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Hepatitis C and health-related quality of life

... vitality scale during office visits. If a patient fails to achieve an increase of 4.2 points over time, then it implies 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 th...

Earlier use of prostate cancer vaccines urged by Hopkins scientists

...e animal's immune system recognizes the cancer but fails to mount an attack, probably because immune cells become tolerant of the slow-growing cancer. "The mice get used to the cancer very slowly over time," Drake says. "But we found that if we use the vaccine to activate the immune system right after we ...

Jefferson Lab medical imager spots breast cancer

...s dense lumps in the breast. But mammography often fails in women who have dense breast tissue due, for instance, to genetics or scarring. According to Eric Rosen, M.D., a Duke University Medical Center physician and lead author on the study, "In women with dense breasts, it's very hard to pick out even la...

Failing to aid Africa will lead to more terrorism

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- If the developed world fails to invest more in African agriculture and rural infrastructure to benefit the poor and help them escape poverty, the world will become a much more dangerous place, says economist Per Pinstrup-Andersen. Investment in productivity-increasing agricultur...

Hypothyroidism associated with reduced breast cancer risk

...e thyroid gland, located in the front of the neck, fails to produce enough thyroid hormone. Insufficient levels of specific types of thyroid hormone may affect all body functions, and can slow patient functioning, causing mental and physical sluggishness. Other researchers contributing to the M. D. Anderso...

Women with thyroid problem have lower risk of breast cancer

...thyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to produce enough thyroid hormone, are less likely to develop breast cancer than women with normal thyroid function. The study, published in the March 15, 2005 issue of CANCER ( http://www.interscience.wiley.com/cancer-newsroom ), a peer-reviewed jou...

Social Security reform proposals raise concerns for older women

...res 40 earnings years for a poverty-level benefit, fails to cover significant numbers of vulnerable women. Also, benefits distributed based on marital status are not as effective at protecting poorer women - as well as a new generation of women that is less likely to be married - than are minimum benefits ...

Opportunity missed: TIA patients receive less aggressive attention than those with stroke

...unless they have preventive therapy. "The public fails to understand that experiencing a TIA is a medical emergency and those who have symptoms should seek attention in the emergency room," Dandapani said. "For physicians, a TIA represents an opportunity to prevent a catastrophic stroke." TIA symptoms...

Authors warn of inaccuracies concerning use of race in health & social science research

...t ignores the cultural meaning and context of race fails the test of good science. The Use of Race Variables in Genetic Studies of Complex Traits and the Goal of Reducing Health Disparities: A Transdisciplinary Perspective. Alexandra E. Shields, PhD (Georgetown University), Michael Fortun, PhD (Rensselaer ...

Researchers develop way to track quality of home health care

...to ask managers what they're good at, but the data fails to back up the managers' impressions. "You need to know where you are so that it's sustainable and so best practices can be shared," Fries said. "You also need a clear view of where you need to improve." The 22 areas measured all come from the Minim...

Scientists uncover new mechanism for the amygdala in fear recognition

...es of experiments showed that a particular patient fails to make use of information about the eyes in faces, and one reason for that is that she fails to look at the eyes in faces in the first place. The researchers found that they could restore ...

Genetically targeted therapies create opportunities to do business in new ways

...atients and insurers must pay, even if a treatment fails to work. As well-targeted therapies become more commonplace, people may start to question that rule," said Dr. Evans, a senior scientist in the Indiana University School of Medicine's Department of Medicine. She is an economist and attorney has been ...

National Academies news: Gulf War and Health

...nd a health outcome with reasonable certainty, but fails to meet the higher standard of proof needed for causality, is characterized as SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE OF AN ASSOCIATION. The evidence for an association between lung cancer and combustion products falls into this category. When a limited number of st...

M. D. Anderson researchers discover key protein in psoriasis

...al STAT3 returns to its inactive form. But when it fails to turn off, the wound healing process continues and skin cells proliferate. The researchers first looked for activated STAT3 in the skin of psoriasis patients and found high levels of activated STAT3 in psoriasis lesions in 19 of 21 patients. Based ...

Supporters of NIH policy see publishers' gambit as possible diversion

... lay explanations are always welcome, the proposal fails to respect all patients' direct right to know or their power to comprehend." "We worry about any attempts to confuse an overdue outreach effort by journal publishers with enlightened public policy," Johnson added. "This can be a positive move, but it...

Premature infants with lung disease may continue to need replacement substance to ease breathing

...nts begin producing their own surfactant, it often fails to function properly in premature infants who continue to have lung disease after their first week. The study also raises the question of whether additional replacement surfactant treatment may benefit such infants, just as it does in the week after...

The dangers of NHS reorganisation

... colleagues. The rush to reorganise and merge also fails to recognise that many primary care trusts have already made some progress. Reorganisations are a clumsy reform tool, and research shows that they seldom deliver the promised benefits, they add. Every reorganisation produces a transient drop in perfo...

Northwestern receives $2.1 million grant for Parkinson's disease research

...g limited benefits from levodopa treatment, but it fails to alleviate many key symptoms. The Picower Foundation supports a wide range of medical research, arts and educational programs across the United States. With a mission of helping people improve the quality of their lives by providing services that ...

Scientists begin validation study of test to detect recurrence of bladder cancer

...er and appearance of cells in urine samples, often fails to detect early tumors. Cystoscopy -- examining the urethra and bladder with a thin lighted scope -- can give patients a false-positive result in addition to being invasive and unpleasant. The new EDRN-created test looks to improve upon these weaknes...

Cord blood stem cells save children with Hurler's syndrome

... said the researchers. Moreover, adult bone marrow fails to engraft in 28 to 37 percent of Hurler's patients, meaning the donor bone marrow does not take hold and begin to grow in the patient. As an alternative treatment, Duke physician Joanne Kurtzberg, M.D., director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Tra...

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