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Screening for Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults: U...
https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2018.14741
JAMA , Curry SJ et. al.

Oct 25th, 2018 - Intimate partner violence (IPV) and abuse of older or vulnerable adults are common in the United States but often remain undetected. In addition to the immediate effects of IPV, such as injury and death, there are other health consequences, many with long-term effects, including development of mental health conditions such as depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, substan...

Influenza and Tdap Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women - United States, April 2018.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6188122
MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; Kahn KE, Black CL et. al.

Sep 27th, 2018 - Vaccinating pregnant women with influenza and tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccines can reduce the risk for influenza and pertussis for themselves and their infants. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that all women who are or might be pregnant during the influenza season receive influenza vaccine, which can be adminis...

Trial of Fingolimod versus Interferon Beta-1a in Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis.
https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1800149
The New England Journal of Medicine; Chitnis T, Arnold DL et. al.

Sep 12th, 2018 - Treatment of patients younger than 18 years of age with multiple sclerosis has not been adequately examined in randomized trials. We compared fingolimod with interferon beta-1a in this population. In this phase 3 trial, we randomly assigned patients 10 to 17 years of age with relapsing multiple sclerosis in a 1:1 ratio to receive oral fingolimod at a dose of 0.5 mg per day (0.25 mg per day for ...

Oral steroids for resolution of otitis media with effusion in children (OSTRICH): a dou...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6099122
Lancet (London, England); Francis NA, Cannings-John R et. al.

Aug 28th, 2018 - Children with persistent hearing loss due to otitis media with effusion are commonly managed by surgical intervention. A safe, cheap, and effective medical treatment would enhance treatment options. Underpowered, poor-quality trials have found short-term benefit from oral steroids. We aimed to investigate whether a short course of oral steroids would achieve acceptable hearing in children with ...

Safety and Side Effects of Rifampin versus Isoniazid in Children.
https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1714284
The New England Journal of Medicine; Diallo T, Adjobimey M et. al.

Aug 1st, 2018 - The treatment of latent infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis is important in children because of their vulnerability to life-threatening forms of tuberculosis disease. The current standard treatment - 9 months of isoniazid - has been associated with poor adherence and toxic effects, which have hampered the effectiveness of the drug. In adults, treatment with 4 months of rifampin has been s...

Birth Outcomes for Pregnant Women with HIV Using Tenofovir-Emtricitabine.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5984044
The New England Journal of Medicine; Rough K, Seage GR et. al.

Apr 25th, 2018 - In a previous trial of antiretroviral therapy (ART) involving pregnant women with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, those randomly assigned to receive tenofovir, emtricitabine, and ritonavir-boosted lopinavir (TDF-FTC-LPV/r) had infants at greater risk for very premature birth and death within 14 days after delivery than those assigned to receive zidovudine, lamivudine, and ritonavi...

Change in Overweight from Childhood to Early Adulthood and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1713231
The New England Journal of Medicine; Bjerregaard LG, Jensen BW et. al.

Apr 4th, 2018 - Childhood overweight is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in adulthood. We investigated whether remission of overweight before early adulthood reduces this risk. We conducted a study involving 62,565 Danish men whose weights and heights had been measured at 7 and 13 years of age and in early adulthood (17 to 26 years of age). Overweight was defined in accordance with Centers ...

Aspirin or Rivaroxaban for VTE Prophylaxis after Hip or Knee Arthroplasty.
https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1712746
The New England Journal of Medicine; Anderson DR, Dunbar M et. al.

Feb 21st, 2018 - Clinical trials and meta-analyses have suggested that aspirin may be effective for the prevention of venous thromboembolism (proximal deep-vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism) after total hip or total knee arthroplasty, but comparisons with direct oral anticoagulants are lacking for prophylaxis beyond hospital discharge. We performed a multicenter, double-blind, randomized, controlled trial i...

Acute Myocardial Infarction after Laboratory-Confirmed Influenza Infection.
https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1702090
The New England Journal of Medicine; Kwong JC, Schwartz KL et. al.

Jan 24th, 2018 - Acute myocardial infarction can be triggered by acute respiratory infections. Previous studies have suggested an association between influenza and acute myocardial infarction, but those studies used nonspecific measures of influenza infection or study designs that were susceptible to bias. We evaluated the association between laboratory-confirmed influenza infection and acute myocardial infarct...

IVF Transfer of Fresh or Frozen Embryos in Women without Polycystic Ovaries.
https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1703768
The New England Journal of Medicine; Vuong LN, Dang VQ et. al.

Jan 10th, 2018 - Among women who are undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), the transfer of frozen embryos has been shown to result in a higher rate of live birth than the transfer of fresh embryos in those with infertility associated with the polycystic ovary syndrome. It is not known whether frozen-embryo transfer results in similar benefit in women with infertility that is not associated with the polycysti...

Efficacy of Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication vs Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication...
https://doi.org/10.1053/j.gastro.2017.12.021
Gastroenterology Richter JE, Kumar A et. al.

Jan 6th, 2018 - The effects of transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) and laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication (LNF) have been compared with those of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) or a sham procedure in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but there has been no direct comparison of TIF vs LNF. We performed a systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials to comp...

Predictors of pneumonia in lower respiratory tract infections: 3C prospective cough com...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5724402
The European Respiratory Journal; Moore M, Stuart B et. al.

Nov 23rd, 2017 - The aim was to aid diagnosis of pneumonia in those presenting with lower respiratory tract symptoms in routine primary care.A cohort of 28 883 adult patients with acute cough attributed to lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) was recruited from 5222 UK practices in 2009-13. Symptoms, signs and treatment were recorded at presentation and subsequent events followed-up for 30 days by chart r...

