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Acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI) are common across the US, and can range from mild to life-threatening in their severity. This CME program addresses the the current guidelines for optimal diagnosis and management of ABSSSI, as well as potential causes for initial treatment failure and new antibiotics for the treatment of resistant bacterial strains.

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Tumor Treatments

AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly have announced plans to combine two cancer drugs–one experimental and one previously approved–in clinical trials to test the efficacy against solid tumors, according to Reuters. The new drug is designed as  immune system support while the older drug is an antiangiogenic medication that cuts off the blood supply to tumors. These trials have been an effort to maximize their experimental cancer drugs through collaboration with external partners.

 

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Pulmonology

According to Reuters, the FDA has recently approved a drug by Pfizer to treat a rare lung disease most frequently found in women of childbearing age. The disease known as lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) typically presents with symptoms similar to that of other lung conditions like emphysema or asthma but manifests in approximately 2-5 women per million. The drug, Rapamune, was formerly used to help prevent organ rejections but presently has been discovered and proven to slow the abnormal overgrowth of smooth muscle cells in lung tissue, the not cancerous but obstructive and dangerous effect of the disease.

 

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Disease Prevention

According to a recent study from China, indoor air purification may benefit patients with heart conditions reports Reuters. Results suggested that the purification led to a reduction in cardiovascular events and risks while it could not necessarily prevent heart attacks. Previous studies had shown that fine particles suspended in air correlated to increased risk for heart problems like heart attack or stroke. Though researchers do not suggest buying expensive home air purifiers immediately, these links to chronic health problems and a potential solution are significant for countries like China with serious air pollution problems.

 

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Read the study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Surgery

According to The New York Times, the FBI has launched an investigation into the use of morcellators in hysterectomies and whether harmful effects from its use were ignored. Typically, the use of this tool helps make surgeries safer and less invasive, yet if there are undetected cancers in the uterus, the spinning blade of the morcellator projects cancerous cells throughout the abdomen advancing the progression of the disease. In November, the FDA recommended that morcellators not be used for the majority of women yet there were no official restrictions put in place. Given the rare nature of these hidden cancers, most gynecologists still support morcellation because of the other benefits they provide. The FBI has not offered any commentary on the investigation.

 

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