January 2017 Briefing - Internal Medicine

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Internal Medicine for January 2017. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Diabetes Mellitus Prevalence Higher in HIV-Infected Adults

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- HIV-infected adults have diabetes mellitus (DM) prevalence of 10.3 percent, which is higher than general population adults, according to a study published in the January issue of BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care.

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Cardiovascular Event Risks May Be Affected by Timing of Meals

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new statement from the American Heart Association (AHA), published online Jan. 30 in Circulation, highlights what's known -- and what's not -- about meal timing and cardiovascular health.

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Smoking Imposes Heavy Burden on Global Economy

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 6 percent of the world's health care spending is tied to smoking, according to research published online Jan. 30 in Tobacco Control.

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MRI May Help ID Suicide Risk in Young Bipolar Patients

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Among adolescents and young adults with bipolar disorder, those who attempt suicide show reduced volume and activity in areas of the brain that regulate emotion and impulses, according to a study published online Jan. 31 in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

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CVD-Related Hospital Admissions Up Second Day After Snowstorm

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There is a sharp increase in hospital admissions for cardiovascular events two days after a major snowfall, according to research published online Jan. 30 in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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Mentally Stimulating Tasks May Lower Risk of MCI in Older Adults

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Activities that keep the brain busy -- using a computer, crafting, playing games, and participating in social activities -- appear to lower the risk of age-related mental decline in individuals 70 and older, according to a study published online Jan. 30 in JAMA Neurology.

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Internal Med Residents Spending ~Half of Workday on Computers

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Internal medicine residents at a Swiss teaching hospital spend about half their workday using the computer, according to a study published online Jan. 31 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Many VHA Patients Eligible for Lung Cancer Screening

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many Veterans Health Administration (VHA) patients are eligible for lung cancer screening (LCS) with low-dose computed tomography (CT), and the use of LCS is increasing slowly among eligible patients, according to two studies published online Jan. 30 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Insulin Glargine 300 U/mL Beats Glargine 100 U/mL in T1DM

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with type 1 diabetes, receipt of insulin glargine 300 U/mL (Gla-300) is associated with better glucose control than glargine 100 U/mL (Gla-100), regardless of injection time, according to a study published online Jan. 23 in Diabetes Care.

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Hypoglycemia Induces Pro-Inflammatory Functional Changes

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hypoglycemia can promote mobilization of specific subsets of leukocytes and induce pro-inflammatory functional changes in immune cells, according to a study published online Jan. 23 in Diabetes.

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Pre-Transplant Depression May Impair Post-HCT Outcomes

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For adult patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), pre-transplant depression is associated with worse post-transplantation outcomes, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in Cancer.

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Dietary Factors Linked to Risk of Acute Pancreatitis

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Dietary factors are associated with pancreatitis, with saturated fat and cholesterol positively linked to gallstone-related acute pancreatitis (AP), according to a study published in the February issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Inconsistency Noted in Ocular Symptom Reporting

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patient self-report of symptoms on an Eye Symptom Questionnaire (ESQ) is frequently inconsistent with documentation in the electronic medical record (EMR), according to a study published online Jan. 26 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Mandibular Advancement Therapy Reduces OSA Severity

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mandibular advancement therapy can improve symptoms in patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA); however, even with high treatment compliance the therapy has no effect on endothelial function and blood pressure, according to a study published online Jan. 27 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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NATA Issues Clinical Guidance on Acute Skin Trauma in Sports

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Clinical decisions and intervention protocols after acute skin trauma during participation in athletic and recreational activities vary among athletic trainers and are often based on ritualistic practices, according to a National Athletic Trainers' Association position statement published in the December issue of the Journal of Athletic Training.

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Review: Intentional Weight Loss Improves Daytime Sleepiness

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For overweight or obese adults, intentional weight loss is associated with improvement in daytime sleepiness, according to a review published online Jan. 24 in Obesity Reviews.

