Pradaxa Data Questioned in BMJ, Boehringer Ingelheim Responds

Boehringer Ingelheim has issued a statement regarding a recent article published in BMJ on the use of Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) and monitoring of anticoagulant activity and plasma levels.

hGH Use in Teens Troubling, Reports New Survey

Reports of lifetime use of synthetic human growth hormone (hGH) without a prescription has more than doubled since 2012 among teens, while alcohol consumption has significantly decreased and marijuana use has remained steady, states a new study from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Warning on Counterfeit Medical Devices for Physicians

Physicians should be aware of the prevalence and serious consequences associated with use of counterfeit medical devices

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Schizophrenia

Individuals with vitamin D deficiency have a more than two-fold risk of schizophrenia.

Urgent Call for Blood Donations from Red Cross

Blood donations to the American Red Cross are down substantially, and the agency says an "emergency situation" could arise within weeks.

Home Care Option Prompts ART Initiation After HIV Self-Testing

Following HIV self-testing, more Malawian adults are likely to initiate antiretroviral therapy (ART) if they are offered the option of home care.

Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Benefit Questioned

For women with stage I or II breast cancer without a BRCA mutation, contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) is associated with an absolute 20-year survival benefit of <1%.

More Flu Patients Prescribed Antibiotics, Not Antivirals

Few outpatients with influenza are prescribed antivirals, while antibiotic prescribing is more frequent.