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Statins Slow Liver Disease in HIV/HCV Patients
Statins Slow Liver Disease in HIV/HCV Patients
Having HIV puts patients co-infected with hepatitis C at far highere risk. A Baltimore team looked at using statins to slow the course of the liver disease.
HIV Patients Do Better in the Northeastern US
Using "big data" a research team from the University of Chicago and other institutions found that where infectious disease training programs are more common, patients with HIV/AIDS do better.
Can Non-Invasive Tests Assess Fibrosis in Hepatitis?
Percutaneous liver biopsy is a proven way to rate the fibrosis stage both in hepatitis in chronic hepatitis C patients and hepatitis B patients. But it is uncomfortable for patients, risks complications and is prone to assembling errors. Reporting at ID Week 2015 in San Diego, CA, Tuma Demirdal, DR, and colleagues at the Katip Celebi University in Izmir, Turkey compared these invasive tests with non-invasive methods.
Bridging Anticoagulation for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation Who Are on Warfarin and Scheduled for Surgery
Study results show patients with atrial fibrillation who stopped taking warfarin before surgery received no benefit from temporary "bridging" with low-molecular-weight heparin. Patients who received no anticoagulation while off warfarin did not experience significantly more thromboembolic events, but they did experience significantly lower fewer incidents of serious bleeding.
MGMA and AMA Announce 'Practice Innovation Challenge' Winners
The American Medical Association and the Medical Group Management Association this week honored five medical practices for using outside-the-box thinking to help physicians thrive in a changing healthcare environment.

Product News

Hypertension Combo Treatment Approved
Hypertension Combo Treatment Approved
The US Food and Drug Administration today approved combining ambrisentan (Letairis/Gilead) with tadalafil to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension.
New Stent Approved
The FDA approved a new bioabsorbable polymer drug-eluting stent system for coronary artery disease.
FDA Approves Diabetes Drugs
The FDA today approved two new diabetes drugs. The agency gave the nod to insulin degludec injection (Tresiba/Novo Nordisk) and insulin degludec/insulin aspart (Ryzodeg/Novo Nordisk)
Drug for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder Gets FDA Approval
The FDA approved cariprazine (Vraylar/Forest Labs) for treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults.
New Indication for Adalimumab
Adalimumab gets new indication for hidradenitis suppurativa.
Swab Test for Genital Herpes Approved
The US Food and Drug Administration today announced it will permit Quest Diagnostics' Focus Diagnostics division to market a genital swab test for herpes simplex virus type 2.

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