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ACA Repeal-and-Replace Preview Gets Down to Dollars
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Tax credits for individuals to buy insurance coverage post-ACA would range from $2000 to $4000 per year, depending on a person's age. Medscape Medical News
Midlife Vascular Risk Factors Drive Dementia Later in Life
Friday, February 24, 2017
Vascular risk factors present in midlife raise the risk for dementia later in life, new research confirms. Diabetes is associated with an Alzheimer's risk as high as that seen with carrying the APOE epsilon-4 allele. Medscape Medical News
Interoperability, Reducing Burden Top Health IT Agenda
Friday, February 24, 2017
The new Trump administration has set efficient information-sharing and the easing of inconveniences faced by providers as key health information technology priorities. Medscape Medical News
FDA Advisory Panel Cautiously Optimistic on Sentinel Embolic-Protection Device for TAVR
Friday, February 24, 2017
Spared a formal vote on the first-in-class device for transcatheter aortic-valve replacement, FDA advisers wrestled with an imperfect pivotal trial. Heartwire from Medscape
Ticagrelor May Best Aspirin in Stroke of Atherosclerotic Origin
Friday, February 24, 2017
Ticagrelor was not superior to aspirin for preventing stroke recurrence in the SOCRATES trial, but subgroup analysis suggests it may be more effective in strokes related to ipsilateral atherosclerotic stenosis. Medscape Medical News
CardioMEMS PA-Pressure Sensor Performs in Practice as in Trials
Friday, February 24, 2017
Pulmonary-artery pressures dropped further than in clinical trials in patients implanted with the device to guide HF therapy, who also reliably transmitted their data to the remote-monitoring system Heartwire from Medscape
Response to Medscape's Nurse Career Satisfaction Survey
Friday, February 24, 2017
In response to a Medscape nurse career survey, a nursing college president says job satisfaction comes from both the inherent quality of the profession and enrichment from a quality work environment. Medscape Medical News
EMA Recommends EU Marketing of Edoxaban in Atrial Fibrillation
Friday, February 24, 2017
The recommendation is for prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in atrial fibrillation and for the treatment and prevention of DVT and PE. International Approvals
Atherosclerosis Speeds Up in Older Men on Testosterone: T Trial
Friday, February 24, 2017
"Plaque progression is bad; there's no mechanism by which this could be helpful," says the lead author. "So I would be more cautious in patients who have already had a cardiovascular event or have significant atheroscler...
CRISPR Patent Winner to Open Up About Dispute
Friday, February 24, 2017
Feng Zhang, PhD, at the podium for the first time since his contentious and widely watched court battle, will speak at the upcoming Future of Genomic Medicine Conference. Medscape Medical News
Sodium Zirconium Cyclosilicate Gets Positive EU Recommendation
Friday, February 24, 2017
The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use recommendation was based on results of three clinical trials and one ongoing open-label trial. International Approvals
Feb 24 Cardiology News
Friday, February 24, 2017
Cerebral microinfarcts, reduced-dose NOACs, quadpill for hypertension, and inappropriate ICD shocks are topics discussed by Dr John Mandrola in this week's podcast. theheart.org on Medscape
Resuming Oral Anticoagulation Benefits Even After Lobar ICH
Friday, February 24, 2017
Restarting oral anticoagulation after lobar or nonlobar ICH was associated with lower mortality, improved functional outcome, and decreased ischemic stroke risk, a new meta-analysis suggests. Medscape Medical News
Slim Evidence for Off-Label Antidepressant Prescribing
Friday, February 24, 2017
Antidepressants are often prescribed off label for a variety of indications, including insomnia and pain. But new research suggests much of this prescribing is unsupported by the evidence. Medscape Medical News
FDA Expands Use of PCT Test to Guide ABX Use in Respiratory Infections
Friday, February 24, 2017
The Vidas Brahms PCT assay can help determine whether antibiotic treatment should be started or stopped in cases of lower respiratory tract infections and stopped in cases of sepsis. FDA Approvals
TARDIS: Triple Antiplatelet Therapy No Benefit in Stroke, TIA
Friday, February 24, 2017
Triple antiplatelet therapy was not superior to guideline-recommended aspirin/dipyridamole or clopidogrel alone to prevent recurrent stroke in patients with recent stroke or TIA in the TARDIS trial. Medscape Medical News
Natpar for Hypoparathyroidism Gets Green Light in Europe
Friday, February 24, 2017
The first replacement hormone therapy for chronic hypoparathyroidism that cannot be treated with standard therapy of calcium and vitamin D, a rare disease, has passed the first hurdle for approval in the EU. International Approvals
Menopausal Hormone Therapy Tied to Fecal Incontinence
Friday, February 24, 2017
Data from the Nurses' Health Study suggest for the first time a modest but significantly greater risk for fecal incontinence tied to estrogen-replacement therapy. Medscape Medical News
Residents' Burnout May Compromise Pediatric Care
Friday, February 24, 2017
In a recent survey, nearly 40% of pediatric residents reported experiencing burnout and admitted to delivering suboptimal care as a result. Medscape Medical News
DME: Early Response to Anti-VEGF Therapy Predicts Outcome
Friday, February 24, 2017
Early response to anti-VEGF treatment predicts long-term outcome in patients with diabetic macular edema, according to a small study. Medscape Medical News