November 2018 Briefing - Nursing

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nursing for November 2018. 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.

Limiting Social Media May Improve Psychological Well-Being

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Limiting social media use to 30 minutes per day may lead to significant improvement in well-being, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

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Teva Recalls Two Blood Pressure Medications

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- All lots of amlodipine/valsartan and amlodipine/valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide combination blood pressure tablets have been recalled by Teva Pharmaceuticals due to higher-than-acceptable levels of a chemical that may cause cancer.

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Rotating Night Shift Work, Lifestyle Factors Linked to T2DM

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Both rotating night shift work and unhealthy lifestyle are associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes among female nurses, with a significant additive interaction, according to a study published online Nov. 21 in the BMJ.

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Increase Seen in Amphetamine, Opioid Use in Pregnant Women

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of amphetamine and opioid use has increased among pregnant women, especially in rural counties, according to a study published online Nov. 29 in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Several Risk Factors More Strongly Linked to MI in Women

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of myocardial infarction (MI) is higher in men than women, but several risk factors are more strongly linked to MI in women, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in The BMJ.

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Most Bills Enacted Into Law Limit Vaccine Exemptions

THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most proposed bills in state legislatures from 2011 to 2017 sought to expand access to immunization exemptions, but the majority of bills enacted into law limited exemptions, according to a study published online Nov. 29 in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Climate Change Ups Heat Deaths, Especially Among Elderly

THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Risk for heat-related disease and death is rising worldwide due to climate change, according to a report published online Nov. 28 in The Lancet.

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Persistent Back Pain Linked to Earlier Mortality in Older Women

THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Frequent persistent back pain is associated with increased mortality in older women, according to a study recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Home-Based Intervention Helpful for Disadvantaged CKD Patients

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A home-based intervention can improve disadvantaged chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients' activation in their health and health care, according to a study published online Nov. 15 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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FDA: Kratom Products Have High Levels of Heavy Metals

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In addition to many other health risks, kratom products can have high levels of heavy metals, according to Scott Gottlieb, M.D., commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Large at Birth, Maternal Diabetes Up Child's Risk for Obesity

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Large for gestational age (LGA) is a stronger marker than maternal diabetes for subsequently being overweight or obese in early childhood, according to a study published online Nov. 13 in Diabetologia.

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Protein Intake Tied to Disability Trajectory in Very Old

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For very old adults, higher protein intake is associated with better disability trajectories, according to a study published online Nov. 1 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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FDA: Safe to Eat Romaine Lettuce Again, but Check Labels

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a statement released late yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced that the agency was lifting its advisory against eating romaine lettuce, first put in place last Tuesday. At that point, the agency had not been able to narrow down the source of the tainted lettuce. But now the source seems to be "end-of-season" lettuce harvested somewhere in the Central Coast regions of central and northern California. And "harvesting of romaine lettuce from this region has [already] ended for the year," Gottlieb noted.

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FDA to Update Medical Device Approvals Process

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A major update of the United States' system for approving medical devices was announced yesterday by the Food and Drug Administration.

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USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Prevention of Child Maltreatment

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that the evidence on the benefits and harms of primary care interventions for preventing child maltreatment is currently inadequate. These findings form the basis of a final recommendation statement published online Nov. 27 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Four Principles Underlie Patient and Family Partnership in Care

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patient and family partnership in care should include treatment of patients and families with dignity and respect, their active engagement in all aspects of care, and their contribution to the improvement of health care systems and education of health care professionals, according to a position paper published online Nov. 27 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Food Assistance May Help Older Adults Adhere to Diabetes Meds

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may reduce the number of low-income older adults with diabetes forgoing medications because of cost, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Involving Opioids Up

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From 2007 to 2016, there was a sharp increase in pregnancy-associated mortality involving opioids, according to a research letter recently published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Less Pediatric Screen Time Tied to Better Well-Being

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A higher amount of screen time per day is associated with decreased psychological well-being in children and adolescents, according to a study published in the December issue of Preventive Medicine Reports.

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Early Antibiotic Use May Be Tied to Higher Childhood Body Weight

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotic use in children <24 months of age is associated with a slightly higher body weight at 5 years of age, according to a study published recently in Pediatrics.

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ACA Coverage Substantial, but Did Not Impact Labor Markets

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of workers gained insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without adverse effects on labor markets, according to a report published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute.

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USPSTF Suggests Universal HIV Screening, PrEP for High-Risk Patients

TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends HIV screening for individuals aged 15 to 65 years, including all pregnant women, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) should be offered to those at high risk of HIV. These findings form the basis of two draft recommendation statements published online Nov. 20 by the USPSTF.

