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Misoprostol May Be As Effective As Oxytocin In Speeding Labor For Women With Inadequate Contractions.
"Titrated oral doses of misoprostol (Cytotec) may be as effective as intravenous oxytocin in speeding labor in women who have inadequate contractions, according to" a study published in J. Obstetrics & Gynecology. Taiwanese researchers found that in "a randomized trial of more than 200 Chinese women, the median times from treatment to vaginal delivery were ...
Trastuzumab May Help Extend Stomach Cancer Patients' Survival By Nearly Three Months.
Patients with HER2-positive advanced gastric cancer might benefit from a drug produced by Roche Holding AG. “Use of the drug trastuzumab in addition to chemotherapy can extend stomach cancer patients' survival by nearly three months," researchers in Seoul found after evaluating "584 patients at 122 centers in 24" nations. The "addition of trastuzumab to standard cisplatin/fluoropyrimidine chemotherapy resulted in a median survival of ...
Breast Cancer Drug Fulvestrant Appears More Effective In The Presence Of CK8 And CK18.
Women’s responsiveness to the second-line breast cancer drug fulvestrant may depend on whether the cancer cells are expressing two key proteins, Indiana University Bloomington scientists report in this month’s Cancer Biology & Therapy. Fulvestrant appeared to exert maximum anti-cancer effects in vitro when cells produced normal or ...
Eprotirome May Lower Cholesterol Levels Without Feared Side Effects Of Thyroid-Based Drugs.
"A thyroid-derived cholesterol-lowering drug," called eprotirome, "that could be an alternative to the widely used statin medications has done well in a small, early trial, Swedish and American researchers report." For the 12-week trial, various doses of eprotirome "were added to statin treatment for 168 people whose high levels of LDL cholesterol ...
Third Study Shows Bisphosphonates May Cut Risk Of Breast Cancer.
According to a study appearing in the British Journal of Cancer, researchers "found a reduction in the risk for breast cancer among postmenopausal women taking bisphosphonates for the treatment of osteoporosis." The study showed that ...
Intravitreous Dexamethasone Effective Treatment For DME.
According to a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, "intravitreous treatment with dexamethasone is well tolerated and significantly improves visual acuity in patients with persistent diabetic macular edema (DME)." In a trial in which 315 DME patients were ...
Anti-TNF Therapy For Psoriatic Arthritis May Improve Physical Disability, Quality Of Life.
According to a study published in the March issue of Arthritis Care & Research, "treatment with anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) agents can significantly improve physical disability and quality of life for patients with psoriatic arthritis." In a study of 596 patients, researchers found that ...
Combination Therapy For Some Alzheimer's Patients May Help Ease Caregiver Distress.
According to research presented at a geriatric psychiatry meeting, "caregiver distress is significantly attenuated when patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease (AD) are treated with a combination of extended-release memantine plus a ...
Quetiapine Associated With More Rapid Onset Of Metabolic Disturbances In Elderly Patients.
According to a study presented at a geriatric psychiatry meeting, "the antipsychotic quetiapine (Seroquel, AstraZeneca) is associated with a more rapid onset of metabolic disturbances than other antipsychotics in elderly patients with no baseline metabolic abnormalities before treatment initiation...
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