Print Issue: June 01, 2008

AV Fistulas Aid Survival

GRAPEVINE, Tex.—Diabetes mellitus and cardiac disease are not associated with shorter life expectancy among patients aged 70 years and older when they commence dialysis, but those who had an arteriovenous (AV) fistula at dialysis initiation had better survival than individuals who started dialysis with a cuffed tunneled catheter.

ARF Linked to Cosmetic Lifts

Acute renal failure developed in three women who received cosmetic soft-tissue filler injections in the buttocks at a North Carolina facility, according to a recent article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (2008;57:453-456).

Jack Barkin, MD

Combo Improves BPH-Related Quality of Life

MILAN—Dutasteride and tamsulosin combination therapy provides significantly greater improvements in patient-reported, symptom-specific quality of life compared with either medication at two years in men with moderate to severe BPH, new data show.

Tiffany Wallace, PhD

Prostate Tumor Biology Differs By Race

SAN DIEGO—Genetic analyses suggest that prostate cancer in African-American men is distinctly different as compared with European-American men, according to researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Md.

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