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Unease Grows Among US Doctors Over Indian Drug Quality
The Baltimore Sun
Some U.S. doctors are becoming concerned about the quality of generic drugs supplied by Indian manufacturers following a flurry of recalls and import bans by the Food and Drug Administration.
India supplies about 40 percent of generic and over-the-counter drugs used in the United States, making it the second-biggest supplier after Canada.
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Is Maryland's All-Payer Model a Step Toward European-Style Healthcare?
Al Jazeera America
The health care system in Maryland could soon look more like that of Switzerland or Germany than Virginia or Pennsylvania, and if successful, it could be a step toward a single-payer structure that could move to other states.
Physicians Urged to Become 'Political Advocates' for Patients
Two advocates for public health want healthcare workers trained to be "structurally competent" in basic economics, urban infrastructure, and other societal factors that can negatively impact patients' health. Physicians must become vocal and assertive political advocates for their patients and possess "structural competence" to identify and address social ills that harm public health. Teaching that structural competence should be part of pre-med and medical school curriculum, two public health advocates say.
Researcher Examines Immunology in Kidneys
University of Virginia undergraduate researcher Kristen Whalen is exploring kidney cells to see if they can protect themselves, which could be a breakthrough in assisting kidneys in surviving injury and the side effects of treatments for diseases elsewhere in the body.
Mexican-Americans Face Higher Risk of Stroke
Renal & Urology News
Mexican-Americans experience worse stroke outcomes than non-Hispanic whites, according to a study published in Stroke. "These findings in combination with the increased stroke risk in Mexican-Americans suggest that the public health burden of stroke in this growing population is substantial," the authors of the study write.
Vitamin D Receptor Gene Variant Protects Against Male Lower Urinary Tract Symptons
An international research effort aimed at identifying the genetic basis of LUTS has identified five candidate genes, one of which – encoding the vitamin D receptor – is consistently protective against these symptoms in men.
Prostate Cancer Treatment Strategies Show Promise
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
As the most predominant cause of cancer-related death for men in the U.S., prostate cancer has been the subject of extensive research that has led to a better understanding of the disease and metastasis mechanism. Since the increased levels of androgen or its signaling activities in males have been shown to be partially responsible for prostate cancer, decreasing the amount of androgens and/or its signaling pathway activity has been attempted. Androgen receptor signaling could be a major player in prostate cancer development and progression.
Study Supports Surgery for High-Risk Prostate Cancer
Renal & Urology News
Radical prostatectomy is associated with excellent long-term outcomes in patients with high-grade prostate cancer, according to researchers. “This is the first study to demonstrate excellent 20-year cancer-specific survival of men with Gleason 8-10 prostate cancer,” the study authors wrote.
Study: Men Receive Faster Care Than Women for Heart Attacks
Medical News Today
Researchers looking into differences in care have found that gender impacts on how quickly certain patients receive care in the wake of a heart attack. The main finding shows that men are more likely than women to receive faster care.
Why Oncologists Should Study Exceptional Responders
According to results of a new study, a patient with advanced bladder cancer experienced a complete response for 14 months to the drug combination Everolimus and Pazopanib in a Phase I trial, and genomic profiling of his tumor revealed two unique sequences that may have caused this exceptional response. Genomic profiling in this instance, helped to identify a cancer patient who had a positive response to the drug Everolimus.
Skeleton Find Will Help Show Evolution of Cancer
The remains of the wealthy man aged 25-35 were found in a tomb close to the River Nile in Sudan by Durham University student Michaela Binder last year. The bones showed evidence of metastatic carcinoma – cancer which has spread from where it started.
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