Acquisition of wild-type HIV-1 infection in a patient on pre-exposure prophylaxis with ...
https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-3018(17)30132-7
The Lancet. HIV; Hoornenborg E, Prins M et. al.

Sep 18th, 2017 - Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate is highly effective against acquisition of HIV infection, and only two cases of infection with a multidrug-resistant virus have been reported under adequate long-term adherence, as evidenced by tenofovir diphosphate concentrations in dried blood spots. We report a case of wild-type HIV-1 infection despite consi...

Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2017 - 2018.
https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2017-2550
Pediatrics

Sep 5th, 2017 - This statement updates the recommendations for routine use of the seasonal influenza vaccine and antiviral medications for the prevention and treatment of influenza in children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends annual seasonal influenza immunization for everyone 6 months and older, including children and adolescents. Highlights for the upcoming 2017-2018 season include the followin...

History of breast feeding and risk of incident endometriosis: prospective cohort study.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5574033
BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.); Farland LV, Eliassen AH et. al.

Aug 30th, 2017 - Objective To investigate the association between lifetime breast feeding, exclusive breast feeding, postpartum amenorrhea, and incidence of endometriosis among parous women.Design Prospective cohort study.Setting Nurses' Health Study II, 1989-2011.Participants 72 394women who reported having one or more pregnancies that lasted at least six months, 3296 of whom had laparoscopically confirmed end...

Effect of Oral Prednisolone on Symptom Duration and Severity in Nonasthmatic Adults Wit...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5817483
JAMA Hay AD, Little P et. al.

Aug 22nd, 2017 - Acute lower respiratory tract infection is common and often treated inappropriately in primary care with antibiotics. Corticosteroids are increasingly used but without sufficient evidence. To assess the effects of oral corticosteroids for acute lower respiratory tract infection in adults without asthma. Multicenter, placebo-controlled, randomized trial (July 2013 to final follow-up October 2014...

Benefits and safety of gabapentinoids in chronic low back pain: A systematic review and...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5557428
PLoS Medicine; Shanthanna H, Gilron I et. al.

Aug 15th, 2017 - Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP) is very common, with a lifetime prevalence between 51% and 80%. In majority, it is nonspecific in nature and multifactorial in etiology. Pregabalin (PG) and Gabapentin (GB) are gabapentinoids that have demonstrated benefit in neuropathic pain conditions. Despite no clear rationale, they are increasingly used for nonspecific CLBP. They necessitate prolonged use and a...

Randomized phase 2 study of low-dose decitabine vs low-dose azacitidine in lower-risk M...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5620419
Blood Jabbour E, Short NJ et. al.

Aug 4th, 2017 - Hypomethylating agents (HMAs) improve survival in patients with higher-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) but are less well-studied in lower-risk disease. We compared the safety and efficacy of low-dose decitabine vs low-dose azacitidine in this group of patients. Adults with low- or intermediate 1-risk MDS or MDS/myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN), including chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, a...

Risk of post-pregnancy hypertension in women with a history of hypertensive disorders o...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5506851
BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.); Behrens I, Basit S et. al.

Jul 13th, 2017 - Objectives To determine how soon after delivery the risk of post-pregnancy hypertension increases in women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and how the risk evolves over time.Design Nationwide register based cohort study.Setting Denmark.Populations 482 972 primiparous women with a first live birth or stillbirth between 1995 and 2012 (cumulative incidence analyses), and 1 025 118 women w...

Effect of Cephalexin Plus Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole vs Cephalexin Alone on Clinical...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5815038
JAMA Moran GJ, Krishnadasan A et. al.

May 23rd, 2017 - Emergency department visits for skin infections in the United States have increased with the emergence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). For cellulitis without purulent drainage, β-hemolytic streptococci are presumed to be the predominant pathogens. It is unknown if antimicrobial regimens possessing in vitro MRSA activity provide improved outcomes compared with treatments l...

Alectinib versus crizotinib in patients with ALK-positive non-small-cell lung cancer (J...
https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30565-2
Lancet (London, England); Hida T, Nokihara H et. al.

May 15th, 2017 - Alectinib, a potent, highly selective, CNS-active inhibitor of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK), showed promising efficacy and tolerability in the single-arm phase 1/2 AF-001JP trial in Japanese patients with ALK-positive non-small-cell lung cancer. Given those promising results, we did a phase 3 trial to directly compare the efficacy and safety of alectinib and crizotinib. J-ALEX was a randomi...

Perioperative Timing of Infliximab and the Risk of Serious Infection After Elective Hip...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5529262
Arthritis Care & Research; George MD, Baker JF et. al.

Jan 27th, 2017 - The optimal timing of tumor necrosis factor antagonists before elective surgery is unknown. This study evaluated the association between infliximab timing and serious infection after elective hip or knee arthroplasty. A retrospective cohort study evaluated US Medicare patients with rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis who re...

Association Between Body Mass Index and Overall Survival With Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy for Advanced Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/article-abstract/2757521
JAMA Oncology; Kichenadasse, et al

Dec 25th, 2019 - Is high body mass index associated with survival outcomes with atezolizumab therapy, an immune checkpoint inhibitor, in patients with non–small cell lung cancer?

NCCN Guidelines Insights: Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer, Version 1.2020
https://jnccn.org/view/journals/jnccn/17/12/article-p1464.xml
JNCCN Ettinger DS, et al

Nov 30th, 2019 - The NCCN Guidelines for Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) address all aspects of management for NSCLC. These NCCN Guidelines Insights focus on recent updates in immunotherapy. For the 2020 update, all of the systemic therapy regimens have been categorized using a new preference stratification system; certain regimens are now recommended as “preferred interventions,” whereas others are categori...

