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Pregabalin May be Linked to Birth Defects, But to What Extent?
Researchers caution that Pregabalin, an agent approved by the FDA to treat epilepsy, fibromyalgia, and neuropathic pain, may be associated with an increased risk of major birth defects after first trimester exposure, though results are inconclusive.
Retrospective analysis of ablation outcomes before and after a medical center began using ultrasound to guide vascular access indicates that the technology significantly reduces complications.
University of Texas at Austin researchers appear to have developed a novel technique based on electrochemical collisions to selectively, rapidly, and sensitively detect single viruses in urine.
Researchers have reported that higher serum clusterin levels in children may be linked with atopic dermatitis symptom, potentially providing a candidate molecule to reflect disease’s severity.
A Danish electronic records review found that the need for Eylea or Lucentis injections for wet age-related macular degeneration did not change after cataract surgery. Also, vision improved more when the time from last injection to cataract surgery was shorter than when it was longer.
Analysis revealed that adding mepolizumab resulted in a cost-effectiveness ratio of $385,546 per quality-adjusted life-year, or QALY; the price would need to be discounted by more than 70% to reach $100,000 per QALY, a common threshold at which patients are willing to pay.
Hospital admission allows clinicians to optimize asthma management even when asthma patients have no breathing complaints or abnormal chest exam findings. Although the illness that prompted admission must be treated quickly, asthma care can also be discussed patients.
A retrospective Australian study found that illicit drug users were almost four times as likely as nonusers to require intensive care for an asthma exacerbation.
While the influenza vaccine has endured its fair share of controversy, new research shed light on one of the flu shot’s added benefits: diabetes patients who get the vaccine may not suffer as many cardiovascular or respiratory problems.

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