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Study: Time of Arrival at Hospital Affects Survival of Heart Attack Patients

Authors note longer door-to-balloon times during off hours

A Blood Test for Suicide?

Researchers look for gene mutation

Medicare’s Hospital Trust Fund Appears Flush Until 2030

Social Security isn’t so lucky, experts say

Report: Booming Mobile Health App Market Needs More FDA Oversight

Less than 1% of mobile health apps are agency-approved

Women Who Smoke While Pregnant Could Alter Their Children’s Genes

Researchers find link between maternal smoking and altered DNA methylation

Gallup Poll: Nearly Half of Americans Concerned About Being Overweight

Weight plays major role in American public’s psyche, survey finds

Potential ‘Universal’ Blood Test for Cancer

Investigators measure effects of UV light on leukocyte DNA

Doc Touts New Treatment for Flesh-Eating Disease

Hypochlorous acid does the trick

New Device Detects Deadly Lung Disease

Simple blood test monitors infection at point of care

Dermatologists Cite Unmet Needs in Psoriasis Treatment

Emerging therapies have potential to improve psoriatic plaques

Report: COPD Costs $36 Billion Per Year in U.S.

Annual direct medical costs projected to increase to $49 billion by 2020

Study Provides New Perspective on Current C. difficile Epidemic

Most infections occur outside hospital setting

Study: Paracetamol No Better Than Placebo for Low Back Pain

Authors question treatment’s universal endorsement

Report: Over Half of MS Patients Treated With Tecfidera Have Experienced Minor Side Effects

Lemtrada and ocrelizumab will likely be reserved for aggressive/severe MS

Statins Lower Risk of Barrett’s Esophagus

Protective effects especially significant in obese patients

Study: Young Women With Heart Attack Fare Worse Than Men

Yale researchers call for more aggressive control of cardiovascular risk factors

Scientists Eliminate HIV From Human Cells for First Time

Researchers see hope for cure

Alzheimer’s Drug Market Predicted to Triple, Reaching Nearly $12 Billion, by 2023

Blockbuster status awaits novel disease-modifying therapies

Study: HPV Test Better Than Pap Test for Cervical Cancer Screening

More women develop disease after negative Pap test

New Drug Regimen Speeds TB Treatment

Three-drug combo more effective than standard therapy

Study Suggests Cystic Fibrosis May Be Two Diseases

One affects the lungs, and the other doesn’t

Cases of Drug-Resistant ‘Superbug’ Increase Significantly in Southeastern U.S.

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae is on the rise

NIH Scientists Find Gene Linked to Fatal Inflammatory Disease in Children

Repurposed drugs may offer first potential therapy

Report: State Governments May Spend $55 Billion on Hepatitis C Medications

High drug costs to force major financial tradeoffs for state budgets

UN Report: Global AIDS Epidemic Can Be Controlled by 2030

Report cites lowest levels of new HIV infections this century

Study: Topical Tamoxifen Gel Effective in Breast Cancer, With Fewer Side Effects Than Oral Formulation

Blood levels more than fivefold lower in gel-treated patients

WHO Report: High-Risk HIV Groups Threaten AIDS Progress

People most at risk are least likely to receive care

New Microchip Test Diagnoses Type-1 Diabetes

Handheld chips detect disease outside hospital settings

Diabetes Drug Pioglitazone May Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Data presented at Alzheimer’s conference

Survey: Half of Nephrologists Familiar With Newly Approved Velphoro

Respondents express interest in galectin-3 binder GCS-100

Authors See Sharp Rise in Global Antibiotic Use

Findings raise serious concerns for public health

Toddler ‘Functionally Cured’ of HIV Now Has Detectable Disease, Researchers Find

NIH announces disappointing news

Scientists Develop New Weapon in War Against ‘Superbugs’

Tiny DNA pyramids enter bacteria with deadly payloads

Researchers Find Association Between NSAIDs and Heart Attack in Postmenopausal Women

