More severe OSA leads to higher blood pressure in patients with resistant hypertension

In patients with high blood pressure resistant to treatment who also have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the more severe their OSA, the higher their blood pressure, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. In “Prevalence, Characteristics and Association of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Blood Pressure Control in Patients with Resistant Hypertension,” Esther Sapiña-Beltrán […]

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Exercising at home has a positive effect on Parkinson’s patients

In a large double-blind study, Radboud university medical center researchers show that patients in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease can exercise regularly at home for 6 months. This regular exercise has a positive effect on their motor disability comparable to the effect of conventional Parkinson’s medication. Even though exercise is known to be healthy, many people find it difficult […]

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When should NHS contact patients over faulty genes?

The NHS and health services worldwide need to develop policies on when patients should be “re-contacted” about faulty genes, as the current lack of guidance creates a dilemma for health services, experts have warned. Re-contacting happens when new information about a patient’s genes comes to light—such as when a certain gene mutation is reclassified as a cancer risk. A policy […]

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Study supports germline testing for all metastatic breast cancer patients

Genetic testing for all metastatic breast cancer patients may be an optimal strategy for identifying additional patients with increased risk as well as response to targeted therapies, according to research published in JAMA Oncology. In the study, 100 patients were tested regardless of whether they met the current National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines. Among the 14 patients who did […]

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New WHO autoantibody reference reagent will benefit SLE patients

Reference reagents are important in diagnostics and care of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In a new study, an international team of researchers presents a new WHO autoantibody reference reagent that will help to align autoantibody analyses and thus to optimize diagnosis and treatment to patients irrespective of where they live. The findings are published in Annals of the […]

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Low income cancer patients and those without insurance see fewer trial benefits

When it comes to benefiting from experimental treatments offered in cancer clinical trials, your health insurance status and where you live matters, according to results of two new research studies to be presented at the 2019 ASCO Quality Care Symposium, held September 6 and 7 in San Diego. Cancer patients who enroll in a clinical trial and have no health […]

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Transplanting kidneys from patients with hepatitis C could be SAFE

Transplanting kidneys from patients with hepatitis C could be SAFE: Trial finds 53 people stayed free of infection after receiving the donated organs Currently, people with hep-C cannot donate kidneys unless recipient is infected  But American scientists say process is safe after trial of 53 patients in Memphis The participants all stayed free of hepatitis C infection after the procedure  […]

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Flu vaccination linked with lower risk of death in patients with high blood pressure

Influenza vaccination in patients with high blood pressure is associated with an 18% reduced risk of death during flu season, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. “Given these results, it is my belief that all patients with high blood pressure should have an annual flu vaccination,” said first author Daniel […]

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Gut microbiota linked to organ damage in patients with sepsis

Sepsis is a serious condition that can result in organ failure and even death. A novel human study published in The FASEB Journal demonstrates for the first time that the gut microbiota of patients with sepsis plays a major role in organ damage. To conduct the experiment, researchers first compared the fecal microbial composition of two human groups: people who […]

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Giving trauma patients blood pressure stabilizing hormone cuts transfusions by half

Giving trauma patients with severe blood loss the hormone arginine vasopressin (AVP) cut the volume of blood products required to stabilize them by half, according to results of a new, first-of-its-kind clinical trial from Penn Medicine. The finding, published online this week in JAMA Surgery, suggests that administering AVP to trauma patients with severe bleeding could become standard practice in […]

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