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Platelet transfusion after stroke not beneficial for patients using antiplatelet drugs

Platelet transfusion after stroke not beneficial for patients using antiplatelet drugs

The common practise of giving patients with an acute intracerebral haemorrhage a platelet transfusion is not effective and might even be dangerous. That is the conclusion of a paper by an international group of researchers that was published in The Lancet. They specifically studied patients that were on antiplatelet drugs prior to having the bleeding. Continue reading

‘Milestone’ in cocaine dependence treatment: dexamfetamine effective and safe

‘Milestone’ in cocaine dependence treatment: dexamfetamine effective and safe

Heroin-dependent patients who are also struggling with cocaine dependence can be successfully treated for this second addiction using sustained-release dexamfetamine. That is written by Dutch investigators in The Lancet. In an accompanying comment, Swiss psychiatrists call these results a milestone. Continue reading

Antibiotic resistance growing global problem for children with urinary tract infection

Antibiotic resistance growing global problem for children with urinary tract infection

The prevalence of resistance to commonly prescribed antibiotics in children with urinary tract infections is high, especially in countries outside the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), according to a recent article in the British Medical Journal. In an editorial, an Australian professor of General Practise Research warns about the drastic consequences of this finding for clinical management. Continue reading

Microbirthing: a good or a bad idea?

Microbirthing: a good or a bad idea?

Recently, a discussion has flared up in the medical community on microbirthing, the practice in which maternal vaginal fluid is transferred on to an infant born by caesarean section. A recent report in Nature Medicine hesitantly concluded that this might be effective in restoring the microbiota of infants, but a group of British doctors warn for the potential dangers in BMJ. Continue reading

Preseasonal treatment with omalizumab prevents fall asthma exacerbations

Preseasonal treatment with omalizumab prevents fall asthma exacerbations

Temporarily adding omalizumab to the standard care for asthma reduces fall asthma exacerbations in inner-city youth. That is the conclusion of a group of paediatricians who published a paper in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The beneficial effect was most notable in children who had recently experienced an exacerbation. Continue reading

‘Cancer screening never been shown to save lives’

‘Cancer screening never been shown to save lives’

The claim that cancer screening saves lives is based on the reduction in disease specific mortality. Two doctors and a journalist argue in the British Medical Journal that this is the wrong way of measuring the effect of screenings. According to them, we should use the overall mortality. Continue reading

Video: A closer look into a mouse brain

Video: A closer look into a mouse brain

American researchers have succeeded at imaging a mouse brain at a scale previously unachievable. They describe their imaging tool in a recent publication in Cell. Jeff Lichtman, study senior author and researcher at Harvard University: "For people who are imagers, being able to see all of these details is wonderful.” Continue reading

Antibody halts effect of dabigatran

Antibody halts effect of dabigatran

The monoclonal antibody idarucizumab is able to counteract the effect of the non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant dabigatran in the majority of patients. That is the conclusion of a recent publication in The New England Journal of Medicine. These results imply that the irreversibility of effect of dabigatran is now no longer an issue. Continue reading

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