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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.

Myasthenia gravis: An update

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

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...

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 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....

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)....

Myths and misconceptions about rheumatoid arthritis

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

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...

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.
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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?

Take Note – January 2009

A monthly round-up of clinical and practice news and alerts.

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