Everolimus Approved For Benign Brain Tumor

The FDA has approved everolimus (Afinitor) for treatment of benign brain tumors associated with a rare genetic condition in patients who are not candidates for surgical resection. The tablets are approved for treatment of subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (SEGA), a benign brain tumor associated with tuberous sclerosis that is most often diagnosed in children and […]
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US Lags Behind in Health IT

Countries such as Sweden, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Norway have nearly universal adoption of health information technology (HIT) while the United States lags painfully behind, according to the man charged with bringing the U.S. up-to-speed. David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and […]
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Philips Introduces High Field Open MRI for Radiation Oncology

Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) today introduced the Philips Panorama High Field Open (HFO) Oncology Configuration for radiation therapy, a magnetic resonance (MR) imaging solution for dedicated oncology use, at this year’s American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) in San Diego, CA. This system combines the premium soft tissue contrast of […]
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Livers grown in the laboratory could eventually solve organ transplant shortage

The researchers created “working livers” the size of a walnut which functioned normally in laboratory conditions. They believe that in around five years they will be able to upscale the process and transfer the procedure from laboratory to hospital. The development could eventually solve the transplant shortage and also remove the need for powerful drugs […]
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Majority not happy with Medical Commission services

Over 63 percent of the public said in an e-survey that they were not satisfied with the services at the Medical Commission (MC), while 23 percent believed the services were good and another 12 percent refrained in answering. According to the survey results, MC services and check ups are modest and lack speed. The respondents […]
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Qatar to have region’s first stem cells laboratory

Preparations are on to set up a stem cells transplant unit in Al Amal Hospital by the year-end to provide optimal care to patients in need of advanced techno-therapy and are unable to afford treatment abroad, an official source at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) said. A first-of-its-kind in the region stem cells laboratory will be […]
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CyberKnife Radiosurgery for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Accuray Incorporated, (Nasdaq: ARAY), a global leader in the field of radiosurgery, announced today studies underway at two leading academic institutions using CyberKnife radiosurgery in breast cancer treatment. These two studies, from the University of Texas Southwestern and Fox Chase Cancer Center, will be presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for […]
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New Insights Into The Development Of Epithelial Cells

Scientists of the Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch and the Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC) of MDC and Charité in Berlin-Buch have gained new insights into the development of epithelial cells and their molecular repertoire. Dr. Max Werth, Katharina Walentin and Professor Kai Schmidt-Ott have identified a transcription factor (grainyhead-like 2, […]
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New Research Reveals Importance Of Psychological Support In Primary Care For Patients With Psoriasis

Results of a new survey released recently – World Psoriasis Day – highlight the crucial role of primary care in helping to alleviate the psychological burden felt by severe psoriasis patients. In the Psoriasis Uncovered patient survey – conducted by Abbott Laboratories in partnership with The Psoriasis Association – almost two thirds (63%) of patients […]
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Testosterone In Young Type 2 Diabetics To Be Studied

An endocrinologist in the University at Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has received a three-year $400,000 Junior Faculty Award from the American Diabetes Society to study the effects of low testosterone levels in young men with type 2 diabetes. Sandeep Dhindsa, MD, assistant professor in the UB Department of Medicine, coauthored a paper […]
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Wartime Urologic Injuries Require Different Mindset

Saving a soldier’s life takes precedence over treating traumatic urologic injuries on the battlefield, a Medical College of Georgia researcher says. Injuries to the bladder, ureters, kidneys and external genitalia often require complex surgical treatment, said Dr. Arthur Smith, an MCG urologist. But during wartime, when those wounds are often combined with other life-threatening injuries, […]
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Women With Anorexia Nervosa More Likely To Have Unplanned Pregnancies

A new study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Norwegian researchers has found that women with anorexia nervosa are much more likely to have both unplanned pregnancies and induced abortions than women who don’t have the serious eating disorder. These results may be driven by a mistaken belief among women with anorexia […]
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