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Major Depression in Males May Lower Chances of Conception
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 -- Active major depression (MD) in the male partner may lower the likelihood of pregnancy, according to a study published in the May issue of Fertility & Sterility. Emily A. Evans-Hoeker, M.D., from Virginia Tech Carilion...
Atherosclerotic CVD Mortality Higher in South Asians in the U.S.
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 -- South Asians in the United States have increased proportional mortality rates from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), although there are no unique risk factors in this population, according to a scientific...
Burosumab May Benefit Children With X-Linked Hypophosphatemia
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 -- For children with X-linked hypophosphatemia, subcutaneous burosumab is associated with decreases in rickets severity and with improved renal tubular phosphate reabsorption, according to a study published in the May 24 issue...
PSA Level Three Months After Radiation Tx May Predict Outcome
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 -- Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels three months after radiotherapy (RT) are strong markers of prostate cancer outcomes for patients with intermediate- and high-risk disease, according to a study published online May 4...
Delay of Lactate Draws in Sepsis Ups Risk of In-Hospital Death
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 -- Each hour of delay in detecting abnormal lactates in patients with sepsis increases the odds of in-hospital death, according to a study published online May 24 in CHEST. Xuan Han, M.D., from the University of Chicago, and...
Financial Incentives May Up Rates of Smoker Abstinence
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 -- Financial incentives added to free cessation aids can improve the rate of sustained abstinence among smokers, according to a study published online May 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Scott D. Halpern, M.D.,...
Global Variation in Personal Health Care Access and Quality
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 -- There is considerable global variation in personal health care access and quality, according to a study published online May 23 in The Lancet. Nancy Fullman, M.P.H., from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and...
Social Isolation Tied to Worse Heart Failure Outcomes
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 -- Greater perceived social isolation is associated with an increased risk of death and health care use among patients with heart failure, according to a study published online May 23 in the Journal of the American Heart...
Regional Anesthesia Tied to Lower Opioid Use in TKA, THA
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 -- Regional anesthesia is associated with a lower opioid consumption in both knee and hip replacement surgeries, compared to general anesthesia, according to a study published May 14 in PAIN Practice. Katharina Donauer, M.D.,...
Rising Fatal Drug Overdoses Linked to Years of Life Lost
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 -- For non-Hispanic whites, rising fatal drug overdose rates are associated with increases in the mortality rate and years of potential life lost from 1999 to 2015, according to a study published online May 22 in the American...
ICU Intervention Doesn't Impact Surrogate Psychological Burden
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- A family-support intervention delivered by the interprofessional intensive care unit (ICU) team does not significantly impact surrogates' burden of psychological symptoms, according to a study published online May 23 in...
12 County-Level Factors Affect Individual Well-Being in U.S.
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- Twelve county-level factors, including social and economic, clinical care, and physical environment, explain the majority of variation in resident well-being in the United States, according to a study published online May...
E-Cigarette Flavoring Agent May Impair Airway Defense System
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- Cinnamaldehyde, a commonly used flavoring agent in electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), disrupts mitochondrial function, correlating with impaired cilia beat frequency (CBF), according to a study presented at the American...
Lung Cancer Incidence Higher for Young Women Than Young Men
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- Lung cancer incidence is higher among young women than young men, according to a study published in the May 24 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Ahmedin Jemal, D.V.M., Ph.D., from the American Cancer Society in...
AAP: Congress Urged to Act to Prevent Firearm Deaths
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- Pediatricians are joining the call for action to prevent firearm deaths and injuries, according to a letter published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in...
Recommendations Developed for Managing Postpartum Pain
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- Recommendations for managing postpartum pain have been developed and published in a Committee Opinion online May 17 in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Tekoa L. King, M.P.H., from the American College of Nurse-Midwives in...
Less Driving Tied to Lower Cardiovascular Disease Risk
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- More active alternatives to the car for travel are associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality, according to a study published online May 21 in Heart. Jenna Panter, Ph.D., from...
Cryoablation Efficacious for Cancer Pain, Review Finds
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- Cryoablation is effective for controlling cancer pain without many side effects, according to a review published online May 7 in PAIN Practice. Laura Ferrer-Mileo, from L'Hospitalet de Llobregat in Barcelona, Spain, and...
Better Social Support Network Protects Black Men Against HIV
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- A better social support network may help protect black men who have sex with men (BMSM) against HIV acquisition, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Keith...
Pediatricians Should Advocate for Life Support Training
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- Pediatricians should advocate for life support training for children, parents, caregivers, school personnel, and the public, according to a technical report and policy statement published online May 23 in Pediatrics. Susan...
Morbidity in Pregnancy Common for Women With Heart Disease
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- For women with heart disease, cardiac complications occur in 16 percent of pregnancies and are mainly linked to arrhythmias and heart failure, according to a study published in the May 29 issue of the Journal of the...