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Prediabetes Linked to Sedentary Lifestyle, Even in Slim Adults

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Inactivity is associated with greater risk of prediabetes and diabetes, even for healthy-weight adults, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Economic Benefit for Combo Statin/TG-Specific Tx in T2DM

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, there is a substantial economic benefit to treatment with statin-triglyceride (TG)-specific combination lipid therapy compared with monotherapy or no lipid pharmacotherapy, according to a study published in the Feb. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Ketone Monitoring Infrequent in Patients With Type 1 Diabetes

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D), self-reported ketone monitoring is infrequent overall, according to research published online Jan. 18 in Diabetes Care.

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Risk of Diabetes Down With HCV SVR in HIV/HCV Coinfection

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In patients co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV), eradication of HCV is associated with a reduction in the risk of diabetes mellitus, according to a study published online Jan. 21 in Hepatology.

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Unusual Amnestic Syndrome Seen With Opioid Abuse

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Short-term memory loss may be yet another price of America's opioid addiction epidemic, according to a report published in the Jan. 27 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Nephrologists Often Don't Treat Depression in Dialysis Patients

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Depression is common among kidney failure patients undergoing dialysis, but efforts to get them on antidepressants often fail, according to research published online Jan. 26 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Rates of Heart Failure Rising in the United States

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart failure rates are increasing in the United States, and cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death, even as the mortality rate from cardiovascular disease is falling, according to a new report from the American Heart Association (AHA).

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Antibiotics, Not Poor Hygiene, Main Cause of C. difficile Outbreak

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing the use of fluoroquinolones has curbed an outbreak of Clostridium difficile that began in 2006 in England, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

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Anxiety, Depression May Up Mortality Risk for Some Cancers

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety and depression may increase the risk of death from certain cancers, according to research published online Jan. 25 in The BMJ.

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28% of Adults, 9% of Teens Use Tobacco Products in U.S.

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the dangers, many American adults and teens still use tobacco products, according to a report published in the Jan. 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Doctors' Opinions Vary Widely on Approval of Disability Benefits

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Medical professionals give widely varying opinions about whether claimants for work disability benefits should get those benefits, according to a review published online Jan. 25 in The BMJ.

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Bezlotoxumab Promising Against Recurrent Clostridium difficile

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bezlotoxumab (Zinplava) is effective in reducing the risk of recurrent Clostridium difficile infection, according to research published in the Jan. 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Mindfulness-Based Class Aids Generalized Anxiety Disorder

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) class can reduce stress markers, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in Psychiatry Research.

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Verapamil Benefits Chronic Rhinosinusitis With Nasal Polyps

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP), the first-generation inhibitor of epithelial P-glycoprotein (P-gp; an efflux pump that is overexpressed in CRSwNP), verapamil hydrochloride (HCl), is associated with improvement in outcome measures, according to a letter to the editor study published online Jan. 23 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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Most PCPs Oppose Complete Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A majority of primary care doctors oppose full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, according to a perspective piece published online Jan. 25 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Strategies Presented for Addressing Uncompensated Time

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Strategies can be employed to help physicians deal with the increasing burden of uncompensated tasks, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Chemo May Be Overused in Younger Patients With Colon CA

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young and middle-aged colon cancer patients may be getting chemotherapy more often than is warranted, according to a study published online Jan. 25 in JAMA Surgery.

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Satisfactory Overall Success Rate for Catheter Ablation in A-Fib

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The overall success rate of catheter ablation in atrial fibrillation is satisfactory, but the complication rate remains considerable and a significant portion of patients remain on antiarrhythmic drugs, according to a report published online Jan. 18 in the European Heart Journal.

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Overall Cancer Mortality Rate Down in the United States

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While cancer mortality rates have dropped 20 percent overall in the United States since 1980, high mortality rates persist in pockets throughout the country, according to a report published in the Jan. 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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USPSTF: Not Enough Evidence to Screen for OSA in Asymptomatic

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in adults without any known signs or symptoms of the condition, according to a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation published in the Jan. 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring Ups Control in T1DM Patients

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A continuous glucose monitor (CGM) helps patients with type 1 diabetes better manage their blood glucose levels, according to two studies published in the Jan. 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Diabetes Requiring Insulin Tied to Increased Stroke Risk in A-Fib

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), diabetes requiring insulin, but not diabetes without insulin treatment, is associated with an increased risk of stroke/systemic embolism, according to a study published in the Jan. 31 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Obesity Not Linked to Low Back Pain in Twin Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity-related measures are not associated with the risk of developing chronic low-back pain (LBP) after accounting for genetic factors, according to a study published in the February issue of The Spine Journal.

