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Councils 'need billions more to fund adult care as population ages'

IFS puts the hike in costs down to growing numbers of disabled adults and rising wages Councils will need billions of pounds in funding increases over the course of the next parliament to finance adult social care, an economic thinktank has found. The Ins ...

"Courage, spirit & renewal"- Klopp tribute to Sean Cox

Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to the "inspirational" Sean Cox in the Liverpool manager's programme notes for the clash with Manchester City at Anfield. ...

VIDEO: Hepatologists on social media ‘play a very important role’

BOSTON — In this exclusive video from The Liver Meeting 2019, Elliot B. Tapper, MD, an assistant professor of gastroenterology at University of Michigan, highlights a session that discussed the risks and benefits of using social media, in particular Twitte ...

ACR speaker gender gap lingers despite improvements since 2017

ATLANTA — Over the past 2 years, women have represented 44.9% of speakers and moderators at the American College of Rheumatology annual meetings, according to a presenter here. Though slightly higher than the mean reported for U.S. medical conferences in 2 ...

Cirrhosis-related financial burden impairs liver cancer surveillance

BOSTON — Researchers found that health care financial burden was common in patients with cirrhosis and may be associated with lower receipt of hepatocellular carcinoma surveillance, according to a presenter at The Liver Meeting 2019. “The impetus of our st ...

Price increases doubled public spending on biologic DMARDs

ATLANTA — Annual public spending by Medicare and Medicaid on biologic DMARDs more than doubled, from $5.3 billion in 2012 to $10.3 billion in 2016, largely due to post-market price increases, according to Natalie McCormick, PhD, of Massachusetts General Ho ...

Low risk for adverse cirrhosis events in pregnant women ‘reassuring’

BOSTON — In pregnant women with cirrhosis, less than 2% had liver decompensation within 1 year after delivery and the odds for decompensation were lower compared with women who were not pregnant with cirrhosis, according to data presented at The Liver Meet ...

Robert Norris, Marlboro Man Who Didn’t Smoke, Dies at 90

He gave up his role in the popular tobacco advertising campaign after 14 years, saying he was setting a bad example for his children. ...

Novel bispecific immune cell engager safe, clinically beneficial in HER2-positive tumors

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — An investigational bispecific T-cell engager appeared safe and demonstrated some clinical activity among patients with HER2-positive solid tumors, according to phase 1 dose-escalation study data presented at Society for Immunotherapy ...

ACR president: ‘All of us in rheumatology are embattled’ with burnout

ATLANTA — Rheumatologists across the United States are currently besieged by a combination of time-consuming administrative work, restricted autonomy and a loss of community, all of which have contributed to burnout throughout the specialty, according to P ...

Herpes zoster uptake ‘low’ among older Nucala recipients

HOUSTON — Few patients with severe asthma treated with Nucala received herpes zoster and influenza vaccines in the years that followed, despite CDC and Infectious Disease Society of America guidelines recommending both vaccines, according to study results ...

Novel machine learning model effectively predicts NASH

BOSTON — A machine learning approach demonstrated a relatively high sensitivity rate for predicting the probability of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis in at-risk patients, according to data presented at The Liver Meeting 2019. “I have been involved in NASH r ...

Methotrexate inhibits progressive joint damage in hand OA, fails to improve pain, function

ATLANTA — Methotrexate significantly reduced the progression of joint damage among patients with erosive hand osteoarthritis, but demonstrated no significant improvement in pain or function over placebo, according to a presentation at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annu ...

Kratom-related liver injuries on the rise in the US

BOSTON — The commercially available botanical product kratom, often used for its psychotropic effects, was associated with several cases of liver injury, according to data presented at The Liver Meeting 2019. “We found that the frequency of kratom use is o ...

Say yes — and no — to eliminate physician burnout

HOUSTON — The ability to say yes and no can make a significant difference in the ability to prevent or eliminate physician burnout, according to several panelists here at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting. “We ...

Say yes — and no — to eliminate physician burnout

HOUSTON — The ability to say yes and no can make a significant difference in the ability to prevent or eliminate physician burnout, according to several panelists here at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting. “We ...

Nearly 40% of patients with rheumatic diseases use marijuana for pain relief

ATLANTA — More than one-third of patients with rheumatic diseases reported using marijuana to relieve pain with minimal guidance from their physicians, according to findings presented at ACR/ARP 2019. “Research about the safety and efficacy of marijuana fo ...

VIDEO: Norlase unveils new Leaf laser

SAN FRANCISCO — At the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting, Oliver Hvidt, CEO and co-founder of Norlase, discusses the company’s newest device, the Leaf laser photocoagulator. ...

Seven updates in hypertension research

From high-fiber diets to college football and racial disparities, Healio brings to you recent highlights in hypertension treatment and prevention.   LEGEND-HTN: Thiazide, thiazide-like diuretics superior to ACE inhibitors Drug classes used as monotherapy f ...

Combination therapy prevents HCV infection in non-viremic organ recipients

BOSTON — Hepatitis C infection was prevented or rapidly cured in transplant recipients who received organs from donors infected with the virus following combined treatment with ezetimibe and direct-acting antiviral therapy, according to study results prese ...