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Monday 20th February 2017

[Review] Helminths in organ transplantation

With transplantation becoming an increasingly routine form of treatment for diverse populations, and with international travel becoming ever more accessible and affordable, the danger of transplantation-mediated helminth infections, exacerbated by coincident immunosuppression, must be considered. In this Review, we attempt to catalogue all clinically-relevant helminthiases that have been reported ...

[Articles] Prophylactic hydration to protect renal function from intravascular iodinated contrast material in patients at high risk of contrast-induced nephropathy (AMACING): a prospective, randomised, phase 3, controlled, open-label, non-inferiority tria

We found no prophylaxis to be non-inferior and cost-saving in preventing contrast-induced nephropathy compared with intravenous hydration according to current clinical practice guidelines.

Innovating patient care

As HCPs and healthcare systems alike strive to provide optimal patient care while managing in an environment that continues to be cost-constrained there is still room to further innovate patient care.

Illumina expands board of directors

John Thompson brings experience from IBM and Microsoft

Exclusive: Nursing must overcome barriers to vital research

Workforce pressures, education structures and negative perceptions are all holding back nurse involvement in vital research and innovation that could benefit patient care, a Nursing Times survey has revealed.

Former Novartis vaccines CMO joins Arterial

Dr Markus Weissbach becomes clinical trials director

Genetic Analysis May Offer New Approach to Treating Ovarian Cancer

California researchers are now suggesting that analyzing copies of genes may point to new treatments for ovarian cancer as well as for other tumor types. The researchers contend that targetable genetic changes in tumors should not be limited to mutations.

Achieving Trump’s health care promises would likely require single payer reform

President Donald J. Trump’s proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act with a health care law that achieves more coverage, better benefits and lower costs could be attained through single-payer reform, according to a commentary published in Annals of Internal Medicine.“President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have vowed to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable C...

Sirukumab effective for antiTNF intolerant RA

Sirukumab was effective for patients with rheumatoid arthritis who were intolerant to other anti-tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, according to recently published data.“The phase 3 SIRROUND-T study results, as published in The Lancet, demonstrated the significant efficacy of sirukumab, an interleukin-6– (IL-6) targeted therapy, in the treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) i...

Looking beyond cancer cells to understand what makes breast cancer spread

Protein in microenvironment plays a role in fueling cancer’s spread, a function that could potentially be blocked IMAGE: THIS IMMUNOFLUORESCENCE IMAGE SHOWS BREAST CANCER CELLS (GREEN)... Read More →

Immunology Space Attracting High Levels of Investment

ArticleWith a total of 2,145 products currently in development, the immunology market is experiencing a high level of investment compared to many other therapy areas.

Augmented reality startup DAQRI 3D prints with holograms

SOURCE Founded in 2010, DAQRI is a purveyor of augmented reality (AR) technology and based in Los Angeles, CA. DAQRI’s current range of hologram powered products... Read More →

NHS trusts face {pound}900m deficit amid winter pressure

Record levels of demand for hospital treatment this winter have left England’s NHS trusts struggling to meet financial targets and facing a combined end of year deficit of almost £900m (€1bn;...

A conversation about time management with Susan R. Johnson, MD, MS

Time management expert Susan R. Johnson, MD, MS, is professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Carver College of Medicine and ombudsperson at the University of Iowa. Through her work in administrative positions and as a clinician, Johnson honed her long-standing interest in time management and recently founded her own company, Thriving Amidst Chaos, to offer coaching, workshops and articles on ...

The cost of intraocular lenses used by Orbis seems exorbitant

I am a great supporter of charity work overseas, especially for cataract surgery, which can so easily transform people’s lives and enable them to resume a useful role in their community.However I am...

Human medicines European public assessment report (EPAR): LeukoScan, sulesomab, Revision: 7, Authorised

Novolog flotation underway

Drug distributor Novolog has a 40% share of the Israeli market.

An IBM-Watson Collaboration Goes Under

I’ve written several times about IBM’s Watson machine learning system and its potential applications to health care. To be honest, many of these applications sound unlikely, at least at present, and that skepticism doesn’t apply only to IBM by any means. Now word comes that a collaboration between IBM and the M. D. Anderson people (announced

Measuring what matters to patients

We need to invest in measures that will help us assess whether our health systems deliver what matters most to people.1 So said the health ministers from various Organisation for Economic...

Human medicines European public assessment report (EPAR): Xeristar, duloxetine, Revision: 26, Authorised

Benefits of statin therapy outweigh diabetes risk

In a commentary published in The American Journal of Medicine, experts wrote that the CV benefits of statins outweigh any diabetes-related risk they may present. Charles H. Hennekens, MD, from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, and colleagues wrote that several studies show that the risk for diabetes from statin therapy is outweighed ...

Worrying about work out-of-hours 'may be bad for the heart'

"Taking work home can be deadly," the Daily Mail warns. A small study of London-based office workers found those who reported being frequently troubled by work-related issues had patterns of heart activity associated with stress and anxiety. Researchers interviewed 195 adults aged between 20 and 62 (70% male) about what they termed work-related rumination. This was defined as how often...

Trump in 30 Seconds Archive Nov. 2016 – Jan. 31, 2017

Tuesday, Jan. 31 A meeting on price Pharma executives met with President Trump this morning to talk drug pricing, and he vowed to make it easier for smaller companies to compete. Trump…

Hans Rosling

bmj;356/feb20_14/j888/FAF1faJörgen HildebrandtIn February 2006 Hans Rosling—a relatively unknown professor of international health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute—stepped on to a stage in Monterey,...

Former Phillies prospect thanks surgeon after life-altering eye injury

In June 2016, Philadelphia Phillies pitching prospect Matt Imhof was completing a typical postgame stretching routine and workout, using a tension band that was anchored to the clubhouse wall to stretch out his arms. When Imhof brought one of the bands up over his head, he felt the band lose its tension, sending the metal cleat that anchored the piece of equipment to the wall careening toward his ...

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