New treatment for rare blood cancer approved for NHS use in England

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has approved the drug brentuximab vedotin to treat some adults with a rare type of fast-growing lymphoma. Clinical trial data suggests that combining the targeted treatment with chemotherapy could give people with systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma more time before their disease progresses and help them […]

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Why people don’t get emergency medical care in time: A study in South Africa

Many medical conditions, such as serious injuries, sepsis and heart attacks, need high quality emergency care quickly—or the patient may die. These time-critical conditions cause around half of all deaths worldwide, it’s been estimated, and they are more common in countries with lower incomes. Dangerous delays may happen at three points: the patient deciding to […]

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Transplantable lab-grown organs move a step closer

Biologists and bioengineers at EPFL have designed a new method for growing simplified human mini-livers. Their process is a potentially important breakthrough in the quest for transplantable lab-grown tissues. In the shorter term, the miniaturized organs will serve as a platform for trialing treatments against non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, the most common liver disorder in […]

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Targeted radionuclide therapy enhances prostate cancer response to immunotherapies

q Targeted radionuclide therapy has been found to create a favorable tumor microenvironment in prostate cancer that improves the effectiveness of immunotherapies. The research, presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2020 Annual Meeting, shows that immunomodulation can be achieved with relatively low radiation dose that does not affect the normal immune […]

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Total-body PET/CT captures full picture of systemic inflammatory arthritis

For the first time, physicians can examine the systemic burden of inflammatory arthritis simultaneously across all joints and organ systems, using the high-sensitivity, high-resolution uEXPLORER total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (TB-PET/CT) scanner. Results of the first in-human TB-PET/CT scans conducted in the arthritic population were presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging […]

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Screen time that supports new parents and young kids can enhance family health

Screen time for little kids takes a lot of heat under normal conditions. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ official recommendations urge families to be thoughtful and judicious about screen time for youngsters from birth to age five. And there is evidence that too much technology can lead to loss of child development opportunities. But technology […]

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