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Does increasing fiber improve the health of patients with type 1, type 2 and pre-diabetes?

Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 in Diabetes mellitus | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study examined if an increase of fiber in the diet improved diabetes-related and other symptoms of health in patients with type 1, type 2 and pre-diabetes. The authors found that high-fiber diets improved blood glucose and cholesterol levels and patients’ survival. Some background Patients with type 1...

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What are the long-term effects of treatment with a biological drug versus chemotherapy for patients with advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma?

Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 in Lung cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study compared the long-term effects of biological drug pembrolizumab (Keytruda) with chemotherapy drug docetaxel (Taxotere) in patients with advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). The study found that pembrolizumab increased survival and had fewer side effects than docetaxel. Some background Patients with advanced...

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Do vitamin and mineral supplements affect the outcomes of chemotherapy in patients with breast cancer?

Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study examined if patients with breast cancer that took different vitamin supplements before or during chemotherapy had poorer results from treatment. The results showed that anti-oxidants vitamin A, C, E, carotenoids and coenzyme Q10, as well as vitamin B12 and iron, negatively impact the outcomes of patients. Some...

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Which drug improves blood flow and reduces inflammation after stent insertion in patients with heart disease?

Posted by on Mar 28, 2020 in Coronary artery disease | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study compared three drugs to see which was better at improving blood flow and reducing inflammation after patients with heart disease were given a stent. The results showed that prasugrel (Efient) improved patients’ blood flow more than clopidogrel (Plavix) or ticagrelor (Brilique). Some background Heart disease,...

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Which insulin is better for reducing blood glucose levels before hypoglycemia occurs?

Posted by on Mar 28, 2020 in Diabetes mellitus | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study compared two insulin types – degludec (Tresiba) and glargine (Lantus) – to see which was better at reducing blood glucose levels before hypoglycemia (dangerously low blood glucose levels) occurred. The study found that degludec improved blood glucose levels for longer than glargine before patients experienced...

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Evaluating a method to predict the outcomes of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia treated with imatinib

Posted by on Mar 28, 2020 in Leukemia | 0 comments

In a nutshell The study tested whether the EUTOS long-term survival (ELTS) score is efficient to evaluate treatment response in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), treated with imatinib (Gleevec). The main finding was that ELTS could effectively predict treatment outcomes among such patients in the real world. Some background Initial...

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How did availability of ibrutinib change the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

Posted by on Mar 28, 2020 in Leukemia | 0 comments

In a nutshell The study compared treatments in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), before and after Ibrutinib (Imbruvica) became available in British Columbia, Canada. The authors found that ibrutinib replaced chemoimmunotherapy for treating relapse and improved survival among patients. Some background Chemoimmunotherapy (CIT) was the...

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Can mindfulness-based counseling improve mental health for women with infertility?

Posted by on Mar 27, 2020 in Infertility | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked at whether group mindfulness sessions reduced depression in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). It found women who received 8 sessions of mindfulness training had less depression afterward. Some background Infertility affects over 10% of couples worldwide. Infertility is emotionally challenging. There...

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Are miscarriages related to an abnormal number of chromosomes in the embryo?

Posted by on Mar 27, 2020 in Infertility | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked at whether couples who had repeated miscarriages or lack of implantation were more likely to have embryos with an unusual number of chromosomes (aneuploidy). It found that couples with repeated past miscarriages were more likely to have aneuploid embryos. Some background When eggs and sperm form, pairs of chromosomes...

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NCCN guidelines for acute myeloid leukemia

Posted by on Mar 27, 2020 in Leukemia | 0 comments

In a nutshell These guidelines aimed to provide the latest guidelines on managing acute myeloid leukemia.   Some background Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is the most common form of acute leukemia in adults. Recent advances have led to new treatment options for AML such as targeted therapies and low-intensity...

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