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Primary Care Providers Have Mixed Views on Genetic Tests

May 14, 2018

They find tests for genetic risk potentially useful, but lack confidence in interpreting results

Antidepressant Medications and Headache: Is There a Link?

By May 03, 2018

Compared to placebo, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) were associated with a significantly higher risk of headache (risk ratio [RR] 1.06, 95% CI: 1.00 to 1.13; P =.045).

CAR-T Therapy Kymriah Approved for Relapsed/Refractory Large B-Cell Lymphoma

By May 02, 2018

Kymriah uses the 4-1BB costimulatory domain in its chimeric antigen receptor to enhance cellular expansion and persistence.

Glyburide Compared With Insulin for First-Line Tx of Gestational Diabetes

May 02, 2018

Frequency of primary outcome was 27.6 and 23.4 percent in glyburide and insulin groups, respectively

Personalized Cancer Vaccine Looks Promising in Early Study

By April 12, 2018

The researchers enrolled 25 platinum-pretreated, immunotherapy-naïve patients with recurrent advanced epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) for the trial.

FDA Approves Unique Device for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

By April 11, 2018

This is the first device authorized for marketing that provides a screening decision without the need for clinician interpretation.

Patient Develops Thunderclap Headaches After Consuming 'Carolina Reaper'

By April 10, 2018

The authors note that this appears to be the first case of RCVS secondary to pepper or cayenne ingestion.

Provider Self-Perception of Opioid Prescribing Often Inaccurate, Says Study

By March 27, 2018

Results showed that 65% of those in the intervention group underestimated their opioid prescribing.

Tiny Tooth Sensor Monitors Dietary Intake, Sends Info to a Mobile Device

By March 22, 2018

When the central layer of the sensor comes in contact with 1 of the pre-defined nutrients (in the current case salt, glucose or alcohol), it's electrical properties change and the sensor absorbs and transmits a different spectrum of radio waves with varying intensity.

Male Birth Control Pill Moves 'Step Closer' Following Safety Trial

March 19, 2018

Suppression of follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone was reported for all subjects in the P400mg group and 12 of 13 subjects in the C400mg group. No significant change was seen in mood.

Norovirus Outbreak Hits Olympics in PyeongChang

By February 07, 2018

Around 1,200 security workers at the winter Olympics in PyeongChang are being kept in their rooms due to a norovirus outbreak that has already sickened 41 people.

Toxic Shock Syndrome Requires Prompt Recognition, Treatment

By January 24, 2018

Early symptoms of TSS include fever, chills, malaise, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, and hypotension.

Sauna Bathing Linked to Improvements in Cardiovascular Function

January 16, 2018

There was also a decrease in mean systolic blood pressure (BP) from 137 to 130mmHg and in diastolic BP from 82 to 75 mm Hg (both P<0.0001).

Iodine Deficiency May Impact Fertility in Women of Childbearing Age

January 16, 2018

Those with moderate-to-severe deficiency (iodine-creatinine ratios <50 μg/g) had a 46% reduction in fecundity versus those whose iodine-creatinine ratios were in the adequate range (adjusted fecundability odds ratio of becoming pregnant per cycle, 0.54).

When Does a Patient's Responsibility Rise to Contributory Negligence?

By December 05, 2017

A patient is misdiagnosed twice and doesn't get a doctor recommended blood test, the patient subsequently died. Was there contributory negligence on behalf of the patient?

Non-Opioid Meds Compared to Opioids for Acute Extremity Pain

By November 07, 2017

The authors concluded, "The findings suggest that ibuprofen-acetaminophen is a reasonable alternative to opioid management of acute extremity pain due to sprain, strain, or fracture."

Experts Pick the Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2018

By November 03, 2017

The panel - made up of nearly 100 physicians and scientists - debated and whittled down over 150 nominations to decide upon the final 10.

Rare Disorder Causes Patient to Spontaneously 'Sweat Blood'

By October 24, 2017

During the patient's admission, a bleeding episode occurred which resulted in blood-stained fluid on her face.

Blood Transfusions from Ever-Pregnant Donors and Recipient Mortality: What's the Link?

October 18, 2017

Receipt of red blood cell transfusion from ever-pregnant donor tied to increased risk for males.

The Language Gap: Are Some Patients Underserved?

By October 17, 2017

Researchers analyzed data from >60,000 physician respondents who are based in the largest 50 metropolitan areas and compared this with U.S. census data.

Do U.S. Medication Abortion Practices Follow Evidence-Based Guidelines?

By October 16, 2017

A total of 703 abortion facilities in the U.S. and 94 in Canada were surveyed to estimate the prevalence of medication abortion practices and to compare the regional differences.

Medication Review Reveals Patient Was on Wrong Drug for 10 Years

By October 13, 2017

The case involved a 69-year old patient with paranoid schizophrenia who was brought to the emergency department following violent behavior against the staff at the nursing facility he resided in.

Low-Cost Health Services Contribute Most to Unnecessary Spending

October 12, 2017

Costs associated with low-cost, low-value health services nearly twice as high as high-cost services

Does Aspirin Protect Against Symptoms of Depression?

By August 08, 2017

Research on whether aspirin (which has both anti-inflammatory and anti-atherosclerotic properties) has an impact on depression has been limited.

DEA Proposes Cut in Controlled Substance Manufacturing for 2018

By August 04, 2017

The DEA's manufacturing reduction applies to commonly prescribed Schedule II opioids.

CAM Use Among Migraine/Headache Sufferers Investigated

By August 02, 2017

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) specifically for the treatment of migraine and headache is "relatively low" in the U.S.

CDC: Unproven Treatments for 'Chronic Lyme Disease' Carry Serious Risks

June 19, 2017

Cases of septic shock, osteomyelitis, Clostridium difficile colitis, and paraspinal abscess have been documented as a result of chronic Lyme disease treatments.

PPIs May Benefit Older Patients on Antiplatelet Therapy

June 15, 2017

Research suggests proton-pump inhibitors should be co-prescribed in patients age 75 years

Glucose Self-Monitoring May Not Be Beneficial in T2DM, Says Landmark Study

By June 12, 2017

Results showed that by the end of the 1-year study, there were no significant differences in hemoglobin A1C levels or HRQOL across the three study arms.

Law Enforcement Data Indicate a Rise in Gabapentin Misuse

By May 15, 2017

Using data from the Drug Diversion Program of the Researched Abuse, Diversion, and Addiction-Related Surveillance System, the authors were able to calculate the rates of gabapentin diversion (per 100,000 population) for each quarter from 2002-2015