Study finds no benefit to added chemotherapy for advanced esophageal cancer | Study links healthy lifestyles to reduced heart attack risk in men | Diabetes progression more likely with gestational diabetes, stillbirth
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Study finds no benefit to added chemotherapy for advanced esophageal cancer
Australian researchers speaking at a radiology conference said that adding chemotherapy to radiation increased gastrointestinal toxicity but did not reduce dysphagia or increase survival time for patients with advanced esophageal cancer. Researcher Michael Penniment said the palliative care trial findings could help physicians simplify treatment for patients who may see improvements in swallowing and quality of life from radiation therapy but who cannot be cured. Healio (free registration)/HemOncToday (9/18)
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Study links healthy lifestyles to reduced heart attack risk in men
A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology says practicing five healthy behaviors, including exercising and drinking moderately, could save 4 in 5 middle-aged and older men from possible heart attacks. Compared with overweight patients and those who ate poorly, exercised little, drank too much alcohol and smoked, participants who followed the recommended health behaviors were 86% less likely to experience heart attacks. HealthDay News (9/22)
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Diabetes progression more likely with gestational diabetes, stillbirth
Data presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting revealed women who suffered gestational diabetes and subsequent stillbirth were nearly 50 times as likely as women with a normal pregnancy to progress to type 2 diabetes postpregnancy. Medscape (free registration) (9/18)
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Infants fare better in single-family room NICUs
Infants in single-family rooms in neonatal intensive care units gained weight more rapidly and were heavier at discharge than babies placed in shared, open-bay NICU rooms, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Single-room care also was associated with fewer medical procedures and reduced pain levels. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog (9/22)
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Engineered protein could prevent cancer from spreading
A study in the journal Nature Chemical Biology has shown that a new protein could stop cancer cells from spreading by targeting the Axl and Gas6 proteins, whose interaction allows cancer cells to leave their original tumor sites. The protein therapy reduced metastatic nodules in mouse models of breast cancer by 78% while achieving a 90% reduction in mouse models of ovarian cancer. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (9/22)
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U.S. CIO to help address Ebola outbreak
U.S. Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel will be working with the U.S. Agency for International Development to address the Ebola crisis. He will help the agency leverage technologies such as mobile platforms to gather and analyze real-time data that could be used to stop the outbreak. The Hill (9/19)
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Health care groups to study CPOE "wrong patient" errors
A $300,000 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will help Montefiore Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Yeshiva University's Albert Einstein College of Medicine conduct research on the risk of "wrong patient" errors with computerized provider order entry. The study is intended to help identify the best formats for their CPOE platforms. Healthcare Informatics online (9/22)
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Adult gastroenteritis hospitalizations decrease when children get vaccine
Hospitalization rates for adult gastroenteritis were lower in homes where children had received the rotavirus vaccine, according to a study of more than 90,000 households. CDC researchers said outpatient cases of gastroenteritis were somewhat higher in households with vaccinated children, but noted it could be that the illness was less severe due to household protection conveyed by a vaccinated child. Healio (free registration)/Infectious Disease News (9/22)
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ACA's limits on insurers save consumers almost $3B, HHS says
Rebates under the Affordable Care Act's medical loss ratio provision along with rate review programs saved health insurance policyholders $2.8 billion between 2012 and 2013, HHS officials announced Friday. "In 2013 alone, we see that rate review programs saved consumers approximately $1 billion while providing them with the information they need to get the care they deserve," HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in a statement. The Hill (9/19)
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Anti-obesity bill to boost access to drugs, counseling
Reps. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Ron Kind, D-Wis., have introduced the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act meant to increase access to weight-loss counseling and new obesity drugs for Medicare beneficiaries. The legislation would also make incentives available to innovative biopharmaceutical firms. The Hill/Congress Blog (9/19)
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