Quick, innovative procedure helps men minimize incontinence after prostatectomy
Thousands of men facing surgical removal of the prostate due to cancer may someday have one less thing to worry about: post-surgical urinary incontinence.
UCLA researchers discover link between Parkinsonís and narcolepsy
Parkinson's disease is well-known for its progression of motor disorders: stiffness, slowness, tremors, difficulties walking and talking. Less well known is that Parkinson's shares other symptoms with narcolepsy, a sleep disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep, severe fatigue and general sleep disorder. more
Slowing the racing heart
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago explain in the May 11 issue of Circulation Research how an enzyme acts on the heart's pacemaker to slow the rapid beating of the heart's "fight-or-flight" reaction to adrenaline. more
Bare-metal stents are better for some heart patients
While drug-eluting stents are effective in keeping open diseased heart arteries, they should not be used for patients who need to have non-cardiac surgery a short time after an interventional heart procedure. A presentation at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions in Orlando by cardiologists at Jefferson Medical College indicates that for these patients, bare metal stents provide a safer choice. more
Abbott's HIV-1 viral load test approved by FDA for use on new m2000(TM) molecular diagnostics instrument
More than 2 million HIV viral load tests performed annually in the United States; U.S. launch of m2000 instrument and HIV-1 test represents substantial improvement over existing methods to detect and measure HIV-1 and all known genetic variations of the virus
FDA approves Neupro patch for treatment of early Parkinson's disease
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the approval of Neupro (rotigotine transdermal system), a skin patch designed to treat symptoms of early Parkinson's disease. more
USDA fact sheet: Melamine and analogues safety/risk assessment
There is very low risk to humans from eating pork, chicken and eggs from animals fed animal feed supplemented with pet food scraps that contained melamine and related compounds, according to an assessment by federal scientists. more
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