Aug 31st, 2021 - Topic: As schools around the U.S. reopen against the backdrop of the Delta variant -- which is causing spikes in hospitalization among kids -- teachers, school boards, and parents are faced with making major decisions about how best to keep children and staff safe. To make matters worse, the politics around back-to-school discussions have gotten messy. Guest: Tina Q. Tan, MD, professor of pedia...
Aug 30th, 2021 - A risk-based booster dose strategy for COVID-19 vaccines could target populations at risk of severe disease and those critical to the public health infrastructure, CDC staff said at a meeting of CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Monday. Though FDA has yet to review data on booster doses for COVID-19 vaccines among the general population, CDC staff presented a prelimin...
Aug 23rd, 2021 - Two blood markers, phosphorylated tau 217 (p-tau217) and phosphorylated tau 181 (p-tau181), showed strong diagnostic performances for Alzheimer's disease and discriminated Alzheimer's from frontotemporal lobar denervation (FTLD) syndromes and normal cognition, a retrospective study showed. Both plasma biomarkers distinguished Alzheimer's disease syndromes from non-Alzheimer's disease disorders ...
Aug 28th, 2021 - A prior infection from COVID-19 was more protective than vaccine-induced immunity in reducing the risk of infection and symptomatic illness from the Delta variant, according to a retrospective observational study from Israel. Those who received both doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in January or February of this year had a 13.06-fold increased risk (95% CI 8.08-21.11) of SARS-CoV-2 infectio...
Aug 25th, 2021 - Is the current COVID-19 surge a "pandemic of the unvaccinated?" No, according to Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, pediatrician and co-developer of the "The Conversation: Between Us, About Us" project to encourage more people of color to get vaccinated. "This is not a pandemic of the unvaccinated," Boyd said Wednesday at a virtual event sponsored by the Alliance for Health Policy. Instead, "what we really ex...
Nov 4th, 2020 - After promising 18-month outcomes in patients with proliferative lupus nephritis, obinutuzumab showed sustained benefits through 2 years of treatment for patients burdened with the rheumatic disease.
Nov 3rd, 2020 - As interleukin receptor (IL) inhibitors, the monoclonal antibody drug class has come to revolutionize fields of inflammatory disease care, though the utility and resourcing of such promising agents is yet to be fully refined. Namely, clinicians can stand to benefit from more biomarkers, more indications by which monoclonal antibodies are most impactful.
Sep 18th, 2020 - Bringing innovation to cancer patients. The ESMO Virtual Congress 2020 will present promising new developments aimed at improving cancer patient care. In response to the needs of the moment, the scientific programme will include a dedicated COVID-19 and cancer research track. Take part in Europe's most prestigious platform for oncology stakeholders.
Sep 7th, 2020 - ACR Convergence, the ACR's annual meeting, is a private event. Programs presented at the meeting are for the education of attendees and purchasers of recorded presentations as authorized by the American College of Rheumatology. The information and materials displayed and presented during this meeting are the property of the ACR and the presenter and cannot be photographed, copied, photocopied, ...
Sep 7th, 2020 - Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below for more information on the all-virtual ACR Convergence 2020. We will share more details as they become available in the coming weeks and months.
Jul 10th, 2020 - Tumor mutational burden is considered a hallmark indicator of a tumor’s potential for response to immunotherapy. PD-1 checkpoint inhibitors such as pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck) and nivolumab (Opdivo, Bristol-Myers Squibb) have been shown to be more effective in treating tumors with high mutational burden. However, despite having only a moderate number of mutations, advanced clear cell ren...
Jul 7th, 2020 - This essential study (Abstract 2003) highlights that health policy impacts cancer survival. It showed that age-adjusted mortality from cancer is worse in states that have not expanded access to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. There were 758 fewer cancer deaths in expansion states in 2017, and Hispanic populations had the greatest decrease in mortality under Medicaid expansion. This stud...
Jul 7th, 2020 - A study presented during the ASCO2020 Virtual Scientific Program showed ‘impressive’ use of immunotherapy for gestational trophoblastic disease, Ursula A. Matulonis, MD, of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, told Healio.
Jul 7th, 2020 - Studies presented during the ASCO2020 Virtual Scientific Program showed the benefit of validated selection tools in pursuing surgical measures for ovarian cancer relapse, Ursula A. Matulonis, MD, of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, told Healio.
Jul 6th, 2020 - The JAVELIN Bladder 100 study (LBA1) investigated the efficacy of maintenance avelumab following platinum-based chemotherapy compared to best supportive care for patients with metastatic urothelial cancer. In the trial, avelumab improved median overall survival by 21.4 months compared to 14.3 months with best supportive care. These data are practice changing, and the degree of benefit to this a...
Jul 6th, 2020 - A novel CAR T-cell therapy targeting both CD19 and CD22 showed less toxicities than current CAR T-cell therapies while producing complete response with accepted regimens, according to a study presented at ASCO2020 Virtual Scientific Program.
Jul 3rd, 2020 - Head and neck cancers account for approximately 4% of all cancers in the United States1 and are the eighth most common cancer affecting men in the United States.2 The diagnosis of recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (R/M HNSCC) carries a poor prognosis, with an overall survival (OS) of approximately 1 year.
Jul 3rd, 2020 - DESKTOP III (Abstract 6000) is a prospective, multicenter, randomized phase III study of > 400 patients with platinum-sensitive, recurrent ovarian cancer that demonstrated a clinically meaningful 7.7 month improvement in median overall survival with secondary cytoreductive surgery (53.7 months) compared with no surgery (46 months).
Jul 3rd, 2020 - The phase III HERO trial (Abstract 5602) investigated the results of relugolix, an orally bioavailable GnRH receptor antagonist, for patients with advanced prostate cancer. Treatment with relugolix resulted in superiority over leuprolide in achieving sustained testosterone suppression. Additionally, treatment was associated with faster testosterone recovery and decreased major adverse cardiovas...
Jul 2nd, 2020 - Donafenib, a deuterated derivative of sorafenib, was tested against sorafenib in the frontline setting in hepatitis B– associated hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in a large, multi-institutional study in China (Abstract 4506).