COX-2 inhibition may be the culprit

Study: ADHD Drug Approvals Rarely Include Long-Term Efficacy and Safety

Authors find gaps in FDA approval process

NIH Report: Extreme Obesity May Shorten Life Expectancy Up to 14 Years

Risk is similar to that of current smokers

HPV Vaccine Gardasil Does Not Increase Blood Clot Risk in Women

New data refute previous studies

Psoriasis Treatment Pipeline Features Innovative, First-in-Class Molecules

Targeted therapies lead the way

Survey: Insulin Degludec/Liraglutide Set to Become ‘Gold Standard’ Among Fixed-Dose Combo Therapies for Type-2 Diabetes

Need remains for agents that can elicit greater weight loss

Study Points to Simple Blood Test to Predict Alzheimer’s

Researchers link 10 proteins to cognitive impairment

New Smartphone App Measures Cortisol Levels at Point of Care

Test takes about 5 minutes

Study: Cheaper Drug for Heart Attack Procedure Could Improve Outcomes, Save Health Budgets Millions

Heparin preferable to bivalirudin after coronary intervention, authors find

Does Depression Require Hospitalization?

Inpatients have higher response rate than day-clinic patients

Sitagliptin (Januvia) Linked to Increase in Heart Failure Hospitalizations

Study analyzes patients with diabetes and pre-existing HF

Survey: Hospitals Failing on Nutrition Care

More than half of respondents are unfamiliar with consensus statement

New TB Test Offers Quicker Diagnosis

Simple device could cost less than $1,000

ER Appointments: The Latest in Medical Convenience

Patients prefer to wait at home

CDC Report: Opioid Painkiller Prescribing Varies Widely Among States

Where people live makes a difference

Cancer Immunotherapy Market Expected to Reach Nearly $9 Billion by 2022

Report foresees dominance of ipilimumab and immune checkpoint inhibitors

Study: A Third of Knee Replacement Surgeries in U.S. May Be Unnecessary

Authors call for consensus on patient selection

No Link Found Between Fertility Drugs and Breast, Ovarian, and Uterine Cancers

'Generally reassuring' results from a large 30-year study

Noroviruses Cause 1 in 5 Cases of Acute Gastroenteritis

Prevalence proves the need for vaccines, study says

Genetics Dominant Risk Factor in Common Cancers

Study of adoptees shows smaller role for environment

Half of Quality Improvement Studies Fail to Change Medical Practices, Study Finds

Only 28% led to a 10% improvement in quality of care

Continued Use of Low-Dose Aspirin May Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Study: Longer usage led to lower risk

Drug Safety Updates Often Lacking Online

A year later, a third of Wikipedia pages didn’t reflect safety warnings

Study: 3-D Mammography Detects More Invasive Cancers

The test also reduced call-back rates

Hydrogels Deliver Cancer Drugs ‘On Demand’ in New Treatment Approach

Ultrasound disrupts drug-loaded, injectable gels

Study Finds Association Between Maternal Exposure to Agricultural Pesticides and Autism

Exposure During the Second and Third Trimester of Pregnancy Heightened the Risk

Nearly 1 in 25 U.S. Babies Are Born Too Soon

Large study analyzes C-sections, induced births done without medical indication, adding to risks for infants

Study Shows Wider Benefit for Anti-Androgen Receptor Therapy

Such therapy may help treat triple-negative breast cancers

Arthritis Drug Spurs Hair Growth

Yale researchers treat alopecia with tofacitinib

Survey: Emerging Lung Cancer Treatments Expected to Offer Efficacy Benefits

Payers most receptive to therapies that improve overall survival

Breathalyzer Test May Detect Lung Cancer

Nanotech chip sniffs out tumors

Study Reverses Current Thought on Treatment of Cirrhosis

Mayo Clinic team finds metformin safe to use

Report: U.S. Health Care Ranks Last Among Wealthy Countries

America trails in access, efficiency, equity, and healthy lives

Vaccine May Cause Pancreatic Cancer to Respond to Immunotherapy

Scientists reprogram tumor cells to become immunogenic

Obesity Linked to Long-Term Unemployment in U.S.

