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Rydapt (midostaurin) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA Approves Kinase Inhibitor for Treatment of AML

Midostaurin, in combination with chemotherapy, treats acute myeloid leukemia in adults
Brineura (cerliponase alfa) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a specific form of Batten disease

Enzyme Replacement Drug OK’d for Form of Batten Disease

Brineura will be used to treat children with late infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2 Batten

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, April 22-26

The 2017 American Association of Neurological Surgeons 85th Annual Scientific Meeting The annual meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons...
Physicians should take three essential steps to reduce the amount of unwanted

AMA Urges Doctors to Talk About Safe Opioid Storage, Disposal

Experts recommend three steps to reduce non-medical uses of the drugs
Preventable hospital-acquired complications are associated with increased risk of adverse outcomes

Hospital-Acquired Complications Especially Dangerous in CKD

Increased risk of mortality, longer LOS, readmissions, especially among those with CKD
Invited speakers at medical conferences tend to be disproportionately male

Meeting Organizers Overlooking Qualified Female Scientists

Active generation of lists of potential speakers, assessment of qualifications can address bias
Assessment of plasma catecholamines on the morning of surgery can predict the likelihood of postoperative atrial fibrillation for patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery

Plasma Catecholamines Predict Post-Op A-Fib After Cardiac Sx

Composite preoperative catecholamine marker linked to four-fold increased occurrence of POAF
The risk of end-stage renal disease varies among living kidney donors

Race, Sex Impact Risk of ESRD for Living Kidney Donors

Increased risk of ESRD with black race and male sex; older age tied to increased risk in nonblack donors
A mechanistic model based on Gaussian process models and data assimilation can produce a personalized

Algorithm Integrated Into App Forecasts Glucose Levels

Method using Gaussian process models produces personalized, nutrition-based forecast
Routine blood tests waste money and can damage patient care

Routine Blood Tests Can Harm Patient Care

Authors of opinion piece say unnecessary lab tests contribute to rising costs, can damage patient care