Latest Brennan M.R. Spiegel Stories

2010-09-30 19:45:41

'Coordinated, multidisciplinary' care linked to better patient outcomes Characteristics such as patient engagement, physician communication, and staff coordination may help to explain why some dialysis centers achieve higher patient survival rates than others, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). "The purpose of this study was simple: to figure out what top-performing dialysis units might be doing...

2009-11-03 15:19:03

While risk to individuals is low, findings indicate need for broader system changes The effectiveness of a screening colonoscopy may depend on the time of day it is performed. According to a new UCLA study, early-morning colonoscopies yielded more polyps per patient than later screenings, and fewer polyps were found hour by hour as the day progressed. The findings, published in the November issue of the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, point to the need for more research in...

2005-10-03 15:08:55

FINDINGS: A UCLA/VA study found that for Hepatitis C patients who develop treatment-induced anemia due to a key medication, it is more cost-effective to take an additional drug to help prevent anemia, rather than reducing or stopping treatment altogether, which had been the standard approach. IMPACT: The study may lead to a new treatment standard for the one-third of Hepatitis C patients who develop treatment-induced anemia as a result of taking a key medication called ribarvirin. Over 4...

Word of the Day
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'