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Taking the guesswork out of cancer therapy
(Biomedical Sciences Institutes (BMSI)) Researchers and doctors at A*STAR's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Singapore General Hospital and National Cancer Centre Singapore have co-developed the first molecular test kit that can predict treatment and survival outcomes in kidney cancer patients. This breakthrough was recently reported in European Urology, the world's top urology journal.

NUS study shows effectiveness of common anti-malarial drug in controlling asthma
(National University of Singapore) Associate Professor Fred Wong from the Department of Pharmacology at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine led a team to discover that artesunate, a common herbal-based anti-malarial drug, can be used to control asthma, with better treatment outcomes than other drugs currently available.

Plastic surgeons or nurses: Who are the better injectors?
(Springer) In recent years, minimally invasive aesthetic injectable procedures have grown in popularity as more and more men and women are seeking age-defying treatments. As Botulinum toxin -- generally known as BOTOX -- use has increased, a growing number of nonaesthetic health professionals have emerged to perform procedures utilizing this and other injectables. According to a survey, plastic surgeons consider themselves the most capable injectors, as reported in the official journal of ISAPS Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, published by Springer.

Jailed family member increases risks for kids' adult health
(Brown University) People whose childhood included a member of the household becoming imprisoned have a 16-percent greater risk of reporting lower overall health quality in adulthood, a new study finds. The risk is independent of other childhood adversity.

2014 ESC/ESA Guidelines on non-cardiac surgery: Cardiovascular assessment and management
(European Society of Cardiology) Worldwide, non-cardiac surgery is associated with an average overall complication rate of between 7 and 11 percent and a mortality rate between 0.8 and 1.5 percent, depending on safety precautions. Up to 42 percent of these are caused by cardiac complications. When applied to the population in the European Union member states, these figures translate into at least 167,000 cardiac complications annually, of which 19,000 are life-threatening.

Recent use of some birth control pills may increase breast cancer risk
(American Association for Cancer Research) Women who recently used birth control pills containing high-dose estrogen and a few other formulations had an increased risk for breast cancer, whereas women using some other formulations did not, according to data published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Management of anticoagulant-associated intracerebral hemorrhage
(Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group) This supplement covers the current knowledge of anticoagulant-associated intracerebral hemorrhage and methods in use for management of the condition.

New guidelines help keep asthma out of 'yellow zone'
(American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology) New guidelines to assist patients in recognizing and treating acute loss of asthma control. They apply to the home setting only; not providers' offices, emergency departments or hospital settings.

Female baby boomers with asthma? You may need help
(American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology) Women over the age of 65 who have asthma, are also likely to have a range of other health-related issues which are barriers to them staying healthy. Among other things, this group of women tends to not make asthma a priority when caring for themselves, leading to other asthma-related issues.

Developmental regulation of important plant phloem components discovered
(University of Helsinki) Researchers at the University of Helsinki's Institute of Biotechnology, Finland, have combined traditional genetic approaches with 3-D reconstructions from scanning electron microscopy to discover and characterize genes regulating the development of plant sieve elements.

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