First targeted therapy for cholangiocarcinoma shows clinical benefit in phase III trial

New data have shown for the first time that targeted therapy can improve the outcome of patients diagnosed with advanced cholangiocarcinoma. Cholangiocarcinoma is a subtype of bile duct cancer with aggressive behaviour and poor prognosis. Despite the low incidence, most patients die from the disease and therefore new effective therapies Continue Reading

Study shows nearly half of cancer patients who enter a comprehensive tobacco treatment program quit smoking

In the largest smoking cessation study of cancer patients to date, researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found that comprehensive tobacco treatment can help cancer patients successfully quit and abstain from smoking. The prospective study, published today in JAMA Network Open, analyzed 3,245 smokers treated in Continue Reading

Genome study shows that Iran’s population is more heterogeneous than previously believed

An international research team including scientists from the University of Cologne, Germany, numerous Iranian universities and the University of Sydney, Australia, has shown that today’s Iranian population is composed of partially highly heterogeneous ethnic groups, exhibiting a high degree of genetic variation. In many cases, their source goes back many Continue Reading

Secret-shopper-style study shows online birth control prescription overall safe, efficient

Web-based and digital-app services that offer oral contraception appear to be overall safe and efficient, according to the findings of a secret-shopper-style study conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School and UC Davis that analyzed the birth control prescription services of nine U.S. vendors. The results, published Sept. 26 in Continue Reading

Research shows heterogeneity in melanoma tumors prevents effective immune responses

Diversity—at least among cancer cells—is not a good thing. Weizmann Institute of Science research shows that in melanoma, tumors with cells that have differentiated into more diverse subtypes are less likely to be affected by the immune system, thus reducing the chance that immunotherapy will be effective. The findings of Continue Reading

Study shows MRI can help remove DOUBT when diagnosing minor strokes

A University of Calgary-led international study is highlighting the importance of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in helping to diagnose minor stroke and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs). The six-year study, which included researchers from hospitals in Canada, Australia and the Czech Republic, involved 1028 patients who experienced a number of symptoms Continue Reading

New study shows long-term durability of early combination therapy in patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes

A new study, VERIFY (Vildagliptin Efficacy in combination with metfoRmIn For earlY treatment of type 2 diabetes) presented at this year’s Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Barcelona, Spain (16-20 Sept, 2019), and published simultaneously in The Lancet, is the first to show Continue Reading

Study shows pre-disaster collaboration key to community resilience

LSU Health New Orleans-led research reports that the key to improving community resiliency following disasters is a dynamic partnership between community-based organizations and public health agencies established pre-disaster. The results are published in the American Journal of Public Health available here. “Promoting community resilience to disasters has recently become a Continue Reading

Study shows the importance of when adolescents sleep to obesity and cardiometabolic health

A new study led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and Harvard Medical School has found that adolescent sleep timing preferences and patterns should be considered risk factors for obesity and cardiometabolic health, and that the effects are greater in girls than in boys. Poor quality and Continue Reading