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November 13, 2018
Research presented at The Liver Meeting, held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, found high rates of adherence, treatment completion, and sustained virologic response among patients infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) who inject drugs. These findings led authors to recommend inclusion of this subset of patients in HCV treatment programs.
November 13, 2018
Facing the threat of impending US regulatory action, Juul Labs said Tuesday it would voluntarily stop selling certain flavors of its flavored e-cigarettes in retail stores on a temporary basis, but would continue to sell them online, and plans to improve its age-verification system.
November 13, 2018
Treatment with the investigational drug crizanlizumab (SEG101) reduced pain in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) who were experiencing vaso-occlusive crisis according to posthoc results of the phase II SUSTAIN study published online in The American Journal of Hematology. The study found that more than twice as many patients with SCD treated with crizanlizumab did not experience a VOC compared with those treated with placebo.  
November 13, 2018
Patients with blood cancers are burdened with higher costs than patients with other cancers, and spending in blood cancers does not return to precancer levels, according to a new study from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
November 13, 2018
In a speech to the National Association of Medicaid Directors, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said CMS is giving states more flexibility to enact inpatient mental health treatment for Medicaid beneficiaries, reversing a rule known as the "IMD exclusion.”
November 13, 2018
The report finds that another 1.7 million Americans have diabetes than would have been the case if rates had not increased.
November 13, 2018
A law overhauling how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) allows patients to seek outside care is falling behind in implementation; new government guidelines about physical activity say adults need a minimum of 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical activity, or at least 22 minutes a day; more judges around the country are mandating outpatient psychiatric interventions, including therapy and medication, instead of hospitalizations.
November 12, 2018
Patients with transfusion-dependent thalassemia (TDT) and osteoporosis who were treated with denosumab had greater increases in bone mineral density in the femoral neck and lumbar spine, as well as lower pain scores and bone resorption biomarkers, compared with placebo, according to the results of a phase 2b trial.
 
November 12, 2018
An estimated 25,000 Americans who are at high risk for developing lung cancer would be saved annually through low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans, but only 5% of people who qualify are screened. In an effort to increase the number of people getting screened, the American Lung Association (ALA) and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) unveiled a Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Guide during Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
November 12, 2018
Between 1999-2000 to 2014, the use of IV fluids, dopaminergic receptor antagonists prochlorperazine/metoclopramide, ketorolac, and dexamethasone increased while the use of narcotics decreased.
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