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Tyson Recalls 69,000 Pounds of Chicken Strip Products
FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 -- More than 69,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products have been recalled by Tyson Foods because they may contain pieces of metal. The products were produced on Nov. 30, 2018, and shipped across the United...


FDA: Higher Risk for Death Found With Venclexta in Multiple Myeloma
FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 -- A safety statement was issued yesterday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding risks found to be associated with the investigational use of Venclexta (venetoclax) for treatment of patients with multiple...


Analysis IDs Messages Behind Antivaccination Comments
FRIDAY, March 21, 2019 -- Arguments against vaccination remain consistent within subgroups of individuals, according to a study published online March 18 in Vaccine. Beth L. Hoffman, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and...


American College of Cardiology, March 16-18
The American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session and Expo The annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology was held from March 16 to 18 in New Orleans and attracted more than 20,000 participants from around the world,...


Stricter Gun Laws Tied to Safer High Schools
FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 -- The adoption of stricter state gun laws is associated with improvements in school climate, including fewer students carrying weapons, according to a study published online March 21 in the Journal of Epidemiology &...


ACC: New Guidelines Issued for Primary Prevention of CVD
FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 -- Recommendations have been developed for primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD); the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guideline was published online March 17 in...


Prenatal Pesticide Exposure Linked to Increased Risk for Autism
FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 -- Prenatal exposure to ambient pesticides within 2,000 m of maternal residence during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for autism spectrum disorder, according to a study published online March 20 in The...


Niraparib Extends Time Without Symptoms in Ovarian Cancer
FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 -- Women with recurrent ovarian cancer who receive the poly ADP ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitor niraparib as maintenance therapy after treatment have both more time without side effects and significantly longer...


Younger Age at Menopause Tied to Higher Risk for Bladder Cancer
FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 -- An earlier age at menopause is associated with a higher risk for bladder cancer, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the European Association of Urology, held from March 15 to 19 in Barcelona,...


Many Patients Still Employ Strategies to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs
FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 -- The number of adults reporting the use of strategies, such as requesting a lower-cost medication or not using medication as prescribed, to reduce prescription drug costs remained stable in 2015 to 2017, according to a March...


Critical Care Nurses' Work Environments Improving
FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 -- Work environments for critical care nurses have improved since 2013, though there are still several areas of concern, according to survey results recently published in Critical Care Nurse. Beth Ulrich, Ed.D., R.N., from the...


ACC: Ultrasound Surgery May Help Control Blood Pressure
FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 -- The benefits of reduced blood pressure (BP) following renal denervation (RDN) surgery are maintained for at least six months, according to a study published online March 17 in Circulation to coincide with the annual meeting...


Low, High Levels of Physical Activity Tied to Reduced Mortality
FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 -- Both low and high levels of physical activity (PA) are associated with reduced all-cause mortality, according to a study published online March 19 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Min Zhao, from Shandong...


State Breast Density Notification Laws May Up Ultrasound Use
FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 -- Dense breast notification (DBN) laws are associated with increased use of ultrasound and cancer detection only when notification of the possible benefits of supplemental screening is required, according to a study published...


More Vascular Risk Factors Tied to Worse Brain Health
FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 -- A higher number of vascular risk factors (VRFs) is associated with poorer brain health across gray and white matter macrostructure and microstructure, according to a study published online March 11 in the European Heart...


Recent Increase Reported in Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Fentanyl
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- From 2011 to 2016, there was an increase in drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl, according to the March 21 National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...


Cannabidiol Products Now Available at Hundreds of CVS Stores
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- Creams, sprays, and lotions infused with the nonintoxicating hemp component cannabidiol (CBD) are now being sold at more than 800 CVS stores in eight states. The products will be sold in store aisles, according to a...


FDA Approves New Device for Chronic, Moderate-to-Severe Heart Failure
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- The Optimizer Smart system was approved for treatment of patients with chronic, moderate-to-severe heart failure who are not eligible for treatment with other heart failure devices, including cardiac resynchronization...


DG/health NATURALS Cough Syrup + Mucus for Infants Recalled
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- One lot of DG/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus is being recalled due to possible contamination with potentially harmful bacteria, says maker Kingston Pharma, LLC. The recall is for Lot KL180157 of 2-fl oz (59 mL)...


Certain Dietary Patterns Linked to Cognitive Performance
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- Higher Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) and A Priori Diet Quality Score (APDQS) scores are associated with better cognitive performance in midlife, according to a study published online March 6 in Neurology. Claire T. McEvoy,...


