CT screening for lung cancer in patients 55-80 years of age beneficial
As reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, annual CT screening of ever-smokers between 55 and 80 years of age for lung cancer is beneficial. Such screening would result in 45-54% of diagnoses in stage I or II, a 14% reduction in lung cancer mortality, and 497 deaths averted.
Predictors of poor coronary collateral circulation in stable CAD
As reported in Angiology, the fasting blood glucose and serum uric acid levels and the white blood cell count were higher in patients with stable CAD (n=480) and associated with poor coronary collateral circulation.
Belimumab safe and effective in childhood-onset SLE
As reported in Arthritis and Rheumatology, belimumab (a human monoclonal antibody targeting soluble B-lymphocyte stimulator) is effective and well-tolerated in children with SLE (n=7). The mean follow-up was 9.3 months. The SLEDAI decreased from 6.4 to 4 and 57% of recipients were able to taper steroids. Clinical response was evident by 3 months.