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ASMBS Pediatric Committee Updates Guidelines on Bariatric Surgery in Teens

ASMBS Pediatric Committee Updates Guidelines on Bariatric Surgery in Teens

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Pediatric Committee has updated their 2012 evidence-based guidelines.

The Role of Public Education Campaigns in Increasing Patient Response to TIA and Minor Stroke

The Role of Public Education Campaigns in Increasing Patient Response to TIA and Minor Stroke

The UK FAST campaign attempted to bolster patient response to both transient ischemic attack and minor stroke.

How to Tell Your Anti-Vaccine Patients the Truth About Vaccines

How to Tell Your Anti-Vaccine Patients the Truth About Vaccines

What's the best way to tell your anti-vaccine patients the truth about vaccines?

Psilocybin Study Gets Green Light From FDA for Treatment-Resistant Depression

Psilocybin Study Gets Green Light From FDA for Treatment-Resistant Depression

The trial will be a Phase 2b dose-ranging study (N=216) with patients from 12-15 research centers across Europe and North America.

Authorship by Female Physicians Inequitably Represented in Pediatric Journals

Authorship by Female Physicians Inequitably Represented in Pediatric Journals

Authorship of perspective-type articles in high-impact pediatric journals showed fewer female physician first authors despite women outnumbering their male colleagues in the pediatric specialty.

KaPow: Using Medical Comics as a Tool for Patient Education

KaPow: Using Medical Comics as a Tool for Patient Education

Medical comic books may be an acceptable form of patient education material, but clinicians should assess and honor patient preferences before providing these materials.

CDC: Updated Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for 2018-2019

CDC: Updated Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for 2018-2019

In general, routine annual vaccination is recommended for all patients ≥6 months of age who have no contraindications.

Higher Risk for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in Psychiatry Interns

Higher Risk for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in Psychiatry Interns

Study investigators suggest that interns in psychiatry are the most vulnerable population among medical interns and should be targeted for prevention interventions.

FDA Extends Expiration Date for Certain Lots of EpiPen

FDA Extends Expiration Date for Certain Lots of EpiPen

This date modification beyond the approved 20-month shelf life was based an FDA review of product stability data submitted by Mylan.

USPSTF Updates Recommendations for Cervical Cancer Screening

USPSTF Updates Recommendations for Cervical Cancer Screening

The US Preventive Services Task Force conducted a review of trials and cohort studies to support an update of its cervical cancer screening recommendations for women ages 21 to 65 and older.

Examining the Effect of Chronic Opioid Use on 2016 Presidential Voting Patterns

Examining the Effect of Chronic Opioid Use on 2016 Presidential Voting Patterns

Chronic use of prescription opioids was correlated with support for the Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election.

Information Deficits, Moral Stances Contribute to Lack Interest in Organ Donation

Information Deficits, Moral Stances Contribute to Lack Interest in Organ Donation

A person's unwillingness to become an organ donor may be explained by a significant information deficit, mistrust for the medical establishment, or a moral opposition to killing.

Genetic Screening in Preventive Care: Advances and Challenges

Genetic Screening in Preventive Care: Advances and Challenges

Approximately 1% of individuals in the United States have a genetic predisposition to cancer or heart disease, and these individuals could be ideal candidates for genetic screening.

Improving Physician Knowledge of Risks Associated With Occupational Radiation Exposure

Improving Physician Knowledge of Risks Associated With Occupational Radiation Exposure

Study investigators found that baseline scores of knowledge for radiation exposure were low overall, except in the case of participants who were radiologists.

How to Discuss Morally Charged Topics With Medical Students

How to Discuss Morally Charged Topics With Medical Students

When teaching morally or spiritually complex issues during medical training, physicians should create a supportive environment with respectful discourse.

FDA Approves Additional Dosing Schedule for Eylea in Wet AMD

FDA Approves Additional Dosing Schedule for Eylea in Wet AMD

The approval was supported by year 2 data from the Phase 3 VIEW 1 and VIEW 2 trials that evaluated 2412 patients with wet AMD who followed a modified 12-week dosing schedule (doses at least every 12 weeks and additional doses as needed).

Inhaled Vaporized Cannabis Shows No Clinically Meaningful Effect in COPD

Inhaled Vaporized Cannabis Shows No Clinically Meaningful Effect in COPD

Researchers studied the efficacy of single-dose inhaled vaporized cannabis to alleviate breathlessness and improve exercise tolerance in adults with advanced COPD.

Bridging the Mammalian Divide, One Medical Student at a Time

Bridging the Mammalian Divide, One Medical Student at a Time

Harvard Medical School's partnership with Zoo New England is unlike any other program in the country.

