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Elderly-onset ulcerative colitis increases mortality risk

PHILADELPHIA — Patients who were diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at a later age had an increased risk for mortality compared with patients without inflammatory bowel disease, according to research presented at the American College of Gastroenterology Ann ...

Genetic sequencing yields more than 100 genes linked to autism

In a large genetic sequencing study, researchers identified 102 genes associated with autism spectrum disorder, according to findings presented at the American Society of Human Genetics 2018 annual meeting. Using this exome sequencing approach, future rese ...

Carlow woman home after 'last chance' cancer treatment

There have been emotional scenes at Dublin Airport after a young Carlow woman arrived back in Ireland following successful "last chance" cancer treatment in the United States. ...

Low-risk thyroid cancer diagnoses increasing as ultrasound use rises

The use of thyroid ultrasound as initial imaging for older adults increased by more than 20% per year between 2002 and 2013, corresponding with an increased rate of low-risk thyroid cancer diagnoses during the same period, according to an analysis of Medic ...

Roma fan not guilty of serious assault on Sean Cox

A 21-year-old Italian man has been found not guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to an Irishman outside Anfield Stadium in Liverpool earlier this year. ...

NSAID, aspirin use increases microscopic colitis risk

PHILADELPHIA – Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin — but not acetaminophen — correlated with an increased risk for microscopic colitis, according to a presentation at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting. “The influen ...

Onsite With Temple University Hospital: A Rheumatology ‘Safety Net’ For Region’s Poorest

Located in the heart of the poorest area of the nation’s poorest major city, Temple University Hospital stands as the first line of care for many rheumatology patients who would otherwise have nowhere else to go. With about 80% to 85% of its patients recei ...

Disappointed but Undaunted: Pursuing New Avenues in Lupus Drug Development

The march of scientific progress usually goes as follows: failure, failure, failure, failure, success, failure, failure, ad infinitum. Progress toward effective drug therapies often follows a similar pattern; yet even among the host of difficult to treat a ...

Lupus: A Look Back at the Discovery of the Original Diagnostic Biomarker

The cover story this month brings together a group of leaders in the space of systemic lupus erythematosus care and research who remind us that nothing comes easily in studying this enigmatic disease. However, I would like to digress for a bit to revisit h ...

CMS Allows Step Therapy for Part B Drugs: The Good and Bad News

In this column, Michael C. Schweitz, MD, tackles reader questions on a range of health policy topics illustrating the potential impact of health care reform on daily rheumatology practice. On Aug. 7, CMS issued a memo to Medicare Advantage plans that resci ...

EpiPen shortage: Chemists told to quiz parents on children's need

The guidance from NHS England relates to devices for children who weigh less than 25kg (four stone). ...

Should men with symptoms of low testosterone — but without hypogonadism — be prescribed testosterone therapy?

Click here to read the Cover Story, "New international sports rules concerning women’s hormone levels raise competitive, ethical concerns." ...

Helping people with diabetes navigate the OTC aisle

In this issue, Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN, talks with Mandy Reece, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM, BCACP, FAADE, about helping people with diabetes choose over-the-counter products for common nondiabetes ailments. Many of these therapies have effects on glucose ...

What is BSE (aka mad cow disease)?

An explanation of the disease- after a case of BSE is confirmed at a farm in Aberdeenshire. ...

Taoiseach warns of violence if hard border re-emerges

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has described Brexit as "the political equivalent of climate change" and warned of a return to violence in Ireland if a hard border re-emerges. ...

VIDEO: Presenter discusses characteristics of patients who rate reverse TSA outcomes as unchanged or worse

CHICAGO — At the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Annual Meeting, Richard J. Friedman, MD, FRCSC, discussed characteristics of patients who rate their satisfaction as unchanged or worse after reverse total shoulder arthroplasty.   ...

Social Q’s: You’re Not ‘Flu Shot People’? Then You’re Not Touching My Baby

What to do about in-laws who don’t do vaccines. ...

ViiV Healthcare submits NDA for two-drug HIV regimen

ViiV Healthcare announced today that it has submitted a new drug application to the FDA seeking regulatory approval of a single-tablet, two-drug regimen containing dolutegravir and lamivudine for the treatment of HIV. The application is based on data from ...

29 states hit by outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella linked to raw chicken

The CDC announced that 92 people in 29 states have been sickened in an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella linked to raw chicken products. According to the agency, 21 people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. Antibiotic resista ...

Removal of TKA from inpatient-only list may impact patient care

When the 2018 Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System Rule was finalized in November 2017, removing total knee arthroplasty procedures from the Medicare inpatient-only list, CMS indicated a small percentage of Medicare patients would be expected to ...