Biologic-based combination therapy for patients with rheumatoid arthritis is no more effective in reducing work loss than conventional combination therapy, despite better radiologic outcomes, shows a secondary analysis of a randomized trial.
Australian research shows that in older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and comorbid diabetes, high-dose corticosteroids are associated with an increased risk for diabetes-related complications, regardless of how they are administered.
Research shows that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease benefit the most from the addition of an inhaled corticosteroid to their bronchodilator therapy if they are receiving diuretics or show significant bronchodilator reversibility.
Data from Japan show that the introduction of an educational program allowing community pharmacists to deliver inhaler technique training to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease led to improved adherence and outcomes.
Preliminary trial results suggest that a novel, highly selective ALK inhibitor may be effective for the treatment of advanced non-small-cell lung cancer in Japanese patients with the ALK rearrangement.
Health officials in the UK have announced a national catch-up program to target 10–16 year olds who did not receive the combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination in early childhood due to fears about links with autism.
Research supports the use of perioperative beta blockade in patients with cardiovascular risk factors undergoing nonvascular procedures, finding this treatment to significantly improve short-term survival.
Individuals with colorectal cancer that has metastasized to the liver or lung live longer after curative surgery plus chemotherapy than their counterparts who receive palliative chemotherapy alone, report researchers.