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Inducing labor around due date boosts baby survival rates
Babies born when labor is induced around their due date may have better survival rates than those whose birth is not induced, a study suggests. Researchers found that stillbirths and new born baby deaths were less likely to occur when labor was induced at 40 weeks compared to births where the pregnancy was allowed to continue. (2012-05-10)

HPV-positive throat cancer patients respond better to radiotherapy alone than HPV-negative patients
New findings from a large Danish database of cancer patients suggest that, even though the human papilloma virus (HPV) can trigger throat cancer, patients who are HPV-positive and are light smokers, or don't smoke at all, have a good response to treatment using radiotherapy alone, without the addition of chemotherapy with its consequent toxic side-effects. The study is to be presented at the 31st conference of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology. (2012-05-10)

Study says screening accounts for much of black/white disparity in colorectal cancer
A new study finds differences in screening account for more than 40 percent of the disparity in colorectal cancer incidence and nearly 20 percent of colorectal cancer mortality between blacks and whites. (2012-05-03)

Older adults with diabetes live long enough to benefit from interventions, U-M study says
Regardless of health status, middle-aged and older adults with diabetes show substantial survival rates. (2012-05-02)

Guidelines say diet, exercise, weight control improve odds after cancer diagnosis
New guidelines from the American Cancer Society say for many cancers, maintaining a healthy weight, getting adequate physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the chance of recurrence and increase the likelihood of disease-free survival after a diagnosis. (2012-04-26)

Intensive kidney dialysis indicates better survival rates than conventional dialysis
A new study from Lawson Health Research Institute shows patients suffering with end-stage renal disease could increase their survival chances by undergoing intensive dialysis at home rather than the conventional dialysis in clinics. The study found that patients who underwent intensive dialysis at home have better survival rates than patients who had conventional dialysis in clinics. Intensive dialysis patients also had better blood pressure results and biochemical test values than conventional dialysis patients. (2012-04-25)

Hispanic lung cancer patients tend to live longer than blacks and whites
A new analysis has found that Hispanic lung cancer patients seem to live longer than white or black patients. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study suggests that, as with several other types of cancer, certain yet-to-be-defined genetic and/or environmental factors put Hispanic patients at a survival advantage. (2012-04-23)

New analysis helps guide use of erlotinib in advanced non-small cell lung cancer
Patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer should only receive treatment with the drug erlotinib before receiving standard chemotherapy if their tumor is known to harbor EGFR mutations, researchers report at the 3rd European Lung Cancer Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. (2012-04-18)

Adding drug to standard chemotherapy provides no survival benefit for older lung cancer patients
Adding the drug bevacizumab (Avastin) to the standard chemotherapy regimen for non-small cell lung cancer -- an approach approved by the FDA in 2006 -- did not lead to significantly increase survival rates for patients over the age of 65 enrolled in Medicare, a new study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers has found. (2012-04-17)

Study examines drug regimen for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer among older patients
Analysis of a drug regimen approved by the F.D.A. in 2006 for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (bevacizumab added to the standard chemotherapy regimen carboplatin and paclitaxel) finds Medicare insured patients age 65 years and older who received this regimen did not have improved survival compared to patients who received the standard treatment of carboplatin and paclitaxel alone. (2012-04-17)

Therapy exploits 'addiction' of leukemia cells
A new study describes a therapeutic approach to halting cancer progression by exploiting a previously unrecognized (2012-04-16)

Researchers have identified a gene with a key role in neuronal survival
Researchers at the Institute of Neurosciences at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona identified the fundamental role played by the Nurr1 gene in neuron survival associated with synaptic activity. The discovery, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, allows scientists to study a new target that could help to understand the relationship between alterations in neural connections, which are known to cause early cognitive deficit, and the neurodegeneration characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. (2012-04-16)

DNA repair pathway score for predicting chemotherapy response in ovarian cancer patients
A DNA repair pathway-focused score has the potential to help determine if first-line platinum based chemotherapy can benefit advanced-stage ovarian cancer patients, according to a study published April 13 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2012-04-13)

