Treatments & Techniques

Cholesterol, Statins and Colorectal Cancer: A Complex Relationship

New research that suggests high cholesterol is inversely related to colorectal cancer risk has implications for statin use.


Probiotics Show Promise for Reducing Late-onset Sepsis in Preterm Infants

Using a combination of probiotics, researchers in Slovenia were able to significantly reduce the incidence of late-onset sepsis in a group of preterm infants born with very low birth weights.


Product Spotlight

BD Vacutainer UltraTouch Push Button Blood Collection Set

Research has demonstrated that minimizing injection-site discomfort increases patient satisfaction, which can have a bearing on provider reimbursement.

Medical technology firm Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) recently won FDA...


Study Finds Thorough Skin Self-exams Rare among Melanoma Patients

Melanoma patients frequently lack the knowledge or confidence to perform regular, effective skin self-exams (SSEs), according to recent research.


Stroke Treatment Uses Blood Flow to Trigger tPA Release

Researchers are developing a means to quickly dissolve blood clots using a drug-and-device combination that also reduces vascular injury.


A Way Forward in Treating Primary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis?

The lack of a medication to treat primary-progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) is a source of frustration for clinicians and patients. The results of a recent phase 3 study of the drug ocrelizumab may be cause for hope.


The Peril of Quitting: Assessing the Risk of Ending Hormone Replacement Therapy

For many women, stopping hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may involve significant medical risk, recent research has found.


Research Highlights Benefit of Ovarian Tissue Transplantation after Cancer Treatment

Gonadal toxicity can be a side effect of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. However, a recent study in Denmark confirms what many physicians have suspected: Ovarian tissue cryopreservation and transplantation is a safe, effective method of preserving fertility.


Using Virtual Reality to Diagnose Mild Cognitive Impairment

A virtual reality game-based application is a useful tool for diagnosing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) — a condition that frequently precedes Alzheimer’s — suggests a recent study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.


Study Questions Value of Transcranial Direct-current Stimulation

Looking for reading material for patients curious about undergoing transcranial electrical brain stimulation to improve their mood or memory? A meta-analysis by Australian researchers may be a good place to start, at least when it comes to answering questions from patients eager to improve cognition.