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Proximity to multiple fast food outlets may be detrimental to CV health

The risk for heart disease may be elevated with an increasing number of fast food outlets near the home, according to data published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. “Cardiovascular diseases significantly contribute to the global morbidity ...

Alfie Evans parents appeal against Italy travel ban ruling

The toddler's parents are appealing against an order stopping them from taking him to Rome for treatment. ...

Allergan launches intranasal neurostimulation device, TrueTear

Allergan announced the official launch of TrueTear, an FDA-approved device developed to temporarily increase tear production during neurostimulation in adults. TrueTear is a handheld neurostimulation device with disposable tips that is inserted into the na ...

Durect initiates trial of DUR-298 to treat moderate, severe alcoholic hepatitis

Durect announced initiation of a phase 2a clinical trial of DUR-298, an endogenous small molecule used to treat nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and other disorders of the livers diseases, in patients with alcoholic hepatitis, according to a press release. “Th ...

Commonwealth gains license to market IBS, SIBO tests in Canada

Heath Canada granted a medical device establishment license to Commonwealth Diagnostics International for their noninvasive tests for irritable bowel syndrome and other functional GI disorders like small intestine bacterial overgrowth and carbohydrate mala ...

FDA places partial clinical hold on tazemetostat trials

The FDA placed a partial clinical hold on all clinical trials designed to evaluate tazemetostat, according to the drug’s manufacturer. The hold places a temporary halt on U.S.-based enrollment of new patients into tazemetostat (Epizyme) trials. Patients on ...

Girl has leg reattached backwards after cancer surgery

Amelia Eldred who lost her limb to bone cancer has rare procedure which could allow her to dance again. ...

Functional health literacy affects postoperative recovery in patients undergoing day surgery

Poorer postoperative recovery and a lower health-related quality of life correlated with inadequate functional health literacy in patients who underwent day surgery, according to a recent study published in JAMA Surgery. ...

AAO, CheckedUp enter content licensing agreement

CheckedUp has entered a content licensing agreement with the American Academy of Ophthalmology to provide professional programing on its waiting room and exam room technology platforms, the company announced in a press release. CheckedUp provides specialty ...

Malaria in 2018: A glass half full

April 25 is World Malaria Day. To mark the occasion, Philip J. Rosenthal, MD, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, discusses t ...

FDA grants fast track designation to EC-18 for chemoradiation-induced oral mucositis

The FDA granted fast track designation to mosedipimod for management of chemoradiation-induced oral mucositis, according to the agent’s manufacturer. Mosedipimod (EC-18, Enzychem Lifesciences) — a synthetic palmitoyl-2-linoleoyl-3-acetyl-rac-glycerol — is ...

Maryland governor signs bill to protect kids from digital screens

On April 24 Gov. Larry Hogan signed HB 1110, which mandates preventive measures to protect children from myopia, dry eye disease and other conditions that may be associated with excessive digital screen use. “Public Schools – Health and Safety Best Practic ...

Obesity linked to biologics failure in UC

Patients with ulcerative colitis who have a higher BMI are at an increased risk for failing biologic therapy, regardless of the dosing regimen, according to new research published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. Obesity has long been associa ...

Gilead focuses on combination therapy to treat NASH fibrosis

PARIS — In this exclusive interview from the International Liver Congress 2018, Mani Subramanian, PhD, discusses innovative approaches to treating advanced fibrosis in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. “What is very exciting is the number of prog ...

What PCPs need to know about early detection of serious skin conditions

Primary care physicians are responsible for detecting and managing a wide variety of conditions, and for some patients, the PCP may be the only doctor they visit with regularity. Because early detection of serious skin conditions like melanoma is crucial t ...

Improvements seen with PAO in patients with hip dysplasia, Down syndrome

Investigators found radiographic deformity improved and independent ambulation was preserved in patients with hip dysplasia and Down syndrome who underwent periacetabular osteotomy. “Surgical treatment of hip dysplasia associated with Down syndrome is chal ...

HbA1c level, variability associated with mortality risk in older adults

Angus Forbes Among older adults with diabetes, low and high HbA1c levels, as well as the amount of variability, were each associated with increased mortality risk, according to findings reported in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. Data from observa ...

Physical activity protects against depression onset

Physical activity had a protective effect against the emergence of depression across all age groups and geographical locations, according to findings published in The American Journal of Psychiatry. “Given the breadth of depressive disorders and the indivi ...

Many ED doctors underestimate how many opioids prescribed

Sean Michael Nearly two-thirds of ED doctors incorrectly estimated how many opioids they prescribed, according to findings recently published in Academic Emergency Medicine. A study author told Healio Family Medicine the results are not unique to ED doctor ...

Heavy drinking may worsen premenstrual syndrome

Alcohol consumption among women is associated with a moderate increase in the risk for premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, with the increase rising in those who report heavy drinking, according to findings from a systematic review and meta-analysis. “WHO warned ...

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