Tag: Research

Balanced IV solutions may benefit critically ill patients

Editor's Note Using balanced solutions in intravenous fluid (IV) therapy instead of saline can reduce the risk of death in critically ill patients in intensive care by 4%. These findings were published by The Lancet Respiratory Medicine on November 30. Patients in intensive care typically receive IV fluids, which can…

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By: Brita Belli
November 30, 2023
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Researchers develop new early stage breast cancer detection device

Editor's Note Researchers from the University of Waterloo have devised a new, noninvasive method for detecting early stage breast cancer in just 2 minutes using very low electro-magnetic frequencies. The findings were first published in August in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.  The research team discovered that very low electro-magnetic…

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By: Brita Belli
November 29, 2023
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Research indicates CAB sequence yields best results in trauma patients

Editor's Note Trauma patients with massive bleeding may benefit from an initial focus on halting bleeding and restoring circulation over an airway-first approach, according to new findings published by the Journal of the American College of Surgeons on November 28.   The traditional approach to trauma patients has been to first…

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By: Brita Belli
November 29, 2023
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Stronger quads shown to reduce need for knee replacement surgery

Editor's Note Stronger thigh muscles could help patients to avoid knee replacement surgery, HealthLine November 27 reports. Preliminary research findings were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. Osteoarthritis is caused by age-related wear and tear and often occurs in those over 50. According to…

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By: Brita Belli
November 28, 2023
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Senate appoints oncologist, cancer researcher as NIH director

Editor's Note The US Senate has appointed Monica Bertagnolli, MD, as the new director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the agency’s first permanent leader in nearly 2 years and the second woman to hold the post. She is expected to face significant scrutiny from lawmakers, Chief Healthcare Executive…

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By: Brita Belli
November 17, 2023
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Concerted push for greater diversity in medical studies ongoing

Editor's Note Although Congress first required the National Institutes of Health to include more women and people of color in medical studies in 1993, progress has been slow until recently. Now, researchers are making a concerted effort to diversify medical studies, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) November 16 reports.  According…

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By: Brita Belli
November 16, 2023
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Researchers look for genetic drivers of postop pain

Editor's Note A new study that attempted to find genetic drivers of postoperative pain uncovered only two associated alleles, suggesting wider examination is needed. The findings were published in the American Society of Anesthesiologists journal Anesthesiology December 2023 issue. The researchers looked at 163 studies and evaluated 129 genes and…

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By: Brita Belli
November 16, 2023
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Fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine saved lives of rheumatic disease patients

Editor's Note Receiving a fourth dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine recommended for patients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, was found to have saved lives and reduced hospitalizations among that patient population. The findings were published in the journal The Lancet Rheumatology on November 15. The researchers used…

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By: Brita Belli
November 15, 2023
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Research study assessing accuracy of ChatGPT in medical diagnoses

Editor's Note A May 2023 study shows that ChatGPT–a large language model artificial intelligence chatbot–can make accurate diagnoses and care management decisions but is less adept at differential diagnosis. The findings were published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.  The research team from Mass General Brigham inputted all 36…

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By: Brita Belli
November 14, 2023
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Study reveals cause of deadly blood clots in some COVID-19 vaccine patients

Editor's Note A new study looked at the causes behind how some patients developed deadly blood clots following the administration of certain COVID-19 vaccines. The findings were published in the journal Blood on October 26.  Previous studies had shown that patients with Vaccine-Induced Immune Thrombocytopenia and Thrombosis (VITT) produce antibodies…

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By: Brita Belli
October 31, 2023
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