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Peer review on 'Work-capacity assessment and employment of persons with disabilities', Riga, Latvia, 26-27 April 2018

The peer review will be hosted by the Latvian Ministry of Welfare and discuss approaches for assessing and establishing work-capacity or disability, measures to improve labour market integration of persons with disabilities and the role of labour market in ...

Multidimensional poverty in the EU: Social Situation Monitor Seminar

The Social Situation Monitor (SSM) team invites analysts, economists and social researchers to discuss the issue of measuring multidimensional poverty. The seminar will take place in on Monday 12 March 2018 (9am- 5pm) at the ...

WHO updates latent TB guidelines

WHO released new guidance that aims to expand testing and treatment options for latent tuberculosis, as well as the types of patients that are prioritized for care. The guidance includes 24 existing, updated and new recommendations. They were issued in res ...

‘I’m 37, I’m dying and this is how I spend it’

Former recruitment consultant Rob Anderson on how he organises his finances – and why he isn’t keen on bucket lists I live in the East End of London and own my flat. I have a brain tumour. I’m dying – it’s inoperable, and I’m halfway through my third roun ...

World Hacks: Putting your leftover pills back to work

An app in Greece is helping people donate their leftover drugs to those who can't afford to buy them. ...

Patients Eagerly Awaited a Generic Drug. Then They Saw the Price.

Teva Pharmaceuticals announced it would sell a “lower-cost” alternative to Syprine, an old drug that costs more than $21,000. But the new generic version costs nearly as much. ...

Wealth Matters: For Executives, Addiction Recovery in the Lap of Luxury

As the opioid crisis tightens its grip, an industry has sprung up to offer recovery programs for wealthy executives who seek treatment in a discreet environment. ...

Brain signal shows if speech is understood

Irish neuroscientists have identified a specific brain signal that indicates whether speech has been understood. Their discovery could have important potential applications, such as assessing brain function in unresponsive patients, tracking language devel ...

Massacre in Eastern Ghouta must stop now, says EU

The EU has called for an immediate ceasefire and aid deliveries in the rebel-held Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta after more than 400 civilians were killed there. ...

DISCOVER study shows feasibility, usefulness of intraoperative OCT

According to 3-year results of the DISCOVER study, microscope-integrated intraoperative OCT during ophthalmic surgery is feasible and useful as it relates to surgical decision-making. The large-scale study enrolled 837 eyes, of which 244 eyes were enrolled ...

Further €1m interim payment for brain-damaged girl

The High Court has approved a further €1m interim payment in the case of an 11-year-old girl who was brain damaged after a failure to diagnose a serious medical condition in her mother in the days before her birth. ...

WHO prioritizes ‘Disease X’ in R&D blueprint

WHO recently released its annual list of priority diseases with an “urgent need” for accelerated research and development because of their potential to cause a public health emergency. Among them is an unknown disease that the agency termed “Disease X.” “D ...

Axicabtagene ciloleucel CAR T-cell therapy shows long-term benefit for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Frederick Locke SALT LAKE CITY — The chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy axicabtagene ciloleucel induced significant clinical benefit with manageable adverse events among patients with refractory aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to long-term ...

Walmart pushes for optometry practices in Okla. retail stores

Walmart was given approval by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to begin the signature collecting process to seek approval of optometry practices in large retail environments in the state. The current law mandates that optometry, like other kinds of medicine, mus ...

Olympic Cross-Country Skiers Eat 8,000 Calories a Day. It’s Exhausting.

Cross-country skiers require, on average, more daily calories than any other type of athlete. But the constant need to eat can take over their lives. ...

Cord blood transplant via NiCord reduces time to neutrophil, platelet recovery

Mitchell E. Horwitz  SALT LAKE CITY — NiCord single unit expanded umbilical cord blood transplantation decreased time to neutrophil and platelet recovery, according to results of a phase 2 study presented at the BMT Tandem Meetings. “Regardless of where th ...

Influenza season likely peaked in US; illness remains widespread

Influenza illness declined for a second straight week in the United States, a good sign that the country has passed the peak of a record-setting influenza season. According to the latest CDC data, the percentage of outpatient visits attributed to influenza ...

Genetic marker linked to prolonged time on opioids after HSCT

SALT LAKE CITY — Wild-type alleles found in the rs1042713 genotype of the beta-2 adrenergic receptor gene appeared to prolong time to optimal pain control and increase time on scheduled opioids among pediatric patients with mucositis following hematopoieti ...

Macular thickness differentiates occult BRAO, POAG

Macular scanning may be important in baseline glaucoma evaluation to differentiate occult branch retinal artery occlusion from primary open-angle glaucoma and lead to fewer clinical implications from inaccurate diagnosis. “Although acute branch retinal art ...

ILLUMENATE Global: DCB for femoropoliteal lesions safe, effective at 2 years

A drug-coated balloon designed for the treatment of femoropopliteal lesions was safe and effective at 2 years in a real-world cohort, according to results presented at the Leipzig Interventional Course. To assess safety and performance of the DCB (Stellare ...

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