Research Desk

Apr 17, 2019

U.S. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a new hazardous waste pharmaceutical rule on December 8, 2018. This rule will impose significant new obligations on certain health care providers, including pharmacies and long-term care providers, as well as forward and all reverse distributors of pharmaceuticals.  This new rule represents a noteworthy change from EPA’s previous policy position that pharmaceuticals in the reverse distribution chain were not “discarded” under RCRA for purposes of the waste designation until an affirmative decision was made to treat them as “waste” and discard them. 

Apr 16, 2019

According to recent reports, Sutter Health in California will be paying a sum of more than $30 million in order to  resolve allegations like connection with inflating the severity of the illness in order to improve financial benefits. In spite of all the advantages of Medicare Advantage plans, manipulation of scores makes service less beneficial for consumers. 

Apr 16, 2019

In patients with atopic dermatitis (AD), treatment with dupilumab is associated with variable results from patch testing, as well as the resolution of comorbid allergic contact dermatitis (ACD), according to retrospective study results. They performed a retrospective review of 13 adult patients with AD who underwent patch testing at a single center. During testing, patients completed a questionnaire that identified demographics and historical factors associated with AD and ACD. 

Apr 16, 2019

U.S. FDA approves the first targeted therapy for advanced bladder cancer. Johnson & Johnson’s drug Balversa won this approval. The list price of the drug, known chemically as erdafitinib, will range between $10,080 to $22,680 for a 28-day supply, depending on the dose The drug is approved for use in patients whose cancer has progressed during or after chemotherapy and have specific genetic alterations known as FGFR3 or FGFR2. 

Apr 16, 2019

Maintaining a moderate amount of muscle strength may help adults lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers studied 4,681 people without diabetes, whose average age was 43, to do leg and bench presses to measure their muscle strength, and to perform treadmill tests to assess their cardiorespiratory fitness. 

Apr 16, 2019

A unique inflammatory signature among older patients with chronic rhinosinusitis may make them less responsive to steroid treatment, according to a study. Researchers reviewed histopathology, immune markers and inflammatory proteins found in the tissue and mucus of 147 patients with chronic rhinosinusitis, comparing them to 30 healthy control patients.

Apr 16, 2019

Air pollution from diesel engines may worsen allergy-induced lung impairment more when tiny particles are filtered from the exhaust than when they are not, according to new research. In this cross-over study, all 14 participants at various times were exposed in a laboratory to air with just the allergen, the allergen plus diesel exhaust and the allergen plus filtered diesel exhaust. 

Apr 12, 2019

According to preliminary results of a research presented at American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2019, people beyond 65 years of age are less likely to receive appropriate intervention in due time as compared to their younger counterparts. For this study the researchers review records of 115,042 heart attack patients, 54 percent of whom were over 65.

Apr 11, 2019

According to a new study published with the help of CDC and nfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology mothers who delivered via C Section showed a 1.4 fold increase in infection compared to those covered by private insurance. According to statistics about one-third of births in the U.S. occur by cesarean delivery. The increased risk could be due to a combination of various factors, the researchers added. 

Apr 11, 2019

Lowering LDL cholesterol levels are known to reduce one’s risk of having a stroke or heart attack, but levels below a certain threshold may have the opposite effect on stroke risk in women. Though levels lower than 100mg/dL are considered ideal, a new study found that women who had ‘bad’ cholesterol levels below 70mg/dL were more than twice as likely to suffer from a bleeding stroke compared to women who had higher levels.