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FDA Okays Lung Drug
The US Food and Drug Administration approved a new use for sirolimus, treating a rare lung disease.
Untreated strep infections can cause acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in children. That complication has become rare in the continental US, but a new CDC report finds a resurgence in the American territory of Samoa and in people of Samoan descent living in the state of Hawaii.
In this segment of the Peer Exchange, the panelists discuss patients’ misconceptions of the risks associated with use of anticoagulants, and the risks and benefits of using triple therapy with antiplatelets, antithrombotics, and the newer drugs.
Plasma-rich platelet injection, an arthritis therapy, is thought to induce regeneration of damaged cartilage. A Netherlands team looked at existing studies and was not convinced that there is credible proof the therapy works. The studies all had a high-to-moderate risk of bias, they found.
Chronic painful conditions can have a significant negative impact on a patient’s quality of life, but are some conditions worse than others? A recent study sought to determine which chronic pain condition creates the biggest burden on patient quality of life.
Risk for neuropathy is increased for patients with celiac disease, according to research published in JAMA.
In this segment of the Peer Exchange, the panelists discuss the clinical evidence comparing the newer oral anticoagulants to warfarin in terms of reducing stroke and systemic embolism.

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