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New COVID-19 Variant XBB Gaining Ground Among Americans

New omicron subvariant is taking hold in the United States, health officials say, though it does not look more severe than its predecessors


Monday, November 28, 2022

Monkeypox Renamed Mpox Amid Racism Concerns

Virus has been called monkeypox since 1958, when it was first observed in Denmark in research monkeys


Monday, November 28, 2022

FDA Approves First Gene Therapy for Adults With Hemophilia B

Benefits include decreased need for routine factor IX replacement prophylaxis and reduction in annualized bleeding rate


Monday, November 28, 2022

Asthma Exacerbations Up After Relaxation of COVID-19 Restrictions

Relaxation of restrictions coincided with increasing incidence of COVID-19, non-COVID-19 ARI, severe asthma exacerbations


Monday, November 28, 2022

Cervical Cancer Incidence Up Among Women Ages 30 to 34 Years

Findings similar across most races and cancer stages from 2012 to 2019


Monday, November 28, 2022

E-Cigarettes, Vaping Tied to Higher Cavity Risk

Authors say dental-medical history should include e-cigarette, vaping use


Monday, November 28, 2022

White House Urges COVID-19 Booster Shots Again, Citing Effectiveness

Booster vaccine adds between 30 and 56 percent more protection against getting COVID-19


Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Higher Carotid Plaque Burden Seen With Persistent Asthma

Persistent asthma linked to carotid plaque, total plaque score, even after adjustment for baseline interleukin-6, CRP


Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Acupuncture Helps Alleviate Back/Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

Researchers find acupuncture has no observable severe adverse influences on newborns


Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Bariatric Surgery Cuts CVD Risk in Patients With Obesity, NAFLD

Findings seen versus nonsurgical care among individuals with severe obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease


Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Decrease Noted in Lung Cancer Cases Over Past Five Years

However, screening of high-risk individuals for lung cancer is still low at 5.8 percent nationally


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Adults Lack Knowledge About Signs of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network survey revealed knowledge gaps exist across ages, genders


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

7.7 Million Deaths Associated With 33 Bacterial Pathogens in 2019

Deaths associated with these pathogens comprised 13.6 percent of all global deaths, 56.2 percent of all sepsis-related deaths


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

American Society of Nephrology, Nov. 3 to 6

Kidney Week 2022


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Oncogenic Variants Identified in ~10 Percent With Appendix Cancer

Mutations identified in MUTYH, in the MLH1 gene, and in other cancer predisposition genes


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Education Interacts With Genetic Variants to Increase Myopia Risk

Genotype by education interaction identified for five genetic variants, with increased effect for university-level education


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Vitamin D Supplements Do Not Reduce Asthma Exacerbations Overall

Supplements reduce risk among children with low serum 25(OH)D and have beneficial effects in children with atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis


Monday, November 21, 2022

ACR: Opioids Raise Risk for VTE in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

However, opioids and NSAIDs carry similar cardiovascular, mortality risks for RA patients


Monday, November 21, 2022

CDC: Flu Has Started Early and With a Punch

United States has already seen 38,000 hospitalizations for flu; hospitals also treating high numbers of patients with RSV and COVID-19


Monday, November 21, 2022

New Pfizer Booster Shot Shows Protection Against Emerging Omicron Variants

In early data, new Pfizer COVID-19 boosters marshal antibodies against newer omicron variants


Friday, November 18, 2022

FDA: Patients Should Be Cautious When Using Online Pharmacies to Buy Meds

Red flags include pharmacies that do not require a doctor's prescription or have a licensed pharmacist to answer questions


Friday, November 18, 2022

Subretinal Drusenoid Deposits Linked to High-Risk Vascular Disease in AMD

Presence of HRVD can be identified in model including SDD, high-density lipoprotein with accuracy of 78.5 percent


Friday, November 18, 2022

Cancer Screening and Detection Remain Below Prepandemic Levels

Lower screening rates for cervical, breast, and colorectal cancers suggest 'pattern of forgone care,' according to researchers


Friday, November 18, 2022

Sleep Dysregulation Ups Risk for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Short sleep duration and daytime napping associated with Crohn disease and ulcerative colitis


Friday, November 18, 2022

COVID-19 Not Tied to Worse Inflammatory Bowel Disease Outcomes

Findings based on primary composite outcome of IBD-related hospitalization or surgery with 394 days of median follow-up


Friday, November 18, 2022

Cancer Mortality Up With Residential Racial, Economic Segregation

Segregation was associated with increased mortality for 12 of 13 cancer sites examined


Thursday, November 17, 2022

Even Moderate Exercise Linked to Reduced Mortality After Breast Cancer

Breast cancer survivors who were active or moderately active had significantly reduced risk for death


Thursday, November 17, 2022

Rate of Adverse Physical Effects High With Ayahuasca Use

69.9 percent of sample reported acute physical health effects; 2.3 percent reported need for subsequent medical attention


Thursday, November 17, 2022

FDA Oversight of Clinical Trials Described as 'Grossly Inadequate'

Article describes inadequate oversight relating to development of COVID-19 vaccines and predating the pandemic


