FDA Clears New Flu, RSV Dx Molecular Test

Cepheid announced it has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Xpert Flu/RSV XC, a molecular test for determination for Flu A and B, and differentiation of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection.

Kratom Use Instigates Jaundice in Case Study

A case report describes a 58-year-old man with schizoaffective disorder admitted to the hospital for jaundice and liver injury suspected to be due to use of the herbal product kratom.

Can Prescription Heroin Help Addicts When Methadone Fails?

The Providence Medical Clinic in Vancouver, Canada has been granted permission to prescribe heroin to patients who do not respond to methadone for maintenance treatment of opioid addiction.

Anxiety, Sleep Rxs for Teens May Increase Risk of Abuse

Adolescents prescribed anxiety or sleep medications are up to 12 times more likely to abuse those drugs compared to those who have never received a prescription for these medications.

Psychosocial Therapy Linked to Lower Suicide Risk in Previous Attempters

Psychosocial therapy significantly reduces suicide attempts and deaths among people who have previously attempted suicide, according to a new study.

Eczema Cases Rising Among U.S. Children

A growing number of children are being diagnosed with eczema - but it can usually be eased with topical treatments.

Are Some Docs Reluctant to See Newly Insured ACA Patients?

Millions of Americans bought health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act in the past year and physicians may be reluctant to accept these patients.

Hydroxyurea Therapy for Sickle Cell Anemia: Clinical Trial Halted

A clinical trial of hydroxyurea therapy for children with sickle cell anemia has been halted a year early because the results show it is a safe and effective way to manage the disease and reduce the risk of stroke.

Two Agents Show Promise for Hyperkalemia

For patients with hyperkalemia, sodium zirconium cyclosilicate (ZS-9) and patiromer show promise for reducing potassium levels, according to two new studies.

AAP: Pediatricians Should Be Involved in Oral Health Care

Pediatricians should perform oral health assessments and help maintain and restore oral health for the youngest children, according to a policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).