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The flu-related deaths of 22 more children were reported during the week ending February 10, federal officials say, bringing the pediatric toll to 84 for this grim flu season. Nearly 20,000 people have been hospitalized so far, with weeks to go. Several of the childhood deaths occurred weeks earlier…
This year’s vaccine has been 36% effective against viruses that have made for a particularly trying flu season––but some age groups are receiving “no statistically significant protection,” according to interim estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vaccine…
New clinical decision support software designed to analyze computed tomography (CT) results may speed treatment by notifying providers of a potential stroke in their patients. The FDA has permitted marketing of Viz.AI Contact (Viz.AI), a computer-aided triage software application that uses an artificial…
Avelumab (Bavencio, Merck KGaA/Pfizer Inc.) did not improve overall survival compared with docetaxel in a phase 3 trial among patients with unresectable, recurrent, or metastatic non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors were positive for programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1+) and whose disease…
The FDA has permitted marketing of the first blood test to evaluate mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), commonly referred to as concussion, in adults. The FDA reviewed and authorized the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator (Banyan Biomarkers, Inc.) in less than six months as part of its Breakthrough Devices…
Prescription drug costs are expected to see the fastest annual growth among health care expenditures over the next decade, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) predicts, rising an average of 6.3% a year due to higher drug prices and more use of specialty drugs such as those for genetic…
New clinical decision support software designed to analyze computed tomography (CT) results may speed treatment by notifying providers of a potential stroke in their patients. The FDA has permitted marketing of Viz.AI Contact (Viz.AI), a computer-aided triage software application that uses an artificial…
A new report from Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) found that five opioid manufacturers paid nearly $9 million to 14 outside groups between 2012 and 2017, alleging that the advocacy groups often “amplified messages favorable to increased opioid use.” The groups—many of which work on chronic…