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Fear Impacts Quality of Life for Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes
FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 -- Fear of complications and frustration at the amount of time required to manage type 1 diabetes impact the quality of life of young adults with the disease, according to a study published in the December issue of The Diabetes...


Most Insured Patients Not Using Online Portals
FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 -- Nearly two-thirds of insured adults with a previous health care visit did not use an online patient portal in 2017, according to a study published in the December issue of Health Affairs. Denise L. Anthony, Ph.D., from the...


Lower RN Staffing Linked to Increased In-Hospital Mortality
FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 -- The risk for in-hospital mortality is increased with lower registered nurse (RN) staffing and higher levels of admissions per RN, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in BMJ Quality & Safety. Peter Griffiths,...


Ultrarestrictive Opioid Rx Protocol Cuts Postoperative Opioid Use
FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 -- An ultrarestrictive opioid prescription protocol (UROPP) can reduce the number of opioids prescribed to patients after gynecologic and abdominal surgery without negative health consequences, according to a study published...


American Society of Hematology, Dec. 1-4
The 60th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition The annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology was held from Dec. 1 to 4 in San Diego and attracted approximately 22,000 participants from around the world, including...


Minimally Invasive Surgery Works Well for Detached Retina
FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 -- A minimally invasive treatment for retinal detachment leads to favorable outcomes, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in Ophthalmology. Roxane J. Hillier, M.B.Ch.B., from St. Michael's Hospital and the University...


Botox Injections Explored to Cut Postop A-Fib in Cardiac Surgery
FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 -- Intraoperative botulinum toxin (BTX) injections show promise as a way to reduce the risk for postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF) following cardiac surgery, according to two studies recently published in Heart...


Patient Education Can Improve Chronic Disease Management
FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 -- An educational intervention can improve patients' ability to self-manage their chronic diseases, according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Alexis M. Stoner,...


Meds Taken Do Not Vary With ADL Impairment in Heart Failure
FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 -- For individuals with heart failure, those with impairment in activities of daily living (ADL) take as many medications as those without ADL impairment, according to a study published online Nov. 29 in the Journal of the...


Pregnant Women Commonly Refuse Vaccines
FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 -- Pregnant women commonly refuse vaccines, including influenza vaccine and tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, according to research published online Dec. 4 in Obstetrics &...


Lack of Peds Preventive Care Ups Unplanned Hospital Admissions
FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 -- A lack of preventive care in infants and children is associated with an increased rate of unplanned hospital admissions, according to a study recently published in BMC Medicine. Elizabeth Cecil, Ph.D., from Imperial College...


Secondhand Smoke Exposure Saw Big Drop From 1988 to 2014
FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 -- Secondhand smoke exposure declined substantially among U.S. nonsmokers from 1988 through 2014, according to research published in the Dec. 7 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality...


Breast Screening Linked to Lower Risk for Breast Cancer Death
FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 -- Women who have participated in mammography screening have a lower risk for dying from breast cancer within 10 and 20 years after diagnosis, according to a study recently published in Cancer. László Tabár, M.D., from Falun...


Chronic Kidney Disease Burden Increasing in the United States
FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 -- The burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD) increased in the United States between 2002 and 2016, although there was variability by state, according to a study published online Nov. 30 in JAMA Network Open. Benjamin Bowe,...


Rural Residence, Poverty Are Risk Factors for COPD
FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 -- Rural residence and poverty are risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Sarath Raju, M.D., from...


Since 1999, Uterine Cancer Incidence, Mortality Up
THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 -- The incidence of uterine cancer and uterine cancer deaths has increased since 1999, according to research published in the Dec. 7 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly...


Smartphone App Uses Fingernail Bed Images to Detect Anemia
THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 -- An app that detects color and metadata from fingernails can identify hemoglobin levels in the blood, according to research published online Dec. 4 in Nature Communications. Robert G. Mannino, Ph.D., from Emory University in...


Many Americans Unaware of Promise of Personalized Medicine
THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Medical science has made tremendous advances in personalized medicine. However, the American public is still struggling to understand the implications of these targeted treatments, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll has...


SABCS: Breast Cancer Outcomes Worse for Blacks Despite Similar Gene RS
THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Black women with breast cancer have worse clinical outcomes even when 21-gene recurrence scores (RS) are similar, according to a study presented at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held from Dec. 4 to 8 in...


Colonoscopy Receipt Varies After Advanced Adenoma Diagnosis
THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Many patients with three or more adenomas or any adenoma with villous/tubulovillous features do not receive a subsequent colonoscopy within 3.5 years, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in Cancer Epidemiology,...


