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Global life expectancy increasing; HCV-related liver cancer deaths up 125%

December 17, 2014

Data from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 suggest that global life expectancy has increased by 5.8 years among men and 6.6 years among women from 1990 to 2013.

Some causes of death, however, have seen increased rates in that time, according to the data published in The Lancet. The most significant increase is in the rate of death from liver cancer caused by hepatitis C, which has increased by 125%. Other increases in mortality rates include atrial fibrillation and flutter by 100%; drug use disorders by 63%; chronic kidney disease by 37%; sickle cell disorders by 29%; diabetes by 9% and pancreatic cancer by 7%.

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FDA approves Xtoro for acute otitis externa

December 17, 2014
The FDA today announced the approval of Xtoro eardrops for the treatment of acute otitis externa caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus.Xtoro…
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Hospital admissions for acute aortic dissection higher during flu season

December 17, 2014
CHICAGO — Monthly hospitalizations for acute aortic dissection were increased during the peak influenza season from November to March, according to data reported…
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FDA approves plasma pathogen reduction system

December 17, 2014
The FDA has approved the first pathogen reduction system for use in plasma preparation, according to a press release. The Intercept Blood System (Cerus Corp.) for…

SomaGenics granted patents for small RNA platform technologies that inhibit HCV

December 17, 2014
The United States and European Patient Offices have collectively issued a total of four patents to SomaGenics spanning its small RNA platform technologies, according to…
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Regimen Selection in HIV: Considering New Options to Optimize Outcomes

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More than two decades into the antiretroviral therapy (ART) era, there are numerous options for HIV treatment. The goal…
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Student education, immunization requirements necessary to prevent outbreaks on college campuses

November 28, 2014
NEW YORK — James C. Turner, MD, executive director of the department of student health and the National Social…
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CRITICAL ISSUES IN HBV: Considerations in Optimizing HBV Treatment

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Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a global epidemic with a worldwide burden. Physicians must address the importance…
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