Inflammatory Arthritis Linked to Sexual Dysfunction

Themes of impaired sexual function, compromised intimate relationships ID'd in studies of IA patients

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Burden Up Among HIV-Infected

NAFLD becoming increasingly important cause of liver disease, liver mortality

Cytomegalovirus Linked to Faster Progression of Cystic Fibrosis

Faster progression to end-stage lung disease observed among patients with CMV IgG positivity

Very Low LDL-C, Triglycerides Tied to Hemorrhagic Stroke Risk in Women

Women with very low LDL or triglycerides should be monitored for other modifiable stroke risk factors

Stress-Related Disorders Associated With Increased CVD Risk

Hazard ratios for cardiovascular diseases decreased beyond one year after disorder diagnosis

Presence of Leukemia Cutis Tied to Worse Survival in AML

Hazard ratios for leukemia-specific death, all-cause death higher for patients with AML and LC

Domestic Responsibilities Tied to Physician Mothers’ Satisfaction

Being responsible for at least five tasks linked to desire to change career for moms in procedural specialties

DLQI With ‘Not Relevant’ Answers May Underrate Psoriasis Severity

Objective, subjective disease severity worse for those responding 'not relevant' versus 'not at all'

Four Million New Peds Asthma Cases Attributed to NO2 Annually

Burden of new pediatric asthma cases accounts for 13 percent of global incidence

SSI Risk Up After C-Section for Medicaid Beneficiaries

Odds of surgical site infection increased for women covered by Medicaid versus private insurance

Mindfulness Yoga Aids Patients With Parkinson Disease

Effects similar to those of stretching and resistance training for motor dysfunction, mobility

Older Adults With Hearing Loss Have Lower Patient Activation

Even those with 'a little trouble' hearing have higher risk for low activation than those with 'no trouble'

Myoelectric Computer Interface Beneficial for Stroke Survivors

MyoCI well tolerated, can reduce abnormal coactivation in stroke survivors with arm impairment

CDC: Prevalence of Autism at Age 4 Years Increasing

Frequency of co-occurring intellectual disabilities higher among children aged 4 years than 8 years

CDC: Superbug Fungus Has Sickened 600 Americans

Candida auris can survive on surfaces after routine cleaning and is often drug-resistant

Cardiac-Specific Comorbidity Index Beats Generic Indexes

Cardiac-specific index outperforms other indexes for predicting in-hospital mortality, length of stay

Recurrence Score May Cut Costs for High-Risk Breast Cancer Care

Testing with 21-gene assay linked to lower relative, absolute costs among high-risk patients

Haptoglobin Expression Tied to Outcomes in Preterm Newborns

Worse outcomes in preemies lacking haptoglobin who were exposed to inflammation in utero

Same Services More Expensive in Outpatient Than Office Settings

2009 to 2017 also saw increase in proportion of services performed in outpatient settings

STI Incidence Up After Receipt of HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis

Younger age, greater partner number, group sex, but not condom use, linked to increased risk of STI

People With Obesity Are Blatantly Dehumanized

Dehumanization predictive of support for policies that discriminate against people with obesity

Peripheral Nerve Block May Cut Opioid Use After Amputation

Peripheral nerve block helps improve pain control after major lower extremity amputation

Review Links Adverse Events to Use of Herbal Meds in Pregnancy

Increased odds of preterm birth with almond oil; oral raspberry leaf linked to cesarean delivery

2000 to 2015 Saw Increase in Liver Cancer Mortality

Increase generally steeper in less educated women; confined to men with ≤15 years education

Complication Rates Low for High-Volume Pediatric Thyroid Surgery

Low complication rates for surgical management of pediatric thyroid disease at high-volume center

Caregiving for Older Cancer Patients Takes Emotional Toll

Poorer patient health tied to higher levels of caregiver distress among informal caregivers

Verubecestat, Atabecestat Not Beneficial for Preventing Alzheimer Disease

Two trials show lack of effectiveness versus placebo for preclinical Alzheimer disease

CDC: Still No Source As E. Coli Outbreak Grows to 96 Cases

Outbreak affecting five states; no deaths reported, but 11 people have been hospitalized

