As part of the European WOMEN-UP project, in September the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona (Spain), along with the Academic Medical Center (the Netherlands) and Kuopio University Hospital (Finland), will carry out the clinical trial of a system designed to improve pelvic floor muscle training, a recommended treatment to prevent or treat urinary incontinence. This technological solution incorporates serious games for mobile phones that are driven by muscle movement and remote medical monitoring through a web platform. Read the rest of this entry »
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A diagnostic test for lung cancer detects genetic alterations which may remain hidden when conventional techniques are used
A study led by researchers from Hospital Clínic-IDIBAPS, in collaboration with Dexeus University Hospital, shows the effectiveness of a new genetic test for molecular diagnosis in lung cancer. This is the first time that a test for this type of tumor is implemented in clinical practice. It consists of analyzing three genes with an innovative genomic technology that allows detecting multiple alterations which may not be identified when conventional diagnostic techniques are used. If these genetic alterations are detected, the patient can be treated with an oral drug that has minimal toxicity and a very high clinical benefit. The study has been coordinated by Dr. Noemí Reguart, an oncologist at the Hospital Clínic-IDIBAPS, and Dr. Aleix Prat, head of the Clinical Oncology Department and of the IDIBAPS research team on Translational Genomics and directed therapies in solid tumors.
Often, bone fractures are attributed to a slip, a fall or a collision, but the fact is that in many cases it is due to osteoporosis, a very common disease, especially in women over 50 years: one in three are suffering from the disease. On 29 September, Dr. Núria Guanyabens, Chief of Rheumatology, Dr. Pilar Peris and Ms. Celia Saura, consultant and nurse in the same service, they took care of updating on osteoporosis at the crowded audience that attended the “Health Lecture Series Disclosure”.
The Hospital Clínic of Barcelona performs nowadays one out of four kidney transplants from living donors using robotic surgery, using the minimally invasive techniques for both patients, the donor and the recipient. The team, directed by Dr. Antonio Alcaraz, is the reference group for the introduction of this technique in Europe because of the number of transplants and because of being pioneers.
Hospital Clínic de Barcelona goes one step forward in the molecular diagnosis of solid tumors with a single test that detects multiple mutations within 22 genes in patients with advanced lung cancer, melanoma and colorectal cancer. The implementation of this genetic test based on massive parallel sequencing technologies allows shortening the time of diagnosis and personalizing the treatment for each patient. With this test, the Medical Oncology department at Hospital Clínic, together with the Biomedical Diagnostic Center (CDB), positions at the forefront of the clinical application of this diagnostic tool in the Spanish public health system, because of the technology used and the number of genes and tumors analyzed.
New research from Denmark, Canada and the US involving more than 300,000 individuals suggests that patients do not need to check their cholesterol levels on an empty stomach. From this study, 21 World medical experts from Europe, Australia and the US, among them, Dr. Emili Ros, researcher at Hospital Clínic, IDIBAPS and CIBERobn, sign a joint consensus statement. The European Heart Journal publishes these recommendations.