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Article ID: 603522

Scientists Identify Possible KRAS Downstream Target for Pancreatic Cancer Therapy

University of North Carolina Health Care System

While the mutated KRAS oncogene is associated with many cancers, it has not yet been successfully targeted by a therapeutic agent. Scientists are trying to find another way to target the gene by blocking signals from another protein downstream.

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Article ID: 603446

Stem Cell Injections Improve Spinal Injuries in Rats

University of California San Diego Health

An international team led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine reports that a single injection of human neural stem cells produced neuronal regeneration and improvement of function and mobility in rats impaired by an acute spinal cord injury (SCI).

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Article ID: 603423

When Doctors and Patients Share in Decisions, Hospital Costs Go Up

University of Chicago Medical Center

Doctors and patients are encouraged to share decision making. This enhances communication, satisfaction and outcomes, and may lower cost. Yet a new study found that patients who want to participate in their medical decisions end up spending more time in the hospital and raising costs of their stay.

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Article ID: 603427

Meta-Analysis: Bug and Weed Killers, Solvents May Increase Risk of Parkinson’s Disease

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A large analysis of more than 100 studies from around the world shows that exposure to pesticides, or bug and weed killers, and solvents is likely associated with a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. The research appears in the May 28, 2013, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Article ID: 603428

Should You Stop Blood Thinners Before Surgery? AAN Guideline Provides Direction

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology will help people who take blood thinners decide whether or not to take them during surgery or other medical procedures. The guideline is published in the May 28, 2013, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Article ID: 603456

Down Syndrome Neurons Grown From Stem Cells Show Signature Problems

University of Wisconsin-Madison

In new research published this week, Anita Bhattacharyya, a neuroscientist at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reports on brain cells that were grown from skin cells of individuals with Down syndrome.

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Article ID: 603469

Communication Between Physicians and Patients Important for Expectations

JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

Seriously ill patients undergoing hemodialysis are more optimistic about their prognosis and prospects for transplants than their nephrologists, according to a study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. The study also found that nephrologists rarely had discussed estimates of life-expectancy with their patients.

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Article ID: 603470

Patient Participation in Decision Making Associated with Increased Costs, Services

JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

A survey of almost 22,000 admitted patients at the University of Chicago Medical Center found patient preference to participate in decision making concerning their care was associated with a longer length of stay and higher total hospitalization costs, according to a report published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Article ID: 603472

Decision Making Preferences Among Patients with Heart Attacks

JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

In a research letter, Harlan M. Krumholz, M.D., S.M., from Yale University School of Medicine and colleagues, “sought to investigate preferences for participation in the decision-making process among individuals hospitalized with an acute myocardial infarction ([AMI] or heart attack).”

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How Patient Centered are Medical Decisions?

JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

A national survey sample of adults who had discussions with their physicians in the preceding two years about common medical tests, medications and procedures often did not reflect a high level of shared decision making, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

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