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Severe Side Effects Common Among Breast Cancer Patients

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About half of early-stage breast cancer patients experience severe side effects from their treatment, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in Cancer.

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Safety Profile of Red Yeast Rice Found Similar to Statins

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The cholesterol-lowering supplement red yeast rice could pose the same health risks to users as statin drugs, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

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Diabetes Care Compromised for Hispanics With Limited English

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanic-American type 2 diabetes patients who lack proficiency in English are much less likely than non-Hispanic patients to take newly prescribed diabetes medications as directed, according to a study published online Jan. 23 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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ACA Has Increased Coverage, Access for Chronically Ill Patients

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans with a chronic illness gained health insurance coverage after the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2010, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Catheter Safeguards at Hospitals Cut Bloodstream Infection Rates

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Improved catheter safety measures in hospitals significantly reduce bloodstream infections and health care costs, according to a review published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Step Count Prescription Strategy Can Up Steps/Day

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A physician-delivered step count prescription strategy with an individualized rate of increase can result in an increase in step count/day, according to a study published online Jan. 11 in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.

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Many Advanced NSCLC Patients Not Getting Helpful Treatment

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. patients with late-stage non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) do not receive treatments that could prolong their lives, according to a study published online Jan. 18 in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.

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Multi-Parametric MRI Shows Benefit As Triage Test

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For men with high serum prostate-specific antigen, multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (MP-MRI) is more sensitive but less specific than transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy (TRUS-biopsy) for detecting clinically significant cancer, and can be used as a triage test to avoid unnecessary biopsy, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in The Lancet.

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Exenatide, Pioglitazone Effective for Poorly Controlled T2DM

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with long-standing poorly controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) on metformin plus a sulfonylurea, combination therapy with exenatide and pioglitazone is effective and safe, according to a study published online Jan. 17 in Diabetes Care.

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Age Modifies Impact of Resting Heart Rate on Death, CV Events

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The effect of resting heart rate (RHR) on all-cause mortality and cardiovascular events varies with age, according to a study published online Dec. 30 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Too Few Patients With Severe Mental Illness Get HIV Test

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with severe mental illness are only slightly more likely to be screened for HIV than those in the general population, according to a study published online Jan. 17 in Psychiatric Services.

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FDA Approves Trulance for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Trulance (plecanatide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat persistent idiopathic constipation in adults.

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Obesity Underrepresented in Medical Licensing Exams

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The most important concepts of obesity prevention and treatment are not adequately represented on the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step examinations, according to a study published recently in Teaching and Learning in Medicine.

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Cognitive Training Can Positively Affect Perception of Tinnitus

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An internet-based program to improve mental acuity may help patients cope with tinnitus, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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Report Highlights National Cardiovascular Trends in 2014

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiovascular trends have been reported using data from four American College of Cardiology National Cardiovascular Data Registries (NCDR). The report was published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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SOFA Score Predicts In-Hospital Mortality for Adults in ICU

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with an infection-related primary admission to the intensive care unit (ICU), a change of 2 or more points in the Sequential [Sepsis-related] Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) score offers greater discrimination for in-hospital mortality than systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) criteria or the quick SOFA (qSOFA) score, according to a study published online Jan. 17 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Genital HPV Prevalence Rate High Among Men in the United States

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of American men may be infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), and HPV vaccination coverage is low among vaccine-eligible men, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in JAMA Oncology.

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17 Million U.S. Adults May Have Masked Hypertension

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seventeen million American adults may have masked hypertension, according to a study published online Jan. 18 in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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Sedentary Behavior May Lead to Shorter Telomeres in Women

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A sedentary lifestyle may accelerate biological aging, according to a study published online Jan. 18 in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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FDA, EPA Issue Guidance on Fish Consumption

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new U.S. government guideline classifies fish into three categories of safety to help pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and parents of young children make healthy choices.