Clinical Implications of the New York Heart Association Classification
https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/JAHA.119.014240
Journal of the American Heart Association; Caraballo C, et al

Nov 26th, 2019 - The New York Heart Association (NYHA) classification has served as a fundamental tool for risk stratification of heart failure (HF) and determines clinical trial eligibility and candidacy for drugs and devices. However, its ability to adequately stratify risk is unclear.

Fasting Triglycerides & Glucose Index: A Useful Screening Test for Assessing Insulin Resistance in Patients Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis & Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
https://dmsjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13098-019-0495-x
Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome; Contreras-Haro B, et al

Nov 26th, 2019 - Insulin resistance (IR) is frequently observed in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In clinical practice, IR assessment is limited to a low proportion of patients due to cost and equipment and technical expertise requirements. The surrogate index of triglycerides and glucose (TyG index) has been validated in non-rheumatic populations, showing adequat...

Treatment of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis. An Official ATS/CDC/ERS/IDSA Clinical Practice Guideline
https://www.atsjournals.org/doi/full/10.1164/rccm.201909-1874ST
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine; Payam Nahid et al

Nov 20th, 2019 - The American Thoracic Society, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, European Respiratory Society, and Infectious Diseases Society of America jointly sponsored this new practice guideline on the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB). The document includes recommendations on the treatment of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) as well as isoniazid-resistant but rifampin-suscept...

New Clinical Trial Aims to Reduce Malnutrition Among Patients with Lung Cancer
https://www.cancernetwork.com/lung-cancer-awareness-month/new-clinical-trial-aims-reduce-malnutrition-among-patients-lung-cancer
Cancer Network; Slater H

Nov 17th, 2019 - The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James), along with Tufts Medical Center, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and MD Anderson Cancer Center, announced a new clinical trial aiming to reduce malnutrition among patients with lung cancer by offering nutritional counseling and medically tailored meals to patie...

Update on the Management of Constipation
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2754106
JAMA Wald A

Nov 16th, 2019 - Chronic constipation is very common. The most recent estimate of clinician visits attributable to constipation were from 2001 to 2004 and reported more than 8 million clinician visits in the United States, with most occurring in adult primary care settings (33%) followed by pediatric (21%) and gastroenterologist (14%) offices.1 These encounters result in large expenditures for nonprescription l...

Depression in Children and Adolescents: Evaluation and Treatment
https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1115/p609.html
American Family Physician; Selph SS et al

Nov 16th, 2019 - he prevalence of major unipolar depression in children and adolescents is increasing in the United States. In 2016, approximately 5% of 12-year-olds and 17% of 17-year-olds reported experiencing a major depressive episode in the previous 12 months. Screening for depression in adolescents 12 years and older should be conducted annually using a validated instrument, such as the Patient Health Que...

2019 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations: Summary From the Basic Life Support; Advanced Life Support; P...
https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIR.0000000000000734
Circulation Soar J et al

Nov 16th, 2019 - The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation has initiated a continuous review of new, peer-reviewed, published cardiopulmonary resuscitation science. This is the third annual summary of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations. It addresses the m...

2019 American Heart Association Focused Update on Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support: Use of Advanced Airways, Vasopressors, and Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation During Cardiac Arrest...
https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIR.0000000000000732
Circulation Panchal AR et al

Nov 16th, 2019 - The fundamentals of cardiac resuscitation include the immediate provision of high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation combined with rapid defibrillation (as appropriate). These mainstays of therapy set the groundwork for other possible interventions such as medications, advanced airways, extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and post–cardiac arrest care, including targeted temperature...

Efficacy and Safety of Low-Dose Colchicine after Myocardial Infarction
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1912388?query=featured_home
New England Journal of Medicine; Tardif JC et al

Nov 16th, 2019 - Experimental and clinical evidence support the role of inflammation in atherosclerosis and its complications. Colchicine is an orally administered, potent antiinflammatory medication that is indicated for the treatment of gout and pericarditis.

Preexposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV Infection: Recommendation Statement
https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1115/od1.html
AAFP

Nov 16th, 2019 - Summary of Recommendation and Evidence The USPSTF recommends that clinicians offer preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with effective antiretroviral therapy to persons who are at high risk of HIV acquisition (Table 1). A recommendation.

Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma: ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines
https://www.esmo.org/Guidelines/Haematological-Malignancies/Diffuse-Large-B-Cell-Lymphoma
Annals of Oncology; Tilly H et al

Nov 13th, 2019 - Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is relatively common and represents 30%–58% of non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas. The updated ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines provide information on the current management of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma including recommendations for screening and diagnosis, staging and risk assessment and stage-matched therapeutic strategies including specific recommendations for young a...

2019 AHA/ACC Clinical Performance and Quality Measures for Adults With High Blood Pressure: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Performance Measures
https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/HCQ.0000000000000057
Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes; Casey E, et al.

Nov 12th, 2019 - In 2018, the Task Force convened the writing committee to begin the process of revising the existing performance measures set for hypertension that had been released in 2011.3 The writing committee also was charged with the task of developing new measures to evaluate the care of patients in accordance with the 2017 Hypertension Clinical Practice Guidelines.4 The writing committee developed a...

Addition of Durvalumab to Etoposide Plus Platinum Chemotherapy for Extensive-Stage SCLC
https://ascopost.com/podcasts/addition-of-durvalumab-to-etoposide-plus-platinum-chemotherapy-for-extensive-stage-sclc/
ASCO Post;

Nov 10th, 2019 - This week, we’ll review an interim analysis of the CASPIAN trial, which evaluated the addition of durvalumab to etoposide plus platinum chemotherapy for extensive-stage small cell lung cancer. Then, we’ll talk about two recently issued guidelines on screening for colorectal cancer. Lastly, we’ll summarize some recent FDA approvals and announcements.

