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In a study of patients entering a hospital for acute stroke, researchers have increased their understanding of an association between certain types of stroke and the presence of oral cnm-positive Streptococcus mutans. Robert P. Friedland, MD, a professor in neurology at the University of Louisville…
Countries coping with the Zika virus crisis should consider new ways to fight disease-carrying mosquitoes, including testing the release of genetically modified insects and bacteria that stop their eggs from hatching, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced. “Given the magnitude of the Zika…
Russia’s health minister Veronika Skovortsova said on February 15 that an Ebola vaccine developed by her country during the last 15 months has shown encouraging results and would undergo further testing in West Africa, according to a report posted on the Medical Xpress website. “Phases 1 and 2 of…
The FDA has issued a complete response letter regarding supplemental new drug applications for ezetimibe (Zetia) and ezetimibe/simvastatin (Vytorin) for reducing the risk of cardiovascular events (i.e., cardiovascular [CV] death, nonfatal myocardial infarction [MI], nonfatal stroke, hospitalization…
The phase III ARCADE study of darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp, Amgen) has met its primary endpoint of reducing the incidence of red blood cell transfusions in anemic patients with low- or intermediate-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) at the end of the 25-week study period. Darbepoetin also significantly…
In 2012, researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) set out to review thousands of electronic health records (EHRs) for a more accurate and less expensive way to identify people with undiagnosed type-2 diabetes. The team has now reported several previously unknown risk factors…
Health care providers in the U.S. are adopting a “better safe than sorry” approach to the current Zika virus outbreak, according to an article posted on the FierceHealthcare website. At the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, for example, health care providers are closely watching daily updates about the…
Researchers at children’s hospitals across the U.S., including Baylor College of Medicine, the University of California–San Francisco, and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, have found that hospitals serving children may face financial penalties for patient readmissions due to factors…
Researchers have discovered that clonally expanded human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected cells can persist and produce new virus over many years in patients receiving combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). Thus, any cure for HIV infection will have to attack these cells to permanently clear…
Final results for the Sunbelt melanoma trial, published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, show that most stage III melanoma patients do not benefit from treatment with interferon. Kelly McMasters, MD, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville, was…
Mixed results have been reported from a phase 2b trial evaluating the antidepressant activity and tolerance profile of ETS6103 (e-Therapeutics) in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). The study evaluated ETS6103 as a potential second-line treatment for patients with MDD who do not respond…
The World Health Organization (WHO) expects suspected links between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, microcephaly in babies and Guillain-Barre syndrome, to be confirmed within weeks, according to a report from Reuters. “We have a few more weeks to be sure to demonstrate causality, but…
The U.S. will not screen people entering the country for the Zika virus because so many of those infected do not have symptoms, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced in a published statement. “Based on our current understanding of the virus, enhanced public health entry screening…
The original version of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) overpayments rule required physicians to sift through 10 years of claims to make sure Medicare had not overpaid them, but now a final rule, released on February 11, requires that docs look back only six years. “Specifying…
Many cancer patients find themselves in financial distress partly because the costs of cancer-fighting drugs are skyrocketing, according to an editorial in JAMA Oncology. Is it possible to create public policy that will rein in these prices and cut patients’ out-of-pocket costs? Not without significant…

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