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FDA Approves Piqray (alpelisib) as First PI3K Inhibitor for Breast Cancer

 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Piqray (alpelisib) tablets, to be used in combination with the FDA-approved endocrine therapy fulvestrant, to treat postmenopausal women, and men, with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative, PIK3CA-mutated, advanced or metastatic breast cancer...

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AHA News: Many With High Blood Pressure Aren't Worried. Should They Be?

High blood pressure is known as the "silent killer" because there are no obvious warning signs. That might explain why nearly half of people diagnosed with it aren't worried about having a heart attack or stroke, according to a new survey. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, greatly increases the chances of having a heart attack or stroke. "Even...

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Good Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar Levels Can Prevent 'Heart Block'

Keeping blood pressure and blood sugar levels under control might prevent a common heart rhythm disorder called "heart block." That's the finding from a new study analyzing data on more than 6,000 people, aged 30 and older, in Finland. In the study, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) researchers found that 58 of those people developed...

Posted 2 days ago in News for Health Professionals

Medication Nonadherence Common in Patients With T2DM

Routine urine samples can be used to test for medication adherence in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the June issue of Diabetes Care. Prashanth Patel, M.B.B.S., from the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in the United Kingdom, and colleagues used liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry analysis to measure...

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Who's Most Likely to Miss School Due to Eczema?

Hispanic and black children are more likely to miss school than white children due to the chronic skin condition eczema, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed more than a decade of data on more than 8,000 2- to 17-year-olds enrolled in a national eczema registry. Overall, 3.3% missed six or more days of school over a six-month period. That meets...

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Women's Facial Moisturizers Cost More Per Ounce Than Men's

Facial moisturizers marketed to women are significantly more expensive than comparable moisturizers marketed to men, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. Athena J. Manatis-Lornell, from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues evaluated gender-related price discrepancies of facial moisturizers...

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Risk for Suicide Attempts in Children Doubles With Parental Opioid Use

Children of parents who use prescription opioids are at nearly double the risk for suicide attempts, according to a study published online May 22 in JAMA Psychiatry. David A. Brent, M.D., from University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues linked medical claims for parental opioid prescriptions with medical claims for suicide attempts by their children (2010...

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T2DM Is Risk Factor for Liver Fibrosis Progression in NAFLD

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a risk factor for progression of liver fibrosis in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to a study published online May 21 in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Toshifumi Tada, M.D., from Ogaki Municipal Hospital in Japan, and colleagues examined clinical risk factors for progression...

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American Psychiatric Association, May 18-22

The 172nd American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting The annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association was held from May 18 to 22 in San Francisco and attracted approximately 10,000 participants from around the world, including clinicians, academicians, allied health professionals, and others interested in psychiatry. The conference highlighted...

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Postdischarge Fall-Related Injury a Top Readmission Diagnosis

Postdischarge fall-related injury (FRI) is a leading readmission diagnosis for seniors, according to a study published online May 24 in JAMA Network Open. Geoffrey J. Hoffman, Ph.D., from the University of Michigan School of Nursing in Ann Arbor, and colleagues compared the prevalence and ranking of FRIs for 30-day unplanned readmissions among Medicare...

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Your Medicine Is Polluting Our Environment

Doctors prescribe medicines to treat a disease, correct a deficiency, or prevent a condition from happening. For example, beta blockers help lower blood pressure, iron tablets correct iron deficiency, and birth control pills prevent pregnancy. We take our prescribed medication as directed (or sometimes we don’t!) and expect it to do what it is meant […]

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Green Gold

The signing of the 2018 Farm Bill by Trump in December last year paved the way for a more widespread (yet still restricted) cultivation of hemp and a more regulated cannabidiol (CBD) market. And that market is currently booming, with a forecasted revenue of over 22 million by 2022. But there is still a lot […]

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Worshipping The Wine (or Beer) God or Godess

For many Americans, alcohol is a big part of their life. No matter the occasion, from weddings to birthday parties, family gatherings to date nights, most assume alcohol will be available. In fact, more than 50% of people say they would enjoy a major event less if alcohol was prohibited. But at what point does […]

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