Erin Hunter is an assistant editor at Pharmacy Times®. She is a proud alumna of the University of Massachusetts. She graduated with degrees in Journalism, Art History, and Environmental Conservation.
New PCR Test May Detect COVID-19, 2 Other Respiratory Viruses With Near 100% Efficacy
The TaqMan SARS-CoV-2, Flu A/B, RSV RT-PCR multiplex assay can differentiate between 3 different viral infections (including COVID-19), making it highly cost-effective.
Omicron BA.4/BA.5-Adapted Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Positive Early Trial Results
Research showed the Omicron BA.4/BA.5-adapted bivalent COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech) increases neutralizing antibody response against multiple variants of Omicron.
Vitamin D Shows Promise in Lowering Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
A new review identified vitamin D as an important factor in maintaining endothelial progenitor cell health and function, which can impact risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Patients With HIV, Low CD4 Cell Count May Be at Increased Risk of Developing Severe COVID-19 Breakthrough Infection
Researchers suggest that all patients with HIV should be considered for additional vaccine doses, among other measures, to reduce their risk.
Thiazolidinedione May Reduce Risk of All-Cause Dementia in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes
Patients with type 2 diabetes may lower their risk of developing severe neurological disorders like Alzheimer disease by taking certain anti-diabetic medications alongside daily insulin.
New Glucose Monitoring System May Increase Time in Target Glucose Range for Patients with Type 1 Diabetes
A continuous glucose monitoring system may allow patients with type 1 diabetes to have longer periods in target glucose levels and decrease the risk of complications from hyperglycemia.
Study: Health Care Professionals Should Recommend Herpes Zoster Vaccine for Patients With COPD
A short 5-minute educational video may improve health care professionals’ knowledge about the herpes zoster vaccine, guidelines, and what patients should receive it.
Study Finds Lack of Honesty About Following COVID-19 Public Health Measures During the Pandemic
Many people wanted life to feel normal during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, this reason, among many, resulted in people not adhering to public health measures in the United States.
Cancer Vaccine May be Effective for Melanoma Patients
A researcher suggests that novel immune modulating cancer therapies like cancer vaccines can be more effective and safer alternative to previous cancer immunotherapies.
Hepatitis B Infection Risk May Be Higher for Males
Males are more likely to suffer from the sexual dimorphism of hepatitis B infection, suggesting that sex hormones have a role in complication risk.
Full Vaccination Suggested To Lower Mortality in Patients Intubated From COVID-19-Related Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
The COVID-19 vaccine may generally increase oxygenation ability, which could lead to lower mortality in patients who are treated using invasive mechanical ventilation.
Opioid Dose Trajectories Can Help Inform Opioid Management Decision-Making
Researchers suggest that tapering a patient’s opioid medications and allowing them to maintain a health care plan can decrease the risk of developing opioid use disorder among other negative outcomes.
Psychedelic Medicine for Eating Disorders: Learning to See the Body As Home
New research suggests that ketamine can help rehabilitate those who suffer from an eating disorder, and it is important to recognize the root cause of this mental health crisis.
Understanding the Role of Mononuclear Phagocytes in the Tumor Microenvironment
A researcher suggests that understanding specific cell function in the tumor microenvironment can help create effective and individualized immunotherapy cancer treatments.
Intravenous Immune Globulin May Improve Dermatomyositis Symptoms in Adults
Study data showed that more than three-quarters of patients with dermatomyositis who received intravenous immune globulin therapy experienced improved symptoms.
Kidney Transplant Provides Greater Benefit Than Long-Term Dialysis for Patients With Kidney Failure
Although survival benefits for patients who received a kidney transplant varied, the benefits of kidney transplants were greater for all patients when compared with long-term dialysis.
Study: Students at High-Achieving Public Charter School Have Lower Rates of Substance Use Disorder, Better Health Outcomes
Male students admitted into a high-performing public charter school found to have better physical health and lower body mass index than their female counterparts.
Non-affective Psychotic Disorders Could Increase Risk of Dementia in Younger Patients
New research about the risks of dementia in patients with non-affective psychotic disorders could help shape new life course models for prevention.
FDA Approves Vaccine to Prevent Whooping Cough in Newborns by Vaccinating Mothers at Third Trimester
The vaccine prevents whooping cough in infants younger than 2 months. It can be safely administered to mothers who are in their third trimester.
FDA Grants Fast Track Designation to Tirzepatide for Obesity, Associated Comorbidities
Tirzepatide received Fast Track designation from the FDA after showing superiority to placebo in treating obesity in clinical trials.
Researchers Identify Antiviral Mechanisms of Protein Complex That Could Help Establish Therapeutic Targets Against Hepatitis B Virus
The discovery of a protective antiviral protein complex could help researchers find new ways to combat hepatitis B virus.
Acetazolamide Found to Improve Decongestion in Patients With Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
New research suggests that acetazolamide and standard loop-diuretic therapy may decrease congestion and prevent future hospitalizations in patients with acute decompensated heart failure.
Psychedelic Medicine Can Be an Important Tool to Boost Effective Treatment of Eating Disorders
New research suggests that psychedelics, and specifically ketamine, can increase neuroplasticity to help a patient with an eating disorder get “unstuck,” and help treat the disorder better than psychotherapy alone.
Targeting G Protein–Coupled Receptors With CAR T-Cell Therapy Shows Promise Treating Multiple Myeloma
Researchers identified a new immunotherapeutic target that may be effectively treated with CAR T-cell therapy in patients with pretreated multiple myeloma.
Dostarlimab Plus Chemotherapy Shows Promise in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Results from the largest head-to-head trial of programmed death receptor-1 inhibitors suggest that dostarlimab and chemotherapy could be an effective treatment option for patients with metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer.
Among Patients with Type 1 Diabetes, Woman May Be Less Likely Than Men to Receive Cardioprotective Medication for Cardiovascular Disease
Study finds cardioprotective medications were used in approximately 11% more men than women with type 1 diabetes.
Grant Awarded to Study Some of the Most Fatal Forms of Cancers
Two Houston Methodist cancer researchers were granted a quarter-million dollars each to study some of the most lethal forms cancer, including triple-negative breast cancer and multiple myeloma.
Researchers Are Developing Bispecific CAR Proteins to “Wake Up” the Immune Systems of Cancer Patients
Yvonne Chen, PhD, discusses some of the strategies that researchers are using to improve T-cell effectiveness and overcome immunosuppression in CAR T-cell therapy.
Vaccination Rates Among Children May Be Impacted by Safety Concerns
Vaccines reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization, but a recent study suggests that misinformation could make adults hesitant to vaccinate children 5 to 11 years of age.
Researchers Suggest That Engineering Specific B Cell Response Could Make the First HIV Vaccine Possible
A large collective of researchers may be one step closer to developing a vaccine against HIV after engineering a protein that triggers a widespread antibody response.
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