Machine-Learning Models Allow Early Detection of Sepsis in NICU

Models using EHR data from infants in NICU can detect sepsis hours before clinical signs are apparent

Higher eGFR at Dialysis Initiation Tied to Lower Survival in Children

Findings seen among children with end-stage renal disease

Preoperative COVID-19 Incidence <1 Percent in Pediatric Patients

Incidence of COVID-19 among children ranged from 0.22 to 2.65 percent at three U.S. children's hospitals

Purified CBD May Help Treat Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

Those taking CBD versus placebo had greater reduction in seizures associated with tuberous sclerosis complex

March 2019 Briefing – Surgery

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COVID-19 Restrictions Eased in England

As of Jan. 27, COVID-19 passes will no longer be needed to enter large-scale events, use of face masks in public schools will no longer be required

Lung Cancer Treatment Plans Changed Due to Pandemic

57 percent of patients receiving active treatment had at least one change in treatment plans

Emphasizing Severity of COVID-19 Important for Teen Behaviors

Greater social responsibility correlated with more disinfecting, news monitoring, less hoarding

High Viral Load in Lungs Linked to COVID-19 Mortality

No association seen for acquisition of hospital-acquired respiratory pathogen with fatal outcomes for patients with COVID-19

Oil, Gas Well Exposure May Up Risk for Congenital Heart Defects

Link especially strong for births to mothers living in rural areas with oil, gas activity

FDA Urges COVID-19 Survivors to Donate Plasma

Convalescent plasma has antibodies and could be used to treat severely ill COVID-19 patients

Diet, Exercise Intervention Explored in Children With B-ALL

Reduction in fat gain not seen in overall cohort, but stratified analysis showed benefit among those overweight, obese at baseline

Optic Nerve Ultrasound May ID Increased Intracranial Pressure

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

Many Clinicians Unaware of Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis

Galactomannan testing for ICU patients with severe influenza used always or very often by 8 percent

WHO Says New Coronavirus Variants to Be Named Using Greek Alphabet

With new public labeling system, governments may be more willing to disclose newly detected variants

More High-Value Care Associated With Receipt of Primary Care

Increasing investment in primary care may improve value in the U.S. health care system

Progress ID’d Toward Maternal, Neonatal Tetanus Elimination

80 percent of 59 priority countries had achieved elimination by December 2020; 88 percent decrease reported in neonatal cases from 2000 to 2020

3 Percent of Infant Sleep-Related Deaths Occur in Sitting Devices

Less than 10 percent of deaths occur in properly used car seats during travel

Three Days of Remdesivir Cuts Risk for Severe COVID-19 in Outpatients

Three-day course of treatment results in reduced risk for hospitalization or death compared with placebo

Many Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities Involve Low Blood Alcohol

States with more restrictive alcohol policies have lower odds of lower blood alcohol-concentration MVCs

Severe Hypoglycemia May Up Fall Risk in Older Adults With T2DM

Twofold higher risk seen for diabetes patients with a severe hypoglycemia event

Massachusetts Passes Bill to Ban All Flavored Vaping Products

Bill would also put 75 percent excise tax on vaping products

Walmart to Offer Low-Priced Insulin

Insulin prices have skyrocketed in recent years, making it unaffordable for some Americans with diabetes

10.8 Percent of Children Live in Households With Food Insecurity

Percentage of children living in food-insecure households in 2019 to 2020 varied by ethnicity, urbanicity, family structure

HFE Hemochromatosis May Up Risk for Liver Cancer in Men

Risk for incident primary hepatic malignancy and death increased among men with HFE p.C282Y homozygosity

November 2019 Briefing – Critical Care

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February 2019 Briefing – Geriatrics

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Young Adults Using Juul More Than Non-Pod-Based E-Cigarettes

Fifty-eight percent of respondents reported using pods because they are easy to hide

Draft Recommendation Promotes Screening Women for Anxiety

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

No Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Expected Before Election

Company has reversed its previous claims that it would apply for the approval in October

Link Between T. gondii Infection, Glioma Risk Examined

Significant increase in glioma risk seen for those with higher antibody titers to the sag-1 antigen

