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Key opinion leaders discuss top news from 2019

Cardiology Today, January 2020
Approximately 50% of high school students are vaping. The major product in these devices is nicotine, one of the most addicting substances known. As…

Cancer clinic closings linked to increased health care spending

December 31, 2019
Increased travel time for oncologic care due to cancer clinic closings appeared to be associated with greater Medicare spending and patient cost…
Cover Story

Early action required for prevention, management of fatty liver in type 2 diabetes

Endocrine Today, December 2019
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, a condition traditionally treated by hepatologists, is widespread and frequently associated with obesity…
In the JournalsPerspective

CDK 4/6 inhibitors effective across age groups in breast cancer subset

November 22, 2019
Combinations of cyclin-dependent kinase 4/6 inhibitors and aromatase inhibitors appeared effective among older and younger women with hormone…

The University of Alabama at Birmingham names cancer center director

October 27, 2019
Barry Paul Sleckman, MD, has been appointed director of O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at The University of Alabama at Birmingham…

Vincristine shortage underscores vulnerability of ‘fragile market’ for crucial treatments

October 23, 2019
A shortage of the chemotherapy drug vincristine, which is essential to the treatment of most pediatric cancers, has left the oncology community…
FDA News

FDA awards $15 million to fund trials of treatments for rare diseases

October 8, 2019
The FDA awarded 12 grants worth more than $15 million to fund clinical trials of medical products intended to treat patients with rare diseases. The…

ASH presents bridge grants to 19 investigators

October 7, 2019
ASH awarded $150,000 each to 19 investigators through the society’s bridge grant program, designed to sustain promising hematologic research…
Molecular Oncology

Ovarian cancer: Is this the beginning of the end?

HemOnc Today, August 10, 2019
Michael J. Birrer, MD, PhD
There will be 22,530 new cases of ovarian cancer in the United States this year. Although tumors often present at an advanced stage, it remains one…
In the Journals

Leukemia Research Foundation awards grants to 12 investigators

July 29, 2019
The Leukemia Research Foundation awarded $1.2 million in research grants. The money — awarded through the Hollis Brownstein Research Grants…
In the Journals

TAVR, surgical AVR increase risk for new-onset AF

July 3, 2019
Patients who underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement or surgical AVR had an increased risk for new-onset atrial fibrillation, according to a…
Cover Story

Sickle cell disease poised for ‘golden age of treatment’ amid progress toward cure

HemOnc Today, June 10, 2019
As researchers work to expand curable approaches for sickle cell disease, new options for managing its acute and chronic complications appear within…

CDC opioid-prescribing guidelines impede patients who ‘should not have to fight for access’

April 24, 2019
Leaders of ASH, ASCO and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network submitted a letter to the CDC recently seeking clarification of the agency’s…
Meeting NewsPerspective

ODYSSEY Outcomes: Lowering Lp(a), corrected LDL reduce CV events in ACS

March 26, 2019
NEW ORLEANS — Major adverse CV events were predicted in patients with recent ACS based on their lipoprotein(a) levels at baseline, according to…
In the Journals

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest ranks third in disability burdens

March 12, 2019
Incidents of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in adults are the third-highest rate of health loss due to fatal and nonfatal disease burden, according…
Cover Story

‘There needs to be urgency’ to address late endocrinopathies in childhood cancer survivors

HemOnc Today, March 10, 2019
For pediatric cancer survivors, the disease and its treatments place them at risk for subsequent health complications, many of which are endocrine…
In the Journals

AHA updates BP measurement standards

March 4, 2019
Advances in techniques to measure BP accurately are essential outside and in the office setting, according to a scientific statement published by the…
In the Journals

Expanded medication regimen acceptable to many patients with HF

March 2, 2019
Patients with HF reported they were willing to take additional medications for the treatment of their condition despite already taking several…
Cover Story

Every Step You Take: Tracking Patients Using Wearable Technology

Healio Rheumatology, February 2019
If your wrist has recently told you that it is time to get up and walk around, you are not alone. Wearable technology, exemplified by household brand…

Is there a future for neuroprotection in the treatment of glaucoma?

Ocular Surgery News U.S. Edition, January 10, 2019
Point The clinical trial design to test neuroprotection has improved dramatically recently, and we now have convincing clinical evidence that…