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Female external catheters cut CAUTI rate by more than 50%

PHILADELPHIA — A new type of female indwelling catheter technology reduced inpatient catheter-associated UTIs, or CAUTIs, by 51.7%, according to data presented at the annual conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiol ...

FDA issues safety alert on fecal transplants after patient dies

Two adults with weakened immune systems who received investigational fecal microbiota transplantations developed invasive infections caused by extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli, according to an FDA press release. One of those indi ...

Liver health advocates declare NASH a ‘hidden epidemic’

As liver health advocates continue seeking opportunities to increase public awareness about liver diseases, the Global Liver Institute declared nonalcoholic steatohepatitis a “hidden epidemic” as they led this year’s International NASH Day. “We feel an urg ...

Many people with mental health disorders do not receive treatment

Most U.S. adults with mental health disorders have not received treatment for their conditions in the last year, and treatment rates were especially low for substance use disorders, according to 2012 to 2013 data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on A ...

Abemaciclib stabilizes brain metastases in breast cancer subtype

CHICAGO — Abemaciclib resulted in a clinically meaningful effect on intracranial response rate in patients with brain metastases secondary to hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer, according to a study presented at the ASCO Annu ...

VIDEO: MONALEESA-7 shows ‘exciting’ results in premenopausal breast cancer

CHICAGO — The MONALEESA-7 trial demonstrated that adding the CDK4/6 inhibitor ribociclib (Kisqali, Novartis) to endocrine therapy improved OS in patients with premenopausal or perimenopausal, metastatic, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, Aditya Bard ...

One year of adjuvant trastuzumab remains standard of care for HER2-positive breast cancer

CHICAGO — One year of trastuzumab continues to be the standard of care for adjuvant treatment among patients with early-stage HER2-positive breast cancer, according to the results of a meta-analysis presented at the ASCO Annual Meeting. “There are several ...

DASH diet may lower risk for preeclampsia

Pregnant women who had a greater adherence to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, diet were less likely to develop preeclampsia, a presentation from Nutrition 2019 suggested. Citing the “unclear” relationship between a pregnant woman’s di ...

Quality of life was similar in patellar tendon, hamstring tendon and double-bundle ACL reconstruction comparison

No significant differences were seen at 5 years in the quality of life outcomes for patients who underwent patellar tendon, hamstring tendon and double-bundle techniques for ACL reconstruction, according to recently published results. ...

Opioids may be overprescribed after EVAR

Among patients who underwent endovascular aneurysm repair, more opioids were prescribed than consumed, suggesting they may be overprescribed, researchers reported at the Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Annual Meeting. In a separate report, the same t ...

Germans thirsty for alcohol-free beer as brewers boost taste

Rise in bars stocking 0% beers to meet demand of drinkers who wish to ditch the hangover During last year’s sweltering summer in Europe, workers of the Störtebeker beer brewery stood at the doors of the bottle depot eagerly awaiting the empty returns so t ...

First patient enrolled in TearCare trial for dry eye

Sight Sciences has enrolled the first subject in the OLYMPIA pivotal trial of TearCare for dry eye disease, the company announced in a press release. TearCare is a wearable, personalized, open-eye technology that delivers regulated, localized heat to the e ...

CAC level correlates with LV parameters in middle-aged patients

Middle-aged patients with high measurements of coronary artery calcium had higher left ventricular volumes, higher LV mass and worse LV diastolic function than those with low measurements, according to a study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imagi ...

Young MSM may not completely recover from PrEP-related bone density loss

Adolescents who take pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for HIV prevention may experience a loss of bone mineral density during treatment. Most patients can experience partial or full recovery of BMD within 48 weeks after discontinuing the medication, but ...

VIDEO: Ipsen presentations spotlight cabozantinib’s potential in hepatocellular carcinoma, gastrointestinal stromal tumor

CHICAGO — Alexandre Lebeaut, MD, head of research and development at Ipsen Pharmaceuticals, spoke with HemOnc Today at ASCO Annual Meeting about key study results the company presented and promising investigational agents in its pipeline. ASCO presentation ...

Late mortality risk elevated in patients with nonaccess site bleeding after PCI

The rate of late mortality after primary PCI was greater in patients with nonaccess site bleeding compared with PCI recipients with access site bleeding, according to findings published in Heart. In addition, both access and nonaccess site bleeding were in ...

Matt Hancock withdraws from Tory leadership race

Britain's health minister Matt Hancock has withdrawn from the Conservative Party leadership race. ...

Certified diabetes educators help to expand smoking cessation services

SAN FRANCISCO — Most perioperative adults with diabetes made an unplanned attempt to quit smoking after enrolling in a smoking cessation program led by certified diabetes educators, with more than half reporting reduced smoking after attending the program, ...

How Much Nature Is Enough? 120 Minutes a Week, Doctors Say

Researchers have now quantified the ideal amount of time needed to reap the health benefits of the great outdoors. ...

Health department accused of 'massaging' figures

The Department of Health has defended the omission of a €200m bill for consultant's pay in the HSE's latest accounts following accusations at the Public Accounts Committee that an attempt was being made to "massage" the figures. ...