Rotavirus Vaccination, Type 1 Diabetes Not Linked in Children

No significant correlation seen for children fully or partially exposed to rotavirus vaccine versus unexposed

Gabapentin Seems Efficacious for Alcohol Use Disorder

Positive effect seen on heavy drinking days, total abstinence, especially in high alcohol withdrawal group

2018 Health Care Spending Up Due to Higher Prices

2018 uptick in utilization first seen in years, but impact dwarfed by price increases

Olive Oil Consumption Tied to Lower Cardiovascular Risk

Substituting margarine, butter, mayonnaise, and dairy fat with olive oil may lower risk

Knowledge of Cancer Risk, Health Promotion Varies Widely

Gap by socioeconomic status seen in international survey

Rates of Unintended Pregnancy Higher in Women With Disabilities

Authors say sex education, reproductive planning needed for women with disabilities

Antioxidant Supplements Offer No Benefit in Male Infertility

Semen quality, pregnancy or eventual live birth rates did not improve after supplement use by men

FDA: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities May Affect Medical Devices

Providers asked to identify devices; patients potentially affected by 12 Bluetooth-associated vulnerabilities

California Cruise Ship Passengers Await COVID-19 Test Results

Meanwhile, more than 2,500 New Yorkers have been asked to self-quarantine

Americans’ Protein-Rich Diets May Up Heart Disease Risk

Findings may have important public health implications for chronic disease prevention

Period of 2015 to 2018 Saw Increase in Cannabis Use in Seniors

Increases seen among women, white and nonwhite race/ethnicities, those with a college education, married individuals

Widowhood Tied to More Rapid Cognitive Decline Among Seniors

Rate of cognitive decline even faster among widowed participants with higher β-amyloid levels at baseline

Long-Term Endurance Exercise Tied to Aortic Enlargement

One in five masters-level athletes show aortic dilatation, with higher rates seen among men

Bariatric Surgery Outcomes Similar Regardless of Obesity Onset

Impact on diabetes, microvascular complications similar regardless of BMI status at age 20 years

Genetic Testing Proposed for All Women ≤65 With Breast Cancer

Expanded testing could increase detection of carriers for BRCA1/2, mutations in other predisposition genes

Increase Seen in Melatonin Secretion After Cataract Surgery

Melatonin secretion increased following prompt surgery with clear or yellow intraocular lens

CRC Incidence, Mortality Declining for Adults Aged ≥65

However, incidence and CRC death rates increased for those aged younger than 50 years

Hospital Infection Control Can Prevent COVID-19 Transmission

No nosocomial transmission of COVID-19 seen in Hong Kong hospital using infection control measures

Long-Acting Cabotegravir, Rilpivirine Noninferior in HIV-1

Studies demonstrate noninferiority to standard oral therapy, dolutegravir-abacavir-lamivudine

FDA: Singulair to Get ‘Black Box’ Warning

Drug has long carried warning of potentially dangerous neuropsychiatric side effects

Gulf War Illness Still Poses High Symptom Burden

Vast majority of diagnosed veterans report fatigue, sleep, and pain symptoms

Less Than 1 in 4 Perinatally Exposed Infants Tested for Hep C

Rate of testing significantly lower among African-American infants

Many Young Women With Breast Cancer Experience Financial Decline

Common concerns among employed respondents include increased time off, suffering job performance

CDC: Fall-Related TBI Deaths Increasing Among U.S. Residents

17 percent increase found in national age-adjusted rate of fall-related TBI deaths from 2008 to 2017

California Holds Cruise Ship Offshore for COVID-19 Testing

State declares state of emergency as U.S. Coast Guard delivers testing kits to cruise ship

Antimalarials May Cut Risk for Type 2 Diabetes in Lupus Patients

T2DM risk reduced by 39 percent for those with high adherence to antimalarial therapy for managing lupus

Repeat ED Visits for Opioid-Related Emergencies on the Rise

Health information exchanges may enable more efficient care for patients seeking care in multiple EDs

Female Clinical Chairs Paid Significantly Less Than Men

Findings based on study of 550 clinical department chairs at 29 public U.S. medical schools

Moderate Egg Consumption Not Linked to CVD Risk Overall

Findings based on data from three cohorts and updated meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies

Habitual Fish Oil Supplements Linked to Lower CVD Risk

Risk reduced for all-cause mortality, CVD mortality, incident CVD events with habitual supplementation