FDA: Patients Should Not Abruptly Stop Taking a Prescribed Opioid

Agency warns that rapid discontinuation can result in uncontrolled pain or withdrawal symptoms

FDA Warns of Consumer Devices That Claim to Diagnose Concussion

Tools include smartphone apps marketed to coaches or parents for use during sporting events

FDA Approves Osteoporosis Tx for High-Risk Postmenopausal Women

Boxed warning states increased risks for cardiovascular death, stroke, heart attack

Cardiovascular Mortality Lower With Medicaid Expansion

Lower cardiovascular mortality rates seen for middle-aged adults in states that expanded Medicaid

High Response Seen for All Hep C Tx Models in Injection Drug Users

Directly observed therapy tied to greater adherence than self-administered individual treatment

Dietary Supplement Use Not Linked to Mortality Benefits

Excess calcium intake may increase risk for cancer death; link related to supplemental calcium intake

Continued Smoking Among Cancer Patients Ups Costs by $3.4B

Estimates based on additional treatment following higher failure risk for first-line cancer treatment

New, Revised Topics Released in ACR Appropriateness Criteria

New topics relate to clinically suspected vascular malformation of extremities, gestational trophoblastic disease

Functional Impairment in Middle Age Linked to Adverse Outcomes

Impairment in activities of daily living linked to increased risk for hospitalization, nursing home admission

More Secondary Prevention Meds May Reduce Deaths After AMI

Mortality lower with more meds for older nursing home residents after acute myocardial infarction

Suicide-Related ED Visits Increased in Children From 2007 to 2015

Proportion of emergency department visits increased for suicide attempts/suicide ideation

Chloroprocaine Offers Adequate Anesthesia for Knee Arthroscopy

Shorter time to complete recovery from motor blockade seen for chloroprocaine compared with prilocaine

Proximity to Major Roadways Impacts Child Development

Increased risk for child developmental delays also seen with prenatal exposure to PM2.5, ozone

Genetic Testing Underused in Breast, Ovarian Cancer

Pathogenic variants ID'd in 7.8 percent of patients with breast cancer, 14.5 percent with ovarian cancer

Cortical Lesions in Multiple Sclerosis Tracked With 7.0-T MRI

Development of cortical lesions surpassed that of white matter lesions, linked to neurologic disability

Many NPs Unable to Prescribe Meds to Treat Opioid Addiction

Greater practice restrictions lead to lower percentage of NPs with waivers to prescribe buprenorphine

CDC: Measles Cases Reach 465 This Year in the United States

Meanwhile, New York City declares public health emergency over measles outbreak in Brooklyn

FDA Warns Against Use of Preowned or Unauthorized Test Strips

Unauthorized, preowned test strips could cause infection, inaccuracy

First Two-Drug Regimen Approved for HIV-1 Treatment

Dovato indicated for use in patients with no history of antiretroviral treatment

CDC: TB Incidence Declined Slightly in United States in 2017

Number of cases, disease incidence decreased globally, but more progress needed to meet targets

Preventive Drugs Often Used in Last Year of a Cancer Patient’s Life

Preventive drugs, including antihypertensives and statins, frequently continued until final month of life

Alcohol, Drug Misuse Tied to Long-Term Health Problems

Despite recovery, chronic physical disease continues to impact quality of life, life expectancy

Older Patients With Crohn Disease May Benefit From Early Combo Tx

Early step-up combo therapy includes tumor necrosis factor-α antagonist plus an antimetabolite

Seniors Less Likely to Receive or Have Timely PCI for Acute MI

Patients >65 years of age have increased incidence of cardiac arrest, in-hospital mortality

Telemedicine Leads to More Antibiotic Rx for Pediatric Respiratory Infection

More antibiotics prescribed with less guideline-concordant antibiotic management versus other settings

Model Can Predict Sepsis Risk for Emergency Medical Admissions

Computer-aided National Early Warning Score model makes use of data already collected by clinicians

Early T2DM Diagnosis Linked to Increased Cardiovascular Risk

Highest excess risk for mortality, CV mortality, heart failure, CHD seen for T2DM patients diagnosed before 40

Draft Recommendation Promotes Screening Women for Anxiety

Teen, adult women, including pregnant women, should be assessed for anxiety as part of routine care

