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Syphilis Testing in Pregnant Women Falls Short in Zambia
on 09/11/2019 at 6:45 pm
(MedPage Today) -- PORTLAND, Oregon -- The vast majority of pregnant women in Zambia underwent HIV testing, but testing for syphilis was not nearly as common, researchers reported here. Across 13 antenatal clinics in Lusaka, 95% of the pregnant...
Does At-Home HPV Testing Boost Screening Rates?
on 09/11/2019 at 5:00 pm
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Immune Memory Post-Measles; CRC Screening Update: It's PodMed Double T!
on 09/11/2019 at 2:00 pm
(MedPage Today) -- PodMed Double T is a weekly podcast from Texas Tech. In it, Elizabeth Tracey, director of electronic media for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Rick Lange, MD, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso...
Childhood Trauma That Sticks; The Limits of Medicine; The Insulin Crisis
on 09/11/2019 at 10:00 am
(MedPage Today) -- A recent report from the CDC found that trauma experienced during childhood can have long lasting effects on a person's health. Rhitu Chatterjee explores the findings and strategies to prevent these early life traumas ~ CDC...
How EHRs Can Save Your Hide; The Consequences of a Bad Review
on 08/11/2019 at 7:00 pm
(MedPage Today) -- Welcome to this week's edition of Healthcare Career Insights. This weekly roundup highlights healthcare career-related articles culled from across the web to help you learn what's next.EHRs are often a headache for providers...
iMedicalApps: Our Journey Through High-Risk Pregnancy
on 08/11/2019 at 6:30 pm
(MedPage Today) -- Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting and enjoyable times in our patients' lives. Every prenatal visit has specific goals. And there is so much for both the patient and provider to learn before the big delivery day. But how...
Experts Tell FDA to Consider Relaxing Sterilization Standards
on 08/11/2019 at 6:00 pm
(MedPage Today) -- GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- An FDA advisory panel recommended the agency critically evaluate sterility assurance levels for medical products in its efforts to reduce ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions. The common sterilant is used to...
'It Hurts. Don't Do It': What We Heard This Week
on 08/11/2019 at 5:30 pm
(MedPage Today) -- "My grandmother told me, 'It hurts. Don't do it.' In school, our sex education consisted of a demonstration of a tampon and a jar of water." -- Kacee Homer, RN, of CAN Community Health in Sarasota, commenting on how not talking...
Outpatient Endovascular Centers Respond to Latest Policy Wins
on 08/11/2019 at 5:00 pm
(MedPage Today) -- LAS VEGAS -- Reimbursement changes are underway that may shape how outpatient endovascular suites operate, physicians said here at a roundtable session at the annual Vascular InterVentional Advances (VIVA) conference. The...
Study: Copper ICU Beds Mostly Untarnished by Bacteria
on 08/11/2019 at 4:30 pm
(MedPage Today) -- Hospital beds with copper surfaces in an intensive care unit had significantly fewer bacteria than hospital beds with plastic surfaces, even after daily cleaning and disinfection, researchers found. Active colony forming units...
ObesityWeek 2019: GERD After Surgery, Hyper-Palatable Foods, and More
on 08/11/2019 at 4:00 pm
(MedPage Today) -- LAS VEGAS -- Advancements in obesity medicine, with a heavy focus on bariatric surgery, were at the forefront of ObesityWeek 2019, the joint annual meeting of the Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric...
FDA OK's First Drug for Cooley's Anemia
on 08/11/2019 at 3:30 pm
(MedPage Today) -- WASHINGTON -- The FDA approved luspatercept (Reblozyl) on Friday to reduce the frequency of blood transfusions for adult patients with anemia related to beta thalassemia -- so-called Cooley's anemia. "When patients receive...
Clinical Challenges: Immunotherapy and Chemo in NSCLC
on 08/11/2019 at 3:00 pm
(MedPage Today) -- Several studies have shown that adding immune checkpoint inhibitors to chemotherapy is a superior approach to chemotherapy alone for treating patients with advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Does that...
Add-On Molecule May Boost CAR T-Cell Activity
on 08/11/2019 at 2:30 pm
(MedPage Today) -- NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells "armored" with an anti-PD-1 molecule led to objective responses in 12 of 13 patients with relapsed/refractory non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) in a preliminary clinical...
Vit D Flops for Kidney Protection in T2D
on 08/11/2019 at 2:00 pm
(MedPage Today) -- WASHINGTON -- Neither vitamin D nor omega-3 fatty acid supplementation showed kidney benefits for patients with type 2 diabetes, a researcher said here. Among 934 patients with diabetes, declines in estimated glomerular filtration...
Simple Tools Predict Kidney Disease
on 08/11/2019 at 2:00 pm
(MedPage Today) -- WASHINGTON -- Equations using patient characteristics and lab results collected during routine practice were capable of identifying which patients were at strong risk for developing chronic kidney disease (CKD), a researcher...
New Agent Relieves Itching for Patients on Dialysis
on 08/11/2019 at 2:00 pm
(MedPage Today) -- WASHINGTON -- A kappa opioid agonist significantly relieved itching for patients on hemodialysis, a researcher said here. Among 378 patients with moderate-to-severe pruritus, 0.5 mcg/kg intravenous difelikefalin administered...
Insomnia Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Disease
on 08/11/2019 at 1:30 pm
(MedPage Today) -- Study Authors: Bang Zheng, Canqing Yu, et al. Target Audience and Goal Statement: Cardiologists, neurologists, geriatricians, psychiatrists, internists, family medicine specialists The goal of this study was to determine the...
Vape Illness Cause: Back to Vitamin E?
on 08/11/2019 at 1:00 pm
(MedPage Today) -- CDC researchers, gathering bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples from 29 patients with lung injury tied to vaping, said they found vitamin E acetate in every single one. The finding -- reported Friday in a special Morbidity...
ACR 2019: Drug Discovery Emerges From Hibernation
on 08/11/2019 at 12:30 pm
(MedPage Today) -- ATLANTA -- The last few years have seen a slowdown in development of new agents for major rheumatologic diseases, but presentations at this year's American College of Rheumatology (ACR) meeting, set to begin here this weekend...