Mental Health, Other Conditions Up for Teens With Autism

Teens with autism more likely to receive mental health services and to have an unmet medical or mental health need

Vaping Likely to Blame for 14 Hospitalizations in Two States

Patients had severe respiratory symptoms; vaping the only apparent link between the cases

Timing of Chemotherapy for Glioblastoma May Matter

Treatment in the morning may be more effective, with greater impact seen in MGMT-methylated patients

SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies Detected Six Months After Infection

12.2 percent of those who reported symptoms or had a positive PCR test sero-reverted within six months of symptom onset

ACG Updates Clinical Guidelines for Benign Anorectal Disorders

Anorectal biofeedback therapy recommended in defecation disorders; biofeedback also recommended in proctalgia syndrome

Model Shows Hep C-Infected Kidney Transplants Beneficial, Cost-Effective

Transplant plus antiviral therapy improves quality of life, reduces health care costs for recipients

Lower Kidney Function May Up Dementia Risk in Older Adults

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

November 2019 Briefing – Diabetes & Endocrinology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Diabetes & Endocrinology for November 2019. This roundup includes...

U.S. Prevalence of Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Stable at 4.7 Percent

But prevalence of AFLD with stage 2 or greater fibrosis, AFLD with stage 3 or greater fibrosis increased

COVID-19 Linked to Increased Risk for DVT, PE, Bleeding

Rate ratios were highest for critical COVID-19, and during first versus second and third pandemic waves in Sweden

Preablation Weight Loss Linked to Freedom From A-Fib

Change in weight over preceding year linked to success of catheter ablation for AF at 15 months for obese, nonobese patients

OxyContin Maker Offers Up to $12 Billion to Settle Opioid Claims

Potential deal has been discussed by lawyers representing Purdue and at least 10 state attorneys general

Among Blacks, Late-Stage HIV Diagnosis Varies by Rurality

Across rural, urban, metropolitan areas, linkage to care within one month of diagnosis was similar but below targets

Minerals Not Linked to Multiple Sclerosis Risk in Women

Associations null when women with highest versus lowest intake in quintiles, deciles compared

Preschool Intervention Can Achieve Sustained Lifestyle Changes

Achieving sustained changes requires multidisciplinary teams, multidimensional educational programs, multilevel interventions

Clinical Tool Rapidly Assesses Post-Intensive Care Syndrome

27-item questionnaire found to be valid clinical tool for assessing PICS

Elder Abuse Most Commonly Perpetrated by Family Members

Financial abuse was most common type of elder abuse identified

Oral Steroids Increase Infection Risk in Inflammatory Disease

Dose-response effect seen with increased infection risk even at low daily doses of oral glucocorticoids

History of Female Infertility Tied to Risk for Heart Failure

Infertility associated with increased risk for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, but not heart failure with reduced ejection fraction

Overall Cancer Survival Rates Up Among Adolescents, Young Adults

However, survival disparities still observed by stage, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status

Premature Natural Menopause May Up Risk for Multimorbidity

Odds of experiencing multimorbidity by age 60 and developing individual chronic conditions increased

Rate of Opioid Rx Increasing for Incisional Ocular Surgery

Odds for filling opioid prescriptions highest for surgery in 2014, 2015, 2016 versus 2000-2001

Lower Dose of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Works Well in Young Children

Finding is crucial step toward the Pfizer two-shot regimen becoming available for younger children as early as Halloween

HIV Infection May Raise Risk for Atrial Fibrillation

Risk similar to known factors such as hypertension and diabetes

Monoclonal Antibodies for COVID-19 Effective for Transplant Patients

Favorable outcomes, minimal adverse effects seen in solid organ transplant recipients who received monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19

Maternal Factors Predict Postpartum Depression Trajectory

Parity, education, baseline global functioning, depression severity predict chronic severe trajectory

In Reversal, WHO Now Supports COVID-19 Boosters

Number of studies show that booster doses help restore weakening immunity and protect against severe COVID-19

Inverse Link Found for Antioxidant Levels, All-Cause Dementia

Serum lutein+zeaxanthin and β-cryptoxanthin levels inversely associated with incident all-cause dementia

