Antibody Tests ID COVID-19 Two to Three Weeks After Symptoms

After onset of symptoms, sensitivity is low in first week, increases in second week, peaks in third week

WHO: ‘Dramatic Resurgence’ of Measles Occurring in Europe

Four European countries have lost their status as having eliminated measles

November 2019 Briefing – Radiology

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Study Estimates Prevalence of Lupus in the U.S.

Prevalence nine times higher for women versus men; rates highest in American Indian/Alaska Natives, Black women

May 2020 Briefing – Cosmetic Surgery

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Poll: Big Jump Seen in Older Adults Wanting COVID-19 Vaccine

In a national survey of adults ages 50 to 80 years, 71 percent have either received or plan to receive the vaccine

APO(a)-LRX Found to Reduce Lipoprotein(a) Levels

Dose-dependent reduction found in patients with elevated lipoprotein(a) levels, cardiovascular disease

Early Breast Cancer Screening Benefits Childhood Cancer Survivors

Early initiation of breast cancer screening with MRI may reduce breast cancer mortality by more than half

President to Sign Order to Improve Kidney Disease Care

Goals include disease prevention, switch to at-home dialysis, early transplants

Higher O2 Sats With Manual Vent During Intubation of Critically Ill

Findings seen with bag-mask ventilation vs. no ventilation for adults undergoing tracheal intubation

February 2019 Briefing – Internal Medicine

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Lower Kidney Function May Up Dementia Risk in Older Adults

In addition, steeper decline in eGFR within one year associated with higher dementia risk

Bimodal Neuromodulation Device May Relieve Tinnitus Symptoms

Therapeutic improvements continued for 12 months after treatment with bimodal stimulation

Cognitive Impairment Reported After COVID-19 Infection

Cognitive impairment identified in cohort of older Amerindians and in 32 patients after mild-to-moderate COVID-19

CDC: Deaths From Exposure to Heat-Related Conditions Identified

Total of 10,526 deaths identified during 2004 to 2018; rates up for men, older adults, AI/ANs

Active Bathing in Non-ICU Setting Does Not Cut Infections

No change seen in risk for hospital-acquired infections overall; benefit seen for those with medical devices

Abemaciclib Beneficial for HR+, HER2− Early Breast Cancer

Significant improvements seen in rates of invasive disease-free survival, distant recurrence-free survival

Socioeconomic Status Tied to Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

Low socioeconomic status, high social vulnerability index, racial/ethnic minority linked to MIS-C

Higher Vitamin D Intake Linked to Reduced Risk of Early-Onset CRC

Inverse association significant and stronger for dietary sources of vitamin D versus supplemental vitamin D

Pneumothorax Reported as Complication of COVID-19

Higher incidence seen among men; survival at 28 days lower for those 70 years of age or older

May 2020 Briefing – Diabetes & Endocrinology

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Alcohol Intake Inversely Linked to Fecundability

During luteal phase, moderate and heavy drinking are associated with reduction in fecundability versus no alcohol intake

CV Prognosis Good at Six Months After Hospitalization for MIS-C

All 50 children survived with normalization of left ventricular systolic function and resolution of coronary abnormalities

2008 to 2017 Saw Drop in Malignant Brain Tumor Incidence

Incidence among children, adolescents increased 0.5 to 0.7 percent; malignant tumor incidence highest for males, non-Hispanic Whites

AAN: Neurological Manifestations Common in Children With PIMS-TS

Children with neurological involvement have higher peak inflammatory markers, are more likely to be ventilated

Changes in Radial Pulse During Menopause May Reflect CV Risk

Age and body mass index, but not menopause, have significant, independent effects on systolic BP

Lung Cancer Incidence Rates Up for Young Women Versus Men

Significant increases seen in female-to-male incidence rate ratios in six countries

Lack of Sleep Tied to Physician Burnout, Medical Errors

Risk for self-reported clinically significant medical error increases with severity of sleep impairment

Fraudulent Coronavirus ‘Meds’ Targeted by FDA

Unapproved drugs pose significant health risks and violate federal law, the FDA notes

