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Healio News 08/05/2020 11:47
Fecal microbiota transplantation was associated with short-term reductions in alcohol craving and consumption in men with alcohol use disorder, according to research published in Hepatology. Jasmohan S. Bajaj, MD, of the division of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Virginia Commonwealth University, and colleagues wrote that therapies that can encourage reduced alcohol use are critical tools against mortality and morbidities caused by alcohol use disorder (AUD) and alcohol-related cirrhosis. “Other studies have demonstrated a potential role of microbiota in the addictive behavior,”
Healio News 08/05/2020 11:33
The COVID-19 pandemic, which necessitated that greater numbers of patients receive dialysis at home, may give rise to continued increases in the utilization of such home-based therapies, according to two nephrology experts. “As the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic has unfolded, efforts to facilitate social distancing while minimizing person-to-person transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus has resulted in unprecedented changes across all facets of society,” Edwina A. Brown, MD, FRCP, and Jeffrey Perl, MD, FRCP, wrote in a published.
Healio News 08/05/2020 11:21
President Donald J. Trump recently signed four executive orders aimed at lowering prescription drug prices for Americans. “The four orders that I’m signing today will completely restructure the prescription drug market, in terms of pricing and everything else, to make these medications affordable and accessible for all Americans,” Trump said during his remarks on the orders. Alex Azar, president of HHS, said in a press release that the orders “will deliver billions of dollars in discounts directly to patients at the pharmacy counter, safe low-cost imported drugs for.
Healio News 08/05/2020 11:20
Rivaroxaban reduced risk for recurrent venous thromboembolism compared with warfarin among patients with VTE and obesity, according to study results presented during International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis 2020 Virtual Congress. Results of the study, published simultaneously in Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, also showed no significant differences in major bleeding with rivaroxaban (Xarelto, Janssen). “Guidelines recommend the use of specific direct oral anticoagulants in cancer-associated thrombosis. However, there is still limited evidence to support these.
Healio News 08/05/2020 10:41
The European Board of Orthopaedics and Traumatology exam is a specialist exam in trauma and orthopaedics. For the last 18 years, it has been run in different European countries with the aim to improve the standard of knowledge and professional competence of surgeons. The exam is open to certified specialists from Europe and trainees in their final year of training in a recognized European training scheme program, as well as non-EU citizen working in an EU country. This year, the global COVID-19 pandemic forced the difficult decision to be made to postpone the 2020 European Board of Orthopaedics.
Healio News 08/05/2020 10:41
The EFORT Robotics Travelling Fellowship 2020 supported by Stryker took place February to March 2020. Fellows David A. George, MBChB, BMedSc, FRCS (Trauma & Orth), and Veenesh Selvaratnam, MBChB, FRCS (Trauma & Orth), CCT (Trauma & Orth), of the United Kingdom give an overview of their experience during the fellowship. It was our honor to be awarded the first EFORT Robotic Travelling Fellowship, which ran from 23 February until 21 March 2020. During this time, we had the opportunity to visit three centers across Europe and met some fantastic surgeons and their teams, who had a.
Healio News 08/05/2020 10:41
EFORT Open Reviews is the new open access journal from EFORT and Bone & Joint Publishing. All articles are free to read online with no subscription required. Have you read these articles yet? The current state of bionic limbs from the surgeon’s viewpoint Marko Bumbairevi, Aleksandar Lesic, Tomislav Palibrk, Darko Milovanovic, Milan Zoka, Tamara Kravi-Stevovi, Stanisa Raspopovic Distal interlocking for short trochanteric nails: Static, dynamic or no locking? Review of the literature and decision algorithm Alexei Buruian, Francisco Silva Gomes, Tiago Roseiro, Claudia Vale, André.
Healio News 08/05/2020 10:07
Changes proposed to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for next year include making permanent certain telehealth and workforce flexibilities provided during the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS announced in a press release. The agency is following guidance from an executive order, called Improving Rural and Telehealth Access, which was signed by President Donald J. Trump earlier this week. “The executive order and proposed rule advance our efforts to improve access and convenience of care for Medicare beneficiaries, particularly those living in rural areas,” according to the CMS release.
Healio News 08/05/2020 09:44
Hispanic and Latino patients with peripheral artery disease underuse guideline-recommended CV medications such as antiplatelet and lipid-lowering therapies, researchers found. Findings from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SoL) were published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. “Heightened attention and more efforts to improve treatment are needed in the care of PAD patients to prevent future cardiovascular events and leg amputation,” Simin Hua, MHSc, associate researcher in the department of epidemiology and population health at Albert.