CDC: Rates of VBAC Increasing, Reached 13.3 Percent in 2018

Increase seen for almost all race and Hispanic-origin groups and in women in their 20s and 30s from 2016 to 2018

Secondary Prevention Guideline Adherence Cuts Death Post-AMI

Mortality significantly lower with each additional guideline recommendation achieved

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Seem Not to Protect Against Cancer

And, limited cardiovascular benefit found for long chain omega-3, alpha-linolenic acid

T2DM Remission Rates Higher With RYGB Versus Sleeve Gastrectomy

T2DM remission rate higher, weight loss greater, relapse rate lower for RYGB versus sleeve gastrectomy

Molecularly Matched Therapy Promising in Pancreatic Cancer

Overall survival significantly longer for patients with actionable molecular alterations receiving matched tx

FDA Bans Electrical Shock Devices Used on the Mentally Disabled

Ban takes effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register

Combined Biopsy Method Better for Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Cancer diagnosed in 9.9 percent more, upgrading seen in 21.8 percent with MRI-targeted + systematic biopsy

Smartphone Use Linked to Increased Meds Required for Headache

Higher proportion of patients using smartphones taking analgesics, getting less relief with medication

EHR Use Up in Residential Care Communities 2012 to 2016

Increase seen in computerized support for health information exchange with physicians or pharmacists

CDC: ~14 Percent of Children Have ADHD, Learning Disability

Likelihood of having ever been diagnosed with ADHD, learning disability highest for non-Hispanic blacks

Recommendations Provided for Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis

Infliximab, adalimumab, golimumab, vedolizumab, tofacitinib, ustekinumab recommended over no tx

Shift in Birth Timing Tied to Decline in Birth Weights

Finding largely due to changes in obstetric practices toward cesarean deliveries, inductions from 1990 to 2013

Short-Term Medications May Cut Risk for ‘Broken Heart’ Syndrome

Combination of low-dose β-blocker and aspirin may reduce heightened CV risk in early bereavement

Considerable Increase Seen in List, Net Prices of Branded Drugs

From 2007 to 2018, list prices increased 159 percent, while net prices increased by 60 percent

Serum Folate Tied to CV Mortality Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Serum folate levels above 4.3 ng/mL tied to lower cardiovascular mortality with rheumatoid arthritis

Multisensor Data Can Assess MS-Related Limb Dysfunction

Extracted features from three sensors correlate with physician-rated, patient-reported disability status

Racial/Ethnic Insurance Coverage Disparity Down Since ACA

From 2013 to 2017, drop seen in unadjusted, adjusted black-white gap, Hispanic-white gap in uninsurance

Late Mortality Down for Young Adult, Adolescent Cancer Survivors

Five-year mortality from all causes overall decreased, but improvement was limited for some cancer types

Ambient Air Pollution Causes Decreased Life Expectancy

Loss of life expectancy from all ambient air pollution found to be 2.9 years, exceeding that of tobacco smoking

Improved Oral Hygiene Tied to Lower Risk for Incident Diabetes

Periodontal disease, missing teeth linked to increased risk, while frequent tooth brushing may lower risk

Repeated Courses of Antibiotics Linked to Hospital Admissions

For patients with frequent prior antibiotic use, rates of admission remained elevated over six months

Chest CT More Sensitive Than RT-PCR for Diagnosing COVID-19

For those with negative RT-PCR results but positive chest CT scan, 48 percent thought to be highly likely cases

Health Insurers Cutting Anesthesiologists’ Contracts

Survey shows anesthesiologists face abrupt contract terminations and dramatic cuts in payment rates

NICE Guidelines Presented for Management of Thyroid Disease

For thyrotoxicosis with hyperthyroidism, radioactive iodine recommended as first-line treatment

1996 to 2016 Saw Increases in U.S. Spending on Health Care

Public, private insurance, out-of-pocket payments increased by 2.9, 2.6, and 1.1 percent annually

Cough, Fever Most Common Initial Symptoms of COVID-19

But absence of fever or radiologic abnormalities in some patients makes diagnosis more difficult

Emergency Measure Will Get More Respirators to U.S. Health Care Workers

Currently, most respirators are approved for use only in industrial settings

Use of PPIs Tied to Cognitive Issues in Breast Cancer Survivors

Concentration, memory problems reported in breast cancer patients at different stages of survivorship

