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Parent Panic as Leprosy Hits California
Parent Panic as Leprosy Hits California
A disease that was much-feared but now so rare it is often mistaken for atopic dermatitis, leprosy has been confirmed in a California elementary school pupil. Armadillos are known to harbor and spread the bacteria that cause it.
Study Examines Factors in the Development of HIV-Controlling Antibodies
The study identified several characteristics to observe in HIV patients who develop broadly neutralizing HIV antibodies (bnAbs), which occur naturally in about one percent of those infected with the disease and could be key in an eventual vaccine. Black patients were found more likely to develop them than white.
Dermatologist Makes Life Better for Fellow Physicians
What is someone to do when their father wants them to be a physician, like him, but their mother doesn't want them to have the long hours lifestyle? Michael Sherling, MD, of Palm Beach Dermatology, and chief medical officer and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine, was able to make both work.
Should American Tourists Make Their Own Exit from Europe? Part 9
Germany is up next for exploration of European countries in the series, "Should American Tourists Make Their Own Exit from Europe?"
How To Calculate Physician Turnover Costs
Physician turnover costs can range from a half-million to well over a million dollars. That’s a pretty wide range, but I’m going to give you a more accurate way to calculate the cost of physician turnover for your particular organization.
5 Reasons to Not be a Doc, If You Wanna Be Rich
Anyone feels poor at the age of 35 without a house, with a 20 year old car, without a penny in retirement savings, and with a student loan the size of a large mortgage (300-500k) snowballing at 2-3 times the interest rate of regular mortgage.
US Funds Zika Vaccine as Cases Mount
As Zika cases mount, US funds a second vaccine project. Sanofi Pasteur and Walter Reed Army Research are getting $43.18 million. There are now at least 749 pregnant women in the US States with known Zika infections.
Retinal Pigment Epithelium Graft Transplantation Effective in Cases of AMD with Subretinal Hemorrhage
A graft consisting of a monolayer sheet of RPE or a complex graft of RPE and Bruch’s membrane were found equally effective in restoring visual function and central fixation stability.
The Art of a Physician Entrepreneur
During a recent visit to Philadelphia, I went to the Barnes Foundation. Named after Dr. Albert C. Barnes, it houses one of the most valuable art collections in the world.

Product News

FDA Approves Dual Bronchodilator
FDA Approves Dual Bronchodilator
The US Food and Drug Administration approved a long acting dual bronchodilator.
FDA to Ban Powdered Gloves
Powders used to make it easier to put on surgical gloves can cause asthma in patients and doctors. They can result in adhesions and even tumors in surgical patients. The dangers have been known for years and alternative products are available.
Nasal Powder for Migraine Relief Gets FDA Approval
The FDA has approved sumatriptan nasal powder (Onzetra Xsail/Avanir Pharmaceuticals) for treating of adults suffering from acute migraines with or without aura.
Hep C Drug Approved for Genotypes 1 and 4
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a combination of elbasvir and grazoprevir (Zepatier/Merck) for treatment of adults with chronic hepatitis C infection.
Lung Drug Gets FDA Approval
The US Food and Drug Administration approved selexipag (Uptravi/Actelion Pharmaceuticals US) for treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in adults.
FDA Approves Nasal Spray Naxolone
An easy-to-use nasal-spray version of naxolone hydrochloride (Narcan) got rapid FDA approval. It is available only by prescription, but requires no medical training to administer.

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