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The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has updated its 2008 guidelines on the use of botulinum toxin for spasticity, cervical dystonia, blepharospasm, and migraine headache, based on recent research. The revised guidelines were published online in the April 18 issue of Neurology. The updated guidelines…
A five-year study has shown that stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) to treat prostate cancer offers a higher cure rate than more traditional approaches, according to researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The team reported a 98.6% cure rate with SBRT, a noninvasive…
The number of potentially deadly infections from contaminated medical scopes is far higher than what federal officials previously estimated, according to a report from Kaiser Health News. New data released by the FDA has indicated that as many as 350 patients at 41 medical facilities in the U.S. and…
Chances are that outpatient chemotherapy treatment costs are higher if a patient’s oncologist works for a health care system than if the physician has his or her own practice, according to a study by researchers at the University of Chicago. The team analyzed private health-insurance claims data from…
The FDA has approved a supplemental new drug application (sNDA) for afatinib (Gilotrif, Boehringer Ingelheim) for the treatment of patients with advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the lung whose disease has progressed after treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy. Afatinib, an oral, once-daily epidermal…
After eight weeks of treatment, 97% to 98% of genotype 1 to 3 (GT1–3) chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients without cirrhosis treated with an investigational, once-daily, ribavirin (RBV)-free, pan-genotypic regimen of ABT-493, an NS3/4A protease inhibitor, and ABT-530, an NS5A inhibitor…
More than 60 nonprofit groups and medical experts have sent a letter to the Joint Commission, a nonprofit agency that accredits U.S. hospitals, asking it to revisit its standards for pain management. Only hospitals that have been accredited can receive payments from government plans, such as Medicare…
Results have been reported from the C-EDGE Head-to-Head trial, a comparative, phase 3, open-label study evaluating the efficacy and safety of Zepatier (elbasvir and grazoprevir, Merck) 50-mg/100-mg tablets versus a regimen of sofosbuvir 400-mg tablets plus peginterferon and ribavirin (pegIFN/RBV) in…
Oncolytics Biotech has announced updated results from a randomized phase 2 study of Reolysin, a proprietary variant of the reovirus, in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. The study was sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The new results…
A large study from Kaiser Permanente, involving more than seven million adults, found significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions based on the race and ethnicity of the patients. The new study, published in the journal Psychiatric Services, also found that regardless…
Women live longer in areas with more green vegetation, according to research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. Women with the highest levels of vegetation, or greenness, near their homes had a 12% lower death rate compared…
Six years ago, Ian Burkhart was paralyzed in a diving accident. Today, he participates in clinical sessions during which he can grasp and swipe a credit card or play a video game with his fingers and hand. These complex functional movements are driven by his thoughts and a prototype medical system.…
Annual spending on prescription medications in the United States will increase 22% over the next five years, climbing as high as $400 billion by 2020, according to a new report from IMS Health Holdings, a health care information company. Those figures represent a compound annual growth rate of 4% to…
In a letter dated March 18, officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed banning Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes and the company’s president, Sunny Balwani, from owning blood-testing laboratories for at least two years after determining that Theranos failed to…
Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded, after a review of existing evidence, that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. The study findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. “This study marks a turning…

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