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Zanubrutinib Tops Ibrutinib in Relapsed or Refractory CLL

Zanubrutinib Tops Ibrutinib in Relapsed or Refractory CLL

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Treatment with the second-generation Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor led to better oncologic outcomes compared with ibrutinib (Imbruvica) for patients with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia or small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL), according to an interim analysis of the phase III ALPINE study. Over a median follow-up of 15 months, the overall response rate -- the primary…
Sleep Disorders Tied to Dementia in Patients With TBI

Sleep Disorders Tied to Dementia in Patients With TBI

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Patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who also had a sleep disorder had an increased risk of developing dementia, a longitudinal analysis showed. Over more than 4 years, TBI patients with a diagnosed sleep disorder were 25% more likely to develop dementia than TBI patients without a sleep disorder (HR 1.25, 95% CI 1.15-1.36), reported…
New World, New Interns, New Hope

New World, New Interns, New Hope

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Well, it's that time of year again. Or is it? As happens every year, the new class of interns is arriving to begin their week-long orientation. Next week they start on their clinical rotations -- on the hospital wards or in outpatient clinics. This is a rite of passage that has happened year after year,…
‘A Small Tail, More a Corgi Size Than a Shepherd’: What We Heard This Week

‘A Small Tail, More a Corgi Size Than a Shepherd’: What We Heard This...

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"A small tail, more a corgi size than a shepherd." -- Mary-Ellen Taplin, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discussing the tail of the survival curve in a phase III trial of a novel radioligand therapy for advanced prostate cancer. "Happily, science generally finds a way of correcting itself when it goes astray." -- Robert Howard,…
AMA Delegates Pan Physician Assistants’ Name Change Announcement

AMA Delegates Pan Physician Assistants’ Name Change Announcement

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Physician assistants may be an important part of the healthcare team, but changing their name to "physician associates" will only confuse patients, several members of the American Medical Association's (AMA) House of Delegates said. "On May 24, the American Academy of Physician Assistants' (AAPA) House of Delegates voted to pursue a change in their legal…
AMA Delegates Debate Making Sex on Birth Certificate Private

AMA Delegates Debate Making Sex on Birth Certificate Private

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Several physicians expressed support for a new draft policy report from the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees recommending that the sex designation be removed from the publicly available portion of birth certificates at a Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. Currently 48 states and DC allow people to change the sex…
Make the Most of Med School Debt; Improve the Health Experience

Make the Most of Med School Debt; Improve the Health Experience

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Welcome to this week's edition of Healthcare Career Insights. This weekly roundup highlights healthcare career-related articles culled from across the web to help you learn what's next.Have med school loans? Make the most of them -- Medical school debt: Best practices when paying it off (Physicians Practice)Empowerment fights off burnout -- Empowered doctors, staff foster…
Small Serbian producers given food safety flexibility

Small Serbian producers given food safety flexibility

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Flexible food safety bylaws are making it easier for small-scale producers in Serbia to sell their products in formal markets. These rules, in line with EU food safety and quality standards, include derogations for traditional products based on local fruits, vegetables and fresh herbs. They add to earlier measures developed for Serbian meat and dairy.…
What Disease Just Got a Controversial New Therapy?

What Disease Just Got a Controversial New Therapy?

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The 24-hour news cycle is just as important to medicine as it is to politics, finance, or sports. At MedPage Today, new information is posted daily, but keeping up can be a challenge. As an aid for our readers and for a little amusement, here is a 10-question quiz based on the news of the…
Fight Dengue With Mosquitoes?; Flu Vax in Pregnant Women: It’s TTHealthWatch!

Fight Dengue With Mosquitoes?; Flu Vax in Pregnant Women: It’s TTHealthWatch!

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TTHealthWatch is a weekly podcast from Texas Tech. In it, Elizabeth Tracey, director of electronic media for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Rick Lange, MD, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, look at the top medical stories of the week. A transcript of the podcast is below the summary. This…