Researchers identify genes that may help in ovarian cancer diagnosis and prognosis
Scientists from Duke University Medical Center have determined that genes acting as molecular (2012-04-09)

Heart failure patients with diabetes may benefit from higher glucose levels
A new UCLA study found that for advanced heart failure patients with diabetes, having higher blood glucose levels may actually help improve survival rates. (2012-04-09)

Vaccine yielded encouraging long-term survival rates in certain patients with NSCLC
Patients with nonprogressive disease had improved survival rates. 5-year survival rate for stage 3B/4 patients was 50 percent. (2012-04-04)

Researchers validate staging classifications for neuroendocrine pancreatic tumor surgery response
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center have carried out a study to validate the utility of new tumor classification systems for staging and predicting relapse-free survival for patients with neuroendocrine tumors and who may be candidates for surgery. (2012-04-03)

Can a ray of sunshine help the critically ill?
In a six-month study, professor Howard Amital of Tel Aviv University found that intensive care patients with a vitamin D deficiency lived an average of 8.9 fewer days than those who had healthy vitamin D levels in their bodies. Further research could confirm that vitamin D supplements improve survival outcomes in these patients, he says. (2012-04-03)

Guidelines-based CPR saves more non-shockable cardiac arrest victims
CPR can save someone with cardiac arrest even if they don't respond to a defibrillator. People with non-shockable cardiac arrest are more likely to live if they receive CPR based on recent guidelines emphasizing chest compressions. The American Heart Association's CPR guidelines emphasizing chest compressions are saving more lives, according to a new study. (2012-04-02)

Mayo Clinic-led study finds 2-drug combo slows advanced pancreatic cancer
The combination of the novel drug TH-302 with the standard drug gemcitabine has shown early signs of delaying the worsening of cancer in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer, a Mayo Clinic-led study has found. (2012-04-02)

Early PET response to neoadjuvant chemo predicts increased survival in sarcoma patients
An early Positron Emission Tomography response after the initial cycle of neoadjuvant chemotherapy can be used to predict increased survival in patients with soft tissue sarcomas. (2012-04-02)

Does BMI affect post-surgical complications, survival in esophageal adenocarcinoma?
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., have found - contrary to previous studies linking inferior outcomes in patients with gastrointestinal malignancies to higher body mass index (BMI) - that in their study of BMI and negative outcomes, there was no such link. They concluded that BMI was not associated with either surgical complications or esophageal cancer patient survival. (2012-03-28)

Invasive treatment strategy may increase survival for patients with certain neuromuscular disorder
Patients with a cardiac irregularity and myotonic dystrophy type one (a severe neuromuscular disorder with a high risk of sudden death) who received an invasive treatment strategy that included testing of their heart's electrical conduction system and if needed, implantation of a device such as a pacemaker, had an associated higher rate of nine-year survival compared to patients treated noninvasively, according to a study in the March 28 issue of JAMA. (2012-03-27)

Some breast cancer tumors may be resistant to a common chemotherapy treatment
Some breast cancer tumors may be resistant to a common chemotherapy treatment, suggests recent medical research at the University of Alberta. (2012-03-27)

Size matters: Large Marine Protected Areas work for dolphins
Ecologists in New Zealand have shown for the first time that Marine Protected Areas - long advocated as a way of protecting threatened marine mammals - actually work. Their study, based on 21 years' monitoring and published today in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology, reveals that a marine sanctuary off the coast of Christchurch has significantly improved survival of Hector's dolphins - one of the rarest dolphins in the world. (2012-03-26)

Chronic right ventricular pacing works for ICD patients with left ventricular dysfunction
Cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillators is appropriate for patients who have left ventricular dysfunction and require chronic ventricular pacing, based on the findings of an observational study that being presented March 26 that the 61st annual American College of Cardiology scientific session. (2012-03-26)

