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Researchers make a significant breakthrough in the treatment of stroke

In the largest clinical stroke trial ever run in Canada, researchers have shown Tenecteplase (TNK), a safe, well tolerated drug, commonly used as a clot buster for heart attacks, is an effective treatment for acute ischemic stroke. “It is truly an important finding that I share with my colleagues from coast to coast. Through this […]

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Early warning score for chronic pain after surgery

A Dutch-German research team examined warning signs for chronification of pain after surgery. The most important risk factors were found to be skeletal surgery, preoperative opioid use, pain lasting two weeks after surgery and perceiving cold stimuli as painful. In most cases, surgical pain disappears after a few days—but in some patients chronic pain can […]

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Using acoustic tweezers to deform leukemia cells

A team of researchers at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles has found that acoustic tweezers can be used to deform leukemia cells in useful ways. In their paper published in IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, the group describes how they used acoustic tweezers to better understand cancer cell mechanics and […]

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Hologram patients developed to help train doctors and nurses

A new partnership involving Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) and the University’s Faculty of Education, brings medical training using “mixed reality” technology one step closer. The project aims to make consistent, high-level and relevant clinical training more accessible across the world. HoloScenarios, a new training application based on life-like holographic patient scenarios, is being developed by […]

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‘Quake brain’ effects suffered by resilient individuals fade over time

New University of Otago research suggests the brain function of otherwise-healthy individuals exposed to event trauma has the ability to “bounce back” over time once the threat resolves. Researchers led by Dr. Katie Douglas at the University of Otago, Christchurch’s Department of Psychological Medicine, conducted a follow-up study on a group of Cantabrians, who had […]

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Smoking promotes development of severe pulmonary hypertension

About 1% of the world’s adult population suffers from pulmonary hypertension (PH). Among the many forms of this disease is idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH), a rare but very severe disease. The term “idiopathic” means that there is no tangible cause for the disease. A study group led by the Department of Pneumology at the […]

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Seeing the same GP is good for your health, but only half of patients are able to do so

People who benefit the most from seeing the same GP are those with long-term health conditions and people who visit a practice frequently. With continuity of care in decline, these patients could be disproportionately affected, leading to suboptimal care and important issues being missed. The researchers are calling on policymakers to measure continuity of care […]