Type of Anesthesia Not Linked to Dementia Risk in Older Adults

Dementia risk did not differ by general, regional anesthesia in seniors undergoing elective surgery

Probiotics May Help Reduce Mild-to-Moderate Acne Symptoms

Treatment with probiotics may help augment the skin's natural defenses against acne

Guideline Updated for Use of Radiation for Brain Metastases

Updated guideline discusses advanced radiation therapy techniques and places emphasis on multidisciplinary care

Fauci Awarded Medal by Academy of Sciences

Medal is the academy's most prestigious award, presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good

Overweight, Obesity May Up Early Mortality Risk in Pediatric ALL

But no correlation seen for overweight or obesity with early relapse in cohort of Mexican children with ALL

Treatment Guidelines Updated for Ankylosing Spondylitis, Axial SpA

TNFi recommended over secukinumab, ixekizumab for AS and nonradiographic axial SpA as first biologic

Plant Protein Consumption Tied to Lower Risk for Death

Findings for all-cause, cardiovascular, and dementia-related mortality in women

CLABSI Rates Have Remained Stable in Neonatal, Pediatric ICUs

However, 2013 to 2018 saw decrease in population-based CAUTI rates, indwelling urinary catheter use

ACP Issues Position on Response to Physician Impairment

Rehabilitated doctors should be reintegrated into practice as long as patient safety not compromised

Older Adults Likely to Be Excluded From COVID-19 Trials

Fifty percent of phase 3 clinical trials and 100 percent of vaccine trials at risk for excluding older adults

Black Americans Much More Likely to Have Lost Loved Ones to COVID-19

11 percent of black adults say someone close to them has died; rates are 5 percent among Americans overall

AI Algorithms Can Use ECG Data to ID Ventricular Dysfunction

Novel deep learning models can quantify left, right ventricular dysfunction using electrocardiogram data

2008 to 2017 Saw Drop in Serious Vision Impairment in U.S. Seniors

If rates had remained at 2008 level, there would have been an additional 848,000 cases of serious vision impairment in 2017

Treatment Rates for Major Depressive Disorder Low Worldwide

Even bigger gaps in care seen for people living in low-income and lower middle-income countries

Liraglutide Added to Metformin Effective for Type 2 Diabetes

Trial shows superiority of liraglutide with respect to glycemic control in children, adolescents

BP Hyperreactivity to Standing Tied to CV, Renal Events

Blood pressure hyperreactivity to standing independently predicts major adverse cardiovascular and renal events in young hypertensive adults

Testosterone Replacement Therapy May Increase Cardiovascular Risk

Increased risk in men on TRT for composite of heart attack, ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack

August 2020 Briefing – Pathology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Pathology for August 2020. This roundup includes the latest...

Widespread Avoidance of Medical Care Found Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Prevalence of care avoidance higher for caregivers, those with underlying conditions, disabilities

Race Tied to GI Symptoms During Menopause Transition

Total number and severity of gastrointestinal symptoms influenced by race/ethnicity, menopausal status

Tool Can Predict Chemo Toxicity for Seniors With Breast Cancer

Score has been developed and validated that includes eight independent predictors of grade 3 to 5 chemotherapy toxicity

Higher Dietary Fiber Lowers Premenopausal Depression Risk

Significant association between dietary fiber intake and prevalence of depression seen for premenopausal, but not postmenopausal, women

ASCO: Enzalutamide Beneficial in Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Progression-free, overall survival longer for men with metastatic, hormone-sensitive prostate cancer

Rates of Palliative Care Rising for Inpatients With ESKD on Dialysis

However, significant racial disparities exist and persist across all hospital subtypes

Biden Says Full Approval for COVID-19 Vaccines Coming Soon

President's assurances came as the spread of the highly contagious delta variant fuels a rise in COVID-19 cases

Convalescent Plasma Not Efficacious in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

No significant difference versus placebo observed for hospitalized patients with COVID-19 receiving noninvasive supplemental oxygen

Few High-Grade Soft Tissue Sarcoma Patients Receive Chemo

Percentage of STS patients receiving chemo driven by factors such as tumor size, income, facility type

