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New Test Announced For Major Killer Of Lung Transplant Patients

July 16, 2019

A lung transplant can mean a new chance at life. But many who receive one develop a debilitating, fatal condition that causes scar tissue to build up in the lungs and chokes off the ability to breathe. University of Michigan researchers hope a new diagnostic tool they developed to predict bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS) will allow doctors to intervene earlier and, ultimately, to provide life-saving treatments. BOS is the leading cause of death for those who survive one year after lung...

FDA, U. Of Md. Train Bangladeshis On Aquaculture Safety

July 15, 2019

Seafood safety experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the University of Maryland Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) are training 10 scientists from Bangladesh on how to eliminate health hazards from aquaculture - the controlled production of seafood, much of which is exported to the United States. The trainees are among a group that participated in a Good Aquacultural Practices (GAqPs) train-the-trainer program in Khulna, Bangladesh, in November 2009 a...

Long-Term Outcomes Of Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy Compared To Shock Wave Lithotripsy And Conservative Management

July 14, 2019

UroToday - In this very important and unique study, the authors note that at 19.2 years average follow-up after percutaneous stone removal (PCNL), the incidence of hypertension (34.1%) is no different than after shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) (36.4%). Of note, the incidence of diabetes (23.5%) at first appeared to be higher than after SWL (16.8%) but in a multivariate analysis taking into account BMI and stone size, the difference did not hold up. Interestingly, renal insufficiency developed in 1...

Primary Vesicoureteral Reflux Detected In Neonates With A History Of Fetal Renal Pelvis Dilatation: A Prospective Clinical And Imaging Study

July 13, 2019

Fetal renal pelvis dilatation is a common abnormality, observed in 4.5% of pregnancies but surrounded by controversy regarding its significance. Working up renal pelvis dilation has become a standard of care regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms with vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) being one of the primary concerns. This prospective cohort study by Ismaili et al was performed to try to establish the incidence and clinical evolution of primary VUR diagnosed at birth as a result of a syst...

Nicotine Raises Fetus Risk Of Hypertension And Heart Disease Later In Life

July 12, 2019

Consuming nicotine during pregnancy, even through non-smoking means, raises the risk for the fetus of elevated blood pressure, which can increase the chances of having a heart problem later in life, say researchers from California. Dr. DaLiao Xiao, from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, California, said: "We have found distinct links between cigarette smoking or even using nicotine patches or gum and the long-term harm for the child." The scientists stress that nicotine is the cause, rat...