Today's Health News

Hahn Resigns as Head of FDA, Dr. Janet Woodcock New Interim Chief

A permanent FDA commissioner has not yet been nominated, but Woodcock is under consideration

Rachel Levine Nominated as U.S. Assistant Health Secretary

Levine is secretary of health for Pennsylvania and is currently leading the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Mortality, Preeclampsia Up for Women With COVID-19 Giving Birth

Women hospitalized to give birth who had COVID-19 also had higher rates of myocardial infarction, venous thromboembolism, preterm birth

Smoking Marijuana Ups Toxic Chemical Levels in Blood, Urine

However, levels of smoke-related chemicals lower compared with those seen with tobacco smoking

Continuing Blood Pressure Meds Safe for Those With COVID-19

No difference in outcomes seen among hospitalized COVID-19 patients continuing, discontinuing renin-angiotensin system inhibitors

Nearly One in Four Doctors Report Harassment on Social Media

No gender difference seen in personal attacks; women significantly more likely to report online sexual harassment

Default Opt-Out of Cardiac Rehabilitation Increases Referrals

Redesign of decision pathways from opt-in to opt-out results in increase in referrals for cardiac rehabilitation

USPSTF Affirms Evidence-Based Methods for Smoking Cessation

Behavioral and pharmacotherapy interventions, alone or in combination, recommended; evidence insufficient for e-cigarettes

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Linked to Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis

Significant association found between low cardiorespiratory fitness at mean age of 18.3 years and psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis among men

Referrals for Acute Heart Failure Dropped During COVID-19

Referrals to acute heart failure team decreased; corresponding increase seen in 30-day case fatality rate