October 2018 Briefing - Family Practice

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Family Practice for October 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.

Opioid Use Often Persists in Workers' Compensation Claimants

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients in a workers' compensation cohort have persistent opioid use, according to a study published online Oct. 26 in JAMA Network Open.

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USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Lead Screen in Kids, Pregnancy

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded that current evidence is insufficient for assessing the balance of harms and benefits of screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic children and pregnant women. These findings form the basis of a draft recommendation statement published online Oct. 30.

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Antibiotics, Acid Suppressants in Infancy May Up Obesity Risk

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Prescription of antibiotics and acid-suppressing medications in early childhood is associated with an increased risk for obesity, according to a study published online Oct. 30 in Gut.

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Black, Low-Income Women May Not Report Barriers to Care

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Black women, women living in poverty, and those with higher levels of distrust are less likely to report barriers to timely screening mammography, according to a study published online Sept. 24 in Cancer.

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50 Percent of Children Aged 2 to 5 Years Fear Doctor Visits

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Half of parents report that their children aged 2 to 5 years are afraid of going to the doctor, according to survey results published in the Oct. 15 Mott Poll Report.

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Diagnoses, Treatment of Mental Health Conditions Up in College

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Among college students, self-reported diagnoses and treatment of mental health conditions are increasing, according to a study published online Oct. 24 in the Journal of American College Health.

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Link Between Statins, Non-CVD Outcomes Lacks Evidence

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There is a lack of convincing evidence for an association between statin use and non-cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes, according to a review published in the Oct. 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Erectile Dysfunction Common in Childhood Cancer Survivors

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) is 29 percent among male childhood cancer survivors (CCS), according to a research letter published online Oct. 4 in JAMA Oncology.

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AMA Announces Initiative to Reinvent Physician Training

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced a new $15 million competitive grant initiative, the "Reimagining Residency" initiative, aimed at improving residency training.

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Psoriasis Linked to Increased Risk for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Psoriasis appears to be significantly associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a review published online Oct. 24 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors May Up Lung CA Risk

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer compared with angiotensin receptor blockers, according to a study published online Oct. 24 in the BMJ.

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Prenatal Exposure to Phthalates Linked to Language Delay

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Prenatal exposure to phthalates is associated with language delay in children, according to a study published online Oct. 29 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Community Health Worker Intervention Beneficial

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A standardized community health worker (CHW)-delivered intervention, Individual Management for Patient-Centered Targets, improves patient-perceived quality of care and reduces hospitalizations for low-income patients with chronic diseases, according to a study published online Oct. 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Therapeutic Lifestyle Intervention in Church Helpful for BP Control

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A therapeutic lifestyle change (TLC) intervention plus motivational interviewing (MINT) sessions delivered in churches can reduce systolic blood pressure (BP) among blacks compared with health education (HE) alone, according to a study published online Oct. 9 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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Mortality Among Young People Declined From 1999 to 2015

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Mortality rates for infants and youths generally declined in the United States from 1999 to 2015, though they remain higher than rates in Canada and England/Wales, with especially high rates among black and American Indian/Alaskan Native youth, according to a study published online Oct. 1 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Low Levels of Flu Reported in U.S. From May to October

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From May 20 to Oct. 13, 2018, low levels of influenza activity were reported in the United States, according to a study published online Oct. 25 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Health Officers Express Concerns About Vaccine Exemptions

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After the passage of Senate Bill 277 (SB277) in California, which eliminated nonmedical vaccine exemptions for school entry, health officers and immunization staff reported concerns including an increase in medical exemptions, according to a study published online Oct. 29 in Pediatrics.

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Many Hospitals Noncompliant With Record Request Regulations

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Among top-ranked U.S. hospitals, data reveal discrepancies in information provided to patients regarding medical records release processes as well as noncompliance with state and federal regulations, according to a study published online Oct. 5 in JAMA Network Open.

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Nurse-Led Care Efficacious, Cost-Effective for Gout

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with gout, nurse-led care is efficacious and cost-effective compared with usual care led by general practitioners (GPs), according to a study published Oct. 20 in The Lancet.

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Paid Family Leave Policies May Modestly Increase Breastfeeding

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women in states with paid family leave (PFL) policies have a modestly greater likelihood of exclusively breastfeeding at six months, according to a study published online Oct. 25 in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Healthier Diet Tied to Lower Mortality Risk in CRC Patients

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Colorectal cancer (CRC) patients who follow healthy diets before or after diagnosis have a decreased risk for mortality, according to a study published online Oct. 19 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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ASN: Home Dialysis Associated With Improved Survival

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Home hemodialysis (HHD) is associated with better survival than in-center hemodialysis (IHD) among incident dialysis patients, according to a study presented at the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week, held Oct. 23 to 28 in San Diego.