High Sensitivity, Specificity for Chlamydia Point-of-Care Test
THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 -- A point-of-care (POC) polymerase chain reaction test (Atlas io) has high sensitivity and specificity for Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), according to a study published in the November issue of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Lea...


Smoke Exposure High in Low-Income, Nonurban Infants
THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Infants from low-income, nonurban families have a high magnitude of environmental smoke exposure, according to a study published online Dec. 5 in Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Lisa M. Gatzke-Kopp, Ph.D., from...


Pictorial Presentation of Silent Atherosclerosis Helps Cut CV Risk
THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Pictorial presentation of silent atherosclerosis contributes to the prevention of cardiovascular disease, according to a study published online Dec. 3 in The Lancet. Ulf Näslund, Ph.D., from the Umeå University in Sweden,...


COPD Tied to Obesity in Male, Female Never-Smokers
THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Obesity is strongly associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in never-smokers, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in the Journal of Obesity. Esme Fuller-Thomson, Ph.D., from the University of...


Recommendations Developed for Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment
THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Recommendations have been developed for pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment of psoriatic arthritis (PsA); the evidence-based guideline was published online Nov. 30 in Arthritis & Rheumatology. Jasvinder A....


Projected Distribution of Common Ragweed Modeled in U.S.
THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Common ragweed is expected to expand at the northern margins of its current distribution, according to a study recently published in PLOS ONE. Michael J. Case, Ph.D., from Case Research LLC in Seattle, and Kristina A....


Functional Nasal Surgery Can Improve Headache Symptoms
THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 -- For appropriately selected patients, functional nasal surgery is viable for improving headache symptoms, according to a review published in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Rebecca L. Farmer, M.D.,...


Opioids Overprescribed After Arthroscopic Meniscectomy
THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Prescription opioid medications are overprescribed after simple arthroscopic meniscectomy, according to a study recently published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. Vance Gardner, M.D., from Hoag Orthopedics in...


New Guidance Addresses Early Dx of Dysmenorrhea in Adolescents
THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Early diagnosis of dysmenorrhea is key to ensuring that adolescents and women can maintain their quality of life, according to a Committee Opinion published in the December issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The American...


SABCS: Low-Dose Tamoxifen Cuts Risk for Breast Dz
THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Tamoxifen at a dose of 5 mg/day is associated with a reduced risk for recurrence for women with hormone-sensitive breast intraepithelial neoplasia, according to a study presented at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer...


J-Shaped Association for Sleep Duration, CV Events and Death
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 -- There is a J-shaped association for total daily sleep duration with all-cause mortality and cardiovascular events, according to a study published online Dec. 5 in the European Heart Journal. Chuangshi Wang, from McMaster...


Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Colorectal Cancer Risk in Men
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 -- Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with an increased risk for colorectal cancer (CRC), with the association significant for men only, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in the British Journal of Cancer. Yanan...


FDA Warns of Rare Stroke Risk With Multiple Sclerosis Drug
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 -- A new warning has been added to the multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) after rare reports of patients suffering strokes and tears in the lining of the arteries in the head and neck, the U.S. Food and Drug...


SABCS: Delaying Chemo Lowers Survival in Triple-Neg Breast CA
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 -- Delaying initiation of adjuvant chemotherapy in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) patients more than 30 days after surgery is associated with a decrease in survival, according to a study presented at the annual San...


Infections Linked to Increased Later Risk for Mental Disorders
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 -- Infections requiring hospitalization or treatment with anti-infective agents are associated with an increased subsequent risk for mental disorders, according to a study published online Dec. 5 in JAMA Psychiatry. Ole...


Skin Autofluorescence Predicts T2DM, Heart Disease, Mortality
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 -- Skin autofluorescence predicts incident type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and mortality in the general population, according to a study published online Nov. 21 in Diabetologia. Robert P. van Waateringe, from...


History of Partner Violence Tied to Menopause Symptoms
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 -- A history of intimate partner violence (IPV) or sexual assault and current symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are associated with an increased risk for menopause symptoms, according to a study published...


Few Physicians Work in Practices That Use Telemedicine
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 -- Only 15.4 percent of physicians work in practices that use telemedicine for a wide spectrum of patient interactions, with larger practice size being an important correlate of telemedicine use, according to a study...


ASH: A+CHP Bests CHOP for Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 -- For patients with CD30-positive peripheral T-cell lymphoma, brentuximab vedotin, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, and prednisone (A+CHP) is superior to cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (CHOP),...


Imaging, Biopsy Often Still Needed After Mastectomy
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 -- Subsequent imaging is required for 10 to 15.5 percent of women who undergo mastectomy, according to a study published in the December issue of the Annals of Surgical Oncology. Soojin Ahn, M.D., from the Icahn School of...