Acute appendicitis – antibiotic therapy or surgery?

A commonly known treatment method of acute appendicitis is an appendectomy. It is more frequently performed in laparoscopic way, what decreases the risk of wound infection, is less painful, shortens time of hospitalization and makes the patients return to their previous activity faster. Read full text »

Are we already able to prevent kidney damage?

iStock_000025954109_XXXLargeAn interdisciplinary group of scientists from Boston University School of Medicine has described a new protein named TMIGD1 that proved to be engaged into epithelial cells protection in the renal tubules. This particular protein in the future could become a target of new therapeutic strategies used in patients suffering from both acute and chronic kidney disease. Read full text »

Nanocapsules for highly targeted clot-busting treatment

iStock_000015911522_DoubleAcute thrombosis, which occurs in pathological hemostatic condition such as rupture of an unstable atherosclerotic plaque, can lead to acute myocardial infarction or ischemic stroke. These diseases are major issues in world’s population as they are among major causes of disability and death. Currently avaliable treatment options require highly trained medical teams to achieve optimal results. The potential effects can still be improved, considering actually achieved cure and complication rates. Read full text »

ETV6 – a new prognostic marker for acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Medical technician examining bloodScientists from the University of Colorado Cancer Center revealed positive correlation between mutation of the gene ETV6 and an incidence of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). This finding will help to identify the population of patients at higher risk of developing the disease who require screening. Read full text »

Modified T cells in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia treatment – the success of American scientists

American scientists from the University of Pennsylvania were the first to use a new method in the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia resistant to drugs. Their achievement was published in “Science Translational Medicine”.

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Identifying Acute Aortic Dissection Patients

Written for www.physiciansweekly.com by: Kim A. Eagle, MD

Albion Walter Hewlett Professor, Internal Medicine Chief, Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine University of Michigan Health System Director and Education Lead University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center

A study from University of Michigan researchers shows that the signs or symptoms of acute aortic dissection can usually be identified using a risk score generated by a simple bedside screening tool.

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Acute rejection of the transplanted kidney

The success of the transplantation depends on many factors. These include, inter alia, the appropriate selection of donor age, compliance within HLA, degree of sensitization – anti-leucocyte antibodies level, primary disease causing the need of kidney replacement therapy, state of the other organs and coexisting diseases. No less important are the other donor-dependent factors, time of the cold ischemia, ischemia-reperfusion injury and a number of immunological and genetic factors. Read full text »