Diagnosis & Disease Information

Jody A. Charnow

Some Thoughts on Patient Education

Physicians are indeed spending less face time with patients, according to studies and to what doctors have told me in conversation. One consequence of this could be less time to educate patients about their illness.

Tacrolimus/MMF Regimen Cuts Acute Rejection Rate

In a long-term randomized trial of 150 kidney transplant recipients with a median follow-up of eight years post-transplant, those undergoing immunosuppressive therapy with tacrolimus/mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) experienced significantly less frequent acute rejection (12%) than those treated with tacrolimus/sirolimus (30%) or cyclosporine/sirolimus (28%).

Urine Test Improves PCa Prediction

Testing for the genetic anomaly TMPRSS2:ERG in conjunction with use prostate cancer antigen 3 (PCA3) is better at predicting the presence of prostate cancer (PCa) than either marker alone, according to a report in Science Translational Medicine.

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