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Less Sitting Time Can Be Initial Step in Total Fitness Plan

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The reduction and interruption of sitting time can be an initial step in the development of a total physical activity plan for male patients, according to the conclusions of a report published in the December issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Increasing Severity of Airflow Limitation Linked to Lung CA Risk

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For older heavy cigarette smokers, the severity of airflow limitation is associated with increasing lung cancer risk, according to a study published online Jan. 11 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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Survival Rates High for Older Patients With ICDs

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who receive an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) have high survival rates, according to a study published in the Jan. 24 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Effectiveness of One-Dose MenACWY-D Drops Over Time

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For adolescents, the effectiveness of the one-dose meningococcal (groups A, C, W, and Y) polysaccharide diphtheria toxoid conjugate vaccine (MenACWY-D) decreases at three to less than eight years post-vaccination, according to a study published online Jan. 18 in Pediatrics.

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Sepsis Guidelines Improve Patient Care in ER

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of sepsis guidelines improves early assessment, recognition, and management of patients presenting to an emergency department with sepsis, according to a study published online Jan. 10 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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Biomarkers, Clinical Risk Improve Prediction of Renal Function

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD), a set of nine molecular biomarkers together with clinical risk factors enhances prediction of renal function loss, according to a study published online Jan. 11 in Diabetes Care.

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Recommendations Developed for Small Renal Mass Management

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a clinical practice guideline published online Jan. 16 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, recommendations are presented for the management of patients with small renal masses (SRMs).

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Brief Bouts of Exercise Can Reduce Inflammation

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just 20 minutes of moderate exercise may reduce inflammation in the body, according to research published online recently in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

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Dementia May Be Exacerbated by Hospital-Related Delirium

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalization-related delirium may speed mental decline in patients with dementia, according to a study published online Jan. 18 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Bariatric Sx May Help Prevent Incident Diabetic Retinopathy

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There are fewer cases of incident diabetic retinopathy among obese patients with type 2 diabetes undergoing bariatric surgery compared with medical treatment, according to a review and meta-analysis published online Jan. 13 in Obesity Reviews.

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Quick SOFA Score Predicts In-Hospital Mortality Risk

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with suspected infection presenting to the emergency department, the quick Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (qSOFA) score is better than systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) or severe sepsis criteria for identifying patients at high risk of mortality, according to a study published in the Jan. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Hypertension Onset After Age 80 May Protect Against Dementia

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Developing hypertension in very old age may provide some protection from dementia, according to a study published online Jan. 17 in Alzheimer's & Dementia.

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Syphilis Risk May Be Higher in HIV Patients on Antiretrovirals

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men who have sex with men (MSM) receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) to treat HIV infection may be at increased risk for syphilis, according to research published online Jan. 16 in Sexually Transmitted Infections.

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Current Asthma Ruled Out for One-in-Three Diagnosed Adults

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About one-third of adults with a history of physician-diagnosed asthma within the past five years have no evidence of asthma, according to a study published in the Jan. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Physician Excess Charges Create Financial Burden for Patients

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many doctors bill their private-paying patients two, three, even six times more than what Medicare pays for the same services, according to a research letter published in the Jan. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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ACP, AAFP Raise BP Rx Threshold for Healthy Adults Over 60

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two leading medical organizations are recommending a less aggressive target for the treatment of hypertension in adults 60 and older who are otherwise healthy. The new clinical practice guideline was published online Jan. 17 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Normal Vitamin D Intake Not Linked to Kidney Stone Risk

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There is no statistically significant correlation between typical vitamin D intake and incident kidney stones, according to a study published in the February issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Lower Inpatient Costs for Dabigatran, Rivaroxaban in A-Fib

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF), inpatient costs are lower with dabigatran and rivaroxaban than with warfarin, according to a letter published online in the Jan. 24 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Carbapenem-Resistant Bacteria More Problematic Than Thought

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is more widespread in U.S. hospitals than previously thought and needs to be more closely monitored, according to a study published online Jan. 16 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Interventions Don't Improve Osteoarthritis Outcomes

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patient- and provider-based interventions do not improve osteoarthritis outcomes, according to a study published online Jan. 17 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Interaction Between Antibiotics, Obesity Is Complex

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The interaction between antibiotics and human growth and obesity is explored in a historical perspective piece published in the Jan. 17 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Health, Economic Impact of CVD Preventive Services Varies

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The health and economic impact of three cardiovascular disease (CVD) preventive services varies with demographic characteristics and clinical objectives, according to a study published in the January/February issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Caffeine Found to Reduce Age-Related Inflammation

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Caffeine may help reduce the type of inflammation that's linked to cardiovascular disease risk factors, according to a study published online Jan. 16 in Nature Medicine.

