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Advances

Center’s goal: Give skin disease researchers all they needA new research center makes a database of five million human pathology specimens and 22,000 living consented patients, all searchable by diagnoses, as well as cutting edge human analytic techniques available to anyone interested in carrying out translational skin disease research on human cells and tissues.
Literature updates in pediatric dermatologyA recent pediatric allergy study spells out how to safely introduce peanuts to high-risk (and other) children. Another study suggests that melatonin may have immunomodulatory effects in AD.
Popular asthma inhaler now expanded to kidsA leading asthma inhaler will now be available to additional younger asthma patients, after FDA approved Spiriva Respimat (Boehringer Ingelheim) for the long-term, once-daily maintenance treatment of asthma in people age 6 and older.
Psoriasis drug approved with boxed warningA new drug to treat moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis carries a black box warning that suicidal ideas and behavior, including completed suicides, have occurred in patients during the drug’s clinical trials.
Muscular dystrophy drug launch halts after pricing concernsMarathon Pharmaceuticals is temporarily pausing the launch of its drug to treat a rare form of muscular dystrophy (MD) after concerns over its $89,000 price tag.
New bladder cancer, kidney disease therapies availableFDA recently approved 2 new therapies: an expanded drug indication for locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma (mUC) and a treatment for secondary hyperparathyroidism (HPT) in adult patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on hemodialysis.
The ‘post-truth’ world: How it’s drifting into medicineHenry Rosevear, MD, examines how the political notion of a “post-truth” world has seeped into medicine.
First therapy approved for rare blood cancerFDA recently granted accelerated approved for ibrutinib (Imbruvica, Janssen, Pharmacyclics), the first treatment for patients with a certain type of lymphoma.
Constipation drug wins approvalFDA approved plecanatide (Trulance, Synergy Pharmaceuticals) for adults with chronic idiopathic constipation.
FDA approves hemophilia A drug for childrenFDA recently expanded the use of antihemophilic factor (recombinant), pegylated (Adynovate, Shire plc) for hemophilia A patients under 12 years old.

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