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Archive for June 9th, 2012

Physicists Use Ultrafast Lasers To Create First Tabletop X-Ray Device

An international research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has generated the first laser-like beams of X-rays from a tabletop device, paving the way for major advances in many fields including medicine, biology and nanotechnology development. For half a century, scientists have been trying to figure out how to build a cost-effective and [...]

The Extreme Elderly Suffer Nearly Two-Thirds Of American Osteoporotic Hip Fractures

A new American study presented at EULAR 2012, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism, calls for more aggressive management of osteoporosis in the extreme elderly as the true impact of osteoporotic hip fractures in those aged 80 years or older is unveiled. Via the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 4.3 million patients over [...]

Study Finds Treatment With Anti-TNFs Reduces The Risk Of Cardiovascular Events In Rheumatoid Arthritis

Results from a retrospective analysis of contemporary data presented at EULAR 2012, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism, predict, based on estimates from a multivariate regression model, that the cumulative use of anti-tumour necrosis factor drugs (anti-TNFs) for one, two, or three years is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular events by [...]

Anti-TNFs For Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases Can Increase The Risk Of Shingles By Up To 75 Percent

Patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases (IRD) treated with anti-tumour necrosis factor medications (anti-TNFs) have a 75% greater risk of developing herpes zoster, or shingles, than patients treated with traditional disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), according to a meta-analysis presented at EULAR 2012, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism. “Anti-TNFs, such as infliximab, [...]

Ulcerative Colitis Patients Can Improve Remission Rates By Adding VSL#3 Probiotic To Traditional Therapies

As one of the few probiotics with medical food designation for specific illnesses, VSL#3® has been the subject of a collection of more than 80 studies that have demonstrated its use in the dietary management of IBS, ulcerative colitis, and an ileal pouch. Ulcerative colitis patients, in particular, have been shown to benefit from adding [...]