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Heart Rate Variability Linked to Atrial Fibrillation

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Low resting short-term heart rate variability (HRV) is associated with increased incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study published in the Jan. 24 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Patient Perception of Provider Concern Impacts Satisfaction

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic pain receiving opioids, provider satisfaction is not associated with functional outcomes; however, patient perception of provider concern impacts perceived satisfaction, according to a study published online Jan. 13 in Pain Practice.

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Educational Methods Have Improved Bowel Prep Compliance

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Recently developed educational methods have improved patient compliance with bowel preparation for colonoscopy, according to a review published online Jan. 5 in the Journal of Digestive Diseases.

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Harmonized Normal Range of Testosterone Established

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In non-obese European and American men, aged 19 to 39 years, the harmonized normal range of testosterone is 264 to 916 ng/dL (2.5th to 97.5th percentile), according to a study published online Jan. 10 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Procalcitonin Testing on ICU Admission Linked to Lower LOS

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), procalcitonin (PCT) testing on the first day of admission is associated with significantly lower length stay in the hospital and ICU, according to a study published in the January issue of CHEST.

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Mortality Risk in T2DM Increased With Depression and/or Anxiety

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For individuals with type 2 diabetes, anxiety symptoms affect mortality risk, independently of depression symptoms, and attenuate the excess mortality associated with depression, according to a study published online Jan. 11 in Diabetes Care.

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Video Intervention Persuasive for Screening Recommendations

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A novel video intervention can alter the screening intentions of a target audience, in line with evidence-based recommendations, according to a study published in the January/February issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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BNP, Gal-3 Levels Predict 60-Day Readmission in Heart Failure

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF), measurement of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and galectin-3 (Gal-3) before discharge can predict hospital readmission within 60 days, according to a study published in the Feb. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Concussions May Accelerate Alzheimer's Disease Progression

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Concussions may be associated with accelerated cortical thickness and memory decline in Alzheimer's disease-relevant areas, according to a study published online Jan. 12 in Brain.

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Pace of Influenza Activity Picking Up Across the United States

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The pace of flu activity continues to quicken across the United States, and probably hasn't peaked yet, according to an assessment by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Tapeworm From Asian Waters Identified in Alaskan Salmon

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A tapeworm known to infect salmon from the Asian Pacific is also present in fish from U.S. waters, according to research published in the February issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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Allergy Diary Phone App Classifies Phenotypes in Rhinitis

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Allergy Diary phone app can identify phenotypic differences between rhinitis groups, according to a study published online Jan. 10 in Allergy.

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More Education Needed for Clinicians on Transgender Health

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More education relating to transgender health is needed for endocrinologists, according to research published online Jan. 10 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Cognitive Stress Reduces Levodopa Effect in Parkinson's

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cognitive co-activation is associated with a significantly smaller levodopa effect on resting tremor in Parkinson's disease (PD), according to a study published online Jan. 10 in CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics.

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Modest Links for Systemic Medication Use, IOP in Glaucoma

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some systemic medication has a modest effect on intraocular pressure (IOP) among Asian patients with glaucoma, according to research published online Jan. 12 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Left Ventricular Assist Device Ups QoL in Ambulatory Heart Failure

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) improve quality of life in ambulatory patients with advanced heart failure, but increase lifetime costs, according to a study published online Jan. 11 in JACC: Heart Failure.

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Tobacco Counseling for Youth, Adults Cuts Smoking Prevalence

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Tobacco counseling for youth or adults can reduce the prevalence of smoking cigarettes during adult years, according to a study published in the January/February issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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First U.S. Case of Locally Acquired Zika Described

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a case study from the University of Miami, and published online Jan. 11 in the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors provide new insight into the Zika virus, showing fetal exposure doesn't necessarily mean infection.

