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Insurer Faces $25.5m Payout After Denial of Proton Therapy
Friday, November 16, 2018
Health insurer Aetna denied proton therapy because it was 'experimental.' This jury verdict raises the possibility that other denial-of-care suits will follow. Medscape Medical News
CBT May Reduce Pain, Decrease Opioid Use
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Cognitive behavioral therapy, offered in-office or online, may reduce pain and opioid use in addition to improving sleep and mood, new research suggests. Medscape Medical News
Just One Energy Drink Reduces Endothelial Function
Thursday, November 15, 2018
A new study shows that consuming just one can of an energy drink was linked to an almost 50% reduction in arterial dilation, which could lead to problems, particularly during exercise. Medscape Medical News
U.S. FDA Will Ban Flavored E-cigarettes at U.S. Convenience Stores
Thursday, November 15, 2018
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced sweeping new restrictions on flavored tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes popular among teenagers, in an effort to prevent a new generation of nicotine addicts. Reuters Health I...
Unique Brain Pattern May Predict Schizophrenia Conversion
Thursday, November 15, 2018
A recently discovered pattern of brain activity may predict the onset of schizophrenia long before the first appearance of symptoms, new research suggests. Medscape Medical News
Low-Carbohydrate Diets May Increase Energy Expenditure
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Study finds that people consuming a lower-carbohydrate diet following weight loss have greater energy expenditure compared with a higher-carb diet, but methodology called into question. Medscape Medical News
MSI CRC Not Responding to Immunotherapy: Is it Misdiagnosis?
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Patients with MSI-H tumors who do not initially respond to immunotherapy are presumed to have primary resistance. But there is the tantalizing possibility that they may have been misdiagnosed. Medscape Medical News
Mobile Apps Help Patients Cope With Pain
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Mobile apps that track pain levels, sleep, mood, and activity are improving patient outcomes, new research shows. Medscape Medical News
Concomitant Use of AD Meds Tied to Faster Decline in Trials
Thursday, November 15, 2018
The use of cholinesterase inhibitors or memantine must be accounted for in the design and analysis of Alzheimer's disease trial data to prevent erroneous conclusions, researchers say. Medscape Medical News
In Older Hep B Patients, Carcinoma Surveillance Is Advised
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Patients older than 50 years should still be screened for hepatocellular carcinoma after the 5 years of therapy for chronic hepatitis B, new research shows. Medscape Medical News
Strategy for STD Surge: Treat Partners Without a Doctor Visit
Thursday, November 15, 2018
In response to a nationwide surge in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and to prevent re-infection, physicians are prescribing antibiotics for patients as well as patients' partners. Kaiser Health News
FDA Panels Recommend Approval of Abuse-Deterrent IR Oxycodone
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Two FDA advisory committees voted 10-7 for recommending approval for a new abuse-deterrent formulation of immediate-release (IR) oxycodone to treat adult patients with severe pain. Medscape Medical News
Office Visits to Primary Care Physicians Down Sharply
Thursday, November 15, 2018
The decline in office visits to primary care physicians from 2012 to 2016 was partially offset by increases in visits to nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Medscape Medical News
Long-Term Phentermine for Weight Loss Appears Safe, Effective
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Retrospective study not definitive, but lends support to extending use of the generic commonly used obesity drug beyond the short-term label indication. Medscape Medical News
T-TIME: Low-dose Alteplase No Match for Microvascular Obstruction
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Microvascular obstruction, perceived as the 'final frontier' in ST-segment elevation MI, failed to yield to low-dose intracoronary alteplase. Medscape Medical News
Teenage Obesity & Fourfold Increase in Risk for Pancreatic Cancer
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Data linking two large Israeli databases suggest that obesity during teenage years increases the risk for adult pancreatic cancer fourfold. Being overweight increases the risk twofold. Medscape Medical News
Stem Cell Adjunct to LVAD Trial Negative, But 'Intriguing'
Thursday, November 15, 2018
A new study did not show overall benefit on cardiac function, but there did appear to be an improvement in patients with ischemic heart failure and a large reduction in GI bleeding. Medscape Medical News
Downplaying Drug Toxicity in Oncology Clinical Trials
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Incomplete reporting that downplayed drug-related adverse events was identified in 43% of reports of cancer drug trials published by top medical journals. Medscape Medical News
Ebola May Have Long-Term Neurological Sequelae
Friday, November 16, 2018
Ebola virus disease (EVD) survivors may have long-term neurological complications that are not well understood, according to a new case series. Reuters Health Information
SGLT2 Inhibitor Amputation Risk Seen in Real-World Diabetes Study
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
The risk of lower limb amputations and diabetic ketoacidosis associated with use of SGLT2 inhibitors for type 2 diabetes are notable but small, the Scandinavian authors note. Medscape Medical News