Today's Health News

For Self-Measured BP, Smartphone App No Better Than Standard Device

SMBP paired with a connected smartphone app not superior to standard SMBP for BP reduction, patient satisfaction

Text Message Reminders Promote Receipt of Second Flu Shot

Text message reminders with embedded interactive educational information increase receipt, timeliness of second vaccine dose in children

Multifaceted Approach Urged for Promoting Helmet Use for Children

Multipronged approach is needed, including education of the lay public, advocacy, enforcement, development of promotion programs

Methamphetamine, Opioid Co-Use Tied to More Nonfatal Overdoses

Rural U.S. residents who use both drugs more likely to have nonfatal overdose than those who use either drug alone

Mepolizumab Cuts Exacerbations in Children With Severe Asthma

Trial enrolled children from disadvantaged urban neighborhoods who have exacerbation-prone eosinophilic asthma

Tabrecta Gains Full FDA Approval for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Drug approved for non-small cell lung cancer with mutation leading to MET exon 14 skipping

Treatment Needs Often Unmet for Generalized Pustular Psoriasis

Patients with flares more likely to have inpatient, emergency department visits

Opioid Rx Down for Chronic Noncancer Pain, Cancer Pain in U.S. Adults

Declines in opioid prescribing outpacing increases in receipt of nonopioid therapies

Mental Health Burden Up for Racial, Ethnic Minorities During Pandemic

Positive screens for depression or anxiety more likely for racial/ethnic minorities well into the pandemic

Program Cuts Opioid Use in Teens After Spinal Surgery for Scoliosis

Pain control maintained following intervention with preoperative patient education and smaller prescription quantities