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FDA Announces Voluntary Recall of Several Medicines Containing Valsartan Following Detection of an Impurity
July 13, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and patients of a voluntary recall of several drug products containing the active ingredient valsartan, used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure....


Jury Awards $4.62B in Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuit
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- A jury says Johnson & Johnson must pay $4.62 billion to 22 women who allege they developed ovarian cancer after using the company's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower brand talcum powder as part of their daily feminine...


Fish Pedicure Causes Woman to Lose Toenails
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- A woman lost several toenails after a fish pedicure, according to a case report published online July 3 in JAMA Dermatology. Shari R. Lipner, M.D., Ph.D., from Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, reports on a young...


Virtual Assistants Not HIPAA Compliant
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- Virtual assistant programs like Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa are not yet in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), warns an article published in Medical Economics. While it is...


100 Now Sickened by Salmonella-Tainted Honey Smacks Cereal
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- One hundred people across 33 states have now fallen ill with Salmonella after eating Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of the illnesses linked to the...


Data Support FDA Restrictions on Child Cough and Cold Medicines
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- New research supports expanded restrictions on opioid-containing cough and cold medications (CCMs) for children, according to a short communication published recently in Clinical Toxicology. Ian M. Paul, M.D., from the Penn...


Blacks Have Elevated HTN Risk Through Age 55 Years
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- Blacks have considerably increased risk for hypertension than whites through age 55 years, regardless of blood pressure levels through young adulthood, according to a study published online July 11 in the Journal of the...


Sociodemographic Disparities in Eyeglass Use Among Elderly
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- There are sociodemographic disparities in eyeglass use by age, race/ethnicity, education level, and income, according to a study published online July 12 in JAMA Ophthalmology. Benjamin Otte, M.P.P., from the University of...


Cutting Insurance Eligibility Ups Peds Hospitalization Cost Burden
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- Reducing public insurance (Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program) income eligibility limits would result in large numbers of newly ineligible pediatric hospitalizations, according to a study published online...


Two Regimens Fail to Stop Declines in β-Cell Function
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- Neither glargine followed by metformin nor metformin alone halts the progressive deterioration of β-cell function in youth with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or recently-diagnosed type 2 diabetes, according to a study...


Gender Bias in Medicine Has Far-Reaching Consequences
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- Overlooking women in medicine can have far-reaching consequences, according to a perspective piece published in the June 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Lisa S. Rotenstein, M.D., M.B.A., from Brigham and...


Many Non-Emergency Medicine Trained Physicians in ER Care
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- The emergency medicine workforce comprises many non-emergency medicine trained physicians, according to a study recently published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. M. Kennedy Hall, M.D., from the University of Washington...


Most Back Pain Patients Halt Opioid Use After Surgery
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- Duration of preoperative opioid use appears to be the most important predictor of sustained opioid use following back surgery, according to a study published in the June 6 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint...


11.2% of U.S. Adults Aged ≥45 Report Subjective Mental Decline
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- More than 11 percent of adults aged ≥45 years in the United States report subjective cognitive decline (SCD), according to research published in the July 13 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's...


AAP: Lawnmowers Pose Serious Injury Risk to Children
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- Lawnmowers pose a serious risk of injury to children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which offers tips to keep children and adolescents safe this summer. According to the AAP, it is best if children...


Higher Vitamin D Levels May Lower Breast Cancer Risk
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 -- Higher levels of vitamin D may be protective against breast cancer, according to a study published online June 15 in PLOS ONE. Sharon L. McDonnell, M.P.H., from GrassrootsHealth in Encinitas, Calif., and colleagues examined...


Patient Experience Officers Can Play Key Role in Medical Offices
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- A patient experience officer is an increasingly important new role in physician practices, according to an article recently published in Physicians Practice. This new role involves a designated employee responsible for...


Mosaic HIV-1 Vaccine Induces Responses in Humans, Monkeys
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- A mosaic adenovirus serotype 26 (Ad26)-based HIV-1 vaccine induces immune responses in humans and rhesus monkeys, according to a study published online July 6 in The Lancet. Dan H. Barouch, M.D., from Harvard Medical...


AMA Aims to Boost Affordability of ACA Marketplace Plans
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates has adopted policy to increase the number of people who obtain coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by making marketplace plans more...


More Youth Classified With HTN Using New 2017 AAP Guidelines
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- Application of the new 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics guideline on classification of hypertension status results in a weighted net estimated increase of U.S. youths being reclassified as having hypertension compared...


