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Image: A new study reveals that for treating incontinence, other options do not deliver the same kind of success as surgery (Photo courtesy of iStock).

Study Shows Most Incontinence Treatments Deliver Meager Results

Researchers at Kleijnen Systematic Reviews, Sahlgrenska Academy, and other institutions conducted a review of studies to assess cure rates from treating urinary (UI) or fecal incontinence (FI) in adult patients, and how many remain dependent on containment strategies. To do so, Medline, Embase, PsycINFO, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), CINAHL, and PEDro were searched from January 2005 to June 2015. Supplementary searches included conference abstracts and trials registers. More...
19 Apr 2017
Image: The Absorb BVS, the stent used in the study (Photo courtesy of Abbott Vascular).

Increased Thrombosis Casts Doubt on Bioresorbable Scaffolds

A new study reveals that bioresorbable scaffolds are associated with a fivefold higher incidence of thrombosis than a metallic stent following routine percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). More...
18 Apr 2017
Fluke Biomedical
Image: The Optune TTFields device (Photo courtesy of Novocure).

Electronic Field Device Extends Glioma Survival

An energy-emitting device that generates tumor-treating fields (TTFields) significantly improves newly diagnosed glioblastoma survival, according to a new study. More...
18 Apr 2017
Image: New technology may soon ease the global blood shortage (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock).

Immortalized Erythroid Line Facilitates Mass Production of RBCs

A robust and reproducible technique allows the production of immortalized erythroid cell lines, which can be cultured indefinitely for large-scale production of red blood cells (RBCs). More...
12 Apr 2017
Image: A new study asserts triage guidelines should include questions about blood thinners (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock).

Patient’s Blood Thinner History Critical to EMS Triage

Adding anticoagulant or antiplatelet use to field triage guidelines for emergency medical services (EMS) could be a clinically important when responding to older adults with head trauma, according to a new study. More...
11 Apr 2017
Image: Research shows olfactory loss is linked to a higher mortality risk (Photo courtesy of Getty Images).

Loss of Smell Loss Can Predict Increased Mortality Risk

A new study suggests that poor odor identification and poor self-reported olfactory function are associated with greater likelihood of future mortality, irrespective of dementia status. More...
07 Apr 2017
Image: Steroid injections to treat lower back pain show no long-term benefit, according to a new study (Photo courtesy of Getty Images).

Intradiscal Steroid Temporarily Alleviates Lower Back Pain

A single intradiscal injection of glucocorticoid (GC) is associated with reduced short-term low back pain (LBP) in patients with active discopathy, according to a new study. More...
06 Apr 2017


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