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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


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GENOMICS

Insight into the origin of the genetic code
ScienceDaily
An analysis of enzymes that load amino acids onto transfer RNAs — an operation at the heart of protein translation — offers new insights into the evolutionary origins of the modern genetic code, researchers report.
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Mom's genes may affect how fast you age
LiveScience via Fox News
Eating well, sleeping well and exercising may help keep people young at heart, but mutated genes passed down from mothers may also predetermine aging rates, new research suggests. Aging manifests itself in a variety of age-associated diseases as well as changes in physical appearance, and occurs at different rates in different people.
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BIOTECH/DIAGNOSTICS/PERSONALIZED MEDICINE


Do you know what personalized medicine means?
GigaOM
Plenty of genetic testing and analysis startups want to use personalized medicine to revolutionize healthcare — but there's one thing they may have to do first: Help consumers understand what that actually means. According to a report released from research firm GfK, just 27 percent of U.S. consumers said they'd heard of the term "personalized medicine," and just 4 percent could accurately describe it as medical care that matched a person's genetic makeup.
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Novel strategies: Side effects with long-term antibiotic treatment
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Antibiotics, commonly available since the 1940s, have done wonders at saving patients with infections ranging from pneumonia to sexually transmitted diseases. In 2010, doctors and other healthcare providers prescribed 258 million courses of antibiotics for a population close to 309 million. Besides the issue of emerging antibiotic resistance, there may be additional problems with antibiotic treatment — detrimental side effects — especially if treatment is prolonged. New research indicates that antibiotics may damage human cells.
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REGENERATIVE MEDICINE


Scientists grow mini brains from stem cells
CNN
We've seen beating heart tissue, windpipes and bladders all grown from stem cells. Now researchers have taken another important step forward by growing mini brains from these programmable cells. They're not actually functioning brains — in the same way that a car with the engine on its roof or wheels on its hood isn't a drivable vehicle — but the parts are there, and that's an important scientific advancement, according to Juergen Knoblich, senior author of a new study on using stem cells to grow brain tissue.
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Could stem cells replace cancerous tissues?
Science World Report
A new study looks at why some cells tend to be more cancerous than others and how adult stem cells can play a vital role in replacing these deadly tissues. According to research from Carnegie's Alex Marianes and Allan Sprading, they used accessible tissue from adult stem cells in the midsection of a fruit fly gut to provide results that could possibly kill cancerous cells.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Fruit flies aid efforts to develop personalized cancer treatments (Scientific American)
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Telemedicine: A community perspective (By Tracy Stanley)

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EMERGING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES


iPad app helps surgeons in the operating room, gives digital overlays of key blood vessels
MedCity News
As augmented reality technology improves, you're going to see it in use everywhere — including the operating room. German research institute Fraunhofer MEVIS has created an app that lets surgeons use the iPad as a real-time viewfinder during surgeries. Not only does the app let doctors better plan their operations, but it also gives them digital overlays of key blood vessels.
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High-tech monitors in hospitals offer TV, medical data
Sun Sentinel via The Columbus Dispatch
TVs in your hospital room are so yesterday. In the near future, flat-screen terminals mounted on the wall or near your bedside might offer a lot more than entertainment. Patients will be able to surf the Internet, order their meals, communicate with nurses and view their latest X-rays — all through interactive patient-care systems.
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Insight into the origin of the genetic code
ScienceDaily
An analysis of enzymes that load amino acids onto transfer RNAs — an operation at the heart of protein translation — offers new insights into the evolutionary origins of the modern genetic code, researchers report.

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5 good things the Affordable Care Act imposed on healthcare
By Mike Wokasch
The U.S. healthcare market is well entrenched with operational complexity, an inefficient cost structure and serious quality issues. The diversity of treatment, along with huge, inexplicable variability in costs and how care is paid for make the Affordable Care Act even more challenging to implement.

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App lets doctors securely share medical images
Dermatology Times
Many are calling it an "Instagram for healthcare professionals," and one thing is for sure — if you're not used to seeing graphic surgical photos, you've been warned. Figure 1, a free social medical photo-sharing app available for iOS in the iTunes store, has been gaining attention since it debuted early this summer.

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MANAGED HEALTHCARE NEWS


Mixed signals on employee health insurance
The New York Times
It is hard to know whether to rejoice or lament two striking if somewhat conflicting messages about the costs of employer-sponsored health insurance. An authoritative survey found that premiums for family and individual coverage at work — including both the company's and the worker's share — have gone up only moderately for the second year in a row, suggesting that healthcare inflation may finally be abating and that whatever costs the president's health reforms may add will be readily absorbed.
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Are hospitals already saving money for Medicare?
Bloomberg
Medicare continues to exhibit remarkably slow growth: A modest 3 percent over the past year. That's great news, but a debate is raging about whether this is caused by a weak economy and therefore will reverse as the economy recovers or other factors and therefore may persist, drastically improving the budget outlook.
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FDA: NEW TREATMENTS AND TECHNOLOGY


New FDA drug powers tougher on industry, but not without controversy
Healthcare Packaging
A 2012 change in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's powers that was probably best known for its renewal and expansion of "user fees" also contained some important expansions in FDA enforcement powers over drugs. The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 made headlines because it required applicants for drug, medical device and biological approvals to pay new or expanded fees along with those applications, but there was more to the law than that.
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FDA issues guidance for wireless medical device security
Infosecurity
The concept of a hacker causing a heart attack by remotely compromising a pacemaker or shutting down an insulin pump on a diabetic is unfortunately not in the realm of science fiction, with very real vulnerabilities having been found in connected medical devices.
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FAST FACTS
"Seizures can be caused by a number of factors, including epilepsy or fever, and most seizures stop themselves, according to the National Institutes of Health."


 

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