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FDA approves Aptima HBV Quant assay

The FDA announced the approval of the Aptima HBV quant assay, designed to measure the amount of hepatitis B DNA in plasma or serum from patients with HBV, according to a release from the organization. Clinicians can use the assay test to measure HBV DNA le ...

Preperitoneal, visceral fat predict steatosis, fibrosis in type 2 diabetes

Measurement of preperitoneal and visceral fat areas with magnetic resonance imaging provided a noninvasive marker to predict liver steatosis and fibrosis in patients with type 2 diabetes at risk for severe nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, according to rec ...

Merchants Quay Project wins drug injection unit tender

The Health Service Executive has moved a step closer to opening a supervised drug injecting facility in Dublin, after it confirmed that Merchants Quay Project CGL is the preferred bidder to operate the centre on a pilot basis. ...

Ferring launches ready-to-drink colonoscopy prep

Clenpiq, the first ready-to-drink bowel prep approved by the FDA, is now available by prescription, according to a press release issued by the manufacturer Ferring Pharmaceuticals. "At Ferring, we have a long-standing commitment to develop and advance ...

Rise in nitrogen oxide concentrations may be MI risk factor

Rapid increases in pollution appear to increase risk for MI, according to findings published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. “Our study suggests that the risk of heart attack associated with nitrogen oxides depends on the dynamic and exte ...

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center launches novel adoptive T-cell therapy trial

Richard Koya A clinical trial underway at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is designed to assess the safety and efficacy of a two-pronged strategy that arms the immune system to more effectively attack cancer cells. Patients treated for various can ...

Post-less technique for hip distraction may be safe during hip arthroscopy

Patients who underwent hip arthroscopy using the Trendelenburg position and a specially designed distraction setup experienced safe hip distraction with no groin-related soft tissue and nerve complications, according to results published in The American Jo ...

South Beach Symposium highlights ‘cutting edge’ advancements in dermatology, aesthetics

March 1 through 4, the 16th annual South Beach Symposium will offer “cutting edge” education to attendees on the latest treatments, technologies and procedures in clinical and aesthetic dermatology, pediatric dermatology and practice management topics, acc ...

VIDEO: MicroPulse technology reduces IOP in wide range of glaucomatous eyes

SAN FRANCISCO ― At the Glaucoma 360: New Horizons Forum, Shan Lin, MD, talks about a study he and colleagues at UCSF have initiated, using Iridex's MicroPulse laser technology in transscleral cyclophotocoagulation in patients with a range of mild to r ...

VIDEO: MicroPulse technology reduces IOP in wide range of glaucomatous eyes

SAN FRANCISCO ― At the Glaucoma 360: New Horizons Forum, Shan Lin, MD, talks about a study he and colleagues at UCSF have initiated, using Iridex's MicroPulse laser technology in transscleral cyclophotocoagulation in patients with a range of mild to r ...

ID specialists search for ways to reach homeless

People who are homeless are more vulnerable to many infectious diseases than the general population and harder to reach for treatment. Diseases like tuberculosis, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, STDs and others affect people who are homeless at higher rates than they ...

Ending the HIV epidemic in black communities requires more than staying the course

The slogan of this year’s National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was “Stay the course, the fight is not over!” Yet for health professionals and people living with HIV, or PLWH, “staying the course” is simply not good enough. The “blackening” of the HIV epid ...

Can gene drives end mosquito-borne disease?

UC-San Diego, told Infectious Disease News. Source: Kurt Miller, Riverside Press Enterprise/SCNG. ...

Cleaning products linked to poorer lung function

Regular exposure to cleaning products significantly affects lung function, research has suggested. ...

Patient's chest rebuilt with 3D print after tumour surgery

Peter Maggs' chest wall was rebuilt using the technology after a large tumour was removed. ...

Sibling bullying increases risk for psychotic disorders threefold

Dieter Wolke   Longitudinal study findings indicated that individuals involved in sibling bullying during childhood were up to three times more likely to develop psychotic disorders in early adulthood than those not involved in bullying. “Bullying by sibli ...

PNA industrial action in Waterford next week

Psychiatric Nurses in Waterford have voted in favour of industrial action, up to and including strike action in a dispute over staff shortages and overcrowding. ...

Cyclophosphamide efficacious for juvenile dermatomyositis

Cyclophosphamide improved skin, global and muscle symptoms related to juvenile dermatomyositis when used as a second-line treatment, with no short-term side effects, according to findings published in Arthritis and Rheumatology. “While some patients respon ...

Concerns over delays in acquiring social housing units

An additional 750 empty properties are being offered to the State for purchase as social houses by banks and private equity funds. ...

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act brings reduced personal tax rates, brackets

Are you ready for tax “reform?” Thanks to the just-passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the tax rate for incorporated optometry practices and businesses will be reduced from its current 35% to 21% for the 2018 tax year and thereafter. Although the business tax cu ...

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