Research Desk

Jan 25, 2019

A complaint has been filed against HHS regarding Over Site-Neutral Payment Rule by 38 hospitals. The complaint suggests that such medical services are more "resource-intensive"- and thus cost more in comparison to procedures performed in physician's office. Amongst the hospitals suing are Vanderbilt Medical Center, Atrium Health hospitals, Rush University Medical Center, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Montefiore Health System and many others.

Jan 24, 2019

Researchers have conducted a state-by-state analysis to understand the geographic disparities for patients diagnosed with melanoma. The results of their study suggest that lower survival is associated with more practicing physicians in a region and a higher population of Caucasians.

Jan 24, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to revive Swiss drug company Helsinn Healthcare S.A.’s patent on the lucrative anti-nausea drug Aloxi in a victory for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, which launched a generic version of it last year. The nine justices unanimously upheld a lower court ruling that had canceled Helsinn’s patent on Aloxi for violating a provision in U.S. patent law.

Jan 23, 2019

A new research suggests that Cancer survivors have to face greater financial burdens related to medical debt payments and bills in comparison with non-cancer patients; and the scenario is only worse in younger survivors. They have added that these hardships have an impact on material issues, psychological and behavioural issues. This calls for the need for improved healthcare facilities especially in Cancer patients. 

Jan 23, 2019

Patients with ALS frequently have a string of repeated DNA code in the cells of their brain, carrying hundreds to thousands of copies within the gene C9orf72. New research looks at what triggers these repeated sequences to eventually produce the toxic proteins that are associated with ALS, frontotemporal dementia, and other neurodegenerative diseases in patients carrying the C9orf72 mutation, the most common cause of inherited ALS. The work finds that neuronal excitation and stress trigger the protein production in cells, and reveals that targeting this stress response with a known drug could reduce toxic protein production. 

Jan 23, 2019

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center and the MIND Institute at UC Davis have found that mavoglurant, an experimental drug known as an mGluR5 negative modulator, can positively modify a key characteristic behavior in individuals with fragile X syndrome.

Jan 23, 2019

Women going through menopause may have fewer symptoms of depression when they get treatment for insomnia than when they don't, a recent experiment suggests. Patients who took part in it also reported moderate improvements in depression with sleep restriction therapy, but these effects didn’t occur until six months after treatment ended. One limitation of the study is that it excluded women diagnosed with major depression, so it’s not clear how well these insomnia treatments would work for these women.

Jan 23, 2019

The relative safety of carotid artery stenting (CAS) vs carotid endarterectomy (CEA) appears to be similar in patients with and without coronary heart disease (CHD), according to results from the Carotid Stenosis Trialists' Collaboration. Results also showed that while stenting may be as safe as endarterectomy until age 75 in patients with CHD, for patients without CHD the risks of the two procedures were only equal up to age 70. 

Jan 23, 2019

A decision aid for men with lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (LUTS/BPH) can help them to make better informed, more value-congruent treatment decisions, new research shows. Given the preference-sensitive elements of this treatment decision and common misconceptions about LUTS/BPH treatment, integrating patient preferences may improve and support shared decision-making (SDM).

Jan 23, 2019

A commonly held belief among the general public is orthodontic treatment will prevent future tooth decay. Research undertaken at the University of Adelaide has found that this is not the case. Evidence from the research clearly shows that people cannot avoid regularly brushing their teeth, good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups to prevent decay in later life.