NICU Babies at Risk for Later Mental Health Issues

Findings based on long-term follow-up of NICU graduates into adolescence

Surgical Approach Not Tied to Decision Regret After Prostatectomy

Functional and oncologic outcomes, autonomous decision-making, and follow-up time influence regret

Evidence Lacking for Pharmacologic Therapy for Cannabis Use Disorder

Several drug classes including cannabinoids, SSRIs seem to be ineffective for cannabis use disorder

Irregular Sleep Duration and Timing Linked to CVD Risk

Risk for cardiovascular disease increased in multivariable-adjusted models

2003 to 2016 Saw Changes in Characteristics of PCI, CABG Patients

Risk-adjusted mortality decreased significantly after CABG but not after PCI across all clinical indications

February 2020 Briefing – OBGYN & Women’s Health

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February 2020 Briefing – Radiology

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>10,000 Uninsured Texas Patients Seek Dialysis in ED Annually

In 2017, emergency hemodialysis for the uninsured totaled $21.8 million in hospital costs

February 2020 Briefing – Hematology & Oncology

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February 2020 Briefing – Anesthesiology

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USPSTF Recommends Screening All Adults for Hepatitis C Virus

B recommendation applies to all asymptomatic adults ages 18 to 79 years regardless of risk

February 2020 Briefing – Ophthalmology

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February 2020 Briefing – Cosmetic Surgery

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Pediatrician Use of Developmental Screening Tools Increasing

2002 to 2016 saw tripling in use and increase in referral of at-risk patients to early intervention

February 2020 Briefing – Orthopedics

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February 2020 Briefing – Geriatrics

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Chest CT Findings for COVID-19 More Common Later in Infection

CT findings include consolidation, bilateral and peripheral disease, greater total lung involvement

February 2020 Briefing – Pediatrics

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February 2020 Briefing – Pain Management

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Mean Age at Drug Use Initiation Increasing for Many Drugs

For 12 of 18 drugs examined, including cigarettes, marijuana, cocaine, mean age at initiation increased

February 2020 Briefing – Psychiatry

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February 2020 Briefing – Pharmacy

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February 2020 Briefing – Allergy

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February 2020 Briefing – Pulmonology

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CDC Broadens Testing Guidelines for Coronavirus

Agency updates recommendations for evaluating and reporting persons under investigation

February 2020 Briefing – Cardiology

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February 2020 Briefing – Rheumatology

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Three More COVID-19 Deaths Reported at Washington State Nursing Home

Frail and elderly nursing home residents may be particularly susceptible to virus

February 2020 Briefing – Dermatology

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February 2020 Briefing – Surgery

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Active Lifestyle May Lower Risk for Parkinson Disease

Authors say finding may be explained by a motor reserve

February 2020 Briefing – Diabetes & Endocrinology

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February 2020 Briefing – Urology

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Focus on Vaccinating Elderly May Not Be Enough for Flu Protection

Strategies prioritizing vaccination for elderly persons seem not to reduce hospitalizations, mortality

February 2020 Briefing – Family Practice

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February 2020 Briefing – Internal Medicine

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February 2020 Briefing – Gastroenterology

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February 2020 Briefing – Critical Care

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AAN: Hypersomnolence in Elderly Linked to Medical Conditions

Hypersomnolence linked to increased risk for developing diabetes, cancer, HTN three years later

February 2020 Briefing – HIV & AIDS

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February 2020 Briefing – Emergency Medicine

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2019 Pedestrian Fatalities Hit 30-Year Record High

More pedestrian crashes happening at night, with trucks, and with distracted drivers

February 2020 Briefing – Infectious Disease

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February 2020 Briefing – Otolaryngology

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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Now at 89

Second death reported; new cases also reported in 10 states

February 2020 Briefing – Neurology

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February 2020 Briefing – Nephrology

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Treatment for Hereditary Breast Cancer Not Always Guideline-Concordant

Treatment seems less in line with practice guidelines, particularly for radiation therapy and chemotherapy

February 2020 Briefing – Nursing

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February 2020 Briefing – Pathology

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Regardless of Weight, Metabolic Health Tied to New Diabetes

Normal-weight but metabolically unhealthy women have twofold greater incidence of diabetes

Eye Movement Training Efficacious for Hemianopic Patients

Objective and subjective measures of visual performance improved with NeuroEyeCoach

Higher Exposure to Air Pollution Linked to Albuminuria, CKD

Each 1-µg/m³ higher annual average PM2.5 linked to increased risk for incident chronic kidney disease