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CDC: Higher Risk of Death From Leading Causes in Rural America

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who live in rural areas have a higher risk of death from five leading causes than people who live in urban locations, according to research published in the Jan. 13 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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New Comprehensive Report Looks at Benefits, Harms of Cannabis

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Current medical science has proven there are legitimate medical uses for marijuana and cannabis-derived drugs, according to a new report -- The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids -- published Jan. 12 by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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β-Blockers Linked to Reduced Mortality in HFrEF, A-Fib

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- β-blockers are associated with significantly reduced mortality, but not hospitalizations, in patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study published online Jan. 11 in JACC: Heart Failure.

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Increase Noted in Mindfulness Practices From 2002 to 2012

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of specific mindfulness practices has increased in recent years, with variation in rates of engagement among worker groups, according to a report published in the Jan. 5 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

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PCP Involvement Tied to End-of-Life Care Patterns

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Higher primary care physician involvement in end-of-life care is associated with less intensive and lower cost end-of-life care, according to a study published in the January/February issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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No Cognitive Benefit for Long-Term Lifestyle Intervention

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For overweight and obese adults with diabetes mellitus, a long-term intensive lifestyle intervention does not offer cognitive benefits, according to a study published online Jan. 9 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Low Serum Vitamin D Linked to Frequent Headache in Men

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) is associated with frequent headache in middle-aged and older men, according to a study published online Jan. 3 in Scientific Reports.

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Sitagliptin Has Neutral CV Risk Effect in Elderly With T2DM, CVD

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sitagliptin has a neutral effect on cardiovascular risk among older patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online Jan. 5 in Diabetes Care.

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Migraineurs May Face Higher Risk of Stroke After Surgery

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Migraine sufferers may face a slightly higher risk of stroke after an operation, according to research published online Jan. 10 in The BMJ.

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Tobacco Control Plays Key Role in Saving Both Lives and Dollars

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking kills about six million people a year, and costs the world more than $1 trillion a year in health care expenses and lost productivity, but billions of dollars and millions of lives could be saved through higher tobacco prices and taxes, according to a report from the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

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Many Families Find High Health Care Deductibles Burdensome

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High-deductible health plans have multiplied in recent years, and they may pose a significant financial burden on Americans with chronic conditions, according to two studies published online Jan. 9 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Excessive FDA Regulation Driving High Drug Prices

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The excessive regulatory regime at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is an important driver of high drug prices, and should be curbed to introduce more competition and lower prices, according to a report published online Jan. 5 by the National Center for Policy Analysis.

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Global Rates of Hypertension on the Rise

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The global rate of hypertension and prehypertension rose significantly between 1990 and 2015, according to a report published in the Jan. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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CDC: Renal Failure From Diabetes Declining in Native Americans

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes-related end-stage renal disease among Native American adults fell by more than half over almost 20 years, according to research published in the Jan. 10 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Achieving LDL-Particle Targets Deemed Cost-Effective

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Achieving targets of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), as measured by LDL particle number (LDL-P) compared with LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C), is cost-effective, according to a study published in the Feb. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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High Dietary Red Meat Intake Tied to Diverticulitis in Men

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men who eat a lot of red meat may have a higher risk of diverticulitis, according to a study published online Jan. 9 in Gut.

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Ocean Conditions Tied to Higher Risk of Toxic Shellfish

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Unusually warm ocean temperatures near the U.S. Pacific Northwest have been linked to dangerous levels of a natural toxin in shellfish; however, scientist have developed new ways to predict these toxic outbreaks, according to research published online Jan. 9 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Mammography Found to Result in Substantial Overdiagnosis

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mammograms frequently detect small breast tumors that might never become life-threatening, causing women to receive treatment they likely don't need, according to a new study published online Jan. 10 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Mathematical Model Can Simulate HbA1c Progression in T2DM

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A mathematical model (MM) can simulate hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) trajectories in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) models, according to a study published online Dec. 27 in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.

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Many Ischemic Stroke Survivors Not Prescribed Anticoagulants

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients surviving ischemic stroke are not discharged with an oral anticoagulant (OAC), according to a study published online Dec. 30 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Reduced Mortality Seen for 'Weekend Warriors'

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Weekend warriors may add almost as many years to their life span as those who work out all week long, according to research published online Jan. 9 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Improved Breast Cancer Screening Rates With ACA

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans with lower levels of income are less likely to get recommended cancer screenings, but legislation waiving out-of-pocket costs appears to narrow the prevention gap -- for mammograms, at least, according to a study published online Jan. 9 in Cancer.