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Odds of Overweight/Obesity Up for Children With Autism

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have increased odds of overweight/obesity compared with general population controls after adjustment for child co-occurring conditions, according to a study published online Oct. 9 in The Journal of Pediatrics.

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Prior-Season Vaccination Does Not Curb Flu Shot Effectiveness

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Prior-season vaccination is not associated with reduced vaccine effectiveness (VE) among children aged 2 to 17 years, according to a study published online Oct. 26 in JAMA Network Open.

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Trump Administration Announces Plan to Cut Drug Prices

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In an effort to cut high drug costs, the prices paid by Medicare for certain prescription drugs would be based on those in other advanced industrial nations, according to a proposal announced Oct. 25 by the Trump administration.

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Alcohol Disorder Screening in Women Post-RYGB Inadequate

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Assessing the frequency and quantity of alcohol consumption may be inadequate for identifying alcohol-related problems in women who have undergone Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery, according to a study published online Oct. 11 in the Annals of Surgery.

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Bill to Fight U.S. Opioid Crisis Signed Into Law

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A bipartisan bill meant to combat the United States' opioid abuse epidemic was signed into law Oct. 24 by President Donald Trump.

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Independent Links for Genetics, Lifestyle With Incident Stroke

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic and lifestyle factors are independently associated with incident stroke among men and women aged 40 to 73 years, according to a study published online Oct. 24 in the BMJ.

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Pneumococcal Vaccine Recs Cause Confusion Among Docs

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While primary care physicians overwhelmingly recommend pneumococcal vaccines, there is a gap in their knowledge of how to implement related vaccine recommendations, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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Pace of Change Has Accelerated in Alternative Payment Models

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The impact of alternative payment models (APMs) on physician practices has been described in a study published by the RAND Corp. and the American Medical Association.

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Half of Women to Develop Stroke, Dementia, or Parkinsonism

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One in two women and one in three men will develop dementia, stroke, or parkinsonism during their lifetime, according to a study published online Oct. 1 in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

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Allopurinol Linked to Reduced Risk for CKD Stage ≥3 in Gout

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with gout, allopurinol is associated with a reduced risk for developing chronic kidney disease stage ≥3, according to a study published online Oct. 8 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Tibia Lead Levels Linked to Risk of Resistant-Hypertension

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Tibia lead levels are associated with resistant-hypertension (HTN), according to a study published online Oct. 24 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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FDA Approves First New Influenza Drug in 20 Years

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time in nearly two decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new type of antiviral influenza drug.

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7 Children Dead From Adenovirus Outbreak in New Jersey

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New Jersey health officials on Wednesday confirmed the deaths of seven children after infection with an adenovirus.

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Prevalence of Pediatric Metabolic, Bariatric Surgery Examined

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From 2005 through 2014, an estimated 14,178 metabolic and bariatric surgery (MBS) procedures were performed among pediatric patients aged 20 years and younger with severe obesity, according to a research letter published online Oct. 22 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Arthritis in Adulthood Linked to Childhood Maltreatment

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of arthritis is higher among adults who experience severe and/or frequent childhood maltreatment, according to a study published online Oct. 17 in Arthritis Care & Research.

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AGA Issues Guidelines for Opioid-Induced Constipation

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Recommendations for medical management of opioid-induced constipation include laxatives as first-line agents, according to a guideline from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) published online Oct. 17 in Gastroenterology.

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Most Supplements Contain Prohibited Stimulants

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many supplements contain one or more stimulants that have been the subject of U.S. Food and Drug Administration-issued public notices, according to a research letter published online Oct. 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Midwifery Care Cuts Poor Birth Outcomes Versus Physician Care

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with physician models of care, midwifery care is associated with lower odds of poor birth outcomes for low-income women, according to a study published in the October issue of BMJ Open.

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High-Dose Flu Vaccine May Cut Hospitalization in Dialysis Patients

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Receipt of the high-dose influenza vaccine in 2016 to 2017 was associated with lower rates of hospitalization among dialysis patients, according to a study published online Oct. 23 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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USPSTF Recommends Screening Women for Partner Violence

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Clinicians should screen women of reproductive age for intimate partner violence (IPV) and refer women to ongoing support services if necessary, according to a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) final recommendation statement published in the Oct. 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Preeclampsia Tied to Increased Risk for Vascular Dementia

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Preeclampsia seems to be associated with an increased risk for dementia, especially vascular dementia, with a stronger correlation for late-onset disease, according to a study published online Oct. 17 in The BMJ.