Hypertension, high cholesterol also more common among long-term unemployed

Gender-Specific Research Improves Accuracy of Heart Disease Diagnosis in Women

Male model of heart disease doesn’t apply to women

Bionic Pancreas Outperforms Insulin Pump

Device tested to replace finger-stick tests, insulin injections in patients with type-1 diabetes

Report: Thiazide Diuretics May Pose Risk to Older Adults

Hypertension treatment can cause metabolic adverse events

Experts Foresee Approval of Three New Drugs for Huntington’s Disease By 2023

Survey identifies lack of disease-modifying therapies as critical unmet need

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found in Food Product for First Time

Implications are alarming, authors say

Researchers Aim to Put Ultrasound in Docs’ Pockets

New device has multiple point-of-care applications

Study Identifies Risk Factors for Hospital Readmission

Authors evaluate stroke patients

Report: Childhood Cancer Survivors Often Hospitalized Years After Cancer Treatment

Admissions 67% higher for survivors versus healthy controls

CDC Report: More Than 29 Million Americans Have Diabetes; 1 in 4 Doesn’t Know

Prevention efforts crucial to combat health risks

Hormone Treatment Restores Bone Density in Young Women With Menopause-Like Condition

NIH study shows way to improve bone health for patients with primary ovarian insufficiency

Survey: Costs of Prostate Cancer Surgery Vary Widely Among U.S. Hospitals

Authors find 13-fold price difference

Report: Top 5% of Opioid Prescribers Write 40% of U.S. Narcotic Prescriptions

Few prescribers are pain specialists

New Clues to Why Older Women Are More Vulnerable to Breast Cancer

Protective cells become less responsive to their microenvironment

Survey: Experts See Delayed Disease Progression as Key Unmet Need in First-Line Treatment of Ovarian Cancer

Olaparib and nintedanib show promise

Endoscope With Oxygen Sensor Detects Pancreatic Cancer

Mayo Clinic researchers see hope for earlier detection

Heart Disease Without Coronary Plaque Buildup Linked to Risk of Heart Attack

Non-obstructive CAD isn’t harmless, study shows

Hospitals Reduce Bloodstream Infections Through Better Central Line Care

Disinfection caps and ‘scrub the hub’ regimens reduce infections, cut costs

Yale Study: Screening Has Prevented Half a Million Colorectal Cancers

Findings counter controversy surrounding mammograms for breast cancer, authors say

Survey: Unmet Need Exists for New Targeted Asthma Treatments

A quarter of patients with severe persistent asthma are refractory to current therapies

Survey of ACOs Finds Surprising Level of Physician Leadership

Docs’ buy-in to payment reform may be critical to success of Affordable Care Act

Report: Medicare Could Save Billions by Scrapping Random Drug Plan Assignment

“Lower-cost” plans end up costing more

Scientists Decipher Resistance to Ibrutinib (Imbruvica) in CLL Patients

Evidence points to gene mutations

Study: Specific Gene Alterations May Increase Risk of Breast Cancer Relapse and Death

Researchers find new disease biomarker

Study: Some Vasodilators May Increase Risk of Macular Degeneration

Beta blockers are also implicated

CDC Report: Measles Cases in U.S. Reach 20-Year High

Agency urges vaccination as summer travel season approaches

Survey: Insulin Peglispro Poised to Become ‘Gold-Standard’ First-Line Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes

Improvements in hemoglobin reduction will drive formulary inclusion

Survey: ACOs Create Challenges for Branded Acute Coronary Syndrome and Atrial Fibrillation Drugs

Products that improve hospital-based outcomes have advantages in securing preferred drug status

Most Women Who Have Double Mastectomy Don’t Need It

Fear of cancer recurrence drives surgery decisions

Inexpensive Food a Key Factor in Rising Obesity, Review Finds

Authors say many common beliefs are wrong

Study: Expensive, Newer Antipsychotic Medication Is No better Than Cheaper, Older Drug for Treatment of Schizophrenia

Paliperidone and haloperidol have similar rates of efficacy failure

Survey: Sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) Dominates Hepatitis C Market

Many specialists unaware of investigational sofosbuvir/ledipasvir combo

New Test Predicts Which Stroke Patients Will Be Helped or Harmed by Clot-Busting Drugs

Computer program measures damage to blood–brain barrier

Study: E-Cigarettes May Boost Resistance of Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’

Lab data point to increased virulence

Common Treatment for Patients With Progressive Lung Disease Found to Be Ineffective

