|This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.|
Advertise in this news brief.
Get up to date information on nutrition and nutrition research from Michael Greger, M.D. at NutritionFacts.org. Click here to view the website!
Granix is now available in the fight against neutropenia during chemotherapy. Click here to view the USPI! Visit www.granixrx.com for more information.
Click here to view the following free CME/CEU program:
Non-Invasive Pre Natal Testing: What Managed Care Needs to Know
Click Here to view the Journal of Managed Care Medicine
Click Here to view our Complimentary Online CME/CEU Webcasts
Click here to check out the "Latest in Clinical Nutrition" DVD available for purchase now!
Announcing the NAMCP Medical Directors Lung Cancer Resource Center. Click here to visit the website.
Be sure to check out the study results of Verinata's Non-Invasive Prenatal Technology. Click here to view the press release.
On Aug 19, 2013, the FDA issued a label change for ADCETRIS® (brentuximab vedotin). Below is a copy of the updated USPI for your review. Key label changes found within the attachments include:
1. Dosage and Administration Section 1: 16 cycle limitation has been removed from the label. New label states "Continue treatment until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity"
2. Warnings and Precautions Section 5: Growth factor support added for consistency with Dose Modification in section 2.2
CLICK HERE to view the USPI.
The Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators white paper, "Assessing the Creative Application and Usefulness of NSider: A Tactical Tool for the Oncology Nurse Navigator" was published in the journal, The Oncology Nurse-APN/NP.
Click here to view the white paper.
Click Here to visit the Population Health Management Institute
How to navigate the politics of medicine
By Karen Childress
There are plenty of doctors who willingly take on leadership roles that land them squarely in the middle of all kinds of interesting and challenging encounters within an organization. Thank goodness for them, because someone needs to be on the front line advocating for patients and members of the medical staff. Your hospital's medical staff bylaws may require a certain level of committee participation on your part. If this is the case, pick and choose so that you can contribute in areas that are a good fit with your strengths and interests.
| Share this article:
Co-ops the underdog in health insurance marketplace
Consumer-run health insurance cooperatives, which were included in the Affordable Care Act to stimulate competition and lower prices, have been stymied by the insurance industry and a lack of publicity, industry and healthcare experts say. The consumer-operated and run insurance companies, called co-ops, are often funded by government loans.
New contractor for insurance exchange website faces quite a challenge
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
After its three-year contract to build the federal health insurance exchange website culminated in a launch full of glitches and bad press, CGI Federal did not receive a contract renewal. Instead, the federal government is putting its faith — and more than $45 million — in Arlington, Va.-based Accenture Federal Services to oversee the HealthCare.gov website. After the myriad problems that plagued the site at the time of its launch, experts say Accenture has its work cut out for it over the next year.
Get CEUs and Safety Training for your Nurses and Case Managers! Group rates available! CareerSmart offers online CEUs and safety training applicable for Nurses, Case Managers and other healthcare professionals. They are designed to help staff prevent work-related injuries and maintain compliance with mandated continuing education requirements.
FDA: NEW TREATMENTS & TECHNOLOGY
The FDA nixes a pathbreaking drug for MS
The Wall Street Journal
Alemtuzumab is used today as an intravenous treatment for a form of leukemia. But 20 years of research centered at Cambridge University also has shown that the action of this drug—depleting immune cells that become misdirected and attack one's own body — is effective in treating multiple sclerosis.
FDA panel recommends approval of Northera for hypotension treatment
The FDA's Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee voted 16-1 to recommend approval of droxidopa for the treatment of hypotension in patients with primary autonomic failure. The panel made its recommendation despite reservations from FDA staff, who expressed concerns about safety and efficacy data as well as the design of studies conducted by the sponsor, Chelsea Therapeutics, to make the case for droxidopa, which would be marketed under the name Northera if approved.
Click Here to visit the Genomics, Biotech & Emerging Medical Technology Institute
With genetic testing, patients can see the future
Denis Keegan was out of answers. The 30-year-old was suffering from kidney disease, but his doctors were struggling to pinpoint the cause. That's when Keegan turned to genetic testing. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester extracted his DNA from a blood sample and examined his genome.
Searching genes to avoid medical side effects
The Wall Street Journal
Scientists searching for a way to avoid prescribing medications to patients that may cause dangerous physical or behavioral responses are turning increasingly to those patients' DNA. The concept of personalized medicine, tailoring treatment to patients based on their genetic makeup or other individual characteristics, is more often associated with determining which patients may respond best to which drug.
Study: Jet lag disrupts rhythm of hundreds of genes
Researchers have found evidence that jet lag causes "profound disruption" to more than a 1,000 genes, including many that are normally drawn upon to maintain, repair and protect the body. The findings might help to explain why people with jet lag feel so miserable, with ailments ranging from nausea and anxiety to stomach complaints and memory problems, scientists said.
Click Here to visit the Center for Preventive Health and Lifestyle Medicine
Fish oil may help severe brain damage recovery
Science World Report
Grant Virgin's severe brain injury may have been saved by the simple consumption of fish oil. When the California teenager endured the injury after a brutal hit-and-run according to CNN, doctors told his family that due to compound bone fractures and a spinal fracture from being struck by a car, he wouldn't' live until morning.
Click Here to visit the Oncology Institute
Toilet paper could hide a cancer warning sign
LiveScience via Fox News
Toilet paper containing red ink could disguise a dangerous medical condition, one doctor believes. Paper that is decorated with pictures or designs that include red ink could look bloody when wet, and traces of red blood in the toilet are one of the most common signs of colon cancer, colorectal surgeon Dr. Guy Nash of Poole Hospital, in England, wrote in a letter published Jan. 15 in the journal BMJ Case Reports.
'Sleep hormone' tied to possible lower prostate cancer risk
HealthDay News via Philly.com
A link may exist between the sleep hormone melatonin and prostate cancer, according to a new study. But experts say it's too early for men to start popping melatonin supplements to help prevent the disease. Results of the study, which included 928 Icelandic men, suggest men who have higher levels of melatonin may have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer, said lead author Sarah Markt, a doctoral candidate in the department of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health.
| Looking for similar articles? Search here, keyword "cancer."|
Click Here to visit the Behavioral Health Institute
Mental health and the Affordable Care Act
With an estimated 1 in 4 American adults suffering from a mental disorder in any given year, we cannot lose sight of the fact that mental illness remains a major public health issue of our generation. Nor should we only acknowledge our country's perennial mental health crisis in times of a national tragedy like a mass shooting.
Living with anxiety, searching for joy
Kat Kinsman writes: I am hunched in half on a blue chair on the third floor of the Tiffany & Co. flagship store, willing myself to calm down or simply disappear. At this moment, the latter seems a more likely possibility, but even so, it's not working. A neatly suited young woman is dispatched to assess the state of my well-being, because so far as I can tell, most other ladies are pretty jazzed to be in the temple of sparkle and promise.
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.
"Genital warts have been closely linked with cervical cancer and can cause problems during pregnancy, according to the Mayo Clinic."
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063