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Although cancer care is increasingly becoming hospital or health system based, merger mania in oncology is probably not driven primarily as a way for hospitals to gain access to discounted drugs. Broader forces are at play.
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Source Type: news

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Persistent fatigue is a common problem ( ∼20-45% of U.S. population), with higher prevalence and severity in people with medical conditions such as cancer, depression, fibromyalgia, heart failure, sleep apnea and multiple sclerosis. There are few FDA-approved treatments for fatigue and great disagreement on how to measure fatigue, with o ver 250 instruments used in research. Many instruments define fatigue as “a lack of energy”, thus viewing energy and fatigue states as opposites on a single bipolar continuum.
Source: Medical Hypotheses - Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Source Type: research
Epigenetic events play a major role in the carcinogenesis of many cancers. A retrospective cohort study had been performed to evaluate the effects of exposure to the anticonvulsant agent valproic acid (VPA), a histone deacetylase inhibitor, on the risk of developing cancers.
Source: Journal of Affective Disorders - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Research paper Source Type: research
Although cancer care is increasingly becoming hospital or health system based, merger mania in oncology is probably not driven primarily as a way for hospitals to gain access to discounted drugs. Broader forces are at play.
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Source Type: news
An association between bipolar disorder (BD) and cancer risk has been reported. The purpose of this study was to investigate this association through linkage analysis of a national HMO database and a national cancer registry. All members of the Leumit Health Services (LHS) HMO of Israel from 2000 to 2012 were included. Members with a recorded diagnosis of BD and a record of at least one written or dispensed prescription for pharmacotherapy for treatment of BD were classified as patients with BD. We linked the LHS population with the Israel National Cancer Registry database to capture all cases of cancer reported. Standardi...
Source: International Clinical Psychopharmacology - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
Sometimes I wish that I had a disease like cancer instead of bipolar disorder. It’s not because I think cancer is an easier illness to treat or has better outcomes; it’s because a doctor could run tests and tell me if I’m doing better, worse, or the same. That definitive test doesn’t exist in the treatment of any mental illness. Even the diagnostic criteria are based on self-reporting and observation. Because of this, people living with bipolar disorder need to find other ways to both see progress for themselves and show others they are improving. It was four years from the time I was diagnosed wit...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Bipolar General Mental Health and Wellness Peer Support Success & Achievement Bipolar Disorder Depression Recovery Milestones Progress Success and failure Source Type: blogs
Journal of Laparoendoscopic&Advanced Surgical Techniques , Vol. 0, No. 0.
Source: Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionWe found an excess incidence of recurring pneumonia in patients with bipolar disorder, and this risk was associated with pre‐existing medical conditions but not psychotropic agents. Physicians should carefully consider the comorbid medical conditions of patients with bipolar disorder that could lead to recurrent pneumonia.
Source: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Regular Article Source Type: research
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Source: Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Review of Therapeutics Source Type: research
This is the 1000th presentation to my bioethics blog since starting on Google Blogspot.com in 2004.There has been many topics covered. Though comments by the visitors has always been encouraged and, since as a " discussion blog " , comments leading to discussions I have felt was the definitive function here. Virtually none of the thread topics have gone unread and most have had some commentary, some with mainly particularly strong and emphatic opinions http://bioethicsdiscussion.blogspot.com/2013/01/should-pathologists-be-physicians.html, some with extensive up to 12 years long continued discussion http://bioethi...
Source: Bioethics Discussion Blog - Category: Medical Ethics Source Type: blogs
Conclusion: These results complement recent progress in using bipolar androgen therapy to reverse castration resistance and add to the increasing acceptance that controlled testosterone exposure might be relevant in hormone-na ïve patients.Urol Int
Source: Urologia Internationalis - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
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