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Regional Chemotherapy Technique for Extremity Sarcoma Salvages Limbs From Amputation
CHICAGO -- February 27, 2017 -- Patients with treatment-resistant, locally advanced soft tissue sarcomas (STS) may be able to preserve their limbs with a technique that limits the application of chemotherapy to the cancerous region, according to a study published in the Journal of the American...
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Osteoporosis Screening, Treatment Fall Short for Women With Hip Fractures
HOBOKEN, NJ -- February 27, 2017 -- It’s important to identify and treat osteoporosis following hip fracture, but a large study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research found low rates of assessment and treatment in postmenopausal women who had suffered a hip fracture. “Even though...
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Letermovir Prevents Cytomegalovirus Infection, Improves Survival in Transplant Recipients
ORLANDO, Fla -- February 24, 2017 -- Letermovir prevents cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in bone marrow transplant recipients, without producing unacceptable toxicities, according to a study presented at the 2017 Bone Marrow Transplant Tandem Meetings of the American Society for Blood and Marrow...
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FDA Approves Lenalidomide as Maintenance for Multiple Myeloma Following Stem Cell Transplant
ROCKVILLE, Md -- February 23, 2017 -- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved lenalidomide (Revlimid) as maintenance therapy for patients with multiple myeloma following autologous stem cell transplant. The current approval was based on 2 randomised, controlled trials evaluating the...
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Older Adults Benefit From Surgery for Herniated Lumbar Disk as Much as Younger Patients
CHICAGO -- February 23, 2017 -- Although patients aged 65 years or older had more minor complications and longer hospital stays, they experienced improvements in their conditions after surgery for a herniated lumbar disk that were similar to those of younger patients, according to a study published...
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A Single Dose of Adjuvant Chemo Sufficient in Treating Post-Surgery Testicular Cancer
By Ed Susman ORLANDO, Fla -- February 22, 2017 -- A single dose of chemotherapy following orchidectomy for patients diagnosed with testicular cancer appears to be as effective as the standard 2 cycles of chemotherapy, according to data presented here on February 17 at the 2017 Genitourinary...
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Improvements in ACL Surgery May Help Prevent Knee Osteoarthritis
HOBOKEN, NJ -- February 21, 2017 -- Achieving anatomic graft placement is a critical factor in restoring normal knee motion and potentially slowing the development of degenerative changes after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, according to a study published in the Journal of...
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Antibiotics Could Be Alternative to Surgery for Children With Appendicitis
SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom -- February 20, 2017 -- Antibiotics may be an effective treatment for acute non-complicated appendicitis in children instead of surgery, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. For the study, Nigel Hall, MD, University of Southampton, Southampton,...
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