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Digital mammography decreases 'call-back' appointments, reducing patient anxiety and cost

... according to Dr. Raza. "If the images do not meet standard quality requirements or if either better or additional views are required for complete interpretation of a finding, we will call the patient back for more imaging," said Dr. Raza. The screening mammography center at Dr. Raza's institution recently ch...

New method of administering anti-cancer drug may be more effective, safer

...ty. In a separate study using a test dose and the standard intermittent delivery method, the patients metabolized the drug more slowly as the intermittent doses continued. By the 13th and final dose, on average the variability between the test-dose prediction and the actual levels had grown to more than 20 p...

New kidney function test better than standard at predicting death and cardiovascular outcomes

...and cardiovascular risk among the elderly than the standard measure of kidney function, according to a Nationa...wo measures of kidney function, cystatin-C and the standard test creatinine, as predictors of death from all causes, death from cardiovascular causes, and incid...

Asthma drug fluticasone works as well as other drugs at half the dose

...udies measured the drugs' effects with the help of standard measurements of lung capacity that have been used to diagnose asthma, such as the amount of air that can be forcibly expelled from the lungs in one second after a deep breath. For instance, a dose of fluticasone that was half the size of the beclomet...

Long-term outcomes studied for stem cell transplant recipients

...ukemia and all patients with any disease who had a standard risk (as opposed to high risk) of relapse at the time of transplantation mortality at the 10-year mark was similar to that of the general population. Further analysis highlighted the most likely causes for death in those patients that did not surviv...

Women rising to the challenge of weightlessness

...h the medical staff and teams. It's nothing like a standard doctor-patient relationship", says Delphine. "Here we all work together, and everything is done to shield us from stress and worry; it is then up to us to do all we can to make their job easier". A truly enriching experience When asked what they...

NIST method improves timing in oscilloscopes

...The NIST correction method can be applied to older standard equipment, can correct time records of almost any length and can be applied to electromagnetic signals of almost any frequency. It also provides the user with an estimate of the residual timing error after the correction process has been completed. T...

As morphine turns 200, drug that blocks its side effects reveals new secrets

... opium almost 200 years ago, "morphine remains the standard against which all new medications for postoperativ...nges were developed and injected morphine became a standard method of reducing pain during and after surgery. Since then, various delivery systems for morphine...

New partnership launched to accelerate and evaluate national malaria control program in Africa

...of scaled-up, national malaria control as the gold standard in Africa," said Regina Rabinovich, director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Infectious Diseases Program. "A successful program of this magnitude will encourage both donor countries and developing countries to devote greater resources to fig...

Sonic flashlight puts ultrasound images in physician's line of sight for catheter placement

...ficient with the sonic flashlight, compared to the standard ultrasound method, said Dr. Chang. The device has now been used on 15 patients, and "it has worked without a hitch," according to Dr. Chang. In 2003 at the University of Pittsburgh, between 10-15 patients per day had long-term catheters inserte...

Enlarged prostate drug allows for less invasive prostate biopsies

... drug. Up to four targeted biopsies as well as six standard biopsies were performed on each patient. Prostate ...the patients using the targeted biopsy method; the standard method detected three of the four cancers, Dr. Ives said. "If we can reduce the benign blood flow, w...

CAD system makes breast MRI more effective, efficient

...e CAD system to breast imaging software that comes standard with MRI machines, said Joan C. Vilanova, MD, dire...east cancer underwent an MRI examination using the standard software and the CAD system. The CAD system in conjunction with the MRI examination allowed the rad...

New MRI techniques may help patients avoid knee surgery

...searchers compared 3-Tesla MRI (a newer version of standard MRI) to arthroscopy and found that 3-Tesla MRI had...ic imaging is new and isn't quite ready to replace standard MR knee imaging. However, he is hopeful it could eventually supersede current knee imaging technique...

ESMO Minimum Clinical Recommendations

...de the user with a set of requirements for a basic standard of care that ESMO would consider necessary in all ...nate knowledge, in order to maintain a high common standard in medical practice for cancer patients," says Professor Rolf A. Stahel, chair of ESMO Guidelines Ta...

Narcotic drugs effective for severe, chronic pain in older patients

...erm pain relief from these high doses according to standard self-assessment scores. In contrast, the older pat...to their weight, and pain-relief was assessed in a standard procedure of applying heat to the rat's tail and measuring how quickly the animal flicked its tail a...

Federal NIH office clears Ohio State research program

... research. By training multiple researchers to use standard techniques, consistent animal injury models can be implemented. "These models will increase the extent to which research results can be compared and improve the extent to which animal models can be used to predict clinical outcomes in humans."...

Steroid-free regimen with CellCept found comparable to standard therapy in liver transplantation

...etil) provided comparable efficacy and safety to a standard steroid-containing protocol. CellCept is approved...t-based steroid-free regimen was comparable to the standard steroid-containing regimens in organ survival, patient survival and incidence of adverse events (inf...

Decreasing death anxiety

...t is called "usual care," and received mailings of standard support materials related to their disease, many of which could be found in their doctors offices. "We were able to improve depression symptoms and lessen death anxiety, which led to better spiritual well-being in support group participants," says Dr...

New Seroquel data support benefits in bipolar disorder

...eight as placebo. The results were analysed using standard clinical scales to assess improvements in depressive and anxiety symptoms. Additional results from the BOLDER study showed: SEROQUEL (600 and 300 mg/day) significantly improved the core symptoms of depression as early as week one onwards (sympto...

Measuring hormone cuts antibiotic use in half in pneumonia patients

...ded them into two groups. Once group was given the standard antibiotic treatment, while the other was first tested for procalcitonin levels. Fifteen percent of those patients had very low procalcitonin levels, and were presumed to have viral pneumonia; they were not given antibiotics. The remaining 85% had hi...

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