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E. Coli Found in Water at Tennessee Ziplining Facility
MONDAY, July 16, 2018 -- Health officials say they found Escherichia coli in water at a ziplining facility in Tennessee that has been linked to an outbreak affecting at least 500 people. One visitor to the CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour in...


FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Smallpox
MONDAY, July 16, 2018 -- TPOXX (tecovirimat) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat smallpox. Though the contagious and often-deadly viral disease was considered eradicated by the World Health Organization in 1980, there...


FDA: Illnesses Tied to Fresh Crab Meat Imported From Venezuela
MONDAY, July 16, 2018 -- There have been 12 reported cases of people in the United States becoming sick after eating fresh crab meat from Venezuela, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The agency said the illnesses were caused by Vibrio...


Adoption of EHR Linked to Reduction in Mortality Rates
MONDAY, July 16, 2018 -- Adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) is associated with a reduction in mortality rates in U.S. hospitals, according to a study published in the July issue of Health Affairs. Sunny C. Lin, from the University of...


Harms Reporting Limited in Trials of Prebiotics, Probiotics, Synbiotics
MONDAY, July 16, 2018 -- A considerable number of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of probiotics, prebiotics, or synbiotics do not report harms-related data and/or safety results, according to a review published online July 17 in the Annals of...


PM2.5 Contributes to Burden of Diabetes Mellitus Globally
MONDAY, July 16, 2018 -- Particulate matter (PM) with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrograms per cubic meter of air (PM2.5) makes a substantial contribution to the burden of diabetes, according to a study published in the July issue of The Lancet...


Declines in Vision Tied to Age-Related Cognitive Decline
MONDAY, July 16, 2018 -- Older adults' worsening vision may drive declines in cognitive function, according to a study published online July 10 in JAMA Ophthalmology. D. Diane Zheng, from the University of Miami, and colleagues evaluated the...


Compassion Training May Up Resilience to Others' Suffering
MONDAY, July 16, 2018 -- Compassion meditation can increase the visual preference for suffering while attenuating neural responses in regions of the brain associated with valence and empathic distress, according to a study published recently in...


Quadrivalent HPV Vaccine Not Tied to Spontaneous Abortion
MONDAY, July 16, 2018 -- The quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine (4vHPV) is not associated with an increased risk of spontaneous abortion when inadvertently given before or during pregnancy, according to a study published in the July issue of...


Inappropriate Prescribing of Abx High in Urgent Care Centers
MONDAY, July 16, 2018 -- There is considerable variability in the proportion of visits at which antibiotics are prescribed among traditional medical and retail clinic settings, according to a research letter published online July 16 in JAMA Internal...


Fake FDA Warning Letters Being Sent to Consumers
MONDAY, July 16, 2018 -- Criminals are sending fake U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning letters to people who tried to buy medicines online or over the phone. The agency notes that it does not typically send warning letters to individuals, and...


eCare Plan Set to Improve Doctor/Pharmacist Relationship
MONDAY, July 16, 2018 -- The Pharmacist eCare Plan is designed to improve communication between pharmacists and physicians by allowing documentation to be available via electronic health records (EHRs), according to an article published online in...


Two-Thirds of Parents Report Their Child Has Had Headache
MONDAY, July 16, 2018 -- Two-thirds of parents report that their child has had a headache not related to a fall or head injury, according to the results of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of...


Factors Identified That Affect Resuscitation Teams' Success
MONDAY, July 16, 2018 -- Successful resuscitation teams share common, core elements that are associated with better in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) outcomes, according to a study published online July 9 in Circulation. Brahmajee K. Nallamothu,...


Physician Burnout Tied to Higher Risk of Medical Errors
MONDAY, July 16, 2018 -- Physician burnout, fatigue, and work-unit safety grades are independently associated with medical errors, according to a study published online July 9 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Daniel S. Tawfik, M.D., from Stanford...


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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