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06:40 EDT 24th July 2014 | BioPortfolio

Latest Articles on life science, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and healthcare topics and current issues.

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Thursday 24th July 2014

"Case finding" in dementia is simply screening with no evidence of benefit

The UK dementia czar, Alistair Burns, agrees that population screening for dementia lacks evidence of benefit.1 Therefore, the NHS has not contracted general practitioners in England to “screen” for...

Update for kidney problem diagnosis

Experts are planning to increase the threshold for the diagnosis of a common kidney problem to reduce the number of people who are being unnecessarily diagnosed and treated.

Doubt cast on efficacy of paracetamol for lower back pain

Paracetamol painkillers are no better than a placebo for speeding the recovery of people suffering lower back pain, a study has found.

Doubt cast on role of paracetamol

Paracetamol painkillers are no better than a placebo for speeding the recovery of people suffering lower back pain, a study has found.

[News] NICE guidance on enzalutamide for metastatic hormone-relapsed prostate cancer

On July 23, 2014, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended enzalutamide, within its marketing authorisation, for the treatment of metastatic hormone-relapsed prostate cancer that has progressed during or after docetaxe...

[News] NICE guidance on ipilimumab for treating previously untreated advanced (unresectable or metastatic) melanoma

On July 23, 2014, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published guidance recommending ipilimumab as an option for treating adults with previously untreated advanced (unresectable or metastatic) melanoma, as long as the manufac...

MPs call for risk assessment review of safety of UK blood supply

The government should order a full review of the UK blood supply to gauge whether it contains a significant risk of the degenerative brain disease variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) being...

Concerns over data in key dabigatran trial

One of the key selling points of the new oral anticoagulant dabigatran for use in stroke prevention in non-valvular atrial fibrillation is that the drug requires no time consuming anticoagulant...

The trouble with dabigatran

Options for stroke prevention in high risk non-valvular atrial fibrillation have recently broadened with the addition of new oral anticoagulants as an alternative to warfarin, the traditional and...

Dabigatran: how the drug company withheld important analyses

An investigation by The BMJ shows how the manufacturers of a blockbuster anticoagulant stroke drug withheld from the regulators important analyses regarding how to use the drug as safely and...

Dabigatran and statins: faith, hype, and transparency

This week we put the spotlight on two drug blockbusters at the heart of one of the major issues The BMJ has campaigned on in recent years: transparency, the focus of our Open Data campaign and an...

Early identification and management of chronic kidney disease in adults: summary of updated NICE guidance

The publication of an internationally accepted definition and classification of chronic kidney disease (CKD) 12 years ago precipitated a proliferation of research and literature surrounding the...

New Health Law Court Decisions Could Have Limited Political Impact

Political analysts say this week’s court decisions on the legality of tax subsidies for those obtaining coverage under the Affordable Care Act may not have a broad impact on this fall’s midterm elections. The decisions sent a mixed legal message, complicating the political message as well. One appellate court panel ruled the subsidies cannot be provided in the 36 states relying on the...

Guidance aims to help nurses talk to vulnerable hospital patients

New guidance has been launched to support acute hospital staff in caring for vulnerable patients who are in emotional crisis on top of their physical health needs.

Bournemouth trust to set up 24-hour bullying helpline for staff

An acute trust plans to open a 24-hour helpline for its staff, after almost 30% reported being bullied by colleagues and managers.

Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Lower back pain? Paracetamol is no better than placebo for pain, sleep or recovery, says large new study

Paracetamol is no better than placebo for speeding recovery from acute episodes of lower back pain or improving pain levels, function, sleep or quality of life, says research published in The Lancet. It’s the first large randomised trial to compare the effectiveness of paracetamol with placebo for lower back pain, and questions the universal endorsement […]

$115 million for 150 Future Fellows

Minister for Education Christopher Pyne has announced $115 million in funding for 150 projects under the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Future Fellowships scheme. The scheme promotes research in areas of critical national importance by supporting outstanding mid-career researchers to conduct their work in Australia. The Abbott government committed to the ongoing support of the scheme i...

Luxcel Biosciences MitoXpress-Xtra oxygen consumption rate probe and assay

The oxygen consumption rate of cells is used as a parameter to study mitochondrial function, as well as a marker of factors triggering the switch from healthy oxidative phosphorylation to aerobic glycolysis in cancer cells. The phosphorescent oxygen probe MitoXpress-Xtra, developed by Luxcel Biosciences, offers a novel method for analysing oxygen consumption in whole cells. The product is a chemi...

[Comment] AIDS 2014—how the community responded to MH17

The news came through as we turned on our mobile phones, just minutes after the news of the MH17 plane crash broke. The circumstances of the crash were unknown at that time, and worried relatives had tried to contact many on our flight. We landed in...

[Obituary] Joep Lange

[World Report] MH17 tragedy: HIV community mourns loss of colleagues

Organisers of this year's International AIDS Conference dedicated the meeting to the delegates who were killed on ill-fated flight MH17. Udani Samarasekera reports.

[Correspondence] An open letter for the people in Gaza

We are doctors and scientists, who spend our lives developing means to care and protect health and lives. We are also informed people; we teach the ethics of our professions, together with the knowledge and practice of it. We all have worked in and k...

Dabigatran, bleeding, and the regulators

Dabigatran was the first drug across the finish line in the global race to develop a new and better replacement for the five decade old anticoagulant warfarin. An important indication was long term...

Groups Sue Tennessee Over Medicaid Enrollment Delays

Three consumer advocacy groups filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday accusing Tennessee officials of adopting policies that are depriving thousands of people of Medicaid coverage “to score political points.” The suit was filed several weeks after the Obama administration ordered Tennessee and several other states to resolve problems that have led to a backlog nationwide of mor...

Why We Can't Trust Our Memories

Brain researcher Elizabeth Phelps wants to understand why you think your memory's better than it actually is.

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