Habitual Glucosamine Use Linked to Reduced Risk for CVD Events

Risks reduced for total cardiovascular disease events, CVD death, coronary heart disease, and stroke

Few Anesthesiologists Screen Elderly for Frailty, Dementia

Most anesthesiologists report that preop, postop screening occurs in less than 10 percent of cases

Samoa Ends State of Emergency Over Measles

Immunization drive earlier this month lifted the number of Samoans now vaccinated to 95 percent

Residual Shunt After PFO Closure Linked to Higher Risk for Stroke

Risk for recurrent stroke, transient ischemic attack increased with presence of residual shunt

Recruitment Satisfactory for Foreign-Educated Health Providers

However, survey shows that ethical problems remain, including with breach fees

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Ultrasound Ablation Offers Option for Some With Prostate Cancer

Bilateral prostate cancer at diagnosis was sole predictor of Grade Group 2 or greater recurrence

Type 2 Diabetes Associated With Poorer Outcomes in Heart Failure

Findings include structural abnormalities in the heart, poorer quality of life with T2DM and HF

Peanut Consumption Linked to Reduced Stroke Risk in Japan

Association seen in men and women for higher peanut consumption with reduced risks of total stroke, ischemic stroke, cardiovascular disease

Young, Healthy Adults Expend More Energy While Standing

Energy expenditure significantly higher in standing positions versus lying or sitting

Exposure to Air Pollution Linked to Poor Birth Outcomes

Nearly 6 million premature births and almost 3 million underweight babies globally estimated to be attributable to air pollution in 2019

HPV DNA Identified in Oral Cavity of 6.2 Percent of Teen Girls

Oral HPV detection decreased with number of years since first engaging in sexual activities

August 2020 Briefing – Family Practice

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Recurrence Up With Incomplete Resection of Colorectal Polyps

Segments with incomplete resection have increased risk for any metachronous neoplasia, advanced neoplasia

Choice of Spinal Anesthesia Key to Early Ambulation After THA

Patients who received mepivacaine rather than bupivacaine more likely to ambulate at 3.5 hours

EEG-Guided Anesthesia Does Not Cut Postop Delirium in Seniors

Significantly less median cumulative time found with EEG suppression in EEG-guided group vs. usual care

Insulin Resistance Linked to Risk for Stroke, Death in T2DM

Those with lowest insulin resistance, as measured by highest estimated glucose disposal rate, had lowest risk for stroke, death

Survivors of Adolescent, Young Adult Cancer Face Financial Hardships

Hardships include forgoing care and medication nonadherence due to cost

Mental Health ED Visits in Children Up Mid-March to October 2020

Proportion of mental health-related ED visits increased 24 and 31 percent for children, adolescents

Antibiotic Use Tied to Higher Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Findings show a dose- or frequency-dependent association; all antibiotic classes linked to higher odds for RA

Herd Protection Seen With 4-Valent HPV Vaccination

2006 to 2017 saw increase in vaccination; drop seen in HPV detection in vaccinated, unvaccinated

Mortality Risk Higher for Young Black Heart Recipients

Mortality risk elevated in the first year after transplant for 18- to 30-year-olds; risk also up for those aged 31 to 40 years, 41 to 60 years

AHA: Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Have Cardiovascular Disease

Forty-six percent of U.S. adults have hypertension

White House Wants Hospitals, Insurers to Provide Actual Costs of Care

Government officials say the objective is to encourage competition and reduce costs

Compliance Higher if Stay-at-Home Extensions Are Shorter Than Thought

Results more pronounced among individuals who were already fully complying with self-isolation

Laser Therapy May Aid Sexual Function in Breast Cancer Survivors

Patient-reported improvements seen at four weeks and 12 months among survivors with genitourinary syndrome of menopause

Inaccurate Provider Directories Can Lead to Out-of-Network Mental Health Care

Inaccuracies associated with use of out-of-network providers, surprise bills

Educational Handout May Increase Receipt of Child Flu Shot

Providing educational intervention in waiting room before pediatric provider visit may be beneficial

Excessive Drinking Responsible for 255 Deaths Per Day in U.S.