Commonly Abused Drugs Charts
https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/commonly-abused-drugs-charts
NIH

Nov 9th, 2019 - Many misused drugs can alter a person’s thinking and judgment, leading to health risks, including addiction, drugged driving and infectious disease. Most drugs could potentially harm an unborn baby; pregnancy-related issues are listed in the chart below for drugs where there is enough scientific evidence to connect the drug use to specific negative effects. Commonly Abused Drugs.

Cannabidiol as a potential treatment for psychosis
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6843725/
Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology; Davies C, et al

Nov 7th, 2019 - Psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia are heterogeneous and often debilitating conditions that contribute substantially to the global burden of disease. The introduction of dopamine D2 receptor antagonists in the 1950s revolutionised the treatment of psychotic disorders and they remain the mainstay of our treatment arsenal for psychosis. However, traditional antipsychotics are associated wi...

High-protein Diet is Bad for Kidney Health: Unleashing the Taboo
https://academic.oup.com/ndt/advance-article/doi/10.1093/ndt/gfz216/5614387
Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation; Kalantar-Zadeh K, et al

Nov 6th, 2019 - How often have you been told to eat more protein and less carbohydrates to stay healthy? This is not an emerging food culture but rather a prevailing dogma in our society. Physicians, dietitians and other health care professionals tell us constantly about the advantages of a high-protein diet (HPD), such as losing weight rapidly, burning calories, diminishing appetite, preventing obesity, manag...

Publication Rate and Characteristics of Lung Cancer Clinical Trials
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2753977?resultClick=3
JAMA Network Open; Al-Shbool G, et al

Nov 5th, 2019 - Clinical trials play a crucial role in shaping the practice of medicine. Nonreporting of clinical trial results affects the validity of the literature and can negatively affect patient care. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in the United States and worldwide. Studies assessing reporting of clinical trial results in thoracic oncology are lacking. We sought to investig...

BIOGEN AND ALKERMES ANNOUNCE FDA APPROVAL OF VUMERITY™ (DIROXIMEL FUMARATE) FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
http://investors.biogen.com/news-releases/news-release-details/biogen-and-alkermes-announce-fda-approval-vumeritytm-diroximel

Nov 5th, 2019 - Biogen Inc. (Nasdaq: BIIB) and Alkermes plc (Nasdaq: ALKS) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved VUMERITY™ (diroximel fumarate), a novel oral fumarate with a distinct chemical structure, for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease and active secondary progressive disease...

FDA approves Fluzone® High-Dose Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine) for adults 65 years of age and older
http://www.news.sanofi.us/2019-11-04-FDA-approves-Fluzone-R-High-Dose-Quadrivalent-Influenza-Vaccine-for-adults-65-years-of-age-and-older

Nov 5th, 2019 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental Biologics License Application for Fluzone® High-Dose Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine) for use in adults 65 years of age and older. Fluzone® High-Dose (Influenza Vaccine) was approved by the FDA in 2009 as a trivalent influenza vaccine, including two influenza A strains and one influenza B strain. Fluzone High-Dose Quadri...

Renin-Angiotensin System Inhibitors vs. Other Antihypertensive Drug Classes for Hypertension
https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1101/p540.html
American Family Physician; JEFFREY C. LEGGIT, MD

Nov 5th, 2019 - RAS inhibitors have been widely prescribed to treat hypertension; however, it remains unclear whether they are superior to other antihypertensive drugs in terms of clinically relevant outcomes for primary hypertension.

Millions of Americans have a substance use disorder. Help is available.
https://findtreatment.gov/
SAMHSA

Nov 5th, 2019 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) collects information on thousands of state-licensed providers who specialize in treating substance use disorders, addiction, and mental illness.

Clinicians’ Perspectives on Barriers to Discussing Infertility and Fertility Preservation With Young Women With Cancer
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2753979
JAMA Network Open; Covelli A, et al

Nov 5th, 2019 - What do clinicians perceive as barriers to engaging in fertility preservation discussions with young women with cancer?

Chronic Constipation: New Insights, Better Outcomes?
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31609241
Lancet Gastroenterology Hepatology; Schiller LR

Oct 31st, 2019 - Constipation is a symptom that affects around 11-20% of the adult population yearly. Most physicians consider infrequency of defecation as a hallmark of constipation. However, most patients view excessive straining as the biggest component of constipation and only a minority of patients with constipation have infrequent bowel movements.

Final Analysis of a Trial of M72/AS01E Vaccine to Prevent Tuberculosis
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1909953
The New England Journal of Medicine; Tait, D. et. al.

Oct 28th, 2019 - BACKGROUND Results of an earlier analysis of a trial of the M72/AS01E candidate vaccine against Mycobacterium tuberculosis showed that in infected adults, the vaccine provided 54.0% protection against active pulmonary tuberculosis disease, without evident safety concerns. We now report the results of the 3-year final analysis of efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity. METHODS From August 201...

Scientists design device for oral delivery of injections
https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/scientists-design-device-oral-delivery-injections

Oct 28th, 2019 - Biologic drugs are complex medications produced from living organisms or their parts. They include vaccines and drugs to treat conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and cancer. Some biologic drugs, like insulin, can only be delivered by injection. If taken by mouth, stomach acid would destroy the drug before it could take effect.

Shingles - Genetics Home Reference - NIH
https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/shingles

Oct 28th, 2019 - Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) results from infection by the varicella zoster virus. This common virus causes chickenpox (also known as varicella), which is characterized by itchy spots on the skin that cover the whole body and usually occurs in childhood or adolescence. After the body fights the initial infection, the varicella zoster virus remains in nerve cells for the rest of a per...

