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HPV vaccine to be extended to boys, says Harris

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he will extend the HPV vaccine to boys following recommendations by HIQA. ...

Six Michigan Doctors Charged in $464 Million Insurance and Opioid Scheme

Federal prosecutors said the doctors unnecessarily prescribed opioids to patients and sought to defraud insurance companies. ...

Lifestyle intervention improves outcomes for some breast cancer survivors

SAN ANTONIO — Completion of a lifestyle intervention program that focused on healthy habits appeared associated with weight loss and increased DFS among a cohort of early-stage breast cancer survivors, according to results of an interim analysis of the SUC ...

More specialist IBD nurses needed

People living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) need more specialised nursing support, the Irish Society for Colitis and Crohn's Disease (ISCC) has said. IBD refers to the conditions Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The conditions have ...

HPV vaccine to be extended to boys

The HPV vaccine, which is currently offered to girls in their first year of secondary school, should be extended to boys, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has recommended. It carried out a health technology assessment on the clinical and ...

HSE launches 2018/19 Winter Plan

The HSE has announced a €30 million Winter Plan, which aims to focus on supporting hospital and community operations over the coming months. However, healthcare professionals have expressed their concern that the plan is ‘too little, too late'. Accord ...

Exercise during adjuvant breast cancer treatment may improve cardiovascular function

SAN ANTONIO — A supervised 12-month exercise program improved cardiovascular function among women undergoing adjuvant breast cancer treatment, according to results of the randomized EBBA-II trial presented at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. All patien ...

Hypoglycemia fear damages quality of life for young adults with type 1 diabetes

Young adults with type 1 diabetes who report fear of hypoglycemia and other complications and low self-efficacy also report reduced quality of life, according to findings published in The Diabetes Educator. “More than half of type 1 diabetes cases are diag ...

Wheat oral immunotherapy helps young patients with wheat allergy

Low-dose vital wheat gluten oral immunotherapy induced desensitization after 1 year of treatment in patients with wheat allergy, according to findings recently published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. “Wheat is one of the most common fo ...

Cirrhosis, PSC predict mortality risk in autoimmune hepatitis

Patients with autoimmune hepatitis without cirrhosis had a similar survival rate as the general population, whereas those with cirrhosis had increased risks for death or liver transplantation, according to recently published data. “While some studies repor ...

Matter: The Planet Has Seen Sudden Warming Before. It Wiped Out Almost Everything.

In some ways, the planet's worst mass extinction — 250 million years ago, at the end of the Permian Period — may parallel climate change today. ...

Surgery choice affects quality of life among younger patients with breast cancer

SAN ANTONIO — Local therapy decisions appeared to significantly affect quality of life among young breast cancer survivors, according to study results presented at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Patients who underwent mastectomy reported poorer psych ...

Adherence to high-intensity statins decreases CV risk

Patients with hypercholesterolemia who were treated with high-intensity statin therapy had a lower CV risk compared with those who were nonadherent to low-intensity statin therapy, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. “It doesn’t matter how ...

ACG, MDCalc partner to launch interactive GI guideline summaries

MDCalc, a provider of online evidence-based medical calculators, has launched its new guideline summaries in a public beta and its first set of summaries debuted at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, according to a press re ...

Mediterranean diet decreases risk for CVD events in women

Women with a greater Mediterranean diet eating pattern had decreased risk for CVD events compared with those less adherent to the Mediterranean diet, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. Shafqat Ahmad, MD, postdoctoral research fellow in mo ...

The New Old Age: Older Americans Are Flocking to Medical Marijuana

Oils, tinctures and salves — and sometimes old-fashioned buds — are increasingly common in seniors’ homes. Doctors warn that popularity has outstripped scientific evidence. ...

Many patients prefer to continue low-value colonoscopy screenings

Many patients prefer to not stop undergoing screening colonoscopies even if their doctors believe the benefits of continued screening may be low, according to research published in JAMA Open Network. “Current [United States Preventative Services Task Force ...

Novartis, Intellia expand collaboration for CRISPR/Cas9-based products

Intellia Therapeutics and Novartis are expanding their cell therapy collaboration agreement to include the ex vivo development of therapies using certain ocular stem cells, according to a press release. Novartis will be able to use these stem cells to deve ...

Novartis, Intellia expand collaboration for CRISPR/Cas9-based products

Intellia Therapeutics and Novartis are expanding their cell therapy collaboration agreement to include the ex vivo development of therapies using certain ocular stem cells, according to a press release. Novartis will be able to use these stem cells to deve ...

Novel treatment approach shows promise in cannabis dependence

A novel fatty acid amide hydrolase inhibitor known as PF-04457845 reduced cannabis withdrawal symptoms and use among men with cannabis dependence or cannabis use disorder, according to data from a phase 2a trial published in The Lancet Psychiatry. “In the ...