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FDA OKs Device for Pediatric Kidney Injury Due to Sepsis

β€” The device was granted a Humanitarian Device Exemption approval

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FDA APPROVED Selective cytopheretic device-pediatric (SCD-PED) over a computer rendering of diseased kidneys.

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Faster Cures, More Genetic Treatments: A Q&A With NIH's Joni Rutter

The NCATS Translator is giving researchers ideas for new disease therapies

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How Beneficiaries Really Feel About Medicare Advantage vs Traditional Medicare

MA plans offer "extra benefits" but many go unused. Is Medicare Advantage really better?

Feb 22, 2024
There's Still Time to Switch Medicare Advantage Plans This Year

Beneficiaries have until March 31 to find a new plan; doctors should check plans, too

Feb 21, 2024
Contraceptive Counseling: Providers Need More Training, Experts Say

Three-part discussion recommended

Feb 21, 2024
There's Still Time to Switch Medicare Advantage Plans This Year

Beneficiaries have until March 31 to find a new plan; doctors should check plans, too

Contraceptive Counseling: Providers Need More Training, Experts Say

Three-part discussion recommended

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Medication Abortion Via Telehealth Safe and Effective, Study Finds

No difference in results between patients who received care via video vs secure text messaging

Feb 20, 2024
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Abortion Rights Opponents, Supporters Seize on Report That Trump Pushes 16-Week Ban

Trump's campaign called the report "fake news"

Feb 20, 2024
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States Target Health Insurers' Red Tape Around Prior Authorization

Pending bills in multiple states include policies backed by the AMA

Feb 19, 2024
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FDA OKs First Cellular Therapy for Melanoma

Lifileucel approved as treatment for advanced melanoma after anti-PD-1 and targeted therapy

Feb 16, 2024
FDA APPROVED lifileucel (Amtagvi) over a photo of malignant melanoma on a man’s torso
First Drug OK'd for Reducing Allergic Reactions From Multiple Foods

68% of patients who received omalizumab tolerated a single dose of peanut after 16-20 weeks

Feb 16, 2024
FDA APPROVED omalizumab (Xolair) over a photo of a syringe and vial laying on and next to a pile of peanuts
Tepotinib Gains Full Approval for Metastatic NSCLC

Agency converts accelerated approval for subset with MET exon 14 mutations

Feb 16, 2024
FDA APPROVED tepotinib (Tepmetko) over a computer rendering of a transparent body with lung cancer highlighted.
VA Can Be a Leader in Healthcare AI, Lawmakers Say

But the department must balance innovation with a measured approach

Feb 15, 2024
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Lawmakers Clash Over COVID Vaccine Safety at House Hearing

Purpose of CDC's VAERS reporting system debated

Feb 15, 2024
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COVID's Latest Adaptation: It Has Lulled Us to Sleep

My doctor's refusal to prescribe "just-in-case" Paxlovid speaks volumes

Feb 15, 2024
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U.S. Probes Role of Supply Chain Middlemen in Generic Shortages

Goal: identify "root causes" and "potential solutions"

Feb 15, 2024
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White House Post-Mortem: What Really Killed 5 Presidents?

In honor of Presidents Day, we examine several still-debated early presidential deaths

Feb 15, 2024
 A painting of George Washington’s death by artist Junius Brutus Stearns. Source: National Library of Medicine.
'Humbling, Exhausting, Exhilarating': The Life of AMA President Jesse Ehrenfeld

Some of the most meaningful experiences happen in unexpected places, he says

Feb 14, 2024
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FDA Approves First Drug for Severe Frostbite

Vasodilator iloprost significantly cut the risk of amputations in trial

Feb 14, 2024
FDA APPROVED iloprost (Aurlumyn) over a photo of a man with severe frostbite on his fingers and thumbs.
FDA Advisors Nearly All Aboard the TriClip Train for Tricuspid Regurgitation

Committee voted 13-1 that the benefits of the TEER device outweigh the risks in certain patients

Feb 14, 2024
FDA ADCOMM TriClip G4 system over a photo of the device
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