Efficacy and safety of anti-inflammatory agents for the treatment of major depressive disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials
https://jnnp.bmj.com/content/early/2019/08/29/jnnp-2019-320912
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, & Psychiatry; Bai. S., et al

Oct 27th, 2019 - Objectives To systematically review the efficacy and safety of anti-inflammatory agents for patients with major depressive disorders. Methods We searched the literature to identify potentially relevant randomised controlled trials (RCTs) up to 1 January 2019. The primary outcome was efficacy, measured by mean changes in depression score from baseline to endpoint. Secondary outcomes included ...

Asthma in Adults
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0025712519300896?via%3Dihub
Medical Clinics of North America; Nanda A, et al

Oct 27th, 2019 - Asthma affects approximately 300 million people worldwide and approximately 7.5% of adults in the United States. Among adults, asthma results in about 10.5 million physician office visits per year and affects approximately 8.7% of blacks, 7.6% of whites, and 5.8% of Hispanics. Asthma is characterized by inflammation of airways, variable airflow obstruction, and bronchial hyperresponsiveness.3 I...

Melinta Therapeutics Announces U.S. FDA Approval of Supplemental New Drug Application for BAXDELA® (delafloxacin) for the Treatment of Community-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia (CABP)
http://ir.melinta.com/news-releases/news-release-details/melinta-therapeutics-announces-us-fda-approval-supplemental-new

Oct 23rd, 2019 - Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNT), a commercial-stage company focused on the development and commercialization of novel antibiotics to treat serious bacterial infections, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved BAXDELA® (delafloxacin) for the treatment of adult patients with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) caused by designated susceptible b...

Comprehensive comparative effectiveness and safety of first-line antihypertensive drug classes: a systematic, multinational, large-scale analysis
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)32317-7/fulltext

Oct 23rd, 2019 - Uncertainty remains about the optimal monotherapy for hypertension, with current guidelines recommending any primary agent among the first-line drug classes thiazide or thiazide-like diuretics, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers, and non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers, in the absence of comorbid indications...

FDA approves Fiasp® for use in insulin infusion pumps for adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
https://www.novonordisk-us.com/media/news-releases.html?122974

Oct 21st, 2019 - Novo Nordisk today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the label for Fiasp® (insulin aspart injection) 100 u/mL to include use in insulin infusion pumps for the improvement of glycemic control in adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.1 Fiasp®, a rapid-acting insulin, was approved by the FDA in 2017 for use by intravenous infusion under supervision by a health...

2019 Supportive Care: Anxiety, Depression, and Low Social Support Are Significant Factors in Cancer Pain Intensity
https://ascopost.com/news/october-2019/anxiety-depression-and-low-social-support-are-significant-factors-in-cancer-pain-intensity/

Oct 21st, 2019 - Pain is one of the most common symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment, and feelings of anxiety and depression can intensify the level of pain patients experience, according to the results from a study by Galloway et al that will be presented at the 2019 Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium (Abstract 76). However, authors also reported that having greater social support can help miti...

Eton Pharmaceuticals Announces U.S. FDA Approval of Biorphen® (phenylephrine HCI) Injection
https://ir.etonpharma.com/news-releases/news-release-details/eton-pharmaceuticals-announces-us-fda-approval-biorphenr

Oct 21st, 2019 - Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ETON), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative drug products, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Biorphen®, the first and only FDA-approved ready-to-use formulation of phenylephrine for the treatment of clinically important hypotension resulting primarily from vasodilat...

Relief and Prevention of Congestion in Heart Failure Enhance Quality and Length of Life
https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.119.042660
Circulation Drazner, M. et. al.

Oct 20th, 2019 - This article is a commentary on the following Prognostic Implications of Congestion on Physical Examination Among Contemporary Patients With Heart Failure and Reduced Ejection Fraction

Farxiga approved in the US to reduce the risk of hospitalisation for heart failure in patients with type-2 diabetes
https://www.astrazeneca.com/content/astraz/media-centre/press-releases/2019/farxiga-approved-in-the-us-to-reduce-the-risk-of-hospitalisation-for-heart-failure-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-21102019.html

Oct 20th, 2019 - AstraZeneca today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Farxiga (dapagliflozin) to reduce the risk of hospitalisation for heart failure (hHF) in adults with type-2 diabetes (T2D) and established cardiovascular disease (CVD) or multiple cardiovascular (CV) risk factors.

Metoprolol for the Prevention of Acute Exacerbations of COPD
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1908142
The New England Journal of Medicine; Dransfield, M. et. al.

Oct 19th, 2019 - Observational studies suggest that beta-blockers may reduce the risk of exacerbations and death in patients with moderate or severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but these findings have not been confirmed in randomized trials.

Foamix Receives FDA Approval of AMZEEQ™ Topical Minocycline Treatment for Millions of Moderate to Severe Acne Sufferers
https://www.foamix.com/news-releases/news-release-details/update-foamix-receives-fda-approval-amzeeqtm-topical-minocycline

Oct 17th, 2019 - Foamix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq: FOMX) (“Foamix” or the “Company”), a specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its novel AMZEEQTM (minocycline) topical foam, 4%. AMZEEQ, formerly known as FMX101, is indicated for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of non-nodular moderate to severe acne vulgaris in adults and pediatric...