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Insulin Needed for T2DM Tx Set to Increase >20 Percent by 2030

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From 2018 to 2030, the insulin required to treat type 2 diabetes is expected to increase more than 20 percent, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

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Youth Smoking Decline Mirrors Rise in Vaping Popularity

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Even with the rapid rise in popularity of electronic cigarettes, there has been a simultaneous decline in smoking prevalence among U.S. teens and young adults, suggesting e-cigarettes may not prompt young people to start smoking, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in Tobacco Control.

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Child Overweight, Obesity Linked to Increased Asthma Risk

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are overweight or obese have an increased risk for asthma, according to a study published online Nov. 26 in Pediatrics.

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FDA Approves Drug for Treatment of Travelers' Diarrhea

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced it has approved Aemcolo (rifamycin), an antibacterial drug indicated for treating adult patients with travelers' diarrhea caused by noninvasive strains of Escherichia coli (E. coli) without fever or blood in the stool.

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CDC: U.S. Abortion Rate Declined 24 Percent From 2006 to 2015

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The abortion rate in the United States fell 24 percent between 2006 and 2015, according to research published in the Nov. 23 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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U of Maryland Student Dies of Adenovirus-Related Illness

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An 18-year-old University of Maryland student has died from an adenovirus-related illness, and there have been reports of five other cases among students.

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Smoke-Free Policies Linked to Lower Systolic Blood Pressure

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smoke-free policies are associated with small reductions in blood pressure (BP), according to a study published online Nov. 21 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Switching to High-Deductible Insurance Delays Diabetes Care

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with diabetes, those switching from low-deductible to high-deductible insurance have increased delays in seeking care and diagnostic testing for macrovascular symptoms and for first procedure-based treatment, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Vaccine-Exempt Students Behind N.C. Chickenpox Outbreak

TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- North Carolina's largest chickenpox outbreak in decades is centered in a primary school with a large number of vaccine-exempt students, according to health officials.

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FDA: Another E. coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with health officials from various states are asking American consumers to avoid romaine lettuce due to an outbreak of Escherichia coli illness.

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NPs and PAs Can Effectively Manage Diabetes in Primary Care

TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes outcomes do not differ for patients treated with a primary care provider who is either a physician, nurse practitioner (NP), or physician assistant (PA), according to a study published online Nov. 20 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Better Work Environment Tied to Better Patient Safety

TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The results of a recent survey of thousands of nurses and patients show that hospital patient safety remains a serious concern, according to a study published in the November issue of Health Affairs.

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Pain Management Telementoring May Cut Opioid Prescribing

TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Military patients whose primary care clinicians participated in a telementoring program, including education on pain management best practices, have larger declines in opioid-related prescriptions than patients whose clinicians did not participate, according to a study published online Oct. 31 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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FDA Warns Against Giving Honey-Filled Pacifiers to Infants

MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Pacifiers filled with or dipped in honey should not be given to infants, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

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Cap'n Crunch Cereal Recalled Due to Salmonella Scare

MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A small number of boxes of Cap'n Crunch's Peanut Butter Crunch are being recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination, Quaker Oats says.

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Prevalence of Food Allergy 7.6 Percent in U.S. Children

MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of food allergy (FA) is 7.6 percent among children in the United States, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in Pediatrics.

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Patient Education Ups VTE Prophylaxis in Hospital Setting

MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A patient-centered education bundle intervention can reduce nonadministration of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis, according to a study published online Nov. 16 in JAMA Network Open.

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Opioid Misuse Varies With Sexual Orientation

MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid misuse varies with sexual orientation, with increased misuse among female bisexuals, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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HIV Transmission Risk Small With Antiretroviral Compliance

MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The risk for sexual transmission of HIV is negligible when an HIV-positive sex partner adheres to antiretroviral therapy and maintains viral suppression, according to research published in the November issue of CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Onset of Musculoskeletal Adverse Events Varies Between Statins

MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The onset of musculoskeletal adverse events (MAEs) during statin monotherapy is significantly faster with use of atorvastatin and rosuvastatin versus simvastatin, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in Pharmacology Research & Perspectives.

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AAP Updates Management of Sport-Related Concussion

FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Recommendations have been developed for the diagnosis and management of pediatric sport-related concussion (SRC), according to a clinical report published online Nov. 12 in Pediatrics.

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Epinephrine Personal Autoinjectors Cost-Effective at $24

FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a simulation of children with peanut allergy, epinephrine personal autoinjectors are cost-effective at $24, according to a study published online Nov. 16 in JAMA Network Open.

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CDC: Increase Seen in Salmonella Illnesses From Ground Beef

FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There have been 126 more cases of illness added to an investigation into a Salmonella outbreak linked to recalled ground beef products from JBS Tolleson Inc., bringing the total to 246 cases in 25 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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Higher Risk for Amputation, DKA With SGLT2 Inhibitors for T2DM

FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Use of sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors is associated with an increased risk for lower-limb amputation and diabetic ketoacidosis compared with use of glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP1) receptor agonists, according to a study published online Nov. 14 in The BMJ.

