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Surgeon Type Doesn't Affect Spinal Surgery Complications
Complication rates are similar for single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusions, whether the procedure is performed by a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon, according to a study published in the Sept. 15 issue of Spine.
Secukinumab Takes Another Step Toward FDA Approval
The compound AIN457 (secukinumab) has been granted a unanimous vote of support for approval from the Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee to the Food and Drug Administration.
Targeted Treatment for TNBC Currently in Preclinical Testing
Characterized by the absence of cell surface receptors for estrogen, progesterone and epidermal growth factor, triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) presents a formidable treatment challenge.
Plaque Psoriasis Drug Candidate Shows Positive Top-Line Results in First of Two Phase III Studies
Amgen has released positive top-line results from the first of two Phase III studies of ABP 501, its candidate for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis that is being developed as a biosimilar to adalimumab.
Higher HbA1c Without Diabetes Linked to Advanced Cornorary Artery Calcification Progression
Among individuals without diabetes, a higher level of hemoglobin A1c is associated with advanced coronary artery calcification progression, according to research published online Oct. 16 in Diabetes Care.
Women Less Likely to Get Hemodialysis Than Men in End Stage Renal Disease
Women aren't treated with dialysis as often as men when they have end-stage renal disease, according to research published Oct. 28 in PLOS Medicine.
Leprosy Still Occurs in the United States, CDC Reports
Leprosy, although quite rare, continues to appear in the United States, according to research published in the Oct. 31 issue of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Fewer Malpractice Claims Paid in the United States
The number of medical malpractice payments in the United States has dropped sharply since 2002, according to a new study. And compensation payment amounts and liability insurance costs for many doctors declined in recent years. These findings were published online Oct. 30 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
FDA Cautions Against 'Undeclared' Food Allergens
Some food labels may not reliably list all possible food allergens, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. The agency added that these "undeclared allergens" are the leading cause of FDA-requested food recalls.
How to Succeed As a Rare Disease Organization
Gordon and Gordon’s editorial “The Progeria Research Foundation: Its Remarkable Journey From Obscurity to Treatment”is a must read for the rare disease community. And the key takeaway message was quite simple...Working together is exponentially better than working alone.