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169 million kids missed measles vaccine

An estimated 169 million children around the world missed out on the first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017 and this has created a pathway to the measles outbreaks that are affecting numerous countries today, a major new report from UNICEF ...

US saw increase in most foodborne infections in 2018

The incidence of most foodborne infections increased last year in the United States, according to newly published data from the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, or FoodNet. The increases included a nearly fourfold rise in Cyclospora infectio ...

US measles cases hit highest level since elimination declared in 2000

Just 4 months into 2019, the United States has seen more cases of measles than in any year since the disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, according to the CDC. In total, the CDC reported 695 cases from 22 different states as of Wednesday. A ...

Ablation helps improve outlook for patients with Barrett’s

Patients treated with radiofrequency ablation for Barrett’s esophagus with low-grade dysplasia felt less threatened by their condition than patients who underwent normal surveillance, according to research published in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. ...

Nab-paclitaxel plus gemcitabine-cisplatin extends survival in patients with biliary tract cancers

The addition of nanoparticle albumin-bound (nab)-paclitaxel to standard gemcitabine-cisplatin therapy improved median PFS and OS among patients with advanced biliary tract cancers compared with data from historical controls, according to results from a pha ...

Allegro introduces dry eye treatment candidate

Allegro Ophthalmics has added ALG-1007, a new anti-integrin drug candidate for the treatment of dry eye disease, to its portfolio, the company announced in a press release. The topical agent is under evaluation in a phase 2 study outside of the U.S. and is ...

Atezolizumab plus chemotherapy approved for triple-negative breast cancer, small cell lung cancer

The FDA granted accelerated approval to atezolizumab plus chemotherapy for the treatment of adults with PD-L1-positive, unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. Atezolizumab (Tecentriq, Genentech/Roche) — a monoclonal ant ...

Telemedicine working group aims to address ‘big gaps’ of emergency cancer care

The Association of Community Cancer Centers has formed a five-person telemedicine working group comprised of e-health and cancer care experts to address how technology can better serve patients with cancer in the ED. Junaid Razzak, MBBS, MD, PhD, director ...

Is home-based remote monitoring ready for prime time in oncology?

Click here to read the Cover Story, “Telemedicine in oncology: Virtual solution to a very real problem.” About 20% of the oncology population lives in rural areas without close access to oncology care. The number of older oncology patients also is increasi ...

Telemedicine in oncology: Virtual solution to a very real problem

Following the lead of businesses, consumer transactions, news dissemination and more, medicine ...

Visibly files suit in Indiana against telemedicine law

Visibly Inc. filed suit in Indiana claiming that the corrective lens exception of the state’s telemedicine law violates the Indiana Constitution. The suit was filed against the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana, the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, ...

VIDEO: Discerning which patients to treat for hypothyroidism in pregnancy depends on updated TSH reference ranges

LOS ANGELES — In this video exclusive, Caroline Nguyen, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine at Keck School of Medicine at USC, highlights recent changes in American Thyroid Association guidelines for managing hypothyroidism in pregnant women, spec ...

Beyond calcium, vitamin D, supplements may do more harm than good for bones

LOS ANGELES — When it comes to optimal bone health and fracture prevention, there is scant evidence for recommending supplementation with vitamins and minerals other than calcium and vitamin D, according to a speaker at the AACE Annual Scientific and Clini ...

Treatment Toxicities: Present, but Manageable

In this installment of In Practice, Frederick L. Locke, MD, Co-Leader of the Immunology Program and Director of the Immune Cell Therapy Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses the side effects and toxicities of CAR T-cell treatments. Though he acknowle ...

Life at City of Hope: ‘It’s Always a Great Day to Cure Cancer.’

Walking between the wishing trees as one enters City of Hope, it is easy to comprehend what patients and physicians alike mean when they describe the cancer-focused research and treatment center near Los Angeles as unique or ‘just different.’ “There’s a ce ...

VIDEO: AACE wants clinical endocrinologists to ‘get inspired’

LOS ANGELES — In this video exclusive, Susan Samson, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FACE, associate professor in the department of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and program chair for the American Association of Clinical E ...

Measles: 'My baby's eyes were swollen shut'

Jilly Moss's daughter Alba spent eight days in a London hospital after contracting the viral illness. ...

W.H.O. Says Limited or No Screen Time for Children Under 5

Infants under 1 year old should not be exposed to electronic screens, and children between the ages of 2 and 4 should not have more than one daily hour of “sedentary screen time,” the agency said Wednesday. ...

‘7 easy steps’ to treat inpatient elevated BP

PHILADELPHIA — Inpatient elevated BP management is often overlooked in hospital settings, a speaker at the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting said. “Research shows that about 87% of patients with previously documented hypertension wer ...

High school hockey rule change reduces concussion rates from checking

Data presented at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting showed a decrease in the rates of concussions due to being checked among high school hockey players 2 years after a rule change aimed to improved player safety. “The [Nationa ...