In addition, 29 years of life lost per death in the United States each year from 2011 to 2015

Metformin May Lower Dementia Risk in Black Patients With T2DM

Findings strongest in younger African-American patients aged 50 to 64 years

WHO Urges Halt to Sale of Live Wild Animals at Food Markets

Agency says wild animals 'are the source of more than 70 percent of all emerging infectious diseases in humans'

FDA Panel Says Yes to Pfizer Booster Shots for People 65+

Same independent panel of experts said no to booster shots for Americans younger than 65 years

ACR Issues Statement on Return of Routine Radiology Services

Comprehensive strategy for safe resumption should consider local COVID-19 statistics, PPE availability

Microstructural Differences Detected on Brain MRI in PANS

Increased diffusivity seen in deep gray matter in pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome

Patient, Graft Survival Excellent for Twin Kidney Transplant

About half of kidney transplant recipients of identical-twin transplants did not get immunosuppression

COVID-19 Symptom Exacerbation Leading Cause of Reencounters

Neurologic illness prior to COVID-19 a predictor for acute-care hospital reencounters within 30 days and four months

Fewer Older Men Assessed, Treated for Osteoporosis

Fewer older men than women, even with higher risk, undergo DXA screening, 25(OH)D measurement

Over Half Have Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder After COVID-19

Presence of headache and greater overall severity linked to increased odds of moderate or greater depression symptoms

Trained Alert Dogs Can Detect Impending T1DM-Related Events

In study, individual dogs' performance varied for detecting hypoglycemic episodes, hyperglycemia

AHA: Risk for Death Cuts Benefit of Oral Anticoagulants for A-Fib

Findings seen among older patients with incident atrial fibrillation receiving warfarin or apixaban

May 2019 Briefing – Urology

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Among Persons With HIV, More Finish Short-Course TB Prophylaxis

Treatment completion 90.4 percent for three months of rifapentine-isoniazid versus 50.5 percent for six months of isoniazid

AI-Enabled ECG During Normal Sinus Rhythm Identifies A-Fib

Atrial fibrillation identified with a single AI-enabled ECG during normal sinus rhythm with AUC of 0.87

CDC: Hepatitis A Virus Reports Increased in 2016 to 2018

Multiple infection outbreaks among those reporting drug use, homelessness account for most reports

Early Age at Menarche Tied to Worse Cardiovascular Health

Women with later age at menarche have higher odds of ideal cardiovascular health

Prevalence of CRC Screening Lowest in Adults Aged 50 to 54

Colorectal cancer screening prevalence 50.0 percent among those aged 50 to 54, increases with age

COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy, Mistrust High Among Black Americans

High hesitancy even seen among Black health care workers, survey finds

Remote, Postpartum BP Checks Feasible in Women With HTN

Study demonstrates high compliance, retention, and patient satisfaction with the program

Suicide Risk Prediction Models Could Be Cost-Effective

Suicide risk prediction models would need specificity of ≥95 percent and sensitivity of ≥17 percent to target active contact and follow-up

Sports Medicine Society Updates Concussion Guidelines

Guidance is for physicians who provide sports concussion care from acute injury to return-to-play

Aerobic Exercise May Slow Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

Findings seen at one-year follow-up in older adults with cardiovascular risk factors, cognitive impairment

Physical Activity May Lower Postmenopausal Fracture Risk

Total physical activity linked to lower risk for hip fracture, but increased risk for knee fracture

Mortality Due to Fire, Heat, Hot Substances Declined Globally

Decline in mortality from 1990 to 2017; regional variation observed in age-standardized incidence

Opioid-Related Suicides Down, Rate of Unintentional Deaths Up

Crises of opioid overdose deaths and suicide do not appear closely linked

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CMS: Use ‘Extreme Caution’ in Reopening Nursing Homes

There have been more than 33,000 deaths due to coronavirus outbreaks in U.S. nursing homes

U.S. States Can Do More to Prevent, Treat Lung Cancer

Considerable variation found between states in five-year survival, treatment, early diagnosis, screening

Pharmacist in ED Cuts Time to Tx to Reverse Anticoagulation

Time to 4F-PCC shorter for patients who have life-threatening bleeding, need urgent procedures

