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Dietary Omega-3s Linked to Lowered CRC Mortality (CME/CE)

Action Points

  • Note that this observational study, using dietary questionnaires, found that higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids trended towards an association with lower risk of cancer-related mortality among those with colorectal cancer.
  • A longitudinal increase of consumption was associated with a significant reduction in cancer-associated mortality.

A diet high in omega-3 fatty acids found in foods such …


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PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)

PodMed is a weekly podcast from Johns Hopkins Medicine. In it, Elizabeth Tracey, director of electronic media for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Rick Lange, MD, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, look at the top medical stories of the week.

This week's topics include extending therapy in breast cancer, a high-fat Mediterranean diet, risks …


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Pregnancy: Low Iron Linked to Thyroid Dysfunction? (CME/CE)

Action Points

  • Over one-third of pregnant women had iron deficiencies in their first trimester, which were likely to be associated with increased risk of thyroid-related conditions.
  • Note that the study does not directly prove causation and that the next goal is to examine pregnancy outcomes in women with and without iron deficiency to see whether iron dysfunction, thyroid

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Molecular Test to Guide CML Therapy OK’d

WASHINGTON -- A molecular diagnostic for measuring BCR-ABL levels in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) was cleared for marketing Friday, the FDA announced.

It's the first quantitative nucleic acid assay for this purpose to be approved in the U.S., the agency said.

Manufactured by Asuragen of Austin, Texas, the QuantideX qPCR BCR-ABL IS assay will be distributed as a …