Genentech Announces FDA Approval of Xofluza (Baloxavir Marboxil) for People at High Risk of Developing Influenza-Related Complications
https://www.gene.com/media/press-releases/14817/2019-10-17/genentech-announces-fda-approval-of-xofl

Oct 16th, 2019 - Single-dose Xofluza is the first and only antiviral medicine indicated specifically for patients at high risk of developing serious complications from influenza (flu) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines people at high risk of serious flu complications as those who have conditions such as asthma, chronic lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, morbid obesity or adults ...

U.S. FDA Approves SECUADO® (asenapine) Transdermal System, the First-and-Only Transdermal Patch for the Treatment of Adults with Schizophrenia
http://www.noven.com/PR101519.php

Oct 14th, 2019 - Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Inc., today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved SECUADO® (asenapine) transdermal system, the first-and-only transdermal patch formulation for the treatment of adults with schizophrenia.1 “As people living with schizophrenia cycle through treatments their therapeutic options ...

Predicting the Risk of Postoperative Pulmonary Complications
https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p499.html
American Family Physician;

Oct 14th, 2019 - The incidence of pulmonary complications following major surgery is estimated to be 1% to 23%, with the risk varying based on patient factors and the type of surgery.1 Postoperative pulmonary complications include pneumonia, tracheobronchitis, pulmonary edema, pulmonary embolism, atelectasis, pleural effusion, pneumothorax, bronchospasm, aspiration, respiratory failure, and acute respiratory di...

Influenza Vaccination: Updated Recommendations from ACIP
https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p505.html

Oct 14th, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released its recommendations for routine influenza vaccination in the 2019–2020 season. Updates this year include the antigenic composition of seasonal influenza vaccines available in the United States and changes related to recent regulatory actions, including labeling changes for previousl...

Nail Changes Following a Viral Infection: Photo Quiz
https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p497.html
American Family Physician;

Oct 14th, 2019 - A seven-year-old boy presented with abnormal growth of his fingernails that began two weeks prior. He had no other symptoms, including pain or pruritus on his hands or around his nails. He did not have fevers, chills, nausea, vomiting, or change in activity. He had hand-foot-and-mouth disease two months earlier that was diagnosed based on vesicular lesions in his mouth and on his hands and feet...

Acne Vulgaris: Diagnosis and Treatment
https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p475.html
American Family Physician;

Oct 14th, 2019 - Acne vulgaris is the most prevalent chronic skin disease in the United States, affecting nearly 50 million people per year, mostly adolescents and young adults. Potential sequelae of acne, such as scarring, dyspigmentation, and low self-esteem, may result in significant morbidity. Typical acne lesions involve the pilosebaceous follicles and the interrelated processes of sebum production, Cutiba...

The 2019 ESC Guidelines on diabetes, pre-diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases developed in collaboration with the EASD: New features and the ‘Ten Commandments’ of the 2019 Guidelines are discussed...
https://academic.oup.com/eurheartj/article/40/39/3215/5586545
European Heart Journal; Grant, P. et. al.

Oct 13th, 2019 - The prevalence of diabetes continues to increase, with 60 million thought to have diabetes in Europe in 2017 and predictions of more than 600 million individuals with diabetes worldwide by 2045. These numbers carry a huge burden of morbidity and mortality with a high prevalence of microvascular disease affecting the eyes, nerves, and kidneys and macrovascular disease leading to CV, cerebrovascu...

Coverage from the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (MDS) 2019
https://www.medscape.com/viewcollection/35073

Oct 8th, 2019 - International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (MDS) 2019: Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from MDS 2019

ESMO 2019: Overall Survival With Immunotherapy Doublet vs Chemotherapy in Advanced NSCLC
https://ascopost.com/news/october-2019/overall-survival-with-nivolumabipilimumab-vs-chemotherapy-in-advanced-nsclc/

Oct 7th, 2019 - As reported at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress 2019 (Abstract LBA4) and simultaneously in The New England Journal of Medicine by Matthew D. Hellmann, MD, and colleagues, the phase III CheckMate 227 trial has shown that nivolumab plus ipilimumab improved overall survival vs chemotherapy in patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with programmed cell de...

A Clinician's Guide to Healthy Eating for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
https://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/articles/2019/10/08/13/20/a-clinicians-guide-to-healthy-eating-for-cvd-prevention

Oct 7th, 2019 - The recently released 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease has given clinicians a comprehensive, evidence-based resource to inform management of patients at increased risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. In addition to guidance on risk stratification and medication prescribing, the Prevention Guideline stresses the importance of lifestyle interve...

Spironolactone With Patiromer in the Treatment of Resistant Hypertension in Chronic Kidney Disease - AMBER
https://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/clinical-trials/2019/10/08/14/26/amber

Oct 7th, 2019 - The AMBER trial showed that the potassium binder patiromer was effective at allowing more patients to remain on spironolactone.

Cannabis and cannabinoids for people with multiple sclerosis
https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD013444/full

Oct 6th, 2019 - This is a protocol for a Cochrane Review (Intervention). The objectives are as follows: To assess benefit and safety of cannabis‐based medicines, including synthetic, or herbal and plant‐derived cannabinoids, for people with MS.

Genetics of Prostate Cancer (PDQ®)–Health Professional Version
https://www.cancer.gov/types/prostate/hp/prostate-genetics-pdq

Oct 4th, 2019 - This executive summary reviews the topics covered in this PDQ summary on the genetics of prostate cancer, with hyperlinks to detailed sections below that describe the evidence on each topic.

A Comparison of the Efficacy of Enema Solutions in Pediatric Emergency Department Patients
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31594739
Journal of Emergency Medicine; Anderson J, et al

Oct 4th, 2019 - Children presenting to pediatric emergency departments (EDs) are frequently given enemas for relief of constipation symptoms; there is very little literature guiding solution selection.

