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Canagliflozin is associated with a reduced risk for renal and cardiovascular events for patients with type 2 diabetes and kidney disease

Canagliflozin Seems Effective for Patients With T2DM, Kidney Disease

Reductions seen in risk for kidney failure, cardiovascular disease with canagliflozin versus placebo
Liraglutide treatment for weight management is not associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events

Liraglutide Not Tied to Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Events

Findings based on post hoc analysis of phase 2 and 3 clinical trials
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
The ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo is of "deep concern" but does not yet qualify as a global emergency

WHO: Congo Ebola Outbreak Still Not a Global Emergency

Outbreak, which began on Aug. 1, 2018, is second deadliest in history
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