Today's Health News

Prostate Cancer Surgery Lagged for Black Men During Pandemic

Black men less likely than White men to undergo prostatectomy despite similar COVID-19 risk factors, biopsy Gleason grade groups

Disparities Seen for Racial, Ethnic Minorities in Outpatient Practices

Visit rates lower for Black individuals versus Whites for 23 of 29 specialties, with marked disparities for dermatology, otolaryngology, general surgery

2019 to 2020 Saw 1.5-Year Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy at Birth

Mortality due to COVID-19 had biggest effect on decline in life expectancy for both men and women, all races examined

No Increase in Risk With Dapagliflozin in Patients With Stage 4 CKD

Prespecified analysis of RCT shows reduced risk with dapagliflozin versus placebo for composite outcome that included kidney, CV events

Score Assesses Health-Related QOL in Patients With Kidney Failure

Study supports validity of preference-based health utility score for patients undergoing hemodialysis, recent recipients of kidney transplants

Intensive BP Control After ICH May Be Risky for Some Patients

Intensive BP lowering after intracerebral hemorrhage linked to poorer outcomes in patients with decreased renal function

Testosterone Therapy for Hypogonadism May Cut Risk for CV Events

Risk for myocardial infarction or stroke lower with testosterone therapy among men with hypogonadism and other cardiovascular risk factors

Even Low Levels of Lead in Drinking Water May Harm ESKD Patients

Hemoglobin levels lower, erythropoietin stimulating agent use higher, even for water lead levels below EPA threshold for regulatory action

Iron Deficiency May Increase Mortality, CV Risks in Nondialysis CKD

Iron deficiency, indicated by low transferrin saturation, tied to higher mortality, CV event risks in nondialysis CKD patients with or without anemia

Risk Factors ID’d for Severe COVID-19 With Sickle Cell Disease

Hydroxyurea use does not impact development of serious COVID-19 or need for hospitalization in children or adults