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Testosterone Therapy Is Popular, but Studies Are Mixed

Millions of men get treatments for “low T,” though efficacy is limited and evidence of its safety is lacking. ...

Exercise slows decline in Parkinson's

Exercising for less than three hours per week is linked with a slower decline in Parkinson's disease, according to a new study. Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disease, the symptoms of which include tremors, stiffness and slow movement. ...

Men more likely to have severe psoriasis

The inflammatory skin condition, psoriasis, can have a major impact on quality of life, however a new study has found that men are much more likely to suffer with severe psoriasis than women. Swedish researchers looked at almost 5,500 patients, whose psori ...

In Health Bill’s Defeat, Medicaid Comes of Age

Medicaid now covers more Americans than Medicare, and it played a major role in stopping the Republican drive to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. ...

Addiction Specialists Ponder a Potential Aid: Pot

Some clinicians think marijuana may help ease the transition out of addiction, while critics say substituting one drug for another is no solution. ...

ACP issues guidance to prevent, treat substance use disorders

Substance use disorders related to illicit and prescription drugs, including opioids, can be effectively prevented and treated through public and individual health interventions, according to a position paper drafted by ACP’s Health and Public Policy Commi ...

European Commission approves adalimumab biosimilar for treatment of RA, PsA, AS, JIA

The European Commission has approved Amgevita, a biosimilar to adalimumab, for the treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, severe active ankylosing spondylitis, severe axial spondyloarthritis without radiographic evidence ...

Virtual glucose management improves glycemic control in hospitalized patients

A virtual glucose management service reduced hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia among hospitalized patients, according to findings published in Annals of Internal Medicine. “The involvement of diabetes specialists and impatient diabetes teams can reduce length ...

AAP offers strategies to address needs of children in kinship families

The AAP recently issued a policy statement offering guidelines and strategies for pediatricians to address the unique needs of children living with nonparental family members.Approximately 2.5 million children in the U.S. were living with a family member t ...

Meditation may reduce drug-related deaths

Recent findings suggested that group mediation may affect collective stress and, in turn, reduce stress-related indicators of public health, including drug-related mortality and infant mortality rates.“Meta-analysis of research on individuals practicing Tr ...

WHO releases ethics guidance to protect rights of patients with TB

WHO recently issued new tuberculosis ethics guidance that outlines key obligations for countries that implement the End TB Strategy to protect patients’ rights. According to WHO, communities that are most affected by TB include refugees, prisoners, ethnic ...

Surveillance in high risk patients with NAFLD key to preventing, delaying HCC

WASHINGTON — Increasing rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes in patients has been associated with a high risk for hepatocellular carcinoma following the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, according to a presenter at Emerging Trends in Non-Al ...

AADE survey: Medicare competitive bidding system limits access, choice of diabetes test supplies

The latest round of Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program for diabetes testing supplies reduced beneficiary choice and access to commonly used diabetes testing supplies, adversely affecting patient outcomes, according to a survey released by the American ...

VIDEO: Rheumatologists should consider sleep, wellness in treatment of patients

NEW YORK — At the Interdisciplinary Autoimmune Summit, Rakesh Jain, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, and Saundra Jain, at the University of Texas School of Nursing, spoke about the similarities i ...

Adolescent e-cigarette use may not lead to combustible cigarette use

Previously published data suggesting that people, especially teenagers, who use electronic cigarettes are more likely to start smoking combustible cigarettes may not be accurate, according to findings published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.“The national ...

Ethicon acquires Torax, Linx procedure for GERD

Ethicon, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, announced it has acquired Torax Medical and its Linx Reflux Management System for magnetic sphincter augmentation therapy for GERD.The acquisition expands Ethicon’s portfolio of minimall ...

Prevalence of fatty liver disease risk factors varies by ethnicity, region

WASHINGTON — Independent risk factors and prevalence of risk factors related to the development of fatty liver disease vary among ethnicities and regional location, according to a presenter at Emerging Trends in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.“There are ...

Study expands dosing options for Aristada

Data presented at the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research indicated a higher dose of Aristada may be safe and effective for a two-month dose interval, potentially expanding dosing options of aripiprazole treatments.“Schizophrenia is a complex ...

NIH investigates single vaccine to protect against several mosquito-borne viruses

Infectious Disease News. “Having a vaccine that would protect against these diseases and generally against ...

Global Health: As Cholera Spreads, Somalia Begins Vaccination Campaign

There are few options for treating cholera in this desperately poor country. Vaccination may be the only way to contain the outbreak. ...

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