Paediatric chewable mebendazole as treatment of soil-transmitted helminthiases
The World Health Organization (WHO) will begin distributing a paediatric (chewable) formulation of mebendazole to countries with a high prevalence of soil-transmitted helminthiases (intestinal worms) making it easier for children aged 1 year or older who have difficulty swallowing solid tablets will be able to easily ingest the tablet.
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Automated insulin delivery & monitoring system for younger children with type 1 diabetes
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the approval of the MiniMed 670G hybrid closed looped system, a diabetes management device that is intended to automatically monitor glucose (sugar) and provide appropriate basal insulin doses with little or no input from the user, to include individuals aged 7 to 13 with type 1 diabetes. This device had earlier been approved last year for children aged 14 years and older with type 1 diabetes.... read more
US FDA allows first catheter-based systems used to create vascular access for hemodialysis patients
The US FDA has allowed marketing of two catheter-based devices - Ellipsys Vascular Access System and the everlinQ endoAVF System - designed to create an arteriovenous (AV) fistula in patients with chronic kidney disease who need hemodialysis. .... read more
Canakinumab reduces acute gout attacks in atherosclerotic patients
Secondary analysis of data from the Canakinumab Anti-inflammatory Thrombosis Outcomes Study (CANTOS) presented June 13, 2018 at the recent European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Congress 2018 in Amsterdam shows that treatment with canakinumab reduces acute gout attacks by 50-60%," in atherosclerotic patients, though it has no effect on serum urate levels.
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Sodium thiosulfate can protect from cisplatin-induced hearing loss
Addition of sodium thiosulfate, administered 6 hours after cisplatin chemotherapy reduced cisplatin-induced hearing loss among children with standard-risk hepatoblastoma, without adversely affecting the overall or event-free survival, reports a study published online June 20, 2017 in the New England Journal of Medicine.... read more
Mindful walking lowers stress and anxiety
A study conducted among college students reports that students were less stressed out and had lower anxiety when they were on their feet and moving and reported even greater benefit when were more mindful of their breathing and surroundings. The study is published in the journal Psychology of Sports and Exercise..... read more