Genetic Research Results May Warrant Updates to Participants

Participants should be recontacted in some cases of new information about variant, newly ID'd variants

Guidance Statements Issued for Breast Cancer Screening

Clinicians should discuss mammography with patients aged 40 to 49, discontinue screening for those ≥75

Variation ID’d in Rate of Sexual Onset Before 13 Among Boys

Likelihood of reporting sexual intercourse before 13 lower for boys whose mothers have college degree

Ten Infant Deaths Linked to Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers

All infants died after rolling from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained

Health Issues Prevalent Across BMI Classes for Obese Children

Mental health issues consistent across BMI groups; social, mechanical issues more common with higher BMI

Female Infertility Specialists Make Less Than Male Specialists

Findings remain significant even when accounting for years in practice and type of practice

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Calcium Intake Tied to Lower Rate of Late AMD

Patients encouraged to continue taking calcium if needed for other indications

No Benefit Seen With Rituximab for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

B-cell depletion using several rituximab infusions over 12 months not linked to clinical improvement

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Boosts Metrics in Older Women

DBT yielded lower abnormal interpretation rate, higher positive predictive value 1, higher specificity

Pregnancy History Not Likely Tied to Later Cognitive Function

Authors say childbearing decisions and timing have no long-term impact on cognitive function

Patient Behaviors Identified That Impact Weight Regain After RYGB

Independent links for sedentary time, eating fast food, eating when feeling full, eating continuously

Depressive Symptoms May Up Risk for Death in HIV+ Veterans

However, depression linked to higher risk for death in HIV-uninfected, but not HIV-infected, U.S. veterans

Topical Corticosteroids Associated With Higher Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Dose-response relationship observed in large European cohort

CDC: Prevalence of COPD High Among Some Nonsmokers

High prevalence observed in certain industries and occupations, including information industry

Histologic Clearance of CIN2/3 Seen With HPV Therapeutic Vaccine

In phase II trial, rate of complete resolution of CIN2/3 significantly higher for vaccine versus placebo group

Ibrance Approval Expanded to Include Men With Breast Cancer

Kinase inhibitor approved in combination with endocrine therapy for male patients with breast cancer

October May Be Best Time for Older Adults to Receive Flu Shot

Waning protection with early vaccine must be balanced with fewer vaccinated with compressed schedule, early peak

Racial Disparities Persist in Revascularization for CHD

Rates of revascularization lower for black women with acute coronary syndrome, coronary heart disease

Older Patients With Vision Loss Have Higher Hospital Use, Costs

Similar findings seen among patients with commercial insurance

CDC: Violence Against Seniors on Rise, Especially Among Men

Nonfatal assault rate increased 75.4 percent among men from 2002 to 2016

FDA: High Levels of Heavy Metals Found in Kratom Products

Products contain levels of lead and nickel at concentrations that exceed safe daily intake

FDA Issues Warning on E-Cigarette Liquids Resembling Cough Syrup

Products have labeling, advertising that imitate prescription cough syrup products

Computer Model Predicts Risk for Ventricular Arrhythmia in ARVC

Clinical benefit of model was superior to current consensus-based ICD placement algorithm

Patient-Report Instrument Helps Identify ADEs in Older Adults

With accuracy of 75 percent, tool differentiates between symptoms of adverse drug events, chronic disease

Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Key to Survival in Pancreatic Cancer

Three factors independently linked to prolonged survival in BR/LA pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

11 Million Deaths Attributable to Poor Diet in 2017

Leading dietary risk factors for deaths, DALYs include high sodium intake, low intake of whole grains

Most Osteoporosis Guidelines Do Not Discuss Patient Choices

When patient beliefs, values, preferences are cited, they are not usually supported by evidence

Short Sleep Duration, Not OSA, Linked to Daytime Sleepiness

Obstructive sleep apnea, but not SSD, is linked to obesity, hypertension, and dyslipidemia

Odds of Hay Fever Up With Very Early, Late Spring Onset

Odds of hay fever increased for start of season more than three weeks before or after normal onset

Adherence to Prenatal Screening Recommendations Varies by Lab

Laboratories vary in the extent to which they meet ACMG position statement recommendations

Early Hospital Intervention for Diabetes Improves Outcomes

Early identification and management decreases hyperglycemia, hospital-acquired infections