Mumps Outbreak at Temple University Reaches 74 Cases

University and local health department working together to combat outbreak

Short-Course Rifamycin-Based Regimens Preferred for Latent TB

Shorter regimens favored over longer course of isoniazid monotherapy for latent TB infection

Aspirin May Slow Growth of Multiple Intracranial Aneurysms

Aspirin linked to decreased rate of aneurysm growth in patients with multiple intracranial aneurysms

High-Risk Antibiotic Use Linked to Hospital-Associated C. Difficile

High-risk antibiotic use independently predicts hospital-related Clostridioides difficile infection

Teen Use of School Mental Health Services Up in 2019

Odds of receiving any school mental health services were greater in 2019 than each year from 2009 to 2018

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

Scientists Share Nobel Prize for Discoveries That Changed Pain Research

The two scientists have helped answer one of the most profound questions about the human condition: How do we sense our environment?

COVID-19 Antibodies Detected in Maternity Care Workers in U.K.

Among frontline obstetric workers, one of six were seropositive; one-third of those were asymptomatic

Total Thyroidectomy Improves HRQoL in Hashimoto Thyroiditis

Improvement in HRQoL, fatigue for patients with persistent symptoms despite normal thyroid gland function

President to Sign Order to Improve Kidney Disease Care

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

Former Footballers Report Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Symptoms

Although a postmortem diagnosis, clinician-diagnosed CTE reported by 2.8 percent of American football players

September 2020 Briefing – Pain Management

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Pain Management for September 2020. This roundup includes the...

Incidence of Early-Onset Gastric Cancer Increasing in the U.S.

Early-onset gastric cancer linked to higher grade, signet-ring cells, diffuse histology, metastatic disease

Follow-Up Often Delayed After High-Risk Findings on Lung Cancer Screening

Patients with more severe findings less likely to have prolonged delays; current smokers had more delays than former smokers

Author Conflicts of Interest May Influence Cannabidiol Conclusions

Supportive conclusions seen in more studies with versus without CBD-related industry funding

CDC Director Walensky Announces Sweeping Review of Agency

Revamp would focus on improving the nation's public health workforce, data modernization, laboratory capacity, rapid response to outbreaks

Essential Workers Have Increased Risk for Severe COVID-19

Highest risk for testing positive or death due to COVID-19 was seen for non-White essential workers

Mohs Micrographic Surgery May Up Survival in Stage I Melanoma

Survival modestly improved compared with traditional surgery with wide margin excision

CKD Risk Lower for Those Following Healthy Plant-Based Diet

Slower eGFR decline seen in association with greater adherence to overall and healthy plant-based diets

Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy Aids Spinal Metastasis Pain

Complete response rate improved compared with conventional external beam radiotherapy

Exposure to Maternal Gestational Diabetes Tied to Higher CVD Risk

Increased risk for cardiovascular disease observed in offspring for up to 35 years of follow-up

Hypertension at Middle Age Associated With Cognitive Decline

Among treated individuals, blood pressure control at baseline inversely linked to global cognitive, memory test scores

August 2020 Briefing – Infectious Disease

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Infectious Disease for August 2020. This roundup includes the...

Higher Intake of Linoleic Acid May Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Risk down particularly when linoleic acids replace saturated fats, trans fats, or carbohydrates

Combining Low-Salt, DASH Diets May Reduce Cardiac Damage

Combination of diets shows reductions in cardiac biomarkers for injury and strain, while DASH diet alone cuts inflammation

Risk for Post-COVID-19 Clinical Sequelae Examined in Adults

Risk increased for new sequelae attributed to SARS-CoV-2 infection, including chronic respiratory failure, myocarditis, anxiety, fatigue

Predictors ID’d for Successful Removal of Mechanical Ventilation

Higher levels of wakefulness seen in those who pass the spontaneous breathing test and are extubated

COVID-19 Pandemic Delays FDA Review of Vaping Products

Federal court has granted FDA request to delay May 12 deadline to Sept. 9

Telephone Consults Convenient, Effective for Gynecological Care

77 percent of patients would repeat a telephone consult; most beneficial for menopause, fertility, endometriosis follow-up

Lupus Affects Emotional, Mental Well-Being of Patients

Most patients report not having participated in a lupus clinical trial, despite interest

Prognostic Model Predicts Survival in Elderly With GI Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

Model including four clinical factors can predict overall survival, with predictive performance superior to Ann Arbor staging system

August 2020 Briefing – Cosmetic Surgery

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Cosmetic Surgery for August 2020. This roundup includes the...

