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2014-04-17 16:27:22

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 20 percent of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital's open heart surgeries are now bloodless, meaning no blood or blood products given during surgery. The Memphis, Tenn., hospital's Heart Institute has been taking aggressive steps to minimize blood loss during surgery and reduce perioperative blood transfusions over the last 18 months. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140417/76284 "Blood transfusions increase a...

2014-04-17 16:26:59

Lumiphore Inc., a pharmaceutical leader in bifunctional chelator design, is developing in vivo radio-diagnostic imaging and site-directed radio-therapeutics, using its proprietary bifunctional radionuclide metal-chelation technology; it has received a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II Grant entitled "Novel macrocyclic chelating groups for use in targeted radioisotope diagnostic and companion diagnostic/therapeutic applications." BERKELEY,...

2014-04-17 16:26:55

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NanoSmart(®) and NanoValent, private pharmaceutical companies developing novel cancer pharmaceuticals, have entered into a research collaboration agreement to explore the feasibility of jointly developing an ANA-conjugated liposomal doxorubicin nanoparticle for the treatment of ovarian cancer and other solid tumors. The joint project combines NanoValent's hybrid polymerized liposomal nanoparticle (HPLN), which can be loaded with...

2014-04-17 16:26:48

OAKLAND, Calif., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente's Medicare health plan website, kp.org/medicare, received top marks again from HealthMetrix Research Inc. for offering Medicare consumers an easy, positive and high-value experience. The independent research firm announced its list of "Outstanding Medicare Advantage Plan Websites" for 2014 MedicareWebWatch certification, and Kaiser Permanente's Medicare plan site was also recognized as one of the top six benchmark sites...

2014-04-17 16:26:46

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ben Quirk and Quirk Healthcare donated over 800 hours of customization work to the Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center's new Electronic Health Records system that launched on Monday, April 7, 2014. The customization work will allow the care management piece, essential to the services provided by CDTC, to be relevant with the new system. "We are very fortunate to have found a company that goes above and beyond when it...

2014-04-17 16:24:27

LOS ANGELES, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Verde Media Group Inc. (OTC: VMGI) Tune in tomorrow Friday the 18(th), with Alan and Adam Scavone for another addition to the Pot-Cast. This week will focus on drug policy and reform and how it relates to our nation's health. Adam Scavone is the co-founder and director of the New York Cannabis Alliance. He is a 2013 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, where he founded a chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and holds a master degree...

2014-04-17 15:40:57

Deaths from viral Hepatitis B and C have surpassed HIV/AIDS in many countries, including Australia and in Western Europe, according to an analysis of the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study. The analysis was conducted by Dr Benjamin Cowie and Ms Jennifer MacLachlan from the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health, and was presented at The International Liver Congress in London earlier this month. “Liver cancer is the fastest increasing cause of cancer deaths in Australia,...

2014-04-17 15:39:29

Scientists have uncovered a new way the immune system may fight cancers and viral infections. The finding could aid efforts to use immune cells to treat illness. The research, in mice, suggests that some organs have the immunological equivalent of “neighborhood police” – specialized squads of defenders that patrol only one area, a single organ, instead of an entire city, the body. Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that the liver, skin...

2014-04-17 15:37:43

Texas researchers recommend new early colorectal cancer screening guidelines for young cervical cancer survivors Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston are the first to recommend that young women treated with radiation for cervical cancer should begin colorectal cancer screening earlier than traditionally recommended. The UTMB researchers, finding a high incidence of secondary colorectal cancers among cervical cancer survivors treated with radiation, offer...

2014-04-17 15:26:52

Indiana University researchers have detected new early-warning signs of the potential loss of sight associated with diabetes. This discovery could have far-reaching implications for the diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy, potentially impacting the care of over 25 million Americans. "We had not expected to see such striking changes to the retinas at such early stages," said Ann Elsner, professor and associate dean in the IU School of Optometry and lead author of the study. "We...


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Pharmacophobia
2013-12-24 12:55:45

Pharmacophobia or medication phobia, comes from Greek pharmakon, meaning “drug, medicine” and phobos, meaning “fear”, is the fear of the use of pharmacological treatments. In severe, excessive, and irrational cases, it might be a type of specific phobia. While lack of awareness by patient of adverse drug reactions can have a serious consequence, having a phobia of medications can also have serious detrimental effects on the patient’s health. Medication phobia can also lead to...

Pork Tapeworm, Taenia solium
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The pork tapeworm (Taenia solium), also known simply as a tapeworm, is a species of parasitic worm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. This species infects pigs and humans in many areas of the world including Africa, Southern Europe, Asia, South America, and some areas of North America. This species can cause cysticercosis in its larval stage, which is one of the major causes of seizures in humans. The pork tapeworm can reach an average body length between 2 to 3 meters, but...

Rodent Tapeworm. Hymenolepis microstoma
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The rodent tapeworm (Hymenolepis microstoma) is a parasitic worm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. This species affects rodents across the world, causing hymenolepiasis, but it does not often affect humans. Most of the available information regarding tapeworms is derived from the studies conducted on this worm and the other members of its genus, Hymenolepis. These worms have been present in laboratories since the 1950's and can either be raised and kept in a culture or be...

Paragonimus westermani
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Paragonimus westermani is a species of fluke, or flatworm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. This species is abundant in South America and Asia and affects the lungs of humans and other hosts. It was first discovered in 1878 in Europe after two Bengal tigers died. In 1879, Ringer found this species in the lungs of a human. Manson and Erwin von Baelz identified the sputum and eggs separately in 1880, after which Manson asserted that a snail was most likely the worm's...

Echocardiogram
2013-07-29 11:11:00

An echocardiogram is a test that, much like an ultrasound, uses sound waves to create a moving image of the heart. The most common type of echocardiogram is performed transthoracic, meaning the image is taken through a probe against the chest. A TTE does not involve radiation and is a very safe procedure. A cardiac sonographer will put a gel on the patient's chest and move the transducer around different areas, including directly anterior to the breastbone, inferior and lateral to the right...

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