EHRs enhance clinical trial follow-up

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Electronic health records (EHRs) can enhance results from randomized controlled trials (RCTs), according to research published in Scientific Reports. Researchers found EHRs could be used to track trial participants, enabling long-term monitoring of medical interventions and health outcomes and providing new insights into population health. ... [Read Article]
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Treating insomnia in cancer survivors

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Treatment with acupuncture or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can decrease the severity of insomnia among cancer survivors, according to new research. Overall, improvements in insomnia were greatest in patients treated with CBT, and patients with mild insomnia at baseline had a significantly greater improvement with CBT than with... [Read Article]
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Team analyzes skin odor to detect malaria

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Changes in skin odor can reveal malaria infection in patients with no external symptoms, according to research published in PNAS. Researchers examined chemical compounds released from the skin of Kenyan children and discovered characteristic patterns in these compounds that identified patients with acute and asymptomatic malaria infections.... [Read Article]
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‘Essential’ genes could be targeted to treat malaria

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More than 2000 genes are “essential” for the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, according to research published in Science. Researchers identified 2680 genes that appear necessary for growth and survival during P falciparum’s asexual blood stage. The researchers therefore believe these genes could be... [Read Article]
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Groups launch open portal for cancer models

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The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) have developed an open cancer research portal for patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models. The portal, known as PDX Finder, catalogues PDX models from numerous global repositories. At present, PDX Finder contains more than 1900 models for... [Read Article]
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Generic antiemetic now available in US

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Palonosetron Hydrochloride Injection, a generic alternative to Aloxi®, is now available in the US. Fresenius Kabi’s Palonosetron Hydrochloride Injection is a 5-HT3 serotonin receptor that is approved for the prevention of nausea and vomiting in certain adults. Palonosetron Hydrochloride Injection is available in a single-dose... [Read Article]
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