Supply Steady for Existing Patients Receiving Opioids During COVID-19

Opioid prescriptions for opioid-naive decreased then rebounded, while buprenorphine initiation remained lower

FDA Bans Electrical Shock Devices Used on the Mentally Disabled

Ban takes effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register

Minimum Age to Buy Tobacco, E-Cigarettes Raised in NY State

State police and Department of Health will conduct undercover investigations of retailers to enforce law

March 2020 Briefing – Otolaryngology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Otolaryngology for March 2020. This roundup includes the latest...

Long-Term Bone Loss Studied in Postmenopausal Women

Lower baseline BMI and greater increase in BMI appear to be protective against postmenopausal bone loss

Model Can Predict Lung Cancer in Patient With Visible Nodule on CT

Combination of clinical and radiologic factors can reliably predict risk for incident lung cancer

Young Child Goes to ED for Medicine Poisoning Every 10 Minutes

Safe medicine storage in the home needs to begin well before infants are on the move

Biden Reverses Trump Policy Limiting U.S. Nursing Home Fines

New policy means that regulators can impose either per-day or per-instance penalties

Obesity Ups Medical Spending for Long-Term Cancer Survivors

Survivors with obesity have additional $3,216 in medical spending per person per year, translating to $19.7 billion in 2016

Interval Breast Cancers Tied to Worse Outcomes

Risk for breast cancer death more than threefold higher for interval versus screen-detected cancer

One-Third of U.S. Families Struggling to Meet Basic Needs

Housing, utilities, food, medical care difficult to access, particularly for those who lost work during the pandemic

Vaping-Linked Lung Illness Claims Seventh Victim

According to CDC, 380 people in 36 states have come down with the vaping-related sickness

COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Interfere With Male Fertility

No significant decreases seen in any sperm parameters following two doses of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine

Persistent Black-White Disparities Seen in Cancer Mortality

Mortality rates 41 percent higher for breast cancer for Black women, despite similar or lower incidence rates compared with Whites

Standardized Treatment Improves Outcomes in Germ Cell Tumors

Outcomes similar for patients treated at public safety net hospital, academic tertiary care center

Health Groups Urge President to Ban All Flavored E-Cigarettes

Public health advocates launch television, print, and social media campaign

EPA Will Not Approve Warning Labels for Glyphosate

Last year, Roundup maker Monsanto obtained court order blocking the warning labels

Costs of Reusable Colonoscopes Vary Based on Center Volume

Cost per colonoscopy ranges from $188.64 at high-volume centers to $501.16 at low-volume centers

UGN-101 Active in Chemoablation of Upper Tract Urothelial Cancer

Fifty-nine percent of patients had complete response at four to six weeks after initial therapy

Borderline Personality Disorder May Raise Cardiometabolic Risk

Borderline personality traits, depression associated with extent of midlife cardiometabolic risk

AI Model Helps ID Those at Risk for Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Model may identify more who are at risk while substantially reducing the number of people screened

Emgality Receives First FDA Approval for Treating Cluster Headache

Patients treated with Emgality had 8.7 fewer cluster headache attacks at 3.0 weeks versus 5.2 with placebo

15 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Wasted in U.S. Since March 1

Reasons why doses may be marked as wasted include a cracked vial, an error diluting the vaccine, a freezer malfunction

Strong Support Found for Protective Practices Related to COVID-19

Most adults in N.Y.C., L.A., and across the U.S. support stay-at-home orders, closure of nonessential business

February 2020 Briefing – Ophthalmology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Ophthalmology for February 2020. This roundup includes the latest...

