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Under Pressure, JUUL Withdraws Most Flavored E-Cigs From Market
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 -- JUUL Labs, which commands 70 percent of the U.S. electronic cigarette market, announced yesterday that it would cease selling most flavored versions of its popular vaping pods in retail stores. The announcement comes...


AMA to Collect Data on Suicide Among Doctors-in-Training
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 -- By collecting data on suicides by medical students, residents, and fellows, the American Medical Association hopes to identify ways to reduce suicides among doctors-in-training. The data collection policy was approved at...


Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Ahead of the Holidays
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 -- There is an urgent need for blood and platelet donations in the United States because donations during September and October fell 21,000 units short of hospital needs, the American Red Cross says. "Today, the Red Cross...


CDC: Record Number of Tickborne Disease Cases in U.S. Last Year
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 -- The number of Americans with tickborne diseases reached a record high of nearly 60,000 in 2017, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Most of those cases (42,743) were Lyme disease. There were 36,000...


AHA: Guidelines Stress Healthy Lifestyle for Lowering Cholesterol
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 -- A healthy lifestyle for lowering cholesterol should be emphasized for reducing cardiovascular risk across the life course, according to a guideline published online Nov. 14 in Circulation to coincide with the annual...


Short Interpregnancy Intervals Tied to Adverse Outcome Risk
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 -- Short intervals between pregnancies are associated with increased risks for adverse pregnancy outcomes for women of all ages, according to a study published online Oct. 29 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Laura Schummers, S.D.,...


Changes in Risk Indicators of MetS Severity Tied to T2DM Risk
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 -- For patients with prediabetes who are randomly assigned to interventions, changes in risk indicators of metabolic syndrome (MetS) severity are associated with the risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and...


Pharmacist-Led Effort Cuts Inappropriate Rx in Older Adults
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 -- A pharmacist-led intervention has the potential to reduce prescriptions for inappropriate medication in older adults, according to a study published in the Nov. 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical...


Consensus Statement Issued on Management of Foot, Ankle Gout
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 -- The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners-Orthopedics Specialty Practice Group have issued a new joint clinical consensus statement on the etiology, diagnosis, and...


Heart Disease Leading Cause of Death in Low-Income Counties
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 -- The leading cause of death varies with income in the United States, with heart disease still the leading cause of death in low-income counties, according to a study published online Nov. 13 in the Annals of Internal...


Sudden Cardiac Death Rates Up in Blacks Versus Whites
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 -- Sudden cardiac death (SCD) rates are significantly higher among black adults than white adults without a history of cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in the Nov. 13 issue of the Journal of the...


Molecular Subtypes Linked to Outcomes in Acute Kidney Injury
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 -- Two molecularly distinct sub-phenotypes of acute kidney injury (AKI) are associated with different clinical outcomes and response to vasopressin therapy, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of...


2017 Hepatitis A Outbreaks Tied to Drug Use, Homelessness
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 -- Investigations of hepatitis A outbreaks in four states in 2017 suggested a shift toward increasing person-to-person transmission of hepatitis A, according to research published in the Nov. 2 issue of the U.S. Centers for...


CDC Probe Continues as Cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis Rise
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 -- Cases of a mysterious polio-like illness continue to mount in the United States, and health officials are scrambling to figure out the cause. There are now 252 patients under investigation for acute flaccid myelitis...


AHA: Icosapent Ethyl Cuts CV Risk From Elevated Triglycerides
TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 -- Icosapent ethyl is associated with a reduced risk for ischemic events among patients with elevated triglyceride levels despite taking statins, according to a study published online Nov. 10 in the New England Journal of...


Online Tool Helps Patients With Advance Care Planning
TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 -- The patient-facing PREPARE advance care planning program plus an easy-to-read advance directive significantly increases documentation of advance care planning and patient-reported engagement, according to a study published...


AHA: Cardiogenic Shock Ups Mortality in Takotsubo Syndrome
TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 -- For patients with takotsubo syndrome (TTS), those with cardiogenic shock (CS) have an increased risk for mortality, according to a research letter published online Nov. 10 in Circulation to coincide with the annual meeting...


USPSTF Recommends Screening Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use
TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that primary care clinicians screen all adults, including pregnant women, for unhealthy alcohol use and provide brief behavioral counseling to reduce unhealthy...


Access to In-Home Support Soon to Be Available for Seniors
TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 -- In-home services such as help with household chores and caregiver respite will be available to seniors with private Medicare Advantage plans in more than 20 states next year. A health-related reason is needed to qualify,...


AHA: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Updated
TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 -- Key guidelines for recommended physical activity in Americans have been updated, according to a special report published online Nov. 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association to coincide with the annual meeting...