FDA approves Aklief for acne on face, trunk
https://www.healio.com/dermatology/acne/news/online/%7Bcc693b23-e6fc-4919-a303-fc14f62279b4%7D/fda-approves-aklief-for-acne-on-face-trunk

Oct 3rd, 2019 - The FDA recently approved Galderma’s topical retinoid cream, known as Aklief, for the treatment of acne vulgaris. Additionally, the company reported positive safety profiles for Aklief in two phase 3 clinical trials on acne of both the face and trunk in patients aged 9 years and older, according to a news release issued by the company.

Breast Cancer Treatment (Adult) (PDQ®)–Health Professional Version
https://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/hp/breast-treatment-pdq

Oct 3rd, 2019 - Breast cancer is the most common noncutaneous cancer in U.S. women, with an estimated 62,930 cases of in situ disease and 268,600 cases of invasive disease in 2019.[1] Thus, fewer than one of six women diagnosed with breast cancer die of the disease. By comparison, it is estimated that about 66,020 American women will die of lung cancer in 2019. Men account for 1% of breast cancer cases and bre...

Janssen Announces U.S. FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation Granted for Niraparib for the Treatment of Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer
https://www.jnj.com/janssen-announces-u-s-fda-breakthrough-therapy-designation-granted-for-niraparib-for-the-treatment-of-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer

Oct 2nd, 2019 - The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for niraparib, an orally-administered poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, for the treatment of patients with BRCA1/2 gene-mutated metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) who have received prior taxane che...

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Resources for Health Professionals | CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/index.htm

Oct 2nd, 2019 - CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza Flu - vaccination resources for healh care professionals includes links to ACIP resources, flu vaccine information and patient education materials.

Sleeping less than six hours and heart disease, stroke – deadly combo
https://newsroom.heart.org/news/sleeping-less-than-six-hours-and-heart-disease-stroke-deadly-combo

Oct 1st, 2019 - Middle-aged adults with high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke could be at increased risk for cancer and early death when sleeping less than 6 hours per day.

Preventive Cardiology as a Subspecialty of Cardiovascular Medicine
http://www.onlinejacc.org/content/74/15/1926?_ga=2.47888103.1317319445.1570642054-675541502.1568116402
Journal of the American College of Cardiology; Shapiro, M. et. al.

Oct 1st, 2019 - Although significant progress has been made to reduce the global burden of cardiovascular disease, efforts have focused primarily on treatment of manifest disease rather than on prevention of events. An enormous opportunity exists to transition focus from intervention to providing equal attention to prevention of cardiovascular disease. The nascent specialty of “preventive cardiology” is emergi...

E-Cigarettes and Vaping-Related Disease
https://www.nejm.org/vaping
New England Journal of Medicine;

Oct 1st, 2019 - The use of e-cigarettes has increased rapidly. Although vaping has been shown to assist with smoking cessation, cases of severe vaping-related pulmonary disease and a number of deaths have recently been reported. Here we present a collection of articles and other resources on e-cigarettes and vaping-related disease, including clinical reports and commentary.

Painful Scrotal Swelling
https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p435.html

Sep 30th, 2019 - A 44-year-old man presented with worsening scrotal swelling that began two weeks prior. He also had sharp, constant pain that radiated to both legs (left more than right) and his buttocks. He rated it as 10 out of 10 on a pain scale. The pain worsened with urination and was minimally relieved by over-the-counter ibuprofen. He had never had a similar episode and had no injuries. His sexual histo...

Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease: Rapid Evidence Review
https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p408.html
American Family Physician; Saguil, A. et. al.

Sep 30th, 2019 - Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is caused by human enteroviruses and coxsackieviruses. Outbreaks can occur in the spring to fall and are common in North America, and most cases occur in patients younger than 10 years. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is transmitted by fecal-oral, oral-oral, and respiratory droplet contact. Patients present with a low-grade fever, a maculopapular or papulovesicular rash ...

Opioid Use Disorder: Medical Treatment Options
https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p416.html
American Family Physician; Coffa, D. et. al.

Sep 30th, 2019 - Opioid use disorder is highly prevalent and can be fatal. At least 2.1 million Americans 12 years and older had opioid use disorder in 2016, and approximately 47,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2017. Opioid use disorder is a chronic relapsing condition, the treatment of which falls within the scope of practice of family physicians. With appropriate medication-assisted treatment, pat...

Anticoagulation: Updated Guidelines for Outpatient Management
https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p426.html
American Family Physician;

Sep 30th, 2019 - Anticoagulation therapy is recommended for preventing, treating, and reducing the recurrence of venous thromboembolism, and preventing stroke in persons with atrial fibrillation. Direct oral anticoagulants are first-line agents for eligible patients for treating venous thromboembolism and preventing stroke in those with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. Vitamin K antagonists are recommended for ...

Protecting Patients from Elder Abuse Scams
https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p438.html
American Family Physician;

Sep 30th, 2019 - Living on my own continues to be very important to me, even though I'm getting older and am sometimes forgetful. I manage pretty well with the help of my son, who visits me weekly, and my family doctor, who I see monthly for my hypertension, stomach reflux problems, prediabetes, and high cholesterol. I try to manage my forgetfulness with the help of a pill box so that I remember to take my medi...

Global Initiative for Asthma: Global Strategy for Asthma Management & Prevention
https://ginasthma.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/GINA-2019-main-report-June-2019-wms.pdf

Sep 29th, 2019 - The 2019 update of the Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention incorporates new scientific information about asthma based on a review of recent scientific literature by an international panel of experts on the GINA Science Committee. This comprehensive and practical resource about one of the most common chronic lung diseases worldwide contains extensive citations from the scientifi...