Vegetarian Diet Linked to Reduced Ischemic Stroke Risk in Taiwan

Vegetarians had lower ischemic stroke risk in two cohorts, lower hemorrhagic stroke risk in one cohort

MRI-Identified Damage Tied to Patient-Reported RA Function

Association seen for MRI-assessed hand/wrist bone and cartilage damage but not inflammation

Inflammatory Conditions of Skin, Bowel May Be Linked

Authors say patients with hidradenitis suppurativa should be screened for inflammatory bowel disease

Patients Report Cannabis Eases Spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis

More than one-third of MS patients with spasticity report current cannabis use

HIV-Infected Youth Less Likely to Achieve Viral Suppression

Findings seen in large national sample of youth despite similar rates of linkage to care as adults

Statin Use May Reduce Mortality in High-Risk Prostate Cancer

Statin use alone or in combination with metformin tied to lower all-cause, prostate cancer mortality

Vitamin D Tied to Back Problems in Postmenopausal Women

Serum vitamin D concentration <10 ng/mL may be marker of back pain, lumbar disc degeneration

Assisting Medication Continuity Cuts Readmissions for Seniors

Interventions that bridge care transitions most likely to impact medication continuity in older adults

Age of Onset May Affect Clinical Outcomes for MS Patients on DMT

Age-dependent differences seen for clinical outcomes in response to disease-modifying therapy

CDC Makes Changes to Coronavirus Testing Efforts

Changes come after whistleblower complaint and community-acquired case in California

Varenicline Seems Safe for Adults Without Depression

Risk for CV, neuropsychiatric hospitalizations lower for varenicline versus nicotine replacement therapy

Certified Medical Homes Tied to Better Diabetes Outcomes

Certified practices have more practice systems, modestly higher performance on measures of quality diabetes care

CDC: Prevalence of Obesity 42.4 Percent in 2017 to 2018

Age-adjusted prevalence of severe obesity 9.2 percent among U.S. adults, higher in women than men

Video Game-Like Intervention May Aid Children With ADHD

Attentional functioning improved in four-week trial for children receiving intervention versus control

Antibiotic, Opioid Rx Common With ED Visits for Dental Conditions

Authors say there is an opportunity to further combat opioid abuse, antibiotic overprescribing

Daily Care Conferences May Cut Length of Stay in COPD Patients

Study looked at average LOS in patients with COPD exacerbations treated at two community hospitals

Gefapixant Promising for Relief of Unexplained Chronic Cough

Cough frequency significantly reduced after 12 weeks of gefapixant 50 mg versus placebo in phase 2b study

NIH Toolbox Cognitive Battery Valid in Intellectual Disability

NIHTB-CB is reliable and valid for children and young adults with a mental age older than 5.0 years

Recommendations Developed for Appropriate Thyroidectomy

Guidelines relate to diagnosis of thyroid disease, indications for thyroidectomy, periop management

Adults May Not Need Tetanus, Diphtheria Booster Shots

No significant decrease seen in incidence rates of tetanus, diphtheria with routine vaccination of adults

Facebook Bans False or Alarming Coronavirus Ads

The Center for Science in the Public Interest warns consumers to be cautious

Patient Satisfaction Scores for Hospitals Driven by Hospitality

Patient satisfaction scores do not reflect the quality of medical care, but rather room and board features

Compliance Low With USPSTF Lung Cancer Screening Recommendations

12.5 percent of those meeting USPSTF recommendations for low-dose CT had screening exam in past year

Reproductive Health Guidelines Issued for Rheumatic Diseases

Evidence reviewed for contraception, fertility, pregnancy, HRT, medication use in RMD patients

Recommendations Issued for R/R Pediatric Hodgkin Lymphoma

Recommendations developed for salvage therapy for pediatric patients with first relapse/refractory cHL

First U.S. Case of ‘Unknown Origin’ COVID-19 Identified

President Trump taps Vice President Pence to head coronavirus response

Fewer Women in Cardiovascular Trials, but Representation Improving

Representation of women varies with disease and trial characteristics, but overall, men still dominate

Telehealth May Aid Obstetric Outcomes

Benefits seen for perinatal smoking cessation, breastfeeding, early access to medical abortion services

Influence of Politics Has Not Waned in Opinions About ACA

Partisan divisions in favorable opinion of the ACA have gotten larger rather than smaller over time