Drop Seen in Preinvasive Cervical Disease With HPV Vaccination

Vaccine effectiveness increased for immunization at younger age

Readmission Risk Up With Shorter Stay at Nursing Facility

For patients with heart failure discharged to SNF then home, risk highest during first two days at home

State Texting-While-Driving Bans Cut Crash-Related ED Visits

Findings show laws curbing distracted driving are effective

Inferior Facial Coverage Observed With SPF Moisturizer

Application of SPF moisturizer significantly worse than sunscreen, especially around eyelid regions

For TAVR, Inverse Link Identified for Hospital Volume, Mortality

Higher 30-day mortality in lowest- versus highest-volume quartile of transfemoral TAVR procedures

Heart, Lungs From Hep C-Infected Donor Can Be Transplanted Safely

Transplant into patients without HCV infection feasible, with excellent function at six months

FDA Reports Cases of Seizures Among Young Vapers

Agency review revealed 35 reported cases of seizures following use of e-cigarettes since 2010

Population Mortality Affects Long-Term Follow-Up of AlloHCT

Substantial part of total nonrelapse mortality for older patients due to population mortality

Late Preterm Steroid Therapy Found to Be Cost-Effective

Compared with no tx, costs lower when high-risk women given betamethasone in late preterm period

Beta Interferon Tied to Lower Mortality in Relapsing-Onset MS

Increased survival seen with more than three years of beta interferon exposure but not lower exposure

Many ICU Workers Contaminated With Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Improper removal of protective equipment tied to higher risk for drug-resistant organism contamination

Computer Model Predicts Risk for Ventricular Arrythmia in ARVC

Clinical benefit of model was superior to current consensus-based ICD placement algorithm

Bariatric Embolization Feasible for Treatment of Severe Obesity

Bariatric embolization results in weight loss for up to 12 months, increase in quality of life

AACR: HPV Vax Low for Adults at High Risk for HIV Infection

Age, sex, sexual orientation differences in HPV vaccination rates were statistically significant

Almost Three-Quarters of Allergists Have Prescribed SLIT

Main barrier to sublingual immunotherapy is limitation of treating only one allergen

Racial Disparities Seen in Kidney Transplant for Highly Sensitized

Whites have advantage in transplant probability in calculated plasma reactive antibody categories 80 percent or higher

New Plan Limits Out-of-Pocket Costs for Insulin

Rising costs of insulin causing patients to ration their doses or even do without the drug

Minerals Not Linked to Multiple Sclerosis Risk in Women

Associations null when women with highest versus lowest intake in quintiles, deciles compared

AACR: Prostate Cancer Incidence Dropping, Stable in Most Countries

Decreases in mortality seen in 14 countries, stabilization in 54 of 71 countries

AACR: Surgery Tied to Improved Survival in HER2+ Breast Cancer

In addition to targeted medication, adjuvant therapy, surgery improves survival in stage IV disease

Amyloid PET Linked to Changes in Management for MCI, Dementia

Change in management between pre-, post-PET visits for 60.2 and 63.5 percent with MCI, dementia

U.S. Measles Cases Already Top Last Year’s Total

387 reported cases in 15 states as of March 28

Americans Borrowed $88 Billion in Past Year to Pay for Health Care

Many do not seek treatment for health issues due to cost or reduce spending to pay for health care

Over-the-Counter Meds Save Health Care System Money

OTC medicines lead to $146 billion in annual clinical and drug cost savings

Reduction in Autism Diagnoses Observed With DSM-5

Use of DSM-5 linked to reductions in diagnosis of ASD, DSM-IV-TR autistic disorder, Asperger

Best Practices Developed for Diagnosing, Managing MINOCA

Algorithm aims to improve diagnosis, management of MI in absence of coronary artery disease

Guidelines for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria Updated

Screening for, treating ASB not recommended for infants, children, functionally impaired seniors

Cesarean Delivery May Up Risk for Severe Maternal Morbidity

C-section linked to higher risk, especially among women aged 35 years or older

Guidelines Address PFO Closure for Secondary Stroke Prevention

Institutional requirements, multidisciplinary collaboration, quality measures addressed