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CDC: 8.8 Percent Uninsured in U.S. in First Half of 2018

FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the first six months of 2018, 8.8 percent of U.S. individuals of all ages were uninsured, which was not significantly different from 2017, according to a report published Nov. 15 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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Drug Overdose Mortality Rates Highest in United States

FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In 2015, the United States had higher drug overdose mortality rates than those of many other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development member countries, according to a research letter published online Nov. 13 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Rates of Mental Health Tx, Diagnosis Up for College Students

FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From 2007 to 2017, there was an increase in the rates of mental health treatment and diagnosis among college students and a decrease in stigma, according to a study published online Nov. 5 in Psychiatric Services.

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Patients Hospitalized for COPD Rarely Receive Pulmonary Rehab

FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Few patients hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) receive pulmonary rehabilitation (PR), according to a study published online Nov. 12 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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Name-Brand Medications Driving Spike in U.S. Drug Spending

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Rising drug spending in the United States is being fueled by expensive name-brand prescription medicines, a new study shows.

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FDA Moves to Restrict Flavored E-Cig Sales, Ban Menthol Cigarettes

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said today it will take steps to limit or ban access to flavored electronic cigarettes, menthol cigarettes, and flavored cigars.

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CDC: Many Americans May Have Prediabetes and Not Know It

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of Americans have prediabetes, but 90 percent of them do not know they have it, medical experts say.

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Patient Experiences Shed Light on Diagnostic Errors

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Data from patient- and family-reported error narratives indicate that problems related to patient-physician interactions are major contributors to diagnostic errors, according to a study published in the November issue of Health Affairs.

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Under Pressure, JUUL Withdraws Most Flavored E-Cigs From Market

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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.

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Changes in Risk Indicators of MetS Severity Tied to T2DM Risk

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a study published in the November issue of Diabetes Care.

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Heart Disease Leading Cause of Death in Low-Income Counties

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 Medicine.

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Many 6-Month, 12-Month-Olds Do Not Sleep Through the Night

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many 6- and 12-month-old infants do not sleep through the night, according to a study published online Nov. 12 in Pediatrics.

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2017 Hepatitis A Outbreaks Tied to Drug Use, Homelessness

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Short Interpregnancy Intervals Tied to Adverse Outcome Risk

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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.

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Consensus Statement Issued on Management of Foot, Ankle Gout

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 treatment of gouty arthritis of the foot and ankle; the consensus statement was published in the November-December issue of the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery.

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USPSTF Recommends Screening Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 alcohol use. These findings form the basis of a final recommendation statement published in the Nov. 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Coordinated Care Needed for Cancer Survivors, Caregivers

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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.

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Repetitive Hits May Predispose Athletes to Concussion

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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.

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FDA to Ban Most Flavored Electronic Cigarettes

FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 be introduced, according to media reports.

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Soy Feeding in Infancy Linked to Menstrual Pain in Blacks

FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Soy formula feeding in infancy is associated with an increased risk for menstrual pain in young African-American women, according to a study published online Nov. 9 in Human Reproduction.

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Income, Lifestyle May Contribute to Disparity in Cancer Deaths

FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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.

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Urinary Incontinence Common in Women Over 50 Years

FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of women older than 50 years report having urinary incontinence, according to the results of the National Poll on Healthy Aging, published on Nov. 1.

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CDC: Increases in Yoga, Meditation for Children in 2012-2017

THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The use of yoga and meditation have increased in recent years among children and adults, while use of chiropractors has also increased among adults, according to two November data briefs published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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CDC Warns of Salmonella Illnesses Linked to Raw Turkey

THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The total number of illnesses in a Salmonella outbreak linked with raw turkey products now stands at 164 people across 35 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Trump Administration Finalizes Birth Control Coverage Opt-Out

THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A birth control coverage opt-out for employers was finalized by the Trump administration on Wednesday.

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FDA Approves New Version of OTC Primatene Mist

THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new version of an over-the-counter asthma inhaler that was taken off the market in 2011 has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Nurses With Bachelor's Degree Feel More Prepared

THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of quality and safety educational gaps between nurses with bachelor's and associate degrees has substantially increased since 2007 to 2008, according to a study published online Oct. 24 in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

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Herpes Zoster Recombinant Vaccine Seems Most Effective

THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The herpes zoster adjuvant recombinant subunit vaccine may be more effective than the live attenuated vaccine, though it is associated with an increased risk for adverse events at the injection site, according to a review published online Oct. 25 in The BMJ.