N-acetylcysteine fails to improve lung function

Current Guidelines Underestimate U.S. Cervical Cancer Incidence

Rates in older women higher than previously reported

Harvard Study Finds $1.9 Billion in Medicare Waste

Methods can be used to evaluate health care reform efforts

Calcium Supplements Not Associated With Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Women

Subjects followed for 24 years

Few Women at High Risk for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Receive Genetic Counseling

Only 10% report counseling or testing in campus study

NIH Study: New Immunotherapy Method Could Be Effective Against Wide Range of Cancers

Treatment targets mutant proteins in epithelial cells

Study Urges Caution in Stem Cell Trials for Heart Attack Patients

Controversial treatment doesn’t generate cardiomyocytes, authors say

Researchers Find ‘Bad’ Cholesterol Contributes to Cancer Spread

Integrins play major role

Survey: Launch of New Drugs Will Dramatically Affect Treatment Landscape for Liver Cancer

Biomarker-targeted agent tivantinib allows personalized treatment

CDC Report: Parasitic Infections Also Occur in U.S.

Millions of people infected

Report: Shift to Hospital Outpatient Facilities Drives Chemo Costs Higher

U.S. accounts for 41% of global spending on cancer drugs

Survey: Physicians Prefer Daptomycin and Linezolid for MRSA Infections in Hospitals

Emerging therapies will need to demonstrate improvements over standard-of-care

Glutamine Ratio Is Key Ovarian Cancer Indicator

Researchers find link to cancer biomarker

Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Prostate Cancer

Sensor device can distinguish between cancer and BPH

Survey: Most U.S. Payers Would Reimburse New Higher-Priced Asthma Drugs If They Reduce Exacerbations

Lower exacerbation rates remain top driver of physician prescribing choices

Report: Maternal Deaths on Rise in U.S.

America falls behind most high-income countries

Study Challenges Concept of ‘Healthy’ Obesity

Subclinical coronary atherosclerosis found in obese subjects

Study: Medicare Patients With Dementia 20% More Likely to Be Readmitted

Authors see dementia as marker for rapid rehospitalization

WHO Report: Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ Pose Worldwide Threat

Group compiles data from 114 countries

Survey: Epratuzumab Tops Belimumab in Treatment of SLE Patients

Unmet needs include improved effect on disease activity

Weekly Emails to Hospital C-Suite Halt ‘Superbug’ Outbreak

A. baumannii was present for nearly two decades

New Ultrasound Device May Help Detect Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke

Intravascular transducer identifies vulnerable plaque

CDC Report: U.S. Immunization Program Prevents More Than 700,000 Child Deaths

Recent measles outbreaks underscore importance of vaccination coverage

Survey: Emerging Therapies Expected to Take Lead in Treatment of Infections Due to Multidrug-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae

Formularies look for interchangeable IV and oral formulations

New Approach for Surgery Patients Cuts Hospital Stays, Costs

‘Enhanced recovery’ reduces readmission rate by half

Experts Call for Expanded Use of Medications to Combat Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Vital meds are currently underutilized, report says

Report: Vedolizumab (Entyvio) Has Potential for Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis

Gastroenterologists cite drug’s novel mechanism of action and promising efficacy

Chronic Inflammation May Be Linked to Aggressive Prostate Cancer

Researchers find connection even among men with low PSA levels

'Chaperone' Compounds Offer New Approach to Alzheimer's Treatment

Compounds protect neurons from amyloid-beta

Report: 15-Minute Visits Take Toll on Doctor–Patient Relationship

Time is money for PCPs and hospitalists

Study: ER Docs Still Give Codeine to Kids

2006 guidelines have little influence on prescribing

Is Parkinson’s an Autoimmune Disease?

T cells see neurons as “foreign invaders,” authors say

New Report Finds About 12 Million Outpatients Misdiagnosed Annually in U.S.