Exposure to Ambient Air Pollution May Increase Risk for Glaucoma

Higher PM2.5 concentration also associated with thinner macular ganglion cell-inner plexiform layer

Risk for Suicide Increased in Year After Cancer Diagnosis

Higher suicide rates observed for cancers with poor prognosis, including pancreatic, lung cancer

Furniture, TV Tip-Over Injuries Send Many Young Children to ED

Authors urge a mandatory safety standard for manufacturers and for families to anchor furniture to avoid head/neck injuries

Off-Label Ordering of Systemic Drugs Up for Children

Over time, off-label orders have increased for antihistamines, several psychotropics

ASN: Finerenone May Slow Progression in CKD With T2DM

Risks for chronic kidney disease progression, CV events lower with finerenone versus placebo

Risk for MRSA Reduced With Postdischarge Decolonization

Risk for MRSA infections, infections from any cause further reduced with full adherence to decolonization

Troubling Rise Seen in Both COVID-19, RSV Cases Among Children

Patients have ranged in age from 2 weeks to 17 years, and some have also had COVID-19 pneumonias

U.S. Surgeon General Backs Local Mask Mandates When Needed

Such local orders are consistent with federal guidelines that permit local authorities to require prevention measures

Draft Recommendation Promotes Screening Women for Anxiety

Teen, adult women, including pregnant women, should be assessed for anxiety as part of routine care

Patient-Reported Outcome Measure May Be Useful in Hemodialysis

ESAS-r:Renal can standardize symptom screening but does not impact symptom management

FDA Advisory Panel to Hold Meeting Today on COVID-19 Booster Shots

Advisory panel will review a variety of evidence, including new data from Israel

ICU Beds Lacking in Low-Income Neighborhoods Across the U.S.

Authors say policies facilitating hospital coordination urgently needed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19

AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Restarts

Trial was halted after a suspected adverse reaction in a patient

No Increased Fall Risk With HTN Treatment in Older Women

Lower incidence rate ratios found for women with treated controlled hypertension, treated uncontrolled HTN

Diagnostic Delays Common in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Overall, 68 percent of patients reported delay in diagnosis; delay more likely for UC versus Crohn disease

Review: ß-Blocker Therapy Not Linked to Depression

ß-blocker therapy possibly associated with unusual dreams, insomnia, and sleep disorders

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Flu Vaccine Cuts Flu-Related Hospitalization in COPD Patients

Flu-positive patients have higher crude mortality and critical illness versus flu-negative patients

Machine Learning Algorithm May Help Predict Bipolar Disorder

Algorithm applied at a patient visit at age 18 years identifies those at risk for bipolar disorder at age 22

Hormonal Contraceptive Use May Delay Return of Fecundability

Longest delay of five to eight months found for users of injectable contraceptives; no lasting effect seen on fecundability for long-term use

Antiretroviral Prescribing in Pregnancy Strays From National Guidelines

Many prescribed ARVs with insufficient evidence, not recommended for use in pregnant women with HIV

ACIP Recommendations Updated for 2019-20 U.S. Flu Season

Age indication for Afluria Quadrivalent expanded to now include children as young as 6 months

Genetic Testing Underused in Breast, Ovarian Cancer

Pathogenic variants ID'd in 7.8 percent of patients with breast cancer, 14.5 percent with ovarian cancer

Reading Clinic Visit Notes Benefits Older Adults

Older adults with chronic conditions report reading notes helped them to remember their care plan, medications

Terminally Ill People in New Jersey Given Right to End Lives

New law allows adults with a prognosis of six months or less to live to get a prescription for life-ending pills

ENDO: Levothyroxine Does Not Up Fertility in Women With TPO Ab

Live-birth rate did not increase for euthyroid women with thyroid peroxidase antibodies before conception

Prescribing Practices Can Mitigate Opioid Overdose Risk for Teens

Lowest amount of opioids, short-acting opioids, avoiding concurrent use of opioids and benzodiazepines cut risk

Optic Nerve Ultrasound May ID Increased Intracranial Pressure

Optic nerve ultrasonography has high sensitivity and specificity for traumatic, nontraumatic brain injury

