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Healio News 09/30/2020 22:46
Primary care physicians and rheumatologists who feel overwhelmed with responsibilities should consider adding a clinical social worker to their practice to address their patients’ pain, an expert said. “We all want to find ways to improve the quality of care to retain patients,” Wenona Y. Andress, LCSW, a clinical social worker and therapist in Lubbock, Texas, said during her virtual PAINWeek presentation. “I found in working with pain patients is that they all want a cure. With chronic pain patients, we know there's not going to be a cure, so I work with them in in.
Healio News 09/30/2020 17:17
A previously healthy 3-year-old female presents with a rash consisting of numerous vesicles and open lesions. The onset was a few days earlier. Her past medical history is positive for moderately severe eczema, which is occasionally well controlled with topical therapy, but the therapy has been inconsistently applied. When she has a flair-up of eczema, she is usually seen in urgent care, noting that the distribution has been primarily limited to the distal extremities and antecubital and popliteal areas (Figures 1, 2 and 3). The current complaint is similar in that there is much pruritus with.
Healio News 09/30/2020 17:03
Quadrivalent HPV vaccination substantially reduced the risk for invasive cervical cancer among Swedish girls and women aged 10 to 30 years, according to results of a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. “This is the first time that we, on a population level, are able to show that HPV vaccination is protective not only against cellular changes that can be precursors to cervical cancer, but also against actual invasive cervical cancer,” Jiayao Lei, PhD, researcher in the department of medical epidemiology and biostatistics at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, said.
Healio News 09/30/2020 17:02
Older adults with COPD who were new users of oral cannabinoids had increased risk for all-cause mortality and those using higher doses had increased risk for hospitalization for COPD or pneumonia, according to data published in Thorax. “Older adults with COPD represent a group that would likely be more susceptible to cannabinoid-related respiratory side effects since older adults less efficiently break down drugs and, hence, drug effects can linger in the body for longer,” Nicholas T. Vozoris, MD, FRCPC, MHSc, assistant professor and clinical investigator in the department of.
Healio News 09/30/2020 16:19
Health education courses may change college students’ beliefs about stress if they address the nuances of certain personality traits, particularly neuroticism, according to study results published in American Journal of Health Education. "It appears that engaging in health education is beneficial in changing perceptions of stress for some students but not all — based on personality,” Jennifer Wegmann, PhD, of the department of health and wellness studies at Binghamton University in in New York, said in a press release. “For example, significant changes were elicited in.
Healio News 09/30/2020 16:00
Gene therapy for corneal disease holds promise but still has limitations, according to one speaker at the virtual EuCornea congress. “In ophthalmology, most clinical trials are related to disorders of the retina, while for cornea, they are still very few,” Victor Abad Morales, PhD, said. He said that requirements for corneal gene therapy are stringent. First, vision must be significantly impaired or likely to be so in the near future, and no better equivalent effective treatment must be available. Second, the genetic defect involved must be clearly identified, and third, the.
Healio News 09/30/2020 15:44
Relaxation techniques, such as massage, appeared to effectively reduce stress, according to results of a block randomized controlled trial published in Scientific Reports. "To get a better handle on the negative effects of stress, we need to understand its opposite — relaxation," Jens C. Pruessner, PhD, of the department of psychology at the University of Constance in Germany, said in a press release. "Relaxation therapies show great promise as a holistic way to treat stress, but more systematic scientific appraisal of these methods is needed." According to Pruessner and colleagues,
Healio News 09/30/2020 15:37
Amidst the threat of a fall wave of COVID-19 cases in the United States, primary care physicians face another challenge: the 2020-2021 influenza season. “This has the potential to be a challenging season with COVID-19 and influenza both impacting vulnerable populations,” Steven J. Kravet, MD, MBA, president of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, told Healio Primary Care. “The best strategy is to be ready, to begin now to reinforce prevention and to assess workforce capacity, equipment and community resources.” Encouraging data have emerged that suggest efforts to curb.
Healio News 09/30/2020 14:30
Patient expedition, use of real-time data and benchmark comparisons are among the ways orthopedic practices can monitor performance and drive productivity, according to a presenter at an American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives webinar. “Our physicians are looking at what they can do to get as many people in as possible,” Tara Holiky, MBA, an administrator at Greater Chesapeake Hand Specialists, said during the presentation. “It obviously helps that we are upper extremity only. We’re not having to exchange and that sort of thing, but I think it begins with that.
