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News on public health research and national as well as international health policies. Edited by MEDICA.de and several associations.

 
 

TB infection may be underestimated among people taking corticosteroid pills

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Photo: Medical Report Tuberculosis written on a typewriter [30/06/2014] Tuberculosis infection among people taking corticosteroid pills may be underestimated, new research suggests. Current guidelines for what constitutes a positive TB skin test among corticosteroid pill users may not be capturing all those who are infected, said Dr. Nicholas Vozoris, a respirologist in the Tuberculosis Program at St. Michael's Hospital. TB infection may be underestimated among people taking corticosteroid pills - Read more

For cancer patients, new tool predicts financial pain

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Photo: Empty pockets [23/06/2014] Cancer care has a new side effect. Along with the distress that comes with a cancer diagnosis and the discomforts of treatment, more patients now have to deal with "financial toxicity," the expense, anxiety and loss of confidence confronting those who face large, unpredictable costs, often compounded by decreased ability to work.For cancer patients, new tool predicts financial pain - Read more

Monitor for glaucoma: Sensor in eye could track pressure changes

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Graphic: Illustration of the final device [20/06/2014] University of Washington engineers have designed a low-power sensor that could be placed permanently in a person’s eye to track hard-to-measure changes in eye pressure. The sensor would be embedded with an artificial lens during cataract surgery and would detect pressure changes instantaneously, then transmit the data wirelessly using radio frequency waves.Monitor for glaucoma: Sensor in eye could track pressure changes - Read more

Combining treatments boosts some smokers' ability to quit

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Photo: Hands breaking a cigarette [18/06/2014] Combining two smoking cessation therapies is more effective than using just one for male and highly nicotine-dependent smokers who weren't initially helped by the nicotine patch, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.Combining treatments boosts some smokers' ability to quit - Read more

Fecal transplants restore healthy bacteria and gut functions

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Graphic: Bowel [18/06/2014] Fecal microbiota transplantation --- the process of delivering stool bacteria from a healthy donor to a patient suffering from intestinal infection with the bacterium Clostridium difficile --- works by restoring healthy bacteria and functioning to the recipient's gut, according to a study published this week.Fecal transplants restore healthy bacteria and gut functions - Read more

Recreational soccer can treat type 2 diabetes patients

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Photo: Older men playing soccer [16/06/2014] Studies show that 24 weeks of twice-weekly recreational soccer training sessions lower blood pressure and improves heart function in men with high blood pressure and men with type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, men with type 2 diabetes lost 12 percent of their abdominal fat and reduced their blood sugar 20 percent more than inactive control subjects.Recreational soccer can treat type 2 diabetes patients - Read more

Multiple sclerosis: new description and understanding

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Photo: A tablet showing the words [11/06/2014] Multiple sclerosis manifests itself in many different ways and different courses. A recent effort to fine-tune descriptions – or phenotypes – of MS was undertaken by an international team of leaders in MS research and clinical care.Multiple sclerosis: new description and understanding - Read more

Study on chronically ill patients: “Coaching can save money“

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[10/06/2014] The German Technician Health Insurance (German: Techniker Krankenkasse) conducted a study on the Topic “Phone coaching helps seriously ill patients and saves money“. We spoke with Günter van Aalst about the interesting findings. Study on chronically ill patients: “Coaching can save money“ - Read more

Researchers move small-molecule drugs through blood-brain barrier

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Graphic: Head made of jigsaws [06/06/2014] Researchers at Mayo Clinic have demonstrated in a mouse model that their recently developed synthetic peptide carrier is a potential delivery vehicle for brain cancer chemotherapy drugs and other neurological medications.Researchers move small-molecule drugs through blood-brain barrier - Read more

Saturated fat intake may influence a person's expression of genetic obesity risk

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Photo: Butter [05/06/2014] Limiting saturated fat could help people whose genetic make-up increases their chance of being obese. Saturated fat intake may influence a person's expression of genetic obesity risk - Read more

 
 

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