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Absolute Neutrophil Count

For a patient with cancer, the absolute neutrophil count (ANC) is a crucial lab value. Are you familiar with the two methods for calculating it?

Act immediately against anaphylaxis

An antibiotic infusion triggers a near-fatal reaction.

Asthmatic teenager lands in the ICU

Alarming findings signal the need for noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation.

Be prepared for poison ivy, oak, and sumac

The author clears up misconceptions and discusses treatment.
Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Drugs for Autoimmune Disease

Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Drugs for Autoimmune Disease

New biotherapy drugs and older chemotherapy agents may improve quality of life in patients with autoimmune diseases.

Drugs Today – December 2008

Web exclusive! An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals.

Drugs Today – November 2008

Web Exclusive! An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals at www.AmericanNurseToday.com/journal.

Drugs Today – September 2008

Web Exclusive! An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals at www.AmericanNurseToday.com/journal.

FDA adds to boxed warning for tumor necrosis factor-alpha blockers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has updated the boxed warning tumor necrosis factor-alpha blockers to include the risk of infection from Legionella and...

FDA approves first anti-diarrheal drug for HIV/AIDS patients

On Dec. 31, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Fulyzaq (crofelemer) to relieve symptoms of diarrhea in HIV/AIDS patients taking antiretroviral...

FDA approves Impavido to treat leishmaniasis

On March 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Impavido (miltefosine) to treat a tropical disease called leishmaniasis. Read more.

FDA approves new drug for lupus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Benlysta (belimumab) for treatment of lupus. The FDA last approved a drug for lupus in 1955....

FDA approves new indication for imaging agent

On June 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a new use for Lymphoseek (technetium 99m tilmanocept) Injection, a radioactive diagnostic imaging agent...

FDA approves new MS drug

On Sept. 12, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Aubagio (teriflunomide), a once-a-day tablet for the treatment of adults with relapsing forms...

FDA approves new product to treat hereditary angioedema

On July 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Ruconest, the first recombinant C1-Esterase Inhibitor product for the treatment of acute attacks...

FDA approves Xeljanz for rheumatoid arthritis

On Nov. 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Xeljanz (tofacitinib) to treat adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis who...

FDA warns of drug interactions between Victrelis and ritonavir-boosted human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) protease...

On Feb. 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that drug interactions between the hepatitis C virus protease inhibitor Victrelis (boceprevir) and certain...

HAART and its effects on the heart

Many patients with HIV/AIDS are doing well on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Yet HAART can increase cardiovascular risks by reducing high-density lipoprotein levels, raising triglyceride levels, and causing insulin resistance.

Healthcare immunization: Protecting coworkers and the community

Health care professionals are at high risk for exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases and infections. Safeguard yourself, your patients, and your family members. Make sure...

In some situations, axillary node removal doesn’t improve breast cancer survival

A study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology June meeting found that removing additional axillary lymph nodes to look for breast cancer...

Myasthenia gravis: An update

Learn more about this common disorder of neuromuscular transmission and its affects on patients

Myths and misconceptions about rheumatoid arthritis

Think you know all about rheumatoid arthritis? Think again. Misunderstandings about the disease abound, even among healthcare professionals.

New intravaginal ring

Researchers have developed a new intravaginal ring for the sustained 90-day co-delivery of tenofovir and levonorgestrel, an anti-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) drug and a...

New lupus drug one step closer to approval

An advisory panel has recommended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approve Benlysta; it would be the first new drug approved to treat Lupus...

New safety information for Invirase

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that new safety information has been added to the label for the HIV antiviral drug Invirase (saquinavir)....

Sepsis: Stopping an insidious killer

How to recognize sepsis in time and use the therapies recommended by the Surviving Sepsis Campaign.

Soothing the sorrow of psoriasis

You can help patients suffering from this chronic skin disease.

Study: Poor sleep in pregnancy may contribute to birth-related complications

Poor sleep quality and quantity during pregnancy can disrupt normal immune processes and may lead to lower birth weights and other complications, according to...
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Take Note – August 2007

Good news for younger women taking estrogen     Estrogen therapy may have cardioprotective effects for women who start taking it in their 50s. A study from...
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Take Note – December 2006

CDC recommends HIV screening for everyone New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call for routine human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening...

Take Note – January 2009

A monthly round-up of clinical and practice news and alerts.
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Take Note – November 2006

American Diabetes Association releases food guidelines for specific medical categories “When you’re talking about diabetes, there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet,” said Ann...

The aging face of HIV/AIDS

People older than age 50 account for at least 10% of HIV/AIDS cases in this country. Yet myths about older adults' behavior can blind us to the possibility that an older patient has AIDS. We need to learn more about older adults' sexuality and teach them about risky behaviors.

Updated guidelines for managing occupational HIV exposure released

Infection Control and Epidemiology has published “Updated US Public Health Service guidelines for the management of occupational exposures to human immunodeficiency virus and recommendations...

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Do Vitamins, Plants Help Uterine Fibroid Risk or Treatment?

A research team out of Poland recently undertook a comprehensive examination of published data to determine the role that vitamins and diet might play...