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Benefits of blood pressure lowering drugs for low risk patients 'still open to question'

Benefits of blood pressure lowering drugs for low risk patients 'still open to question'

Dr Stephen Martin and colleagues argue that this strategy is failing patients and wasting healthcare resources. They call for a re-examination of the threshold and urge clinicians to be cautious about treating low risk patients with blood pressure lowering drugs. [More]
Simple point-of-care testing device provides more rapid diagnosis of anemia

Simple point-of-care testing device provides more rapid diagnosis of anemia

A simple point-of-care testing device for anemia could provide more rapid diagnosis of the common blood disorder and allow inexpensive at-home self-monitoring of persons with chronic forms of the disease. [More]
New research shows statins could reduce common diabetes complications

New research shows statins could reduce common diabetes complications

The development of common diabetes complications that can lead to blindness and amputations could be reduced by taking statins, indicates new research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. [More]
Scientists identify how molecular motor essential for human development works

Scientists identify how molecular motor essential for human development works

Another mystery of the human body has been solved by scientists who have identified how a molecular motor essential for human development works. [More]

Penn State receives $1.8 million from PCORI to help patients with chronic kidney disease

Penn State College of Medicine has been awarded $1.8 million in research funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). [More]
FDA approves Ferric Citrate for control of serum phosphorus levels in CKD patients on dialysis

FDA approves Ferric Citrate for control of serum phosphorus levels in CKD patients on dialysis

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Ferric Citrate (formerly known as Zerenex) for the control of serum phosphorus levels in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on dialysis. [More]
DaVita Kidney Care hosts online Google+ Hangout on Air

DaVita Kidney Care hosts online Google+ Hangout on Air

DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. and a leading provider of kidney care services, will host an online Google+ Hangout on Air called "Kidney Diet Tips: Diabetes Edition" on Monday, Sept. 8 at 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET. [More]
Doctor receives international patents for therapeutic process to remove excess galectin-3

Doctor receives international patents for therapeutic process to remove excess galectin-3

Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc has been awarded a USA patent as well as additional international patents for a therapeutic process that allows for the removal of excess galectin-3 from the circulatory system using plasmapheresis. [More]
Blood pressure self-management suitable for high-risk patients

Blood pressure self-management suitable for high-risk patients

Patients with hypertension and high cardiovascular risk can successfully monitor and titrate their own antihypertensive medication, shows research published in JAMA. [More]
Morbidity, mortality of AF patients remains high at 1 year even with good use of oral anticoagulants

Morbidity, mortality of AF patients remains high at 1 year even with good use of oral anticoagulants

Mortality and morbidity of atrial fibrillation (AF) patients remains high at one year despite good use of oral anticoagulants, according to the one year follow up of the Atrial Fibrillation General Pilot Registry. [More]
Lifestyle intervention shows kidney benefits in diabetic patients

Lifestyle intervention shows kidney benefits in diabetic patients

A lifestyle intervention focused on weight loss and increasing physical activity should be considered as additional treatment to prevent advanced kidney disease in overweight or obese people with Type 2 diabetes, say researchers. [More]
Calcium buildup in coronary arteries of chronic kidney disease patients indicates heart disease risk

Calcium buildup in coronary arteries of chronic kidney disease patients indicates heart disease risk

Calcium buildup in the coronary arteries of chronic kidney disease patients may be a strong indicator of heart disease risk, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). [More]
Baxter reports positive results from BAX 855 Phase 3 trial for hemophilia A

Baxter reports positive results from BAX 855 Phase 3 trial for hemophilia A

Nektar Therapeutics reports Baxter International Inc. today announced positive results from its Phase 3 pivotal clinical trial of BAX 855, an investigational, extended half-life recombinant factor VIII (rFVIII) treatment for hemophilia A based on ADVATE [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant)], which met its primary endpoint in reducing annualized bleed rates (ABR) in the prophylaxis arm compared to the on-demand arm. [More]
Amgen’s AMG 416 Phase 3 placebo-controlled study meets primary and secondary endpoints

Amgen’s AMG 416 Phase 3 placebo-controlled study meets primary and secondary endpoints

Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced that a second placebo-controlled Phase 3 study evaluating AMG 416 for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), receiving hemodialysis, met its primary and all secondary endpoints. [More]
Decision Resources expands disease-level coverage of Treatment Algorithms Insight Series

Decision Resources expands disease-level coverage of Treatment Algorithms Insight Series

Decision Resources has expanded its disease-level coverage of the Treatment Algorithms Insight Series, which examines U.S. physicians' prescribing behavior, to provide a quantitative analysis of an agent's penetration into each line of therapy. [More]
Meta-analysis shows blood pressure variability and mortality link

Meta-analysis shows blood pressure variability and mortality link

A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies investigating the link between visit-to-visit variability of blood pressure and cardiovascular disease or all-cause mortality has revealed a modest, but significant, association. [More]
Nutrition counseling by registered dietitian nutritionist can help prevent or delay diabetes

Nutrition counseling by registered dietitian nutritionist can help prevent or delay diabetes

A new study, indicating that Americans have approximately a 40 percent risk of developing diabetes during their lifetime, offers more evidence that nutrition counseling provided by a registered dietitian nutritionist can help prevent or delay diabetes and its related health problems through lifestyle and dietary changes, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. [More]
Longer looks: Kentucky is health law poster child; how to negotiate a lower medical bill; the Ebola outbreak up close

Longer looks: Kentucky is health law poster child; how to negotiate a lower medical bill; the Ebola outbreak up close

About a year ago, on Aug. 22, a team of inspectors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services arrived in Frankfort, Ky., to see if the people working out of a nondescript warehouse there were going to be able to pull off the launch of Kentucky's Obamacare health-insurance exchange. [More]
Costly specialty drugs drive up Medicare tab

Costly specialty drugs drive up Medicare tab

ProPublica and The New York Times look at the explosive spending growth from an obscure medication for treating multiple sclerosis and a rare kidney disease -- and how several top prescribers have links to drugmaker, Questcor Pharmaceuticals. [More]
Diabetes linked to increased head and neck cancer risk

Diabetes linked to increased head and neck cancer risk

People with diabetes mellitus have a significantly increased risk of developing head and neck cancer compared with those without the condition, show results of a large study conducted in Taiwan. [More]