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Diabetes medication delivered by drone

In a world first, diabetes medication has been delivered to the Aran Islands by a drone. According to NUI Galway, which has been working on this project with pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk for several months, the aim is to be able to provide life savi ...

More need to consider healthcare directives

More State supports are needed to encourage adults to put in place enduring powers of attorney and advance healthcare directives, Safeguarding Ireland has said. An enduring power of attorney gives financial and legal decision making responsibility to a cho ...

Managing eczema can be costly

Managing the skin condition, eczema, can prove to be a major financial burden for some, a new survey has revealed. According to the findings, over 40% of those affected have had to cut back on their household expenditure because of the day-to-day costs of ...

Nurse numbers rise 'eclipsed by jump in patients'

Hospital admissions are rising at nearly three times the rate of the nurse workforce, the RCN says. ...

Prostate drug may slow Parkinson's disease

A medicine for enlarged prostates may benefit brain cells damaged by Parkinson's, scientists find. ...

Cabinet to discuss no deal Brexit plans as Dáil returns

The Cabinet will this morning resume discussions on plans to deal with a disorderly Brexit. ...

As Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Drags On, Untracked Cases Sow Confusion

On tour in Africa, American officials said the U.S. would keep providing aid. But Congo’s response has been uneven, and the former health minister has been jailed. ...

Virtual visits feasible for patients transitioning to home after HF: ViV-HF

PHILADELPHIA — The Virtual Visits and Heart Failure Care Transition, or ViV-HF, trial proved the feasibility of substituting inpatient visits with virtual visits for patients transitioning from hospital to home after hospitalization for HF, according to fi ...

A Shadowy Industry Group Shapes Food Policy Around the World

The International Life Sciences Institute, with branches in 17 countries, is funded by giants of the food and drug industries. ...

Some people without CVD may benefit from aspirin regimen

If one CVD event was considered to be equivalent to one major bleed, 2.5% of women and 12.1% of men without CVD were likely to have a 5-year net benefit from an aspirin regimen, researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. If one CVD event was ...

CDC activates emergency operations center for vaping-related lung illnesses

The CDC has activated its emergency operations center to augment its efforts in the current interagency investigation of cases of lung injury associated with electronic cigarette use, or vaping, according to a press release. “CDC has made it a priority to ...

Q&A: What providers need to know about congenital rubella syndrome

According to the CDC, rubella was eliminated in the United States in 2004. However, international travel can leave unvaccinated individuals vulnerable to infection. Infection is especially concerning among women of childbearing age. According to the CDC, i ...

Newly diagnosed cases of AS at increased risk for IMIDs, lower risk for RA

Newly diagnosed patients with ankylosing spondylitis in Taiwan demonstrate increased risks for multiple immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, including acute anterior uveitis, psoriasis, thromboangiitis obliterans, Behcet’s disease and sarcoidosis, accord ...

Day Care Directors Are Playing Doctor, and Parents Suffer

Many policies on children with minor ailments are unhelpful. ...

AMBER: Patiromer enables persistent spironolactone treatment in patients with hypertension, CKD

PHILADELPHIA — Concomitant use of the potassium binder patiromer enabled more patients with resistant hypertension and advanced chronic kidney disease to continue treatment with spironolactone, with less hyperkalemia, according to new data from the AMBER t ...

Platelet-rich plasma may facilitate ulcer healing

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, appears to yield healing in ulcers as it changes the matrix metalloproteinase and cytokine expression shortly after topical application, according to researchers. “These articles demonstrate that topical activated PRP or autol ...

Physicians must debunk potentially erroneous ideas about diabetes treatment plans for older adults

Contrary to management guidelines, older adults with type 2 diabetes may overemphasize additional health conditions and complications when participating in decisions to enhance or de-intensify therapy, according to findings published in JAMA Internal Medic ...

PARAGON HF Echo: RV enlargement among predictors of events in HFpEF

PHILADELPHIA — Right ventricular enlargement, left ventricular hypertrophy and elevated left- and right-sided pressures were among the predictors of HF hospitalization or CV death among patients with HF with preserved ejection fraction, according to data f ...

Low PSA levels predict lack of benefit from long-term hormone therapy after prostate surgery

Long-term antiandrogen therapy did not improve OS when administered during early salvage radiation therapy among patients with recurrent prostate cancer and low PSA scores, according to results of a secondary analysis from the randomized phase 3 NRG Oncolo ...

National survey reveals glaucoma impacts patients, care givers

Glaucoma impacts patients and care givers significantly, according to a national survey conducted by the Glaucoma Research Foundation and supported by Aerie Pharmaceuticals. “The results make our shared objectives clear,” Richard Lewis, MD, a practicing gl ...

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