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PET scanning for patients with small-cell lung cancer

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Lung cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study determined whether PET scanning helps improve overall survival for patients with small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). This study found that overall survival was significantly longer in patients with SCLC who had PET scanning. Some background Determining the disease stage for patients with SCLC is a key part of determining the...

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Safety of nivolumab and radiation therapy in patients with NSCLC that has spread

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Lung cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study evaluated the safety of nivolumab (Opdivo) combined with radiation therapy for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has spread. This study found that radiation therapy before or after treatment with nivolumab was not associated with an increased risk of severe side effects. Some background...

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Canagliflozin versus sitagliptin in type 2 diabetes

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Diabetes mellitus | 0 comments

In a nutshell The aim of this study was to compare blood sugar control and weight loss in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) who were treated with canagliflozin compared to sitagliptin. The main finding was that patients treated with canagliflozin had better blood sugar control and greater weight loss than those treated with sitagliptin. Some...

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Does empagliflozin help lower blood pressure in patients with diabetes and high night time blood pressure?

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Diabetes mellitus | 0 comments

In a nutshell The aim of this study was to monitor blood pressure changes with empagliflozin (Jardiance) treatment and normal blood pressure treatment in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and uncontrolled night time high blood pressure. The main finding of the study was that these patients had reductions in their blood pressure when empagliflozin was...

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Stereotactic body radiotherapy improves survival of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the effectiveness of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) in metastatic (spread to other parts of the body) colorectal cancer outcomes. Researchers suggested that SBRT improves survival in these patients. Some background Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide. The liver is the most...

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Segmental muscle vibration improves muscle strength in patients with stroke and arm disability

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the effect of segmental muscle vibration (SMV) in the treatment of patients with stroke and arm weakness. Researchers suggested that SMV improves muscle strength in these patients. Some background Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Around 40% patients with stroke have arm disability. Less...

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Bright light therapy improves the quality of sleep of patients with Parkinson disease

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Parkinson's Disease | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the effectiveness of bright light therapy (BLT) in treating depression and sleep quality in patients with Parkinson's disease. Researchers suggested that BLT helps in reducing depressive symptoms and improving the quality of sleep in these patients. Some background Patients with Parkinson's disease may...

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Self-monitoring blood pressure – how important is the correct monitoring schedule?

Posted by on Mar 16, 2019 in Hypertension | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated if there is an optimal self-monitoring (SM) blood pressure (BP) schedule for patients with hypertension. They found that SM-BP should be done for 3 days and can increase to 7 days if necessary. Some background Hypertension or high blood pressure (BP) is a serious medical condition. If uncontrolled, it can lead to...

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Is early intervention in acute coronary syndrome more successful?

Posted by on Mar 16, 2019 in Coronary artery disease | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated if early intervention in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) improves clinical outcomes (COs). They found that early intervention does not have an effect on long-term COs in ACS. Some background Coronary artery disease (CAD) is used to describe heart conditions caused by reduced blood flow. Acute coronary syndrome (ACS)...

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