Today's Health News

Loan Forgiveness, Educational Debt May Affect Practice Patterns

Graduates with loan forgiveness/repayment program more likely to enter primary care fields

Acetaminophen Safe as First-Line Analgesic for Most Older Adults

But there may be a higher stroke risk in elderly patients with diabetes taking the drug

Risk for T2DM Increased With Use of 5α-Reductase Inhibitors

Increased risk seen among men using dutasteride, finasteride for benign prostatic hyperplasia

National Hand Hygiene Initiative Successful in Australia

Overall hand hygiene compliance increased from 2009 to 2017; associated drop seen in HA-SAB incidence

Sixty People Charged in Massive Opioid Painkiller Investigation

Individuals linked to about 350,000 prescriptions and 32 million pills

Most Diabetes Phone Apps Lack Education, Support Functions

Most apps do not trigger alert escalation with consecutive low or high blood glucose values

Sleep Myths Are Commonly Circulated

Authors say initiatives to debunk myths, promote healthful sleep practices may benefit public health

Hand Hygiene Compliance Poor in Task Transitions

Hand hygiene compliance was 50.8 percent when health care workers moved from dirtier to cleaner tasks

Low-Carb Breakfast May Improve All-Day Glucose Control in T2DM

In addition, high-fat, low-carb breakfast tied to less hunger later in the day

Mixed Effects Observed for Workplace Wellness Program

Improvement seen in some self-reported health behaviors but not clinical health markers, health care utilization