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January 17, 2018
Patients having total knee arthroplasty treated with liposomal bupivacaine were discharged to their homes sooner and had a significantly shorter hospital stay compared with patients who did not receive the drug during surgery, according to a recently published study looking at the value and cost effectiveness of the drug.
January 17, 2018
A study finds that protein markers may be a better predictor of drug response than genetic mutation are in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). As a result, some patients who could benefit from treatment may not be eligible under current approval specifications.
January 17, 2018
Biomarkers of renal dysfunction, endothelial dysfunction, and inflammation were associated with incident heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. By contrast, only natriuretic peptides and urinary albumin to creatinine ratio were associated with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), a finding that highlights the need for future studies focused on identifying novel biomarkers of the risk of HFpEF, according to a study in JAMA Cardiology.
January 17, 2018
An inquiry by 10 Democrats on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs into whether or not the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would research medical marijuana in veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain was met with denial.
January 17, 2018
Researchers at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute have developed a method that more accurately identifies new versus long-standing HIV infections, an important distinction when determining where to target public health initiatives and research.
January 17, 2018
Wal-Mart is providing customers with a way to safely dispose of unused opioids; Kentucky's governor signs a bill to protect his Medicaid overhaul; Maryland coalition aims to ban price gouging for specialty and brand-name drugs.
January 16, 2018
There is little clinical significance when comparing weight loss among patients who underwent laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and patients who had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, according to studies published in JAMA as part of an obesity themed issue.
 
January 16, 2018
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, announced new steps Tuesday to address the growing shortage of supplies related to IV saline fluids in the wake of the damage to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, including asking companies to submit data to extend expiration dates. The tight supply of saline products has been worsened by an increased demand for saline as a result of the worse-than-typical flu season.
January 16, 2018
Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but not all smokers develop the condition, and many non-smokers do. Why that is has remained a mystery until now, as a research team, funded by the National Institutes of Health, has discovered genetic variations in the anatomy of the lungs could serve as early-warning indicators.
January 16, 2018
Poor baseline Lung Immune Prognistic Index (combining derived neutrophils ratio greater than 3 and lactate dehydrogenase greater than upper limit of normal), or LIPI, was associated with worse outcomes for immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) treatment in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but not with results of chemotherapy, according to a study in JAMA Oncology.
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