LA BioMed Researchers Editorialize on New Breast Cancer Study in New England Journal of Medicine

They Find Study “Reassuring” and Say it Has Lessons for Cardiologists and Oncologists

In an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, LA BioMed Researchers Rowan T. Chlebowski, MD, PhD, and Matthew J. Budoff, MD, said a new study of the long-term use of aromatase inhibitors to prevent the recurrence of certain types of breast cancer is “reassuring,” and they urged oncologists and cardiologists to combine prevention and early detection to prevent disease.

Phoenix Nest and LA BioMed Receive Over $1.7 million to Develop Treatments for Devastating Childhood Disease

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke recently awarded over $1.7 million in grant funding to Phoenix Nest, Inc. to continue its partnership with the Los Angeles Biomedical Institute (LA BioMed) to research the development of therapies for treating different forms of a devastating inherited genetic disorder, Sanfilippo disease, also known as MPS III.

Sodium Bicarbonate Treatments Could Prevent Deadly Fungal Infections In Patients with Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Patients with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) face a much higher risk of succumbing to a deadly fungal infection, known as mucormycosis, than healthy patients. A new study suggests a simple treatment of sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, could prevent the spread of mucormycosis in patients with DKA. 

Low Fat Diet Helps Postmenopausal Women Avoid Deadly Breast Cancers

New Data from Women’s Health Initiative Dietary Modification Trial Finds Long-term Dietary Changes Improves Breast Cancer Survival Rates

Women who stayed on a low fat diet for approximately eight years reduced their risk of death from invasive breast cancers and improved their survival rates when compared with women who had not followed the dietary regimen, according to a study presented at a clinical trial plenary session, entitled "Transformative Clinical Trials in Breast Cancer," at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting.

LA BioMed’s New GE CT System Enables Scanning Of the Most Challenging Patients in Los Angeles At the Lowest Doses

LA BioMed is the first and only Los Angeles facility to offer CT scans on the new GE  Heathcare’s Revolution* CT scanner, which makes it possible for the institute’s physicians to diagnose even the most challenging patients, at the lowest radiation doses available in the industry.  

Patients with Skin Infections Fail to Complete Antibiotics, Leading to Poor Outcomes

In the first study of its kind, researchers found patients with S. aureus skin and soft tissue infections took, on average, just 57% of their prescribed antibiotic doses after leaving the hospital, resulting in nearly half of them getting a new infection or needing additional treatment for the existing skin infection.

New Formula Can Predict Professional Football Players’ Long-term Concussion Damages

Researchers studied the severity and frequency of game-related concussions among 40 former professional football players, many of whom had suffered cognitive deficits. The researchers combined this data with the estimates of each player’s cognitive reserve, a mechanism which helps protect the brain from injury. Cognitive reserve is developed through mentally enriching experiences, such as education and reading.   The researchers concluded that a unique combination of the harmful and the protective factors can predict cognitive outcomes in players who had suffered concussions during their football careers and have been retired from American professional football for an average of 20 years. 

Researchers Find Testosterone Treatment Improves Sexual Activity, Walking Ability and Mood in Men Over 65

The TTrials Reveal Benefits of Testosterone Treatment for Older Men with Low Testosterone Levels As men age, their testosterone levels decrease, but prior studies of the effects of administering testosterone to older men have been inconclusive. Now, research shows that testosterone treatment for men over 65 improves sexual function, walking ability and mood, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine by a team of researchers that included lead researchers from Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed).

LA BioMed to Honor Three of its Champions at 2016 Gala

Three exemplary champions of LA BioMed, whose contributions continue to fuel discoveries that hold promise for patients around the globe, will be honored with Spirit of Excellence Awards at the nonprofit research institute’s 2016 Gala on May 5 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

New Hope for Improved Heart Disease Detection and Treatment in Type 2 Diabetics

Report Identifies Tools for Determining Risk and Prescribing Treatment

With approximately two-thirds of deaths among people with type 2 diabetes related to cardiovascular disease, a new report holds hope for improving the treatment of heart disease for one of the country’s and the world’s most at-risk populations.