Dupilumab Reduces Rate of Severe Asthma Exacerbations
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- Add-on dupilumab reduces the rate of severe asthma exacerbations in uncontrolled asthma; it also reduces the glucocorticoid dose for glucocorticoid-treated asthma, according to two studies published online May 21 in the...
Vitamin D Supplement Tied to Less Wheezing in Black Preemies
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- Vitamin D sustained supplementation is associated with reduced recurrent wheezing among black infants born preterm, according to a study published in the May 22/29 issue of the Journal of the American Medical...
Extended INR Test Intervals Safe for Warfarin-Treated Patients
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- For stable warfarin-treated patients, extended international normalized ratio (INR) testing can be successfully and safely implemented, according to a study published online May 15 in the Journal of Thrombosis and...
Inverse Link for Plasma 25(OH)D Concentration, Risk of T2DM
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- There is an inverse association for plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) concentration with diabetes risk, according to a study published online April 19 in PLOS ONE. Sue K. Park, M.D., Ph.D., from the Seoul National...
Surveillance Frequency Doesn't Cut Mortality in Colorectal Cancer
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 -- For patients with colorectal cancer after curative surgery, the frequency of surveillance is not associated with mortality; and, the intensity of posttreatment surveillance is not associated with detection of recurrence,...
Preventing Child Maltreatment Not Yet Feasible in Primary Care
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that the evidence is inadequate for primary care interventions to prevent maltreatment. These findings form the basis of a draft recommendation statement published...
Increase in Pediatric ADHD Meds Exposures from 2000 to 2011
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 -- From 2000 through 2011 there was an increase in pediatric attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication exposures reported to U.S. poison control centers, according to a study published online May 21 in...
Post-Surgical Readmissions Higher Among Homeless Veterans
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 -- Readmissions are higher in homeless veterans discharged to the community after surgery, compared to housed veterans, according to a study published in the June issue of Medical Care. Ashley Titan, M.D., from the VA Palo Alto...
Procalcitonin Assay Doesn't Cut Antibiotic Use in Lower RTI
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 -- For patients with suspected lower respiratory tract infection, the provision of procalcitonin assay results does not result in less use of antibiotics than usual care, according to a study published online May 20 in the New...
Moral Distress for Docs Providing Emergency-Only Hemodialysis
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 -- Clinicians who provide emergency-only hemodialysis (EOHD) to undocumented immigrants experience moral distress and professional burnout, according to a study published online May 22 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Noting...
Exercise Modifies Predisposition to Obesity After Menopause
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 -- Physical activity modifies the association between the body mass index (BMI) genetic risk score (GRS) and BMI, according to a study published online May 16 in Menopause. Heather M. Ochs-Balcom, Ph.D., from the University at...
Daily Egg Consumption Linked to Reduced CVD Risk
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 -- A moderate level of egg consumption is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a study published online May 21 in Heart. Chenxi Qin, from Peking University Health Science Center in...
2003 to 2014 Saw Rise in Diabetic Ketoacidosis Admissions
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 -- The incidence of hospitalization for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and associated costs increased from 2003 to 2014, according to a study published online May 17 in Diabetes Care. Dimpi Desai, M.D., from the Albert Einstein...
TNFi Exposure In Utero Does Not Up Serious Infection Risk
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 -- Offspring born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are exposed to tumor necrosis factor α inhibitors (TNFi) in the gestational period do not have a significantly increased risk of serious infections, according to...
From 2008 to 2014, Prostate Cancer Testing, Treatment Down
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 -- Fewer men are being screened for, diagnosed with, and treated for prostate cancer, according to a study published online May 21 in Cancer. James T. Kearns, M.D., from the University of Washington School of Medicine in...
Age-Related Racial Disparity Examined in Childhood Suicide
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 -- For childhood suicide, there is a significant age-related racial disparity, according to a research letter published online May 21 in JAMA Pediatrics. Jeffrey A. Bridge, Ph.D., from The Ohio State University in Columbus, and...
IBD Associated With Increased Risk of Parkinson's Disease
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 -- There is a significantly increased risk of Parkinson's disease (PD) in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a study published online May 21 in Gut. Marie Villumsen, Ph.D., from Bispebjerg and...
CDC: No Change in Level of Uninsured in U.S. in 2017
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 -- Overall, 9.1 percent of individuals in the United States were uninsured in 2017, which was not significantly different from the level in 2016, according to a report published online May 22 by the U.S. Centers for Disease...
Addressing Parents' HPV Vaccine Hesitancy Ups Vaccination Rates
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 -- Providers engaging parents hesitant about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and addressing their concerns can lead to same-day vaccinations, according to a study published online May 15 in Pediatrics. Laura A. Shay,...

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