News for Patients

  • The ‘financial toxicity’ of multiple myeloma

    on September 18th, 2015
    FROM THE LANCET Even for patients with medical insurance, multiple myeloma therapy can result in “financial toxicity.” In a survey of 100 people receiving at least 3 months of ongoing treatment for multiple myeloma at a tertiary academic medical center, at least 70 patients “had at least a min[...]
  • Warfarin therapy highly unpredictable in real-world practice

    on August 5th, 2015
    FROM THROMBOSIS RESEARCH Only a minority of patients with atrial fibrillation or venous thromboembolism achieved good anticoagulation control while on warfarin, according to a population-based data analysis by Ana Filipa Macedo and her colleagues at Boehringer Ingelheim in the United Kingdom. In fac[...]
  • ASCP: Moving from treatment to prevention in mental illness – an achievable goal?

    on June 26th, 2015
    MIAMI BEACH (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Researchers reporting early work in three areas of chronic mental illness or disability – autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder – shared the promising results of early detection and intervention programs during a plenary session at[...]
  • Feds open ACA special enrollment period during tax season

    on February 20th, 2015
    Medicare officials are giving consumers another chance to enroll in health insurance this year. On Feb. 20, the agency opened a special enrollment period, running from March 15 through April 30, for individuals who are just finding out about the tax penalty for failing to purchase health insurance. [...]
  • Supreme Court to decide whether doctors can sue over low Medicaid payments

    on January 19th, 2015
    Physicians are closely watching a U.S. Supreme Court case that could affect their ability to fight low Medicaid payments. On Jan. 20, the justices will hear arguments in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center Inc., a legal dispute that centers on whether physicians and othe health care providers have[...]
  • Lose the weight or lose the money: Online weight-loss contracts gain favor

    on December 10th, 2014
    AT NAPCRG 2014 NEW YORK (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The more you stand to lose, the deeper your commitment to losing, particularly when it’s your wallet and not your word that’s at stake. People who contractually committed online to lose a certain amount of weight or else fork over a predetermi[...]
  • Cigarette smoking rates among U.S. adults hit all-time low

    on November 26th, 2014
    FROM MMWR The rate of cigarette smoking among adults in the United States dropped from 20.9% in 2005 to 17.8% in 2013, the lowest it has been since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began recording such data in 1965. The numbers come from the Nov. 28 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and M[...]
  • FDA issues final rules requiring calorie tally in restaurants

    on November 25th, 2014
    A wide range of restaurants, cafes, entertainment venues, and even vending machines would have to post calorie counts on food and beverage choices under two proposed rules issued Nov. 25 by the Food and Drug Administration. Both the restaurant menu rule and the vending machine rule are carrying out [...]
  • Mali added to list of countries for enhanced Ebola screening

    on November 17th, 2014
    Travelers arriving in the United States from the West African nation of Mali will be subject to the same enhanced entry screening as are those coming from the Ebola-stricken countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, because of a rise in the number of confirmed Ebola cases within Mali. The meas[...]
  • FDA panel votes against panobinostat as add-on therapy for multiple myeloma

    on November 7th, 2014
    AT AN FDA ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING SILVER SPRING, MD. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The majority of a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel agreed that the risk-benefit profile of panobinostat as add-on treatment to bortezomib and dexamethasone did not support approval as a treatment for mult[...]
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