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Irish people 'taking too many antibiotics'

The overuse and misuse of antibiotics is one of the most significant threats to long-term public health worldwide, the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) has warned. Antibiotics are used to treat some bacterial infections. Their discovery and development in the 19 ...

Man arrested after €145k drug seizure in Dublin

Drugs worth an estimated €145,000 have been seized by gardaí in Dublin. ...

Half-dose PDT resolves subretinal fluid in chronic central serous chorioretinopathy

Half-dose photodynamic therapy for the treatment of chronic central serous chorioretinopathy had superior results when compared with high-density subthreshold micropulse laser treatments. The PLACE trial, an open-label, multicenter, randomized controlled c ...

VIDEO: Echosens discusses future of Fibroscan with new biomarkers

SAN FRANCISCO — In this exclusive video from The Liver Meeting 2018, Sven Henrichwark, CEO of Echosens, discusses the company’s Fibroscan technology and the potential to combine Fibroscan with new biomarkers and scoring systems. “Initially, in the identifi ...

Preemptive DAA therapy improves outcomes of negative-to-positive HCV heart transplant

SAN FRANCISCO — Preemptive administration of pangenotypic direct-acting antiviral therapy resulted in rapid viral suppression of hepatitis C in patients without HCV who received a heart transplantation with an HCV-positive organ, according to data presente ...

FDA seeks to remove dogs from some clinical trials

The FDA outlined details of a study today that it said might allow animal drug developers to conduct certain types of research without the use of dogs. “The aim is this: by doing a single study to help establish a non-animal-based model, we can potentially ...

AF, CVD, diabetes strong risk factors for early ischemic stroke

Atrial fibrillation, CVD and type 1 or 2 diabetes were strong risk factors for early-onset ischemic stroke, according to a case-control analysis. Reetta Kivioja, MD, from the department of clinical neurosciences at the University of Helsinki and department ...

Drug combination shows promise in rare GI cancers

A combination of dabrafenib and trametinib demonstrated promising efficacy in patients with rare gastrointestinal cancers linked to a mutation of the BRAF gene, according to research presented at the EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer ...

Man to stand trial over 'crude circumcision' on baby

A 55-year-old man is to stand trial after a ten-month old baby boy needed hospital treatment after a "crude circumcision" carried out in the midlands three years ago. ...

Who is Steve Barclay? Lawyer is new UK Brexit Secretary

Largely unknown before his appointment as Theresa May's new Brexit Secretary, former junior health minister Steve Barclay is taking on the high-profile role previously held by Dominic Raab and David Davis. ...

Progress reported in improving patient waiting times

Overall hospital waiting lists have reduced by 975 patients, according to the latest figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund. ...

Depression, COPD increase risk for persistent opioid use in patients with IBD

New persistent opioid use is becoming increasingly common among patients with inflammatory bowel disease, particularly for patients with mental health disorders and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to research published in Alimentary Pharma ...

Pediatric nutrition counseling may be ‘underutilized tool’ in primary care

Pediatric nutrition counseling occurred in less than 4% of annual wellness visits in South Carolina during an 8-year span despite national recommendations encouraging clinicians to do so, according to a presenter at the American Public Health Association A ...

CMS proposes revisions to improve Medicaid, CHIP managed care

CMS recently proposed a new rule to relieve regulatory burdens, strengthen accountability, enhance program integrity and promote transparency, innovation and flexibility in the Medicaid and CHIP managed care regulatory framework, according to a press relea ...

SENTRY: Use of bioconvertible IVC filter safe, effective at 2 years

LAS VEGAS — Use of a bioconvertible inferior vena cava filter in patients with pulmonary embolism conferred few adverse events and a high bioconversion rate at 2 years, according to findings from the SENTRY study presented at VIVA 18. “This represents an i ...

Sucking on infant’s pacifier may help parents prevent allergies in their kids

Parents who suck on their infant’s pacifier to clean it may suppress immunoglobulin E, or IgE, levels in their child during infancy, according to research presented at the American College for Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting. “IgE ...

For chest pain related to cocaine use, non-STEMI guidelines usually followed

CHICAGO — Most patients with cocaine-associated chest pain were observed by cardiologists and emergency physicians in accordance with non-STEMI guidelines for non-cocaine-associated chest pain, according to data presented at the American Heart Association ...

Bariatric surgery may reduce long-term atrial fibrillation risk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Patients with obesity who undergo bariatric surgery are less likely to develop new-onset atrial fibrillation over 8 years vs. similar patients who received medical therapy, possibly related to a greater reduction in BMI with surgery, acc ...

Parental pacifier sucking may prevent allergies in children

Parents who sucked pacifiers to clean them had children with lower total IgE production, according to findings presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting. “Microbial-related exposures in early life stimula ...

Substance use does not lower adherence to PrEP in MSM

Study findings showed that substance use does not affect adherence to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, among men who have sex with men or transgender women. “Over the past 2 decades, substance use, in particular use of stimulants, such as methampheta ...