinder treatment, recovery

With football season in full swing, there’s no shortage of talk about young players — from high school down to the pee wee levels — suffering from concussions. Continue reading

Counting pitches can save young players’ arms but not always used consistently

Counting pitches can save young players’ arms but not always used consistently

Youth baseball has morphed into a year-round sport, with some athletes playing on multiple teams in the same season. One result: an increasing number of pitchers sidelined with overuse injuries or needing surgery Continue reading

Pneumococcal vaccine reduces antibiotic-resistant infections in children by 62 percent

Pneumococcal vaccine reduces antibiotic-resistant infections in children by 62 percent

The pneumococcal vaccine recommended for young children not only prevents illness and death, but also has dramatically reduced severe antibiotic-resistant infections, suggests nationwide research being presented at IDWeek 2014™. Pneumococcal infection — which can cause everything from ear infections to pneumonia and meningitis — is the most common vaccine-preventable bacterial cause of death Continue reading

Insisting only on randomised controlled trials for Ebola treatments unethical, impractical, say leading health experts

Insisting only on randomised controlled trials for Ebola treatments unethical, impractical, say leading health experts

Date: October 10, 2014 Source: The Lancet Summary: Leading health experts urge the deployment of alternative trial designs to fast-track the evaluation of new Ebola treatments. Senior health professionals and medical ethicists, from Africa, Europe, and USA, argue that although randomized controlled trials (RCTs) provide robust evidence in most circumstances, the lack of effective treatment options for Ebola, high mortality with the current standard of care, and the paucity of effective health care systems in the affected regions means that alternative trial designs need to be considered. Continue reading

Insisting only on randomised controlled trials for Ebola treatments unethical, impractical, say leading health experts

Insisting only on randomised controlled trials for Ebola treatments unethical, impractical, say leading health experts

Date: October 10, 2014 Source: The Lancet Summary: Leading health experts urge the deployment of alternative trial designs to fast-track the evaluation of new Ebola treatments. Senior health professionals and medical ethicists, from Africa, Europe, and USA, argue that although randomized controlled trials (RCTs) provide robust evidence in most circumstances, the lack of effective treatment options for Ebola, high mortality with the current standard of care, and the paucity of effective health care systems in the affected regions means that alternative trial designs need to be considered. Continue reading

Antiretroviral therapy benefits HIV-infected stimulant users

Antiretroviral therapy benefits HIV-infected stimulant users

New clinical research from UC San Francisco shows that 341 HIV-infected men who reported using stimulants such as methamphetamine or cocaine derived life-saving benefits from being on antiretroviral therapy that were comparable to those of HIV-infected men who do not use stimulants. That said, those who reported using stimulants at more than half of at least two study visits did have modestly increased chances of progressing to AIDS or dying after starting antiretroviral therapy compared to non-users. Continue reading

Similar but different: New discovery for degenerative diseases

Similar but different: New discovery for degenerative diseases

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have established how two diseases that present in similar ways are in fact quite different. Progressive Supranuclear palsy (PSP) and Parkinson’s Disease (PD) have overlapping symptoms but remain difficult to distinguish Continue reading

Tumor registry data find acadiana colon cancer rates among America’s highest

Tumor registry data find acadiana colon cancer rates among America’s highest

A special study using data from LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health’s Louisiana Tumor Registry has found that colorectal cancer incidence rates in the Louisiana Acadian parishes are among the highest in the United States. This study appears to be the first to identify a high rate of cancer in a large, regional, US founder population, raising the possibility of a genetic predisposition. Continue reading