Foundation News

Simple treatment for chemotherapy pain

Individuals undergoing chemotherapy often suffer from side effects, including pain or numbness in the hands and feet (called chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy). Sometimes it is so severe that they delay or avoid chemotherapy treatment. A recently published prospective study highlighted the significant benefits of a simple solution: keeping the hands and feet cold during chemotherapy treatment…. Read more


New heart stent study: No impact on chest pain

A carefully controlled study has reported that stents given to individuals with a severe blockage of an artery did not improve their pain or their performance in treadmill tests relative to individuals who did not receive stents. The research study, named ORBITA, used a randomization procedure in which half of the participants received a stent… Read more


2017 review of medical overuse

Scientists from the University of Maryland School of Medicine have reviewed the data on various medical procedures and presented an analysis of the most overused medical practices. This study was reported in the “Less is More” series in JAMA Internal Medicine. For more information, see our page on promoting evidence-based medicine. This list is reprinted… Read more


Study: new male contraceptives will reduce unintended pregnancies

How will the availability of new male contraceptive options impact the number of unintended pregnancies? Researchers recently created a model to answer that question in a paper published in Contraception. They focused the analysis on three countries (United States, South Africa and Nigeria) which differed by the type and rate of contraceptive use. By analyzing… Read more


Underutilized nonsurgical treatment for uterine fibroids

Most women have heard about uterine fibroids – benign tumors that affect 70-80% of women at some point in their lives. However, very few women are aware that they can be removed without surgery. The procedure is called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). A recent survey conducted by the Society of Interventional Radiology reported that 44% of… Read more


The growing interest in hormone-sparing spay

Want the latest information on research regarding ovary-sparing spay? Check out this paper by Oregon State University veterinary student Megan Mattravers for an excellent overview. One size doesn’t necessarily fit all (dogs, that is). Parsemus Foundation has been at the forefront of providing information on a variety of options for pet sterilization. Ovary-sparing spay, or… Read more


Calcium chloride chemical sterilant in testicle vs. epididymis

Calcium chloride (CaCl) has been used as a nonsurgical alternative to castrating male dogs and cats. Dr. Raffaella Leoci of the University of Bari in Italy is the lead author of the studies elucidating the optimal formulation for using CaCl in alcohol to sterilize dogs through testicular injection. Her research team has conducted a controlled… Read more