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Evaluating a new treatment for gastric symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 in Parkinson's Disease | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study determined the effect of DA-9701 (Motilitone) on gastric motility (GM: movements of the digestive system) in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Researchers suggested that this drug improves GM in these patients. Some background Patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) have an abnormal digestive function. This can...

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10 years of treatment vs 5 years of treatment with hormone therapy in patients with early stage breast cancer.

Posted by on Oct 22, 2018 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study wanted to find out if continuing hormone therapy for 10 years was more effective than doing it for 5 years in patients with early stage breast cancer. The study found that the patients who continued treatment for 10 years survived for longer without the disease coming back compared to those who were only treated for 5...

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Erectile dysfunction and shockwave therapy

Posted by on Oct 21, 2018 in Erectile dysfunction | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked at the safety and effectiveness of shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction (ED). It concluded that shockwave therapy was an effective treatment for ED.  Some background Erectile dysfunction (ED) is when you cannot get or keep an erection firm enough to have intercourse. ED can occur from a physical...

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Laparoscopic conversion is not associated with increased complications in patients with colon cancer

Posted by on Oct 21, 2018 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated whether laparoscopic conversion (LC) was associated with an increased complication rate when compared to planned open colon surgery. Researchers suggested that this treatment method is not associated with an increased risk of negative side effects. Some background Laparoscopic surgery is a less invasive method. It...

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Can empagliflozin help control blood sugar levels in patients with Type 1 Diabetes?

Posted by on Oct 21, 2018 in Diabetes mellitus | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated if giving empagliflozin (Jardiance) in addition to normal insulin therapy to patients with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) could help to better control blood sugar. They found that empagliflozin and insulin together improved blood sugar control and helped weight loss in patients with T1D. Some background The aim of...

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Long-term treatment with csDMARDs in rheumatoid arthritis: results from 10-year follow-up

Posted by on Oct 20, 2018 in Rheumatoid Arthritis | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the long-term effectiveness of csDMARDs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). They found that csDMARDs are effective at managing RA symptoms long-term. Some background Managing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) involves taking medication to reduce inflammation. The aim is to achieve the lowest level of disease...

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Evaluating the safety of ibrutinib in leukemia and lymphoma

Posted by on Oct 20, 2018 in Leukemia | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked at the evidence for the safety of ibrutinib (Imbruvica) in the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). Researchers found that this drug is safe to use in these patients. Some background Leukemia and lymphoma are types of cancer of the bone marrow. They can lead to...

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Safety and effectiveness of unbranded imatinib in CML

Posted by on Oct 19, 2018 in Leukemia | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked at the safety and effectiveness of switching from original brand imatinib (Gleevec) to generic imatinib in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). The study found that switching from branded to generic imatinib is a safe option in these patients. Some background New medications on the market have a patent by their...

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Better survival for patients with new metastatic prostate cancer with previous prostate surgery

Posted by on Oct 19, 2018 in Prostate cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study aimed to investigate the effect previous treatment has on overall survival for patients with metastatic (spread) prostate cancer. This study found that patients who had previous prostate surgery and radiation had improved overall survival.  Some background Localized prostate cancer can be treated using prostate-removing...

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