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
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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
In theory, the prescription of medication compensating the deregulation of molecular pathways should lead to better treatment of cancer. However, in a multicentre phase II study in France, this approach did not render longer periods of progression-free survival. The results, published in The Lancet, raise concerns about the implementation of personalised medicine in cancer. Continue reading
Because of the ageing of the general population and an increase in dementia patients, dementia was predicted to become a true epidemic. However, this assumption is based on data from twenty years ago. A review in The Lancet of recent epidemiologic publications concerning dementia epidemiology contradicts the conclusions previously made. Continue reading
Patients who listen to music before, during or after surgery recover with less pain, less analgesics and less anxiety. These are the results of a large systematic review of 72 randomised controlled trials that was published in The Lancet. Continue reading
Since the discovery of the mutated CFTR gene in cystic fibrosis patients, scientists have been working on the development of gene therapy for this patient group. Recently, a gene therapy phase II clinical trial with 116 participants in the UK resulted in the halt of disease progression, although there was little effect. The article was published in The Lancet. Continue reading