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White House Unveils New Insurance Option for Small Firms

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A plan to allow small businesses to use tax-free accounts to provide health coverage for employees was announced today by the Trump administration.

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Inadequate Reimbursement May Mar Diabetes Prevention Program

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The costs of delivering a new Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) may be higher than the expected reimbursement, according to a study published in the November issue of Medical Care.

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Unrestricted Diet OK More Than One Day Before Colonoscopy

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Unrestricted diets are acceptable more than one day before colonoscopy among patients using a split-dose bowel regimen, according to a study published in the October issue of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

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Periodontitis Linked to Higher BP in Adults With Treated HTN

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For adults with treated hypertension, periodontitis is associated with higher mean systolic blood pressure (BP) and with increased odds of unsuccessful hypertensive treatment, according to a study published online Oct. 22 in Hypertension.

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Kids' Sport Participation Tied to Higher Bone Mass in Young Adults

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are consistent sport participators have greater bone mineral content (BMC) at age 20 years, according to a study published online Oct. 17 in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

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Advance Care Planning Lowers Symptoms in Teens With HIV

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Family-centered pediatric advance care planning (FACE pACP) is associated with a lower likelihood of symptoms and suffering for adolescents with HIV, according to a study published online Oct. 19 in Pediatrics.

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Neglect Higher in For-Profit Nursing Homes

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Residents of for-profit nursing homes are more likely to suffer neglect compared with elderly residents living in the community or in not-for-profit facilities, according to a study published online Oct. 9 in Gerontology.

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Strong Link for Peds Obesity, Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- High childhood body mass index (BMI) is strongly correlated with slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE), according to a study published online Oct. 22 in Pediatrics.

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Postnatal Education Increases Pain Relief Use at Vaccinations

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In-hospital postnatal education about infant pain management at vaccinations leads to more frequent use of pain relief interventions, according to a study published online Oct. 22 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Guidelines Outlined to Ease Peds Transition to Adult Health Care

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Guidelines have been updated to support the health care transition from adolescence to adulthood, according to a clinical report published online Oct. 22 in Pediatrics.

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Percent Weight Regain Predicts Health Risks Post-Bariatric Surgery

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Measuring the percentage of weight regained following the maximum amount of weight lost after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery best predicts a patient's risk for several serious health problems, according to a study published in the Oct. 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Adolescent, Young Adult Pod-Based E-Cigarette Use Up

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Adolescents and young adults are increasingly using electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) products such as pod-based systems but have misperceptions and lack of knowledge about these products, according to a study published online Oct. 19 in JAMA Network Open.

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CDC: First U.S. Case of Rat-Borne Andes Virus Diagnosed

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The first confirmed U.S. case of a virus carried by South American rodents occurred earlier this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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Limited Success for Changing Diet and Exercise Among Nurses

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of a workplace intervention to change diet and physical activity (PA) behavior was partially successful among nurses, with the ability to change both diet and PA at the same time described as challenging, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

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CDC: Vaccination Rates More Than 95 Percent for Kindergartners

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Overall vaccination coverage is high among the nation's kindergarten students, according to research published in the Oct. 12 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Variability in Geographic Availability of New Antibiotics

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There is considerable variability in the geographic availability of antibiotics, according to a study published online Oct. 16 in PLOS ONE.

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Asthma May Raise Obesity Risk Later in Childhood

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Early-onset asthma and wheezing may contribute to an increased risk of developing obesity later in childhood, according to a study published in the Sept. 1 issue of the European Respiratory Journal.

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Poor Experience With PCP Linked to Hospitalization in CKD

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For Hispanic patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), lower perceived quality of the patient experience with their primary care physician is associated with increased risk of hospitalization, according to a study published online Oct. 18 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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2014 to 2016 Saw 470 Percent Increase in HIV PrEP Use in U.S.

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From 2014 to 2016 there was an increase in the annual number of HIV preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) users in the United States, although only about 7 percent of those with indications for PrEP were prescribed PrEP in 2016, according to research published in the Oct. 18 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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WHO: Congo Ebola Outbreak Not a Global Emergency

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The latest Ebola outbreak in Congo is not yet severe enough to be declared a global emergency, the World Health Organization decided after a meeting of experts yesterday.

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Sharp Drop in U.S. Life Expectancy Rankings by 2040

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The United States will have the largest drop in life expectancy rankings of all high-income countries by 2040, a new study says.

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Mortality Due to Suicide, Alcohol, Accidents Up in Diabetes

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with diabetes have increased mortality due to suicide, alcohol-related causes, and accidents than those without diabetes, according to a study published in the November issue of the European Journal of Endocrinology.

