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Novel blood tests could improve cancer detection

Two novel blood assays demonstrated efficacy in detecting various cancer types at different disease stages, according to results of two studies presented at ASCO Breakthrough in Bangkok.“There is something compelling about a single blood test that could potentially complement existing screening tests to find cancers early and allow earlier intervention with a growing array of…

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FDA warns Dollar Tree regarding ‘potentially unsafe’ drugs

The FDA has sent a warning letter to Greenbrier International, Inc., doing business as Dollar Tree, for receiving over-the-counter drugs made by foreign manufacturers that were found to have serious violations of federal law.According to the press release, the warning letter also described multiple violations of current good manufacturing practices at contract manufacturers used to…

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‘Building bridges’ between PCPs, liver specialists for HCV led to 100% cure

BOSTON — The Hepatitis C Leaders in Primary Care program, or HELP-C, engaged primary care physicians to successfully screen and treat veterans with hepatitis C through comanagement with a specialist liver team, according to a study presented at The Liver Meeting 2019.“Although all veterans with hepatitis C have been offered treatment in the VA system,…

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Low clinical value in repeat latent tuberculosis tests in patients taking biologics

ATLANTA — Repeat, routine testing for latent tuberculosis infection among patients receiving biologics is both costly and of low clinical value, according to findings presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting.“The CDC in 2010 recommended that the QuantiFERON TB can essentially replace the TST in all situations where a TB screening is required,” Urmi Khanna,…

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‘Stop and think’ each time you use social media professionally

ATLANTA — Because social media guidelines at the institution, practice setting and professional organizations are often vague or open to interpretation, Jilaine Bolek Berquist, MD, a rheumatologist with Mercy Health in Janesville, Wisconsin, focused her “Tweets & Trolls” talk on recommendations for physicians when using social media.“What we do online does have implications on our…