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Teaching Service Cuts Resource Use in COPD Exacerbations

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An internal medicine teaching service can reduce resource use in patients with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) in a community teaching hospital, according to a study published online Jan. 4 in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

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HRQoL Down for GERD With Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the presence of laryngopharyngeal reflux symptoms (LPR) is associated with reduced health-related quality of life (HRQoL), according to a study published online Jan. 3 in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Panic Disorder May Up Odds of Depression Rx Side Effects

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic depression, comorbid panic disorder is associated with increased likelihood of side effects during treatment, according to a study published online Jan. 3 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

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Valerian Root Supplement Use Linked to Severe Hyponatremia

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A case of acute severe hyponatremia secondary to polydipsia in association with increased use of herbal remedies has been presented in BMJ Case Reports.

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Process-of-Care Failures Common in Adults With Rectal Bleeding

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Among adult primary care patients with rectal bleeding, process-of-care failures are frequent and are associated with poor or fair quality care, according to a study published in the January issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

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Long-Term Disability Risk Up for Seniors Who Visit ER

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors treated in an emergency department for illness or injury are more likely to become disabled and less physically agile over the next six months, according to a study published online Jan. 6 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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Major Increase in U.S. Glaucoma Cases Expected by 2030

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Glaucoma affects more than three million Americans, but that number is expected to surge to more than four million by 2030, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation.

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Diabetes Linked to Increased Incidence of Conjunctivitis

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes is associated with increased incidence of conjunctivitis, according to a study published online Dec. 29 in Diabetes Care.

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Exercise + Weight Loss Improves Asthma Control in Obese

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For obese patients with asthma, adding exercise to a weight-loss program results in improved clinical control, according to a study published in the Jan. 1 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Running May Actually Lower Inflammation in Knee Joints

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Running might actually reduce inflammation in knee joints, according to research published recently in the European Journal of Applied Physiology.

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Acid Suppression Rx Linked to Risk of C. difficile, Campylobacter

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) and H2 receptor antagonist (H2RA) users may be at higher risk of infection with Clostridium difficile and Campylobacter bacteria, according to a study published online Jan. 5 in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

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Cancer Mortality Rates Continue to Decline in the United States

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer mortality rates in the United States have dropped 25 percent since the early 1990s, according to a new report published online Jan. 5 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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Reduction in Psoriasis Symptoms With Long-Term Weight Loss

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obese patients with psoriasis who lose 10 to 15 percent of their weight may see significant and lasting improvement in their symptoms, according to a report published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Dementia Risk Up for Those Living Near Major Roads

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People who live relatively close to busy traffic have a slightly higher risk for dementia, according to research published online Jan. 4 in The Lancet.

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Further Evidence Mediterranean Diet Ups Brain Health in Seniors

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The heart-healthy Mediterranean diet may also help preserve brain health in older adults, according to research published online Jan. 4 in Neurology.

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Meta-Analysis Links Omega-3 Fatty Acid Consumption to T2DM

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Consumption of single omega-3 is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D), with dosage, ethnicity, trial duration, and recruited age influencing the effect, according to a meta-analysis published online Dec. 29 in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation.

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Some Apolipoproteins Linked to Incident Type 2 Diabetes

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Apolipoprotein (apo) CIII and apoCIII-to-apoA1 ratio are correlated with incident type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to a study published online Dec. 28 in Diabetes Care.

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DASH Tops the 2017 Rankings for Best Diets

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For the seventh year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has named the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) dietary plan as the best choice of diet overall, followed by the Mediterranean diet, up from fourth place last year.

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Too Few U.S. Young Adults Being Prescribed Needed Statins

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Too few American young adults are receiving needed statin medications, according to findings published online Jan. 4 in JAMA Cardiology.