AACR: Pembrolizumab Beneficial for Advanced Small Cell Lung Cancer

Antitumor activity promising; objective response rate 19.3 percent for patients with incurable, advanced SCLC

Dolutegravir Feasible for HIV Tx in Women of Childbearing Age

Risk for neural tube defects offset by fewer deaths among women, decreased sexual HIV transmission

One Hour of Activity/Week Helps Maintain Disability-Free Status

Findings seen among adults aged ≥49 years at elevated disability risk due to lower-extremity joint symptoms

Sex Hormone Levels May Impact Development of Asthma

Genetic evidence shows elevated SHBG levels may protect against asthma, mostly in females

March 2019 Briefing – Nursing

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March 2019 Briefing – Pathology

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Liquid Meal Replacements Cut Cardiometabolic Risk Factors

Effects observed in overweight/obese patients with T2DM; certainty of evidence low to moderate

March 2019 Briefing – OBGYN & Women’s Health

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March 2019 Briefing – Radiology

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AACR: Longer Survival With Gilteritinib in FLT3mut+ AML

Longer overall survival, better remission rates seen for patients receiving gilteritinib versus salvage chemo

March 2019 Briefing – Hematology & Oncology

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March 2019 Briefing – Anesthesiology

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Doctors Unclear on Legal Obligations in Caring for Patients With Disability

Doctors report having little formal training, have incorrect understanding of care for patients with disability

March 2019 Briefing – Ophthalmology

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Awake Endoscopic Spinal Fusion Appears to Be Safe, Effective

Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion without general anesthesia is safe

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Discharge, Interhospital Transfer Varies With Insurance Status

Uninsured patients more likely to be discharged, transferred versus privately insured patients

March 2019 Briefing – Pediatrics

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March 2019 Briefing – Pain Management

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FDA Approves Mavenclad for Treating Multiple Sclerosis

Treatment indicated for patients with relapsing-remitting, active secondary progressive MS

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Nasopharyngeal Microbiota Could Help Diagnose Pediatric LRTIs

Research suggests nasopharyngeal microbiota can be valid proxy for lower respiratory tract microbiota

March 2019 Briefing – Cardiology

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March 2019 Briefing – Rheumatology

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Increasing Dose for Total Body Irradiation Cuts Graft Failure

Findings seen in patients with severe hemoglobinopathies receiving haploidentical bone marrow transplantation

March 2019 Briefing – Dermatology

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Cannabis Products Used Differ for Cancer, Noncancer Patients

Cancer patients more likely to use sublingual tincture form; noncancer patients often use vaporization form

March 2019 Briefing – Diabetes & Endocrinology

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Undiagnosed Gestational Diabetes Ups Risk for Stillbirth

Women at risk for GDM who are screened, those diagnosed with GDM not at increased risk

March 2019 Briefing – Family Practice

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Meta-Analysis Links Shift Work to Risk for Ischemic Heart Disease

Positive dose-response relationship ID'd between risk for IHD, increasing duration of shift work

March 2019 Briefing – Gastroenterology

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Changes to WIC Food Program Tied to Reversal in Obesity Trends

Trend of increasing obesity among 2- to 4-year-olds was reversed after 2009 changes

March 2019 Briefing – HIV & AIDS

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Rates of CPR Before EMS Arrival Increased From 2000 to 2017

Compression-only, standard CPR have increased, linked to doubled survival rates versus no CPR

March 2019 Briefing – Infectious Disease

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Vitamins, Carotenoids Associated With Lower Risk for Cataract

However, strongest evidence comes from cohort studies, not randomized controlled trials

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AACR: High BMI Before 50 Raising Pancreatic Cancer Mortality

Twenty-eight percent of pancreatic cancer deaths due to higher BMI in those born in 1970 to 1974

Long-Term Phentermine Use Safe, Effective for Weight Loss

No difference in cardiovascular disease, death seen between those taking the drug for >12 versus ≤3 months

CDC: 2017 to 2018 Saw Increase in Enterovirus D68 Detection

EV-D68 detected in 13.9 percent of patients with acute respiratory illness in 2018

Therapeutic Ball Pits Found to Harbor Pathogenic Germs

Ball pits show wide variability in microbial colonization of infection-causing microorganisms

