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  • Doublet for BRAF-Mutant Colon Cancer Heads to FDA
    on 25/01/2020 at 6:45 pm

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- SAN FRANCISCO -- Only the two-drug combination of encorafenib (Braftovi) plus cetuximab (Erbitux) will undergo regulatory review by the FDA for metastatic BRAF-mutant colorectal cancer at this time, a researcher reported here...

  • Two Biologics on Par for Controlling Arthralgias in IBD
    on 25/01/2020 at 6:00 pm

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- AUSTIN -- Vedolizumab (Entyvio) was just as effective as infliximab (Remicade) in controlling arthralgias among patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a head-to-head comparison presented here. Among 154...

  • Colectomies for UC Decline in the Era of Biologics
    on 25/01/2020 at 5:30 pm

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- AUSTIN -- Fewer colectomies are being performed among newly hospitalized patients with ulcerative colitis in the era of modern biologics, according to an analysis of 2009-2017 data. Among patients at Kaiser Permanente healthcare...

  • Where Did Wuhan Coronavirus First Land in the U.S.?
    on 25/01/2020 at 5:00 pm

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  • Physiological Stress Measures Predict Ulcerative Colitis Flares
    on 25/01/2020 at 3:00 pm

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- AUSTIN -- Patients with higher levels of stress reactivity had more frequent ulcerative colitis flares, according to a small study presented here. Among 93 patients with ulcerative colitis in symptomatic remission, those with...

  • Staving Off Sepsis; Bleeding and Fibroids: It's Double T Healthwatch!
    on 25/01/2020 at 2:00 pm

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- Double T Healthwatch 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...

  • Study IDs 'Standard' Chemo for BRCA, PALB2 Pancreatic Cancer
    on 25/01/2020 at 11:00 am

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- SAN FRANCISCO -- Gemcitabine (Gemzar) plus cisplatin should be considered a standard for metastatic pancreatic cancer patients with germline BRCA or PALB2 mutations, experts here said. In a randomized phase II trial of 50...

  • Social Media for Preventative Care? The High Cost of Generics
    on 25/01/2020 at 10:00 am

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- Can social media improve preventative care? Raina M. Merchant, MD, MSHP, discusses how these expansive online social networks could help connect patients and provide information ~ Evaluating the Potential Role of Social Media...

  • iMedicalApps: Spiro Calculator
    on 24/01/2020 at 7:00 pm

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- Whether evaluating patients for asthma or for COPD, spirometry is a critical and required part of the diagnostic process. Some primary care practices perform office spirometry, while many of us refer patients to PFT clinics and...

  • Could Novel Coronavirus Become Low-Level Pandemic?
    on 24/01/2020 at 6:30 pm

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- So far, this novel coronavirus from China (2019-nCoV) appears to be a milder virus than SARS, but that could mean it has the potential to spread further and wider than SARS, researchers argued. While the virus seems "relatively...

  • Artificial Intelligence Adds to Resume for Image Analysis
    on 24/01/2020 at 6:00 pm

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- A risk score derived from a form of artificial intelligence (AI) outperformed breast density as a predictor of future breast cancer risk, data from a retrospective chart review showed. Evaluation of mammograms by means of an...

  • Expert Panel: Time to Unleash Drug Treatments for Addiction
    on 24/01/2020 at 5:30 pm

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- A National Academies panel on Thursday urged radical changes in state and federal law to improve treatment and prevention of opioid use disorder, which in turn would cut the nation's infectious disease burden. The committee...

  • 'A Big Heads Up to the Rest of the World': What We Heard This Week
    on 24/01/2020 at 5:00 pm

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- "It's a little more complex than just a binary true-false, but ... it shouldn't have to be complicated." -- Alexander Bick, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School in Boston, on the lack of paid maternity leave policies available...

  • Cheaper Lilly Insulins Coming Soon; Timing Menopause Onset
    on 24/01/2020 at 4:30 pm

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- Eli Lilly said cheaper versions of two of its insulins -- Humalog Mix75/25 KwikPen (insulin lispro protamine and insulin lispro injectable suspension 100 units/mL) and Humalog Junior KwikPen (insulin lispro injection 100 units...

  • Visual Snow is Real
    on 24/01/2020 at 4:00 pm

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- Visual snow syndrome (VSS) -- a disorder in which patients experience persistent tiny flickering dots that resemble analog television static in their visual field -- likely represents a clinical continuum with different degrees...

  • HHS: Calif.'s Abortion Coverage Mandate Violates Federal Law
    on 24/01/2020 at 3:30 pm

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- WASHINGTON -- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent California a letter saying that the state's mandatory abortion coverage rule for insurers violates federal law and could result in federal funding for the...

  • Is that a Centipede I See in My Capsule??
    on 24/01/2020 at 3:00 pm

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- In this "in-between-isode" of our podcast Anamnesis, MedPage Today Editor-in-Chief Marty Makary, MD, MPH, interviews author Katherine Eban about her recently published book, Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug...

  • Marty Time: Bottle of Lies
    on 24/01/2020 at 3:00 pm

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- Editor in Chief Marty Makary, MD, MPH, interviews author Katherine Eban about her recently published book, Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom. Read the transcript here. From the back cover: From an award...

  • No Survival Benefit With Avelumab Maintenance in Gastric Cancer
    on 24/01/2020 at 2:45 pm

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- SAN FRANCISCO -- So-called switch maintenance with an immune checkpoint inhibitor failed to improve overall survival (OS) in treatment-naive HER2-negative advanced gastric or gastroesophageal junction cancer, results of a phase...

  • Pediatric IBD: Lymphoma Risk Very Low With Anti-TNF Agents
    on 24/01/2020 at 2:30 pm

    ]]>(MedPage Today) -- AUSTIN -- Exposure to tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors was not linked to lymphoma malignancy among children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a researcher said here. Among 9,281 patients with pediatric...