Widespread CPR training saves lives
A nationwide effort in Denmark to increase the number of people trained in CPR led to an increase in bystander CPR and ultimately contributed to increased cardiac arrest survival rates in that country, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session. The Scientific Session, the premier cardiovascular medical meeting, brings cardiovascular professionals together to further advances in the field. (2012-03-25)

High blood sugar lowers chances of surviving a heart attack
Patients with high blood sugar run an increased risk of dying if they have a heart attack, and diabetics are less likely to survive in-hospital cardiac arrest than non-diabetics, reveals research at the Sahlgrenska Academy, at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (2012-03-25)

Difference in left and right arm blood pressure indicates survival chances
Patients suffering from high blood pressure who have different blood pressure readings in each arm are at a reduced chance of survival over 10 years, claims a study published today on bmj.com. (2012-03-20)

Specialist cancer care may improve patient outcomes
Survival rates for cancer patients may be improved by treatment in specialized cancer centers, according to Cochrane researchers. In a review of recent studies, they found that women diagnosed with gynecological cancer lived longer when treated in specialist compared to non-specialist units. (2012-03-13)

Mini-molecule governs severity of acute graft vs. host disease, study finds
New research has identified a molecule that helps control the severity of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a life-threatening complication for 35 to 45 percent of leukemia patients who receive a bone-marrow transplant. The study shows that high levels of a particular molecule increases the severity of GVHD and reduces overall survival, while blocking the molecule decreased severity and increased survival. The finding suggests a new strategy for treating the condition. (2012-03-12)

Major study stops bladder cancer from metastasizing to lungs
Study shows that the protein versican aids bladder cancer metastasis to the lungs and that high levels of versican are associated with poor prognosis in bladder cancer. Study also shows that versican signaling is reduced by adding RhoDGI2 or by blocking CCL2, leading to decreased bladder cancer metastasis to the lungs. (2012-03-12)

Largest ever study of childhood ALL shows improving survival
A 21,626-person study published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that the five-year survival rate for children and adolescents with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common childhood cancer, improved from 83.7 percent in those diagnosed during the years 1990-1994, to 90.4 percent for those diagnosed in the years 2000-2005. (2012-03-12)

New study reveals more people surviving leukaemia and pancreatic cancer in Northern Ireland
The first audit of leukemia treatment and survival in Northern Ireland by the Cancer Registry at Queen's University Belfast has shown that survival rates for the disease here are at the highest levels since data collection began in 1993. (2012-03-01)

New drug, Vemurafenib, doubles survival of metastatic melanoma patients
A report published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that the 50 percent of metastatic melanoma patients with a specific genetic mutation benefit from the drug Vemurafenib -- increasing median survival from about six months to 15.9 months. In patients who responded, the drug stopped cancer progression for a median 6.7 months. (2012-02-29)

Younger patients more likely to live a decade or longer after heart transplant
Heart transplant patients who receive new organs before the age of 55 and get them at hospitals that perform at least nine heart transplants a year are significantly more likely than other people to survive at least 10 years after their operations, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. (2012-02-27)

Secondhand smoke results in graft rejection
A new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation reveals that cigarette smoke exposure, in a cause-effect manner, results in graft rejection that would have been prevented by certain drug treatments. (2012-02-23)

What can animals' survival instincts tell us about understanding human emotion?
Can animals' survival instincts shed additional light on what we know about human emotion? NYU neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux poses this question in outlining a pioneering theory, drawn from two decades of research, that could lead to a more comprehensive understanding of emotions in both humans and animals. (2012-02-22)

New melanoma drug nearly doubles survival in majority of patients
Investigators from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) and 12 other centers in the United States and Australia have found that a new drug for patients with metastatic melanoma nearly doubled median overall survival. (2012-02-22)

In food form, some probiotics have a better chance to promote health
Functional foods containing bacteria with beneficial health effects, or probiotics, have long been consumed in Northern Europe and are becoming increasingly popular elsewhere. The bacteria have to survive in the very hostile environment of the digestive tract. Scientists from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences have developed a (2012-02-22)

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