The Biggest Medical Stories You May Have Missed In 2015

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Craig Bowron As we head into the New Year, let’s take a look back and see what lessons we should have learned from medical science in 2015. The New England Journal of Medicine’s publication Journal Watch provides physicians and other health care providers with expert analysis of the most recent medical research. Below is a brief synopsis of what the Journal Watch editors felt were the most important stories in general medicine for the year 2015. While you likely heard about a couple, others probably escaped your radar. Getting Aggressive with Strokes We’re familiar with the idea of a cardiologist performing an angioplasty, where a tiny tube called a catheter is threaded into a coronary artery and a balloon on the end of the catheter is inflated to open the blockage that’s causing a heart attack. One would think a similar “endovascular” intervention might work well for a blocked cerebral artery causing a stroke, but it hasn’t worked out that way… until now. A new device called a “stent retriever” expands out into the offending arterial clot, allowing it to be removed. Five trials published in 2015 showed a clear benefit for this new technique, but the procedure needs to be performed quickly, and at high-level stroke centers. Testosterone for the Old(er) Man? Testosterone levels decline naturally as men age, and there’s never been any proof that artificially boosting testosterone lev...
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The objective of this study was to determine the effects of date vinegar made from date pulp and pits on the serum lipid profile and inflammatory biomarkers of mildly hypercholesterolemic adults. Seventy-six subjects with mildly raised total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol were enrolled. Participants ingested 30 mL of either date vinegar or placebo daily together with their normal diets. Plasma lipids, inflammatory biomarkers, carotenoids, potassium, folic acid, urea and creatinine were measured at baseline after 4 weeks and after treatment. These results suggest that the date vinegar improved several serum lipid pr...
Source: Journal of Herbal Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionsPBS gives good target coverage and local control while providing reductions in radiation dose to OARs for individuals who receive RT for HL compared with advanced photon RT. Our findings highlight groups of patients who would be expected to gain more dosimetric benefit from PBS. These findings facilitate the selection of patients who should be considered a priority for PT.
Source: Practical Radiation Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: NIH Calendar of Events - Category: American Health Source Type: events
Publication date: Available online 17 March 2019Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In PracticeAuthor(s): Ann Marie Mojica, Araceli Elizalde
Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Despite being responsible for sustaining a multi-billion dollar drug franchise, LDL cholesterol is a crude, outdated, unreliable, nearly useless marker for cardiovascular risk. You can obtain superior results without drugs but will need to know a little something about this thing called LDL cholesterol, as well as advanced lipoprotein analysis to obtain REAL insight into cardiovascular risk. The post The fictions of LDL cholesterol appeared first on Dr. William Davis.
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Cholesterol LDL cholesterol undoctored wheat belly Source Type: blogs
' What distinguishes ENDO from other meetings is that you get a curated view of what is the newest, hottest, and best in science, which you know...is going to be impacting care. 'Medscape Medical News
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news
Publication date: Available online 18 March 2019Source: Tribology InternationalAuthor(s): Jitendra Narayan Panda, Jayashree Bijwe, Raj K. PandeyAbstractThe paper reports on the comparative potential of nano-particles and micro-particles of mica in glass fiber reinforced Polyaryletherketone (PAEK) composite containing graphite (10 wt%). Very high PVlimit value (>100 MPa-m/s), very low specific wear rate (K0) (2–∼8 × 10−16 m3/Nm) along with very low friction coefficient (μ) (0.04–0.08), were exhibited by the composites. The PVlimit values of a nano-composite (NC) and micro-composit...
Source: Tribology International - Category: Materials Science Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 18 March 2019Source: Materials LettersAuthor(s): Kyung Ho Kim, Sena Motoyama, Mashashi Ohara, Yoshio Abe, Midori Kawamura, Takayuki KibaAbstractCobalt hydroxide (Co(OH)2) nanostructures were prepared on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates via an inexpensive and simple wet-chemical method. At a growth temperature of 60 °C, heterogeneous nucleation caused the nanowire-net structured Co(OH)2 to form a compact bottom layer on the surface of FTO substrate, and homogeneous nucleation resulted in the growth of a porous nanowire-net layer in the solution as the top layer. At 90 °C, ...
Source: Materials Letters - Category: Materials Science Source Type: research
(MedPage Today) -- Also new evidence on breastfeeding and atopic disease
Source: MedPage Today Allergy - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news
In this study, fifteen healthy participants were scanned three times in a strictly controlled in-laboratory study while at rest and during performing a simple and reliable psychomotor vigilance test (PVT). The reliability of absolute CBF and task-induced CBF changes was evaluated using the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) and compared to that of task performance. Absolute CBF showed excellent test-retest reliability across the three scans for both resting and PVT scans. The reliability of regional absolute CBF was comparable to that of behavioral measures of PVT performance, and was slightly higher during PVT scans...
Source: NeuroImage - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
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