Fat May Be Useful in Treating Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers have discovered a new class of lipids called fatty-acid esters of hydroxyl fatty acids (FAHFAs) that may be a useful tool in the battle against type 2 diabetes. | Full Article

Potentially Fatal Interaction Between Hep C Drug and Antiarrhythmic

There is a rare, but potentially fatal interaction between the antiarrhythmic agent amiodarone and the hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir. | Full Article

Ordering Unnecessary Imaging Tests “May Be A Systemic Problem”

A new set of surveys given to emergency medicine physicians measured the rates of unnecessary diagnostic imaging tests, the reasons for ordering these tests, and how to curb the practice in the future. | Full Article

Biomarker Discovery Improves Ovarian Cancer Treatment Options

Researchers have identified a biomarker that may help gynecologic oncologists choose better treatment options and improve success rates following chemotherapy in patients with ovarian cancer. | Full Article

FDA Approves Blood Pump System for Heart Function Stabilization

The FDA approved the Impella 2.5 System to help stabilize circulation and heart function during high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention procedures. | Full Article

Report: Alzheimer’s Disclosure Rates “Disturbingly Low”

Diagnosis disclosure rates for Alzheimer’s disease are much lower than those of other serious diseases, according to a new report from The Alzheimer’s Association. | Full Article

Could Saccharin Help Fight Aggressive Cancers?

New research finds that saccharin could be useful as a lead compound in targeting aggressive cancers. | Full Article

Blood Test Could Detect Early-Stage Rheumatoid Arthritis

Researchers have identified a biomarker linked to early-stage osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. | Full Article

A Short Nap Can Improve Memory Retention by 5-Fold

A new study examined effect of short naps on hippocampus-dependent associative memory and hippocampus-independent item memory. | Full Article

Discovery Could Lead to New Malaria Treatments

A new groundbreaking discovery about cerebral malaria could change the landscape of treatment for the lethal disease. | Full Article

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The FDA and Doctors: Why We Need to Pay Attention

I am often surprised that any doctors and medical students miss the mark on what FDA stands for. Certainly, the confusion is understandable—“Federal Drug” versus “Food and Drug”—but each time I catch the mistaken reference, I am reminded how minimalized this federal institution is among the medical community.

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