Research Desk

Feb 06, 2019

Researchers from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China have investigated how the human tongue microbiota could act as a diagnostic tool for pancreatic cancer. Their findings point to telling differences in the bacterial populations on the tongues of healthy people versus those of people with early-stage pancreatic cancer..

Feb 06, 2019

The MIND-USA Study randomly assigned 566 ICU patients who developed delirium to receive up to 20 mg haloperidol daily, 40 mg ziprasidone daily, or placebo for 14 days. There was no statistical difference between the groups with regard to delirium duration. 

Feb 06, 2019

Many surgeons have called for changes in medical device regulation, particularly at last spring’s major international meeting of hernia surgeons, saying it could make surgery safer for patients. At the 2018 International Hernia Congress, surgeons appealed for long-term surveillance of mesh once it has been implanted.

Feb 06, 2019

Neutrophil extracellular traps also called NETs, are the weapons of the human immune system. J. Scott VanEpps, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine at Michigan Medicine and his team recreated NETs in the laboratory and found that they captured E. coli and found they could also kill it. This led to the team examining how microwebs might play a role with antibiotics.

Feb 05, 2019

According to Kaufman Hall's 2019 CFO Outlook: Healthcare report, approximately 13% CFO's believe that their organisation is very prepared to handle the new model; while others displayed a lack of confidence in their current ability to handle these new changes. Inspite of this lack of cofidence CFO's widely agree that improvement opportunities exist especially with respect to cost management and efficacy. 

Feb 04, 2019

Researchers has discovered that breast cancer cells can shift between two forms of the cell surface molecule CD44, CD44s and CD44v. This study shows that breast cancer cells expressing mainly CD44s have increased metastatic behavior and resistance to therapy, while those expressing CD44v do not associate with these behaviors but do present increased cell proliferation.

Feb 04, 2019

Using high-throughput sequencing, genetic membrane tagging, and a single vesicle flow technique in a mouse model of asthma, researchers found that microRNAs and extracellular vesicles (EVs)  selectively expressed by immune cells increased after the induction of allergic airway inflammation.

Feb 04, 2019

The study examined tissue and mucus specimens of 147 patients between the ages of 18 to 78 who required sinus surgery for their chronic sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis is characterized by a group of cytokines associated with allergy and asthma called Th2-associated cytokines. Older patients tend to not have significant elevations of those particular cytokines. Because of this variation, older patients would theoretically be less likely to respond to the steroids used to treat chronic sinusitis characterized by Th2-associated cytokines.

Feb 04, 2019

FDA approves cheaper rival Allergan’s Botox to treat frown lines. The approval of Evolus’s Jeuveau to treat frown lines comes about eight months after the agency declined to approve the drug, citing deficiencies related to the chemistry and manufacturing of the product.

Feb 04, 2019

The new implants form part of the Ilizarov system variation applied for lengthening and correcting the deformations of long tubular bones in children. During the preclinical tests, Tomsk implants made it possible to reduce the terms of limb lengthening two times.