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Supply of care unequal across Ireland

There are large inequalities in the supply of community health and social care services, such as GPs, social workers and nursing home beds, throughout the country, a new study has found. According to the findings from the Economic and Social Research Insti ...

Disability regulation has had positive impact

The regulation of Ireland's disability sector has led to improvements in services, however major challenges remain when it comes to the safeguarding of vulnerable people, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has said. It has just publis ...

Isotonic glycerol-sodium hyaluronate drops relieve symptoms of Sjögren’s-related dry eye

Three-month use of an eye drop containing isotonic glycerol and 0.015% sodium hyaluronate resulted in a significant improvement in dry eye symptoms in patients with Sjögren’s syndrome-related dry eye, without the need for traditional anti-inflammatory agen ...

Europe embraces, FDA rejects use of SGLT inhibitors for type 1 diabetes

In the spring, the European Commission approved two non-insulin oral agents for use as adjuncts to insulin for adults with type 1 diabetes: dapagliflozin, an SGLT2 inhibitor previously approved for type 2 diabetes, and sotagliflozin, a first-in-class dual ...

Sanofi signs deal for exclusive over-the-counter rights to Tamiflu

Sanofi announced that it signed a deal with Roche for exclusive over-the-counter rights to Tamiflu to prevent and treat influenza in the U.S. The company will now be responsible for negotiating the switch to over-the counter (OTC) with the FDA, in addition ...

Guest commentary: New facts about the gut microbiome that may be surprising

In this guest commentary, Samantha Nazareth, MD, FACG, a gastroenterologist in private practice, offers several take-home messages from the Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit 2019, organized by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the ...

WHO: Pretreatment HIV drug resistance exceeds 10% in many places

Among adults initiating ART, levels of pretreatment HIV drug resistance to two non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, or NNRTIs, exceeded 10% in 12 of 18 countries reporting data to WHO between 2014 and 2018, and resistance was particularly high ...

Ivacaftor may reduce respiratory infections in cystic fibrosis

Among patients with cystic fibrosis, the use of ivacaftor was associated with a 32% reduction in the rate of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection and a 15% reduction in the rate of Staphylococcus aureus infection over time, according to data published in the A ...

Syphilis cases reach all-time high in Europe, up 70% in 7 years

hepatitis, said in a news release. “The increases in syphilis infections ...

Eating vegetables may protect against post-renal transplantation diabetes

By eating roughly 6 oz of vegetables per day, adults who undergo renal transplantation can cut their chances of developing posttransplantation diabetes by more than half, according to findings published in Diabetes Care. “Although transplantation-specific ...

FDA approves Ruxience, biosimilar to Rituxan, for lymphoma, leukemia

The FDA approved rituximab-pvvr, a biosimilar to rituximab, for multiple indications. Rituximab-pvvr (Ruxience, Pfizer) is the second biosimilar to rituximab (Rituxan; Genentech, Biogen) to be approved in the United States. Four of the indications for ritu ...

19 Deaths in Costa Rica Tied to Tainted Alcohol, Officials Say

Health officials confiscated 30,000 bottles of alcohol and suspect the deaths were caused by methanol poisoning. ...

Cynthia Owsley honored by Prevent Blindness

The 2019 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health was awarded to Cynthia Owsley, PhD, MSPH, at the Prevent Blindness: Focus on Eye Health National Summit. The award recognizes contributions to vision and eye health at the community, s ...

FDA clears LPCN 1144 investigative NASH therapy for expanded trials

Lipocine received clearance from the FDA to clinically investigate LPCN 1144 in an expanded target population of men with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, according to a press release. Previously, investigation of LPCN 1144 was limited to only testing patient ...

Mediterranean diet reduces risk for gestational diabetes, maternal weight gain

Pregnant women who consumed a Mediterranean-style diet had a lower risk for gestational diabetes and reported less weight gain, according to findings recently published in PLoS One. The authors also concluded that these eating habits did not lower the over ...

Senators announce bipartisan plan to lower drug prices

Two lawmakers introduced legislation today that they said would lower the price of prescription drugs for Americans, according to a press release. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said the bill ...

Commission offers ways to improve physical health of people with mental illness

The Lancet Psychiatry Commission, a global taskforce of mental health experts, presented key targets, emerging strategies and recommendations for improving physical health outcomes in people with mental illness. To protect the physical health of people wit ...

A million homes lined up for energy bill cuts

Ministers admit much more needs to be done to reach fuel poverty targets One million more homes in England could be in line for help to cut their energy bills under the government’s latest strategy to tackle fuel poverty. Ministers plan to change the way ...

Operative costs account for most expenses in shoulder arthroplasty

Published results showed operative costs were associated with most short-term costs in shoulder arthroplasty. “Most of the costs associated with shoulder arthroplasty occur in the operating room and most of the operating room costs are associated with the ...

Bailey removed as chairperson of Oireachtas committee

Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey has been removed as Chairperson of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing. ...

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