U.S. FDA Approves INVOKANA® (canagliflozin) to Treat Diabetic Kidney Disease (DKD) and Reduce the Risk of Hospitalization for Heart Failure in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) and DKD
https://www.janssen.com/us-fda-approves-invokana-canagliflozin-treat-diabetic-kidney-disease-dkd-and-reduce-risk

Sep 29th, 2019 - The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new indication for INVOKANA® (canagliflozin) to reduce the risk of end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), worsening of kidney function, cardiovascular (CV) death, and hospitalization for heart failure in adults with type 2 diabetes and diabetic kidney disease (nephropa...

Alcohol and “Deaths of Despair”
https://www.spectrum.niaaa.nih.gov/features/features-01.html
NIAAA Spectrum;

Sep 29th, 2019 - In 2015, Princeton University economists Anne Case, Ph.D., and Angus Deaton, Ph.D., reported something unexpected. After decreasing since the end of World War II, rates of death began to increase in the United States for people in some groups. The rise in deaths was driven primarily by drug and alcohol overdoses, suicides, and liver disease. These conditions, in turn, were related to declining ...

Medical education needs to stop burning out students — now
https://www.statnews.com/2019/08/29/medical-education-stop-burning-out-students/

Sep 28th, 2019 - Students’ time in medical school should help them grow and become insightful, caring doctors. Instead, medical education is somehow turning smart, gifted, enthusiastic applicants into exhausted and unhappy students who become interns, residents, and physicians at increased risk of depression and burnout.

Five-Year Outcomes after PCI or CABG for Left Main Coronary Disease
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1909406

Sep 27th, 2019 - BACKGROUND Long-term outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with contemporary drug-eluting stents, as compared with coronary-artery bypass grafting (CABG), in patients with left main coronary artery disease are not clearly established. METHODS We randomly assigned 1905 patients with left main coronary artery disease of low or intermediate anatomical complexity (according t...

Can Mild Asthma Be Managed with Only As-Needed Inhaled Steroids Plus a Bronchodilator?
https://www.jwatch.org/na49830/2019/09/26/can-mild-asthma-be-managed-with-only-needed-inhaled

Sep 25th, 2019 - David J. Amrol, MD reviewing Hardy J et al. Lancet 2019 Sep 14 Gauthier M and Wenzel SE. Lancet 2019 Sep 14

FDA Approves Abbott’s "Low Dose," Recharge-Free Spinal Cord Stimulation System with up to Ten Year Battery Life for People Living with Chronic Pain
https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8608451-abbott-proclaim-xr-spinal-cord-stimulation-system/

Sep 25th, 2019 - Proclaim XR neurostimulation system uses Abbott’s proprietary, low energy BurstDR™ therapy coupled with the BoldXR™ low dosing protocol for safe, effective pain relief and a battery that lasts up to 10 Years*

International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Final Program
https://www.mdscongress.org/Congress-Branded/19FP-_blue_puzzle_online.pdf

Sep 25th, 2019 - On behalf of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS), we are pleased to welcome you to the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. Nice is a charming, picturesque city nestled on the southeast coast of France at the foot of the Alps and extending along the Mediterranean Sea. In addition to the draw of the dynamic landscape, including the ...

Over-the-Counter Access to Hormonal Contraception: ACOG Committee Opinion Summary, Number 788
https://journals.lww.com/greenjournal/Fulltext/2019/10000/Over_the_Counter_Access_to_Hormonal_Contraception_.41.aspx
Obstetrics & Gynecology;

Sep 24th, 2019 - ABSTRACT: Barriers to access are one reason for inconsistent or nonuse of contraception. The requirement for a prescription can be an obstacle for some contraceptive users. Several studies have demonstrated that women are capable of using self-screening tools to determine their eligibility for hormonal contraceptive use. Pelvic and breast examinations, cervical cancer screening, and sexually tr...

Screening and Management of the Hyperandrogenic Adolescent
https://www.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Adolescent-Health-Care/Screening-and-Management-of-the-Hyperandrogenic-Adolescent

Sep 23rd, 2019 - Although androgen excess can manifest in many ways, the most common and recognizable symptoms are hirsutism and acne. Reports of hirsutism and acne should be taken seriously because of their possible association with medical disorders, their substantial effect on self-esteem and quality of life, and the potential for psychosocial morbidity. In patients with symptoms of androgen excess, the diff...

Are Antihistamines and Steroids Helpful for Anaphylaxis?
https://www.jwatch.org/na49921/2019/09/24/are-antihistamines-and-steroids-helpful-anaphylaxis

Sep 23rd, 2019 - David J. Amrol, MD reviewing Gabrielli S et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2019 Sep/Oct

Prevention, Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Chronic Kidney Disease: Synopsis of the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes 2018 Clinical Practice Guideline
https://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2751913/prevention-diagnosis-evaluation-treatment-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-chronic-kidney

Sep 23rd, 2019 - Description: The Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) 2018 clinical practice guideline for the prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an extensive update of KDIGO's 2008 guideline on HCV infection in CKD. This update reflects the major advances since the introduction of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs...

Sjögren’s Syndrome in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus - a Subset Characterized by a Systemic Inflammatory State
http://www.jrheum.org/content/early/2019/09/11/jrheum.190250
J Rheumatology; Ruacho G, et al

Sep 20th, 2019 - Secondary Sjögren’s syndrome (SLE-sSS) is an often-neglected subset of patients with Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Furthermore, primary Sjögren’s syndrome overlaps and can be difficult to delineate from SLE. To shed light on the SLE-sSS subset, we investigated a large and well-characterized SLE cohort comparing patients with SLE-sSS versus SLE patients without SS (SLE-nonsSS) and controls.