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FDA Arthritis Advisory Committee votes in favor of Olumiant 2 mg for RA

The FDA Arthritis Advisory Committee voted 10 to 5 to recommend approval of a once-daily 2-mg dose of baricitinib for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis who have had an inadequate response to methotrexate. Although the com ...

Dangerous substances: EU Agency for Safety and Health at Work launches Europe-wide awareness-raising campaign

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched its 2018-19 EU-wide campaign, Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances. ...

Supporting the progress towards health promotion and non-communicable disease prevention in Europe: Best practice portal launched

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Two men arrested following €248k drug seizure

Two men have been arrested following a drug seizure believed to be worth around €248,000 in Swords, Co Dublin. ...

Sigmoidoscopy screening reduces colorectal cancer incidence, mortality in men

Øyvind Holme A one-time sigmoidoscopy screening reduced colorectal cancer incidence and mortality in men, though little or no effect was observed in women, according to a Norwegian study published today in Annals of Internal Medicine. “Sigmoidoscopy is hig ...

No evidence electric cars interfere with cardiac devices

Carsten Lennerz Electromagnetic interference from electric cars does not affect the function or programming of cardiac implantable electronic devices, or CIEDs, according to results published today in Annals of Internal Medicine. “This study suggests that ...

Obesity without metabolic syndrome does not indicate future risk for CVD

Patients with obesity who were metabolically healthy were not necessarily at lower risk for future CVD, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. “This study provides new evidence that [metabolically healthy obesi ...

AAP: Special considerations to be made for pediatric DNRs

A clinical report issued by the AAP Sections on Surgery, Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and the AAP Committee on Bioethics have highlighted the important considerations to be made regarding do not attempt resuscitation, also known as DNR or DNAR, orders in c ...

HCV point-of-care diagnostics remove barriers to care

Findings presented at the International Liver Congress suggest that point-of-care testing for hepatitis C virus infection in community clinics in Australia was acceptable to patients and feasible, specifically for people who inject drugs, or PWID. Bridget ...

‘Soft’ chemotherapy delays breast cancer progression for elderly

Hans Wildiers Adding metronomic oral cyclophosphamide, or “soft” chemotherapy, to trastuzumab plus pertuzumab increased median PFS among elderly patients with HER-2-positive metastatic breast cancer with an acceptable safety profile, according to study dat ...

CGM lends long-term cost savings in type 1 diabetes

Elbert S. Huang For adults with type 1 diabetes using multiple insulin injections, continuous glucose monitoring is a cost-effective alternative to self-monitoring blood glucose, according to findings published in Diabetes Care. “The [CGM] device does incr ...

Patient-reported outcomes improve after HCV clearance, regardless of cirrhosis

PARIS —Chairman of the department of medicine at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Virginia, Zobair M. Younossi, MD, discusses results of two studies on patient-reported outcomes among patients with hepatitis C in this exclusive interview from the International Live ...

Antidepressants equally effective across severity levels of social anxiety, OCD, PTSD

Results from an individual patient data metaanalysis demonstrated that antidepressants are equally effective for all severity levels of social anxiety disorder, OCD and PTSD, but for generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder, the benefits are small a ...

Peripheral DCB now approved for treatment of long lesions

Medtronic announced the FDA approved its drug-coated balloon for treatment of patients with long superficial femoral artery lesions up to 360 mm. According to a press release from the company, the approval of the new indication for the DCB (IN.PACT Admiral ...

MeiraGTx's AAV-RPGR for retinitis pigmentosa gets fast track designation

The FDA has granted fast track designation to AAV-RPGR for the treatment of X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, MeiraGTx announced in a press release. The fast track process will allow MeiraGTx to have early and frequent communication with the FDA through the d ...

MeiraGTx's AAV-RPGR for retinitis pigmentosa gets fast track designation

The FDA has granted fast track designation to AAV-RPGR for the treatment of X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, MeiraGTx announced in a press release. The fast track process will allow MeiraGTx to have early and frequent communication with the FDA through the d ...

The Healing Edge: ‘Whole Again’: A Vet Maimed by an I.E.D. Receives a Transplanted Penis

A young soldier whose genitals were destroyed underwent extensive reconstructive surgery that doctors hope to offer to others who were wounded at war. ...

More children diagnosed with high BP under updated guidelines

CV risk may have been previously underestimated, as more children in the United States had reclassified BPs based on the 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics/American Heart Association guidelines for elevated BP management in children, according to a study ...

IBD, Parkinson's link suggests anti-TNF may be protective

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease showed a significantly higher risk for developing Parkinson’s disease, but early treatment with anti-tumor necrosis factor therapy appeared protective, according to new research published in JAMA Neurology. While th ...

Periarticular injection plus ACB, IPACK improves pain control in TKA

Patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty who received periarticular injection plus interspace between the popliteal artery and capsule of the posterior knee block and adductor canal block had significantly better pain control, and had significantly less ...

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