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  • FDA approves rituximab + hyaluronidase human for FL, DLBCL, and CLL

    on June 22nd, 2017
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved rituximab plus hyaluronidase human for adult patients with follicular lymphoma (FL), diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The combination product, to be marketed as Rituxan Hycela, is administered subcutaneously,[...]
  • Weekly buprenorphine depot effective for opioid use disorder

    on June 22nd, 2017
    FROM JAMA Psychiatry A weekly subcutaneous buprenorphine depot could improve adherence and reduce the potential for misuse, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and published simultaneously June 22 in JAMA Psychiatry. In a phase II, doubl[...]
  • ACIP approves new hepatitis A vaccine draft recommendations

    on June 22nd, 2017
    FROM ACIP MEETING The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approved new recommendations for hepatitis A vaccinations, including a focus on catch up vaccines for adolescents and those over age 40 years. While hepatitis A cases have dropped[...]
  • FDA advisory committee supports new CV liraglutide indication

    on June 22nd, 2017
    A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted 17-2 in support of a supplemental new drug application for liraglutide (Victoza) injections to reduce the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events in adults with type 2 diabetes and established cardiovascular disease. Novo Nordisk, the maker[...]
  • Surgeon volume affects mitral valve surgery outcomes

    on June 21st, 2017
    FROM THE AATS ANNUAL MEETING AND THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY CHICAGO – A total annual surgeon volume of fewer than 25 operations was associated with increased 1-year mortality and reoperation rates, according to a study presented at the 2017 American Association for Thoracic [...]
  • Breastfeeding may reduce moms’ stroke risk

    on June 21st, 2017
    FROM THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION Breastfeeding not only benefits babies; it also may lower the risk for a heart attack or stroke later in life for mothers who breastfeed more than for women who don’t. The findings, which were published online June 21 in the Journal of the America[...]
  • USPSTF recommends screening children, adolescents for obesity

    on June 20th, 2017
    FROM JAMA Children and adolescents aged 6 years and older should be screened for obesity and referred to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions with at least 26 hours of intervention contact, according to a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement that was published on[...]
  • Prophylaxis prevents PCP in rheumatic disease patients

    on June 15th, 2017
    AT THE EULAR 2017 CONGRESS MADRID (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The benefits of primary prophylaxis for pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) outweighed the risks of treatment in patients taking prolonged, high-dose corticosteroids for various rheumatic diseases in a study presented at the European Congress o[...]
  • VIDEO: No cancer risk found from biological DMARDs

    on June 15th, 2017
    AT THE EULAR 2017 CONGRESS MADRID (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Additional real-world evidence confirmed that biological disease modifying drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis produced no spikes in new cancers or in cancer recurrences in registry data from tens of thousands of Swedish patients. A[...]
  • OSA in pregnancy linked to congenital anomalies

    on June 14th, 2017
    AT SLEEP 2017 BOSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Newborns exposed to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in utero are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with congenital anomalies, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. The researchers’ [...]
  • Whole blood PCR improves diagnosis of pediatric bacterial sepsis

    on June 14th, 2017
    AT ESPID 2017 MADRID (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Whole blood multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) holds considerable promise as a rapid noninvasive test to improve diagnosis of life-threatening bacterial infections in children with suspected sepsis yet negative blood cultures, Clare Thakker, M[...]
  • REMOVAL: Metformin may reduce cardiac risk in type 1 diabetes but doesn’t improve glucose control

    on June 12th, 2017
    AT THE ADA ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS SAN DIEGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Findings from the landmark 3-year REMOVAL trial find that metformin could hold potential as a tool to reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in patients with type 1 diabetes. But – in a challenge to current British and [...]
  • CDC: First-trimester Zika infection had highest rate of birth defects

    on June 8th, 2017
    FROM MMWR One in 12 infant or fetus born to mothers from the U.S. territories with laboratory-confirmed Zika infection during the first trimester had a birth defect possibly-associated with the infection, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Overall, there were 3,9[...]
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