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2011-09-27 13:40:01

It's an ongoing debate: Should men over a certain age be treated for prostate cancer? Should these patients be submitted to treatments that may result in significant side effects if they may not live very much longer? Now, a study by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has shown that men over 75 with prostate cancer are being undertreated, while patients with a single comorbid condition such as peripheral vascular disease or those in wheelchairs are being over-treated...

2011-08-15 02:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study published in peer-reviewed journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases suggests that the cost of a gastric banding weight loss procedure is offset by reduction in obesity-related medical costs within 2 1/4 years for surgery-eligible patients with diabetes and within four years for all surgery-eligible patients. The study, which evaluated healthcare claim data from a group of patients who had gone under gastric banding and a group...

2011-07-14 13:20:36

A new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery has identified patients who are at a higher risk of morbidity and mortality when undergoing knee replacement surgery in both legs at the same time. The study found that patients who have a history of significant medical problems, especially congestive heart failure or pulmonary hypertension, are at increased risk for major complications. "What we sought to do for the first time with this study, was to provide evidence-based risk...

2011-07-01 12:32:18

Older breast cancer patients with certain other health problems have higher mortality rates than patients without these problems according to a study published online June 30 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The other health problems, or 'comorbidities', include heart attack and other heart-related problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, and others. Previous studies have shown that comorbidities as a group are associated with poorer overall survival and...

2011-03-11 08:45:13

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Did you know that more than 8,000,000 people in the United States have an eating disorder?  And the worst thing about this disorder is that it isn't even the most detrimental disorder involved.  Eating disorder's severity and dramatic effects have been continually demonstrated through elevated rates of impairment, medical complications, other illnesses, death and suicide. Despite the fact that the lifetime prevalence estimates of eating disorders from...

2011-01-18 16:45:00

A recent study by Merikangas and colleagues published in the January 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) shows that only half of adolescents that are affected with severely impairing mental disorders ever receive treatment for their disorders. The researchers found that approximately one third of adolescents with any mental disorder received services for their illness (36.2%). Disorder severity was significantly associated with an...

2010-10-25 16:19:37

High erythropoietin levels in people over age 85 indicate a higher risk of death, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/embargo/cmaj100347.pdf. Erythropoietin is a hormone created in the kidneys to stimulate production of red blood cells. Production is triggered by impaired oxygen delivery to the kidney because of anemia or low blood oxygen levels. In patients with chronic heart failure, high erythropoietin...

2010-10-19 14:02:17

Individuals with co-occurring psychiatric illnesses, especially anxiety and depression, appear to have an increased risk of death within 30 days of surgery, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Psychiatric illnesses occur along with physical complaints in an estimated 5 percent to 40 percent of hospitalized patients, according to background information in the article. Having a psychiatric condition is independently associated...

2010-10-06 07:00:00

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Rules-Based Medicine, Inc. (RBM), today announced the widespread commercial availability of VeriPsych(TM), the first and only blood-based diagnostic test to aid in confirming the diagnosis of recent onset schizophrenia, a potentially devastating and costly mental illness that affects about 24 million people worldwide. VeriPsych is an innovative molecular diagnostic tool designed to complement the healthcare provider's clinical impression. To view the...

2010-05-20 10:18:01

A study from Rhode Island Hospital finds patients who were "over-diagnosed" with bipolar disorder were more likely to have received disability payments and for a longer period of time. The researchers propose a link between these unconfirmed cases of bipolar disorder and the receipt of the payments. Their study and findings are published in the June 2010 edition of the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. This study is based on previous work led by Mark Zimmerman, MD, director of outpatient...