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Empagliflozin Impact on Life Expectancy Examined in T2DM Patients With CVD

Empagliflozin Impact on Life Expectancy Examined in T2DM Patients With CVD

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Treatment with empagliflozin may positively impact life expectancy in patients with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Novel Blood Test for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Now Available

Novel Blood Test for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Now Available

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The test works by measuring levels of anti-cytolethal distending toxin B (CdtB) and anti-vinculin, 2 biomarkers of post-infectious IBS-D and IBS-M.

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges in mHealth

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges in mHealth

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The role of mHealth technologies, including smartphone applications and wearable sensors that enable real-time health monitoring, has become more prevalent within the last decade.

Teacher, Student Psychological Well-being Linked

Teacher, Student Psychological Well-being Linked

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Educators' mental health and well-being is associated with their students' mental well-being or feelings of distress.

Aetna-CVS Merger Approved

Aetna-CVS Merger Approved

A $69 billion merger between health insurer Aetna and pharmacy manager CVS Health has been approved.

Rifle Type Affects Number of People Wounded, Killed in Active Shooter Incidents

Rifle Type Affects Number of People Wounded, Killed in Active Shooter Incidents

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Researchers suggested that more data is required to create a centralized database that can be used to inform the debate on an assault weapons ban.

High Quality Care as Important as Universal Health Coverage in Reducing Global Mortality

High Quality Care as Important as Universal Health Coverage in Reducing Global Mortality

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Universal health coverage has been proposed as a way of improving access to healthcare in low- and middle-income countries.

Gardasil 9 Approved for Use in Women and Men 27 Through 45 Years Old

Gardasil 9 Approved for Use in Women and Men 27 Through 45 Years Old

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The approval of the expanded age range was based on data from a clinical trial which evaluated the efficacy of Gardasil (quadrivalent human papillomavirus recombinant vaccine) in 3253 women 27-45 years of age with a median duration of follow-up of 3.5 years post-dose 3.

Revcovi Approved for Adenosine Deaminase Severe Combined Immune Deficiency

Revcovi Approved for Adenosine Deaminase Severe Combined Immune Deficiency

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The FDA approval was supported by data from 2 multicenter, open-label clinical trials (Study 1 [N=6] and Study 2 [N=4]).

Trump to Sign Bills Lifting Drug Price 'Gag Orders' on Pharmacists

Trump to Sign Bills Lifting Drug Price 'Gag Orders' on Pharmacists

Two bills that allow US pharmacists to disclose drug prices to customers to help them save money are expected to be signed today by President Donald Trump.

Patient Perceptions of Clinical Notes at Issue Among Mental Health Providers

Patient Perceptions of Clinical Notes at Issue Among Mental Health Providers

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More primary care practices have been making medical records, including clinical notes, available to patients via secure electronic portals.

Overall Population Well-Being Inversely Related to Healthcare Spending

Overall Population Well-Being Inversely Related to Healthcare Spending

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The overall well-being of a geographically defined population was inversely associated with the amount Medicare spent on its fee-for-service beneficiaries.

How Do Medical Scribes Reduce EHR Documentation Burden for Physicians?

How Do Medical Scribes Reduce EHR Documentation Burden for Physicians?

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The use of medical scribes for electronic health record documentation reduced primary care physician burden.

A Trained Dog Smells Early-Stage Lung Cancer With a High Degree of Accuracy

A Trained Dog Smells Early-Stage Lung Cancer With a High Degree of Accuracy

Humans are used to seeing canines used as tools in forensics — their skills are often harnessed to smell out drugs or trail a criminal. Some dogs are even used to locate household pests. The use of canines to detect lung cancer from smell alone, however, is a new prospect for oncologists and their patients.

Illness Severity, Comorbid Clinical Features Affect Patient Capacity to Provide Informed Consent

Illness Severity, Comorbid Clinical Features Affect Patient Capacity to Provide Informed Consent

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Patients unable to give informed consent displayed insufficient understanding of the study risks and benefits and the difference between research and individualized care.