Comorbidities Tied to Higher Rates of All-Cause Admissions in MS Patients

But comorbidities not associated with increased hospitalizations related to multiple sclerosis

Adverse Birth Outcomes Up With Medically Assisted Reproduction

But risks are mainly attributable to factors other than medically assisted reproductive treatment

Low Vitamin D Tied to High Blood Glucose Levels in Women

Serum 25(OH)D level <30 ng/mL positively associated with blood glucose level ≥100 mg/dL

High-Risk Surgical Patients Benefit From Teaching Hospitals

Better outcomes per cost seen for general and vascular surgery, but not orthopedic surgery

Vertical Plating Offers Benefit for Mandibular Body Fractures

Vertical plating offers equal or greater resistance to torsional forces, tied to fewer postop complications

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Real-World Study Shows Power of Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19

Symptomatic and asymptomatic infection reduced by 81 percent after partial vaccination and by 91 percent after full vaccination

Biden Administration Weighing National Face Mask Standards for Workplace

Temporary standard for face masks in the workplace would impact millions of workers and would likely last six months

Delay in Treatment Seen for Acute Ischemic Stroke During COVID-19

Mean interval from last-known-well time to presentation significantly longer in March 2020

U.S. Military Members Must Get COVID-19 Vaccine by Mid-September

Pentagon plan gives the FDA time to give final approval to the Pfizer vaccine, which is expected to come early next month

BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Test Has Lower Sensitivity Than RT-PCR

Sensitivity 64.2 and 35.8 percent for specimens from symptomatic and asymptomatic persons, with near 100 percent specificity

Outcomes of MitraClip for Secondary Mitral Regurgitation Reported

No difference seen across mitral valve gradient quartiles for two-year composite end point of all-cause mortality, heart failure hospitalization

Current Statin Use May Lower Risk for Lethal Prostate Cancer

Strong inverse association found for PTEN-null cancer but not for PTEN-intact cancers

Gamification Increases Physical Activity in T2DM Patients

But no differences between intervention and control groups seen for weight loss or glycemic control in adults with uncontrolled diabetes

Preterm Birth May Up Risk for Later Mental Health Issues

Prescription rates for psychotropic drugs during adolescence, young adulthood higher with preterm birth versus birth at term

U.S. Marshals to Protect COVID-19 Vaccines

Deputies will be posted at stockpiles, manufacturers, transport areas, and receiving facilities

35.1 Percent of Workers Report Work-Related Health Problems

Construction is the industry with the highest prevalence of work-related health problems

Prenatal Vitamin Intake in Early Pregnancy May Cut Autism Risk

ASD risk down for children whose mothers took prenatal vitamins during first month of pregnancy

AAOS: Knee Replacement Readmissions Higher Among Marijuana Users

Readmission rates higher for preoperative marijuana users compared with nonusers at 90 days and at one year following total knee arthroplasty

Complementary, Alternative Medicine Use Increasing for MS

Ninefold increase observed in likelihood of patients speaking to their neurologist about CAM use

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

ASA Warns Against Multiple Patients Per Ventilator

Sharing mechanical ventilators should not be attempted, could put patients at increased risk

Chest CT May Be Better Than PET/CT for HNSCC Distant Metastasis Evaluation

Since distant metastasis only seen in 3 percent of head, neck cancers, chest CT more cost-effective

FDA Approves Moderna, J&J Booster Shots, Backs Mix ‘n’ Match Vaccines

Agency's decision is one of the last steps toward a full rollout of booster shots to eligible Americans

Comorbid Neck Injury Up for Women With Concussion

For all concussion-related ED visits, odds of comorbid neck injury up for females ages 5 to 49

Long Working Hours May Up Risk for Masked, Sustained HTN

Working 49+ hours/week associated with increased prevalence of masked, sustained hypertension

Women Show Faster Cognitive Decline Than Men

Declines in global cognition and executive function significantly faster for women, despite higher baseline performance

Report Estimates Readmission, Death After Vaping Illness Discharge

Based on these findings, second report presents guidelines updating postdischarge management

