Halobetasol Propionate Lotion Shows Efficacy for Tx of Psoriasis

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 — Halobetasol propionate 0.01 percent lotion (BRYHALI Lotion) appears safe and effective for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, according to the results of two phase 3 trials published in the October issue of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. Lawrence J. Green, M.D., from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.,

8 common myths about cold and flu debunked

Many people love autumn for the colorful foliage and pumpkin spice, but each year it ushers in another season that is more menacing: cold and flu season, that is. The two illnesses are often lumped together, but there are important distinctions. And when it comes to prevention and treatment, there are plenty of misconceptions that

E-cigarettes should be used more actively to help smokers quit, experts recommend

“Ongoing nervousness” about the use of e-cigarettes in stop-smoking services can be a “significant” barrier to people finding support, research revealed during “Stoptober” shows. New research by the University of Exeter and University of Melbourne, funded by Cancer Research UK, suggests stop smoking services which are e-cigarette friendly should advertise this more openly, and says

Too much vitamin A may increase risk of bone fractures

Consuming too much vitamin A may decrease bone thickness, leading to weak and fracture prone bones, according to a study published in the Journal of Endocrinology. The study, undertaken in mice, found that sustained intake of vitamin A, at levels equivalent to 4.5-13 times the human recommended daily allowance (RDA), caused significant weakening of the

Air pollution may be linked to heightened mouth cancer risk

High levels of air pollutants, especially fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and to a lesser extent, ozone, may be linked to a heightened risk of developing mouth cancer, suggests the first study of its kind, published online in the Journal of Investigative Medicine. The number of new cases, and deaths from, mouth cancer is increasing in

Potential assay artefacts in anti-malarial screening documented

Malaria remains an economic and health burden to the developing world. As plasmodium, the causative agent of malaria, is acquiring rapid resistance against currently used drugs, identification of new classes of anti-malarials remains an urgent need. Potential anti-malarials include small molecules, peptides, antibodies or plant extracts with likely medicinal properties. These agents are often prepared

Genetic disease healed using genome editing

Parents of newborns may be familiar with the metabolic disorder phenylketonuria: in Switzerland, all newborn babies are screened for this genetic disease. If a baby is found to have phenylketonuria, it needs a special diet so that the amino acid phenylalanine does not accumulate in the body. Excess phenylalanine delays mental and motor development. If

WWE Star Brie Bella Gets Real About Breastfeeding

Professional wrestler, actor and businessperson Brie Bella is best known for her work onstage (and in the ring) — but her parenting journey has also been getting a lot of attention as of late, especially since the WWE star has been so candid about sharing her struggles. In a sneak peek for an upcoming episode

Minority Residents Experience Burdens Linked to Race/Ethnicity

TUESDAY, Oct. 9 2018 — Minority residents describe burdens associated with race/ethnicity, including microaggressions and bias on a daily basis, according to a study published online Sept. 28 in JAMA Network Open. Aba Osseo-Asare, M.D., from the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., and colleagues performed semistructured in-depth interviews of black, Hispanic, and

Neuron death in ALS more complex than previously thought

Brown University researchers have uncovered new clues about the progression of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a surprisingly common disease that causes the death of motor neurons that control voluntary muscles such as those involved in walking, talking, chewing or breathing. A team led by Anne Hart, a professor of neuroscience at Brown, discovered that two

TYK2 Inhibitor Clears Psoriasis Over 12 Weeks

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 — Selective inhibition of TYK2 with the oral agent BMS-986165 at doses of 3 mg daily and higher results in greater clearing of psoriasis versus placebo over 12 weeks, according to a phase 2 study published in the Oct. 4 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Kim Papp, M.D.,

New study identifies top 11 clinical decision support vendors

Seventy-four percent of healthcare provider organizations use clinical decision support technology, according to a new study from Reaction Data relying on CDS to make more informed medication orders (30 percent), lab orders (24 percent), medical imaging orders (20 percent), choosing wisely (13 percent) and other (13 percent). The report polled interviewed 180 clinical, quality and

First automated malnutrition screen implemented for hospitalized children

A team of clinicians, dietitians and researchers has created an automated program to screen for malnutrition in hospitalized children, providing daily alerts to healthcare providers so they can quickly intervene with appropriate treatment. The malnutrition screen draws on existing patient data in electronic health records (EHR). “Undernutrition is extremely common in children with cancer—the population

Mums who use egg donor find it harder to bond with baby

Women who have babies with donated eggs ‘don’t bond as closely with their children’, Cambridge University study finds Increasing numbers of women leave it too late to start a family using own eggs  More than 1,400 babies were born from donated eggs in 2016, figures show  But research found women who use egg donors may