Today's Health News

High Dose of Vitamin D Does Not Cut COVID-19 Hospital Stay

No significant differences seen for other outcomes among patients hospitalized with moderate-to-severe disease

Text Reminders + Mailed Home Testing Up Colorectal Cancer Screening

Screening rates improved in patients due for testing at a community health center predominantly serving people of color

Sleep Deficiency, Disturbance Tied to Higher Dementia Risk

Older adults followed for five years with poor-quality sleep had higher risk for dementia, earlier death

ASH Issues Guidance for Preventing, Treating VTE in Cancer

Use of thromboprophylaxis not recommended for ambulatory patients at low risk for VTE who are receiving chemotherapy

Possible SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection Described at Skilled Nursing Facility

Five patients tested positive in outbreaks in July and October 2020; disease severity worse during second outbreak

Decline in U.S. Suicide Rates From 2018 to 2019 Not Uniform

Significant declines seen in five states and certain subgroups, but several states experienced significant increases

Cutaneous Findings Described for Children With MIS-C

Cutaneous findings varied among patients; annular plaques in the proximal medial lower extremities were common

Model Estimates Harm Attributed to Menthol Cigarettes

From 1980 to 2018, menthol cigarettes were responsible for 10.1 million extra smokers, 3 million life years lost, 378,000 premature deaths

Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing Common for Women With UTIs

Many women receive prescriptions for inappropriate agents or durations; rural women more likely to receive Rx with inappropriately long duration

Transplant Beneficial for Kidney Failure in Sickle Cell

Patients with kidney failure associated with sickle cell disease are less likely to receive a transplant despite similar reduction in mortality