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  • CDC reports two new Zika-related pregnancy losses

    on March 24th, 2017
    The first pregnancy losses with Zika-related birth defects since last summer were reported March 14 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two new cases were reported to the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry between Feb. 21 and March 14 – the time period covered by the most recent release o[...]
  • Foreign doctors may lose U.S. jobs after visa program suspension

    on March 24th, 2017
    While much of the drama surrounding the Trump administration’s immigration policy has centered on the so-called travel ban, changes to a specialized visa program may have a bigger impact on foreign doctors in the United States and the employers who hope to hire them. Starting April 3, U.S. Citizen[...]
  • Spousal suicide linked to higher risk of mental, physical disorders

    on March 22nd, 2017
    FROM JAMA PSYCHIATRY The spouses of people who died by suicide are at increased risk of mental health disorders, physical problems, and social health problems within 5 years of their partner’s death, based on data from a cohort study of about 7 million adults in Denmark. The findings were publishe[...]
  • Levosimendan does not improve 30-day mortality following cardiac surgery

    on March 21st, 2017
    FROM ESICM CONGRESS 2017 Adding a low dose of levosimendan to the standard care for patients on perioperative hemodynamic support does not improve outcomes to any significant extent, according to the findings of a new study presented at the annual congress of the European Society of Intensive Care M[...]
  • Dexmedetomidine improves sedation in sepsis

    on March 21st, 2017
    FROM ISICEM Use of dexmedetomidine improved sedation among ventilated patients with sepsis, but did not significantly cut mortality rates or increase ventilator-free days in a multicenter, open-label randomized controlled trial. Twenty-eight days after the start of mechanical ventilation, cumulative[...]
  • Cardiovascular disease most common cause of death in CRC survivors

    on March 20th, 2017
    AT SSO 2017 SEATTLE (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Improvements in diagnosis and treatment have lengthened the survival time of patients with colorectal cancer, but the majority of deaths from CRC occur within the first 5 years. According to new findings presented at the annual Society of Surgical Onc[...]
  • Resident Match Day 2017: Record number of applicants and matches

    on March 17th, 2017
    Once again, a record was set for both the number of slots available for residency programs and the number of positions filled during the 2017 Main Residency Match. This is the fifth straight year the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) has reported growth, with 35,969 applicants submitting the[...]
  • Trump administration floats 18% budget cut to HHS

    on March 16th, 2017
    The Department of Health & Human Services would see an 18% funding cut under the first budget proposal from the Trump administration. The proposal , submitted to Congress March 16, would cut $15.1 billion from fiscal 2017 levels, funding the agency at $69 billion for fiscal year 2018. More than [...]
  • FDA approves ribociclib for HR+, HER2– advanced breast cancer

    on March 14th, 2017
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved ribociclib, a cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) 4/6 inhibitor, in combination with an aromatase inhibitor as initial endocrine-based therapy for the treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor[...]
  • More pushback from docs after CBO scores GOP health care plan

    on March 14th, 2017
    Physician groups continue to push back against a Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act following a Congressional Budget Office analysis that showed up to 24 million patients would not be insured under the plan. According to the CBO analysis , 14 million more patients would be[...]
  • Isolated tumor cells did not predict progression in endometrial cancer

    on March 14th, 2017
    AT THE ANNUAL MEETING ON WOMEN’S CANCER NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Patients with endometrial cancer should not receive adjuvant chemotherapy or radiotherapy solely because they have isolated tumor cells in their sentinel lymph nodes, Marie Plante, MD, said during an oral pre[...]
  • No benefit found for routine inpatient rehab after knee replacement

    on March 14th, 2017
    FROM JAMA A new randomized study from Australia suggests that for many patients, brief inpatient rehabilitation after knee replacement provides no benefits in several measures, compared with rehab at home. However, “we are not concluding that there is no role for inpatient rehabilitation after kne[...]
  • Universal preterm birth screening not ready for prime time

    on March 14th, 2017
    FROM JAMA Two screens to predict spontaneous preterm birth in low-risk women, which were rapidly adapted into clinical practice despite a lack of supportive evidence, proved to have little predictive value in a large cohort study. Transvaginal ultrasound examination for short cervical length and qua[...]
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