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Guideline Update: Early Treatment Decisions in Acute Pancreatitis

Guideline Update: Early Treatment Decisions in Acute Pancreatitis

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The new clinical guidelines address initial management of acute pancreatitis, a critical period for treatment decisions.

When Body Language Says What Words Cannot: Interpreting Patients' Unspoken Messages

When Body Language Says What Words Cannot: Interpreting Patients' Unspoken Messages

Sometimes what someone says with body language is clear, but sometimes it's not — and physicians need to do a little exploring.

Parental Alcohol Supply May Increase Binge Drinking, Alcohol-Related Harms in Adolescents

Parental Alcohol Supply May Increase Binge Drinking, Alcohol-Related Harms in Adolescents

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Levels of reported alcohol dependence and abuse were similar to community-level samples found throughout Australia and other high-income countries.

FDA: Kratom Analysis Identifies Structural Similarities to Opioid Analgesics

FDA: Kratom Analysis Identifies Structural Similarities to Opioid Analgesics

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To date, 44 deaths have been associated with the use of kratom.

Improvement in Influenza Vaccination Rates With Combination Patient Portal Messaging, Interactive Phone Calls

Improvement in Influenza Vaccination Rates With Combination Patient Portal Messaging, Interactive Phone Calls

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Patient portal and voice call notifications resulted in a "small but significant" improvement in vaccination rates.

Characteristics of Antibiotic Prescribing Habits in Advanced Practice vs Physician Providers Examined

Characteristics of Antibiotic Prescribing Habits in Advanced Practice vs Physician Providers Examined

Advanced practice providers were 15% more likely to prescribe antibiotics to adult patients.

Novel Tool Utilizing UV Light May Combat Spread of Influenza

Novel Tool Utilizing UV Light May Combat Spread of Influenza

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Unlike broad-spectrum UVC light, far-UVC light has not been linked to skin cancer or cataracts.

Updated Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes: Focus on CVD, Youth Screening

Updated Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes: Focus on CVD, Youth Screening

Specific changes in the 2018 Standards of Medical Care include a focus on cardiovascular disease, youth screening, and considerations in A1C testing.

Critical Medical Imaging Radioisotope To Be Produced in US

Critical Medical Imaging Radioisotope To Be Produced in US

New technology will create a more stable supply chain for radioisotope Technetium-99m, used in medical imaging procedures.

FDA Approves Avycaz for Hospital-Acquired, Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

FDA Approves Avycaz for Hospital-Acquired, Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

The approval of Avycaz comes as new treatment strategies to fight bacterial pneumonia are needed.

Short-Term vs Career NFL Play: Is Long-Term Mortality Risk Increased?

Short-Term vs Career NFL Play: Is Long-Term Mortality Risk Increased?

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Short-term vs career participation in the National Football League was examined to determine players' long-term mortality risks.

ACIP Releases 2018 Child, Adolescent Immunization Schedule

ACIP Releases 2018 Child, Adolescent Immunization Schedule

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Several updates have been made to the 2017 immunization schedule, including revised recommendations for poliovirus, influenza, and MMR vaccines.

Immunization Update: 2018 Recommended Schedule for Adults Released by ACIP

Immunization Update: 2018 Recommended Schedule for Adults Released by ACIP

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Major changes to the adult immunization schedule include new recommendations for the recombinant zoster vaccine and additional doses of the MMR vaccine in a mumps outbreak setting.

Worldwide Increase in 5-Year Cancer Survival Trends

Worldwide Increase in 5-Year Cancer Survival Trends

Survival trends increased up to 5% for cancers of the liver, pancreas, and lung.

Prior Authorization Equals Current Frustration: Challenges in Practice

Prior Authorization Equals Current Frustration: Challenges in Practice

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Insurance companies believe that if there are enough hurdles to jump over — and if the hurdles are high enough — patients and physicians might stop running.

Pharmacist Feedback, Education Help Reduce Junior Physician Prescription Errors in Inpatient Settings

Pharmacist Feedback, Education Help Reduce Junior Physician Prescription Errors in Inpatient Settings

Participants received either feedback and targeted education or an e-learning intervention focused on safe prescribing.

FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to Intranasal Acromegaly Treatment

FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to Intranasal Acromegaly Treatment

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DP1038 uses patented intranasal absorption technology to offer a non-injectable treatment option.

AHA/ASA Ischemic Stroke Management Guidelines: Expert Takeaway

AHA/ASA Ischemic Stroke Management Guidelines: Expert Takeaway

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The 2018 guideline updates represent interdisciplinary discussion regarding the management of ischemic stroke.

Genetic Testing for Ancestral Origins May Propel Cancer Research to New Heights

Genetic Testing for Ancestral Origins May Propel Cancer Research to New Heights

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Data concerning patients' geographically-defined ancestral background can improve associations between race, ethnicity, and cancer risk.

Daily Dose of OTC NSAIDs Regularly Exceeded

Daily Dose of OTC NSAIDs Regularly Exceeded

The number of study participants who exceeded the daily dose limit of NSAIDs is "nontrivial," according to researchers.

FDA: New Drug Application for Oral Drug Candidate for Major Depressive Disorder

FDA: New Drug Application for Oral Drug Candidate for Major Depressive Disorder

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ALKS 5461 (buprenorphine/samidorphan) is an oral drug candidate for the adjunct treatment of major depressive disorder.

Affordability, Compensation Identified as Top Pharmacy Challenges in 2018

Affordability, Compensation Identified as Top Pharmacy Challenges in 2018

Drug affordability has been identified as a major contributing factor to patient drug nonadherence.

FDA Expands GammaCore Device Clearance for Migraine-Associated Pain

FDA Expands GammaCore Device Clearance for Migraine-Associated Pain

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The new approval for migraine patients was supported by the PRESTO trial, a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled trial.

CDC Advisory: Increased Seasonal Influenza A(H3N2) Activity

CDC Advisory: Increased Seasonal Influenza A(H3N2) Activity

The H3N2 strain of influenza has been predominant in the 2017-2018 influenza season.

Trends in Spending Following ACA Implementation Examined

Trends in Spending Following ACA Implementation Examined

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Overall, implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been associated with reduced out-of-pocket healthcare spending.

Risk for Postoperative Mortality Increases As Surgery Date Approaches Weekend

Risk for Postoperative Mortality Increases As Surgery Date Approaches Weekend

Mortality was also higher in patients who underwent emergent surgery and were admitted during the weekend.

Fast Track Designation Awarded to Investigational Zika Vaccine Candidate

Fast Track Designation Awarded to Investigational Zika Vaccine Candidate

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The ZIK-101 trial has enrolled 240 adults to test the safety and immunogenicity of TAK-426.

FDA: Lutathera Approved to Treat Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

FDA: Lutathera Approved to Treat Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

The radioactive drug is approved to treat somatostatin receptor-positive gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors.

Liquid Vancomycin Approved by FDA for <i>C diff</i> Diarrhea, <i>S aureus</i> Enterocolitis

Liquid Vancomycin Approved by FDA for C diff Diarrhea, S aureus Enterocolitis

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The oral solution will replace a compounding kit used to prepare vancomycin oral liquid therapy.

Interim Publication of Clinical Trial Results May Be Misleading

Interim Publication of Clinical Trial Results May Be Misleading

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Published interim results of ongoing clinical trials may mislead clinicians about whether a particular drug or therapy is beneficial.

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