Researchers use environmental data to assess prostate cancer diagnosis factors

Environmental quality is associated with advanced-stage prostate cancer at diagnosis, according to a new study by University of Illinois Chicago researchers. Prostate cancer is up to 57% heritable, with the remainder attributed to environmental exposures. However, studies on those environmental factors and prostate cancer aggressiveness…

Having a single personal doctor may sometimes lead to unnecessary tests

Patient care by a single primary care physician is associated with many health benefits, including increased treatment adherence and decreased hospital admissions and mortality risk. But can the relationship built between doctor and patient also lead to unnecessary care? A…

Assessment of acute kidney injury, longitudinal kidney function after hospital discharge among patients with, without COVID-19

What The Study Did: Findings of this study suggest that patients recovering from COVID-19-associated acute kidney injury require monitoring of kidney function following hospital discharge. Authors: F. Perry Wilson, M.D. M.S.C.E., of the Yale University School of Medicine in New…

MicroRNA testing of healthy kids could provide a window on future heart and kidney health

New York, NY (February 26, 2020) – Molecules called microRNAs (miRNAs) that are measurable in urine have been identified by researchers at Mount Sinai as predictors of both heart and kidney health in children without disease. The epidemiological study of…

New model helping identify pregnant women whose previous kidney injury puts them, babies at risk

Young pregnant women, who appear to have fully recovered from an acute injury that reduced their kidney function, have higher rates of significant problems like preeclampsia and low birthweight babies, problems which indicate their kidneys have not actually fully recovered.…

LSU Health study finds psychosocial factors may drive peritoneal dialysis patient dropout

New Orleans, LA – A retrospective study conducted by LSU Health New Orleans reports that contrary to previous research, most patients who drop out of peritoneal dialysis may do so for psychosocial reasons. The findings are published in The American…

Potential treatment against antibiotic-resistant bacteria causing gonorrhea and meningitis

A Canadian team from INRS has demonstrated the effectiveness of an inexpensive molecule to fight antibiotic-resistant strains of the bacteria responsible for gonorrhea and meningococcal meningitis

Researchers identify genetic variants linked to toxic side effects from bevacizumab

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have found two common genetic variants that can be used to predict whether or not cancer patients might suffer severe adverse side-effects from the drug bevacizumab. The study is unique because researchers…

Body MRI reinterpretations plagued by discrepancies and errors

Secondary interpretations of body MR images at tertiary care centers identify high rate of discrepancies, with cognitive error types predominating, suggesting subspecialty interpretations and additional resources are needed

Health care-associated infections among critically ill children

What The Study Did: This observational study looked at changes from 2013 to 2018 in the rates of catheter-associated bloodstream and urinary tract infections among critically ill infants and children the United States. Authors: Heather E. Hsu, M.D., M.P.H., of…