Patients With Worse RA Symptoms More Likely to Cut Alcohol Intake

No evidence found that alcohol use has beneficial effect in rheumatoid arthritis patients

High Prenatal Omega-6:Omega-3 Ratio Linked to ADHD at Age 7

Higher prenatal n-6:n-3 ratio in cord plasma linked to a higher ADHD score at age 7 years, but not at age 4

Perception of E-Cigarettes as More Harmful Than Cigarettes Increased

Increase observed in proportion who see e-cigarettes to be as harmful as, more harmful than cigarettes

Questions Remain About Safety of Parkinson Disease Psychosis Drug

Federal government has received high number of reports about deaths among patients taking Nuplazid

Simple Rapid Urine Test Can Help Diagnose Preeclampsia

Test outperforms other proposed diagnostic markers, with 86.7 percent accuracy

Recommendations Presented on Genetic Testing in Psychiatry

Guidelines emphasize that common genetic variants are not sufficient to cause psychiatric disorders

High Rates of Visual Problems Seen in Stroke Survivors

Three-quarters have visual problems, including impaired central vision, eye movement abnormalities

Shorter Reproductive Span May Up Risk for Dementia in Women

Dementia risk increased for menarche age ≥16 versus 13.0 years, natural menopause at <47.4 years

Three Interventions Involved in Decrease in Combat Mortality

Increased use of tourniquets, blood transfusions, rapid prehospital transport time key to mortality reduction

Starting Colorectal Cancer Screening at Age 45 Years Is Cost-Effective

But increasing participation for unscreened older adults would yield greater benefits at lower costs

Use of Biologics to Treat IBD in U.S. Adults May Be Suboptimal

While study design, methodology make comparisons difficult, adherence, continuation appear to be poor

Dietary Fatty Acid Intake Linked to Pediatric Asthma Morbidity

Omega fatty acid intake also modifies effect of indoor PM exposure on respiratory symptoms

Receiving Activated Charcoal Bag Tied to Proper Opioid Disposal

Less medication flushing, inappropriate garbage disposal seen for those receiving activated charcoal bag

Guidance Lists New First-Line Treatment for Severe Malaria in the U.S.

With discontinuation of quinidine, IV artesunate is now first-line drug for treatment of malaria

FDA Grants Approval for Hypogonadism Treatment

Jatenzo indicated for men with low testosterone due to certain conditions

Docetaxel Chemo Ups Survival in High-Risk Localized Prostate Cancer

Findings based on addition of docetaxel chemotherapy to androgen suppression, radiotherapy

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Lifetime HTN Risk High for Black Men and Women, White Men

Lifetime risks are higher under AHA/ACC 2017 HTN threshold than JNC7 threshold for hypertension

California Man Awarded $80 Million in Roundup Lawsuit

Jury previously found Roundup was a significant factor in plaintiff's non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Cimzia Injection Approved for New Inflammatory Arthritis Indication

FDA grants approval for first treatment for nonradiographic axial spondyloarthritis

Doctors With Malpractice Claims More Likely to Leave Medicine

Physicians with five or more malpractice claims more than twice as likely to go into solo practice

Virtual Reality Cuts Time to Guide Catheter to Target Blood Vessels

Compared with fluoroscopic guidance, VR reduces time to select GDA, splenic, right hepatic artery

Drug Survival Rates Highest for Ustekinumab for Pediatric Psoriasis

Drug survival rates higher than for adalimumab, etanercept for all treatment and psoriasis types

Frailty May Up Fracture Risk in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes patients have higher frailty scores, which are tied to risk for incident fragility fractures

Tooth Loss May Up Pancreatic Cancer Risk in Black Women

Pancreatic cancer risk increased with tooth loss, especially loss of five or more teeth

Contact Lens-Based Antihistamine Delivery Effective

Eyes wearing lenses with etafilcon A, ketotifen have lower mean itching scores than controls

Nonsurgical Brain Stimulation Beneficial in Major Depressive Episodes

Ten of 18 reviewed treatment strategies linked to higher response versus sham therapy

Electronic Books Tied to Less Verbalization Among Parents, Toddlers

Pediatricians may want to promote shared reading of print books over electronic books

Higher Disease Burden for OA Than RA After Six Months

Similar disease burden seen at presentation for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis