Worried about long Covid? Support primate research

Worried about long Covid?  Support primate research

The polio vaccine. Surgical treatment for macular degeneration. The potential of paraplegics to walk again. Treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Antivirals to treat or prevent HIV. Covid-19 vaccines. Each of these lifesaving medical advances is rooted in research involving nonhuman primates, most often monkeys. Yet scientists conducting this critical work have faced harassment and threats. We … Read more

FDA turns down Acadia Pharma drug for Alzheimer’s psychosis; new trial needed

FDA turns down Acadia Pharma drug for Alzheimer’s psychosis;  new trial needed

For the second time in 16 months, the FDA has turned down Acadia Pharmaceuticals’ bid to expand the approval for its antipsychotic drug, this time for treating psychosis experienced by Alzheimer’s disease patients. The Acadia drug, Nuplazid, was initially approved for treating psychosis in Parkinson’s disease patients. The drug is the San Diego-based biotech’s only … Read more

How Neuroflow’s app improved the mental wellbeing of Trinity Health nurses

How Neuroflow’s app improved the mental wellbeing of Trinity Health nurses

Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic partnered with mental health software provider Neuroflow last August to mitigate healthcare’s burnout crisis by providing its nurses with the Philadelphia-based startup’s technology. A year later, the partners are saying more hospitals should roll out initiatives like this, as nurses who utilized NeuroFlow saw a quick and positive impact on their mental … Read more

Reproductive healthcare is under attack. Precision medicine is more important than ever

Reproductive healthcare is under attack.  Precision medicine is more important than ever

For medical professionals working in reproductive health care – and the patients they serve – the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade worsened an already confusing maelstrom for providing care. Although there is consensus among the scientific community that birth control and abortion are critical forms of medical care that help manage medical … Read more

Why we need to achieve a full continuum of care in maternal and infant health

Why we need to achieve a full continuum of care in maternal and infant health

Through my ongoing collaboration with Medicaid and commercial health plans, as well as hospital NICU teams across the country, I am fortunate to witness the tremendous ongoing passion for improving maternal and infant health and health equity. However, passion alone will not propel us forward to the type of progress that women, their children, and … Read more

Vaping cessation programs are becoming critical for today’s workers

Vaping cessation programs are becoming critical for today’s workers

Vaping has become an increasing concern in the workplace, with almost 11 million adult Americans using vape products, according to the CDC. While many believe vaping is relatively harmless, more socially acceptable than smoking, and a useful tool to quit, nicotine is addictive and dangerous, no matter how it’s delivered. That’s why now’s the time … Read more

With overdoses skyrocketing, Congress must consider non-opioid alternatives to pain management

With overdoses skyrocketing, Congress must consider non-opioid alternatives to pain management

Drug overdose deaths in older adults have skyrocketed in recent years, jumping 147% over the last decade – the highest increase in any age group in the country. Among people 65 and older, men are twice as likely as women to suffer overdoses, and Black Americans are over 10% more likely than other minority groups. … Read more

Homeward secures $50M, partners with Priority Health for rural value-based care

Homeward secures M, partners with Priority Health for rural value-based care

When Dr. Jennifer Schneider, CEO of rural healthcare startup Homeward, was 12 years old, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. But living in rural Minnesota, she did not see an endocrinologist for a long time. “It wasn’t until I went to medical school that I realized how scary and dangerous that was,” said Schneider, … Read more

FDA approval of AstraZeneca drug is first for a new group of breast cancer patients

FDA approval of AstraZeneca drug is first for a new group of breast cancer patients

A breast cancer drug from AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo now has FDA approval to address a brand new category of the disease, a decision that enables the targeted therapy to reach a much broader patient population. The drug, Enhertu, was initially approved to address cancers characterized by the abundance of a protein called HER2. The … Read more

Most people with opioid use disorder don’t get meds for it, but these 3 changes could help

Most people with opioid use disorder don’t get meds for it, but these 3 changes could help

Medications that treat opioid use disorder (OUD) — such as methadone, buprenorphine and extended-release naltrexone — are life-saving drugs that have been tested to decrease opioid overdoses by more than half. However, 86.6% of people who have OUD are not receiving these medications, according to a study published Thursday in the International Journal of Drug … Read more