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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
By Gale Scott
Citing a “public health epidemic” of death and addiction related to use of prescription opioids, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) calls for a multi-pronged approach to curbing prescriptions. But the group stresses that finding ways to help patients in chronic pain is worthwhile and difficult.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
By Adam Hochron
A patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for the deadly virus.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Kevin Skole, MD is a board-certified gastroenterologist practicing in central New Jersey, part of the gastroenterology division of Princeton Healthcare Affiliated Physicians, a multi-specialty medical practice based out of the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (see www.princetonhcs.org). He discusses the increased incidence, risk factors, and prevention of Clostridium Difficile (C. diff) infection.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
By Simon Douglas Murray, MD
There is a wide variety of evidence to support benefits of low-fat diets versus low carbohydrate diets and vice versa. As of today, no one can tell us with certainty whether the well-worn dictum "calories in calories out" is really true. The National Weight Control Registry data give us some confidence in recommending that to lose weight most people need to alter their diet to reduce calories, and need to exercise on a near-daily basis.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
By Rachel Lutz
Cannabis users who acknowledge their problem and report withdrawal symptoms are likely to increase abstinence over a 12-month period, according to research published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
By Rachel Lutz
Device therapy eligibility requirements are underestimated using 2D echocardiography compared to cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, according to a study from the Netherlands Heart Journal.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
By Rachel Lutz
Omega-3 supplementation can help reduce behavioral issues in adolescents who may be particularly prone to oxytocin receptor gene methylation.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
High doses of fish oil supplements won't prevent recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF), Canadian researchers report. The study, funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Quebec, was published in the Oct. 7 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Doctors need to make sure patients understand the radiation-related risks of heart imaging tests before sending them for such procedures, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says. The statement was published online Sept. 29 in Circulation.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Children who are given broad-spectrum antibiotics before the age of 2 may face a slightly higher risk of becoming obese during childhood, according to research published online Sept. 29 in JAMA Pediatrics.
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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
Pension money is not necessarily smart. Far from it. But the flows of money controlled by retirement funds are so huge that it behoves everyone else to take notice. And that implies that, for the foreseeable future, all investors should be paying attention to asset classes like real estate and infrastructure.
Ready or not, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is releasing its Open Payments database of physicians’ financial interactions with pharmaceutical and medical device companies.
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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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