Gene tumor boards help guide cancer care
Gene tumor boards are increasingly guiding the care of cancer patients. Experts look at a patient’s cancer genes, then match the treatments to mutations that seem to drive the disease, The Associated Press reports. But the results remain unproven, and questions remain.
In Oregon, end-of-life wishes are just a click away
Oregon has become the first state with one-click access to forms known as Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment, Kaiser Health News reports. Officials at Oregon Health and Science University partnered with Vynca, a technology firm, to give health-care providers electronic access to any of the 172,000 active forms in the state’s POLST registry, no matter where they were filed.
Teen concussions linked to multiple sclerosis risk
An observational study from Sweden has found that concussions in adolescents can increase the risk of later developing multiple sclerosis, The New York Times reports. The study also noted, however, that concussions experienced during childhood did not contribute to a greater risk of M.S.
Learning the signs of Lewy body dementia
Lewy body dementia often remains unrecognized, even though it’s the second most common dementia. For a third of those with the disease, one study found, getting the right diagnosis took more than two years, The Conversation reports. There are new criteria that can help improve diagnosis.