2001 to 2015 Saw Decline in Self-Employment in Health Care
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- From 2001 to 2015 there was a decrease in the percentage of health care professionals who are self-employed and a decrease in the earning gap between self-employed and employed health care professionals, according to a...


Parental Incarceration Linked to Unhealthy Behaviors in Teens
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- Parental incarceration (PI) is associated with lower health care use and unhealthy behaviors among adolescents and young adults, according to a study published online July 9 in Pediatrics. Nia Heard-Garris, M.D., from the...


Asthma, Uncontrolled Asthma Associated With Risk of A-Fib
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- There is a correlation for asthma and lack of asthma control with the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study published online July 11 in JAMA Cardiology. Aivaras Cepelis, from the Norwegian University of...


Peer-Led Education Helps Physicians Save Time With EHRs
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- A peer-based education program can improve the efficiency of electronic health record (EHR) use, according to an article published in the American Medical Association's AMA Wire. An educational program called Kaiser...


Women Often Unaware of Their Hospital's Religious Affiliation
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- Women of reproductive age are often unaware of their hospital's religious affiliation, according to a study recently published in Contraception. Jocelyn M. Wascher, from the University of Chicago, and colleagues conducted...


Mothers' Healthy Lifestyle Tied to Drop in Offspring Obesity
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- Adherence to a healthy lifestyle among mothers during their offspring's childhood is associated with reduced risk of childhood obesity, according to a study published online July 4 in The BMJ. Klodian Dhana, Ph.D., from...


Drop in Childhood Pneumococcal, Hib Deaths From 2000 to 2015
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) deaths in children decreased between 2000 and 2015, following introduction of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and Hib vaccine, according to a study...


Basal Insulin Analogs Don't Cut Hypoglycemia-Linked ER Visits
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- Initiation of a basal insulin analog versus human neutral protamine Hagedorn (NPH) insulin is not associated with reduction in the risk of hypoglycemia-related emergency department visits or hospital admissions, according...


High Incidence of Myopia Among Chinese Schoolchildren
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- The incidence of myopia among Chinese students may be as high as 20 to 30 percent each year from first grade onward, according to a study published online July 5 in JAMA Ophthalmology. Sean K. Wang, from Sun Yat-sen...


Polio-Rhinovirus Promising for Malignant Glioma Patients
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- Intratumoral infusion of recombinant nonpathogenic polio-rhinovirus chimera (PVSRIPO) can be delivered safely and is tied to higher survival rates than those of historical controls, according to a study published in the...


Virtual Reality Treatments Can Alleviate Fear of Heights
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- Automated virtual reality (VR) treatments can alleviate fear of heights, according to a study published online July 11 in The Lancet Psychiatry. Daniel Freeman, Ph.D., from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom,...


USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for ABI for PAD Screen in Asymptomatic
WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that there is currently insufficient evidence to assess the benefits and harms of screening for peripheral artery disease (PAD) with the ankle branchial index...


USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Nontraditional CVD Risk Factors
WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concludes that there is currently insufficient evidence to assess the benefits and harms of adding nontraditional risk factors to traditional cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk...


Taking Multivitamins/Minerals Doesn't Improve CVD Outcomes
WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 -- Multivitamin/mineral (MVM) supplementation seems not to be associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes, according to a review published online July 10 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and...


Metformin Tied to Acidosis Risk at eGFR <30mL/min/1.73 m²
WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 -- Metformin use is associated with an increased risk of acidosis at estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) <30mL/min/1.73 m², according to a study published in the July issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. Benjamin...


FDA Requires Safety Label Changes for Fluoroquinolones
WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has strengthened current warnings in the prescribing information about fluoroquinolone antibiotics causing significant decreases in blood glucose as well as mental health side...


Attending Surgeon Influences Genetic Testing in Breast Cancer
WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 -- The attending surgeon is associated with variation in the receipt of genetic testing after breast cancer diagnosis, according to a study published online July 3 in JAMA Surgery. Steven J. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., from the...


Advanced Prostate Cancer Variant More Common Than Thought
WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 -- The incidence of treatment-emergent small-cell neuroendocrine prostate cancer (t-SCNC) is 17 percent among patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), and many t-SCNC biopsy specimens have...


Unhealthy Food Behaviors May Signal Eating Disorder in Teen
WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 -- Almost 3 percent of teenagers aged 13 to 18 years have food, weight, and body image issues severe enough to constitute an eating disorder, according to a behavioral health resource posted by The Family Institute at...


CDC: Nearly One-Third of Injury Deaths Occur at Home
WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 -- Just under one-third of deaths from all causes of injury occur in the person's home, according to a QuickStats report published in the July 6 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and...