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November 20, 2017

NEJM Study Finds Osimertinib Exhibits 18.9 Months Progression-Free Survival vs. 10.2 Months With Standard Treatment for NSCLC Patients

By Mia Garchitorena
The NEJM published results from a phase III trial showing that osimertinib exhibited longer progression-free survival and could be a new first-line treatment for patients with untreated EGFR-mutated NSCLC.
NEJM Study Finds Osimertinib Exhibits 18.9 Months Progression-Free Survival vs. 10.2 Months With Standard Treatment for NSCLC Patients
November 9, 2017

FDA Warns Patients That Thermogram is No Alternative to Mammogram

By Mia Garchitorena

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a warning reminding patients that thermography should not replace mammography for breast cancer screening.

FDA Warns Patients That Thermogram is No Alternative to Mammogram
November 9, 2017

Adverse Events Caused 81% of Patients to Discontinue TKIs for CML, Study Finds

By Annette M. Boyle, MDalert.com Contributor
A new study found that adverse effects were the most common reason for patients with chronic myeloid leukemia to discontinue use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors.
Adverse Events Caused 81% of Patients to Discontinue TKIs for CML, Study Finds
November 9, 2017

New Combo Therapy Doubles Progression-Free Survival in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

By Annette M. Boyle, MDalert.com Contributor

A new study found that a combination of everolimus and fulvestrant doubled progression-free survival in these patients compared to fulvestrant alone.

New Combo Therapy Doubles Progression-Free Survival in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients
November 9, 2017

Smartphone Data Accurately Predict Blood Glucose Levels

By Michael Vlessides, MDalert.com contributor

A new personalized prediction model uses smartphone-collected patient data and aggregate population data to create personalized blood glucose predictions for individuals.

Smartphone Data Accurately Predict Blood Glucose Levels
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CORRECTED-Crucial vote in Brazil could lead to ban on abortion for rape victims

(Corrects to committee will vote in para 7) By Karla Mendes RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More pregnant women could die in Brazil if it passes a law banning all abortions on Tuesday, Read More »

Guideline adherence limits use of acid-suppressing meds in NICU

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Implementing an evidenced-based guideline can significantly reduce the use of acid-suppressing medications in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Read More »

Nursing home residents eligible for palliative care often don’t get it

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many nursing home residents who might benefit from palliative care to make them more comfortable and improve their quality of life don’t receive it, a small U.S. Read More »

Scottish government to start minimum alcohol pricing on May 1

By Reuters Staff EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Minimum pricing for alcohol in Scotland, aimed at improving public health in the northernmost part of the United Kingdom, will be introduced on May 1 next year, Read More »

Crucial vote in Brazil could lead to ban on abortion for rape victims

By Karla Mendes RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More pregnant women could die in Brazil if it passes a law banning all abortions on Tuesday, including in cases of rape or when the Read More »

Shorter hospital stay with indwelling catheter for malignant pleural effusion

By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For patients with malignant pleural effusion, treatment with an indwelling pleural catheter (IPC) is associated with fewer hospitalization days, compared Read More »

Inpatient palliative-care consults most often for advanced care planning

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Hospitalized patients who receive a palliative care consultation usually have been referred for advanced care planning (ACP), and many will elect to change Read More »

Insulin pill fails to delay or prevent type 1 diabetes

By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Taking an insulin pill daily did not delay or prevent the development of type 1 diabetes in autoantibody-positive relatives of patients with type 1 Read More »

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Back Pain

A 30-year-old male presents with a one-year history of worsening lower back pain and alternating buttock pain. He mentions his symptoms are typically worse first thing in the morning, but seem to remit later in the day with NSAIDs and exercise. Physical examination reveals swelling of the proximal interphalangeal joints of several digits, restricted lumbar movement, and tenderness of the sacroiliac joint. An X-ray demonstrates the findings seen here. Which of the following extra-articular clinical manifestations is most commonly associated with this patient’s condition?

A) Blurred vision
B) Right lower quadrant pain
C) Plaques with silver scale
D) Shortness of breath

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Use our ClinicalTrials.gov feed to find trials in which your patients could enroll. In some cases, experimental drugs are a patient’s only hope. This section will regularly report on trials in the most common disease states, as they are getting underway.