Two Studies Cast Doubt On Common Prostate Cancer Test

A common prostate-cancer screening test may be largely ineffective, according to two new studies. Scientists in the U.S. and Europe found that the PSA blood test saves few lives and leads to unnecessary treatments for large numbers of men.

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[Video Profile] eCardio Diagnostics

Identifying a cardiac arrhythmia is an important first step in diagnosing a potentially life-threatening heart condition. Texas-based eCardio Diagnostics, a leading provider of digital holter monitors, seeks to improve the speed and accuracy of this process.

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State of the Art: Anti-Adhesion Barriers

Many patients are concerned about the external scars that form following surgical procedures, but a much greater risk can come from internal scarring. Adhesions are a type of post-surgical scar tissue that forms between two internal organs or surfaces that are normally separated.

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Two Studies Show Potential for Treating Drug-Resistant TB

Tuberculosis, or TB, is one of the world’s most widespread lethal diseases, killing someone every 20 seconds. An estimated one-third of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis. Current medications for TB must be taken for six months, but many patients stop before they’ve completed the full course, which has caused drug-resistant strains of TB to develop in recent years. However, two new studies are showing promise in treating this highly infectious disease.

According to Science Daily, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University found that a combination of two FDA-approved antibiotics showed potential for treating drug-resistant TB. One of the drugs, clavulanate, inhibits a bacterial enzyme that normally protects TB bacteria from the other antibiotic (meropenem). Clinical trials of the combined treatment are scheduled to take place later this year in South Africa and South Korea.

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The Medical Home: Babysitting the Baby Before it’s Born

Israel-based Biopad has developed a device to monitor a baby’s kicking inside the womb, reports Israel21c. The product was developed […]

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In Septic Shock: Are We in the Early Stages of a Sepsis Epidemic?

Few people outside the medical profession have even heard of Sepsis, the third most common cause of death for hospitalized […]

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OneMedPlace to cover 2009 Health Technology Investment Forum

Until recently, the healthcare industry has been slow to adopt information technology. But with an aging Baby Boomer population, and […]

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Thousands may benefit from mitral valve repair innovations

Traditional heart surgery to repair faulty valves entails opening the chest cavity and temporarily stopping the heart. The surgery’s invasiveness […]

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[Video Profile] CoreSpine Technologies

One of the most important steps in spinal implant surgery is removing all nucleus material from the lumbar disc before […]

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Columbia study links depression, heart disease in women

Depression can lead to heart disease in seemingly healthy women, a new study reports. Scientists at Columbia University tracked 63,000 […]

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