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In response to recent infections and deaths from tainted medical scopes, U.S. lawmakers are wrestling with how to keep other dangerous devices from harming patients, according to a report from Kaiser Health News (KHN). Members of Congress, federal officials, and health-policy experts agree that the…
A new study investigating how hospitals try to avoid unnecessary emergency admissions has identified a series of innovations that could help to address the problem. Researchers in the United Kingdom have investigated how the emergency departments and staff of four major hospitals in the southwest of…
Positive data from a phase 3 pivotal study of defibrotide (Jazz Pharmaceuticals), a deoxyribonucleic acid derivative, have been published online in Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology. The findings demonstrated that treatment with defibrotide in patients with hepatic veno-occlusive…
In a new paper published in Nature, researchers describe a novel sweat monitor embedded on a translucent bracelet. The monitor consists of a sensor array and a flexible circuit board that measures the concentration of various chemicals in sweat, as well as a Bluetooth transmitter that beams the data…
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has dedicated an emergency operations center staffed around the clock to address the threat from Zika, a mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, agency officials told Reuters. The CDC set up such command…
In a new report, the American Hospital Association (AHA) states that centers must cut down on paperwork and other bureaucratic exercises that can cause health care costs to mount. The group suggests that hospitals convert many of these processes to an electronic format, particularly with regard to verification…
The FDA has approved eribulin mesylate (Halaven, Eisai), a form of chemotherapy, for the treatment of unresectable or metastatic liposarcoma, a type of soft-tissue sarcoma (STS). The treatment is approved for patients who received prior chemotherapy that contained an anthracycline drug. STS is a disease…
The FDA has approved elbasvir and grazoprevir (Zepatier, Merck) with or without ribavirin for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 1 and 4 infections in adults. Hepatitis C is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver, which can lead to diminished liver function or…
The FDA has approved Onzetra Xsail (sumatriptan nasal powder, Avanir Pharmaceuticals), formerly known as AVP-825, for the acute treatment of migraine with or without aura in adults. The product is an intranasal medication delivery system consisting of a low dose (22 mg) of sumatriptan powder that is…
The World Health Organization (WHO) expects the Zika virus, which is spreading through the Americas, to affect between three million and four million people, according to a Reuters report. There is no vaccine or treatment for the infection, which is related to dengue and chikungunya. Symptoms include…
Only 1% of U.S. doctors are responsible for 32% of the malpractice claims that result in payments to patients, according to an analysis of 15 years’ worth of cases. And when a doctor has to pay out on one claim, the chances are good that the same physician will soon be paying out on another, researchers…
The FDA has given the green light to Adzenys XR-ODT (Neos Therapeutics) for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in patients 6 years of age and older. With this approval, the product is the first extended-release orally disintegrating tablet (ODT) for this indication. Adzenys…
Low-dose chlorthalidone reduced ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) in patients with stage-1 hypertension, whereas low-dose hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) resulted in masked hypertension, according to a new study published in the February 2016 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Anil…
The FDA has approved Dexilant SoluTab delayed-release orally disintegrating tablets (Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A.), a new formulation of dexlansoprazole that can be taken by allowing the tablet to melt in the patient’s mouth. The product is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) indicated for the treatment…
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominican Republic  to its Zika virus travel alerts. Previously, the agency issued an alert for people traveling to the following regions and countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing: the Commonwealth…

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