Research Desk

Dec 08, 2019

Nearly half of lymphoma patients treated with Gilead Sciences Inc’s Yescarta were alive at least three years after a one-time infusion of the CAR-T cell therapy, according to a new study. Out of 101 patients treated with refractory large B-cell lymphoma in the study, 47 were still alive at least three years later of the treatment.

Dec 06, 2019

A study published online in the journal Health Affairs suggest that people in rural areas of the U.S. who receive subsidies to buy health insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplaces pay less in premiums than their counterparts in urban areas. This change is a result of Trump Administration's 2017 cut of the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers.

Dec 06, 2019

Hairdressers may have skin damage from a hair dye ingredient even when they don’t have dermatitis, or rashes, from this exposure, a small lab experiment suggests. In the current study, researchers tested the effect of p-phenylenediamine (PPD) exposure on the activity of genes known to be involved in dermatitis and active in the skin that has been damaged. They examined gene activity in skin cells after PPD exposure in seven hairdressers without any skin symptoms suggesting an allergic reaction to the chemical, in four people with mild allergic skin reactions to the chemical and in five people with severe allergic skin reactions.

Dec 06, 2019

Obesity and gum (periodontal) disease are among the most common non-communicable diseases in the United States, and studies show these chronic conditions may be related. This new study explores the effect of obesity on non-surgical periodontal care and evaluates potential pathways that may illustrate the connection between the two conditions.

Dec 06, 2019

Study findings suggest that universal initial active surveillance (AS) for patients with small renal masses (SRMs) using predefined progression criteria can safely delay or avoid treatment for most patients with initial maximum tumor diameters less than 3 cm.

Dec 06, 2019

New research published by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) suggests high school students with a history of sports-related concussions might be at an increased risk for suicide completion.

Dec 06, 2019

Noise measurements made in real-time at randomly selected multisurgery specialty ORs revealed sound levels comparable to a hairdryer or bulldozer during critical times of surgery on both surgical count and anesthesia emergence. The study authors emphasized that these results provide strong evidence to support more restrictive noise policies in the OR.

Dec 06, 2019

Emergency departments are seeing more head and neck injuries attributed to smartphone use, researchers found, with the introduction of smartphones appearing to be a critical juncture.

Dec 05, 2019

A recent study suggested that residents of rural areas are more likely to be hospitalized and to die as compared to those who live in cities because of lack of access to specialists. The data was analysed from Medicare patients who have chronic health problems. The authors have given suggestions like expanding telemedicine in key areas, such as cardiology, to provide routine specialty care visits through technologies such as video conferencing.

Dec 05, 2019

Drugs that tamp down inflammation in the brain could slow or even reverse the cognitive decline that comes with age. In a recent study conducted by the Ben-Gurion University scientists report that senile mice given one such drug had fewer signs of brain inflammation and were better able to learn new tasks, becoming almost as adept as mice half their age. The successful treatment in mice supports a radical new view of what causes the confusion and dementia that often accompany aging. More and more research shows that, with age, the filtration system that prevents molecules or infectious organisms in the blood from leaking into the brain — the so-called blood-brain barrier — becomes leaky, letting in chemicals that cause inflammation and a cascade of cell death.