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HPV Vaccination Not Tied to Risky Sexual Behavior in Teen Girls

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of a school-based human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program in Canada did not lead to an increase in sexual risk-taking behaviors among adolescent girls, according to a study published in the Oct. 15 issue of CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Model Identifies Adolescents at Risk for Smoking Initiation

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A novel prognostic tool can be used to accurately identify adolescents at risk for initiating cigarette smoking, according to a study published online Oct. 1 in Pediatrics.

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Procurement Requirements Drive Interoperability in Health Care IT

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Interoperability of health care information technology (IT) must be improved to facilitate creation of a fully integrated health care system that can improve health and health care at lower cost, according to a report published by the National Academy of Medicine.

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Consuming Caffeine From Coffee Reduces Incident Rosacea

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Caffeine intake from coffee is inversely associated with the risk for incident rosacea, according to a study published online Oct. 17 in JAMA Dermatology.

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CDC: Many Pregnant Women Not Receiving Immunizations

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many pregnant women are not getting recommended vaccinations, with less than half of those pregnant during the peak influenza vaccination period in 2017 to 2018 reporting being vaccinated before or during their pregnancy, according to research published in the Sept. 28 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Maternal Trauma Associated With Low Male Infant Birthweight

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Higher lifetime trauma among women is associated with decreased birthweight among male offspring, according to a study published Sept. 6 in The Journal of Pediatrics.

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Limited Evidence for OTC Preps to Treat Nasal Symptoms of Colds

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Limited evidence is available for over-the-counter (OTC) treatments for nasal symptoms of the common cold, according to a report published online Oct. 10 in The BMJ.

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CDC Warns of Salmonella Illnesses Linked to Raw Chicken

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people sickened in a Salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken products now stands at 92 people in 29 states, U.S. health officials said today.

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Giving Flu Shots in Pharmacies Could Up Vaccination Coverage

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Administering influenza vaccines through pharmacies in addition to traditional locations can increase vaccination coverage in the event of an epidemic, according to a study published online Oct. 16 in Vaccine.

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Recreational Marijuana Now Legal in Canada

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Recreational marijuana became legal in Canada today, and while many welcome the move, others have serious concerns.

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Compression Collar May Protect Brain of Female Soccer Players

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A jugular vein compression collar can prevent white matter alterations associated with head impact exposure among female high school soccer players, according to a study published online Oct. 15 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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Fertility Rates Down for Each Urbanization Level 2007 to 2017

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- During 2007 to 2017, fertility rates decreased in the United States for each urbanization level, according to an October data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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Lung Cancer Deaths 28% Lower in California Than Rest of U.S.

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Annual lung cancer mortality was 28 percent lower in California than in the rest of the United States in 2013, according to a study published online Oct. 10 in Cancer Prevention Research.

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Seven-Day Metronidazole Better for Trichomoniasis Tx in Women

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A seven-day dose of metronidazole is associated with a reduced likelihood of being Trichomonas vaginalis-positive at test-of-cure compared with single-dose treatment, according to a study published online Oct. 5 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

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CDC Warns of Polio-Like Virus Striking More U.S. Children

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A rare but devastating polio-like virus appears to have made itself at home in the United States, partially paralyzing hundreds of children.

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CHF in Pregnancy Up for Cancer Survivors With Cardiac Toxicity

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of congestive heart failure (CHF) during pregnancy is 31 percent among women with a history of cardiotoxicity associated with cancer treatment, according to a study published in the Oct. 23 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Gastric Banding, Metformin Similar for Improving Glycemia

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In adults with moderate obesity and either impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or recently diagnosed mild type 2 diabetes (T2D), gastric banding and metformin are similarly effective for slowing disease progression over a two-year period, according to a study published online Oct. 3 in Diabetes Care.

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High Risk for Readmission for Takotsubo Syndrome

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with Takotsubo syndrome (TTS), which is characterized by transient left ventricular dysfunction with symptoms and electrocardiogram changes mimicking acute myocardial infarction (AMI), have lower mortality during the index admission than AMI patients but are frequently readmitted within 30 days, according to a study published online Sept. 28 in the European Heart Journal - Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes.

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Web-Based Lifestyle Program Works for Liver Disease Patients

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Web-based programs may be effective in helping patients make lifestyle changes to control non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of Hepatology.

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β-Blockers in 1st Trimester Do Not Up Congenital Malformations

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal use of β-blockers in the first trimester of pregnancy is not associated with a large increase in the risk for overall or cardiac congenital malformations, according to a study published online Oct. 16 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Number of Children Not Receiving Vaccines Slightly Increased

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Overall, vaccine coverage for children aged 19 to 35 months remained high and stable from 2013 to 2017; however, a small, but growing number of children received no vaccinations, according to research published in the Oct. 12 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Patients Forgo Medical Care

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doing without medical care is much more common among low-income residents of states that have not expanded Medicaid than among low-income people in other states, according to a Government Accountability Office report.

