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Changes in Depression Symptoms Tied to Lung Cancer Survival

NEW HAVEN, Conn — October 14, 2016 — Worsening depression symptoms are associated with shorter survival for patients with lung cancer, particularly those in the early stages of disease, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Conversely, when depression symptoms lift…

Hypothyroidism Symptoms Linger Despite Medication Use, Normal Blood Tests

CHICAGO — October 14, 2016 — Despite normal thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) tests, many patients with hypothyroidism still have many nagging symptoms of the disease, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. The study showed that individuals on…

Zika Virus Infection May Prevent Reinfection, Study Finds

MANHATTAN, Kan — October 14, 2016 — People infected with Zika virus may not be susceptible to Zika virus again, according to research published in the journal Nature Medicine. “The research shows that infection provides excellent protection against reinfection,” said Stephen Higgs, Kansas State…

Rare Mutation in the TM2D3 Gene Linked to Increased Risk, Earlier Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom — October 17, 2016 — People with Icelandic heritage are more likely to carry a novel rare mutation in the TM2D3 gene, which leads to greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in PLOS Genetics. While scientists have already identified…

Ziv-aflibercept Superior to Bevacizumab in Treating Diabetic Macular Oedema

By Michelle Dalton, ELS CHICAGO — October 18, 2016 — Both the 1.25-mg and the 2.5-mg dose of intravitreal ziv-aflibercept offered improvement from baseline in best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) in the treatment of diabetic macular oedema (DME) after 12 weeks compared with intravitreal…

Shorter Time Between Bariatric Surgery, Childbirth May Increase Risk of Complications for Infants

CHICAGO — October 19, 2016 — Infants who were born less than 2 years after a mother’s bariatric surgery had higher risks for prematurity, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admission, and small for gestational age status compared with longer intervals between bariatric surgery and childbirth,…

Long-Term Benefits of Aflibercept, Ranibizumab Similar in Patients With Diabetic Macular Oedema or Diabetic Retinopathy

By Michelle Dalton, ELS CHICAGO — October 19, 2016 — Investigators observed no additional benefit with aflibercept 2.0 mg over ranibizumab 0.3 mg on improvement of diabetic retinopathy (DR) in patients with diabetic macular oedema (DME) or diabetic retinopathy (DR), and no difference in…

Natalizumab Treatment Eases Depression in Patients With Multiple Sclerosis

By Alex Morrisson BALTIMORE, Maryland — October 19, 2016 — Treatment with natalizumab and interferon beta-1a appears to reduce symptoms of depression better than treatment with placebo and interferon beta-1a, according to a substudy of the SENTINEL clinical trial, presented at the 141st Annual…

Voriconazole More Effective Than Ketoconazole for Severe Fungal Keratitis

By Michelle Dalton CHICAGO — October 19, 2016 — In cases of severe fungal keratitis, the use of oral voriconazole as an adjunct to topical natamycin 5% is more effective than using oral ketoconazole, according to a study presented here at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of…

Exercise May Ward Off Memory Decline in Patients With Vascular Cognitive Impairment

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn — October 19, 2016 — Exercise may be associated with a small benefit for elderly people who already have memory and thinking problems, according to a study published in the October 19, 2016, online issue of Neurology. The research involved people with vascular cognitive…