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BRCA2 Mutation Ups Prostate Cancer Death Risk

BRCA2 Mutation Ups Prostate Cancer Death Risk

In a study, the 12-year prostate cancer survival rate was 61.8% for men with the mutation versus 94.3% for those without it.

Two-Drug Pill Okayed for Treating Diabetes

Two-Drug Pill Okayed for Treating Diabetes

Invokamet combines in a single table canagliflozin and metformin.

Diabetic Nephropathy Linked to Hypothyroidism

Diabetic Nephropathy Linked to Hypothyroidism

Researchers find an independent association in a study of Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes.

Reasons for Alpha Blocker Switch ID'd

Reasons for Alpha Blocker Switch ID'd

Lack of efficacy is the main reason for the switch.

Urodynamic Studies On the Upswing

Urodynamic Studies On the Upswing

Urodynamic studies for female Medicare patients increased by 29% from 2000 to 2010.

Partial Nephrectomy Superior Despite Kidney Tumor Size

Partial Nephrectomy Superior Despite Kidney Tumor Size

Renal function is preserved better compared with radical nephrectomy even when tumors are larger than the traditional 4 cm cutoff.

FDA Okays Rapid-Acting Inhaled Insulin

FDA Okays Rapid-Acting Inhaled Insulin

Afrezza is administered at the start of each meal or within 20 minutes after starting a meal.

Ureteroscopy Use for Stones Increasing

Ureteroscopy Use for Stones Increasing

Researchers found increasing use of ureteroscopy and decreasing use of shock wave lithotripsy.

Citrus Fruit May Lower Bladder Cancer Risk

Citrus Fruit May Lower Bladder Cancer Risk

Meta-analysis demonstrates a protective effect with high intake.

Homocysteine Levels Elevated in Gout Patients

Homocysteine Levels Elevated in Gout Patients

Korean study also revealed an inverse association between serum homocysteine levels and renal function.

VUR Antimicrobial Prophylaxis Beneficial

Antimicrobial prophylaxis for children with VUR after a febrile UT) decreases risk.

Statins May Improve RCC Surgery Outcomes

Statin use decreases the risk of disease progression after surgery for localized RCC.

Uric Acid Lowering Has Renal Benefits

Patients with hyperuricemia who use urate-lowering therapies are less likely to experience renal function decline.

Regular Aspirin Use Lowers Prostate Cancer (PCa) Risk

Regular use, and especially long-time regular use, of aspirin may decrease the risk of PCa overall and advanced PCa.

AVF Placement Less Likely in Metropolitan Areas

Rates of AVF placement in patients approaching HD in the US are significantly lower in metropolitan areas.

ESA Resistance Found To Increase Mortality

Greater resistance to ESA is associated with an increased risk of death among patients on chronic HD.

Overactive Bladder Found to Raise Nocturia Risk

Overactive Bladder Found to Raise Nocturia Risk

In a study, severe nocturia predicted increased mortality risk.

Kidney Stone Procedure May Up Diabetes Risk

Kidney Stone Procedure May Up Diabetes Risk

Patients treated with percutaneous nephrolithotomy had a 79% increased risk of diabetes compared with those treated with extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy.

Erectile Dysfunction Improves with Statin Use

Erectile Dysfunction Improves with Statin Use

Systematic review and meta-analysis show that use of the lipid-lowering agents can improve erectile function scores.

Contrast-Induced Acute Kidney Injury Predicts Poor Outcomes

Contrast-Induced Acute Kidney Injury Predicts Poor Outcomes

Condition significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular events and death.