Doctors have a variety of identifiers that indicate their profession and expertise in medicine: scrubs, white coats, and stethoscopes, to name a few. However, they also may wear metaphorical "masks" when delivering bad news to patients or families that are difficult to emotionally maintain at times.
Aprecia announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Spritam (levetiracetam) tablets as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures, myoclonic seizures, and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients with epilepsy.
Could soybean oil contribute more to the development of diabetes and obesity than sugar? In a study published in PLOS ONE, mice that were fed a diet high in soybean oil had greater signs of metabolic syndrome compared to those who were fed a diet high in coconut oil or fructose.
Sanofi Pasteur announced positive results from an analysis of a large-scale, multicenter efficacy trial that evaluated patients who received a higher-dose split-virus inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV-HD; Fluzone High-Dose) vs. a standard-dose split-virus inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV-SD; Fluzone).
Nickel dermatitis has been observed in a series of children whose symptoms resolved after avoiding contact with dimethylglyoxime (DMG)-positive belt buckles.
For 11-15-year olds, concomitant administration of Gardasil 9 (9-valent human papillomavirus [9vHPV] vaccine) and Menactra (MCV4; Neisseria meningitides serotypes A/C/Y/W-135) or Adacel (Tdap; diphtheria/tetanus/acellular pertussis) is noninferior to intermittent administration.
For women undergoing laparoscopic morcellation, the subsequent incidence of parasitic myomas is low, but discussion with patients should include this possibility.
Exercise training combined with phototherapy is associated with improvements in the metabolic profiles of obese women.
Sitting appears to be linked to increased blood glucose and cholesterol levels, but standing more helps improve all these measures.
L-carnitine appears to be safe and effective for reducing muscle cramps in patients with cirrhosis.