Published studies provide data on diagnostic errors

New CDC Data Show Declines in Diabetes-Related Complications Among U.S. Adults

Health care system still bears heavy burden

New Blood Test Detects Recurrent Breast Cancers

Assay finds cancer DNA 95% of the time

Body Mass Index Associated With Breast Cancer, Regardless of Body Shape

Study may clarify association between obesity and breast cancer

Medical Devices for Children Often Tested Only in Adults

Authors find disconnect between clinical trials and ‘real world’

Survey: Ivabradine Set to Become ‘Gold Standard’ in Treatment of Chronic Heart Failure

Opportunities exist for therapies offering reductions in mortality and hospitalization rates

Study: Nearly 10% of U.S. Adults Have Diabetes

Disease affects 21 million people aged 20 years or older

Community Demographics Linked to Hospital Readmissions

More than half of readmissions associated with location rather than performance

Cochrane Review: Governments Wasted Money Stockpiling Tamiflu

No evidence that antiviral drug stops spread of influenza

Prostate Cancer Tests Underestimate Disease in Half of Cases

Study finds need for better testing before surgery

Nephrologists Report Decline in Use of ESAs in Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis Patients Compared With 1 Year Ago

Survey finds interest in hyperkalemia drugs ZS-9 and patiromer

New Polymer–Antibiotic Combo Targets MRSA

Treatment causes bacteria to burst

Intranasal Ketamine Confers Rapid Antidepressant Effect in Major Depressive Disorder

Finding may point to new drug class

NIH Study: Spinal Stimulation Helps Paraplegic Patients Regain Voluntary Movement

Groundbreaking results offer new hope for patients with spinal cord injury

Handheld Device Uses Blood Sample to Distinguish Asthma From Allergies

Researchers track chemotaxis velocity

Survey: U.S. Neurologists Willing to Accept Safety Risk if New MS Therapies Can Reduce Disability Progression

Payers sensitive to risk profile of new therapies when making formulary decisions

Study: U.S. Childhood Obesity Rates Have Increased Since 1999

Data contradict CDC report

Study: Milk Intake May Delay Knee OA in Women

No effect seen in men

CDC Finds Dramatic Increase in E-Cigarette–Related Calls to Poison Centers

Rapid rise highlights need to monitor nicotine exposure

Study: Depression Increases Heart Failure Risk by 40%

Findings presented at European cardiology meeting

Survey: Both Physicians and Payers Are Sensitive to Risk of Next-Day Impairment With Insomnia Therapies

Highest level of unmet need ascribed to insomnia treatments with reduced risk of abuse, tolerance

Nanoparticles Cause Cancer Cells to Self-Destruct

Researchers develop novel treatment approach

Fertility Drugs Do Not Increase Long-Term Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Patients followed for 30 years in large-scale analysis

CDC Report: Pulmonary Hypertension Deaths Have Increased Over Past Decade

Death rates significantly higher for women than for men

Proton Therapy Limits Prostate Cancer Recurrence

Survey finds 97% of patients remain cancer free after treatment

NIH Report: Aspirin Shows Mixed Results in Preventing Pregnancy Loss

Only small subgroup of women appears to benefit

Medical Costs Triple for High-Risk Opioid Users

Rate of high-risk use low among commercially insured

Why Smoking Could Worsen Obesity

New study contradicts belief that tobacco helps control weight

Study: Renal Denervation Doesn’t Lower Blood Pressure

About 10,000 procedures have been performed worldwide

CDC Report: Autism Estimates Continue to Rise

Rate is 30% higher than previous estimates

Report: At 6 Months Post-Launch, Nearly One Half of U.S. Oncologists Prescribe Dabrafenib (Tafinlar) for Malignant Melanoma

Oncologists likely to replace vemurafenib prescriptions with dabrafenib/trametinib combo

CDC Studies: More Than 200 Americans Die Every Day From Health Care-Associated Infections

National and state data detail threat

New Study Shows Flu Vaccine Reduced Children’s Risk of ICU Flu Admission by Three-Fourths

First study to estimate vaccine effectiveness against flu admissions to pediatric ICUs

Report: Breast Cancer Treatment Will Become More Dynamic as Companies Launch Targeted Agents, Regimens

Perjeta and Kadcyla reshape treatment algorithm

New Septic Shock Biomarker Test

Blood analysis could improve interventions in adults

Study: Mood-Stabilizing Drug Reduces Risk of Head-and-Neck Cancer

Valproic acid reduces risk by 34% in users versus non-users

Non-Refrigerated Spray Vaccine Could Curb Diseases in Remote Areas

Nanovaccines trigger cell-mediated immune response

Report: New Heart Guidelines Could Mean Unnecessary Statins for Millions of Americans

