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West African Ebola epidemic cost $53 billion, according to new estimate

The Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa was the largest of its kind, resulting in more cases and deaths than all previous outbreaks combined. According to newly published study findings, the economic value of those who died is the most significant componen ...

Most breast cancer-related tweets focus on awareness, patient experiences

MUNICH — The majority of breast cancer-related tweets focus on disease awareness and patients’ experiences rather than medical information, according to study results presented at European Society for Medical Oncology Congress. “In the era of big data, the ...

One in six premenopausal women with early breast cancer do not adhere to adjuvant tamoxifen

MUNICH — Approximately one in six premenopausal women with early-stage breast cancer failed to adequately adhere to adjuvant tamoxifen therapy 1 year after starting treatment, according to prospective study results presented at European Society for Medical ...

Use of targeted treatments for advanced cancer increasing in community setting

MUNICH — Nearly one-quarter of patients with metastatic cancer who underwent comprehensive genomic profiling at National Comprehensive Cancer Network centers in the United States received a genomically matched treatment, according to study results presente ...

Doctors 'need to start early conversation with patients about dying'

They shouldn't shy away when patients want to talk about the end of their lives, a report says. ...

Oncology pharmacy navigators guide patients to reduce costs, improve treatment compliance

PHOENIX — As an oncology pharmacy navigator, Kelly Scott Rice, PharmD, has provided medication-related support services to patients and saved her institution over $200,000 per year, according to a presentation at the Association of Community Cancer Centers ...

Children with problems or problem children?

How do we know if children are misbehaving or mentally ill? ...

Drug vial optimization reduces waste, saves costs

PHOENIX — Drug vial optimization resulted in 94% reduction in drug waste and over $43 million in cost savings, according to a presentation at the Association of Community Cancer Centers National Oncology Conference. “Drug vial waste does create several dif ...

Pathologist pioneered program that allows patients to see ‘the dragon’ they are trying to ‘slay’

PHOENIX — A pathologist described her journey to create a community cancer program, in partnership with her hospital leadership, that offers patients an opportunity to review their pathology report findings with a pathologist, here at the Association of Co ...

Speak with your patients about the harms of energy drinks

In this guest editorial, medical student Sandrine N. Defeu, BS, MPH, and her mentor, Bhargavi B. Kola, MD, MPA, FAAP, an associate professor and regional vice-chair in the department of pediatrics at Texas Tech University, Permian Basin campus, discuss cur ...

Partnership aims to bring early-phase trials to more patients

PHOENIX —A partnership between Ochsner Health System and Translational Genomics Research Institute, or TGen, brought phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials to patients across Louisiana who may not have had access otherwise, according to a presentation at the ...

More meetings between Naughten, NBP bidder identified

The Department of Communications says that following a trawl of departmental diaries, it has identified two further meetings not previously publicly disclosed which were attended by former minister Denis Naughten and businessman David McCourt. ...

Project Baseline Aims to Ward Off Illness Before We Get Sick

Researchers are recruiting 10,000 volunteers to discover the earliest warning signs of cancer, heart disease and other killers. ...

Minister makes appeal to halt deportation of Bray pupil

The Minister for Health says he has made representations to the Department of Justice and Equality in relation to the case of Eric Zhi Ying Xue, a 9-year-old boy who is due to be deported to China. ...

Flu jab should be mandatory for health workers

The flu vaccine should be made mandatory for certain healthcare professionals, including all those who work in hospitals or communities with elderly patients and infants, the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (RCPI) has said. It noted that the vaccina ...

Protests as Casey visits housing estate for Travellers

Independent presidential candidate Peter Casey has visited a new housing estate for members of the Travelling community in Thurles, just days after he made controversial comments about Travellers. ...

VIDEO: Optimizing LASIK Outcomes

NEW YORK — From OSN New York 2018, Karl G. Stonecipher, MD, clinical associate professor at the University of North Carolina, gives his presentation on optimizing LASIK outcomes. ...

VIDEO: Optimizing LASIK Outcomes

NEW YORK — From OSN New York 2018, Karl G. Stonecipher, MD, clinical associate professor at the University of North Carolina, gives his presentation on optimizing LASIK outcomes. ...

High maternal triglycerides may predict preterm birth risk

Women with high triglyceride levels in early pregnancy are more likely to experience preterm delivery than women with normal triglyceride levels, independent of early pregnancy BMI, according to an analysis of hospital medical records in China. “Abnormal m ...

Matter: Researchers Explore a Cancer Paradox

Healthy cells carry a surprising number of cancer-linked mutations, but they don’t turn into tumors. What’s holding them back? ...