AHA Issues First Statement on CHD Management in Patients Over 40

The American Heart Association (AHA) has issued their first scientific statement on the diagnosis and management of patients over the age of 40 with congenital heart disease (CHD), which is designed to complement the 2008 American College of Cardiology (ACC)/AHA guidelines for adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD).

Study Tests Extending Natalizumab Dosing Schedule in MS Patients

Research indicates that extending the dose of Tysabri (natalizumab; Biogen) from 4 weeks up to 8 weeks may be well tolerated and effective in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).

FDA-Approved Antifungal, Corticosteroid Could Potentially Play a Role in Treating MS

An antifungal and a corticosteroid already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have shown promise in activating oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) to stimulate myelin-producing cells and repair white matter that is damaged in multiple sclerosis (MS).

Greater Chance of Twins Seen for Female Smokers With Genetic Variant

Researchers may have discovered a mechanistic explanation and preliminary evidence to support previous findings that mothers of twins are more likely to have smoked, despite smoking's potential deleterious effects on fertility.

New Formulation of Minocin Approved for Bacterial Infections

The Medicines Company announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved their supplemental new drug application (sNDA) for a new formulation of Minocin (minocycline) for Injection.

First Corneal Implant to Improve Near Vision Approved

The FDA has approved KAMRA inlay (AcuFocus Inc.), an opaque, ring-shaped device for corneal implantation in one eye to improve near vision in certain patients with prebyopia.

Regular Aspirin Use Linked to Lower GI Cancer Risk

Greatest benefit from aspirin required taking it for at least 16 years

Antibiotic-Glucocorticoid Eardrops Found Superior in Acute Otorrhea

Clinically superior, cost less than oral antibiotics, observation for children with tympanostomy tubes

Longer Nighttime Fasting May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Improving biomarkers of glycemic control thought to decrease breast cancer risk

Gene Variation Linked to Longer Smoking, Increased Lung Cancer Risk at Younger Age

Researcher suggests a change in screening policies