Substandard, Falsified Medicines Create an Understudied Economic Burden

Substandard, Falsified Medicines Create an Understudied Economic Burden

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The impact of poor-quality medicines is an understudied problem requiring further vigorous economic analyses.

CDC Guideline for Opioid Prescribing May Have Effectively Reduced Opioid Prescribing Practices

CDC Guideline for Opioid Prescribing May Have Effectively Reduced Opioid Prescribing Practices

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain" may have contributed to a further reduction in several opioid prescribing practices.

Additional Symjepi Dosage Strength Approved for Anaphylaxis Treatment

Additional Symjepi Dosage Strength Approved for Anaphylaxis Treatment

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Both doses will be supplied in single-dose, prefilled syringes for manual injection.

Outpatient Engagement May Lower Suicide Attempts in Patients With Fibromyalgia

Outpatient Engagement May Lower Suicide Attempts in Patients With Fibromyalgia

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Researchers identified risk factors for suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in patients with fibromyalgia.

Mistaking Legal Recourse for Evidence-Based Medical Practices in Surrogacy

Mistaking Legal Recourse for Evidence-Based Medical Practices in Surrogacy

Paying a surrogate to carry a fetus shoehorns a fourth, and fifth, party into the already tight therapeutic triangle formed by the biological mom, fetus, and physician.

FDA Announces Draft Guidance for Consumer OTC Access to Previously Prescription Drugs

FDA Announces Draft Guidance for Consumer OTC Access to Previously Prescription Drugs

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The US Food and Drug Association has issued a draft guidance for helping prescription medications gain approval for nonprescription status.

Maryland Legislature: Will Federal Courts Permit State Regulation of Drug Prices?

Maryland Legislature: Will Federal Courts Permit State Regulation of Drug Prices?

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In response to the growing burden of pharmaceutical products on state budgets, Maryland introduced House Bill 631 to prohibit manufacturer price gouging.

Labeling for Hereditary Factor X Deficiency Treatment Coagadex Updated

Labeling for Hereditary Factor X Deficiency Treatment Coagadex Updated

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In an open-label, non-randomized clinical trial, the use of Coagadex in routine prophylaxis of bleeding episodes was evaluated in 9 children <12 years of age.

FDA Issues Safety Communication Regarding Pen Needle Use

FDA Issues Safety Communication Regarding Pen Needle Use

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Standard pen needles have an outer cover and removable inner needle cover, while safety pen needles have an outer cover and a fixed inner needle shield that is not removed before an injection.

Manufacturers Increase Drug Prices Twice as Fast During Drug Shortages

Manufacturers Increase Drug Prices Twice as Fast During Drug Shortages

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Prices of prescription drugs in short supply between 2015 and 2016 were found to increase more than twice as quickly as they would have in the absence of a shortage.

The Relationship Between Highpoint Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts

The Relationship Between Highpoint Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts

These findings point to the need to continue and expand clinical understanding of the variables contributing to suicidal behavior and the role of suicidal ideation.

Physician Perspectives: Examining the Intersections of White Privilege and Racism in Medicine

Physician Perspectives: Examining the Intersections of White Privilege and Racism in Medicine

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Racial insensitivity, stereotyping, and racially based decisions continue to occur in medical school admissions, recruitment, and management, as well as patient care.

Consensus-Based Recommendations Released to Improve Osteoporosis Diagnosis, Treatment

Consensus-Based Recommendations Released to Improve Osteoporosis Diagnosis, Treatment

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The ASBMR Secondary Fracture Prevention Initiative Coalition outlined recommendations to improve efforts to increase diagnosis and treatment of individuals who are at high risk for osteoporosis.

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

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Patients and their families are advocating for their right to access the latest medical research papers to help find potential treatments and understand health conditions.

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

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Wide variations in influenza vaccine coverage have been noted across healthcare personnel based on occupation and worksite.

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