Volume 11 Issue 221
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Aug-2009 
Next Update - 14:00 UC 08:00 EST 26-Aug-2009






Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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New treatment option for ruptured brain aneurysms

Researchers in Finland have identified an effective new treatment option for patients who have suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm, a potentially life-threatening event. Results of the new study on stent-assisted coil embolization were published today in the online edition of Radiology. more  

Minorities have poorer results, higher rates of inappropriate surgery to prevent stroke

Minorities have poorer results and higher rates of unnecessary surgery from a common procedure used to remove plaque from inside the carotid artery, according to a UT Southwestern Medical Center doctor who is lead author of the study in the journal Stroke. more

Antidepressants: benefit of SNRI is proven

Venlafaxine and duloxetine alleviate symptoms better than sham drug The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) was commissioned by the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) to investigate whether patients with depression benefit from taking drugs belonging to the selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) drug class. more  

Study finds promise in combined transplant/vaccine therapy for high-risk leukemia

Two of the most powerful approaches to cancer treatment -- a stem cell transplant and an immune system-stimulating vaccine -- appear to reinforce each other in patients with an aggressive, hard-to-control form of leukemia, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists have found. more

Hepatic injury in cholelithiasis and cholecystitis  

Acute hepatocellular injury is a commonly encountered phenomenon in patients with cholelithiasis and concomitant common bile duct (CBD) stones. However, in clinical practice, it seemed to occur also in cholelithiasis patients without evidence of CBD stones. Its incidence and final outcome necessitated clarification. more

Fat in the liver -- not the belly -- is a better marker for disease risk 

New findings from nutrition researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggest that it's not whether body fat is stored in the belly that affects metabolic risk factors for diabetes, high blood triglycerides and cardiovascular disease, but whether it collects in the liver. more

New research examines how career dreams die

A new study shows just what it takes to convince a person that he isnít qualified to achieve the career of his dreams. more

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Two of the most powerful approaches to cancer treatment -- a stem cell transplant and an immune system-stimulating vaccine -- appear to reinforce each other in patients with an aggressive, hard-to-control form of leukemia