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Cataract Surgery Tied to Drop in Cognitive Decline in Seniors

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cataract surgery is associated with a reduction in the rate of cognitive decline among older adults, according to a study published online Oct. 11 in PLOS ONE.

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Population Density, Structure Impact Length of Flu Season

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Population density and structure may impact the length of the influenza season regardless of climatic conditions, according to a study published in the Oct. 5 issue of Science.

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High Variability in Metabolic Measures May Up Mortality

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- High variability in metabolic parameters is associated with increased risk for mortality and cardiovascular events, according to a study published online Oct. 1 in Circulation.

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Cases Show Periodic Fasting May Cut Medication Use in T2DM

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Medically supervised, therapeutic fasting regimens can help reverse type 2 diabetes (T2D) and minimize the need for pharmacological interventions, according to a case series published online Oct. 9 in BMJ Case Reports.

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Age, Sex Affect Extended Post-Concussion Symptoms in Children

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Age, sex, and family factors play a role in the persistence of post-concussion symptoms (PCSs) one year after injury, according to a study published online Oct. 15 in Pediatrics.

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More Socioeconomic Challenges for Hispanic Women With HIV

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanic/Latino women with HIV infection face more socioeconomic and language challenges than men, but the clinical outcomes are similar, according to research published in the Oct. 12 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Active Pharmaceuticals ID'd in >700 Dietary Supplements

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Dietary supplements often include active pharmaceuticals, even after warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to a study published online Oct. 12 in JAMA Network Open.

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Flu Vaccine Cuts Hospitalization Rates in Pregnant Women

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Among pregnant women, the flu vaccination is effective at reducing the risk for flu-related hospitalizations, according to a study published online Oct. 11 in Clinical Infectious Disease.

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Multicomponent Intervention Can Reduce Sitting Time at Work

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A multicomponent intervention (Stand More At [SMArT] Work) can reduce sitting time over the short, medium, and long terms, according to a study published online Oct. 10 in The BMJ.

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Violent Video Games Tied to Physical Aggression

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Playing violent video games is associated with subsequent increases in physical aggression, according to research published online Oct. 2 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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15- and 18-Month, 4-Year Well-Child Visits Most Often Missed

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Well-child visits (WCVs) at 15 months, 18 months, and four years are the most commonly missed among children of low-income families, according to a study published online Oct. 10 in Pediatrics.

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Global Rates of Cesarean Section on the Rise Since 2000

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Global cesarean section (CS) rates are increasing, according to one in a series of three papers published online Oct. 11 in The Lancet.

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High Circulating Prolactin Level Inversely Linked to T2DM Risk

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Among U.S. women, a normally high circulating prolactin concentration is associated with a reduced risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online Oct. 11 in Diabetologia.

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Modest Alcohol Consumption May Reduce Mortality in NAFLD

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), modest alcohol consumption is associated with a reduction in all-cause mortality, while drinking 1.5 or more drinks per day may increase mortality, according to a study recently published in Hepatology.

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Minority Women at Higher Risk for Severe Maternal Morbidity

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women of color have higher rates of severe birth-related health issues compared with non-Hispanic white women, according to a study published online Oct. 10 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Zoledronate Lowers Fracture Risk in Women With Osteopenia

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The risk for fragility fractures is significantly lower in women with osteopenia who receive zoledronate than in those who receive placebo, according to a study published online Oct. 1 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Hormone Therapy Not Beneficial in Subclinical Hypothyroidism

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Thyroid hormone therapy is not associated with improvements in general quality of life or thyroid-related symptoms in non-pregnant adults with subclinical hypothyroidism, according to a review published in the Oct. 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Skills-Based Intervention Did Not Cut Systolic BP After Stroke, TIA

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A culturally tailored, skills-based educational intervention did not reduce systolic blood pressure at one year after stroke/transient ischemic attack, according to a study published online Oct. 8 in JAMA Neurology.

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CDC: Many Children With Heart Conditions Have Special Needs

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children with past and current heart conditions have more special health care needs compared with children without heart conditions, according to research published in the Sept. 29 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Spending Often Persists in High-Cost Medicare-Medicaid Eligible

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of patients who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and are designated as high-cost in one year remain persistently high-cost over three years, according to a study published online Oct. 2 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Low-Dose Aspirin May Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risk

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Low-dose aspirin use is associated with a reduced risk for ovarian cancer, according to a study published online Oct. 4 in JAMA Oncology.

