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Fish oil for heart attack prevention: Is it a myth?
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Experts are so convinced of the benefits of the omega-3s in fish that health officials recently recommended Americans eat more of it. But what about fish oil capsules? A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine throws the theory into doubt: According to the analysis of 14 controlled trials, those taking the fatty acid pills had about the same rates of heart disease, death from heart attacks, congestive heart failure and stroke as those on placebo. More



Somatic mutations in 2 genes identified in stomach cancer
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Somatic mutations have been identified in two genes, FAT4 and ARID1A, involved in cell adhesion and chromatin remodeling in some patients with stomach cancer, according to a study published in Nature Genetics. To investigate the somatic alterations in gastric cancer, researchers sequenced the exomes of 15 gastric adenocarcinomas and their corresponding normal DNA. More

Invasive heart test being dramatically overused
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An invasive heart test used routinely to measure heart function is being dramatically overused, especially among patients who recently underwent similar, more effective tests, according to a new study. The procedure — left ventriculography or left ventriculogram — was developed 50 years ago to assess how well the heart functions by using a measurement method called "ejection fraction." More

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Labs beef up courier and logistics to deliver more value to physicians
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Like everything else in laboratory medicine, even such once-simple operational areas as logistics and courier services are becoming complicated — and more expensive. The reasons are familiar to all clinical laboratory managers and pathologists. For example, sophisticated new diagnostic technologies require that specimens be transported with greater care to ensure that they arrive at the medical laboratory with full integrity. More



New stem cells could aid transplant studies
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Researchers have generated a new type of human stem cell that can develop into numerous types of specialized cells. Called endodermal progenitor cells, the new cells show two important advantages over embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells: They do not form tumors when transplanted into animals, and they can form functional pancreatic beta cells in the laboratory. More

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AABB offers clinical practice guideline on red cell transfusion
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More than 15 million units of whole blood and red cells are transfused a year in the United States, and the decision on when to transfuse varies widely among medical practitioners. To optimize blood management, the American Association of Blood Banks developed a clinical practice guideline with recommendations for the appropriate use of red cell transfusions for stable adults and children, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. More


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For some appendicitis cases, antibiotics may do the trick
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Since 1889, appendectomy — the surgical removal of the appendix — has been the go-to treatment for acute appendicitis. But a new study finds that going under the knife may not be necessary. For two-thirds of patients, antibiotics may work just as well, or better, than surgery. More

Delivering chemo drugs with nanobubbles more deadly to cancer
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Using light-harvesting nanoparticles to convert laser energy into "plasmonic nanobubbles," researchers are developing new methods to inject drugs and genetic payloads directly into cancer cells. In tests on drug-resistant cancer cells,  researchers found delivering chemotherapy drugs with nanobubbles was up to 30 times more deadly to cancer cells than traditional drug treatment. More


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Therapy of non-small cell lung cancer: Past, present and future
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For years, the progress in treating non–small-cell lung cancer had reached a plateau. In the last decade, primarily because of molecular oncology, translational research has emerged as the foundation for new therapies for this resistant disease. Recently, there has been a paradigm shift in the approach to NSCLC. New and relevant studies are examining the role of histology, biomarkers and growth factor receptor inhibitors in the treatment of NSCLC. More

What are common causes of glomerular disease in adults?
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Glomerular diseases involve a wide spectrum of disease processes. They can result from an acute illness, such as an upper respiratory infection that self-resolves, or from chronic disease states, such as HIV. In some instances, such illnesses as systemic lupus erythematosus can cause rapidly progressive renal failure, requiring prompt intervention. While glomerular diseases can be daunting, it is essential for hospitalists to be familiar with fundamental concepts and key features unique to each syndrome. More
 
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