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Fast-acting insulin improves mealtime glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes taking large doses

Fast-acting insulin aspart is a potentially more effective treatment for the management of postprandial glucose in adults with insulin-resistant type 2 diabetes compared with insulin aspart, according to findings published in Diabetic Medicine. “People wit ...

Frequent, earlier influenza vaccinations reduce death risk in HF

Compared with intermittent and late vaccinations, frequent and earlier influenza vaccinations were associated with larger reductions in risk for death in patients with HF, researchers reported in Circulation. Researchers assessed the association between in ...

ProQR awarded innovation credit for development of LCA10 treatment

The Dutch government has awarded ProQR a 4.7 million euro innovation credit for the development of QR-110, the company’s Leber’s congenital amaurosis 10 treatment candidate, according to a release. Awarded through the RVO of the Ministry of Economic Affair ...

ProQR awarded innovation credit for development of LCA10 treatment

The Dutch government has awarded ProQR a 4.7 million euro innovation credit for the development of QR-110, the company’s Leber’s congenital amaurosis 10 treatment candidate, according to a release. Awarded through the RVO of the Ministry of Economic Affair ...

Kissing-stent technique effective in aortoiliac occlusive disease

According to a patient-level meta-analysis, the kissing-stent technique was safe and maintained acceptable patency rates at 2 years in patients with aortoiliac occlusive disease. The researchers analyzed deidentified patient-level data from five trials cov ...

Diabetes associated with objectively measured sedentary time in Japanese adults

Longer periods of sedentary time increase the risk for diabetes in Japanese adults, with the link likely influenced by insulin resistance, according to findings published in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation. “Prolonged sedentary time might... contribu ...

Age may not increase complication risk in patients 90 years or older with hip fracture

Age alone did not increase the risk for perioperative complications among patients 90 years of age or older who underwent operative treatment for hip fracture. ...

Tiered imaging protocol viable alternative to functional testing

A comprehensive, tiered cardiac CT protocol that incorporates CT myocardial perfusion imaging with CT angiography may provide a safe and efficient diagnostic alternative to functional testing for patients with possible CAD, according to a study published i ...

Sudden cardiac death risk factors confer unexplained racial disparities

The disparity in sudden cardiac death rates between black and white patients remains unexplained even when controlling for risk factors, including sociodemographics, comorbidity and behavioral health data, according to findings published in the Journal of ...

#FPFriday Brings Family Planning Info to 20 Million in Nigeria

Blecyn George Monsi has more than 50,000 Twitter followers. Alaka Olanrewaju Mayowa has nearly 54,000. Victor Salami Aka Baba Ibeji has 253,000. On a recent Friday, all three of these Nigerian social media influencers were engaging their followers on fami ...

Midturbinate swabs comparable to nasopharyngeal swabs for detecting RSV in infants

Midturbinate swabbing was found to be as effective as standard nasopharyngeal swabbing in detecting respiratory syncytial virus in infants, and was preferred by most parents, according to a study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Disease ...

AHA: Statin benefits outweigh risks

An American Heart Association scientific statement on statin treatment concluded that most adverse effects from the drugs are not serious enough to warrant discontinuing them. “This scientific statement was based on a careful review of not only randomized ...

Pregnancy loss, high number of live births increase CVD risk

Compared with women who had one to two prior births, women who had pregnancies with no live births were at greater risk for CHD and HF, whereas women who had five or more live births were at greater risk for CHD and MI, according to a study published in th ...

FDA approves pembrolizumab for hepatocellular carcinoma, lung cancer indications

The FDA approved pembrolizumab for two additional indications. The agency granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck) — an anti-PD-1 therapy — for treatment of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma who previously received sorafenib (Ne ...

Precision immunotherapy: Giving the right drug to the right patient at the right time

James P. Allison, PhD, of the United States, and Tasuku Honjo, MD, PhD, of Japan, received the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work on immunotherapy of cancer. The arrival of immune checkpoint inhibitors — specifically antibodies that ...

Getting the word out: Effective communication to ensuring informed choices

Among the many morning emails recently, one headline caught my attention. It reported the results of an ASCO survey that suggested about 40% of Americans believe complementary and alternative medicines can cure cancer. I have very limited experience with p ...

#MeToo movement in medicine: ‘Community of allies’ required to end culture of sexual harassment

The statistics are staggering. Up to 50% of female medical students report experiencing sexual harassment from faculty or staff, according to a consensus study report issued in June by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). ...

Metformin fails to improve birth outcomes in pregnancy with obesity

Among pregnant women with obesity, the use of metformin in addition to diet and lifestyle did not affect birth outcomes when compared with similar women who received placebo along with diet and lifestyle, according to findings from a randomized controlled ...

Weight loss predicts complications in anorexia

Study results published in the Journal of Adolescent Health showed that total weight loss and recent weight loss were stronger predictors than admission weight for several important clinical complications in teenagers with restrictive eating disorders. “In ...

UK economy slows as car sales slide

Brexit jitters weigh on manufacturing and automotive sectors, official data shows UK economic growth slowed in October as car sales went into reverse, while factory output stalled amid heightened uncertainty over Brexit. ...