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New research tool means more patient-focused treatments

Patients across England could benefit from an increase in the number of focused treatment studies, thanks to a new tool being used in health research.



Half of care home patients suffer drug errors

Errors in administration of medication are a serious problem in long-term residential care. A new electronic medication management system specifically developed for use in residential and nursing homes has been shown to significantly reduce drug administration errors, according to UWE Bristol and University of Warwick.



Scientists find genetic key to why some cancer patients don't respond to treatment

Researchers from Newcastle University have identified a gene variation carried by 20 per cent of the population which can significantly affect how patients with a rare type of blood cancer will respond to treatment.



Scientists’ discovery already saving patients’ lives

Patients in the UK with a hereditary immune disorder are benefiting from life-saving treatment, thanks to the work of scientists at Newcastle University.



New treatment strategy for bowel cancer patients

Scientists have found an important new drug target for advanced bowel cancer that could also be used to identify tumours that will respond to a drug already used in other cancers



Health study is first to ask patients about sharing their data

People want to be informed and asked for consent before deciding whether to let researchers share their genetic information



Depression overlooked in patients with hepatitis C

Researchers have observed that depressive symptoms in patients with hepatitis C virus infection are commonly overlooked in routine clinical interviews, and that treatment-induced depression compromises the outcome of HCV therapy.



Anti-clotting drug helps bedridden patients

A treatment plan used to prevent potentially dangerous blood clots in recovering surgical patients can also benefit some patients immobilized by acute medical illness, doctors have found in a multi-institutional study.



Severe sepsis among black patients

A greater frequency of severe sepsis among black patients is attributable to higher rates of infection and higher risks of organ dysfunction than what white patients experience, according to a study.



MRSA infection rates in HIV patients

HIV-infected patients are at a markedly increased risk for community acquired Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections according to a new study by researchers.



Antidepressants beneficial in physically ill patients

Antidepressants are effective against depression in patients suffering from physical illnesses, according to a new systematic review by researchers.



Enzyme deficiency protects hepatitis C patients

Scientists have discovered two genetic alterations linked to a benign enzyme condition that keep some patients hepatitis C develop hemolytic anaemia-free.



Helping older leukaemia patients

Older patients with acute myeloid leukaemia might benefit from a drug that reactivates genes that cancer cells turn off, according to research.



Caring for kidney patients

Research led by kidney specialists will make it possible for doctors to quickly and effectively access information relevant for patient care.



Certain cancers more common among HIV patients

Researchers have found that non-AIDS-defining malignancies such as anal and lung cancer have become more prevalent among HIV-infected patients than non-HIV patients since the introduction of anti-retroviral therapies in the mid-1990s.



Gut Ecology in Transplant Patients

Small-bowel transplant patients with an ileostomy - an opening into their small bowel - have a very different population of bacteria living in their gut than patients whose ileostomy has been closed.



Identifying patients likely to respond to therapy

A molecular signature that helps account for the aggressive behaviour of a variety of cancers such as pancreatic, breast and melanoma may also predict the likelihood of successful treatment with a particular anti-cancer drug.



Pharmacology: Flu vaccine diminished in lupus patients

Patients with the autoimmune disease systemic lupus erythematosus have an increased risk of infection, due to both disturbances in their immune responses and treatment with immunosuppressive drugs.



Atypical patients in in antidepressant drug trials

One reason antidepressant medication treatments do not work as well in real life as they do in clinical studies could be the limited type of study participants selected.



Wine benefits non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patients

Pre-diagnostic wine consumption may reduce the risk of death and relapse among non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patients, according to an epidemiology study.



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