AHA: Limited Benefit for n-3 Fatty Acids in CVD, Cancer Prevention
TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 -- Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D do not significantly reduce major cardiovascular events or cancer incidence, according to two studies published online Nov. 10 in the New England Journal of Medicine to coincide with the...


18F-FDG PET Algorithm Allows Early Prediction of Alzheimer's
TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 -- Fluorine 18 (18F) fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) of the brain can be used to develop a deep learning algorithm for early prediction of Alzheimer's disease (AD) that has high specificity and...


Denosumab Promising for TDT-Induced Osteoporosis Treatment
TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 -- Denosumab (DNM), a fully human monoclonal antibody against the receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL), may be beneficial for managing transfusion-dependent thalassemia (TDT)-induced osteoporosis,...


No Efficacy Signal for Fluoxetine in EV-D68 Acute Flaccid Myelitis
TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 -- The antiviral agent fluoxetine is well tolerated but is not effective for patients with proven or presumptive enterovirus D68-associated acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), according to a study published online Nov. 9 in...


AHA: Dapagliflozin Noninferior to Placebo for MACE in T2DM
TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 -- Treatment with dapagliflozin is noninferior to placebo for major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) among patients with type 2 diabetes with or at risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to a study...


One-Third of Peds Medication Errors Due to Usability Issues
TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 -- More than one-third of pediatric patient safety reports in 2012 to 2017 that were related to electronic health record (EHR) use were attributed to usability issues, according to a study published in the November issue of...


Ebola Outbreak Worst in Congo's History
TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 -- The current Ebola outbreak in Congo is the worst in the country's recorded history, the health ministry says. There have been 319 confirmed and probable cases and 198 deaths since the outbreak was declared Aug. 1. The...


Repetitive Hits May Predispose Athletes to Concussion
TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 -- Repetitive head impact exposure appears to be a predisposing factor for the onset of concussion, according to a study published online Oct. 22 in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering. Brian D. Stemper, Ph.D., from the...


Coordinated Care Needed for Cancer Survivors, Caregivers
TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 -- There is an urgent need for coordinated, comprehensive, personalized care for cancer survivors and caregivers, according to a report published online Oct. 30 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Catherine M. Alfano,...


American Academy of Pediatrics, Nov. 2-6
The American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition The annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics was held from Nov. 2 to 6 in Orlando, Florida, and attracted approximately 12,000 participants from around the world,...


Many Women Have Not Heard of Ovarian Cancer Before Dx
FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 -- Many women are not knowledgeable about ovarian cancer before diagnosis despite most women experiencing prediagnosis symptoms, according to a report published online Oct. 18 by the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Researchers...


FDA to Ban Most Flavored Electronic Cigarettes
FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 -- As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's efforts to reduce teens' use of flavored electronic cigarettes, a ban on sales of most flavored e-cigarettes in retail stores and gas stations across the United States is to...


CDC: Gun Deaths on the Rise in the United States
FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 -- Homicides and suicides involving guns are on the rise in the United States, according to a federal government study. The study revealed that in 2015 to 2016, there were 27,394 homicides involving a gun and 44,955 suicides...


Quick New Ebola Test Approved by FDA
FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 -- A fast, single-use fingerstick test for infection with the Ebola virus has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The emergency use authorization (EUA) is for the DPP Ebola Antigen System. It analyzes blood...


CDC: About One in Three Adults With Prediabetes Has Arthritis
FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 -- About one in three adults with prediabetes has arthritis, and half of those with both conditions are physically inactive and/or obese, according to research published in the Nov. 9 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease...


Income, Lifestyle May Contribute to Disparity in Cancer Deaths
FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 -- Socioeconomic and health-related behaviors contribute to county-level disparities in cancer deaths, according to a study published online Oct. 5 in JAMA Network Open. Jeremy M. O'Connor, M.D., from the Yale University School...


Showerhead Mycobacteria Abundant in Regional 'Hot Spots'
FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 -- In some regions of the United States, showerheads have an abundance of mycobacteria, and those regions tend to overlap with regions where nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease is most prevalent, according to a study...


EMR Data Can Predict Myopia Development
FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 -- Big data and machine learning approaches can improve prediction of myopia in Chinese children, according to a study published online Nov. 6 in PLOS Medicine. Haotian Lin, M.D., Ph.D., from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou,...


In Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Curcumin Lacks Benefit
FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 -- When used perioperatively in elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, curcumin has no beneficial effect, according to a study published in the Oct. 29 issue of CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association. Amit X....


Recommendations Issued for Management of Bradycardia
FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 -- The American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and Heart Rhythm Society have released guidance for the evaluation and treatment of bradycardia and cardiac conduction disorders, according to a guideline,...