ACIP Recommends New Interval Between PCV13, PPSV23 Sequence

ACIP changed the recommended interval between PCV13 followed by PPSV23 (PCV13-PPSV23 sequence) from 6-12 months to ≥1 year for immunocompetent adults aged ≥65 years.

Avycaz, Doripenem for cUTI Compared in Phase 3 Studies

Allergan announced positive topline results from two pivotal Phase 3 studies for Avycaz (ceftazidime-avibactam) as a treatment for adult hospitalized patients with complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI), including pyelonephritis.

Did the CVS Tobacco Ban Reduce Smoking, Overall State Sales?

One year after the national drug store chain CVS/pharmacy ceased tobacco sales in its stores, parent company CVS Health is reporting positive data on its tobacco cessation efforts and public health overall based on a decrease in the number of cigarette purchases in the United States.

Prompt Flu Tx Lowers Need for Extended Care in Elderly

A study in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases reports that prompt antiviral therapy can reduce the need for extended care among community-dwelling patients aged ≥65 in this first-of-its-kind research.

Mental Training Program May Up MS Patient's Well-Being

A new study has shown that training patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RR-MS) in mental visual imagery can improve their autobiographical memory (AM) and episodic future thinking (EFT).

Diabetes Drug Add-On to Chemo May Help Treat CML

Patients with chronic myeloid leukemia who received a glitazone along with imatinib remained disease-free for up to nearly five years.

Data From First Personalized Cell Tx Trial in CLL Announced

An experimental therapy for chronic lymphocytic leukemia that uses a patient's own T cells (an approach known as CTL019) may cure some patients and prolong survival in others.

More Male Breast CA Patients Having Both Breasts Removed

There has been an increase in the number of American men with cancer in one breast who have surgery to remove their cancer-free breast.

Total Knee Replacement Procedures Up Since 2000

From 2000 to 2010, the rate of total knee replacement increased considerably, particularly for women.

Doctors Can Stand Up for Their Patients, Says Appeals Court

A U.S. appeals court has ruled that medical associations have a legal standing to represent their members and members' patients in cases against health insurance companies, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.