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Anxiety and depression linked to increased cancer death risk

"Depression linked to higher chance of dying from cancer," The Independent reports. Analysis of English and Scottish data found a link between mental distress and cancer mortality, which remained even after other factors such as smoking were tak ...

Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis opens today

Brexit and Housing will be the focus of the 79th Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis, which takes place in Dublin's Citywest Hotel today. ...

Industry leaders recognize strong influence of optometric practices

NEW ORLEANS – Participants on an industry panel here at the Ophthalmic Innovation Summit held during SECO agreed that optometry’s involvement with and value to their businesses is growing. Moderator and meeting co-chair Emmett T. Cunningham Jr., MD, PhD, M ...

FDA grants orphan drug designation for cholangiocarcinoma therapy

Mundipharma EDO and Imbrium Therapeutics announced that the FDA granted orphan drug designation to etoposide toniribate for the treatment of cholangiocarcinoma, according to a press release. “We are pleased that the FDA has recognized etoposide toniribate ...

AbbVie announces Ontario to begin reimbursement for Maviret HCV therapy

AbbVie announced an agreement with the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance in which Ontario will be first province to reimburse the hepatitis C direct-acting antiviral Maviret on its public formulary as of February 28, 2019, according to a press release. ...

Know the potential hazards of eyelash lift, extensions

NEW ORLEANS – Bridgitte Shen Lee, OD, sees one new patient a day with a cosmetic eyelash problem; in her talk here at SECO she said there are many potential complications from the “global eyelash obsession.” The hashtag #eyelashextensions has 6.4 million p ...

VIDEO: Amniotic membranes changing treatment for OSD

NEW ORLEANS – "Amniotic membranes have changed the way we provide treatment for ocular surface disorders like advanced ocular surface disease (OSD), corneal abrasions, corneal erosions and a plethora of other conditions," Walt Whitley MBA, OD, FA ...

NHS told to ditch 'outdated' pagers

The health secretary wants to scrap the “archaic technology” which costs the NHS about £6.6m a year. ...

UnitedHealth Loses Case to the Health Venture Begun by Amazon, Berkshire-Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase

A court battle over trade secrets highlighted how the Big Three corporations’ new unit is unnerving major insurers in the field. ...

VIDEO: Biometry gains precision with AI and intraoperative OCT

ATHENS, Greece — In all fields of medicine, artificial intelligence is greatly transforming the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, leading to improved outcomes. The current applications of artificial intelligence to biometry are explained at the European ...

DES for CAD receives FDA approval

Biotronik announced that a drug-eluting stent system for the treatment of patients with CAD has been approved by the FDA and is commercially available in the U.S. The DES (Orsiro, Biotronik) is used during PCI and elutes sirolimus through a bioabsorbable p ...

Long-term outcomes of CXL, partial topo-guided PRK show efficacy, stability, safety

ATHENS, Greece — Ten-year outcomes of keratoconus management with the Athens protocol, consisting of combined partial topography-guided PRK and cross-linking, show quality and stability, according to the specialist who created this method. “Over the last 1 ...

Introduction of PCV13 led to reduced risk of otitis media

The risk for otitis media and the insertion of pressure equalization tubes among young children decreased following the introduction of a 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, according to research published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. ...

HIV infection linked to shorter survival in hepatocellular carcinoma

HIV seropositivity appeared associated with shorter OS among patients with hepatocellular carcinoma despite sufficient antiretroviral treatment, according to results of a global multicohort study published in Journal of Clinical Oncology. “Although patient ...

Metformin may reduce risk for miscarriage, preterm birth in pregnancy with PCOS

Pregnant women with polycystic ovary syndrome assigned to metformin therapy for the duration of pregnancy were less likely to experience a late-term miscarriage or preterm birth when compared with similar women assigned to placebo, according to findings pu ...

ADHD symptoms predict impaired adaptive behavior in children with autism

Among children with autism spectrum disorder, study findings revealed that ADHD symptoms were linked to poorer adaptive behavior across all settings and after controlling for key confounders. “Given that up to 25% of children with ASD present with subclini ...

Brexit Omnibus Bill

The Government published the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019 (pdf) on 22 February 2019. The legislation aims to prepare Ireland for a disorderly Brexit (also called a “no-deal Brexit”). The Bil ...

Abiomed invests $100M in clinical research for heart pump

Abiomed announced that it has invested more than $100 million in clinical research in the past 5 years in its heart pump platform for the treatment of cardiogenic shock, high-risk PCI and right-side support. Clinical research performed during the past 5 ye ...

Physios welcome in general practice – but not as substitutes for GPs, says RCGP

"Physiotherapists are highly-skilled healthcare professionals who are expert at dealing with a multitude of musculoskeletal conditions that cause many patients a great deal of misery. This scheme has shown that having them working in GP practices is ...

Motivational interviewing fails to raise walking distance in black adults with PAD

Motivational interviewing was not effective in improving walking distance for black adults with peripheral artery disease in either 6- or 12-month intervals, according to findings published in JAMA Network Open. Tracie C. Collins, MD, MPH, MHCDS, of the de ...