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Absorbant offers promise for irritable bowel syndrome diarrhea
Laird Harrison

May 23rd, 2022 - SAN DIEGO – An intestinal absorbant, polymethylsiloxane polyhydrate (PMSPH), may relieve the diarrhea associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), researchers say. The absorbant reduced abdominal pain, improved stool consistency, and won praise from patients, said Yan Yiannakou, MBChB, a consultant in gastroenterology at County Durham and Darlington (England) National Health Service Foundati.

Contraceptive use boosted by enhanced counseling
Heidi Splete

May 23rd, 2022 - Contraceptive counseling and interventions beyond usual care significantly increased the use of contraceptives with no accompanying increase in sexually transmitted infections or reduction in condom use, based on data from a new meta-analysis. “Although effective contraception is available in the United States and guidelines support contraceptive care in clinical practice, providing contracepti.

Will ‘gold card’ legislation and others rein in prior authorizations?
Madelaine (Mattie) Feldman, MD

May 23rd, 2022 - I live in New Orleans and recently became aware of a piece of state legislation that would create a “gold card” system for prior authorizations in Louisiana. Before delving into what is a gold card and how it works, let’s take a look at the evolution of prior authorizations (PAs).

A psychiatric patient confesses to murder: Now what?
Randy Dotinga

May 23rd, 2022 - NEW ORLEANS – The patient, a 60-year-old woman who’d just tried to kill herself by overdosing on gabapentin, felt the need to make a confession. As she told a resident psychiatrist late one night at a Philadelphia crisis response center, she’d just murdered two people and buried them in her backyard.

Doxycycline bests azithromycin for anorectal chlamydia in women
Marilynn Larkin

May 23rd, 2022 - NEW YORK (Reuters) – A one-week course of doxycycline was superior to a single dose of azithromycin in women with concurrent vaginal and anorectal chlamydia infection in an unblinded randomized controlled trial, mirroring previous results in men. Researchers suggest that doxycycline should be the first-line therapy for chlamydia infection in women.

More first-degree relatives develop celiac than expected
Marcia Frellick

May 23rd, 2022 - Children who have first-degree relatives with celiac disease (CD) may be at higher risk of developing CD before age 10 than previously thought, according to results of an analysis of 10-year follow-up data. This analysis also yielded a web-based prediction model to help with screening for CD in children.

Advice from the Trenches on Type 2 Diabetes Care
Davida F. Kruger, MSN, APRN-BC, BC-ADM

May 23rd, 2022 - Davida F. Kruger, MSN, APN-BC, BC-ADM Ms.

Is migraine related to adverse pregnancy outcomes?

May 23rd, 2022 - Key clinical point: With self-reported migraine being associated with 26% higher odds of adverse pregnancy outcomes (APO), it may be a significant risk factor for APO. Major finding: After adjusting for confounding factors, women with migraine showed increased odds of any APO (adjusted odds ratio 1.

National Poll: Safety not always top of mind for parents choosing kids' summer camps

May 23rd, 2022 - When it comes to picking a summer camp for kids, logistics top the checklist for most parents, a new national poll suggests. And while families consider health and safety information, such as camp supervision and first aid training, less than half of parents rate general safety policies as essential to their camp decision, according to the University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hosp...

Treatment for alcohol abuse reduces hepatitis readmission
Laird Harrison

May 22nd, 2022 - SAN DIEGO – Treating people with alcoholic hepatitis for alcohol abuse may reduce their risk of hospital readmission, researchers reported. In a retrospective analysis of nationwide data, 7.

Alcohol may be more risky to the heart than previously thought

May 22nd, 2022 - Madrid, Spain – 22 May 2022: Levels of alcohol consumption currently considered safe by some countries are linked with development of heart failure, according to research presented at Heart Failure 2022, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1 “This study adds to the body of evidence that a more cautious approach to alcohol consumption is needed,” said study author D...

Ingestible sensor-enabled Truvada®, taken as pre-exposure prophylaxis against HIV infection, identifies patterns of medication taking that may lead to risk of prophylactic failure in near real-time.

May 22nd, 2022 - Friday, May 20, 2022 (San Diego, U.S.)—Research from the University of California released in Clinical Infectious Diseases demonstrates that ingestible sensor-enabled Truvada®, taken as pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV infection (PrEP), can reveal patterns of medication taking behavior that may put persons at risk of prophylactic failure. The FDA-approved system, consisting of an ingesti...

Liver transplants from drug overdose deaths rose sharply during COVID-19 pandemic

May 22nd, 2022 - San Diego, CA (May 22, 2022) — Liver transplants from drug overdose donors rose significantly in the pandemic’s first year, helping keep the number of liver transplants in the U.S. stable despite COVID-19 disruptions, according to a study to be presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2022. “When the pandemic began, we saw no decline in liver transplants, which seemed surprising since many su...

Voice-Analysis App Promising as Early Warning System for Heart Failure Decompensation

May 21st, 2022 - A voice can carry a long distance, but in patients with heart failure (HF) a voice can also carry otherwise hidden signs useful for predicting short-term risk for worsening disease, even acute decompensation. Potentially, it only has to reach a smartphone to do it, suggests a preliminary study of a mobile app designed to alert patients and clinicians to such looming HF events, if possible in ti...

CRC Screening: Blood Test Accuracy Compared to Colonoscopy

May 21st, 2022 - The first prospective study to evaluate the accuracy of a blood test for people being screened for colorectal cancer (CRC) revealed a high sensitivity and specificity. At 90% specificity, the blood assay (Guardant Health) was 100% sensitive for detecting CRC. At 95% specificity, sensitivity was 88%. The blood assay detects circulating tumor DNA from cancer in the bloodstream, which is then anal...

Being unmarried is associated with a higher risk of death in heart failure patients

May 21st, 2022 - Madrid, Spain – 21 May 2022: Unmarried heart failure patients appear less confident in managing their condition and more socially limited compared to their married counterparts, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2022, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1 These differences may have contributed to the worse long-term survival observed in unmarri...

Air pollution linked to deadly heart rhythm disorder

May 21st, 2022 - Madrid, Spain – 21 May 2022: Life-threatening arrhythmias are more common on days with highly polluted air, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2022, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1 The study was conducted in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), enabling the authors to track the occurrence of arrhythmias and delive...

The anxious patient needs psychosomatic primary care
Horst Gross, MD

May 20th, 2022 - A balance between fear and relaxation is normal. However, mental dispositions and the continuous influence of environmental stimuli can disrupt this balance.

Climate change, medical education, and dermatology
Misha Rosenbach, MD

May 20th, 2022 - The recent article on including the impact of climate on health in medical education programs shines an important light on the challenge – and urgent need – of integrating climate change training into medical education. These nascent efforts are just getting underway across the country, with some programs – notably Harvard’s C-CHANGE (Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment) prog.

Obesity and lung disease: Much more than BMI
Christine Kilgore

May 20th, 2022 - The diverse effects of obesity on lung health and disease are increasingly being teased apart, with researchers honing in on the impact of metabolic dysfunction, circulating inflammatory factors produced by adipose tissue, lipid handling, and other factors – in addition to body mass index – that are associated with the obese state. “The bird’s eye view is that obesity completely changes lung he.