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Vaccine necessary to eliminate global HIV/AIDS pandemic

Although the current HIV/AIDS pandemic could theoretically be prevented through the appropriate use of pre-exposure prophylaxis and antiretroviral drugs, it is likely that a vaccine will be needed to eliminate the spread of the disease, according to an edi ...

Asthma linked to higher pre-eclampsia risk

Pregnant women may be more likely to suffer with the dangerous condition, pre-eclampsia, if they have asthma, a new study has found. With pre-eclampsia, a woman's blood pressure can reach dangerously high levels and protein is present in her urine. Th ...

Oral health programme needed for children

An intensive oral health programme aimed at children in Ireland should be rolled out nationally as soon as possible, a dental expert has said. According to Dr Brett Duane, associate professor in dental public health at Dublin Dental University Hospital, th ...

New Twitter restrictions on abusive images

Twitter is to introduce new restrictions on hateful and pornographic imagery as part of new plans to tackle abuse on the social media site. ...

Fine Gael to back new drink-driving laws

Fine Gael will support the Transport Minister's new Road Traffic Bill, the party's parliamentary chairman has confirmed. The legislation would see those detected over the blood alcohol limit automatically disqualified. ...

YAG laser for treatment of floaters still in pioneer stage

I obtained a YAG laser very early. I visited my friend Danièle Aron-Rosa, MD, in Paris after her first reports, and she allowed me to perform YAG laser capsulotomy on three of her patients. I was amazed. I had been doing phacoemulsification with posterior ...

The dry eye doc with dry eye

So many of us went to medical school with a very clear idea of what kind of doctor we would be when we “grew up.” Often times that decision was based on a very influential doctor we might have known as a child. Sometimes we chose our specialty because of m ...

Genetic therapies offer new pathways for ophthalmic disorders

News. “Gene therapy is being tested in many organ systems, but the retina is one of the best organs in ...

Elderly woman presents with rapidly progressive bilateral ophthalmoplegia and blindness

An 80-year-old woman was transferred from an outside hospital to the emergency department at Tufts Medical Center for ophthalmological evaluation around midnight. In a matter of hours, she had developed bilateral, progressive ophthalmoplegia and complete v ...

IOL calculations in eyes with prior hyperopic LASIK

We know that patients who underwent prior corneal refractive surgery pose more of a challenge when it comes to performing IOL calculations for cataract surgery. The reason is that the anterior surface of the cornea has been steepened while the posterior su ...

Are there alternatives for treating floaters?

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Autologous stem cell transplantation may be feasible for advanced keratoconus

A phase 1 pilot study preliminarily showed the safety of autologous adipose-derived adult stem cell transplantation in the corneal stroma and the ability of these cells to survive in vivo and produce new collagen. This form of cellular therapy could potent ...

Perceived luminance through small aperture greater than expected

LISBON, Portugal — The perceived brightness with a small aperture is 30% to 60% greater than should be theoretically expected, according to a poster study presented here. One of the potential issues with small aperture inlays or IOLs is that they reduce re ...

VIDEO: IBS-D tied to food poisoning, treated without relapse for 6 months

ORLANDO — Irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea found further definition this year with pinpointing causes and improved treatments, according to one expert at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG 2017. “We continue to see advances in the diagnosi ...

FDA grants fast track designation to elacestrant for breast cancer subtype

The FDA granted fast track designation to elacestrant for the treatment of ER-positive, HER-2-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer, according to the drug’s manufacturer. Elacestrant (RAD1901, Radius Health) an investigational oral selective ER dow ...

RCSI opens new €80m high-tech building in Dublin

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has opened its new high-tech €80 million building in Dublin, which will be used for educating and training medical professionals. ...

Novel blood test accurately assesses mucosal healing across Crohn’s subtypes

ORLANDO — A novel multi-biomarker serum test accurately evaluated mucosal healing across different subtypes of Crohn’s disease based on disease location, according to new research presented at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG 2017. Geert D ...

CHARM: Ethanol-free EUS-guided chemoablation safe, effective

ORLANDO — An ethanol-free protocol for pancreatic cyst ablation followed by a combined paclitaxel and gemcitabine regimen for pancreatic neoplasia was effective and led to significant reductions in adverse events, according to research presented at the Wor ...

Kidney disease, injury predict poor outcomes after TAVR

Patients with chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease who underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement had an elevated risk for death, renal replacement therapy and worse outcomes, according to two studies published in JACC: Cardiovascular In ...

Smoking cessation appears cost-effective for lung cancer screening program

William K. Evans The addition of a smoking cessation intervention to a low-dose CT lung cancer screening program appeared cost-effective, according to data presented at International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer World Conference on Lung Cancer. ...

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