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National cooperative group trial seeks to cut in half early mortality rates for rare leukemia

Sun, 2017-11-19 21:00
(Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University) A national cooperative group trial is making a handful of the country's experts in a rare leukemia available around the clock, with the goal of cutting by more than half the high mortality rates that occur in the difficult first few weeks of treatment.Induction mortality for treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia, or APL, can be as high as 30 percent, but for patients who survive those first few weeks, survival rates can soar beyond 90 percent, making it the most curable leukemia.
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Some cancer therapies may provide a new way to treat high blood pressure

Sun, 2017-11-19 21:00
(Georgetown University Medical Center) Drugs designed to halt cancer growth may offer a new way to control high blood pressure (hypertension), say Georgetown University Medical Center investigators. The finding could offer a real advance in hypertension treatment because although a number of high blood pressure drugs are now available, they work by different mechanisms that are not suited for all patients.
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Cell-weighing method could help doctors choose cancer drugs

Sun, 2017-11-19 21:00
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) MIT researchers have shown that they can use a new type of measurement to predict how drugs will affect cancer cells taken from multiple myeloma patients. Their predictions correlated with how those patients actually fared when treated with those drugs.
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Motorcycle crashes cause 5 times as many deaths as car accidents, 6 times the health costs

Sun, 2017-11-19 21:00
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) Motorcycle accidents are costly in terms of lives and health care costs. Compared with car accidents, motorcycle accidents cause three times the injuries, six times the medical costs and 5 times the deaths, found new research in CMAJ. Despite better motor vehicle safety, injuries from motorcycle crashes have not improved.
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Many cancer survivors are living with PTSD

Sun, 2017-11-19 21:00
(Wiley) A recent study showed approximately one-fifth of patients with cancer experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) several months after diagnosis, and many of these patients continued to live with PTSD years later.
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Changes in young people's sexual practices over the last 20 years revealed

Sat, 2017-11-18 21:00
(London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) Young people today are taking part in a wider range of sexual practices, such as oral and anal sex, with opposite-sex partners compared to 20 years ago, according to new analysis by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and UCL.
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Homes should not be abandoned after a big nuclear accident

Sat, 2017-11-18 21:00
(University of Bristol) New research suggests that few people, if any, should be asked to leave their homes after a big nuclear accident, which is what happened in March 2011 following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
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Theory: Flexibility is at the heart of human intelligence

Sat, 2017-11-18 21:00
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Centuries of study have yielded many theories about how the brain gives rise to human intelligence. Some think it arises from a single region or neural network. Others argue that metabolism is key. A new paper makes the case that the brain's dynamic properties -- how it is wired but also how that wiring shifts in response to changing intellectual demands -- are the best predictors of intelligence in the human brain.
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Social mobile gaming boosts rehabilitation for physically impaired patients

Sat, 2017-11-18 21:00
(Imperial College London) A video game that enables healthy volunteers to play with patients who have physical impairments may improve their rehabilitation, suggests study.
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