11/26/2014
The World Health Organization said nearly half a million cases of cancer each year are due to people being overweight or obese. | Read More
11/26/2014
The first gene therapy drug is set to go on sale in Germany for a price of 1.1 million euros, or 1.4 million US dollars. | Read More
11/26/2014
According to a government report, 462,125 people enrolled and/or chose their health coverage for 2015 during the first week of open enrollment. | Read More

WEEKLY TOP ARTICLES

11/26/2014

An FDA advisory committee is recommending the agency modify labels of certain formulations of corticosteroids in order to ensure epidural injections are safer.

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11/26/2014

The FDA issued a warning for dimethyl fumarate for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

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11/26/2014

The FDA approved clindamycin phosphate and benzoyl peroxide gel once-daily treatment for both noninflammatory and inflammatory acne vulgaris.

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11/25/2014

Six weeks of antibiotic therapy is sufficient for diabetic foot osteomyelitis treated nonsurgically.

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11/25/2014

Just 30% of Americans living with HIV have the virus in check, putting others at risk of infection.

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11/25/2014

A draft bill is circulating in Washington, DC, that would curb the FDA's regulatory oversight over electronic medical records and some clinical support software.

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Healthcare Reform

Employees this year will contribute an average $4823 each toward health insurance premiums for family coverage.

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More than 7 in 10 Americans who bought health insurance through the exchanges earlier this year rated the quality of their healthcare and coverage as "excellent" or "good."

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Health officials proposed significantly expanding what researchers are required to report about clinical trials of drugs, devices, and other interventions.

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Medicare/Medicaid

Medicare patients who had cardiac arrest outside of a hospital fared better when emergency medical technicians provided basic rather than advanced life support.

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A new investigation by the US Government Accountability Office has found that 5 Web sites operated by the CMS to help patients obtain healthcare cost and quality information fail to hit the mark.

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Medicaid spending rose the most of all states' budget areas, increasing 11.3% in fiscal 2014, but the federal government shouldered most of the burden.

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Pharmaceutical News

The first gene therapy drug is set to go on sale in Germany for a price of 1.1 million euros, or 1.4 million US dollars.

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Cidofovir, an antiviral agent, may be beneficial in patients with human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cervical cancer.

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A recent study found that using nivolumab as first-line therapy for metastatic melanoma showed significantly better outcomes when compared with chemotherapy.

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FDA Activity

An FDA advisory committee is recommending the agency modify labels of certain formulations of corticosteroids in order to ensure epidural injections are safer.

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The FDA issued a warning for dimethyl fumarate for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

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The FDA approved clindamycin phosphate and benzoyl peroxide gel once-daily treatment for both noninflammatory and inflammatory acne vulgaris.

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Healthcare News

The World Health Organization said nearly half a million cases of cancer each year are due to people being overweight or obese.

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Less than one-third of older adults use the Internet to obtain health information.

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More breast cancer patients in the U.S. with early disease are opting for mastectomy instead of breast-conserving procedures that deliver equal results.

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Guideline Updates

There is not enough evidence to recommend for or against screening for vitamin D deficiency in asymptomatic adults, according to the USPSTF.

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Controversial heart disease prevention guidelines that abandoned specific targets for reducing LDL cholesterol are under fresh assault after a major study highlighted the benefits of taking LDL to very low levels.

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During a very well attended session at the ACR meeting, a panel of speakers discussed the 2015 draft guidelines for rheumatoid arthritis treatment.

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Once again, HCV is at the forefront of discussions as the FDA just recently approved the first once-daily oral combination of ledipasvir and sofosbuvir to treat HCV genotype 1 infection, which comes with an even larger pricetag: $94,500 for a 12-week course of treatment. continue reading
Boston—Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common chronic disease affecting the central nervous system in young adults, a continue reading