Research Desk

Apr 05, 2019

Treatment of vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) in postmenopausal women should start as early as possible and continue as long as required, researchers say. "It is important that we encourage women to report their VVA symptoms early to their health-care professionals. This must not be regarded by the health-care profession, society, and the media as a taboo subject," Dr. Nick Panay of Imperial College London told Reuters Health.

 

Apr 05, 2019

A fecal microbiome signature accurately detects cirrhosis in patients with nonalcoholic fatty-liver disease (NAFLD), researchers report. "A stool-microbiome signature could someday be a cost-effective way to screen at-risk populations for severe forms of NAFLD and identify those individuals who would benefit most from additional clinical support," said Dr. Rohit Loomba of the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla. "With the increasing numbers of NAFLD therapeutics entering the pipeline, this approach could also be a cost-effective way to accurately classify patients and enroll them in the most appropriate clinical trials," he told Reuters Health.

Apr 05, 2019

The patient assurance program was launched by Cigna which is an optional adoption for clients of PBM Express Scripts. This collaboration between insulin manufacturers and PBM is expected lower copayments to $25 at the point of sale which also equals to 40 percent or more for many patients, Cigna said. 

Apr 05, 2019

The psychedelic drug MDMA reopens a “critical period,” when the brain is sensitive to learning the reward value of social behaviors, according to a new study with mice. The findings may explain why the drug may help treat people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Apr 04, 2019

Health Canada plans to suspend the license for Allergan Plc’s Biocell breast implant due to the risk of rare cancer linked to such implants. Allergan has 15 days to respond to Health Canada, after which the regulator would suspend the license to sell the implants if the company’s response is not satisfactory, the agency said.

Apr 04, 2019

According to a new research, almost two-thirds of healthcare providers have rated themselves as lagging in terms of Digital Health Transformation. The survey further suggested that only 11 percent of organizations were a part of early adapters in implementation of technologies. 

Apr 03, 2019

According to presented at the 2019 European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation Annual Meeting, the development of high-grade acute graft-versus-host disease post hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is a high risk for transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy. The researchers further added that 2-year survival rate in these cases was just 52%. 

Apr 03, 2019

According to a study recently published in JACC, catheter-based renal sympathetic denervation showed significant reduction in blood pressure of individuals with hypertension. But in spite of these results this study does not offer any detail regarding long-term safety. Thus there is a need for a study with large sample and long-term assessment. 

Apr 03, 2019

As per the panel discussion at ENDO 2019 on March 26 in New Orleans, every single pregnant lady does not require screening for Thyroid disease as it adds to overall costs of treatment, diagnosis, infrastructure. They recommended target screening of pregnant women who are at high-risk or who show doubtful symptoms. 

Apr 03, 2019

According to a study published in Gastroenterology, patients with IBS showed similar distribution of GUT microbiota in spite of their huge diversity otherwise. The researchers further described that they found certain bacteria that which were present due to IBS or they played a protective function against IBS.