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Surprising Interactions Of Diabetes Mellitus And Sepsis (February 22, 2009) — Diabetic patients are less likely to suffer from acute respiratory failure during severe sepsis. Researchers studied 930 million hospitalizations over a 25-year period to investigate the protective effect, adding to our knowledge of both diabetes and sepsis. … > full story

Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment of Ustekinumab Effective, Study Suggests (February 22, 2009) — A group of patients suffering from potentially debilitating psoriatic arthritis showed significant and prolonged improvement after treatment with ustekinumab, according to data from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in patients with moderate to severe psoriatic arthritis. … > full story

Easing Children’s Fears Of The Dentist (February 22, 2009) — For many children, a trip to the doctor or dentist is a stressful experience. The sensory environment (i.e., the sounds, smells, and lights associated with the clinical setting) can cause a child’s anxiety levels to rise. This is especially true in children with developmental disabilities who may have difficulty understanding the unfamiliar clinical environment. … > full story

New Therapy With Stem Cells To Treat Crohn’s Disease (February 21, 2009) — Scientists are exploring an innovative cellular therapy that uses stem cells to treat Crohn’s disease, a chronic genetic disease which has considerable impact on the quality of life of the patients. … > full story

Eosinophils As Markers For Asthma: Largest Scale Study So Far On Asthma Genetics Sheds Light On Disease Mechanisms (February 21, 2009) — Asthma and allergic diseases are associated with a number of biological reactions. One of these reactions is an elevated blood count of eosinophils, multifunctional leukocytes that release highly active proteins primarily to combat parasites. In the largest study so far on asthma genetics, scientists used this immune reaction as an easily measurable marker to elucidate the underlying disease mechanisms. … > full story

New Reference Material Can Improve Testing Of Multivitamin Tablets (February 21, 2009) — NIST has developed a new certified reference material that can be an important quality assurance tool for measuring the amounts of vitamins, carotenoids and trace elements in dietary supplements. … > full story

New Treatment Approach Needed For Management Of Depression With Bipolar Disorder (February 21, 2009) — Scientists have attempted to identify what factors make some people with bipolar depression more likely to experience treatment-emergent mania. … > full story

‘Normalizing’ Tumor Vessels Leaves Cancer More Benign (February 21, 2009) — New research suggests a counterintuitive new method to make cancer less likely to spread: by normalizing the shape of tumors’ blood vessels to improve their oxygen supply. Such a treatment strategy might also boost the efficacy and reduce resistance to available anti-cancer drugs and so-called anti-angiogenic drugs that work by cutting off the growth of new blood vessels. … > full story

New Obesity Staging System May Help Doctors Measure Up (February 21, 2009) — A new system proposed by Canadian and US obesity researchers may provide another weapon in the battle against obesity. Scientists have proposed a classification system to help doctors assess and treat overweight patients. … > full story

Smoking Prevention Campaign Saving Billions In Smoking-related Care (February 21, 2009) — Researchers have estimated that "Truth", the nations’ largest youth smoking prevention campaign, saved .9 billion or more in health care costs associated with tobacco use. … > full story

New Platinum-based Anti-tumor Compound Developed (February 21, 2009) — Researchers have developed a new class of platinum-based anti-tumor drugs that animal studies have shown to be 10 times more effective than current treatments in destroying certain types of lung cancer cells. … > full story

Diseased Heart Valve Replaced Through Small Chest Incision On 91-Year-Old Patient (February 21, 2009) — When a 91-year-old man was diagnosed with severe blockage of his heart valve — hardening that is formally known as aortic valve stenosis — open-heart surgery was out of the question. He’d already survived quadruple bypass while in his 50s, and having lived almost a century,he wasn’t a good candidate for heart surgery for many reasons. … > full story

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