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Influenza Season Winds Down, but Not Done Yet, CDC Says
Saturday, May 25, 2019
This influenza season is in its final stages but influenza is not completely gone just yet, according to the CDC. Medscape Medical News
Physician Groups Decry Plan to Reverse Transgender Protections
Friday, May 24, 2019
Transgender individuals already are reluctant to seek care because of fears of discrimination, according to a recent survey. Medscape Medical News
FDA OKs Alpelisib, First PI3K Inhibitor for Breast Cancer
Friday, May 24, 2019
The FDA approved alpelisib (Piqray, Novartis) to be used with the FDA-approved fulvestrant in certain patients with breast cancer. A companion test was also approved. FDA Approvals
FDA OKs First Gene Therapy for Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Friday, May 24, 2019
A single, one-time infusion of onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi (Zolgensma) can minimize the progression of SMA and improve survival in children younger than age 2 years — and will cost over $2 million. FDA Approvals
No Race Difference in Prostate Cancer With Equal Access
Friday, May 24, 2019
Black men with nonmetastatic prostate cancer did not appear more likely to die from this disease than white men when given similar access to care and standardized treatment, an analysis found. Medscape Medical News
RATULS: No Advantage for Robotic Assist in Post-Stroke Rehab
Friday, May 24, 2019
Researchers compared robot-assisted upper limb training vs enhanced therapy or standard care in patients recovering from stroke, and find no advantage for the robotic assist. Medscape Medical News
Pharmacy School Dean Has Book Review Retracted
Friday, May 24, 2019
A book review by the incoming dean of a leading pharmacy school in Canada has been retracted from the Lancet because 'substantial passages...match parts of a review of the same book' by a newspaper columnist. News Alerts
FDA OKs First Diagnostic Test for Prosthetic Joint Infections
Friday, May 24, 2019
The Synovasure Lateral Flow Test Kit is intended as an aid to determine whether there an infection is present in synovial fluid, but does not identify a specific type of infection. FDA Approvals
As ER Wait Times Grow, More Patients Leave Against Medical Advice
Friday, May 24, 2019
In California, more than 350,000 ER visits in 2017 ended when patients left the hospital after seeing a doctor but before their medical care was complete. That was a 57% increase from 5 years earlier. Kaiser Health News
REVELATION: Drug-Coated Balloons Entices in Select STEMI
Friday, May 24, 2019
Comparable results with mainstay drug-eluting stents raise hopes for an alternative, leave-nothing-behind strategy for some patients with acute MI. Medscape Medical News
ARTEMIS: Stop Progression to Diabetes to Avoid CV Events
Friday, May 24, 2019
ARTEMIS findings suggest efforts should be made to prevent progression to type 2 diabetes for patients with treated coronary artery disease and prediabetes. Medscape Medical News
Company Charges Private Insurance Quadruple for Dialysis
Friday, May 24, 2019
DaVita charges four times as much for dialysis for privately insured patients in the US compared with those on government insurance; research opens discussion about wide margin in profits. Medscape Medical News
Fall Injuries Top Cause of Hospital Readmission in Elderly
Friday, May 24, 2019
Fall-related injuries were a top cause of hospital readmission for elderly patients, particularly those discharged home or to home care after hospitalization for a fall-related injury, a study found. Medscape Medical News
FDA Approves First Mesothelioma Treatment in 15 Years
Friday, May 24, 2019
The NovoTTF-100L System is approved for use in combination with pemetrexed plus platinum-based chemotherapy in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. FDA Approvals
Physicians Less Likely to Order Cancer Screening Late in Day
Friday, May 24, 2019
New research from the University of Pennsylvania's Nudge Unit echoes earlier studies on the effects of decision fatigue in medicine. Medscape Medical News
'Smart' Hearing Aids Would Identify Speakers in Crowded Room
Friday, May 24, 2019
People wearing hearing aids often struggle to differentiate between speakers in a crowded environment, but a small experiment suggests that brain-controlled assistive hearing devices would be able to detect which voice the user is paying attention...
JPMorgan Cuts Ties With OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma -Sources
Friday, May 24, 2019
JPMorgan Chase & Co has cut ties with Purdue Pharma LP over the OxyContin maker's alleged role in the U.S. opioid crisis, forcing it to find a new bank to manage cash and bill payments, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Reuters H...
WHO Drug Pricing Talks May Fail to End Secrecy, Activists Fear
Friday, May 24, 2019
Governments are working on a drug pricing transparency deal at the World Health Organization's (WHO) annual assembly, but activists said on Thursday they fear crucial costs may be left out, enabling pharmaceutical firms to keep prices high. Reut...
Vaccine Refusal Persists After Personal Belief Exemptions Banned in California
Friday, May 24, 2019
A replacement effect may have "stifled" the effect of California's senate bill 277 (SB277), which banned non-medical vaccine exemptions for kindergarteners, researchers say. Reuters Health Information
Screen-Detected Breast Cancer Rates Similar With Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, Digital Mammography
Friday, May 24, 2019
Breast cancer detection is similar with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) or standard digital mammography, though DBT may reduce recall rates, researchers say. Reuters Health Information
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