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Functionality of a novel follitropin alfa pen injector: Results from human factor interactions by patients and nurses

Helen Saunders, working at Gedeon Richter/PregLem, a Hungarian/Swiss based biopharmaceutical company, has focused her research on the benefits of a novel Follitropin alfa pen injector known as Bemfola®, which uses follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), a reproductive hormone for the treatment of infertility in women and men. Bemfola® has numerous benefits that make it an exciting alternative to other more complicated treatment […]

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Who makes the decisions? Patient “compliance” in modern medicine

Traditionally, the term “patient compliance” was used to define how closely a patient followed their doctor’s advice. Now, with the ever-expanding information and resources available to patients, the idea of “compliance” is in need of an update. Professor Karen Lutfey Spencer, of the University of Colorado Denver, USA, looked at the experiences of patients receiving end-of-life care to gain an […]

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Curiosity, cell death and caspases: One researcher’s journey to big discoveries

All comic book superheroes have an intriguing ‘origins story’; and in the case of science superman Professor Vishva Dixit he has one too. Beginning in Kenya and ending in California, this is the story of a researcher who asked big questions of himself and the world, and went on to pioneer a field of research into cell death, caspases and apoptosis. […]

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The researchers investigating a new type of antimalarial

The World Health Organization estimates that almost all deaths due to malaria are children living in Africa. Prevention measures against malaria are causing a steady decline in deaths, but common antimalarial therapies like artemisinin-based combination therapies are at risk of becoming ineffective due to drug resistance developing in the Plasmodium falciparum parasite responsible for transmitting the disease. Eugene Megnassan at […]

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The battle against cancer stem cells in glioblastomas

Glioblastomas are the most common and one of the most aggressive forms of brain tumour. The severity of the cancer within glioblastomas, along with the potential for spreading, are driven by a population of cells known as cancer stem cells. Cancer stem cells are the beating heart of a cancer. Dr Tapinos and his research team at Brown University, Rhode […]

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Strengthening the case for goal directed fluid therapy

Intravenous (IV) fluids are critical for maintaining hydration and blood circulation during major abdominal surgery. The right amount of fluids can help prevent complications and speed up postoperative recovery, but finding that sweet spot can be challenging. To help narrow the field, Beijing Tongren Hospital Department of Anesthesiology Vice-Chief Anesthesiologist, Dr Yanxia Sun and her team are running a clinical […]

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Medicine’s digital future: Patients use App for automatic data collection in adherence study

People with chronic medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, often have to take the same medication for a long period of time. Unfortunately, medication adherence, or how good patients are at taking their medication as prescribed, is often low in this group. Prof Markus Schürks and Dr Christian Müller of Bayer Vital GmbH, Leverkusen, Germany, carried out a novel pilot […]

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New therapy offers hope for wound healing in severely burned patients

Serious burns are difficult to treat and can cause many complications. A common treatment for these injuries is a split-thickness skin graft, where a thin layer of healthy skin is taken from elsewhere on the patient’s body, meshed and transplanted onto the wound bed. Unfortunately, this type of treatment can lead to graft failure, contracture and scarring. PolarityTE, Inc., a biotechnology […]

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Setting the gold standard in care for acute pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis, which causes severe upper abdominal pain, is one of the leading gastrointestinal causes of hospitalisation. Dr Paul Tarnasky and his colleagues at the Methodist Digestive Institute, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Dallas, USA, are aiming to reach the highest standards in quality of care for pancreatitis patients. The team has designed a new, streamlined protocol for diagnosis of the […]

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