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A case of remission of psoriasis after treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus has been described in a research letter published online Jan. 16 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Psoriasis Remission Described After Hepatitis C Virus Treatment

Case report: After initiation of ledipasvir-sofosbuvir, HCV RNA decreased, and skin lesions improved
Even minor reductions in childhood measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination

IDSA: Small Drop in MMR Vaccination Rate Would Be Costly

A minor decline in vaccination levels among children would have large public health, economic effects
For patients with stage 4 or 5 chronic kidney disease and hepatitis C virus infection

High Sustained Response Rate for Glecaprevir, Pibrentasvir in HCV

12-week therapy results in high rate of sustained virologic response for patients with CKD, hepatitis C
Patients with desmoplastic melanoma have a high level of objective tumor response to treatment with antibodies to block programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) or PD-1 ligand

High Response of Desmoplastic Melanomas to PD-1 Blockade

Higher percentage of PD-L1-positive cells in the tumor parenchyma of desmoplastic melanomas
Children who received an injectable influenza vaccine (IIV) in 2015-2016 were only slightly more likely than those receiving live attenuated influenza vaccine to return the following season for an IIV

No Change in Flu Shot Rates for Children From ’15-16 to ’16-17

Withdrawal of live attenuated influenza vaccine recommendation not linked to change in rates
For patients using chronic opioids

ACG: Diphenhydramine Ups Sedation in Chronic Opioid Users

Improvement in sedation scores for patients using chronic opioids scheduled to undergo colonoscopy
Americans under age 65 years who were insured through their employer spent more than ever before on health care in 2016

Health Care Spending Up, Mainly Due to Rising Prices

Spending increasing despite no change or decline in utilization of most health care services
Most cancer drugs that enter the market in Europe have no evidence of benefit for survival or quality of life

Most Cancer Drugs Approved in Europe Show No Survival Benefit

Even in the postmarketing period, half of cancers have no evidence of significant survival gain
More than one-quarter of college students report believing that nonmedical use of prescription stimulants can improve academic performance

Many College Students Believe Stimulants Can Boost Grades

More frequent use of alcohol, marijuana also tied to increased likelihood of prescription stimulant use
Pharmacist feedback and education is effective at reducing prescription writing errors by junior doctors in an inpatient setting

Pharmacist Education May Cut Junior Doctor Prescription Errors

Regular and targeted feedback by pharmacists reduces Rx errors; effect of e-learning tools unclear