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Drug combinations found to increase upper gastrointestinal bleeding risk

Published: 01 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am

Combining nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors increased the risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding by up to 190% beyond the baseline risk found for NSAID monotherapy, researchers reported in the October issue of Gastroenterology.


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FDA should consider cardiovascular polypill if one is created

Published: 11 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm

A three-component polypill designed to reduce cardiovascular risk could merit consideration for approval in the United States if it was determined to be both safe and effective, a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee has agreed.


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After 3-year stumble, new weight-loss drug wins FDA approval

Published: 11 Sep 2014 | 5:05 pm

After a delay of more than 3 years, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the nation’s third weight-loss drug, a combination of naltrexone and bupropion.


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FDA committee gives thumbs-down to hypertension combo

Published: 11 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm

A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee has withheld its recommendation of approval for a fixed-dose combination hypertension drug, saying that it offered no significant benefits over its individual components.


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Redundant antibiotics used at 80% of hospitals

Published: 11 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm

Redundant combinations of intravenous antibiotics are used in nearly 8 of 10 hospitals, even though they are very infrequently indicated, said a group of researchers working to promote antimicrobial stewardship in hospitals.


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VIDEO: Study gathers insights on effects of cognitive rehab in MS

Published: 11 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm

BOSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Brain-training with a video game appears to improve cognitive abilities in multiple sclerosis patients with cognitive impairment by increasing thalamo-cortical connectivity in the brain, according to Dr. Laura De Giglio.


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Vitiligo, alopecia more likely in GVHD when donor is female and recipient is male

Published: 10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm

The development of vitiligo or alopecia areata is not common in patients with chronic graft-versus-host disease, but it is significantly more likely to occur when the donor was female, especially when the recipient was male, according to a report published online Sept. 10 in JAMA Dermatology.


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FDA grants first approval of a PD-1 inhibitor, for advanced melanoma

Published: 10 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm

The Food and Drug Administration has granted an accelerated approval to pembrolizumab, a PD-1 inhibitor, for the treatment of patients with advanced or unresectable melanoma that is no longer responding to other drugs.


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Emory's Ebola experience held logistical surprises

Published: 10 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm

Dr. Mehta, associate chief of Emory’s infectious disease service, was one of the primary attending physicians for Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, who recovered from their Ebola infections and were discharged from Emory’s isolation unit on Aug. 19 and Aug. 21.


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Statins do not worsen diabetes microvascular complications, may be protective

Published: 09 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm

Contrary to expectations, statin use before the development of type II diabetes did not worsen microvascular complications such as retinopathy, neuropathy, and gangrene of the foot.


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