Federal Task Force Highlights Ways to Limit Opioid Exposure Federal Task Force Highlights Ways to Limit Opioid Exposure
A draft report urges a look at how reimbursement policies limit access to less addictive pain treatments. It also encourages a review of the potential benefits of physical therapies and meditation.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Canagliflozin Not Linked to Fractures in Large Database Study Canagliflozin Not Linked to Fractures in Large Database Study
Risk associated with SGLT2 inhibitor may be limited to patients with type 2 diabetes who have additional fracture risk.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Influenza Spread Picking Up Speed Across US Influenza Spread Picking Up Speed Across US
Influenza cases in New York State have risen by 72% during the past week. New York City and nine states report high influenza-like illness activity, up from just two states the previous week.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Influenza Picking Up Speed Across US Influenza Picking Up Speed Across US
Influenza cases in New York State have risen by 72% during the past week. New York City and nine states report high influenza-like illness activity, up from just two states the previous week.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Leafy Green Neighborhoods Tied to Better Cardiovascular Health Leafy Green Neighborhoods Tied to Better Cardiovascular Health
People who live in neighborhoods with more green spaces may have less stress, healthier blood vessels and a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than residents of communities without many outdoor recreation areas, a small study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Treatment Efficacy Differs for Positional and Nonpositional OSA Treatment Efficacy Differs for Positional and Nonpositional OSA
Treatments to resolve anteroposterior velum- and tongue-related airway obstruction may be more effective in patients with positional obstructive sleep apnea (POSA) than in those with nonpositional OSA, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Urologists Overprescribing Post-op Antimicrobials at VA Hospitals Urologists Overprescribing Post-op Antimicrobials at VA Hospitals
Urologists in the US Veterans Administration (VA) health system are overprescribing antimicrobials after common procedures instead of following American Urological Association (AUA) guidelines, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Drug Use During Pregnancy Not Child Abuse -Pennsylvania Top Court Drug Use During Pregnancy Not Child Abuse -Pennsylvania Top Court
A divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on Friday that mothers who use illegal drugs during their pregnancies are not committing child abuse against their newly-born children.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Guatemalan Boy Who Died in U.S. Custody Had the Flu -state Officials Guatemalan Boy Who Died in U.S. Custody Had the Flu -state Officials
The 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in the custody of U.S. border agents this week had the flu before he passed away but the cause of his death is still unknown, state officials said on Friday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Scheduled Dialysis for Undocumented Immigrants Saves Money and Lives Scheduled Dialysis for Undocumented Immigrants Saves Money and Lives
Providing scheduled dialysis for undocumented immigrants with kidney failure, rather than offering them only emergency dialysis, dramatically reduces deaths, healthcare use and costs, a study from Texas suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Perioperative Continuation of Buprenorphine Appears Safe Perioperative Continuation of Buprenorphine Appears Safe
Buprenorphine can be safely continued during perioperative pain management in patients taking it for opioid use disorder, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

WHO Says Progress Against Ebola in Congo Will Be Lost if Violence Goes on WHO Says Progress Against Ebola in Congo Will Be Lost if Violence Goes on
Progress in fighting Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak, the second worst ever, will be reversed if fighting continues around the disease hotspots of Beni and Butembo, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Trump EPA Says Limits on Mercury Emissions From Coal Plants Not Necessary Trump EPA Says Limits on Mercury Emissions From Coal Plants Not Necessary
The Trump administration on Friday said limits on mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants were no longer necessary as their costs outweighed the benefits, a move environmentalists said was favorable for the coal industry and could increase health hazards.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

FDA OKs Edwards' Sapien 3 Ultra Transcatheter Heart Valve FDA OKs Edwards' Sapien 3 Ultra Transcatheter Heart Valve
The advanced Sapien 3 Ultra system features enhancements of the valve and a new delivery system to address the needs of both patients and clinicians, the company says.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Alert Source Type: news

Patterns of Inflammatory Mediators Differ in Young and Old Trauma Patients Patterns of Inflammatory Mediators Differ in Young and Old Trauma Patients
There are major differences in the profiles of circulating inflammatory mediators after severe injury in young and old blunt-trauma patients, researchers have found.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Prostate Cancer Risk Higher in Men With IBD, Study Confirms Prostate Cancer Risk Higher in Men With IBD, Study Confirms
Men with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are four to five times as likely as their peers without IBD to develop clinically significant prostate cancer, according to a new study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Oophorectomy to Reduce Ovarian-cancer Risk Not Tied to Breast-cancer Risk Oophorectomy to Reduce Ovarian-cancer Risk Not Tied to Breast-cancer Risk
Oophorectomy performed to reduce ovarian-cancer risk has no significant impact on breast-cancer risk, regardless of family history or BRCA1/2 status, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