Delayed Antibiotic Prescribing Safe for Respiratory Tract Infection

No differences seen in follow-up symptom severity for delayed versus immediate antibiotics or for delayed versus no antibiotics

Readmissions Up for Preexisting HAIs With Home Discharge

Risk for readmission for preexisting health care-associated infection lower with discharge to SNF

Extended Follow-Up Supports Low-Dose CT for Lung Cancer Screening

303 the number needed to screen in extended follow-up of National Lung Screening Trial

Delayed School Start Shows Benefits for Teens

Longer sleep time tied to better grades, some improvements in attendance

Decline in Mortality Seen in Diabetes Patients in Hong Kong

Decline in all-cause mortality from 2001 to 2016 not statistically significant for those aged 20 to 44 years

Urinary Incontinence Surgery in Women Not Tied to Pelvic Cancer

At a median follow-up of 8.5 years, no increased risk for pelvic malignancy seen following mesh or nonmesh SUI surgery

DPP4 Inhibitors Do Not Up Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Findings based on comparison to sulfonylureas, thiazolidinediones

Pregnancy Outcomes Examined in Women With Congenital Heart Disease

Maternal complications, neonatal morbidity and mortality were significantly elevated, but absolute rates were low

Use of Fitness Trackers May Spur Exercise in Older Adults With MS

However, only 28 percent of older adults with multiple sclerosis reported using fitness trackers

Circulating Tumor Cells Predict Relapse in Stage III Melanoma

One or more CTCs independently linked to melanoma relapse at six and 54 months

State Insurance Legislation May Improve Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Legislation mandating insurance coverage for breast cancer screening more impactful than breast density notification

Younger CRC Patients More Likely to Present With Abdominal Pain

Young colorectal cancer patients more often present via emergency; have lowest percentage early-stage cancer

Transient Improvement Found in Sedentary Time in CKD With Intervention

Maximum reduction in sedentary duration and increase in number of steps/day seen at week 20, attenuated by week 24

CDC: Salmonella Cases Tied to Raw Turkey Products Now at 279

Cases reported in 41 states and the District of Columbia; 107 people have been hospitalized

Advanced Features Seen in Some Adults With Small Thyroid Tumors

Many of these features associated with significantly lower survival in papillary thyroid microcarcinoma

NIH: Large-Scale Testing of Some COVID-19 Vaccines Could Start in July

About a dozen potential vaccines worldwide are in the initial stages of, or set to begin, testing in people

Medical-Alert Accessory Linked to Lower Rate of ESKD in CKD

However, medical-alert accessory not associated with difference in safety events versus usual care

Cuts in Fine Particulate Matter Pollution Have Spared U.S. Lives

Reductions in PM2.5 since 1999 estimated to have lowered mortality in all but 14 counties

ASCO: COVID-19 Infections, Deaths Not Up With  Breast Cancer Chemo

Risk for death following SARS-CoV-2 infection increased with advanced-stage disease, higher comorbidity, but not receipt of chemotherapy

Family Voucher Program Facilitates Living Kidney Donations

Between 2014 and 2021, 250 family voucher-based donations facilitated 573 total transplants

Rx Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Up Among Medicaid Enrollees

There are still considerable gaps in medication care, with Black enrollees having lower use than Whites

Risk for Arterial Hypertension Up With Air Pollutant Exposure

Residential exposure linked to AH, reduced HDL cholesterol for individuals living in multistory houses

Skin Breaks Drop With Prolonged AL/CVL Use in Neonates

Larger thalamic volumes seen with prolonged arterial line, central venous line use and fewer skin breaks

Breast Cancer Prognosis No Better With Five Versus Two Years of Zoledronate

No significant difference found in disease-free survival, overall survival, distant disease-free survival for five versus two years of treatment

CDC: Vaccination Coverage Generally High for Those Born in 2015-16

Uninsured children, those insured by Medicaid had lower coverage than those with private insurance

U.S. COVID-19 Cases Now Top 40 Million

COVID-19 has roared back during a summer that began with Americans hopeful that the worst was behind them

