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Ocaliva (obeticholic acid) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat primary biliary cholangitis in combination with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) in adults with inadequate response to UDCA

FDA Approves Ocaliva for Primary Biliary Cholangitis

For patients who have not responded to, or cannot tolerate, ursodeoxycholic acid
Women planning to become pregnant should wait at least eight weeks before trying to conceive if they or their partner live in -- or are returning from -- areas where Zika virus infections are occurring

WHO Changes Advisory Regarding Sexual Transmission of Zika

Women planning to conceive should now wait eight weeks if they or partner live in high Zika-risk areas

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, May 25-29

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists' 25th Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress The annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists was...
Smoking during pregnancy may increase the risk of the child developing schizophrenia

Smoking in Pregnancy Tied to Schizophrenia Risk for Child

Findings based on analysis of maternal levels of cotinine
For women

Thigh Muscle Strength Predicts Knee Replacement Risk in Women

For women, but not men, knee extensor strength at time 0 significantly lower in patients than controls
Providing inpatients with an educational booklet before colonoscopy improves the odds of achieving adequate bowel preparation

Educational Booklet Improves Bowel Preparation for Inpatients

Odds of achieving adequate bowel preparation increased for those receiving educational booklet
Next-generation sequencing may greatly improve a physician's ability to quickly diagnose rare genetic diseases in newborns

Next-Generation Sequencing Can ID Rare Diseases in Newborns

Technique, performed in a hospital-based laboratory, offers timely results
Achieving the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS 90-90-90 target strategy would be effective and cost-effective in South Africa

Achieving U.N. Target Cost-Effective for HIV in South Africa

Achieving UNAIDS 90-90-90 target would be effective and cost-effective over five, 10 years
Betrixaban may be beneficial versus enoxaparin in acutely ill medical patients

Possible Benefit Found for Betrixaban in Acutely Ill

No significant difference versus enoxaparin in prespecified primary efficacy outcome
Listening to relaxing music before eye surgery reduces patients' anxiety and their need for sedation

Music During Eye Surgery = Less Sedation

And, patients who listen to relaxing music before procedure have less anxiety