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages May Adversely Affect Lipid Profile

Greater decrease in HDL, increase in triglycerides seen for regular versus low consumption level

Gender, Race Do Not Affect How Patients Rate Emergency Doctors

No difference seen in composite outcome of participant satisfaction and confidence in physician

No Compensatory Smoking Seen With Low-Nicotine Cigarettes

Two studies show no increase in smoking intensity, no increase in cigarettes smoked per day

Electronic Nose Can Detect Barrett Esophagus in Breath Test

Sensitivity 91 percent, specificity 74 percent for volatile organic compound analysis of exhaled breath

MRI Findings Predict Shoulder Stiffness in Rotator Cuff Tear

Joint capsule edema and thickness at axillary recess useful for predicting shoulder stiffness

Weight Gain During Adulthood Tied to Decline in Lung Function

Weight gain over 20 years tied to accelerated decline in lung function; decline attenuated with weight loss

Age at Period Cessation Not Linked to CVD Risk Trajectories

Little evidence found of links with trajectories of blood pressure, lipids, hemoglobin A1c, anthropometry

AAN: Cardiovascular Health in 20s Impacts Later Cognition

Cardiovascular health in young adulthood linked to better dynamic cerebral autoregulation in later life

States Launch Investigation of Juul Labs

Investigation will include whether Juul made misleading claims about nicotine content in the devices

First U.S. Trial of Possible Coronavirus Treatment Begins

University of Nebraska Medical Center is treating 14 people who were evacuated from cruise ship in Japan

Adding Pembrolizumab May Up Response in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Pathological complete response rate higher with pembrolizumab plus neoadjuvant chemotherapy

Intensive BP Control Has Positive Impact on Residual Life Span

Mean survival benefits varied from six months to three years for intensive versus standard BP control

Longer Lactation Might Protect Against Type 2 Diabetes

Favorable glucose metabolic biomarker profile seen among women with a history of gestational diabetes

$2.5 Billion Coronavirus Plan Sent to Congress

As of Monday, CDC was reporting that 53 Americans have now tested positive for COVID-19

Dementia May Lower Odds of ‘Good Death’ Among Cancer Patients

However, for patients with or without dementia, dying at home tied to greater quality of death

Long-Term Antidepressant Use Appears to Raise Risk for T2DM

Study suggests glucose tolerance improves with antidepressant discontinuation or dose reduction

Antibiotics, Corticosteroids Beneficial in COPD Exacerbations

Independent of exacerbation severity, antibiotics tied to increased resolution, less treatment failure

Wearable Sensor Data Predict Heart Failure Rehospitalization

Machine learning algorithm detects worsening heart failure and predicts impending rehospitalization

Different Foods Linked to Risk for Ischemic, Hemorrhagic Stroke

Risk for ischemic stroke lower with higher intake of fruit and vegetables, dietary fiber, milk, yogurt, cheese

Tax on Sweetened Beverages Reduced Sales Volume in Chicago

Decrease was more than 20 percent even when accounting for cross-border shopping

Medication Treatment May Lower Risk for Opioid Overdose Death

But protective effect during care does not last after discontinuation of treatment for opioid use disorder

Guidance Issued for Food Intake in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Evidence insufficient for recommending changes in diet for complex carbs, refined sugars, wheat, gluten

Liraglutide Enhances Weight Loss With Intensive Behavioral Therapy

Clinically meaningful weight loss seen over 56 weeks with IBT and 3.0 mg liraglutide

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Judge Says More Answers Needed About Relocation of COVID-19 Patients

Costa Mesa officials oppose transfer to their community of coronavirus patients evacuated from cruise ship in Japan

More Academic Success Found for Men Versus Women in Hematology

Caregiving responsibilities reduced academic productivity in men but had no impact among women

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Cognitive Impairment Screening

Evidence lacking for screening for community-dwelling older adults with no signs or symptoms

Mistreatment, Discrimination Still Common for Medical Students

Women, racial/ethnic minorities, sexual minorities experience disproportionate mistreatment

Global Coronavirus Outbreaks Stoking Fears of Pandemic

Mild nature of most cases of COVID-19 making the virus difficult to identify and contain

Children’s Vaccine Patterns Mainly Classified as Recommended

23 percent of children's vaccination patterns classified as alternate, with limited shots, skipping series

Increases in Alcohol-Induced Death Rates ID’d Across U.S.