Healio News 09/30/2020 14:07
Medtronic plc. announced plans to acquire Avenu Medical, a California-based company which focuses on developing devices aimed at improving vascular access procedures for patients on dialysis, according to a press release. As Healio Nephrology previously reported, the FDA granted marketing authorization for the use of Avenu Medical’s Ellipsys Vascular Access System in 2018. The press release noted the system is different from traditional modes of arteriovenous fistula creation, which are often done with an open surgery approach, as it uses ultrasound technology as a guide to insert the.
Healio News 09/30/2020 14:00
A “high relative abundance” of a gut microbiota species in the Blautia genus correlated with a greater risk for MS relapse in pediatric patients, according to findings presented during an encore session of MSVirtual2020. The study represents the largest of its kind in MS, but the findings need to be replicated in larger investigations, the researchers noted. “What we do know about the gut microbiome in MS is largely from adult-onset cohorts,” Mary Horton, MPH, epidemiology PhD candidate at University of California, Berkeley, said during her presentation. “The.
Healio News 09/30/2020 13:56
Residents of U.S. counties that experience persistent poverty appear to be at a disproportionally higher risk for cancer mortality than residents of other counties, including those experiencing current poverty, according to study findings. The results, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, shed light on the need to address multilevel determinants of cancer disparities in persistent poverty counties, researchers noted. “As a field, we know that cancer risk is different for people living in different communities, with higher mortality in rural and poor communities.
Healio News 09/30/2020 13:03
Precision medicine in cancer treatment has gained momentum due to advances in genomics and the mechanisms of targeted therapies. However, patients with rare cancers — defined as those that occur among less than six per 100,000 people each year in the United States — have not been able to access the full benefit of these advances. “These cancers are individually rare, but if you put them all together, they make up almost 25% of the cancer burden, and they are a real unmet need,” Razelle Kurzrock, MD, distinguished professor of medicine, associate director of clinical.
Healio News 09/30/2020 12:21
A novel esophageal capsule was not seen as ready for population screening for Barrett’s Esophagus, according to results form a pilot study. “We assessed the diagnostic accuracy of a novel third generation capsule with an improved frame rate of 35 frames per second for the detection of BE in a pilot study,” Abhiram Duvvuri, MD, from the department of gastroenterology at Kansas City VA Medical Center, and colleagues wrote. “Studies integrating artificial intelligence into improved quality novel esophageal capsule should be performed for BE screening,” they added.
Healio News 09/30/2020 12:13
The efficacy of an investigational, once-weekly insulin therapy was similar to daily insulin glargine in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to data from a phase 2 trial. It was the top story in endocrinology last week. Another top story was about research that showed weight loss can help restore pancreas function among people experiencing type 2 diabetes remission. Read these and more top stories in endocrinology below: Once-weekly insulin efficacy similar to daily therapy in type 2 diabetes Adults with type 2 diabetes assigned to an investigational, once-weekly insulin therapy experienced.
Healio News 09/30/2020 11:52
Phase 3 results from the Illuminate-B study suggest lumasiran, an investigational RNA interference therapeutic, may be safe and effective for treating pediatric patients who have primary hyperoxaluria type 1. According to a press release from Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc., the study is the first to evaluate the safety and efficacy of RNA interference-based medications in children younger than 6 years of age, including infants. In the press release, Pritesh J. Gandhi, PharmD, vice president and general manager of the lumasiran program at Alnylam, noted the results from Illuminate-B are similar to.
Healio News 09/30/2020 11:48
The American Thoracic Society recently convened an expert panel to discuss the latest in COVID-19 news from the front line, including case control, testing and the need for communities to adhere to prevention strategies. COVID-19 infections have continued to rise worldwide, with 7.1 million total cases and more than 204,000 deaths in the United States as of Tuesday. Outbreaks in different regions of the U.S. are anticipated in the fall and winter months, as well as after schools and universities have reopened with in-person or hybrid classes. “Obviously, we would love to see fewer cases.
Healio News 09/30/2020 11:44
Patient preference favoring treatment discontinuation was improved during treatment with Entyvio or Stelara compared with anti-TNF therapy in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, according to study results. Dana J. Lukin, MD, PhD, of the division of the Jill Roberts Center for IBD at Weill Cornell Medical College, and colleagues wrote that non-adherence to medication presents a critical risk in IBD. However, the reasons why patients prefer biologic discontinuation are not well understood. “Few studies have retrospectively examined potential risk factors of non-adherence in patients.

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