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  • AAN 2018 Erenumab Prevents Episodic Migraine in Refractory Patients The new phase 3b LIBERTY trial shows erenumab was safe and effective in patients with episodic migraine refractory to at least two previous preventive treatments.
  • AAN 2018 What's Hot at AAN 2018? 'Interaction and innovation' is the theme of this year's AAN Annual Meeting, says the vice chair of the meeting's science committee, who hints of other hot topics to be presented.
  • HM Wachter: Why Home Hospitals Are Not a Threat The future of hospitalists is safe because factors other than the lower cost of care seem to be affecting the uptake of the home hospital, experts report.
  • ISHLT 2018 Heart Beats on in Transplant After Circulatory Death The practice of transplanting organs from so-called nonbeating donors is not widely accepted, but investigators reporting promising outcomes say this could expand options for patients on wait lists.
  • SIRS Antipsychotics May Alter Thyroid Function Patients with severe mental disorders are more likely to be in either a hypothyroid or a hyperthyroid state than others, say Norwegian scientists, who found that antipsychotic use may affect thyroid function.
  • ILC 2018 Immunotherapy Prolongs Hepatocellular Carcinoma Survival The benefits of immunotherapy with cytokine-induced killer cells continue to be seen in a follow-up extension study of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • ADAA Lurasidone Appears Safe in Kids With Bipolar Depression Lurasidone, approved for bipolar depression in children and adolescents on the basis of 6-week findings from a phase 3 trial, is also safe and effective for up to 28 weeks, new open-label data show.
  • AACR 2018 Olaparib in Breast Cancer: PFS Is Significant but OS Is Not New results from the OlympiAD trial show that overall survival was not significant, but a breast cancer expert says that this will not affect uptake of olaparib for these patients.
  • AACR 2018 Resistance to PD-1 Inhibition Overcome With a Combination For metastatic melanoma that acquires resistance to PD-1 inhibition, that resistance may be overcome with a combination of the same PD-1 inhibitor and a toll-like receptor agonist, CMP-001.
  • HM Experts Bust Myths About Working With NPs and PAs Medicare recognized the services of advanced practice providers 20 years ago, but their roles are still not fully understood, and some hospital bylaws haven't caught up.
  • ISHLT 2018 Hepatitis C-infected Heart and Lung Transplants Safe Organs donated from people infected with hepatitis C can be safely transplanted, and any transmission of the virus can be treated with antiretrovirals, new research shows.
  • ILC 2018 Poverty Harms Patients With Diabetes, Fatty Liver When patients with diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease cannot consistently afford a healthy diet, the risk for advanced hepatic fibrosis is elevated, new research shows.
  • AACR 2018 Neoadjuvant Nivolumab Shows Benefit in NSCLC Already used for nonresectable lung cancer, immunotherapy is now heading for the neoadjuvant niche, with nivolumab showing benefit when used before surgery.
  • ADAA 'Fear of Fear' May Influence OCD, PTSD Outcomes Anxiety sensitivity, commonly referred to as the 'fear of fear,' may affect treatment outcomes in patients with OCD; treatment preference may influence anxiety sensitivity outcomes in patients with PTSD.
  • AACR 2018 TMB as New Biomarker in NSCLC -- Ready for Clinic? A new biomarker -- high tumor mutational burden (TMB) -- identifies lung cancer patients who do better on immunotherapy than on chemotherapy.
  • AACR 2018 Pembro Plus Chemo: Practice-Changing for mNSCLC Adding pembrolizumab to chemotherapy provided significant improvement in both overall and progression-free survival; the results have been hailed as practice-changing.
  • ILC 2018 Hep C Treatments Save Care Costs if Administered Early The early initiation of a pan-genotypic regimen lowers the cost of future care, report health economists who say current policies that base access to treatment on disease stage might be short-sighted.
  • AACR 2018 BLU-667: New Hope for NSCLC and Medullary Thyroid Cancer RET mutations and rearrangements have been identified across several solid tumors, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and for the first time, a new potent inhibitor shows activity in humans.
  • AACR 2018 Nonchromosomal Birth Defects Linked With Childhood Cancers Analyses of registry databases show that children with nonchromosomal birth defects had a higher risk for developing childhood cancers, some of which are linked with specific defects.
  • SIRS Psychiatrists the Most Common Victims of Physician Homicide Among physicians, psychiatrists are the most likely to be killed by their patients or a family member. The most common victims of homicide among mental health workers are female case workers, new data show.