Treatment carries risk of diabetes

Noninvasive Screening Tool for Colorectal Cancer

DNA analysis out-performs fecal immunohistochemical test

Survey Identifies Sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) as ‘Defining’ HCV Therapy

Sofosbuvir-based regimens expected to dominate treatment of genotype-1 infections

U.S. Headache Sufferers Get $1 Billion Worth of Brain Scans Each Year

Authors find that 12% of doctor visits for headaches result in a scan

Primary Androgen Deprivation Therapy Ineffective for Most Men With Early Prostate Cancer

Study finds same survival in treated and untreated patients

Sepsis Study Finds Same Survival Rate With Three Treatment Methods

NIH-funded clinical trial tests protocols against usual high-level care

New Evidence Raises Questions About Link Between Fatty Acids and Heart Disease

Research findings do not support current guidelines, authors say

Patient Requests for Specific Drugs Have Major Influence on Prescribing

Direct-to-consumer advertising may increase medication costs, study finds

Study: Colon Cancer Rates Decrease Sharply in Older Americans

Growing use of colonoscopy credited for drop

Harvard Scientists Build DNA ‘Cages’

Tiny structures could be used for drug delivery

Gonorrhea on Verge of Being Untreatable, CDC Warns

Only two cephalosporins are approved for use

Researchers Link Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer

Screening program recommended

Study: Transition to ICD-10 May Cause Information, Financial Losses for Providers

Code ambiguity could mean problems with reimbursement

Study Questions Accepted Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Findings ignite impassioned debate

Study: Prescriptions for Opioids Stabilizing After Fivefold Increase Over 10 Years

Effectiveness of prescription drug monitoring programs varies by state

Scientists Discover Potential Heart Attack Treatment Without Side Effects

Protein receptors have ‘dimmer switch’

ASCO Report: U.S. Could Face Shortage of Cancer Doctors

Document examines factors affecting America’s ability to provide high-quality cancer care

New Theory on Cause of Endometriosis

Researchers look beyond genetic mutations

Blood Test Identifies Those at Risk for Cognitive Decline, Alzheimer’s Within 3 Years

Preclinical biomarker assay may be on the horizon

Doctors Often Uncertain in Ordering, Interpreting Lab Tests

Number of tests has doubled to more than 3,500 over past 20 years

Penicillin ‘Allergy’ Label at Hospital Admission May Lead to 10% Longer Hospital Stays

But less than 5% of patients with history of ‘allergy’ are truly allergic

Report: Medication Spending Expected to Increase 5% in 2014

Prescription drug sales totaled about $326 billion last year

Micro-RNAs Retard Development of Atherosclerosis in Early Studies

Researchers see potential for nanoparticle therapy

Complications Following Surgery Predict Costly Readmissions

Online tool helps clinicians flag high-risk patients

Electrical Frequencies May Help Heal Chronic Wounds

Potential for electrical-based wound treatment is far-reaching, researchers say

Improving Antibiotic Prescribing in Hospitals Can Make Health Care Safer

CDC calls on hospitals to use new checklist to improve prescribing practices

Patient-Specific Immunotherapy Shows Promise in HIV Studies

Programmed dendritic cells attack disease antigens

Gallup Survey: U.S. Obesity Rate on the Rise

Chronic diseases are most prevalent in the most obese states

Report: Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Saved $1.5 Billion a Year in First 4 Years

Study also finds significant reductions in hospital admissions

Heart Association Calls for More Research on Gender Differences

Only one-third of subjects in cardiovascular trials are women

Novel Multidrug-Resistant Bacterium Keeps Hanging On

Swedish hospital has harbored same bug for 10 years (February 27)

Report: Newer Diabetes Drugs Cost More, But May Not Work Better

Researchers see opportunity for substantial savings (February 27)

Nobel Prize Winner Proposes New Theory for Cause of Type 2 Diabetes

Evidence points to lack of biological oxidants (February 28)

Self-Administration of Flu Vaccine With Patch May be Feasible, Study Suggests

Test subjects prefer patches over injections (February 26)

Study: Stem-Cell Injections Reduce Low Back Pain

MPCs repair disc structure (February 26)

One in Five U.S. Hospitals Don’t Put Hand Sanitizer Everywhere Needed to Prevent Infections

