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Phentermine Plus Topiramate Effective, Safe for Treating Extreme Obesity

By Matt Silver LOS ANGELES -- November 4, 2015 -- Phentermine plus topiramate extended-release, in conjunction with lifestyle modifications, is a safe and effective treatment for extreme obesity, researchers reported here at Obesity Week 2015. It is generally believed that patients with extreme...

 

 

Study Rejects Biologic Age as Limiting Factor for Stem Cell Transplants

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- November 4, 2015 -- More than 40% of older patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) can remain in long-term cancer remission through a modified, less aggressive approach to donor stem cell transplantation, according to a study published early online ahead of the print issue of...

 

 

Broader Geographic Sharing of Paediatric Donor Lungs Could Expand Transplant Access

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- November 3, 2015 -- Broader geographic sharing of paediatric donor lungs could result in twice as many lung transplants for young patients in the United States, according to a study published in the American Journal of Transplantation. “Children are dying while waiting for an...

Bariatric Surgery Is Associated With an Increased Risk of Fracture

By Matt Silver LOS ANGELES -- November 3, 2015 -- Bariatric surgery increases the risk of fracture, researchers reported here at Obesity Week 2015. Bariatric surgery is not only an effective treatment to achieve long-term weight loss; it also prevents diabetes and is associated with lower...

 

 

Percutaneous Biliary Drainage Associated With High Postop Morbidity Rates

By Chris Berrie BARCELONA, Spain -- November 2, 2015 -- Biliary access and technical success of percutaneous biliary drainage (PBD) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-guided biliary drainage (EBD) using trans-hepatic approaches are high and similar for patients with obstructive jaundice when...

 

 

Novel, Selective Antagonist of Translocator Protein Effective in Females With IBS-D

By Chris Berrie BARCELONA, Spain -- November 2, 2015 -- The selective translocator protein antagonist ONO-2952 shows no treatment-emergent safety signals and provides significantly greater impact on clinical symptoms than placebo for female patients with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhoea (...

Ultrasonic Dissection Can Be Safely, Effectively Applied to Minilaparotomy Cholecystectomy

By Chris Berrie BARCELONA, SPAIN -- November 2, 2015 -- Ultrasonic dissection can be safely and effectively applied to minilaparotomy cholecystectomy, with no significant difference compared with laparoscopic cholecystectomy using ultrasonic dissection, for patients with symptomatic gallstone...

 

 

Endoscopic Papillary Large Balloon Dilation Safe and More Effective Than Endoscopic Sphincterotomy for Removing Large Bile-Duct Stones

By Chris Berrie BARCELONA -- October 30, 2015 -- Endoscopic papillary large balloon dilation (EPLBD) alone is safe and significantly more effective than endoscopic sphincterotomy (EST) for removal of large, common bile-duct stones, according to research presented at United European...

 

 

Electromagnetic-Guided Bedside Placement of Nasoenteral Feeding Tubes as Successful as Endoscopic Placement in Surgical Patients

By Chris Berrie BARCELONA -- October 30, 2015 -- Electromagnetic-guided bedside placement of nasoenteral feeding tubes by nurses is noninferior to their endoscopic placement in surgical patients, according to results of a noninferiority trial presented here on October 27 at United European...

Short-Term Statin Use Does Not Reduce Incidence of Acute Kidney Injury

By Matt Silver SAN DIEGO -- October 30, 2015 -- Short-term perioperative treatment with atorvastatin had no beneficial effect on the incidence of postoperative acute kidney injury (AKI) in patients undergoing valvular heart surgery, investigators reported here at the Anesthesiology 2015 Annual...

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