Modern Medicine Feature Articles

Primary care physicians react to AHCA
Primary care physicians react to AHCAFrom calling it “a step backward” to “complex and confusing,” primary care physicians told Medical Economics they have doubts about GOP healthcare reform plans.
Artificial intelligence could create smarter EHRsAI will be an increasingly important player in healthcare IT, with better medical care being an expected benefit.
EHRs open opportunities for clinical trials, research participationSystems allow physicians and their patients to more easily identify relevant studies, although working such alerts into workflow can be challenging
Novel neurostimulator device uses nasal cavities to stimulate tearsChronic dry eye disease (DED) affects more than 25 million people and to date the only pharmacologic therapies are topical or involve punctal plugs. Results from two studies wth a neurostimulator indicate there may be a new pathway to upregulate the body’s tear system.
Bimatoprost insert offers noninvasive platform for early glaucoma patients A 19-month, open-label study of a novel bimatoprost, sustained-release ocular insert shows good safety and efficacy. The insert is polymer ring that sits atop the eye in the conjunctival fornix. Phase III trials are expected to begin in 2017.
Phyician-patient dynamic reshaped in era of EHRIs your electronic health record (EHR) less than magical? Part of the problem may be how you are using it.
Novel topical peptide for dry eye tackles underlying cause of diseaseA phase I/II trial enrolling patients with Sjögrens syndrome dry eye will be investigating  a synthetic fragment of a naturally occurring tear glycoprotein. Findings from extensive laboratory and preclinical research suggest that it is a promising novel therapy.
Exploring off-label, investigational approaches for allergic conjunctivitisSeasonal and perennial allergic conjunctivitis are common conditions that are not always well-controlled with conventional therapy. Alternative approaches and novel investigational treatments are discussed.
Protein agent may change approach to treating dry eye, inflammationRecombinant human lubricin showed potential as a new therapeutic approach to the management of dry eye disease in a small clinical trial. Compared with sodium hyaluronate, lubricin (Lubris BioPharma), significantly improved both signs and symptoms of moderate dry eye after two weeks of treatment.
Lifitegrast data support dry eye efficacy over placebo dropsLifitegrast ophthalmic solution 0.05% (Xiidra, Shire) has demonstrated positive results for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease. Eye dryness scores for some patients have improved after two weeks of treatment with the topical drop.