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December 12, 2019
Hereditary transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy, which is caused by a genetic variant significantly associated with heart failure in individuals of African descent, is underdiagnosed, according to a new study published in JAMA.
December 12, 2019
There was a 37% increase in childhood cancer survival between 1975 and 2010. With more children receiving chemotherapy and radiation to treat their diseases, leading to more survivors, awareness has grown of the belated effects of those treatments once patients reach adulthood.
 
December 12, 2019
The HHS’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report that says Medicare Advantage (MA) plans received an estimated $6.7 billion in 2017 after adding diagnoses to patients' files that were not supported by their medical records; more Americans are dying at home rather than in hospitals or nursing homes; the FDA warned Alkermes, maker of Vivitrol, a long-acting antiaddiction medication, that its printed advertisement does not include the risk of an increased chance of a “potentially fatal” opioid overdose as the effects wear off.
December 11, 2019
CMS Administrator Seema Verma and HHS Secretary Alex Azar told to work out their differences; the debate continues on whether health insurance coverage affects mortality rates; Facebook is accused of misleading the public about the benefits of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
December 11, 2019
A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine says that women with dense breast tissue who undergo supplemental magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests have lower rates of interval cancers than those who receive only mammography tests, although they also had higher rates of false positive tests.
December 11, 2019
Two migraine prevention agents, cinnarizine and sodium valproate, were shown to be safe and effective in reducing incidence and severity of migraine within children and adolescents, according to study findings. Safety findings must be weighed alongside warnings from European regulators about the risks of valproate for girls and adolescent women who could bear children in the future.
December 10, 2019
The painless procedure is still in its experimental stages; however, it is inexpensive and safe, and the equipment is portable.
December 10, 2019
Sanofi is ending research efforts in diabetes and cardiovascular diseases; the White House endorsed an emerging bipartisan agreement on legislation aimed at curbing rising healthcare costs by targeting surprise medical billing; the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case involving whether the federal government owes insurers $12 billion in a dispute about risk corridor payments.
December 10, 2019
Although survival rates for multiple myeloma have improved as treatment options have increased, the disease remains incurable, and many patients stop current agents such as lenalidomide or bortezomib due to toxicity. Results of CANDOR involving a triple therapy were presented Tuesday at the 61st American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Florida.
December 09, 2019
A proposed ban on surprise medical bills has growing bipartisan support; Republicans are set to propose a drug pricing bill to compete with Democrats; vaping-related illnesses are on the decline.
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