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Eosinophilia linked to lung function decline irrespective of asthma symptoms

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High blood eosinophil counts are associated with airflow obstruction and lung function decline in patients with asthma, but also in people without respiratory symptoms, population-based study findings show.


Updated AASLD guidance released on HBV prevention, diagnosis, and treatment

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The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases has issued a guidance statement for chronic hepatitis B virus, covering topics ranging from screening and prevention through to the clinical management of patients.


Oxaliplatin HIPEC unnecessary for colorectal peritoneal carcinomatosis patients

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Oxaliplatin-based hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy after cytoreductive surgery does not improve the survival of colorectal cancer patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis, the PRODIGE 7 investigators report.


Diclofenac linked to increased myocardial infarction risk in SpA patients


Current use of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac, but not of naproxen, is associated with a threefold increased risk for myocardial infarction among individuals with spondyloarthritis, according to recent findings.

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21-06-2018 | ASCO | Main feed | News

Maintenance therapy boosts high-risk pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma survival

A significant overall survival benefit with the use of maintenance chemotherapy has been demonstrated by the RMS2005 trial of children who have completed standard treatment for high-risk, nonmetastatic rhabdomyosarcoma.

20-06-2018 | Asthma | News | Article

Good prognosis for patients with mild asthma

Research findings can reassure patients with mild asthma that the long-term prognosis is good, with only a tenth of patients transitioning to more severe disease over 10 years.

20-06-2018 | Rheumatology | News | Article

Abatacept fails to boost renal response rate in lupus nephritis

The addition of abatacept to standard therapy does not increase the rate of complete renal response among patients with lupus nephritis, phase III study findings show.

20-06-2018 | Rheumatology | News | Article

No increase in JIA-associated uveitis risk with etanercept treatment

Patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis who are treated with etanercept do not have a higher risk for developing uveitis than those given methotrexate, results of a UK cohort study suggest.

20-06-2018 | Non-small-cell lung cancer | News | Article

Atezolizumab boosts survival in metastatic nonsquamous NSCLC

Adding atezolizumab to bevacizumab plus chemotherapy significantly delays disease progression and death among chemotherapy-naïve patients with metastatic nonsquamous non-small-cell lung cancer, phase III study data show.

20-06-2018 | Rheumatology | News | Article

Encouraging long-term safety findings for belimumab in SLE

Belimumab, a B-lymphocyte stimulator specific inhibitor used for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus, has a stable safety profile over 8 years of follow-up, with no new safety signals observed, report researchers.

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