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Nine Cases of Polio-Like Illness Suspected in Children in Illinois

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nine recent cases of a rare, polio-like disorder in children are being investigated in Illinois, health officials said yesterday.

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Diet Less Important Than Genes for High Serum Urate Levels

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Diet explains little of the variation in serum urate levels in the general population, while genetic factors make a greater contribution, according to a meta-analysis published online Oct. 10 in The BMJ.

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Poor Outcomes for Hispanic Infants With Congenital Heart Dz

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For live-born infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and d-transposition of the great arteries (TGA), Hispanic ethnicity is associated with poor outcome, according to a study published online Oct. 10 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Low Recurrence With Shortened IV Abx Course in GBS Bacteremia

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For infants with uncomplicated, late-onset group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteremia, a shortened intravenous (IV) course of antibiotic therapy is sometimes prescribed and is associated with low rates of disease recurrence and treatment failure, according to a study published online Oct. 11 in Pediatrics.

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Payer Policies May Discourage Non-Pharma Tx for Low Back Pain

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There is a need for public and private insurers to broaden their coverage policies for non-drug pain treatments for low back pain, according to a study published online Oct. 5 in JAMA Network Open.

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Higher Perceived Stress Linked to Lower Fecundability in Women

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Higher levels of perceived stress are associated with slight decreases in fecundability among women but not men, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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On a Given Day, 36.6 Percent of U.S. Adults Eat Fast Food

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Overall, 36.6 percent of U.S. adults consumed fast food on a given day during 2013 to 2016, according to an October data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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Atrial Fibrillation Tied to Higher Dementia Risk in Older Adults

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with a faster global cognitive decline and an increased risk for dementia in older people, though anticoagulants may reduce dementia risk in AF patients, according to a study published online Oct. 10 in Neurology.

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Aetna-CVS Merger Approved

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A $69 billion merger between health insurer Aetna and pharmacy manager CVS Health has been approved, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

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ADA, EASD Issue New Recommendations for T2DM

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Recommendations for the management of type 2 diabetes have been updated, according to a consensus report by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) published online Oct. 5 in Diabetes Care.

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Intensive BP Therapy in Diabetes May Lower Risk for CV Events

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Intensive blood pressure (BP) therapy is associated with significantly lower risk for cardiovascular events based on data reweighted to better reflect the U.S. adult population with diabetes, according to a study published in the Sept. 11 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Childhood Obesity Persists Into Adolescence

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Greater weight gain in early childhood often carries over to overweight and obesity in adolescence, according to a study published in the Oct. 4 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Halobetasol Propionate Lotion Shows Efficacy for Tx of Psoriasis

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Halobetasol propionate 0.01 percent lotion (BRYHALI Lotion) appears safe and effective for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, according to the results of two phase 3 trials published in the October issue of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.

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Hand Hygiene Program Beneficial for Day Care Centers

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An educational and hand hygiene program involving hand sanitizer can reduce the risk for respiratory infections (RI) for children attending day care centers (DCCs), according to a study published online Oct. 8 in Pediatrics.

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Retention in HIV Care Drops Steadily After Prison Release

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For criminal justice-involved persons living with HIV (PLWH), sustained retention in care decreases over time post-release, according to a study published online Oct. 9 in PLOS Medicine.

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Long-Term Aspirin Use Linked to Reduction in Liver Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Regular long-term aspirin use is associated with a dose-dependent reduction in the risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), according to a study published online Oct. 4 in JAMA Oncology.

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Prevalence of Anxiety, Depression Up for Adults With Arthritis

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The age-standardized prevalences of symptoms of anxiety and depression among adults with arthritis are 22.5 and 12.1 percent, which are considerably higher than those among adults without arthritis, according to research published in the Oct. 5 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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FDA Approves HPV Vaccine for People Through Age 45

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the Gardasil 9 human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been expanded to include people ages 27 through 45, the agency said in a news release.

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Polio-Like Condition in Children on Rise Again in the United States

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A rare, polio-like condition in children is on the rise again in the United States, with 38 confirmed cases in 16 states so far this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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Flea-Borne Typhus Outbreak in Los Angeles County

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An outbreak of flea-borne typhus in Los Angeles County has so far resulted in 57 cases, including 20 in Pasadena and nine in downtown Los Angeles, public health officials say.

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FDA Approves Marketing of First User-Fitted Hearing Aid

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The first hearing aid that does not require the assistance of an audiologist or other health care provider has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Weight Loss May Cut Breast CA Risk in Postmenopausal Women

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Postmenopausal women with weight loss have a reduced risk for breast cancer, according to a study published online Oct. 8 in Cancer.

