Category Archives: Medicine

Study predicts heart cells’ response to dwindling oxygen

Results may help surgeons determine when and how to treat heart attacks.  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Time is of the essence when treating a patient undergoing a heart attack. Cardiac surgeons attempt…

Hospitals that spend more on emergency care yield better outcomes

Investing more in inpatient care relative to longer-term nursing facilities reduces mortality rates. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Hospitals that spend more on initial care following patient emergencies have better outcomes than hospitals…

New technique makes brain scans better

Boosting quality of patient MRIs could enable large-scale studies of stroke outcome. CAMBRIDGE, MA – People who suffer a stroke often undergo a brain scan at the hospital, allowing doctors…

Levels of Serum Amyloid A in Bone Sarcomas Patients: Indicator of Tumor Malignancy?

In a recent study published in Electrophoresis, University of Malaya’s researchers found significant correlation between increased levels of serum amyloid A (SAA) in patients with three different bone sarcomas: pleomorphic…

Shrinking data for surgical training

Technique that reduces video files to one-tenth their initial size enables speedy analysis of laparoscopic procedures. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Laparoscopy is a surgical technique in which a fiber-optic camera is inserted…

Stem cells yield nature’s blueprint for body’s vasculature

In the average adult human, there are an estimated 100,000 miles of capillaries, veins and arteries — the plumbing that carries life-sustaining blood to every part of the body, including…

GW Pharmaceuticals Reports Strong Phase 3 Data for Cannabis Drug

British-based GW Pharmaceuticals received more good news regarding its cannabis-based drug Epidiolex. The drug maker announced positive Phase 3 data from a randomized study testing the treatment, which is a…

Zika infections could be factor in more pregnancies

Zika virus infection passes efficiently from a pregnant monkey to its fetus, spreading inflammatory damage throughout the tissues that support the fetus and its developing nervous system — suggesting the…

Microbubbles and Gene Therapy Help Heal Broken Bones

Researchers from Cedars Sinai Medical Center have developed a new technique that, if successful in humans, could replace traditional bone grafts for mending nonhealing limb fractures. The new method, which…

Amgen Reports Mixed Data in Phase 3 Bone Drug Study

An experimental osteoporosis drug being developed by Amgen and UCB produced surprising safety data in a phase 3 comparison study. The companies reported that patients taking the experimental treatment romosozumab…