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Shortage of radiographers set to worsen

Ireland's chronic shortage of radiographers is set to worsen in the years ahead, due to retirements, it has been claimed. According to medical scan provider, Alliance Medical Diagnostic Imaging Ltd, around 7% of the HSE's radiography workforce ar ...

Timed vaginal insemination effective for HIV-affected couples trying to conceive

Timed vaginal insemination is an “acceptable, feasible, and effective” method for attempting pregnancy among HIV-infected women in low-resource settings, according to findings from a prospective pilot study published in PLoS One. “Female-positive/male-nega ...

PDGFRB gain-of-function mutations most prominent in pediatric myofibroma

In myofibroma and myofibromatosis, researchers found that gain-of-function mutations of PDGFRB only affect children, according to a retrospective study in JAMA Dermatology. Researchers evaluated the significance of PDGFRB mutations as a diagnostic biomarke ...

CDC opioid-prescribing guidelines impede patients who ‘should not have to fight for access’

Leaders of ASH, ASCO and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network submitted a letter to the CDC recently seeking clarification of the agency’s clinical guidelines on opioid use for pain management. The letter called upon the CDC to clarify the intended au ...

No sedentary screen time for babies, WHO says

Children under two should not be given screens or TV to keep them quiet, new guidelines say. ...

FDA approves non-surgical weight loss device for obesity

The FDA has approved a non-surgical weight loss device for adults with obesity and have a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 to 40 kg/m2, according to a press release. “Those of us who participated in the pivotal trial have the firsthand experience with the TPS d ...

Fragility index may be useful in analysis of randomized controlled trials

Results showed the fragility index may be a useful metric in analyzing the robustness of conclusions of randomized controlled trials. Joseph J. Ruzbarsky, MD, and colleagues used a systematic search strategy to identify randomized controlled trials pertain ...

VIDEO: Novel combinations can capitalize on immunogenicity of head and neck cancer

NEW YORK — Nabil F. Saba, MD, FACP, professor of hematology/medical oncology and otolaryngology and director of the head and neck oncology program at Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, spoke at HemOnc Today New York about combination approaches ...

Federal judge issues temporary injunction regarding Title X gag rule

A federal judge issued a temporary injunction against the Trump administration’s Title X gag rule that indicated what physicians could and could not say to their patients about family planning, according to an AMA article. The gag rule was to take effect o ...

Lack of Understanding, Mistrust Allows Ebola to Spread in DRC

Community representatives come to visit a family in the outskirts of Beni, DRC, to raise awareness about Ebola. Photo: World Bank/Vincent Tremeau One in four people recently surveyed in eastern Congo told researchers that they don’t believe that Ebola is ...

Statin use appears to lower risk for colorectal cancer

High adherence to statins may have beneficial effects beyond cholesterol management, including risk reduction for colon and rectal cancers, according to findings published in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases. “The best way to reduce cancer ...

2CTech begins nanoparticle retina treatment trials

2CTech Inc. has initiated a clinical trial program for quantum dots, a nanoparticle technology treatment candidate for retinal diseases, according to a press release. The study will test the safety and efficacy of quantum dots – semiconductor crystalline s ...

Digital breast tomosynthesis improves specificity of breast cancer detection

Screening with 3-D digital breast tomosynthesis appeared associated with increases in both specificity and proportion of breast cancers detected with better prognosis than two-dimensional digital mammography, according to results of a retrospective observa ...

Pediatric Sepsis Week raises awareness of life-threatening condition

The nonprofit organization Sepsis Alliance has launched Pediatric Sepsis Week, which runs April 21 to 27, to promote public awareness of the symptoms of sepsis and to educate health care providers so they can better identify and treat children with the pot ...

Live-camel handlers at higher risk for MERS-CoV infection

People who handle live camels are at an increased risk for infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, according to a study findings from the United Arab Emirates. “MERS-CoV is a zoonotic virus, and dromedaries (camels) are re ...

Program disseminates rheumatology best practices in underserved areas

Project ECHO, a training and mentoring program that connects clinicians with specialists using videoconferencing, is effective in providing primary care clinicians in underserved areas with best-practice knowledge to better care for patients with rheumatic ...

Doctors: Getting to Know Our Patients

Listening to patients is a critical part of a doctor’s education. ...

Putting Down Your Phone May Help You Live Longer

By raising levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol, our phone time may also be threatening our long-term health. ...

Coventry neurosurgeon gave patient 'appalling' surgery

Doctors say his work on a woman now "virtually unable to walk" is deeply flawed. ...

Teachers call for leave for reproductive health matters

Primary school teachers' union, the INTO, has called for special leave to be available to teachers for reproductive health matters. ...