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To Live Longer, Forget the Treadmill and Play Tennis
Friday, September 21, 2018
Compared with being sedentary, the gain in life expectancy was almost 10 years with regular tennis playing vs a year and a half with health club workouts, an observational study found. Medscape Medical News
US Life Expectancy Going Down, With Opioid ODs a Big Factor
Thursday, September 20, 2018
The annual report on the health of the nation finds death rates are up for five of the leading 12 causes of death. Teen birth and smoking rates have been cut in half. Medscape Medical News
Sleep Apnea Treatment Tied to Improved Stroke Outcomes
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Use of continuous positive airway pressure after an acute stroke or transient ischemia attack may improve neurologic functioning in patients with sleep apnea, a new study found. Medscape Medical News
Clinician Phone Checks After HF Discharge: No Doctors Needed?
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Nonphysicians phoned patients within a week in lieu of follow-up doctor appointments in the THRIVE trial; 30-day outcomes didn't change. A prominent observer says the strategy may be truly disruptive. Medscape Medical News
Obesity Doubles Risk of Incontinence in Younger Women
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Clinicians should counsel women that maintaining a healthy weight may help prevent urinary incontinence now or later in life, the authors suggest. Medscape Medical News
For Stubborn COPD, Airway Ablation Bolsters Drug Effects
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Targeted lung denervation appears to maximize the benefits of the anticholinergic drugs often prescribed to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new research shows. Medscape Medical News
Identical Driver Mutations in Metastases as Primary Cancer
Thursday, September 20, 2018
A new analysis shows that mutations associated with cancer development are present in both primary tumors and their metastases, information that could be used in clinical management. Medscape Medical News
Inhaled Steroids May Increase Risk for Lung Infection
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Patients who use inhaled steroids were at increased risk of developing nontuberculosis mycobacterial lung infections. Medscape Medical News
Value of Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Confirmed
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Home blood pressure monitoring can improve control of high blood pressure and save healthcare dollars, new pilot data suggest.
Alternative Antibiotics After C-Section Linked to More Infections
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Women given alternatives to first-line cephalosporins showed a higher risk of surgical site infections, abscess, cellulitis, and other adverse outcomes. Medscape Medical News
Canakinumab Reduces Gout Risk Without Changing SUA Levels
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Canakinumab, an interleukin 1-beta blocker, was associated with significantly lower risk for gout attacks when given quarterly, but did not change serum uric acid levels, a study has found. Medscape Medical News
Food Insecurity Linked to High Blood Pressure in Kids
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Children who lack good access to nutritional foods are at increased risk of having high blood pressure, prompting a call for providers to screen for food insecurity as a heart disease risk factor. Medscape Medical News
Big Jump in US Spending on Cancer Drugs From 2011 to 2016
Thursday, September 20, 2018
From 2011 to 2016, expenditure on cancer drugs in the United States rapidly accelerated. The first prospective study of its kind tallies the numbers. Medscape Medical News
WHO: Global Efforts to End TB 'Off Track'
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Global efforts have averted an estimated 54 million tuberculosis deaths since 2000, but tuberculosis remains the world's deadliest infectious disease and countries are still not doing enough to end it by 2030, WHO says. Medscape Medical News
FDA Clears New Form of Latanoprost (Xelpros) for Glaucoma
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Xelpros is the first and only form of latanoprost that is not formulated with benzalkonium chloride, a preservative commonly used in topical ocular preparations. FDA Approvals
Walking Just 4 Hours a Week Linked to Reduced Stroke Severity
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
New registry data suggest even light to moderate physical activity may result in a less severe stroke over time. Medscape Medical News
Taking Back Carbon 'Imperative' to Stop Planet Overheating, Backers Say
Thursday, September 20, 2018
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Survival Similar After Thermal Ablation, Stereotactic Radiation Therapy for NSCLC
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Survival of patients with stage 1 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is similar after thermal ablation and stereotactic radiation therapy, respectively, according to data from the U.S. National Cancer Database. Reuters Health Information
Genetic Testing Doesn't Boost Live-Birth Rates in Older Women Planning ICSI
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Reuters Health Information
Alcohol-Interactive Meds Linked to Less Drinking in Chronically Ill Youth
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Reuters Health Information