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AMA inaugurates Patrice A. Harris, MD, as president

Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, a psychiatrist based in Atlanta, was inaugurated as the 174th president of the AMA at their annual meeting. Harris is the first African American woman to serve as president of the organization. According to the press release, Har ...

What imaging is best to diagnose the source of hip-spine pathology symptoms?

Click here to read the Cover Story, "Surgeons should educate each other on the hip-spine connection." There has been recent interest in joint arthroplasty in terms of how spinal motion might influence component position in patients undergoing tot ...

Surgeons should educate each other on the hip-spine connection

The belief that the spine moves independently of the pelvis and hip has been disproved in recent years as researchers repeatedly identified important connections between the alignment of the spinal column and the position of the pelvis. As a result, the tr ...

Be committed to stem cell therapy

The promise of stem cell therapy is attractive. Through relatively simple and minimally invasive methods, physicians can harvest pluripotent cells from patients, place the cells in the damaged or degenerative area and presumably the cells will modify and s ...

A 35-year-old man with pain after ACL reconstruction, meniscal repair, and partial meniscectomy

A healthy, active 35-year-old man presented 5 days following a non-contact right knee injury sustained while playing soccer. He described planting his foot, feeling his knee “shift” and hearing two loud pops, which caused him to fall. The man was initially ...

Recognize, treat psychiatric comorbidities in patients with hidradenitis suppurativa

Depression and anxiety may be common in patients with hidradenitis suppurativa, although researchers were unable to prove a causal relationship, according to a study in JAMA Dermatology. “Our results indicate that both comorbidities are common among adults ...

Ixekizumab bests adalimumab in PsA in head-to-head comparison

Ixekizumab was associated with superior efficacy outcomes compared to adalimumab in a cohort of DMARD-naive patients with active psoriatic arthritis, according to findings presented at the EULAR Annual Congress. “The key initial point is that this is the f ...

E-cigarettes leading youth down ‘dangerous path,’ medical professionals warn at congressional briefing

Members of the oncology community convened Wednesday on Capitol Hill for a congressional briefing on e-cigarette and vaping products and their potential to cause a public health crisis among children and young adults in the United States. The briefing, spo ...

ECHO trial: HIV risk does not differ by contraceptive method

In reassuring findings for women seeking birth control options, researchers said they found no substantial difference in risk for HIV infection among women assigned to use one of three contraceptive methods, including the injectable progestin-only depot me ...

That Sleep Tracker Could Make Your Insomnia Worse

Apps and trackers can flood users with confusing data, doctors say. Some warn against orthosomnia, an obsession with “perfect” sleep. ...

Cold snare with continuous anticoagulants does not increase bleeding in small polypectomies

SAN DIEGO — Patients who underwent cold snare polypectomy while taking continuous anticoagulants did not experience increased incidence of severe bleeding compared with those who underwent hot snare polypectomy with heparin bridging, according to research ...

Corneal fluorescein staining scores improve at 12 weeks after cyclosporine treatment

Patients with severe keratitis in dry eye disease experienced statistically significant reductions in corneal fluorescein staining scores after treatment with cyclosporine, according to 3-month data from the PERSPECTIVE study. Santen presented the study da ...

Adjusting night owls’ sleep patterns may improve mental well-being

Using a nonpharmacological intervention to adjust the sleeping patterns of night owls—people with extreme late sleeping and waking habits — improved elements of performance, mental health and sleep timing, according to study findings. "Having a late s ...

Maternal HbA1c influences autism risk in offspring

SAN FRANCISCO — Children born to women with an HbA1c of at least 6.5% were nearly twice as likely to receive a diagnosis of autism in the first 4 years of life vs. offspring of mothers with HbA1c below 5.7%, according to a speaker at the American Diabetes ...

Patients maintain scalp psoriasis clearance with higher doses of mirikizumab

Clearance of scalp psoriasis was maintained at 52 weeks with higher doses of mirikizumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody, according to study data presented at the World Congress of Dermatology. In a phase 2 study, 52 patients with moderate to severe scalp ...

Large Study Finds No Link Between Contraception Methods and HIV

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Triplet therapy confers benefit among certain patients with advanced breast cancer

CHICAGO — The combination of ribociclib, everolimus and exemestane conferred clinical benefit and appeared tolerable among patients with endocrine therapy-refractory, hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative advanced breast cancer that progressed on a CDK4 ...

Brachial plexus block with liposome bupivacaine for shoulder surgery linked with decreased opioid use

After shoulder surgery, a single-injection of ultrasound-guided brachial plexus block with liposome bupivacaine offered analgesia through 48 hours postoperatively and decreased opioid use compared with placebo, according to recently published results. Rese ...

Dulaglutide provides CKD benefits for those with type 2 diabetes, macroalbuminuria

SAN FRANCISCO — A 1.5 mg daily dose of dulaglutide may limit kidney function deterioration and the onset of end-stage renal disease for adults with type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease, particularly when macroalbuminuria is also present, according to ...

AMA passes policies to end non-opioid treatment barriers

The AMA approved multiple opioid-related policies at their annual meeting that aim to make patients the focus of pain treatment rather than third party controls that create treatment barriers. The policies focus on pain medication obstacles put in place by ...