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Million-Dollar Marketing Juggernaut Pushes 3D Mammograms
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Companies are aggressively touting 3D mammograms, although there's no evidence they save lives. Kaiser Health News
Amyloid About-Face: Aducanumab Effective for AD After All?
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Earlier this year two phase 3 trials of aducanumab for Alzheimer's disease were scrapped -- but in a surprising about-face, new data from the studies put the drug back on the table. Medscape Medical News
Bridging Language Gaps May Boost Outcomes
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Low English proficiency puts patients with chronic conditions such as heart failure and COPD at much higher risk for returning to the hospital, new data show. Medscape Medical News
Paclitaxel Devices in PAD: Debate Continues, but Risk 'Cannot Be Ignored'
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
The latest analysis on drug-coated devices in PAD conflicts with some of the updated data presented at TCT and is unlikely to settle the question of their safety. Where does the field go from here? Medscape Medical News
DOACs Tied to Lower Fracture Risk vs Warfarin in AF
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
An observational study suggests all oral anticoagulants are not created equal: treatment with DOACs was associated with a lower risk for osteoporotic fractures than warfarin. Medscape Medical News
One in Five Patients Receive Opioids After CIED Procedures
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Opioid refills were also common among patients who were opioid-naïve before their cardiac device procedure, highlighting the need to find nonopioid means of pain relief to reduce prescription rates. Medscape Medical News
Novel OTC Device May Offer Long-Lasting Pain Relief
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
A novel, non-invasive, over-the-counter electromagnetic neuromodulation device appears to deliver long-lasting relief in chronic pain patients. Medscape Medical News
Medical Trainees Fear Retaliation for Reporting Abuse
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Abuse of med students and residents appears to be common. Despite institutional policies designed to increase accountability, the majority of incidents go unreported because of fear of repercussions. Medscape Medical News
FDA OKs Faster-Acting Insulin Aspart for Pump Use
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Formulation appears in the blood approximately 2.5 minutes after dosing. Fiasp is now approved in the US for both mealtime use and continuous infusion via pump. FDA Approvals
Freezing Desmoid Tumors Halts Progression, May Cure?
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
The freezing technique transforms desmoid tumors into a gelatinous mass that is slowly resorbed by the body, although care is needed to avoid damage to surrounding tissues. Medscape Medical News
Becoming Obese From Age 25 to Midlife Knocks Years Off Life
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Becoming obese over the course of young and middle adulthood increases risk of premature death, particularly from heart disease. Being consistently obese was associated with even worse survival. Medscape Medical News
Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation Promising for ADHD in Kids
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Trigeminal nerve stimulation may be a safe and effective nondrug alternative for alleviating symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in kids. Medscape Medical News
No Solid Evidence to Support SSRIs in Autism
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
SSRIs appear little better than placebo for quelling repetitive behaviors in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, results of a randomized trial suggest. Medscape Medical News
Wearables and Malpractice Risk: When to Worry
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Device-generated health data is a double-edged sword, providing valuable information but also creating potential liability for physicians. Medscape Medical News
Doctors Have a Right to Remain Mum, Judge Says
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Will malpractice premiums rise in this state?; investigation of doctor's misconduct falls into 'black hole'; bill that would allow military physicians to be sued has stalled; more. Medscape Medical News
Family Care for Older Inpatients Reduces Delirium
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Family members can be critical allies when it comes to helping elderly patients avoid postoperative delirium, researchers found. Medscape Medical News
FDA OKs First Triple Combo Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis
Monday, October 21, 2019
Trikafta combines elexacaftor, ivacaftor, and tezacaftor for patients 12 years or older with CF and at least one F508del mutation in the CFTR gene. FDA Approvals
Early Cow's Milk Formula Tied to Subsequent Allergies in Infants
Monday, October 21, 2019
Breastfed infants supplemented with cow's milk formula within 3 days of birth had more food allergies at 24 months. Medscape Medical News
FDA OKs Ustekinumab (Stelara) for Moderate to Severe UC
Monday, October 21, 2019
Ustekinumab was more effective than placebo for inducing and maintaining remission and promoting mucosal healing in a study of adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis. FDA Approvals
Suspect Lyme Carditis? Start Empiric Antibiotics
Monday, October 21, 2019
Waiting for test results before initiating therapy for patients suspected of having Lyme carditis may result in death, data from two recent cases show. Medscape Medical News