Traumatic Brain Injury Ups Risk for Future Stroke

Findings show highest risk in the first four months post-TBI, but risk remains regardless of severity or type of injury

Childhood Physical Activity Improves Lung Function for Adolescent Girls

Association not observed for boys; authors say high prevalence of physical inactivity 'worrying'

More Appropriate Prostate Cancer Tx Seen at Multidisciplinary Clinic

Patients with low-risk disease more likely to receive nondefinitive therapy at MultiD clinic versus SEER

COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness Down Against New Infections in New York

Recent decline in vaccine effectiveness against new COVID-19 cases coincided with increasing circulation of delta variant

Temperature, UV Radiation Not Linked to Incidence of COVID-19

Spread ability of COVID-19 not expected to change with increasing temperature, increasing UV exposure

COVID-19 Vaccine-Induced Immunity More Protective Than Infection

Odds of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 more than fivefold higher for unvaccinated patients with previous infection versus vaccinated persons

AEDs Tied to Higher Pneumonia Risk in Alzheimer Patients

Risk for pneumonia highest within first month of antiepileptic drug use but persists through two years

Pregnant Obese, Overweight Women Have Higher Risk of Perinatal Death

Earlier gestational age at delivery may be implicated in many of these obesity-related perinatal deaths

Spesolimab Clears Lesions in Generalized Pustular Psoriasis

In phase 2 trial, spesolimab cleared more lesions than placebo, but it was associated with infections, systemic drug reactions

New Algorithm Can Predict Advanced Liver Disease

The CIRRhosis Using Standard tests algorithm could use results of routine blood tests to identify those at high risk for advanced liver disease

Predicted Heart Age Higher Among Cancer Survivors

Excess heart age 8.5 years for men and 6.5 years for women; varies by age, race/ethnicity, education, income

Postdischarge Fall-Related Injury a Top Readmission Diagnosis

FRI second-leading diagnosis for readmission with FRI and cognitive impairment at index admission

Hypothermia Aids Cardiac Arrest With Nonshockable Rhythm

Higher percentage of patients survived with favorable neurologic outcome at day 90

Risk Factors for Drug-Induced Liver Injury ID’d in Hospitalized Patients

Risk for DILI up for patients with hyperlipidemia, cardiovascular disease, preexisting liver disease, surgical history

Serious Medical Outcomes Reported With Kratom Exposure

More than half of first-ranked exposures result in serious medical outcome

Most Physicians Have Seen False-Negative COVID-19 Test Results

One in 10 physicians worldwide report seeing at least one case of COVID-19 reinfection

Delayed School Start Shows Benefits for Teens

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

ASCO: Adding Olaparib Slows High-Risk Early Breast Cancer

Higher rates of invasive disease-free survival seen in adjuvant setting for HER2-negative early-stage disease with germline BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations

Incidence, Severity of Intimate Partner Violence Up During Pandemic

Decrease seen in overall number of patients reporting IPV, but incidence of physical IPV 1.8 times higher

One-Third of Patients on Statins Do Not Reach Target Thresholds

Not reaching thresholds places patients at increased risk for cardiovascular events

Incident CVD Up With Sugary, Artificially Sweetened Drinks

Risks for first incident CVD increased for higher consumers of sugary drinks, ASBs versus nonconsumers

American College of Gastroenterology, Oct. 25-30

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FDA Investigating Paclitaxel-Coated Balloons, Paclitaxel-Eluting Stents

Investigation triggered by meta-analysis showing possible increased mortality in PAD patients at 2 years

Lowering Urine Protein Aids Renal Function in Rare Kidney Disease

Reducing proteinuria slows decline in kidney function in those with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis

Disparities Seen in Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes in the U.S.

Black children have higher odds of death; Hispanic and Black children have longer hospital stays, especially Black neonates

Sleep Myths Are Commonly Circulated

Authors say initiatives to debunk myths, promote healthful sleep practices may benefit public health

Drug May Curb ‘Sluggish’ Thinking in Some Adults With ADHD

Lisdexamfetamine found to reduce symptoms of sluggish cognitive tempo in small group of adults with ADHD

Link Between Major Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementia Examined

Risk factors most strongly attenuating the association between major TBI and dementia were alcohol consumption, physical activity

Machine Learning Methods Can Detect UTI in Dementia Patients

Research team used novel algorithms to ID early symptoms of health declines in dementia patients

November 2019 Briefing – Nursing

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nursing for November 2019. This roundup includes the latest...