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Minority Residents Experience Burdens Linked to Race/Ethnicity

TUESDAY, Oct. 9 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Minority residents describe burdens associated with race/ethnicity, including microaggressions and bias on a daily basis, according to a study published online Sept. 28 in JAMA Network Open.

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Application of Blood Pressure Guidelines Ups Treatment

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of the 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) blood pressure guideline would direct initiation and intensification of antihypertensive medication treatment to adults at high risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, according to a study published in the Sept. 11 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Congress Passes Bill to Fight Opioid Crisis

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A bipartisan bill to fight the opioid addiction crisis in the United States has been passed by Congress. President Donald Trump said he would sign the bill into law.

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Best Practices for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Updated

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Best practices have been updated for screening and managing congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) due to steroid 21-hydroxylase deficiency. The updated Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline was published online Sept. 27 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Stillbirth Reduction Strategy Unproven

FRIDAY, Oct, 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A reduced fetal movement (RFM) care package does not reduce the risk for stillbirths, according to a study published online Sept. 27 in The Lancet.

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AZ Company Recalls Raw Beef Products Linked to Salmonella

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An Arizona company has recalled more than 6.5 million pounds (2.9 million kilograms) of beef linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 57 people in 16 states. Fourteen people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Industry-Funded Trials Often Involve Employees in Studies

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Industry employees are often involved in the design, conduct, and reporting of industry-funded trials in high-impact journals, according to a study published online Oct. 3 in The BMJ.

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Digital Cognitive Therapy Eases Daytime Effects of Insomnia

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Digital cognitive behavioral therapy (dCBT) is effective in improving functional health, psychological well-being, and sleep-related quality of life in people reporting insomnia, according to a study published online Sept. 25 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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More Than 14 Million Preteens Need to Receive HPV Vaccine

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than 14 million additional 11- to 12-year-olds need to be vaccinated to reach the American Cancer Society goal of 80 percent of adolescents being up to date (UTD) with the human papillomavirus vaccination (HPVV) by their 13th birthday by 2026, according to a study published online Sept. 26 in Cancer.

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Sexual Harassment, Assault Tied to Women's Health Issues

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sexual harassment and sexual assault among midlife women are associated with poorer physical and mental health, according to a study published online Oct. 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Daily Drinking Associated With Increased Mortality Risk

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Daily drinking, even at low levels, may be detrimental to one's health, according to a study published online Oct. 3 in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

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Three-Quarters of Health Care Workers Got Flu Shot Last Year

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Just over three-quarters of health care personnel received a flu vaccine last season, according to research published in the Sept. 28 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Tips Provided for Budgeting in Medical Residency

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Medical residents should start budgeting and save for the future, according to an article published in the American Medical Association AMA Wire.

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Price Hikes Noted in Small Subset of Generic Drugs

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A small but growing subset of generic drugs experienced sudden large price increases from 2007 to 2013, according to a study published in the October issue of Health Affairs.

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Cancer Risk Varies for Hispanics, Including in Puerto Rico

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanics have lower incidence and mortality than non-Hispanic whites for all cancers combined, although there is considerable variability in cancer risk within the U.S. Hispanic population, according to a report published online Oct. 4 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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Childhood Risk Profiles Affect Middle-Age Lung Function

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Profiles of childhood respiratory risk factors predict middle-age lung function levels and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) risk, according to a study published in the September issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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FDA Seizes Documents From E-Cigarette Maker JUUL

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Thousands of pages of documents were seized from the electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) maker JUUL by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration during a surprise inspection last week as part of the agency's investigation into the company's marketing practices.

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Red Tide May Be Cause of Florida Beachgoers' Breathing Problems

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Red tide may be the reason why some beachgoers on Florida's Atlantic coast have suffered breathing problems, according to Palm Beach County officials.

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JUUL Laboratories Have Largest Market Share of E-Cigarettes

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From 2016 to 2017, sales of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) by JUUL Laboratories increased 641 percent, with their sales comprising 29 percent of total e-cigarette sales by December 2017, according to a research letter published in the Oct. 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Gravel Ridge Farms Eggs

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to Gravel Ridge Farms cage-free large eggs has grown, and consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, serve, or sell the eggs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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High HbA1c After T1DM Diagnosis Predicts Psychiatric Comorbidity

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- High average glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels during the first two years after type 1 diabetes onset predict higher risk for psychiatric diagnoses, according to a study published online Sept. 29 in Diabetes Care.

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Breastfeeding Inversely Linked to Infant BMI Z Score

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Breastfeeding is inversely associated with body mass index z scores (BMIzs) measured at 12 months, and the association is attenuated with formula supplementation by six months, according to a study published online Sept. 24 in Pediatrics.

