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Study: New biomarker in blood could detect extent of heart attack
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The presence of troponin I, a biomarker protein in muscle tissue that indicates heart muscle damage, could indicate a person likely to suffer from heart attacks, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The test for troponin could make the detection of heart attacks quicker and more accurate. According to the study, higher levels of troponin could suggest the individual is at greater risk of suffering from a heart attack.

5 medical advances predicted for 2012
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Great medical feats were accomplished in 2011. Dallas Wiens was the first recipient of a full-face transplant in the United States and HIV researchers found a way to lower an infected person's chance of transmitting the virus during sex by 96 percent. What significant advances can we expect in 2012? Here are five predictions, provided to MyHealthNewsDaily by experts in their fields. More

India's drug trials fuel consent controversy
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Since India eased guidelines for conducting drug trials in 2005, the number of Indians participating has shot up to 150,000 from close to zero, as international drug companies take advantage of lower costs here. But questions about the consent process have fueled fears that many Indians are entering the trials without knowing the risks. More

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Hopkins to study genetics of asthma in African-Americans
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Johns Hopkins researchers will map the genetic code for asthma in people of African descent in hopes of understanding why the disease and other allergy-related ailments disproportionately afflict that population. Until now, the link between genetics and asthma has been studied using mostly men and women of white European descent. The Hopkins researchers will leverage data from other genome projects to look at how hereditary factors affect African-Americans who have the disease. More

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New cartilage surgery may offer long-term knee fix
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After having trouble getting up or sitting, Tennessee resident Josh White enrolled in a study testing a new surgical procedure designed to provide a long-term fix for often-debilitating cases of cartilage damage in the knees of relatively young men and women. The new type of surgery involves grafting healthy cartilage from non-weight-bearing areas of the knee and implanting it on weight-bearing points where the original cartilage is damaged. More

FDA's social media 'guidelines' befuddle big pharma
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After a two-year wait that included the fanfare of a two-day public hearing, the Food and Drug Administration quietly announced new social-media marketing guidelines for pharmaceutical companies. The FDA posted its guidance in the Federal Register, an under-the-radar move neither announced by press conference nor press release. The guidance seems to fall a bit short of what a legion of pharma-industry and healthcare-agency marketing execs anticipated. More

Aspirin-exacerbated disease tied to smoke
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Adults with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease are more than three times as likely to have been exposed to secondhand smoke as kids. According to a study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, about 10 percent of people with asthma and one-third of asthmatics with chronic sinus inflammation have aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease. More

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Less trastuzumab cardiotoxicity in beta-blocker users
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Beta-blockers appear to be cardioprotective in breast cancer patients on trastuzumab, according to a prospective case-control study. The risk of developing new-onset heart failure or left ventricular dysfunction during one year on cancer drug trastuzumab was 65 percent lower in breast cancer patients who were on a beta-blocker at the start of the monoclonal antibody therapy than in other breast cancer patients who were not. More

FDA aims at reused medical devices
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The FDA has renewed its focus on reusable medical devices after receiving reports that patients were exposed to infection when the instruments weren't properly cleaned. While the federal watchdog agency urged patients not to delay or forgo medical procedures for fear of infection, the risks have roused concerns over multiple-use medical devices. More

Dead brain cells linked to elderly memory loss
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New research links "silent strokes," or small spots of dead brain cells found in about one out of four older adults, to memory loss in the elderly. According to a study — published in medical journal Neurology — a group of 658 people age 65 and older and free of dementia were given MRI brain scans. Participants underwent tests measuring their memory, language, speed at processing information and visual perception. A total of 174 of the participants had silent strokes. More


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Carbon layer lubricates all-metal hips
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The lubricant that forms to lessen friction in metal-on-metal hip replacements is made of a thin, graphitelike layer of carbon, not protein as researchers suspected. That surprise might pave the way for long-lasting implants. To better understand what happens in an implanted metal-on-metal hip, Chicago-based scientists focused on the joint's surface, using electron microscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. More

Less than 1 percent of hospitals fully use tablets
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Less than one percent of U.S. hospitals have fully functional tablet systems, according to California's West Wireless Health Institute. Despite government financial incentives, hospitals are still slow to adopt electronic medical records, the institute's director told Kaiser Health News. Those that do might not have access to a native tablet application from the EMR developer, and even then, the app might include only read-only functionality. More
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