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New Drug Pricing Bill Allows Negotiation With Pharma
Friday, September 20, 2019
Lawmakers are exploring ways to cut drug prices. Major changes in law may be unlikely near-term, but Congress might be able to take a step soon, like capping seniors' Medicare Part D contributions. Medscape Medical News
Trump Executive Order Aims to Speed Flu Vaccine Development
Friday, September 20, 2019
The order creates a new task force charged with coming up with a 5-year plan. Medscape Medical News
FDA OKs 'Game-Changer' Oral GLP-1 Agonist for Type 2 Diabetes
Friday, September 20, 2019
Semaglutide is the first oral glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist. Previously, drugs of this class were available only as injectables. The approval is expected to increase uptake. FDA Approvals
New Option Soon for Some European Patients With Leukemia
Friday, September 20, 2019
Gilteritinib has been recommended for approval for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with an FLT3 mutation. International Approvals
Brutal Toll of Osteoporotic Fractures Revealed in New NOF Report
Friday, September 20, 2019
Osteoporotic fractures are responsible for more hospitalizations than heart attacks, strokes, and breast cancer. "The biggest surprise...is that things are worse than we thought," says one expert. Medscape Medical News
IUD Use Linked to Reduced Risk of Ovarian Cancer
Friday, September 20, 2019
Women who use an intrauterine device for contraception have a reduced risk of getting ovarian cancer, according to a new meta-analysis of existing retrospective data. Medscape Medical News
CAROLINA Published: Reaffirms Sulfonylurea Cardiovascular Safety
Friday, September 20, 2019
The study, presented to a European audience of diabetologists at EASD and simultaneously published in JAMA, reaffirms the CV safety of glimepiride, with calls for FDA warning to be removed. Medscape Medical News
Novel Drug Impresses in Postpartum Depression Phase 3 Trial
Friday, September 20, 2019
Women with postpartum depression may experience significant reductions in symptoms after just 3 days of taking a novel neuroactive steroid, new research suggests. Medscape Medical News
'Big Jump' in Survival in Advanced Nasopharyngeal Cancer
Friday, September 20, 2019
Gemcitabine/cisplatin induction chemo significantly improved outcomes in locally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma in a trial conducted in China. Medscape Medical News
Court Overturns CMS' Site-Neutral Pay Policy; Doc Groups Upset
Thursday, September 19, 2019
There's no word yet on whether CMS will appeal, but the hospital sector is rejoicing; employed doctors can continue to bill more than independents for E&M visits. Medscape Medical News
Can Video Gaming Trigger Dangerous Arrhythmias?
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Ventricular arrhythmias are typically exacerbated by physical exercise, but a new case series suggests even sedentary activities may increase the risk in children with certain conditions. Medscape Medical News
Novel TAVR Approach Dramatically Cuts Need for Pacemaker
Thursday, September 19, 2019
TAVR carries risk of postprocedure pacemaker implantation. A new technique using the patient's individual anatomy to determine device location may decrease this complication, a new study suggests. Medscape Medical News
Harm Reduction Programs Lower Rate of Hep C Reinfection
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Hepatitis C reinfection rates are high for injection-drug users. Although rates at centers with harm-reduction programs are lower, they might not be treating high-risk populations, one expert warned. Medscape Medical News
ENTRUST-AF PCI Supports Safety of Dual Therapy With Edoxaban
Thursday, September 19, 2019
ENTRUST AF-PCI completes the trials of NOACs in patients with AF who undergo PCI, showing dual therapy with edoxaban was noninferior to vitamin K-antagonist–based triple therapy. Medscape Medical News
Valley Fever on the Rise and Spreading, CDC Says
Thursday, September 19, 2019
The number of valley fever cases has grown almost 75% since 2014, and the Coccidioides fungus has been reported as far north as central Washington, according to the CDC. Medscape Medical News
FDA Launches Criminal Probe as Vaping-Related Illnesses Top 500
Thursday, September 19, 2019
There are now 530 confirmed and probable cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarettes and vaping products in the United States, as federal and state authorities continue searching for the cause. The FDA has launched a criminal investigation. ...
Hypertension Linked to Cognitive Decline, but Treatment Helps
Thursday, September 19, 2019
In a large Chinese population study, the treatment of hypertension was linked to a slower progression of cognitive decline. Medscape Medical News
EAN Guidelines Endorse Early Palliative Care Dialogue in MS
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Both specialists and general practitioners caring for people with severe MS and their families should discuss palliative care options in advance, new guidelines emphasize. Medscape Medical News
Cleaners and Factory Workers Have High Rates of Type 2 Diabetes
Thursday, September 19, 2019
A Swedish study identifies certain menial jobs that are associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and suggests that workplace wellness programs targeted at certain occupations could improve health. Medscape Medical News
AAN Calls for Annual Cognitive Testing; USPSTF Begs to Differ
Thursday, September 19, 2019
A new AAN guideline calling for annual cognitive testing in all adults age 65 or older runs contrary to a recommendation by the USPSTF that claims there is not enough evidence to warrant such a move. Medscape Medical News