USPSTF Advises Screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

GDM screening recommended at or after, but not before, 24 weeks of gestation in asymptomatic pregnant individuals

May 2019 Briefing – Nephrology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nephrology for May 2019. This roundup includes the latest...

Most Immunosuppressive Meds Not Tied to Worse COVID-19 Outcomes

Except for rituximab, no increased risk seen for in-hospital death or mechanical ventilation for those on long-term immunosuppressive therapy

CVS, Walgreens Lift Limits on Purchases of Rapid COVID-19 Tests

Americans can also receive four free at-home tests directly from the U.S. government

July 2020 Briefing – Internal Medicine

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Helps Prevent Major Depression

Rates of major depression lower among older adults with insomnia disorder who underwent CBT versus sleep education therapy

FDA Approves New Device for Chronic, Moderate-to-Severe Heart Failure

Optimizer Smart system indicated for patients who are symptomatic despite optimal medical therapy

Higher Coffee Intake May Lower Risk for Heart Failure

Machine learning used to analyze data from three large, well-known epidemiological studies

Antiplatelets Do Not Up Recurrence in Intracerebral Hemorrhage

In population with cerebral microbleeds, no increased risk seen for those starting antiplatelet therapy

BP Load No Aid to Prognosis in Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease

But high average blood pressure on 24-hour test strongly predicts child's cardiac, kidney disease risk

August 2020 Briefing – OBGYN & Women’s Health

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in OBGYN & Women's Health for August 2020. This roundup...

September 2020 Briefing – Radiology

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Schizophrenia Linked to Mortality in Adults With COVID-19

In terms of strength of association with mortality, diagnosis of schizophrenia ranked only behind age

Senate Committee Backs Califf Nomination to Head FDA

Among those who voted against Califf's nomination were Democrats who expressed concerns about his links to pharmaceutical companies

Medical Groups Call for Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Health Care Workers

Mandatory vaccination is especially crucial to protect vulnerable people, including unvaccinated children and those with weakened immune systems

More Body Surface Area Clearance With Psoriasis Tied to Better Quality of Life

Findings consistent at both six and 12 months of treatment with systemic therapy

New Coordinator Appointed for U.S. Global Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Gayle Smith's duties will include harnessing U.S. knowledge and resources to increase COVID-19 vaccine production and distribution worldwide

Breakthrough SARS-CoV-2 Infections ID’d in Fully Vaccinated

39 infections documented in 1,497 health care workers; 19 percent had persistent symptoms despite most cases being mild, asymptomatic

COVID-19-Associated Cancer Screening Deficit Quantified in U.S.

Absolute deficit in screening estimated at 3.9, 3.8, and 1.6 million for breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers, respectively

Aspirin Use Cuts CRC Risk in Those Initiating Use Before Age 70

Inverse association seen for aspirin users starting use before age 70, but not for those initiating use at or after age 70 years

Excess Body Weight Tied to Higher Health Costs Across BMI Levels

Obesity associated with an estimated excess annual medical cost of $1,861 per person among U.S. adults

Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death Up for People Living With HIV

Risk for sudden cardiac death increased among people living with HIV with elevated HIV viral load or low CD4 cell counts

Eligibility Criteria Add to Race Gap in Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Trials

Black patients disproportionately excluded from participation in pancreatic cancer clinical trials

ASCO: Combo Regimen Effective in CLL With Coexisting Conditions

Progression-free survival longer with venetoclax-obinutuzumab versus chlorambucil-obinutuzumab

Biden Signs Law Banning Sleep Products Tied to Infant Deaths

From 1990 through March 2019, there were 113 reported deaths involving crib bumpers, and more than 100 babies have died in inclined sleepers

Genetic Research Results May Warrant Updates to Participants

Participants should be recontacted in some cases of new information about variant, newly ID'd variants

Further Study Needed for Teriflunomide in Children With Relapsing MS

No difference seen between teriflunomide and placebo groups for primary end point of time to first confirmed clinical relapse