From Obese to Starving, Nutrition Crisis Prompts SOS Call for New Approach From Obese to Starving, Nutrition Crisis Prompts SOS Call for New Approach
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Stem Cell-Derived Neurons May Cut Recurrent Seizures Stem Cell-Derived Neurons May Cut Recurrent Seizures
Grafting autologous brain cells reduced epileptic seizures in animals, leading to possible future applications in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy, new research reports.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

U.S. Medic Quarantined in Nebraska for Possible Ebola Exposure U.S. Medic Quarantined in Nebraska for Possible Ebola Exposure
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Long-term Exercise Lowers Fall, Injury Risk Among Elderly Long-term Exercise Lowers Fall, Injury Risk Among Elderly
Moderate exercise two to three times per week seemed best for reducing fall and injury risk, a review and meta-analysis found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Diet Soda Linked to Increased Risk for Diabetic Retinopathy Diet Soda Linked to Increased Risk for Diabetic Retinopathy
Diet soda, but not regular soda, was linked to increased risk for proliferative diabetic retinopathy, a study found; further studies are needed to confirm these findings.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

Data Lacking on Optimal Treatment of Pediatric Wrist Fracture Data Lacking on Optimal Treatment of Pediatric Wrist Fracture
There is too little evidence to recommend any one approach to treating wrist fractures in children, the authors of a new Cochrane review conclude.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics News Source Type: news

Pembrolizumab Shows Modest Activity in Advanced Esophageal Cancer Pembrolizumab Shows Modest Activity in Advanced Esophageal Cancer
Pembrolizumab benefits a minority of heavily pretreated patients with advanced metastatic adenocarcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus, according to an open-label phase 2 trial.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Medical School Applicants and Enrollees Increasingly Diverse Medical School Applicants and Enrollees Increasingly Diverse
Significant increases in the number of women and black men entering US medical schools were seen in 2018, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Med Students News Source Type: news

Influential Long-time NIAMS Director Katz Dies at 77 Influential Long-time NIAMS Director Katz Dies at 77
Katz, who led the NIAMS since 1995, is remembered for his contributions to basic science, his willingness to take on thorny NIH management issues, and his exuberant, joyful personality.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Risk Clusters May Help Personalize Care After Orthopedic Trauma Risk Clusters May Help Personalize Care After Orthopedic Trauma
In the early recovery phase after orthopedic trauma, patients can be stratified into risk and protective clusters that can help individualize care, new research suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Moderate Drinking May Not Be Harmful in Heart Failure Moderate Drinking May Not Be Harmful in Heart Failure
A new study challenges common wisdom that patients with heart failure should avoid alcohol, suggesting that continuing to drink moderately after an HF diagnosis isn't harmful and may even be beneficial.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

FDA Chief to Meet E-cigarette Makers Amid Crackdown FDA Chief to Meet E-cigarette Makers Amid Crackdown
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to meet top-level executives of e-cigarette makers, the agency's chief said on Thursday, hinting that some companies seem to be backing away from commitments related to youth's access to e-cigarettes.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Thirty-Day Readmission Rules Associated With Increased Mortality Thirty-Day Readmission Rules Associated With Increased Mortality
In a retrospective analysis of 8.3 million hospitalizations, a program created by the Affordable Care Act to reduce costs may have led to harm. Policy experts call for better evaluation of new policy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Boys' Weight in Puberty Tied to Adult Diabetes Risk Boys' Weight in Puberty Tied to Adult Diabetes Risk
Young boys who gain a lot of weight at puberty may be at increased risk of developing diabetes decades later, a Swedish study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Nearly 100 Genetic Variants Linked to Colorectal Cancer Risk Nearly 100 Genetic Variants Linked to Colorectal Cancer Risk
Identification of 40 new genetic risk variants brings the total to nearly 100 variants that influence the risk of colorectal cancer, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Hepatitis C Treatment Linked to Reduced CVD Risk Hepatitis C Treatment Linked to Reduced CVD Risk
Treating hepatitis C virus (HCV) is associated with a significantly reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, according to a new study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

LVH Plus Myocardial Injury Flags HF Risk in Black Patients LVH Plus Myocardial Injury Flags HF Risk in Black Patients
The combination of LVH and subclinical myocardial injury identifies a malignant, preclinical HF phenotype in African Americans with a very high risk of HF, particularly among men.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

