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Strategy effective against drug resistant tuberculosis

...nclude that additional interventions are needed to improve treatment outcomes. Dr de Lourdes Garcia Garcia s...surance that the introduction of DOTS will usually improve the standard of patient care and reduce transmission, rather than fanning the flames of an epidemic ...

Hormonal treatment improves survival in high-risk prostate cancer patients

...apy in patients with high-risk prostate cancer can improve survival rate, according to a new study published in the April 1, 2005, issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of ASTRO, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. The study, c...

Chronic pain treatments more effective when taken together, new study shows

...eatment approach has the potential to dramatically improve quality of life for people suffering from neuropathic pain, a condition that has puzzled health care workers for years because it is often experienced in areas of the body which appear uninjured." Results of the study will be published in the March 3...

International breast cancer prevention study launches in the United States and Canada

...er drugs, cancer prevention and supportive care to improve quality of life for people with cancer. Since its inception, the NCIC CTG has enrolled more than 40,000 patients from Canada and around the world in over 300 clinical trials. Pfizer, Inc. manufactures exemestane under the brand name Aromasin and...

Brain activity prior to treatment flags vulnerability to antidepressant side effects

...are at greatest risk of side effects would greatly improve the success rate of antidepressant treatment," Hunter said. "For example, physicians might select a medication with a lower side-effect profile, start medication at a lower dose or opt for psychotherapy alone when treating patients susceptible to ant...

Study finds that coordinating care of chronically ill patients does not increase liability

...id. "Improving care coordination can substantially improve health outcomes and lower costs." Coordinating care can also reduce medial errors. "So it is important to remove any perceived barriers to better care coordination by physicians," he said. Physicians worry about liability because "coordinating ca...

Physicians may not be accurate in their confidence levels of their diagnoses, says Pitt study

...e of greatest concern when one thinks about how to improve practice using information technology," Dr. Friedman said. "While this was a study performed in the laboratory and not in the clinic, the apparent prevalence of overconfidence represents a major challenge to designers of decision support systems--if ...

Lack of clinical trial participation may contribute to lower survival rates

...pation in cancer clinical trials has been shown to improve survival. Young adults with Kaposi Sarcoma have shown significant survival and mortality benefits after improvements in clinical trial participation. Archie Bleyer, M.D. of the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and colleagues investigated wheth...

Advertising by academic medical centers may risk eroding public trust, says study

...vidence-based services or at least those likely to improve overall public health. Ideally, ads would be presented in ways that assisted the public in making good health decisions by providing balanced and objective information."...

Economist: Cuba's state-run baseball doesn't go to bat for players

...lity to win games." Balance in Cuban baseball did improve in the last decade, Baird found, as top stars of the dominant Havana Industriales flocked to U.S. teams Rey Ordez to the New York Mets, Livan Hernndez to the Florida Marlins and Orlando Hernndez to the Yankees. "It may be," Baird said, "that defect...

Raw food vegetarians have low bone mass

...t. "However," he concludes, "if someone wishes to improve their health and reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, I would definitely suggest that they get away from the refined and processed foods that Americans usually eat and try to eat a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods, such as vege...

Hepatitis C and health-related quality of life

...s that the ongoing care has failed to perceptively improve the patient's HRQOL. In clinical trials, the MCID can be used as a yardstick to determine whether patients have benefited from the study intervention." Since the analysis was limited by estimations of MCID based on existing data, the authors suggest ...

New evaluation tool reliably predicts recovery from coma

...s of neurobehavioral functioning derived from DOCS improve medical and rehabilitation management during coma recovery. Ninety-five veterans and civilians over age 18 unconscious after a severe brain injury were evaluated with the DOCS weekly, for up to six weeks. Investigators measured social knowledge, tas...

Vaccine against childhood pneumonia shows promise

..., can substantially reduce hospital admissions and improve the survival of children in developing countries, concludes a trial published in this week's issue of THE LANCET. The authors believe the vaccine should be made available to children in Africa, where rates of severe invasive pneumococcal disease are ...

NHS target driven culture is failing patients

...ights generated by ever expanding teams and should improve continuity of care. Healthcare systems must minimise errors and should require an approach that is as evidence based as our approach to prescribing," he concludes. "How many such stories lurk in the corridors of today's NHS, and what do they tell us...

Improving access to healthy food has little effect on diet

...is one of the government's joined up strategies to improve public health and reduce health inequalities. However, evidence to inform how, when, and where to reduce these inequalities is only now emerging, and uncertainty remains over whether large scale retail interventions actually work. For instance, a re...

The Gerontological Society of America announces Hartford Fellowship recipients

... expand the training of social workers in order to improve the health and well being of older persons and their families. It was created to help social work doctoral students overcome their greatest obstacles, such as limited teacher training and career guidance. These fellowships cultivate the next generati...

Mental health service costs offset by savings in other public sectors

...on, by not having a juvenile justice record, youth improve their chances of finishing high school and making a successful transition to adulthood and becoming future taxpayers." The study is detailed in a paper, "Public Costs of Better Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents," in the current (J...

Chronic fatigue patients show lower response to placebos

...that CFS is among the most difficult conditions to improve at all, with either physical or psychological interventions." This is true in part, she says, because there is a great deal of variation among patients diagnosed with CFS, and Bateman believes that ultimately CFS may be found to involve more than one...

UNH launches 2nd spinout company with NIH grants

... of basic research at UNH, both for our ability to improve the human condition and to support economic development." When inhaled by patients, polarized xenon allows MRI to produce a clear picture of the lungs' interior, which cannot be seen with conventional techniques. It could benefit millions who suffer...

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