Research Desk

Jan 30, 2017

A new toola type of ultraviolet light called UVCcould aid hospitals in the ongoing battle to keep drugresistant bacteria from lingering in patient rooms and causing new infections Some hospitals have already begun using UVCmachines in addition to standard chemical disinfection to kill potentially dangerous bacteria such as methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA but research on their effectiveness has been preliminary

Jan 30, 2017

Women with highrisk congenital heart disease can have successful pregnancies but should seek counseling before conception to understand how their conditions could affect pregnancy and their childs health Pregnant women with highrisk congenital heart disease need to deliver their children in a medical center with expertise in pregnancy management New recommendations provide guidance to women with complex congenital heart defects

Jan 30, 2017

Povidoneiodine is the most commonly used antiseptic for the ocular surface It is also used for the prophylaxis of infection in eyes undergoing intravitreal injection Published endophthalmitis rates are very low However some patients are allergic or sensitive to povidoneiodine and require alternative prophylaxis This study described the role of aqueous chlorhexidine as an alternative antiseptic

Jan 30, 2017

Researchers have identified a series of genetic variants that affect the severity of Crohns disease an inflammatory bowel diseasebut surprisingly none of these variants appear to be related to an individuals risk of developing the condition in the first place The researchers looked at the genomesthe entire genetic makeupof more than 2700individuals who were selected because theyd experienced Crohns disease

Jan 30, 2017

Squalaminea natural product studied for its anticancer and antiinfective properties could lead to future treatments for Parkinsons Disease This suggest that squalamine could be exploited in various ways as the basis of a potential treatment for Parkinsons Disease The compound has previously been used in clinical trials for cancer and eye conditions in US and a trial in Parkinsons Disease

Jan 29, 2017

Statins may have Reno protective effects in patients with earlystage chronic kidney disease CKD new study findings suggest Statin use was associated with a significant 482 543 decrease in allcause mortality risk in the unmatched and matched cohorts respectively

Jan 29, 2017

Researchers have established a reference range for normal total testosterone levels using values harmonized by the Steroid Hormone Standardization Program at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention CDC in Atlanta For healthy nonobese men ages 19 to 39 from Europe or the United States the harmonized normal range of total testosterone is 264 to 916 ng/dL

Jan 29, 2017

Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with earlystage nonsmall cell lung cancer endure a high treatment burden which appeared to vary by type of treatment It is associated with increasing age intense therapy and variable prognosis Efforts to understand treatment burden on older patients newly diagnosed with cancer and its effects has mostly focused on adverse events of treatment and treatment duration

Jan 29, 2017

For this study researchers took blood samples from 11 pairs of identical twins with different sleep patterns and discovered that the twin with shorter sleep duration had a depressed immune system compared with his or her sibling The results are consistent with studies that show when sleep deprived people are given a vaccine there is a lower antibody response

Jan 29, 2017

A doubleblinded randomised phase III study indicate that Nivolumab as the salvage treatment for pretreated patients with advanced gastric or gastrooesophageal junction cancer improved outcome compared to placebo It is the first randomised phase III trial in which immunotherapy agent demonstrated improved survival in the setting in which currently there is no standard of care treatment