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Thursday, October 2, 2014
For patients in the intensive care unit with septic shock, outcomes are similar for those who receive blood transfusion at a higher or lower hemoglobin threshold, according to a study published online Oct. 1 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The research was published to coincide with the annual meeting of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, held from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1 in Barcelona, Spain.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Jeannette Wick
Scientists from Sanofi Pasteur’s Swiftwater, PA facility have published results of a study indicating that a high-dose, trivalent, inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV3-HD or high dose Fluzone®) improves antibody responses to influenza among adults 65 years of age or older.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Jeannette Wick
Prescription medications for mental health diagnoses (e.g. antidepressants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers) consume approximately 25% of commercial health insurers’ pharmacy budgets and almost 35% of public payers’ pharmacy spending. In 2011, an estimated 26.8 million US adults—more than 11%—took prescription medications for mental illness.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Jeannette Wick
A letter published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association presents the first microbiologic pathogens trend analysis in hospitalized patients in the United States.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Adam Hochron
As people spend more time sitting and working in front of computer screens, studies have shown the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) has grown. A team of researchers recently worked to take a deeper look at specific factors and their roles in the development in the condition.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Jacqueline Gray
Because a key antiviral defense mechanism is present in asthmatics, another defect in their immune system must explain their difficulty combating respiratory viruses, according to researchers from Washington University in St. Louis.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Adam Hochron
Reports indicate the patient presented with Ebola-like symptoms at a local emergency room and told staff he had recently traveled to Africa. If so, why wasn’t CDC protocol followed, and why was the man sent home?
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Gale Scott
Concerned about a mysterious outbreak of pediatric paralysis, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asked physicians to report any similar cases. In Denver, CO, 10 children have been admitted to Children’s Hospital Colorado with limb weakness and paralysis since Aug. 1, according to the hospital.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Young and middle-aged heart attack survivors are more likely to have poor health and low quality of life if they have fewer family and friends to support them in their recovery, according to a study published online Sept. 30 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Colorectal cancer (CRC) patients who are overweight or obese when diagnosed appear to face a slightly higher risk for developing a second weight-related cancer, according to research published online Sept. 29 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The finding didn't speak to the risk of CRC recurrence, only the potential for developing other cancers associated with obesity.
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A patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for the deadly virus.
Allergan’s Ozurdex (dexamethasone intravitreal implant) 0.7 mg is now approved for use in the general diabetic macular edema patient population.
Physician's Money Digest
The cost of becoming a capable doctor (one who does both well and good) can come at a great price. Lay folk think it’s just all rich doctors out there. But those physicians who stick around can dig a real big financial hole for themselves.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday published a cache of physician payment data covering the last five months of 2013. The data is vast, but an early look at the site shows it has strengths and weaknesses.
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Trulicity (dulaglutide) is a once-weekly subcutaneous injection to improve glycemic control, along with diet and exercise, in adults with type 2 diabetes.
Stendra (avanafil) is now the only FDA-approved erectile dysfunction (ED) medication indicated to be taken as early as approximately 15 minutes before sexual activity.
The FDA has approved Baxter’s Rixubis [Coagulation Factor IX (Recombinant)], an intravenous prophylactic treatment intended to control and prevent bleeding episodes and assist with perioperative management for children 12 years and younger with hemophilia B.
Contrave (naltrexone hydrochloride and bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets) is a treatment option for chronic weight management in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and physical activity.
GeNeuro, a Swiss company specializing in promising therapies for neurological disorders, recently announced positive results from a Phase IIa study of a new drug for multiple sclerosis (MS).
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