Risk for MRSA Reduced With Postdischarge Decolonization

THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 — For patients colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), postdischarge MRSA decolonization is associated with a reduced risk for infection, according to a study published in the Feb. 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Susan S. Huang, M.D., M.P.H., from the University of California Irvine School of Medicine, and colleagues conducted a randomized […]

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10 best foods for diabetes: What to eat and avoid

A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and healthful proteins can have significant benefits for people with diabetes. Balancing certain foods can help maintain health, improve overall well-being, and prevent future complications. A healthcare professional, such as a doctor or dietitian, can work with people who have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes to find the most beneficial food choices […]

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No Increased Risk for Cancer for ART-Conceived Children

TUESDAY, Feb. 5, 2019 — Children conceived by assisted reproductive technology (ART) do not appear to have a significantly increased cancer risk, according to a study published online Feb. 4 in Human Reproduction. Mandy Spaan, from the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, and colleagues conducted a nationwide historical cohort study with prospective follow-up for all live-born offspring from women treated […]

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Demand for long-acting contraception rose sharply after 2016 election

Not long after Donald Trump was elected president, descriptive reports began rolling in: Demand for long-acting, reversible contraception (LARCs) such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants seemed to be on the rise. But was this trend based on a real shift in women’s use of LARCs or just due to normal fluctuations in interest in IUDs and implants or due […]

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Experts call for emergency declaration on Congo’s Ebola

An international group of public health experts have called on The World Health Organization to convene an emergency committee and consider declaring Congo’s Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency. The group of experts wrote in the Lancet Monday that such a call would help galvanize “high-level political, financial, and technical support to address the Ebola outbreak that started last […]

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ASA: Flu-Like Illness Linked to Increased Risk for Stroke

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 2019 — Influenza-like illness (ILI) is associated with an increased risk for ischemic stroke and cervical artery dissection (CeAD), according to two studies presented at the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference, held from Feb. 6 to 8 in Honolulu. Trevor Alvord, M.P.H., from Columbia University in New York City, and colleagues conducted a case-crossover analysis of […]

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Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Eye Infections in Newborns Advised

TUESDAY, Jan. 29, 2019 — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has reaffirmed the recommendation for use of ocular prophylaxis for gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum. This recommendation forms the basis of a final recommendation statement published online Jan. 29 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Susan J. Curry, Ph.D., from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and […]

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New therapeutic targets for kidney fibrosis emerge

Chronic kidney disease is a global health concern, affecting about 10 percent of the world’s population—and increasing in prevalence. A final, common pathway in chronic kidney disease is fibrosis. Just as fibrosis—or the formation of fibrous connective tissue—can cause devastating effects in the lung, liver, heart and elsewhere, fibrosis of the kidneys can ultimately lead to end-stage kidney failure. In […]

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Short-term hospital readmissions for gun injuries cost $86 million a year

Hospital readmissions of patients within six months of suffering a firearm injury cost taxpayers, private insurers and uninsured families an average of $86 million a year from 2010 through 2015, according to new estimates from Stanford University School of Medicine researchers. During that six-year period, the annual cost of hospitalizations for gun injuries averaged $911 million, with the government shouldering […]

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