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Increasing Water Intake Can Cut Cystitis Recurrence

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For women at high risk for cystitis recurrence who drink low volumes of fluid daily, increasing water intake prevents recurrence, according to a study published online Oct. 1 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Elevated Blood Pressure Linked to Aortic Valve Disease

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term exposure to elevated blood pressure (BP) is associated with increased risk for aortic valve stenosis (AS) and aortic regurgitation (AR), according to a study published online Sept. 12 in the European Heart Journal.

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Medicare Patient Readmit Rates Higher in Proprietary Hospitals

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Among Medicare patients with six major diseases, readmission rates are higher for those receiving care in proprietary hospitals compared with government or nonprofit hospitals, according to a study published online Sept. 18 in PLOS ONE.

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Opioid-Related Hospital Use Up in Elderly Adults

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of opioid-related prescriptions and health care utilization are rising among seniors, according to two September statistical briefs released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The reports relied on data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project and the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

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Uninsured Rate at 8.8 Percent in First Quarter of 2018

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the first quarter of 2018, the uninsured rate was 8.8 percent, not significantly different from a year earlier, according to a report released Aug. 29 by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Soft Drinks Account for One-Fifth of Youth Beverage Consumption

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite dietary recommendations, soft drinks make up about one-fifth of total beverage consumption by U.S. youth, according to a September data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Southern Dietary Pattern Mediates Racial Difference in HTN

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For black men and women, the Southern dietary pattern is the largest mediating factor for differences in the incidence of hypertension, according to a study published in the Oct. 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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For Employer-Based Plans, Spending Across Services Steady

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite large health policy changes, the distribution of spending across service areas has remained fairly consistent over the past 10 years for those enrolled in employer-sponsored insurance, according to a study published in the October issue of Health Affairs.

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Voluntary Recall of Robaxin 750 mg Due to Dosage Misprint

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Endo Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling two lots of Robaxin (methocarbamol tablets) 750 mg tablets (100-count bottles) due to incorrect dosage information.

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Ondansetron in Pregnancy Not Linked to Most Birth Defects

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Use of ondansetron for the treatment of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy does not appear to be associated with birth defects, according to research published in the August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Telemedicine RTI Visits Shorter When Antibiotic Prescribed

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a direct-to-consumer (DTC) telemedicine setting, respiratory tract infection (RTI) encounters in which antibiotics are prescribed are shorter than other encounters, according to a research letter published online Oct. 2 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Global Cognition Up for Youth Meeting Movement Guidelines

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Meeting recommendations on adequate sleep time and physical activity and limiting recreational screen time are associated with superior global cognition among children, according to a study published online Sept. 26 in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

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Alternative Medicines May Aid in the Treatment of Psoriasis

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Some complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) may be helpful in the treatment of psoriasis, according to a review published online Sept. 5 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Number of Health-Related Data Breaches Increasing

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of health data breaches has steadily increased since 2010, according to a research letter published in the Sept. 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Interviews Can Help Ensure Physician Candidates Fit Culture

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In preparing to interview to hire a new physician, practices must understand their own cultures, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Insufficient Sleep Tied to Unsafe Behaviors in High School Students

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For high school students, sleeping less than eight hours on an average school night is associated with increased odds of selected unsafe behaviors, according to a research letter published online Oct. 1 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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FDA Approves New Drug for Antibiotic-Resistant Lung Disease

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Arikayce (amikacin liposome inhalation suspension) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat lung disease caused by Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) bacteria among patients who do not respond to conventional therapies, the FDA said in a news release.

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First Human Case of Rat Strain of Hepatitis E Seen in Hong Kong

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The first human case of a strain of hepatitis E previously found only in rats was diagnosed in a Hong Kong man who received a liver transplant in May 2017.

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WHO: 'Very High Risk' That Ebola Will Spread From Congo

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There is a "very high" risk that the latest Ebola outbreak in Congo will spread beyond that nation's borders, the World Health Organization warns.

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Risk of Venous Thromboembolism Recurrence High

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of recurrence after incident venous thromboembolism is high, particularly among patients with cancer-related venous thromboembolism, according to a study published in the September issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

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Mental Health Disparities ID'd Among Students of Color

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- College students of color have lower mental health-related treatment use relative to white students, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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Factors Associated With Phantom Odor Identified

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Phantom odor perception in middle-aged and older individuals is associated with poor health, persistent dry mouth, and head injury, according to a study published online Aug. 16 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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More Non-Elderly Americans Uninsured in 2017 Versus 2016

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From 2016 to 2017, there was an increase in the number of uninsured non-elderly Americans, according to a report published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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