As Their Landlord Profits, Soldiers Battle Unsafe Army Homes As Their Landlord Profits, Soldiers Battle Unsafe Army Homes
One set of photographs, posted on Instagram, captures a grand, crimson-colored banquet hall at a 100-acre Irish estate with two 18th century mansions. The owner has redecorated the residence in gilded mirrors and blue damask wallpaper with the help of a renowned interior designer and is having a personal golf course installed on the verdant grounds.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

China Regulator Probes TCM Firm After Cancer Case Sparks Online Furore China Regulator Probes TCM Firm After Cancer Case Sparks Online Furore
Authorities in China are investigating a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) firm linked to the death of a young girl with cancer, after the case was rekindled online and reignited widespread anger over perceived failings in healthcare.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Cardiac Surgery Not Linked to Cognitive Decline Cardiac Surgery Not Linked to Cognitive Decline
Previous research has suggested high rates of cognitive decline following cardiac surgery, but a new study finds no such association with surgery vs cardiac catheterization.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Long Way to Go Before Testosterone Warnings Reach Older Men? Long Way to Go Before Testosterone Warnings Reach Older Men?
US men aged 50 years and older, including many with coronary disease, are continuing to use testosterone despite warnings of potential cardiac harm, finds a new analysis of Medicare data.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Skipping Cancer Screening Tied to Higher All-Cause Mortality Skipping Cancer Screening Tied to Higher All-Cause Mortality
A secondary analysis of a landmark cancer screening trial found that all-cause mortality was higher in participants who did not adhere to screening guidelines than in those who did.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Famine as a Fetus Increases Risk of Reproductive Aging Famine as a Fetus Increases Risk of Reproductive Aging
Exposure to famine in utero predisposes women to early menopause and premature ovarian failure later on in life, a unique new study indicates.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Barbershop Blood Pressure Model Too Costly for Wide-Scale Use? Barbershop Blood Pressure Model Too Costly for Wide-Scale Use?
A study showed impressive BP reductions in the difficult-to-reach black male population, but a leading public health expert says he does not believe this approach is viable for use across the US.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Physician, 57, Killed by Falling Ice While Hiking Physician, 57, Killed by Falling Ice While Hiking
Judith Pinsker was a primary care physician at Tufts Medical Center for more than 20 years. She spoke fluent Spanish, played the flute, and loved the outdoors and helping with medical service trips.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Early-Onset Sj ö gren's Linked to More Severe Disease Early-Onset Sj ö gren's Linked to More Severe Disease
Early-onset Sjogren's syndrome may be linked to more severe disease that worsens over time and has specific symptoms at presentation, a study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Neurofeedback Training Could Build Soldiers' Resilience to Stress Neurofeedback Training Could Build Soldiers' Resilience to Stress
Military personnel trained to change their own brain responses with a neurofeedback program may be able to reduce their risk of experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Work in Space Does Not Seem to Shorten Astronauts' Lives Work in Space Does Not Seem to Shorten Astronauts' Lives
Although space travel exposes astronauts to forms of radiation that are uncommon on Earth, and that are linked to cancers and heart problems, a U.S. study suggests this doesn't significantly shorten their lives.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

U.S. Drug Developer Capricor Places Duchenne Drug Trial on Hold U.S. Drug Developer Capricor Places Duchenne Drug Trial on Hold
Capricor Therapeutics Inc said on Wednesday it had put on hold a clinical trial of its drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a muscle-wasting disorder, citing a safety review.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Sanofi's Pediatric Hexavalent Vaccine Approved by U.S. FDA Sanofi's Pediatric Hexavalent Vaccine Approved by U.S. FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Sanofi's new pediatric vaccine immunizing children against six diseases, the French pharmaceutical lab said on Wednesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

Most Drug Treatments Fail to Control Long-term OA Pain Most Drug Treatments Fail to Control Long-term OA Pain
Most commonly used drugs for osteoarthritis (OA) did not reliably control pain or improve function when used long term, a meta-analysis found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Prevalence Of HCV Infection Varies Widely Across U.S. Prevalence Of HCV Infection Varies Widely Across U.S.
The prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection varies five-fold across the U.S., with more than 2 million people currently infected, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

EMLA Cream Only Minimally Effective for Venipuncture Pain in Babies EMLA Cream Only Minimally Effective for Venipuncture Pain in Babies
For infants younger than 3 months undergoing venipuncture, eutectic mixture of lidocaine (EMLA) cream has only minimal pain relieving effects relative to placebo and no benefit over sucrose and/or breastfeeding, according to a meta-analysis of published studies.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news