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Cystic Fibrosis Colorectal Cancer Screening Consensus Recommendations.
https://doi.org/10.1053/j.gastro.2017.12.012
Gastroenterology Hadjiliadis D, Khoruts A et. al.

Dec 31st, 2017 - Improved therapy has substantially increased survival of persons with cystic fibrosis (CF). But the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) in adults with CF is 5-10 times greater compared to the general population, and 25-30 times greater in CF patients after an organ transplantation. To address this risk, the CF Foundation convened a multi-stakeholder task force to develop CRC screening recommendatio...

FDA approves first therapy to treat patients with rare blood disorder
https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-therapy-treat-patients-rare-blood-disorder
FDA FDA

Nov 9th, 2019 - Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted approval to Reblozyl (luspatercept–aamt) for the treatment of anemia (lack of red blood cells) in adult patients with beta thalassemia who require regular red blood cell (RBC) transfusions.

PRIMA Trial Reports Benefit With Niraparib Across Ovarian Cancer Subsets
https://ascopost.com/issues/november-10-2019/prima-trial-reports-benefit-with-niraparib-across-ovarian-cancer-subsets/
ASCO Post; Helwick C

Nov 9th, 2019 - In women with advanced ovarian cancer responding to first-line chemotherapy, maintenance therapy with the PARP inhibitor niraparib significantly reduced the risk of disease progression by 38% overall and by 60% in women with BRCA mutations. Even patients without a homologous recombination deficiency derived advantage from this treatment, in the phase III PRIMA/ENGOT-OV26/GOG-3012 trial presente...

Men With BRCA2 Should Be Screened for Prostate Cancer
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/921000
Medscape Davenport L

Nov 7th, 2019 - Men who carry the BRCA2 gene mutation, which is linked to breast and ovarian cancer, are at risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer and so should undergo regular prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, suggest findings from a major study.

Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma
https://www.lymphoma.org/aboutlymphoma/nhl/dlbcl/
Lymphoma Research Foundation;

Nov 6th, 2019 - Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in the United States and worldwide, accounting for about 22 percent of newly diagnosed cases of B-cell NHL in the United States. More than 18,000 people are diagnosed with DLBCL each year.

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...

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...

FDA Approves Botox® (Onabotulinumtoxina) For Pediatric Patients With Lower Limb Spasticity, Excluding Spasticity Caused By Cerebral Palsy
https://www.allergan.com/News/Details/2019/10/FDA%20Approves%20BOTOX%20onabotulinumtoxinA%20for%20Pediatric%20Patients%20with%20Lower%20Limb%20Spasticity%20Excluding%20Sp

Oct 23rd, 2019 - Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the company's supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for BOTOX® for the treatment of pediatric patients (2 to 17 years of age) with lower limb spasticity, excluding spasticity caused by cerebral palsy (CP). This marks the 11th BOTOX® therapeutic indication, having been approved for pedi...

FDA approves niraparib for HRD-positive advanced ovarian cancer
https://www.fda.gov/drugs/resources-information-approved-drugs/fda-approves-niraparib-hrd-positive-advanced-ovarian-cancer

Oct 22nd, 2019 - On October 23, 2019,the Food and Drug Administration approved niraparib (ZEJULA, Tesaro, Inc.) for patients with advanced ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer treated with three or more prior chemotherapy regimens and whose cancer is associated with homologous recombination deficiency (HRD)-positive status. HRD is defined by either a deleterious or suspected deleterious BRCA mu...

FDA approves new breakthrough therapy for cystic fibrosis
https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-new-breakthrough-therapy-cystic-fibrosis

Oct 20th, 2019 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Trikafta (elexacaftor/ivacaftor/tezacaftor), the first triple combination therapy available to treat patients with the most common cystic fibrosis mutation. Trikafta is approved for patients 12 years and older with cystic fibrosis who have at least one F508del mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene, wh...

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...

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

Oct 10th, 2019 - Two histologic types account for the majority of malignant esophageal neoplasms: adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Adenocarcinomas typically start in the lower esophagus and squamous cell carcinoma can develop throughout the esophagus. The epidemiology of these types varies markedly.

Recent Trends in the Treatment and Prognosis of Male Breast Cancer
https://ascopost.com/news/october-2019/recent-trends-in-the-treatment-and-prognosis-of-male-breast-cancer/

Oct 8th, 2019 - A recent analysis published by Yadav et al in Cancer reviewed how the treatment of male breast cancer has evolved over the years 2004 to 2014. In addition, certain patient-, tumor-, and treatment-related factors were found to be linked with better survival.

FDA approves first treatment to increase pain-free light exposure in patients with a rare disorder
https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-treatment-increase-pain-free-light-exposure-patients-rare-disorder

Oct 7th, 2019 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted approval to Scenesse (afamelanotide) to increase pain-free light exposure in adult patients with a history of phototoxic reactions (damage to skin) from erythropoietic protoporphyria.

Novartis receives FDA approval for Beovu®, offering wet AMD patients vision gains and greater fluid reductions vs aflibercept
https://www.novartis.com/news/media-releases/novartis-receives-fda-approval-beovu-offering-wet-amd-patients-vision-gains-and-greater-fluid-reductions-vs-aflibercept

Oct 7th, 2019 - Novartis today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Beovu® (brolucizumab) injection, also known as RTH258 for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD)[1]. Beovu is the first FDA approved anti-VEGF to offer both greater fluid resolution versus aflibercept and the ability to maintain eligible wet AMD patients on a three-month dosing interval immed...

Three Leading National Public Health Organizations Ring The Alarm About All-time Highs Of STDs
http://www.ncsddc.org/three-leading-national-public-health-organizations-ring-the-alarm-about-all-time-highs-of-stds/

Oct 7th, 2019 - Data released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show STDs have surged for the fifth consecutive year, reaching an all-time high in the U.S. These dangerous trends in chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis show no sign of slowing and affect millions of lives each year in the United States. Particularly worrisome is the emerging trend of newborn syphilis (congenital sy...

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.

National Update on Measles Cases and Outbreaks — United States, January 1–October 1, 2019
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6840e2.htm
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; Patel, M. et. al.

Oct 3rd, 2019 - What is already known about this topic? Measles was eliminated in the United States in 2000. High national coverage with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and rapid implementation of measles control measures prevent widespread measles transmission. What is added by this report? During January–September 2019, 1,249 U.S. measles cases were reported, the highest annual number since 1992...

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 ...

FDA approves first treatment for children with rare diseases that cause inflammation of small blood vessels
https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-treatment-children-rare-diseases-cause-inflammation-small-blood-vessels

Sep 26th, 2019 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Rituxan (rituximab) injection to treat granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) in children 2 years of age and older in combination with glucocorticoids (steroid hormones). It is the first approved treatment for children with these rare vasculitis diseases, in which a patient’s small blood vessels become infla...