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Jessica is currently a second-year student at Jefferson Medical College. She previously graduated with honors from Princeton University with a Bachelors degree in Chemistry. Prior to medical school, she spent three years teaching math and chemistry at an urban high school in Philadelphia. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys cooking and learning foreign languages.

Jessica Langholtz has written 133 article(s) .

[ by and | May 25, 2011 6:26 pm | One Comment ]
Myeloma Research To Be Presented At The American Society of Clinical Oncology’s 47th Annual Meeting (ASCO 2011)

The 47th annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will take place Friday, June 3, through Tuesday, June 7, in Chicago.

More than 30,000 clinical specialists from all over the world are expected to attend the five-day meeting to discuss the current research in cancer treatment and care. This year’s meeting will primarily focus on the theme of “Patients, Pathways, Progress.”

The meeting will include many presentations and seminars focused specifically on multiple myeloma. The ASCO website …

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[ by | May 13, 2011 4:44 pm | One Comment ]
Experts Recommend Intravenous Bisphosphonates For Multiple Myeloma Bone Disease (IMW 2011)

A group of leading myeloma specialists, known as the International Myeloma Working Group, recently collaborated to develop guidelines for the proper management of bone disease in multiple myeloma. The group recommended that patients with bone disease should be treated with standard dosages of intravenous bisphosphonates. A minimally invasive procedure called kyphoplasty may also be considered to reduce bone pain and improve functional ability.

Dr. David Roodman of the University of Pittsburgh presented these findings at the International Myeloma Workshop (IMW) …

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[ by | Apr 27, 2011 4:57 pm | One Comment ]
More Studies Are Needed On Medications To Prevent Blood Clots In Multiple Myeloma Patients

In a recent literature review, Canadian researchers confirmed that the use of aspirin, warfarin, and heparin decreases the risk for blood clots in multiple myeloma patients receiving thalidomide treatment.

However, the authors of the review pointed out that they were unable to recommend a specific strategy for blood clot prevention due to inconsistent reporting of blood clotting events among the trials. 

They pointed out that randomized, controlled trials directly comparing the different medications are needed in order to determine the …

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[ by | Apr 11, 2011 5:48 pm | 15 Comments ]
Vertebroplasty Relieves Pain For Multiple Myeloma Patients With Spinal Fractures

A group of Italian researchers found that vertebroplasty provides durable pain relief for multiple myeloma patients with spinal compression fractures. In addition, the procedure reduced the patients’ need for pain-relieving medications and back braces.

At least 70 percent of multiple myeloma patients suffer from bone disease, which is characterized by bone pain, fractures, and elevated calcium levels.  Patients frequently experience compression fractures in the spine, which may cause back pain, partial paralysis of limbs, decreased sensation, and poor urinary control. …

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[ by | Apr 6, 2011 12:46 pm | One Comment ]
Researchers Identify Risk Factors For Infectious Complications In Myeloma Patients Treated With Thalidomide-Based Combination Therapies

A group of Italian researchers found that elevated monoclonal protein levels and decreased platelet counts are associated with an increased risk of severe infection in multiple myeloma patients treated with thalidomide-based combination therapies.

The researchers also showed that patients who were at a low or intermediate risk for severe infections did not benefit from preventative treatment with antibiotics.

“I think it is reasonable to stop taking prophylaxis in low-intermediate risk patients,” said Dr. Massimo Offidani, lead author of the study. …

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