• For opioid-related hospitalizations, men and women are equal

    on June 22nd, 2017
    Equality is not always a good thing, particularly with opioids. In 2005, the rate of opioid-related inpatient hospital stays was 145.6 per 100,000 population for males of all ages and 127.8 for females of all ages. By 2014, however, equality had arrived: Females had a rate of 224.1 per 100,000, comp[...]
  • Apomorphine pump dramatically decreases ‘off’ time in Parkinson’s

    on June 20th, 2017
    AT AAN 2017 BOSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The most rigorous study of its kind suggests that apomorphine subcutaneous infusion (APO) via pump can substantially reduce ‘off’ time when conventional therapy fails to control dyskinesias in patients with Parkinson’s disease. “When a patient[...]
  • Most arrhythmia clinic patients have undetected OSA

    on June 19th, 2017
    AT SLEEP 2017 BOSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – In a study of patients without a previous diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), 85% of participants in outpatient arrhythmia clinics had undetected OSA. The study, which also excluded patients who had ever been treated for OSA, was presented by[...]
  • Fewer early neurologic complications with TAVR than SAVR

    on June 18th, 2017
    AT EuroPCR Paris (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Patients with severe aortic stenosis at intermediate operative risk have a significantly lower 30-day risk of stroke and other neurologic complications with transcatheter aortic valve replacement than with surgical replacement, according to new results f[...]
  • Cancer, heart disease increase MRSA mortality

    on June 16th, 2017
    FROM INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES Cancer, heart, and neurologic disease are associated with significantly higher 30-day mortality from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to a study that also showed mortality rates have changed little in 9 years. A retrospec[...]
  • Daytime sleepiness linked to subsequent brain amyloid

    on June 16th, 2017
    AT SLEEP 2017 BOSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Daytime sleepiness in cognitively intact older adults was significantly associated with subsequent neuroimaging evidence of brain amyloid deposition, according to a data analysis presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep So[...]
  • Pregnancy and MS: How do they affect each other?

    on June 15th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS AT THE CMSC ANNUAL MEETING NEW ORLEANS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Multiple sclerosis has little to no impact on the ability to conceive, on pregnancy, or on fetal status, according to Patricia K. Coyle, MD. “That’s very reassuring,” Dr. Coyle said at the annual meeting of the[...]
  • What’s the evidence for stopping DMTs in MS patients?

    on June 13th, 2017
    AT THE CMSC ANNUAL MEETING NEW ORLEANS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – There appear to be four clinical situations “when it might be reasonable to open up conversations with patients about discontinuation of DMTs,” Devyn Parsons said at the annual meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Cen[...]
  • Vets with TBIs are more likely to develop Parkinson’s

    on June 12th, 2017
    AT AAN 2017 BOSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – New research finds that military veterans who suffered mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) faced more than 1.5 times the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease (PD), compared with other veterans over up to 12 years of follow-up. The risk doubled for[...]
  • Risks of keeping controlled substances in office tilt away from benefits

    on June 9th, 2017
    I don’t stack narcotics in my office. Never have, never will. Honestly, in this day and age, I don’t understand why anyone would. I get the occasional patient with a bad migraine who wants to come in for “a shot.” Sorry, I don’t carry that. I suppose I could carry Ketorolac, but I try to [[...]
  • Revisions coming to McDonald Criteria for MS

    on June 9th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS AT THE CMSC ANNUAL MEETING NEW ORLEANS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Changes are coming to the current McDonald Criteria for diagnosing multiple sclerosis, primarily because of advances in the understanding of MS since the criteria were last updated in 2010. Such advances include the [...]
  • Low-dose aspirin bests dual-antiplatelet therapy in TAVR

    on June 8th, 2017
    AT EUROPCR PARIS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Single-antiplatelet therapy with low-dose aspirin following transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) reduced the occurrence of major adverse events, compared with guideline-recommended dual-antiplatelet therapy (DAPT), in the randomized ARTE trial. [...]
  • Immune-agonist combo has activity against several tumor types

    on June 5th, 2017
    AT ASCO 2017 CHICAGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS)– A combination of the programmed death 1 (PD-1) inhibitor nivolumab (Opdivo) with an experimental immune-enhancing monoclonal antibody induced clinical responses in patients with several different solid tumor types, including some patients who had dise[...]
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