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New Research Concludes That Pasta Eaters Have Better Diet Quality

New research analyzing the diets of people who eat pasta has concluded that pasta consumption in adults is associated with overall better diet quality when compared to adults who don’t eat pasta.

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The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 53rd Annual Meeting

Media Advisory: Register for STS Annual Meeting and Press Conference

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Credentialed press representatives are invited to attend The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 53rd Annual Meeting, Exhibition, and Press Conference, which will include late-breaking scientific research, thought-provoking lectures, cutting-edge technologies, and innovative cardiothoracic surgery products—some that are not yet available on the market. Cardiothoracic surgeons and other health care experts also will provide an update on Mycobacterium chimaera infections related to heater-cooler devices used in cardiac surgery.

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Cancer Costs Leaving Patients in Debt

Cancer patients are ending up in debt because they have to cover the costs of treatment as well as other care related expenses, researchers report at the ESMO Asia 2016 Congress in Singapore.

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Breast Cancer, triple-negative breast cancer, RET, genomic analysis, genomic alterations, New Jersey, Rutgers University

Pinpointing Recurrent Genomic Alterations in Breast Cancer

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A genomic analysis study by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey investigators and other colleagues has identified recurrent genomic alterations in a subset of breast cancer that are typically associated with a form of thyroid cancer and an intestinal birth defect known as Hirschsprung disease.

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More Complications, Less Satisfaction in Breast Cancer Patients Who Have Radiation and Implants

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A new study finds that breast cancer patients who have implant reconstruction following radiation therapy had more complications from the surgery and were less satisfied with the result than women who had implants but no radiation.

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Journalism Award, Endocrinology, Endocrine Society, Hormones, Orlando, ENDO 2017, health journalism , Science Journalists, science journalism, Diabetes, Thyroid, Menopause, Reproductive Health, Obesity

Deadline Extended for Nominations: the Endocrine Society’s Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism

The Endocrine Society is extending the deadline for nominations for the 10th annual Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism. The award recognizes outstanding reporting that enhances public understanding of health issues pertaining to the field of endocrinology. Entries will be accepted through Friday, December 16, 2016.

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Leukemia Drug Combo Is Encouraging in Early Phase I Clinical Trial

In a Phase I study, 8 out of 12 patients with relapsed and/or chemotherapy refractory blood cancers responded to a combination of the chemotherapy drugs thioguanine and decitabine; some of the responders had relapsed after treatment with decitabine alone.

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In Clinical Trials, CAR T Cell Immunotherapy Continues to Yield Complete Responses in Children & Young Adults with Relapsed and Refractory Leukemia

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A highly innovative, personalized cell-based treatment for a high-risk form of the most common childhood cancer continues to move through clinical trials. Pediatric oncologists from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) today reported new results using T cell immunotherapy against relapsed or refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

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Hematology, Oncology, Pediatrics, aplastic anemia, Bone Marrow Transplant

Rainbow Babies & Children’s Experts to Present Pediatric Focused Data at 58th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting

Ashish Gupta, MBBS, MPH, a pediatric hematology fellow, will share results from one of the largest quality controlled retrospective studies of children with acquired aplastic anemia. The data makes a compelling case for the pediatric hematology community to revisit the current treatment algorithm for this rare disease.

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Hemophilia, Gene Therapy, Hemophilia B, Clinical Trial, clotting factor IX, Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia

After One Dose of Gene Therapy, Hemophilia B Patients Maintain Near-Normal Levels of Clotting Factor

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Researchers are reporting the highest and most sustained levels to date of an essential blood-clotting factor IX in patients with the inherited bleeding disorder hemophilia B. After receiving a single dose of an experimental gene therapy in a clinical trial, patients with hemophilia produced near-normal levels of clotting factor IX, allowing them to stop clotting factor infusions and to pursue normal activities of daily life without disabling bleeding episodes.

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CPX-351 Improves Survival Following Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplant in Older High-Risk Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients, Says Moffitt Cancer Center Physician

Analysis of a phase 3 trial shows that older patients with high-risk or secondary AML, who received initial treatment with CPX-351, had improved survival following allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant, when compared with patients who received standard 7+3 cytarabine and daunorubicin as initial therapy.

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Moffitt Cancer Center Study Shows Improved Response Rates in Myelodysplastic Syndromes Patients Treated with Lenalidomide and Epoetin Alpha

Patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) suffer from a reduction in the number of different types of blood cells, including red blood cells leading to the development of anemia. Many patients with lower-risk MDS benefit from treatment with recombinant-erythropoietin (rHuEPO), which stimulates blood cell production.

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Media Advisory: Save the Date for STS Annual Meeting

Credentialed press representatives are invited to attend The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 53rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition.

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ISPOR 19th Annual European Congress Drew Key Stakeholders and Thought Leaders to Discuss Access to Medical Innovations

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The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research recently concluded its 19th Annual European Congress in Vienna, Austria. More than 4,700 delegates—stakeholders from all sectors of health care, including health ministries and government offices, health technology assessment bodies, public and private payers, researchers and academics, patients and patient advocates—representing 89 countries convened on 29 October through 2 November 2016 to discuss access to medical innovations in Europe.

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Best Podium and Poster Presentations Awarded at ISPOR 19th Annual European Congress

The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research recognized the Best Podium Presentation and Best Poster Presentation Awardees at its 19th Annual European Congress in Vienna, Austria.

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Tighter Blood Pressure Control May Save More Than 100,000 Lives Each Year in the U.S.

• New research estimates the projected lives that would be saved if patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease underwent intensive blood pressure lowering. • The findings will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2016 November 15–20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

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Coordination of Care Benefits Patients with Kidney Disease and Reduces Medical Costs

• Multi-disciplinary care—or coordination of care among different clinicians and specialists—improves the health of patients with kidney disease and reduces costs compared with usual care. • Results from the study will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2016 November 15–20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

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Short and Poor Quality Sleep May Have Negative Effects on Kidney Function

• In a study of patients with chronic kidney disease, each additional hour of nighttime sleep was linked with a 19% lower risk of developing kidney failure. • There was also a significant association between sleep quality and kidney failure risk. • Research that uncovered these findings will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2016 November 15–20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

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Scientists Get Closer to Developing Bioartificial Kidney

• Researchers have developed a key component needed to create a bioartificial kidney. • The advance will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2016 November 15–20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

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Simple Saliva Test May Help Clinicians Diagnose Kidney Disease

• A dipstick test for salivary urea nitrogen was accurate for diagnosing kidney disease in adults in Malawi, Africa. • Results of the test also helped predict patients’ risk of early death. • The test will be described at ASN Kidney Week 2016 November 15–20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.







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