Three Factors Predict Psych Events With Drugs for Smoking Cessation
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- Three factors predict clinically significant neuropsychiatric adverse events (NPSAEs) in smokers with or without mental health conditions who use cessation pharmacotherapy, according to a study published online March 7 in...


ACC: Robust Evidence Lacking for Many Cardiovascular Guidelines
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- Only a small proportion of recommendations in major cardiovascular society guidelines are supported by evidence from multiple randomized controlled trials (RCTs) or a single large RCT, according to a study published in...


In Youth With ADHD, New-Onset Psychosis Up With Amphetamines
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- For adolescents and young adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new-onset psychosis occurs more often with amphetamine use versus methylphenidate use, according to a study published in the March 21...


Prevalence of Severe Maternal Morbidity Increased Across Groups
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- From 1997 to 2014, there was an increase in the prevalence of severe maternal morbidity (SMM), with persistent racial/ethnic disparities, according to a study published online Feb. 28 in the Annals of...


Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Can Reduce Benign Biopsy Rate
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) can reduce the rate of benign biopsies without affecting cancer detection compared with full-field digital mammography (FFDM), according to a study published online March 19 in...


Younger Female Blood Donors Vulnerable to Iron Deficiency
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- Blood donation is associated with iron deficiency among both adolescent girls and younger adult women in the United States, according to a study recently published in Transfusion. Eshan U. Patel, M.P.H., from the Johns...


Antibiotics, PPIs Tied to Higher C. Diff Risk in Hospitalized Children
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- Previous antibiotic exposure and use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be risk factors for Clostridioides (formerly Clostridium) difficile infection (CDI) in hospitalized pediatric patients, according to a review...


Statins Tied to Insulin Resistance, Higher Serum Fasting Insulin
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- Individuals using statins may be at higher risk for hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, and eventually type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online March 5 in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Fariba...


Mothers of Children With Eczema More Likely to Have Exhaustion
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- Mothers of children with atopic dermatitis (AD) are more likely to report difficulty falling asleep and daytime exhaustion, according to a study published online March 20 in JAMA Dermatology. Faustine D. Ramirez, from the...


Older Age at Puberty Linked to Lower Odds of Multiple Sclerosis
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- Older genetically predicted age at puberty is associated with reduced odds of multiple sclerosis (MS), although the correlation seems to be dependent on body mass index (BMI), according to a study published online March...


Trastuzumab Tied to Higher Long-Term Risk for Heart Failure
WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 -- Compared with chemotherapy alone, trastuzumab is associated with a twofold increased long-term risk for heart failure in breast cancer survivors, according to a study published in the March 1 issue of JACC: Heart...


Antiepileptic Drugs Not Tied to Dementia Risk
WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 -- Antiepileptic drug (AED) use is not significantly associated with dementia risk in patients in Germany, according to a study published online March 12 in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Louis Jacob, Ph.D., from the...


Pregnancy-Adapted Algorithm Avoids Diagnostic Imaging for PE
WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 -- A pregnancy-adapted algorithm can safely avoid diagnostic imaging in a proportion of pregnant women with suspected pulmonary embolism, according to a study published in the March 21 issue of the New England Journal of...


FDA Takes New Look at Breast Implant Safety
WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 -- Questions about breast implant safety are getting new attention from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as thousands of women say their implants cause debilitating joint pain and fatigue. The claims have long been...


Jury Finds Roundup a Major Contributor to Man's Cancer
WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2018 -- Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller was a major factor in a California man's cancer, a federal jury in San Francisco has ruled. The decision in Edwin Hardeman's case is a landmark verdict that could impact hundreds of other...


Patients With Diabetes at Increased Risk for Sleep Apnea
WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 -- Patients with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk for developing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), independent of other factors, according to a study published online March 12 in Diabetes Care. Anuradhaa Subramanian, from...


Breast Density Categorization Varies With Screening Modality
WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 -- Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) breast density categorization may vary by screening mammographic modality, according to a study published online March 19 in Radiology. Aimilia Gastounioti, Ph.D., from...


Practices for Reducing COPD Hospital Readmissions Explored
WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 -- Communication, implementation of guidelines, and improved identification of risk factors may help reduce chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) hospital readmissions, according to a report published in the February...


Recommendations Issued for HSCT in Multiple Myeloma
WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 -- A consensus statement for the use of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM) has been developed by Mayo Clinic physicians; the recommendations were published in the March...


Overall, Physicians Are Happy and Enjoy Their Lives
WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 -- Overall, physicians are happy and enjoy their lives, according to the 2019 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)/CompHealth Physician Happiness Survey published online March 19. Researchers surveyed 5,855 members...