AGA recommends bidirectional endoscopy for most patients with iron deficiency anemia

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) published new clinical guidelines outlining an evidence-based approach for the initial gastrointestinal evaluation of chronic iron deficiency anemia in asymptomatic patients. Iron deficiency anemia is extremely common worldwide, and a gastrointestinal cause should be considered in all patients without an obvious cause for their anemia. “Iron deficiency anemia is encountered […]

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Scientists discover key regulator of neuron function and survival

Scientists studying neuronal energy metabolism found evidence that the loss of an important energy regulator called AMPK in neural stem cells or glial cells called astrocytes causes neuronal death in laboratory rodents. They also discovered that AMPK loss in neural stem cells or neurons causes spontaneous brain seizures in the animals. Publishing their findings in […]

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Venom from honeybees found to kill aggressive breast cancer cells

Using the venom from 312 honeybees and bumblebees in Perth Western Australia, Ireland and England, Dr. Ciara Duffy from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and The University of Western Australia, tested the effect of the venom on the clinical subtypes of breast cancer, including triple-negative breast cancer, which has limited treatment options. Results […]

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Educational mailing fails to improve medication use in patients with atrial fibrillation

An educational mailing for atrial fibrillation patients and their clinicians did not increase uptake of stroke prevention drugs, according to results of the IMPACT-AFib trial presented in a Hot Line session today at ESC Congress 2020. Patients with atrial fibrillation are at increased risk of stroke. Studies have shown that most of these strokes can […]

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Smartwatch app compared to standard ECG for acute coronary syndromes

For patients with acute coronary syndrome, a smartwatch app can detect normal electrocardiography (ECG) and ST-segment and non-ST-segment elevations, with accuracy comparable to that of a standard ECG, according to a study published online Aug. 31 in JAMA Cardiology to coincide with the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2020: The Digital Experience, held virtually from […]

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