Thursday, November 17, 2022

Multidimensional Factors Shaped Physician Stress During Pandemic

Physicians' perceptions of occupational stress at individual level were shaped by stressors within and across four levels


Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Headaches Tied to Higher Risk for Dry Eye Disease

Findings consistent across headache types -- migraine, tension, and cluster


Wednesday, November 16, 2022

FDA Moves Toward Making Overdose Antidote an Over-the-Counter Drug

If the overdose antidote drug naloxone becomes easier to obtain, it could save lives and help combat the U.S. opioid crisis


Wednesday, November 16, 2022

High Prevalence of Youth Estimated at Greater Risk for Hearing Loss

Number of young persons who may be at risk due to unsafe listening practices ranges from 0.67 to 1.35 billion


Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Recent Increase Seen in Pediatric Benzonatate Exposure

77 percent of the cases of pediatric exposure reported to U.S. poison control centers were for unintentional exposure


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Symptom Burden Increases in Year Before Dialysis Initiation

Among older adults, symptom number and burden stabilized and decreased in the year after dialysis


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Postdischarge Text Message Intervention Cuts Readmissions

Benefits include 41 percent lower odds of 30-day use of acute care resources


Monday, November 14, 2022

Moderna Booster Shot Prompts Strong Immune Response Against Omicron Subvariants

Moderna reports its updated booster shot is indeed triggering a strong immune response to the omicron variants BA.5 and BA.4


Monday, November 14, 2022

ACAAI: Epinephrine Auto-Injector Use Low Among Adults With Food Allergy

Furthermore, one-third of adults with food allergy think epinephrine auto-injectors can cause life-threatening effects


Monday, November 14, 2022

Parkinsonism, Parkinson Disease Risk Up With Bilateral Oophorectomy Before 43

Risk increased in premenopausal women undergoing oophorectomy for benign indication before age 43 years


Monday, November 14, 2022

Bepirovirsen Studied for Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis B Infection

Dosage regimens for bepirovirsen explored in phase 2b, randomized, investigator-unblinded trial


Monday, November 14, 2022

Eradicating H. pylori Cuts Aspirin-Related Peptic Ulcer Bleeding in the Short Term

Protection against aspirin-associated peptic ulcer bleeding in older adults lost after the first 2.5 years


Monday, November 14, 2022

California Voters Ban Flavored Tobacco, and a Cigarette Maker Is Suing

R.J. Reynolds has sued California over its freshly approved ban on flavored tobacco products


Monday, November 14, 2022

California Files Suit Over 'Forever Chemicals' in Water

California has sued several companies over their role in dumping 'forever chemicals' into the state's water systems, in an effort to get them to pay cleanup costs


Monday, November 14, 2022

USPSTF: Evidence Inadequate for Recommending OSA Screening

Evidence is insufficient for assessing balance of benefits and harms of OSA screening in general population


Sunday, November 13, 2022

16 Illnesses, One Death Reported From Listeria in Deli Meat, Cheese

Many of the 16 who got sick are of Eastern European background or speak Russian and ate food from deli counters


Thursday, November 10, 2022

Antiepileptic Med Use Increasing in Nursing Home Residents With Dementia

The two most common, valproic acid and gabapentin, being used in clinically distinct ways


Thursday, November 10, 2022

Urban-Dwelling Indigenous Young People Face Higher Burden of Skin Conditions

Incidence rates of atopic dermatitis and bacterial skin infections higher among urban-living Indigenous children and young people in high-income countries


Thursday, November 10, 2022

Personalized Screening for Kidney Disease Evaluated in T1DM

Compared with annual screening for urinary albumin, personalized screening can reduce time spent with undetected albuminuria, testing frequency


Thursday, November 10, 2022

Remote Program Beneficial for Management of HTN, Cholesterol

Significant reductions seen in blood pressure and LDL-C at six and 12 months for patients enrolled in remote program


Wednesday, November 9, 2022

ASN: Empagliflozin Cuts Risk for Progression in CKD

Risk for progression of kidney disease or death from cardiovascular causes reduced with empagliflozin versus placebo


Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Standard Testosterone Threshold Not Accurate for Younger Men

Age-specific testosterone cutoffs show each one-year increase in age tied to a 4.3-ng/dL decrease in testosterone level


Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Willingness to Use Videohealth Increased During Pandemic

Increase especially pronounced for Black adults and adults with lower educational attainment


Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Delivery Methods Compared for Osteoarthritis Intervention

Pain reduction seen for in-person or digital delivery of education and exercise instruction for hip, knee osteoarthritis


Tuesday, November 8, 2022

ENT-01 Safe, Improves Constipation in Patients With Parkinson Disease

Improvement seen in weekly complete spontaneous bowel movement rate and in secondary end points


Monday, November 7, 2022

Second, Third COVID-19 Vaccine May Up Relapse in Glomerular Disease

Absolute increase in 30-day relapse risk associated with the second or third vaccine dose is small


Monday, November 7, 2022

Pediatric Migraine Tied to Anxiety, Depression Symptoms

Authors say routine screening for these symptoms may be beneficial in clinical practice