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In-Hospital Infection May Up Readmission After Stroke

THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with ischemic stroke, infection during stroke hospitalization is associated with increased odds of 30-day readmission, according to a study published online Nov. 1 in Stroke.

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Possible Salmonella Prompts Duncan Hines Cake Mix Recall

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Four varieties of Duncan Hines cake mix have been recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination.

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Medicaid Expansion Approved in Three Republican-Leaning States

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hundreds of thousands more low-income Americans could get health insurance after voters in three Republican-leaning states approved Medicaid expansion in the midterm elections.

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Excess Gestational Weight Gain Not Better for Child Bone Health

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Among women who are under/normal weight, gestational weight gain (GWG) is associated with slightly increased bone measures in offspring at age 7 years, but there is no effect for overweight/obese mothers, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

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Over Two Million People Living With Hep C From 2013 to 2016

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- During 2013 to 2016, more than two million people in the United States had current hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, according to a study published online Nov. 6 in Hepatology.

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Pressure Ulcer Rates Only Decreasing for Less Severe Sores

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs) is much lower based on administrative data than chart review data, and decreases in incidence appear to be only seen with less severe sores, according to a study published online Nov. 5 in Health Affairs.

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Blood Donations Exceeded Demand After Las Vegas Shooting

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 500 blood components were transfused in the first 24 hours following the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1, 2017, while more than 800 units of blood were donated in the immediate aftermath, according to a study published online Nov. 2 in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

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Older Paternal Age Linked to Adverse Perinatal Outcomes

MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Advanced paternal age is associated with adverse infant and maternal outcomes, according to a study published online Oct. 31 in The BMJ.

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Models Project 79 Percent Drop in Lung CA Mortality by 2065

MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Existing tobacco control efforts will continue to reduce lung cancer mortality through 2065, according to a study published online Oct. 9 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Most Meds Affecting Neurotransmitters Not Linked to Autism Risk

MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Prenatal exposure to most medications affecting neurotransmitter systems is not associated with estimates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) risk, according to a study published online Oct. 31 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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U.S. Opioid Overdose Deaths Reach Record Number

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of opioid overdose deaths in the United States reached a new record last year with 72,000 deaths, which works out to about 200 a day, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration report released today. The report comes just over a week after U.S. health secretary Alex Azar said overdose deaths have started to level off.

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Age to Stop Cervical Cancer Screening Depends on Test Used

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Continuing regular cytology screening up to age 75 years or performing an exit human papillomavirus (HPV) test to confirm the absence of oncogenic HPV strains past the age of 55 years offers preventive benefit for older women with a cervix, according to a study published online Nov. 1 in The Lancet Oncology.

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Sign-Up Season Begins on HealthCare.gov

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The federal government website where Americans can sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is up and running, officials said yesterday.

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CDC: Prevalence of Gestational Diabetes 6.0 Percent in 2016

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of gestational diabetes was 6.0 percent in 2016, with a slight increase seen from 2012 to 2016, according to research published in the Nov. 2 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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HPV Vaccination Uptake Increasing, but Still Too Low

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Although progress has been made in increasing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, coverage is still too low to achieve full cancer prevention potential, according to a report from the President's Cancer Panel published Nov. 1.

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National Youth Obesity Rate at 15.8 Percent for 2016 to 2017

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In 2016 to 2017, the national obesity rate for youth ages 10 to 17 years was 15.8 percent, which was not statistically different from the 16.1 percent rate in 2016 alone, according to a report published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Age, Racial Disparities Seen in Hospitalization for Heart Failure

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For emergency department patients with heart failure, data reveal age and racial disparities in hospitalization rates, according to a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Second Hypertension Drug Recalled Due to Contamination

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Another hypertension drug is being recalled due to contamination that could pose a cancer risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

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2011 to 2015 Saw Decline in Health Care-Associated Infections

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From 2011 to 2015, there was a reduction in the prevalence of health care-associated infections, according to a study published in the Nov. 1 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Infant Ab Levels Highest With Tdap Vax in Early 3rd Trimester

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccines given to pregnant women early in the third trimester may offer the most protection against infant pertussis, according to a study published in the Oct. 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Home BP of 130/80 mm Hg ID'd as Threshold for Stage 1 HTN

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A home blood pressure (BP) reading of 130/80 mm Hg should be considered the threshold for stage 1 hypertension, according to a study published online Oct. 29 in Hypertension.

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Fewer Parents Have Sexuality, Gender Concerns About HPV Shot

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Parents' concerns about sexuality and gender as reasons for lack of HPV vaccine initiation in their children decreased substantially from 2010 to 2016, according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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Updated Guidelines Released for Emergency Care of Children

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, and Emergency Nurses Association have released updated guidelines for emergency care of injured and critically ill children. The guidelines were published in a policy statement in the November issue of Pediatrics.

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