Alcohol-induced death rate increased among men and women, with recent acceleration in rate

Racial/Ethnic Disparity Seen for Stroke in Dialysis Patients With A-Fib

Rates of stroke higher for minority dialysis patients with a-fib partly due to lower anticoagulant use

1990 to 2017 Saw Increase in Global Deaths From Lung Disease

Negative links found between sociodemographic index and mortality rates of COPD, pneumoconiosis, asthma

Many Smokers Who Quit Before Gastric Bypass Surgery Relapse

61.7 percent of those who smoked one year preop smoke at seven years postop

Healthy Dietary Patterns Linked to Better Semen Quality

Higher sperm counts found with adherence to prudent, vegetarian-like, open-sandwich versus Western pattern

AAP: Pediatricians Should Promote Physical Activity in Children

Doctors should ID opportunities for activity assessment, prescription among those facing barriers to activity

Regular Exercise Tied to Better Quality of Life in Cancer Survivors

Yet study shows few African-American cancer survivors meet recommended activity goals

Daily Emollient in Infancy Does Not Foil Eczema in Children at Risk

Daily use of emollient in first year of life linked to increased risk for skin infections

Author to Fight Retraction of Study Linking Vaping to Heart Attack Risk

Questions raised after another researcher found majority of heart attacks occurred before people started to vape

Purdue Launches Ad Campaign for OxyContin Claims

The $23.8 million ad campaign has been approved by a bankruptcy judge

Continuing Annual Breast Cancer Screening No Benefit in Over-75s

No significant reductions found in eight-year breast cancer mortality for continuing versus stopping screening

Outcomes Steadily Improve for Multiple Myeloma Treated With ASCT

Patients treated in 2014 or later had superior OS, reduced excess risk for multiple myeloma death

Image Reading on Mobile Devices Feasible for Stroke Decisions

Findings support concept of telestroke services for decision to administer intravenous thrombolysis

QOL Similar After Surgery, Antibiotics for Uncomplicated Appendicitis

No difference seen in satisfaction for patients after successful antibiotic treatment versus appendectomy

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Now Stand at 26

Several passengers from the Diamond Princess have been transferred to a biocontainment unit at UNMC

Dermatopathologists Favor Making Pathologic Reports Available

Making reports available to patients seen as good idea, but there is concern about patient worry, confusion

Cancer Therapy-Associated Polyposis May Mimic CRC Predisposition

74 percent of TAP cases had clinical features suggesting at least one CRC predisposition syndrome

Dengue Virus Infection May Increase Risk for Developing Leukemia

Significant link between virus, leukemia risk observed at three to six years after infection

Most Doctors Perceive Benefits of Vaccines for Children Program

Eighty-six percent of pediatricians report participating in VFC and most have never considered stopping

AI Imaging Analysis Prognostic in Coronary Artery Disease

Myocardial blood flow, myocardial perfusion reserve can predict death, major adverse CV events

Major Malformations Up With Macrolide Prescribing in Pregnancy

Macrolide prescribing during any trimester linked to increased risk for genital malformations

Low Income May Increase Risk for Specific Glomerular Diseases

Lower income associated with higher incidence of lupus nephritis, ANCA-related glomerulonephritis

HbA1c Levels Lower in Older, Multimorbid Patients With T2DM

Patients with higher comorbidity burden more likely to be treated with insulin for T2DM

CDC: 19.2 Percent of Unpaid Caregivers in Fair, Poor Health

State-to-state variation ranges from 11.7 percent in Minnesota to 34.4 percent in Puerto Rico

Alzheimer Disease Gene Mapping Project Proposed in New York State

Governor says initiative will help researchers working to slow the progression of Alzheimer disease

CDC: U.S. Coronavirus Cases Reach 34

Agency reports 13 U.S. cases and 21 cases among people who have been repatriated

Longer Hormone Therapy Tied to Less Muscle Loss in Menopause

In large study of postmenopausal women, sarcopenia lower in participants with history of prolonged HT

Ultrasound May ID Children at Risk for Cystic Fibrosis Liver Disease

A heterogeneous liver pattern could indicate a higher risk for advanced cystic fibrosis liver disease

Chronic Kidney Disease Poses Major Global Health Burden

Burden measured both by direct morbidity, mortality and as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease

Vaccine Effectiveness 45 Percent for Flu Virus Linked to ARI

Estimated VE 50 percent against influenza B/Victoria viruses, 37 percent against influenza A(H1N1)pdm009