Zalicus Initiates Phase 2b Clinical Trial Of Synavive In Rheumatoid Arthritis

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Clinical Trials / Drug Trials
Article Date: 30 Jun 2011 – 9:00 PDT

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Zalicus Inc. (NASDAQ: ZLCS) a biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops novel treatments for patients suffering from pain and immuno-inflammatory diseases today announced the initiation of the SYNERGY trial, a Phase 2b clinical trial evaluating Synavive™, a low-dose glucocorticoid with the potential for amplified immuno-inflammatory benefits, in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Top-line results of the clinical trial are expected to be available in the second half of 2012. In addition, Zalicus has drawn an additional $8.5 million from its $20.0 million secured credit facility with Oxford Finance to fund Synavive advancement.

Women Make More Progress Early On After Knee Replacement Surgery, Men Play Post-Op Catch-Up

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Article Date: 30 Jun 2011 – 5:00 PDT

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Although women generally have worse knee function and more severe symptoms before undergoing surgery for knee replacement than men, they recover faster after the operation. Men take longer to recover but, after a year, they catch up with women and there are no differences in surgery outcomes at that time. These findings by Thoralf Liebs, from Hassenpflug University of the Schleswig-Holstein Medical Center in Germany, and colleagues, are published online in Springer’s journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

Senate Finance Committee TAA Proposal Imposes Arbitrary Cuts, Will Restrict Patient Access, AMIC Says

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 30 Jun 2011 – 1:00 PDT

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The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) said today the Senate Finance Committee proposal to drastically reduce Medicare payments for critical screening and diagnostic imaging services will further harm patient access to care in their communities, causing delays in diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease and cancers. The $400 million in proposed Medicare cuts would be used to pay for an extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, included in a pending free trade agreement with South Korea.

Statement By Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker On The Lieberman-Coburn Medicare Proposal

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 29 Jun 2011 – 1:00 PDT

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Proposals that shift costs to Medicare beneficiaries to save the federal government money, such as the one released today by Senator Lieberman and Senator Coburn, will do exactly what they are expected to do-cause people with Medicare, especially the half who have incomes under $22,000 a year, to avoid going to the doctor and seeking other necessary health care because they cannot afford to do so. Further, these proposals do nothing to solve the real problem and the underlying cause of increased spending in Medicare, which is rising costs in the health care sector overall. In short, it’s not over-utilization caused by patients that is the problem-it’s the prices.

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Article Date: 29 Jun 2011 – 9:00 PDT

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A bipartisan proposal to save Medicare and lower its debt was revealed today by Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT). They say over $600 billion would be saved over a decade, according to CBO (Congressional Budget Office) calculations, if the proposal goes through. They added that an extra $100 billion would also be saved as a result of employing the program integrity provisions.

Durable Medical Equipment: Medicare, Financial Aid, and Loans

Learn what constitutes “durable medical equipment”

  • Durable medical equipment typically refers to items such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, shower benches, portable commodes, and hospital beds.
  • See Medicare’s definition of “durable medical equipment.”

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  • Medicare web page summarizes when Medicare covers durable medical equipment.
  • Medicare web page summarizes types of equipment typically covered.
  • 16 page Medicare booklet gives detailed information on Medicare’s coverage of durable medical equipment.  The booklet also is available in Spanish.

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Poor Oral Care May Cause Sexual Problems

Main Category: Erectile Dysfunction / Premature Ejaculation
Also Included In: Dentistry;  Sexual Health / STDs
Article Date: 29 Jun 2011 – 3:00 PDT

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A recent study has revealed erectile dysfunction can be linked to gum disease.

Osteoarthritis Incidence Significantly Higher Among U.S. Military Personnel Compared To General Population

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
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Article Date: 29 Jun 2011 – 5:00 PDT

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New research shows significantly higher osteoarthritis (OA) incidence rates in military populations than among comparable age groups in the general population. The magnitude of the difference in OA rates between military service members and the general population also increased with advancing age category. Black service members had higher OA rates than white military personnel or those in other race categories according to the study findings published in Arthritis Rheumatism, a peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

Rural Doctors Click ‘Welcome’ Button On Telehealth Measure, Australia

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Article Date: 29 Jun 2011 – 2:00 PDT

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The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has welcomed today’s launch of the Federal Government’s
Medicare-funded telehealth initiative, saying it has “real potential” to improve access to specialists for rural and
remote Australians.

AARP Comments On Latest Medicare Reform Proposal

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Article Date: 29 Jun 2011 – 3:00 PDT

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AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released this statement following the announcement of a new Medicare reform plan authored by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Tom Coburn (R-OK):

“While AARP agrees with the need to address our nation’s long-term financial problems, we have serious concerns with the Medicare proposal put forth by Sens. Lieberman and Coburn, which relies almost entirely on shifting costs and removing coverage for seniors who depend on Medicare as a lifeline.