Investigation Starts in Five States After Imported Dog Develops Rabies

At least 12 people were exposed to the dog, which was among 33 dogs and one cat that arrived in Chicago from Azerbaijan

U.S. Health, Economic Burden of Uncontrolled Asthma Projected

U.S. teens, adults expected to lose about 15.46 million QALYs over 20 years due to uncontrolled asthma

FDA: Singulair to Get ‘Black Box’ Warning

Drug has long carried warning of potentially dangerous neuropsychiatric side effects

U.S. Surgeon General Issues Call to Counter ‘Urgent Threat’ of Vaccine Misinformation

Warning comes as the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations has slowed throughout the United States

Recommendations Developed for Evaluating Chronic Diarrhea

AGA recommends fecal calprotectin, lactoferrin for screening for inflammatory bowel disease

HRQoL Scores Decrease With Treatment Line in Multiple Myeloma

Relatively high scores seen for patients with multiple myeloma in first treatment-free interval

Exercise May Improve Child Mental Health During Pandemic

In addition, more screen time associated with higher total mental health-related difficulties for younger and older children

Rituximab, Mycophenolate Mofetil Compared for Pemphigus Vulgaris

More patients receiving rituximab versus mycophenolate mofetil had sustained complete remission at week 52, fewer had disease flares

Gender Gap in U.S. Youth Suicide Narrowed From 1975 to 2016

Suicide prevention efforts should take both sex and developmental level into consideration

Point-Prevalence Surveys in SNFs Help Cut COVID-19 Transmission

Initial, repeated surveys inform infection prevention and control efforts in skilled nursing facilities

Tanezumab Improves Pain, Function in Chronic Low Back Pain

Low back pain intensity at week 16 was improved with tanezumab 10 mg versus placebo

Model Predicts Counties at Risk for Measles Outbreak

Counties identified as being at risk should be targeted for enhanced surveillance, vaccination

For Seniors, Functional Decline After Flu Hospitalization May Be Long-Lasting

Findings stress importance of prevention, especially for the flu, in the elderly

Review: Estimated Prevalence of VTE 14.1 Percent in COVID-19

Venous thromboembolism found in 7.9 percent of non-ICU patients, 22.7 percent of ICU patients

Individualized PT Can Reduce Incontinence After Prostatectomy

PT reduces pelvic pain, increases pelvic floor strength in men with stress urinary incontinence

Newborn Respiratory Distress Up With Maternal Antidepressant Use

Moderate, high sustained prenatal antidepressant use associated with increased risk for preterm birth

FDA: COVID-19 Test Could Give Inaccurate Results

Agency issues alert about Thermo Fisher's TaqPath genetic test

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Alzheimer Disease Tied to Adverse Financial Events

Adverse financial events seen years before diagnosis and become more prevalent after diagnosis

38 Percent of Older Adults in U.S. Not Ready for Video Doctor Visits

Telephone visits may reach more patients, but 20 percent of older adults not ready for telephone visits

Hearing Loss Takes Mental, Social, Physical Toll on Older People

Early identification and intervention could reduce risk for these poor health outcomes

Sexual Inactivity Has Increased Among U.S. Men, Women

More 18- to-24-year-old men report having had no sexual activity in 2016-2018 versus 2000-2002

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United States Will Keep Measles Elimination Status

Elimination status can be removed by the WHO when measles has been spreading continuously for a year

Lake Jackson, Texas, Lifts Boil-Water Notice Triggered by Parasite

Notice lifted after disinfectant levels in drinking water were documented to be above the state requirements

Health Care Spending Per Person Increased to $5,641 in 2017

Spending per person increased 4.2 percent from 2016 to 2017; utilization increased 0.5 percent

Face-Mask Use May Mitigate Spread of COVID-19

Daily COVID-19 growth rate significantly decreased after face-mask use mandated in public

Nivolumab Therapy Prolongs Survival in Advanced Melanoma

Overall survival at five years longer with nivolumab + ipilimumab, nivolumab alone versus ipilimumab

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Initial Invasive Strategy No Better in Stable Coronary Disease

But invasive strategy may improve angina-related status in those with coronary disease, ischemia