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SBP <135 mm Hg Tied to Greater Mortality in Elderly With HTN

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For adults aged 80 years and older without comorbidity, systolic blood pressure (SBP) <135 mm Hg is associated with greater mortality, according to a study published online Dec. 30 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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New Model IDs Inflammatory Asthma Without Sputum

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new prediction model identifies eosinophilic asthma without the need for sputum induction, according to a study published online Dec. 28 in Allergy.

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Cancer Cachexia Associated With Poor Outcomes

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with sustained or newly developed cancer cachexia at six and 12 months after initial treatment for advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) are at higher risk of cancer recurrences, the onset of non-cancer health events, and poor survival outcomes, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in Head & Neck.

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Lifestyle Intervention Reduces Portal Pressure in Cirrhosis

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For overweight/obese patients with compensated cirrhosis and portal hypertension, a lifestyle intervention can reduce body weight and portal pressure, according to a study published online Dec. 20 in Hepatology.

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Metformin Tied to Better Clinical Outcomes in CKD, CHF, CLD

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), congestive heart failure (CHF), or chronic liver disease (CLD) with hepatic impairment, metformin use is associated with improvements in clinical outcomes, according to a review published online Jan. 3 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Skin Diseases Have Large Impact on Patients' Well-Being

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Skin diseases affect quality of life differently across distinct aspects of the EuroQoL five dimension questionnaire (EQ5D), according to a study published online Dec. 29 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Anterior T-Wave Inversion in 2.3 Percent of Healthy Young Adults

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Anterior T-wave inversion (ATWI) occurs in 2.3 percent of young asymptomatic adults, usually in leads V1 and V2, according to a study published in the Jan. 3/10 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Non-Liver-Related Critical Events Down With SVR in HCV+Cirrhosis

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and biopsy-proven cirrhosis, sustained viral response (SVR) is associated with a reduction in critical events, both liver and non-liver related, according to research published in the January issue of Gastroenterology.

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Sequential Empagliflozin, Linagliptin Diabetes Tx Effective

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After metformin failure, sequential treatment escalation with empagliflozin and linagliptin is an effective diabetes treatment option due to additive effects on postprandial glucose control, according to a study published online Dec. 23 in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.

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Participation in Meaningful Use Doesn't Up Quality of Care

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physician participation in meaningful use is associated with improvement in colorectal cancer screening, but is not associated with improvement in other quality measures, according to a study published online Dec. 23 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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No Lasting Benefit for Follow-Up Coronary Angiography After PCI

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients who have undergone percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), routine follow-up coronary angiography (FUCAG) has no long-term clinical benefit, according to a study published online Jan. 1 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

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Major Zika Outbreak Considered Unlikely in the United States

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus is not likely to gain a foothold in the United States as it did in Brazil and other Latin American countries, according to a report published in the Jan. 3 issue of the Journal of Medical Entomology.

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Gunshot Violence Transmitted Through Social Networks

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Social contagion accounts for a considerable proportion of gunshot violence episodes, according to a study published online Jan. 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Zoledronic Acid Every 12 Weeks Noninferior in Bone Metastases

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Use of zoledronic acid every 12 weeks does not result in increased risk of skeletal events compared with use every four weeks among patients with bone metastases due to breast cancer, prostate cancer, or multiple myeloma, according to a study published in the Jan. 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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ACP Updates Recommendations for Oral Medications in T2DM

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The American College of Physicians (ACP) has updated recommendations on the oral pharmacologic treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults. The clinical practice guideline update was published online Jan. 3 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Conventional Trials Can't Detect Heterogeneity in BP Tx Effects

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Conventional clinical trials are unable to detect clinically important heterogeneity in intensive blood pressure (BP) treatment effects, according to a modeling study published online Jan. 3 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Greater Drop in Readmissions With ACA Program Penalties

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There is a greater reduction in readmission rates at hospitals subject to penalties under the Affordable Care Act's Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP), according to a study published online Dec. 27 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Alcohol Abuse Ups Risk of Several Heart Conditions

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Alcohol abuse increases the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF), myocardial infarction (MI), and congestive heart failure (CHF) as much as other well-established risk factors, according to a study published in the Jan. 3/10 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Arm Circumference May Be Useful Predictor of CVD Survival

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mid upper arm circumference (AC) is an independent predictor of survival in older adults with cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a study published in the Jan. 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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