Research Desk

Mar 27, 2019

A new study has identified substantial changes in the types of physicians and facilities performing colonoscopy in South Carolina that may indicate national trends. With the increased use of colonoscopy in recent years due to enhanced insurance coverage, a number of different providers including family medicine, internal medicine, general and colorectal surgeons, and physician assistants now do colonoscopies.

Mar 27, 2019

Scientists at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia have made  a method of preparatory counseling which can be helpful in preparing men for the psychological impact of their screening results for Prostate cancer. The scientists added that this method allows men to process the screening result information by doing role play, one of the oldest techniques in the clinical psychology. 

Mar 27, 2019

The Trump administration expanded its anti-abortion policies, cutting funding to the Organization of American States (OAS) and prohibiting the use of U.S. tax dollars to lobby for or against abortion rights. The United States will expand that Mexico city policy, known by critics as the “global gag rule,” by cracking down on nongovernmental organizations that fund other groups that support abortion.

Mar 27, 2019

According to findings published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, microbiome found in children's larynx resembles viral and bacterial microbiome observed in deep endotracheal samples. The researchers added that these samples could be used as a proxy for lung microbiota, which woule help the clinicians to better understand the causes and also the management of LRTI in children. 

Mar 27, 2019

Results of a registry study suggest that Testosterone replacement therapy is helpful in preventing progression to Diabetes. This could be useful in men with low testosterone, hyopogonadism and prediabetes. The researchers added that the aim should be to achieve normoglycemia rather than a prediabeteic state. 

Mar 27, 2019

Novel study finds that prostate cancer cells change the behaviour of other cells around them, including normal cells, by 'spitting out' a protein from their nucleus. The tiny pieces of protein are taken up by the other cells, provoking changes that promote tumour growth and help the cancer hide from the body's immune system.

Mar 27, 2019

All benzodiazepines have the potential for abuse, addiction, and diversion. Combined with opioids, benzodiazepines can depress respiration, causing coma or death. According to an analysis in JAMA Network Open of 386,457 ambulatory care visits in the United States, the rate of benzodiazepine-related visits nearly doubled in recent years. The study also found that co-prescribing benzodiazepines with opioids had quadrupled.

Mar 27, 2019

A  randomized trial from Norway has revealed that surgical intervention helped patients who had persistent symptoms of Hashimoto's disease in spite of appropriate hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Among patients with euthyroid status on HRT who had persistent Hashimoto-related symptoms, total thyroidectomy significantly improved their overall health 18 months after surgery compared with hormonal medical management.

Mar 27, 2019

Researchers find that there has been a significant and steady decline in rates of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in older adults over the past 20 years, and mortality after AMI is at a historic low. Between 1995 and 2014, the hospitalization rate for AMI fell 38% and the adjusted 30-day mortality rate declined 34%.

Mar 27, 2019

Experts say that the administration should make its interoperability rules more clear and encourage increased use of technologies to improve patient matching in electronic health records. The rules address ways to make healthcare records more interoperable, including banning information blocking by health IT vendors or healthcare providers.