Healio News 08/05/2020 09:11
Foot complications of diabetes typically require face-to-face consultations and treatment, presenting several unique challenges for clinicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals with diabetic foot disease tend to have multiple comorbidities, making them among the most susceptible to worse COVID-19 outcomes, including hospitalization, intubation and death. At the same time, resources for outpatient management, such as X-rays and bloodwork, have been limited during the pandemic, clinic hours have been reduced and reliance on telemedicine has increased. In a review published in May in.
Healio News 08/05/2020 08:58
The FDA has granted fast track designation to delgocitinib cream for the potential treatment of moderate to severe chronic hand eczema in adults, Leo Pharma announced in a press release. An investigational topical pan-Janus kinase inhibitor, delgocitinib inhibits activation of the JAK-STAT pathway, which drives the pathophysiology of chronic inflammatory skin diseases, the release said. “Moderate to severe CHE can be a disabling skin disease that can disrupt the ability for people to work and be self-sufficient because their hands can feel so raw and painful,” Kim Kjøller,
Healio News 08/05/2020 06:00
New data indicate that the prevalence of diabetes and hypertension among patients with COVID-19 is lower than previously reported. It was the top story in endocrinology last week. Another top story is about a study that showed the risk for metabolic syndrome is higher among postmenopausal women than premenopausal women. Read these and more top stories in endocrinology below: Prevalence of diabetes, hypertension among COVID-19 patients likely lower than reported Risks for ICU admission and death from COVID-19 are higher for adults with diabetes and hypertension, but the number of patients with.
Healio News 08/05/2020 05:30
Although sarilumab fared no better than the standard of care regarding clinical improvement and mortality among patients with severe COVID-19, the drug was linked to faster recovery among patients with minor lung consolidation. “Severe COVID-19 is characterized by significantly elevated plasma level of the proinflammatory cytokines interleukin (IL)-1, IL-6, tumor necrosis factor-alpha and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) suggesting that hyperinflammation may represent a primary instigator of SARS-CoV-2 related ARDS as well as a potential rationale therapeutic target,”
Healio News 08/04/2020 17:22
Canagliflozin, an SGLT2 inhibitor, may lead to rosuvastatin toxicity when they are prescribed together, according to a case report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “To our knowledge, this is the first published report of a drug interaction between rosuvastatin and canagliflozin,” Eugene Brailovski, MD, CM, of the University of Toronto, and colleagues wrote. “The possibility of such an interaction is important because these drugs are taken by millions of patients worldwide and are increasingly prescribed together.” Brailovski and colleagues described a case.
Healio News 08/04/2020 16:41
Calcitonin gene-related peptide, or CGRP, monoclonal antibodies reduced headache frequency among a small cohort of older adults with migraine, data show. The study was presented at the virtual American Headache Society Annual Scientific Meeting. Aimovig (erenumab-aooe, Amgen), Emgality (galcanezumab-gnlm, Eli Lilly and Co.) and Ajovy (fremanezumab-vfrm, Teva) were approved by the FDA for migraine prevention in 2018. There is limited data on the safety and efficacy of these treatments among older adults, according to Payal Patel Soni, MD, a headache medicine fellow at Cleveland Clinic’s.
Healio News 08/04/2020 16:32
A global clinical trial will test the safety and efficacy of monoclonal antibody treatments among patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the NIH announced. According to an NIH press release, patients admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 can begin volunteering to take part in the phase 3 randomized, controlled trial known as ACTIV-3, which will begin by testing the investigational monoclonal antibody known as LY-CoV555, which was discovered in a blood sample of a patient who recovered from COVID-19. The trial is designed to expand to test multiple different kinds of monoclonal antibody.
Healio News 08/04/2020 16:05
A voluntary screening program implemented to protect personnel and patients from asymptomatic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 showed that every asymptomatic health care worker at a Michigan hospital tested negative, researchers reported. The study was conducted at a 283-bed teaching hospital. The results, published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, indicated that “rigorous infection control practices, including universal patient testing, symptom screening of hospital workers, and cohorting of COVID-19 patients, are an effective method of preventing SARS-CoV-2 acquisition in.
Healio News 08/04/2020 16:04
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted research, outcomes, long-term care and disparities related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, according to presenters at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2020. Regarding its effects on research, Gregory Jicha, MD, PhD, chair of the Alzheimer’s Association Clinical Trials Advancement and Methods professional interest area, highlighted steps to safely conduct Alzheimer’s disease-related studies in the current pandemic environment. “We have to understand that we have a unique population,” Jicha said.
Healio News 08/04/2020 15:39
Hypertension was significantly undertreated among individuals in the United States with a history of stroke, according to a study published in JAMA Neurology. “Each year in the United States, more than 750,000 adults experience a stroke ... Hypertension is a major risk factor for secondary stroke and is responsible for most of the global cerebrovascular disease burden,” Daniel Santos, MD, and Mandip S. Dhamoon, MD, DrPH, both of the department of neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, wrote. “We aimed to summarize the proportion of individuals in the United.

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