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Fewer anti-VEGF injections needed over time

BOSTON — A real-world look at the treat-and-extend regimen of anti-VEGF agents for treating neovascular age-related macular degeneration showed improved vision in patients with fewer injections per year, according to a poster presented at the American Soci ...

Constant Anxiety Won't Save the World

It’s contagious.” Just as social media allowed fake news to spread untrammeled through ideological ...

Prevent Blindness advocates for essential health benefits, children’s vision

Prevent Blindness is committed to protecting the children’s vision benefits included in the Affordable Care Act as well as the critical services provided through Medicaid, the group announced in a press release.“Each Congressional attempt at health care re ...

Tissue plasminogen activator resolves submacular hemorrhage

BOSTON — A tissue plasminogen activator and pneumatic displacement of submacular hemorrhage offered nearly a 90% success rate for patients in a poster presented at the American Society of Retina Specialists meeting. Colin S. Tan, MBBS, MMed (Ophth), FRCSEd ...

Ten-year-old rape victim gives birth in India

A ten-year-old rape victim whose plea for an abortion was rejected by India's Supreme Court has given birth to a baby girl, a doctor said. ...

Breakthrough in peanut allergy research

Australian researchers have reported a major breakthrough in the relief of deadly peanut allergy with the discovery of a long-lasting treatment they say offers hope that a cure will soon be possible. ...

Sports clubs good for mental health

Being an active member of a sports club has a positive impact on mental health, irrespective of age or gender, a new study has found. According Austrian researchers, while social networking is increasingly popular thanks to things like Facebook, Whatsapp a ...

Seatbelts prevent more than 232 pediatric deaths each year

Although there was significant state-to-state variation in the cause of pediatric deaths resulting from motor vehicle crashes, a lack of restraints or inappropriate restraints was a leading predictor of mortality; uniform enforcement of seatbelts and restr ...

More premature babies surviving, but risk for developmental delay still high

Rates of developmental delays are still high among premature babies despite increased survival rates over the past 20 years, according to findings recently published in BMJ. “The Ages and Stages Questionnaire is the most commonly used parent-completed deve ...

WHO calls for urgent support to combat Somalian measles outbreak

WHO and its health partners urgently need support in response to a measles outbreak in Somalia, according to a press release. They are currently working with Somalian health authorities to offer essential health services.To improve outbreak response activi ...

Survey suggests partisanship doomed health care reform, public split on many ACA components

A greater Republican division on the issue of health care reform than originally thought in addition to the Democrats’ determination to not repeal the Affordable Care Act, led to the failure of health care reform efforts thus far, according to a special re ...

Survey suggests partisanship doomed health care reform, public split on many ACA components

A greater Republican division on the issue of health care reform than originally thought in addition to the Democrats’ determination to not repeal the Affordable Care Act, led to the failure of health care reform efforts thus far, according to a special re ...

State of the Art: A Start-Up Suggests a Fix to the Health Care Morass

Aledade, a tech start-up, is working to reduce health care costs while improving care. The results are on view at two medical practices in southeast Kansas. ...

Respiratory infections common in pediatric long-term care settings

Respiratory tract infections are the most commonly acquired viral illness among pediatric residents in long-term care facilities; however, the modifiable risk factors for these infections are unknown.“Infections are a leading cause of morbidity and mortali ...

Older patients at higher risk for class 2 uveal melanoma tumors

BOSTON — Class 2 uveal melanoma tumors are associated with older age, tumor size, ciliary body involvement and exudative retinal detachment, according to a poster presented at the American Society of Retina Specialists meeting.Duncan Berry, MD, and colleag ...

Sexual assault increases risk for poor mental health, suicide

Sexual assault was associated with increased risk for poorer mental health, particularly for PTSD and suicidality. “We compared people who had been sexually assaulted with those who hadn't and found a significant difference in mental health,” Emily R. ...

Heavy drinking in young adulthood elevates obesity risk

Young adults who episodically consume excessive amounts of alcohol have a higher risk of transitioning to overweight or obesity and gaining additional weight, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. These findings sug ...

Academies join forces with CDC to promote healthy contact lens habits

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Optometry have joined the CDC and its other partners to promote Contact Lens Health Week, Aug. 21 to 25.The two academies announced that this year’s theme is “Healthy habits mean healthy eye ...

VIDEO: Dejour says trochlear dysplasia should not be missed as factor for knee instability

TORONTO — At the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, David Dejour, MD, recommended the use of slice CT or MRI imaging to diagnose trochlear dysplasia. He said treatment options to treat trochlear dysplasia include trochleoplast ...

Shire applies for marketing authorization in Europe for lifitegrast

A marketing authorization application in the U.K. for lifitegrast for the treatment of dry eye disease has been validated, according to a Shire press release.If approved, lifitegrast would be the first LFA-1 antagonist to address signs and symptoms of dry ...

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