Nearly every approved drug is tested on animals at some point in development, and product labels that reflect this fact could raise the public's appreciation of animal research, writes postdoctoral fellow Shaun Khoo. Labels that note animal testing would enhance discussions about the ethical use of animals and would allow consumers to decide whether the benefits of a given treatment outweigh any perceived ethical cost, Khoo writes.
An experimental cytomegalovirus-based tuberculosis vaccine reduced or prevented infection in 70% of rhesus macaques exposed to a virulent strain of the virus a year after inoculation, researchers reported in Nature Medicine. About 40% of the macaques showed no sign of infection, and 30% developed a comparatively mild infection.
An experimental drug suppressed HIV to undetectable levels, protected immune cells and worked synergistically with existing HIV treatments in HIV-infected mice with transplanted human blood cells. The research is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Many countries specify minimum space allowances and other requirements for laboratory mice, but the guidelines are often based on common practice instead of evidence, and a study published in Scientific Reports found that space allowance has little effect on lab mouse health. Other studies have found that shelter and nesting material more strongly affected mouse welfare than the provision of extra space, and future studies should investigate the effects of floor area and group size along with structural enrichment, writes researcher Jeremy Bailoo.
An investigation published in The BMJ showed that researchers misrepresented the results of animal studies on a tuberculosis vaccine so that clinical trials could advance, but critics of animal research who are pointing to the episode as justification are wrong, says FBR President Matthew R. Bailey. "Animal research clearly has had a critical role in the 53 million lives saved from tuberculosis since 2000, in large part because of vaccines," Bailey said. "Animal research continues to yield extremely important safety and efficacy data, which is why regulatory bodies around the world require it."
A Frost & Sullivan report predicts the global cloud-based medical imaging informatics market will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 23.8% over the next several years, with total revenue increasing from $285.4 million in 2016 to $830.5 million in 2021. Researchers said cloud-based platforms could help broaden the base of prospective users and increase market access for developers of imaging applications.
Research from Decision Resources Group shows a gap between what doctors say they want from pharmaceutical companies and what those companies provide. From increased digital support for day-to-day practice to websites with more helpful information, this infographic shows how pharmaceutical companies can better meet physicians' needs.
Drummond Group awarded ONC 2015 Edition Health IT Module Certification to Practice EHR's Practice EHR V12 system. The EHR vendor sells specialty-specific and cloud-based practice management and EHR solutions designed for small practices.
CHIME and HIMSS have chosen Randy McCleese, CIO at Methodist Hospital in Western Kentucky, to receive the 2017 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year award for advocating for the needs and limitations of small and rural hospitals to lawmakers, as well as leading initiatives aimed at improving efficiency and patient care for such providers. "Randy proves that you don't have to be from a large organization to have a big impact in our industry," said CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell.
A letter from the Medical Group Management Association to CMS Administrator Seema Verma seeks the release of information for 2018 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System eligibility and exemptions for practices with special status as hospital-based or nonpatient-facing or those falling under the low-volume threshold. "MGMA supports CMS' goal of reducing clinician burden and believes equipping physician groups with clear and timely MIPS program information is essential toward that aim," the letter says.