Study examines compliance with WHO hand hygiene guidelines (February 27)

Gallup Survey: U.S. Obesity Rate Climbs to 27% in 2013

Highest rate in Gallup’s 6-year tracking history (February 27)

New CDC Data Show Decline in Obesity Among Young Children

Obesity prevalence drops 43% (February 25)

Report: Vascular Disease Affecting Women 'Poorly Understood' by Health Care Providers

Disorder can cause hypertension, kidney failure, and stroke (February 25)

Report: Uninsured Adolescents and Young Adults More Likely to Be Diagnosed With Advanced Cancer

Study identifies age groups that have benefitted least from cancer progress (February 24)

Report: Antibody May Be Detectable in Blood Years Before MS Symptoms Appear

Findings suggest role for KIR4.1 in disease development (February 21)

Computerized Checklist Reduces Hospital Infections, Study Finds

Bloodstream infections from central lines show significant drop (February 23)

CDC Report: Flu Hits Younger and Middle-Aged Adults Particularly Hard This Season

Vaccination lowers risk of having to see doctor by about 60% for all ages (February 20)

Cell Therapy Eradicates Cancer in Clinical Study

Leukemia patients respond to genetically modified immune cells (February 19)

Report: Fluoride Dangerous to Childrens’ Brains?

Experts identify fluoride as developmental neurotoxin (February 20)

Anticonvulsant Drug Topiramate Reduces Heavy Drinking

Glutamate receptor plays key role (February 14)

Report: Cancer Doctors Have Opportunities to Cut Costs Without Risk to Patients

Experts cite potential savings on end-of-life care, medical imaging, and new drug prices (February 14)

HIV Drug Reverses Effects of Virus That Causes Cervical Cancer

Researchers see potential treatment (February 17)

New Blood Test Identifies Individuals at Risk of Heart Attack

Assessment focuses on vascular inflammation (February 13)

Report: African-Americans, Hispanics, Older Americans Not Benefiting Equally From Improvements in Colon Cancer Treatment

Survival improvements seen mainly in non-elderly Caucasians and Asians (February 14)

NIH Study Evaluates Asthma Therapies for African-Americans

Researchers explore genetics of treatment response (February 12)

Study: Metal Implants May Reduce Chemotherapy Side Effects

Palladium activates chemotherapy drugs (February 13)

Pregabalin Effectively Treats Restless Leg Syndrome

Treatment less likely to cause symptom worsening versus pramipexol (February 13)

Common Infections May Increase Risk of Memory Decline

Researchers link antibody levels to worsening cognitive function (February 13)

Study Questions Use of Mortality as Measure of Stroke Care

Early DNR orders can skew hospitals’ quality rankings (February 12)

Immune Signature Predicts Poor Outcome in Flu Patients

Discovery sets stage for more effective therapies (February 10)

Smoking Linked With Increased Risk of Most Common Type of Breast Cancer in Young Women

Smokers more likely to have estrogen receptor-positive disease (February 10)

Credit Card-Sized Device Could Help Diagnose Pancreatic Cancer in Minutes

Fluid transport technology processes whole-tissue biopsies (February 6)

Regular Aspirin Use May Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risk

NIH researchers see benefits of aspirin and nonapsirin NSAIDs (February 6)

Study: Yogurt Consumption Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Risk reduced by 28% in consumers versus non-consumers (February 5)

New Risk Factor Found for Schizophrenia

Scientists discover link to unstudied gene (January 5)

New Analysis of Endometriosis Could Help Diagnosis, Treatment

MIT team illuminates complex disease (February 5)

Study Finds Hospitals Don’t Follow Infection Prevention Rules

Authors conduct most comprehensive review in more than three decades (February 6)

EHRs Hold Promise of Improved Health Care

Authors present gaps, recommendations (February 4)

Report: Fewer Than Half of Women Attend Recommended Doctor Visits After Childbirth

Visits considered 'window of opportunity' to ensure preventive care (February 5)

Simple At-Home Stool Tests Detect Most Colon Cancers

FIT requires only one stool sample (February 4)

Report: Thousands of Unvaccinated Adults Die From Preventable Diseases

Financial barriers, insurance, communication among problems (February 4)