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The biggest clinical cancer advances for 2015 have been identified in an annual report from the American Society of Clinical Oncology

ASCO Reports Biggest Clinical Cancer Advances for 2015

The advance of the year is approval of four new therapies for treatment of CLL
Utilization patterns indicate that antimicrobial prophylaxis is overused for urological surgeries in the community practice setting

Prophylactic Antimicrobials Overused in Urologic Surgery

In community practice, overall rate of compliance with AUA Best Practices is less than 60 percent
For some obese women

Optimal Gestational Weight Gain in Obese Moms May Vary

Weight gain below the guidelines may be advised, with caution, in some obese pregnant women
For endoluminal procedures relying on barrier protection to avoid contamination

May Be Room for Improvement in U/S Transducer Hygiene

Research indicates some institutions use cover materials of unacceptable permeability
For patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention in the Veterans Affairs system

More Variation in Costs Than Outcomes of PCI in VA System

Smaller variation in one-year risk-adjusted mortality than in risk-standardized costs after PCI
The risk for developing a glioma appears to go up with long-term use of hormonal contraceptives

Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Higher Risk of Glioma

But odds of any one user getting the tumor remain extremely small, experts stress
The overuse of antibiotics to treat travelers' diarrhea may contribute to the spread of drug-resistant superbugs

Overuse of Abx for Travelers’ Diarrhea Creating Superbugs

Researchers recommend caution when using antibiotics to treat digestive ills while abroad

Society of Critical Care Medicine, Jan. 17-21

The Society of Critical Care Medicine's 44th Critical Care Congress The annual congress of the Society of Critical Care Medicine was held from...
For patients in the developing world

Increased Physical Activity Seen After TKR in Developing World

Study in Dominican Republic shows participation in physical activities up in varied life domains
E-cigarette vapor can contain cancer-causing formaldehyde at levels up to 15 times higher than regular cigarettes

High Levels of Formaldehyde Seen in E-Cigarette Vapor

Levels up to 15 times higher than regular cigarettes