Monday, November 7, 2022

CKD Incidence Differs by Race in People With Diabetes

Incidence lower in White patients versus Black, Hispanic, and indigenous populations


Monday, November 7, 2022

Subset of Stage I Melanoma Patients ID'd With Very Low Mortality

Younger age at diagnosis, Clark level II linked to low risk for death among patients with stage I lesions, negative clinical nodes


Monday, November 7, 2022

COVID-19 Tied to Higher Risk for New, Worsening Bladder Symptoms

Symptomatic infection tied to three times greater risk for developing new or worsening overactive bladder symptoms


Monday, November 7, 2022

Caregiver Depression Linked to Child Asthma Outcomes

Reduction in caregiver depressive symptoms may have positive impact on child asthma outcomes, partially mediated by child depressive symptom severity


Monday, November 7, 2022

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Prevalence Remains High

1.49 million people aged 40 years and older are living with late-stage AMD in the United States


Friday, November 4, 2022

Pfizer Study Reveals Big Rise in Immunity From COVID-19 Booster

FDA says findings affirm its decision to approve the booster without human testing based on experience with a similarly tweaked vaccine


Friday, November 4, 2022

Lipid Ratios Linked to Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Risk

TG/HDL-C and TC/HDL-C ratios associated with BPH; TG/HDL-C may be risk factor for BPH with normal TG, HDL-C


Friday, November 4, 2022

Age-Adjusted Rate of Alcohol-Induced Deaths Up From 2019 to 2020

Rates of alcohol-induced deaths in 2020 increased with age, peaking for those aged 55 to 64 years


Friday, November 4, 2022

Poor Sleep Quality Tied to Higher Risk for Glaucoma

Risk higher with snoring, daytime sleepiness, insomnia, and short/long sleep duration, individually or jointly


Friday, November 4, 2022

CDC Updates Recommendations for Prescribing Opioids for Pain

Benefits and risk of all treatment options should be considered in the context of patient circumstances


Thursday, November 3, 2022

Prevalence of Arthritis Higher Among Caregivers

Proportion of caregivers reporting disabilities was higher for those with versus without arthritis


Thursday, November 3, 2022

Routine Vaccination Coverage Decreased in 2021 Worldwide

Coverage levels for three doses of DTP-containing vaccine, measles-containing vaccine down to lowest levels since 2008


Thursday, November 3, 2022

Excessive Alcohol Responsible for One in Eight Adult Deaths Before Age 64

Rate even higher among younger adults aged 20 to 49 years, with an estimated one in five deaths


Thursday, November 3, 2022

Frailty-Related Fracture Risk Higher for Seniors With Cancer History

Cancer survivors who received chemotherapy more likely to have fracture; link stronger within five years of diagnosis


Thursday, November 3, 2022

Prevalence of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Increasing Globally

Absolute DALY burden increased from 2000 to 2019, with most rapid increase in middle, low-middle, low SDI quintiles


Thursday, November 3, 2022

Pain at Age 44 Linked to Subsequent Pain, Poor General Health

Chronic pain at age 44 years linked to poor mental health outcomes, pessimism about future, joblessness at age 55 years


Thursday, November 3, 2022

Older Adults With Poor-Prognosis Cancers Commonly Have Preexisting Conditions

These preexisting conditions impact functional impairment, mobility, falls


Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Telehealth Tied to Higher Buprenorphine Retention

Substantial number of Veterans Health Administration patients received buprenorphine from phone-only telehealth


Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Top Medical Groups, Hospitals Urge Better Access to Lung Cancer Screening

More than 50 cancer groups have issued an urgent call for more lung cancer screening among high-risk people


Wednesday, November 2, 2022

GI Bleeding Lower With Apixaban Versus Other DOACs in A-Fib

No substantial differences seen for other outcomes or for other direct oral anticoagulant comparisons


Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Benefit of Ticagrelor-Aspirin in Stroke Patients Tied to Renal Function

Stroke patients with normal, but not those with impaired, renal function have greater benefit with ticagrelor-aspirin than clopidogrel-aspirin


Tuesday, November 1, 2022

ASA: Green Light Therapy for Pain-Related Anxiety Studied in Fibromyalgia

Small study suggests green light therapy might reduce anxiety in patients with fibromyalgia who are taking opioids for chronic pain


Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Occupational Exposures Linked to Decline in Lung Capacity

Authors say exposure control and regular respiratory health surveillance needed for workers


Tuesday, November 1, 2022

FDA Warns of Amoxicillin Shortage

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists said it started hearing about shortages about three weeks ago


Monday, October 31, 2022

Florida Medical Board May Bar Gender-Affirming Care for Transgender Minors

In April, Florida's governor and surgeon general issued nonbinding guidance to prevent gender-affirming medical care for under 18s


Monday, October 31, 2022

Trajectories of CKD Symptoms May Predict Later Health Outcomes

Participants with worse symptoms score and in worsening trajectory group had worse quality of life, higher risk for kidney replacement therapy


Monday, October 31, 2022

Cancer Death Rates Continuing to Decline for Adults, Children

Incidence remained stable among men and increased among women during 2014 to 2018


Monday, October 31, 2022


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