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Venous thromboembolism after radical cystectomy associated with lower survival of bladder cancer

Venous thromboembolism after radical cystectomy associated with lower survival of bladder cancer

The development of venous thromboembolism (VTE) after a radical cystectomy is associated with inferior long-term survival of bladder cancer, according to an article in BJU International. This association could mean that VTE is a marker of more aggressive disease. Continue reading

Risk of childhood wheeze from antibiotic use in third trimester of pregnancy

Risk of childhood wheeze from antibiotic use in third trimester of pregnancy

Antibiotic use during the third trimester of pregnancy leads to an increased risk of childhood wheeze, according to an article published in the European Respiratory Journal. Antibiotic use in pregnancy and the risk of wheeze is a widely debated topic and a new study has evaluated whether confounding factors could explain this suggested association. But an excess risk of wheezing after antibiotic exposure during the third trimester of pregnancy remained after adjustment for confounding factors. Continue reading

Cancer-associated mutations are common in patients with unexplained low blood counts

Cancer-associated mutations are common in patients with unexplained low blood counts

Patients with unexplained low blood counts often have abnormally mutated cells that are typical of blood cancers, such as myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) or acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Researchers recently reported this in the journal Blood. They suggest to describe these patients as having clonal cytopenias of undetermined significance (CCUS). Continue reading

Spinal cord learns on its own

Spinal cord learns on its own

The spinal cord engages in its own learning of motor tasks independent of the brain, according to an imaging study publishing PLOS Biology. The results of the study, conducted by principal investigator Julien Doyon and colleagues of the University of Montreal, Canada, may offer new opportunities for rehabilitation after spinal cord injury. Continue reading

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