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Single-session multidisciplinary intervention improved grip strength in hand OA

A single, multidisciplinary session of an individual intervention combining detailed information on functioning, activities of daily living, physical activity, nutrition, assistive devices, instructions on pain management and exercises significantly improv ...

New biosimilar pathway for insulin aims to promote lower prices, competition

Guidance documents released by the FDA on Tuesday outlining a new pathway for biologic products will help promote competition and lower prices for drugs with historically high list prices, including insulin and human growth hormone, according to a statemen ...

Healio to report live from AIBD 2018

ORLANDO — Starting this weekend, Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease will provide live coverage as the exclusive media partner of the Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Disease annual meeting. Attendees will gather at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel ...

S. aureus found in abundance on ICU stethoscopes

At minimum, more than half of the stethoscopes sampled at a Philadelphia hospital tested positive for Staphylococcus aureus, and many were also contaminated with Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter bacteria, indicating that the instruments are a potential vector ...

Later start times give teens more sleep, better school performance

A recent study in Seattle found that later start times in high schools resulted in increased sleep duration and better performance in students. Previous studies have shown that delayed school start times would benefit the nearly half of American teenagers ...

Chemotherapy, radiation may increase risk for subsequent acute lymphoblastic leukemia

SAN DIEGO — Prior cancer treatment with chemotherapy, radiation or both for was associated with an increased risk for subsequent acute lymphoblastic leukemia, according to findings presented at ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition. ALL is traditionally not co ...

Endless work leaves no time to volunteer | Letters

Many of today’s volunteers are pensioners, but where will tomorrow’s come from when people are expected to work into their late 60s, asks Ruth Eversley Many of the volunteers who help out with food banks, prison visitor schemes, historical walks, art galle ...

Koala bites cause wound infections in Australia

Three people in Queensland, Australia, were infected with a Lonepinella koalarum-like bacteria after being bitten by koalas, researchers reported in Emerging Infectious Diseases. Holly A. Sinclair, MD, an advanced trainee in microbiology and infectious dis ...

ART reduces antibiotic prescriptions for HIV-exposed infants

Malawian infants who were exposed to HIV but were uninfected were less likely to receive antibiotic therapy when either the infant or their mother received antiretroviral prophylaxis while breastfeeding, according to research published in Emerging Infectio ...

Growing prevalence of excess body weight increasing global cancer burden

The increasing prevalence of excess body weight, which was responsible for approximately 3.9% of all cancers worldwide in 2012, is driven by multiple economic and environmental factors and should be addressed through policy actions and other interventions, ...

Quality of life improvements sustained in trial of GenSight’s LHON treatment

GS010 for Leber hereditary optic neuropathy demonstrated quality of life improvements in a phase 3 clinical trial, GenSight Biologics announced in a press release. The phase 3 REVERSE trial evaluated the safety and efficacy of a single intravitreal injecti ...

Quality of life improvements sustained in trial of GenSight’s LHON treatment

GS010 for Leber hereditary optic neuropathy demonstrated quality of life improvements in a phase 3 clinical trial, GenSight Biologics announced in a press release. The phase 3 REVERSE trial evaluated the safety and efficacy of a single intravitreal injecti ...

Pregnant Women, Young Children Most Likely to Use Bed Nets to Prevent Malaria

8.5 percent in Cameroon to 62 percent in Uganda. “The good news here is that we have succeeded in ...

ACP urges DHS to withdraw ‘public charge’ proposal

In a recent statement, ACP strongly urged the Department of Homeland Security to rescind its public charge policy proposed in September, arguing that it would put the health of children, their families and the public at risk. ACP noted several concerns wit ...

Weight-loss results improve with less alcohol consumption

Consuming alcohol negatively affects long-term weight loss in adults with type 2 diabetes and obesity, according to findings published in Obesity. “Though the association between alcohol consumption and body weight is unclear, decreasing or eliminating cal ...

FIT could reduce colonoscopies by 70% but may miss 30% of cancers

Using annual fecal immunochemical tests for surveillance in patients with intermediate risk for colorectal cancer could reduce colonoscopies and cut costs, according to research published in Gut, but researchers warned that may a cost of missed cancers and ...

Proceedings of 2018 International Consensus Meeting on Musculoskeletal Infection now available

The final consensus documents that resulted from the International Consensus Meeting on Musculoskeletal Infection, which was held July 25-27, 2018, in Philadelphia, are now available at the meeting’s website, which is ICMPhilly.com, and via the ICMPhilly a ...

Antipsychotic use may increase risk for unexpected death among youth

Youth aged 5 to 24 years beginning antipsychotic therapy who received doses higher than 50 mg chlorpromazine equivalents had a 3.5-fold increased risk for unexpected death, study findings indicated. “Antipsychotics have potentially life-threatening cardiov ...

Temporary clinical waste measures put in place

Temporary storage is being put in place at sites across Scotland to prevent a potential backlog. ...

FDA issues warning letter to valsartan manufacturer for impurities

The FDA has issued a warning letter to Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. detailing violations at its facility that manufactures the active ingredient in valsartan, which is used to treat patients with high BP and HF. The active ingredient in valsarta ...