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WEIGHTED BLANKET INCREASES MELATONIN AND IMPROVES SLEEP – October 3, 2022

 

AMYLYX PRICES NEWLY APPROVED ALS DRUG AT $158,000 PER YEAR – September 30, 2022

 

NEW FDA HEALTHY FOOD LABELING GUIDELINES – September 29, 2022
 
LECANEMAB  EARLY PHASE 3 DATA FOR MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT IN ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE – September 28, 2022

 

WHY IS THERE DUPLICATE INFORMATION IN THE EMR? – September 26, 2022
 
White House Announces 1.5 Billion (and MOre) to Fight Opioid Crisis – September 23,. 2022
 
FDA Rejects poziotinib for NSCLC – September 22, 2022

 

 

 

Feature Stories
 

Emphysema Severity May be Indicator of a Higher Risk of Lung Cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2022 an estimated 236,740 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed and 130,180 deaths will occur from this disease. Lung cancer accounts for almost 25% of all cancer deaths in the US. Most cases occur in individuals who are 65 years or older; however, a very small number of people who are

Equity and Aging

A new study of 1752 adults age 50 and older found that two-thirds think where they live now meets their needs for services like health care, grocery stores, and social opportunities. The majority of those surveyed felt ready to stay in their homes and communities as long as possible, and that they could reach out for help from a loved

Daily Aspirin Recommendations for Cardiovascular Disease Updated

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for more than 1 in 4 deaths annually in the United States. CVD can happen at any age; it is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Risk factors for CVD include older age, hypertension, unhealthy cholesterol levels, diabetes, and obesity. In recent years, the utilization of daily aspirin to prevent CVD and

Annual PTSD Costs Exceed Depression and Anxiety

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that may develop after an individual experiences or witnesses a life-threatening event. While often associated with war, PTSD may develop after abuse, assault, violence, a terroristic act, or a disaster. The National Center for PTSD estimates that about 12 million adults in the US have PTSD during a given year. A

Study Identifies New Factors That Can Predict Breast Cancer Recurrence

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. Studies are providing a better understanding of the underlying biology of breast cancer and identifying opportunities for treatments. Researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center conducted one such investigation. They analyzed expanded epithelial cells from women with breast cancer who had chemotherapy before their surgery and found

Understanding Biosimilars

Earlier this week the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Approved a Biologics License Application (BLA) for bevacizumab-maly, a biosimilar referencing Avastin (bevacizumab). This is the third biosimilar of bevacizumab approved in the US. A biosimilar is a medication that is almost identical to another medication. The approval of biosimilar products is regulated by the 2010 Biologics Price Competition and Innovation

New Genetic Risk Scores Could Help Patients and Primary Care Physicians Make Health Decisions

Your health risks are often dependent upon your genetics. Assessing a single DNA difference that has a small effect on risk may not be clinically useful. However, when hundreds or thousands of these small risks are added up into a single score, often called a polygenic risk score (PRS), they might offer clinically meaningful information about a person’s disease risk.

Avian influenza Affects 30 States, CDC Says No Threat to Humans at This Time

The US Department of Agriculture reports that avian flu has now spread to 30 states.  Avian influenza (AI) is caused by an influenza type A virus which is classified by a combination of two groups of proteins: hemagglutinin or “H” proteins, of which there are 16 (H1–H16), and neuraminidase or “N” proteins, of which there are 9 (N1–N9). AI viruses

Better CV Health Could Prevent The Onset Of Elderly Depression, Particularly In Women

The National Institute on Aging reports that depression is a common problem among older adults. Social Isolation brought on by the COVID -19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem. However, depression is not a normal part of aging and is treatable. New research suggests that improving cardiovascular (CV) health may also help in preventing the onset of depression in the elderly.

Study Identifies Therapeutic Target for Alzheimer’s Disease

The CDC estimates that as many as 6.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. This number is projected to nearly triple to 14 million people by the year 2060. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia that results in memory loss and cognitive impairment in the US. A new study by a team of researchers from the

Clinical Trials Under-Report Relevant Past Studies

Clinical trials are necessary to help identify safe and effective methods for preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases. However, a systematic review published in the journal Med finds that clinical trial protocols often do not reference accessible, relevant trials and do not document systematic searches for relevant clinical trials. Subsequently, ethics review committees receive an incomplete picture of the research landscape

Federal Report Calls for Improvements in Nursing Home Care

The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions estimate that 151,726 nursing home residents and staff have died from Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.  The effect of the pandemic on staffing and providing high-quality nursing home care has been devastating. A report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that wide-ranging systemic changes are needed to