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Cannabidiol Cuts Seizure Severity, Frequency in Resistant Epilepsy
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
One of the main components of cannabis, cannabidiol, decreased seizure frequency by 50% to 60% in children and adults with treatment-refractory epilepsy. Medscape Medical News
Depression: Novel Gene Variants Identified
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Researchers have identified 17 gene variants, 14 of which are novel, that potentially increase the risk for depression, adding to evidence that depression is at least partially a genetic disorder. Medscape Medical News
New AAN Guidelines Advocate Early MS Treatment
Monday, April 23, 2018
New guidelines update guidance on starting, switching, and stopping disease-modifying therapies in multiple sclerosis and recommend an earlier, rather than later, start to treatment. Medscape Medical News
FDA Clears First Test for Emerging Pathogen Candida auris
Monday, April 23, 2018
The Bruker Maldi Biotyper CA system can reliably identify C auris 100% of the time. FDA Approvals
ACHIEVE I: Ubrogepant Meets Endpoints for Acute Migraine
Monday, April 23, 2018
Phase 3 trial results show that two doses of oral ubrogepant, a novel CGRP-targeting medication, met the primary endpoints of decreasing acute migraine pain and symptoms compared with placebo. Medscape Medical News
Physical Activity Significantly Boosts Survival in Cancer Pts
Monday, April 23, 2018
Physical activity both before and during treatment can significantly increase the likelihood of survival, say researchers. Medscape Medical News
Many MIPS Measures Not Valid, ACP Finds
Monday, April 23, 2018
More than half of MIPS measurements analyzed were deemed either not valid or of uncertain validity in an analysis published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Medscape Medical News
Oral Drug Increases SMN Protein in Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Monday, April 23, 2018
Preliminary results of the FIREFISH study show a 6.5-fold increase in a protein that's diminished in babies with spinal muscular atrophy. Medscape Medical News
NCCN: Screen for Liver Cancer in Patients at Risk
Monday, April 23, 2018
Hepatocellular carcinoma is a 'bad actor' with a growing death toll in the United States and Europe; when possible, patients with risk factors should be screened. Medscape Medical News
New Medicare Perk for Diabetes Prevention Stumbles at Rollout
Monday, April 23, 2018
On April 1, Medicare launched a major initiative — a diabetes prevention program for seniors and people with serious disabilities— that is available in only a few cities. Kaiser Health News
Raw Fruits and Veggies Best for Mental Health
Monday, April 23, 2018
Eating raw fruits and vegetables is more strongly associated with better mental health than eating cooked, canned, or otherwise processed foods, new research shows. Medscape Medical News
Alarming Increase in Adolescent Suicides, Substance Use
Monday, April 23, 2018
A new report reveals disturbing increases in youth substance abuse and suicide during the past decade and particularly the past year. Medscape Medical News
Painkillers in Pregnancy May Affect Fertility of Offspring
Monday, April 23, 2018
Experimental studies show total germ cell number dropped significantly and pluripotency gene expression changed after one day of acetaminophen use. Medscape Medical News
Serial Mini-Concussions: Does the Brain Compensate?
Monday, April 23, 2018
Researchers make a call on cumulative subconcussive impacts by comparing college football players to cross-country runners and nonathletes in a functional MRI and oculomotor performance study. Medscape Medical News
Handgrip Strength Predicts Survival in Early Lung Cancer
Monday, April 23, 2018
Measuring handgrip strength is a cheap, easy, and objective indicator of short- and longer-term survival in patients with inoperable stage I lung cancer. Medscape Medical News
Wearables Can Enhance Practice, But Questions Remain
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Physicians are embracing wearables, and are now reimbursed for time spent analyzing data, but the lack of research on the devices and legal issues are still issues. Medscape Medical News
The Time for Gender Equity Is Now, Says ACP
Saturday, April 21, 2018
New recommendations could help eliminate gender bias related to compensation and the career advancement of physicians, a longtime goal of the American College of Physicians. Medscape Medical News
Two Months After Parkland Shooting, Gun Makers' Stocks Are Rallying
Monday, April 23, 2018
Two months after the death of 17 people at a school shooting in Florida sparked the strongest push for gun control in years, gun makers' stocks and firearm sales have surged. Reuters Health Information
Plant-killing Pests and Diseases Have an Ally in Climate Change - Experts
Monday, April 23, 2018
Reuters Health Information
Artist's 'Pollution Pods' Highlight Global Air Quality Problem
Monday, April 23, 2018
Reuters Health Information