Month: April 2017

Hot Topics: FDA Approves First Drug For Severe Multiple Sclerosis

Jackie Werner Central Nervous System Disorders, Hot Topics in Research

FDA approves new drug to treat multiple sclerosis Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2017). FDA approves new drug to treat multiple sclerosis. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm549325.htm. On March 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) to treat adult patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) and primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS). This is the first drug approved by the FDA for PPMS. Ocrevus is an intravenous infusion given by a health care professional. “Multiple sclerosis can have a profound impact on a person’s life,” said Billy Dunn, M.D., director of the Division of…

Hot Topics: Training Medical Students to Organize Needle Exchange Programs

Jackie Werner Hot Topics in Research, Substance Use Disorders

Students as effective harm reductionists and needle exchange organizers Barbour K, McQuade M, Brown B. Students as effective harm reductionists and needle exchange organizers. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy. 2017;12(15). http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13011-017-0099-0. Background Needle exchange programs are safe, highly effective programs for promoting health among people who inject drugs. However, they remain poorly funded, and often illegal, in many places worldwide due to fear and stigma surrounding drug use. Continued advocacy, education, and implementation of new needle exchanges are thus essential to improve public health and reduce structural inequality. Commentary We argue that students, and especially professional and graduate students,…

New York Times Group Pass

Richard Saldivar Front Page, Library News

The New Yorks Times have updated their registration process. To register for your free access to the New York Times, go to https://myaccount.nytimes.com/grouppass/access. Click “Create Account” and follow the instructions to create an account using your pcom.edu email. Students will now need to provide thier anticipated graduation date. Student access will be valid up to their anticipated graduation date. Faculty and Staff passes are good for one year. Once activated, your Pass will provide access to NYTimes.com from any location. For all users, upon expiration of your pass, you can extend your access by signing in with your New York Times account at…

Hot Topics: Cardiologists Weigh In On Nutrition Facts and Fads

Jackie Werner Cardiology, Hot Topics in Research, Nutrition

Trending Cardiovascular Nutrition Controversies Freeman AM, Morris PB, Barnard N, et al. Trending cardiovascular nutrition controversies. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017;69(9):1172-1187. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2016.10.086. The potential cardiovascular benefits of several trending foods and dietary patterns are still incompletely understood, and nutritional science continues to evolve. However, in the meantime, a number of controversial dietary patterns, foods, and nutrients have received significant media exposure and are mired by hype. This review addresses some of the more popular foods and dietary patterns that are promoted for cardiovascular health to provide clinicians with accurate information for patient discussions in the clinical setting.

Hot Topics: NIH Encourages Preprint Inclusion in Grant Proposals

Jackie Werner Hot Topics in Research, Research and Scholarly Communication, Research Commentary

Reporting Preprints and Other Interim Research Products Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration, National Institutes of Health. (2017). Reporting Preprints and Other Interim Research Products (Notice Number: NOT-OD-17-050). Retrieved from https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-050.html Purpose The NIH encourages investigators to use interim research products, such as preprints, to speed the dissemination and enhance the rigor of their work. This notice clarifies reporting instructions to allow investigators to cite their interim research products and claim them as products of NIH funding. Definitions Interim Research Products are complete, public research products that are not final. A common form is the preprint, which is a complete and…