Manufacturers Issue Statements Regarding Epinephrine Auto-Injector Supply

Manufacturers Issue Statements Regarding Epinephrine Auto-Injector Supply

In May, the Food and Drug Administration posted a drug shortage alert, adding Mylan's EpiPen (epinephrine injection) to the drug shortage list.

Notifications by PDMPs May Not Effectively Reduce Opioid Misuse

Notifications by PDMPs May Not Effectively Reduce Opioid Misuse

Unsolicited notices to prescribers as part of prescription drug monitoring programs may not effectively reduce opioid use, as patients may seek other prescribers.

ADA Releases Updated Guidelines for Managing Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes

ADA Releases Updated Guidelines for Managing Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes

It is critical for us to remember that children are not little adults. Pediatric-onset diabetes is different from adult-onset diabetes due to its distinct epidemiology, pathophysiology, developmental considerations, and response to therapy.

The Opioid Crisis: District by District

The Opioid Crisis: District by District

Southern states have the 10 highest opioid prescribing rates in the country, while California, New York, and Virginia are among the bottom 10.

Trump's Testing Increases Interest in Montreal Cognitive Assessment

Trump's Testing Increases Interest in Montreal Cognitive Assessment

The president's cognitive fitness has always been a hot-button topic among both the general public and the medical community.

Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Formulations: Barriers to Broader Use

Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Formulations: Barriers to Broader Use

Abuse-deterrent opioid formulations have not yet been widely accepted despite their proposed value in reducing opioid abuse and related mortality. Many of the current barriers to broader use are related to their higher cost compared with conventional formulations.

Will Lunar and Planet Dust Be Health Concerns of the Future?

Will Lunar and Planet Dust Be Health Concerns of the Future?

It is known that the space environment and zero gravity pose risks to human health, but planetary dust is another threat that has been mostly overlooked.

Urinary Incontinence in Women: Screening Guidelines and Recommendations

Urinary Incontinence in Women: Screening Guidelines and Recommendations

There is a lack of direct evidence that assesses the benefits and harms of screening for urinary incontinence in women.

Integrating Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Diseases

Integrating Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Diseases

All healthcare providers have a role in combating the opioid use disorder epidemic and its infectious disease consequences.

International PCOS Network Issues New Guidelines for Management and Diagnosis of PCOS

International PCOS Network Issues New Guidelines for Management and Diagnosis of PCOS

International evidence-based guidelines include 166 recommendations and practice points to improve health outcomes of women with PCOS.

Influential Factors in Kidney Transplant Include Social Support, Life Expectancy

Influential Factors in Kidney Transplant Include Social Support, Life Expectancy

Transplant providers are more likely to choose candidates for kidney transplant if they have a strong social support network.

The Challenge of Compassion in Modern Healthcare Settings

The Challenge of Compassion in Modern Healthcare Settings

A providers' capacity to feel compassion is affected in part by the practice environment.

FDA Taps Social Media to Identify and Assess Emerging Drug Abuse Threats

FDA Taps Social Media to Identify and Assess Emerging Drug Abuse Threats

The FDA continues to battle the nation's opioid problem even as it looks to detect and prevent the next threat.

Prioritizing Rest in Hospital Settings: Poor Sleep Increases Costs, Complications, and Mortality

Prioritizing Rest in Hospital Settings: Poor Sleep Increases Costs, Complications, and Mortality

Study results serve as an important impetus for physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, and others involved in the care of hospitalized patients to optimize sleep in the hospital setting.

Space Flight-Associated Neuro-Ocular Syndrome Associated With Brain Upward Shift

Space Flight-Associated Neuro-Ocular Syndrome Associated With Brain Upward Shift

Study results demonstrate that the eyes are gateways into the effects of space flight on the brain.

Terms Used for Addiction May Be Associated With Explicit, Implicit Bias

Terms Used for Addiction May Be Associated With Explicit, Implicit Bias

Stigmatizing terms used to describe individuals who have a substance addiction, including "addict," alcoholic," and "substance abuser," may be associated with negative explicit and implicit biases and should be replaced with positive terms that still describe the conditions accurately.

Cannabis for Multiple Sclerosis: Prescriber's Perspective

Cannabis for Multiple Sclerosis: Prescriber's Perspective

Cannabis has been shown to reduce the use of prescription drugs that have more numerous and serious side effects, including opioids, benzodiazepines, and antidepressants.

Mistreatment Programs Reviewed for Reducing Abuse of Medical Trainees

Mistreatment Programs Reviewed for Reducing Abuse of Medical Trainees

The development of a theoretical framework can help prevent the pervasive abuse, harassment, discrimination, and mistreatment of medical trainees.

Digital Media Engagement Associated With ADHD Symptoms in Adolescents

Digital Media Engagement Associated With ADHD Symptoms in Adolescents

These results indicate an association between adolescent engagement in digital media activities and subsequent ADHD symptoms.

Opioid Users More Likely to Have Complex Health Issues and Dealings With Criminal Justice System

Opioid Users More Likely to Have Complex Health Issues and Dealings With Criminal Justice System

Individuals taking opioids were found to be more likely to report physical and mental health issues and to have more frequent dealings with the criminal justice system compared with individuals not taking opioids.

FDA Clears Smartphone-Enabled Urinalysis Kit for Home Use

FDA Clears Smartphone-Enabled Urinalysis Kit for Home Use

The Dip.io kit works in tandem with existing smartphone cameras and a dedicated app.

Decreasing Diet-Related Diseases Requires Changes in Policy and Regulation

Decreasing Diet-Related Diseases Requires Changes in Policy and Regulation

Several nations have limited the allowable sodium content of key foods, and the United Kingdom and Canada have implemented voluntary sodium-reduction targets for many categories of foods.

Off-Label Prescribing Common With Certain Psychiatric Medications

Off-Label Prescribing Common With Certain Psychiatric Medications

Using data from the 2012 and 2013 National Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys, researchers looked at all adult outpatient visits to psychiatric practices for chronic care management in which ≥1 psychiatric medication was prescribed.

National Guideline Clearinghouse Offline Due to Funding Cuts

National Guideline Clearinghouse Offline Due to Funding Cuts

The mission of the National Guideline Clearinghouse was to offer a source of objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines, and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use by healthcare professionals.

AAP: Policy Statement on Health Concerns Related to Food Additives

AAP: Policy Statement on Health Concerns Related to Food Additives

According to the AAP, improvements to the current regulatory process for food additives are "urgently needed" as recent studies suggest many of these chemicals have been linked to endocrine system disruption and other adverse health effects.

A Little Empathy Goes a Long Way When Communicating With Families of Critically Ill Patients

A Little Empathy Goes a Long Way When Communicating With Families of Critically Ill Patients

Empathetic statements from physicians during intensive care conferences with family members are conducive to building the physician-family relationship.

Strategies for Increasing Physician-Scientist Recruitment to Research Careers

Strategies for Increasing Physician-Scientist Recruitment to Research Careers

From 2003 to 2015, funding for the National Institutes of Health declined by 22% due to a nationwide decrease in biomedical research support.

Addressing Modern Difficulties in Supporting Biomedical Research

Addressing Modern Difficulties in Supporting Biomedical Research

The past 2 decades of biomedical research have seen a substantial increase in "hypercompetition" for funding.

Many Adults in the United States View Marijuana Use Positively

Many Adults in the United States View Marijuana Use Positively

Most adults in the United States believe that marijuana has at least 1 benefit.

FDA: Cancer Treatment 'Alternative' May Cause Serious Heart Problems, Death

FDA: Cancer Treatment 'Alternative' May Cause Serious Heart Problems, Death

Cesium chloride is not approved by the FDA to treat cancer or any other disease.

Protecting the Privacy of Study Participants in an Era of Ubiquitous GPS Location Tracking

Protecting the Privacy of Study Participants in an Era of Ubiquitous GPS Location Tracking

With the explosion of big data and its use in human biomedical research comes the possibility of unauthorized parties accessing data and potentially re-identifying de-identified personal information.

The FDA Has the Authority to Explain Drug Application Rejections or Approvals. They Should Use It.

The FDA Has the Authority to Explain Drug Application Rejections or Approvals. They Should Use It.

The FDA has the ability within its governing laws to reveal to the public the reasons for its decisions to reject or approve drugs.

Pain Societies Issue Guidelines on Use of Ketamine for the Management of Acute Pain

Pain Societies Issue Guidelines on Use of Ketamine for the Management of Acute Pain

Consensus guidelines regarding the use of ketamine for the management of acute pain have been approved.

DOJ Investigation Tied to Decreases in Inappropriate ICD Use at Investigated Hospitals

DOJ Investigation Tied to Decreases in Inappropriate ICD Use at Investigated Hospitals

After a Department of Justice investigation, the rate of noncompliant implantable cardioverter-defibrillator use significantly decreased in the hospital setting.

Lyme-Bearing Ticks More Widespread in United States Than Previously Thought

Lyme-Bearing Ticks More Widespread in United States Than Previously Thought

Ticks capable of transmitting Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses have been identified in dozens of places across the United States.

Attending Surgeon Influences Genetic Testing in Breast Cancer

Attending Surgeon Influences Genetic Testing in Breast Cancer

The attending surgeon is associated with variation in the receipt of genetic testing after breast cancer diagnosis.

Essure System for Permanent Birth Control to Be Discontinued

Essure System for Permanent Birth Control to Be Discontinued

Bayer maintains that the safety and efficacy of the device remains consistent and that the reason for this discontinuation is strictly business-related.

WIC Program Enrollment Linked to Declining Pediatric Obesity

WIC Program Enrollment Linked to Declining Pediatric Obesity

Childhood obesity continues to be a public health issue that requires improved policies and interventions at both the individual and population level.

Developing a New Set of Standards for Clinical Research Site Accreditation

Developing a New Set of Standards for Clinical Research Site Accreditation

Can groups with varying viewpoints come together to agree on a set of standards for the accreditation process?

Point-Counterpoint: Should We Implement Needle Exchange Programs for the Prevention of Hepatitis C Virus?

Point-Counterpoint: Should We Implement Needle Exchange Programs for the Prevention of Hepatitis C Virus?

Of the approximately 12.7 to 16 million people who inject drugs (PWID) worldwide, an estimated 10 million individuals have hepatitis C virus (HCV), making it the most prevalent infectious disease in this population.

Preschool Home Visiting Program Improves School Readiness Among Low-Income Children

Preschool Home Visiting Program Improves School Readiness Among Low-Income Children

Although home visiting programs aimed at improving the school readiness of preschool children have shown promise in short-term studies, they have not been adequately evaluated in longer-term studies.

Alternative Payment Models Should Include Precision Medicine

Alternative Payment Models Should Include Precision Medicine

The American Medical Association has committed to working to integrate precision medicine into alternative payment models.

FDA Action Plan Released to Promote Competition, Affordability of Biosimilars

FDA Action Plan Released to Promote Competition, Affordability of Biosimilars

The FDA has released a Biosimilar Action Plan to promote competition and affordability across the market for biologic and biosimilar products.

FOSTA-SESTA Threatens Sex Worker Livelihoods: What Mental Health Providers Should Know

FOSTA-SESTA Threatens Sex Worker Livelihoods: What Mental Health Providers Should Know

Sex workers already operate at the social and economic margins. SESTA-FOSTA makes it increasingly difficult for them to advertise and screen clients safely, deeply cutting into their incomes and threatening their livelihoods.

Following World Cup, FIFA Must Make Concussion Treatment a Priority

Following World Cup, FIFA Must Make Concussion Treatment a Priority

Following the close of the 2018 World Cup, FIFA must consider how to better handle concussions moving forward.

Data Support FDA Restrictions on Pediatric Cough and Cold Medicines

Data Support FDA Restrictions on Pediatric Cough and Cold Medicines

New research supports expanded restrictions on opioid-containing cough and cold medications for children.

Myriad Issues at Play in Expanding Access to Investigational Drugs for Unmet Medical Needs

Myriad Issues at Play in Expanding Access to Investigational Drugs for Unmet Medical Needs

Researchers evaluated the medical literature using terms including early access, compassionate use, pre-approval access, and named-patient programs.

Clinicians Warn That Zika Virus May Still Be an Area of Concern for Travelers

Clinicians Warn That Zika Virus May Still Be an Area of Concern for Travelers

Infectious disease experts from Emory University School of Medicine recommend that patients contemplating travel to Zika-affected areas consult with their care providers regarding travel plans and potential Zika virus testing.

Examining the Intergenerational Involvement of CPS Among Adolescent Mothers

Examining the Intergenerational Involvement of CPS Among Adolescent Mothers

Approximately 25% of adolescent mothers had their first child taken into CPS care within the first week of birth.

FDA Outlines Plan for Increasing Nonprescription Drug Availability

FDA Outlines Plan for Increasing Nonprescription Drug Availability

The draft guidance, Innovative Approaches for Nonprescription Drug Products, applies to drugs under the New Drug Application (NDA) process and "is intended to extend that NDA pathway to include therapeutic indications that have not, historically, been available for use without a prescription," said Gottlieb in a press statement.

Women Often Unaware of Their Hospital's Religious Affiliation

Women Often Unaware of Their Hospital's Religious Affiliation

Women of reproductive age are often unaware of their hospital's religious affiliation.

Goal Setting, Future Outlook Associated With Lower Weapon-Related Violence Among Low-Resource Youth

Goal Setting, Future Outlook Associated With Lower Weapon-Related Violence Among Low-Resource Youth

Participants who reported a positive future orientation were significantly less likely to report threatening someone with a weapon.

Gender Bias in Medicine Has Far-Reaching Consequences

Gender Bias in Medicine Has Far-Reaching Consequences

In academic medicine, harassment remains common; these issues begin early in training, with negative gender-based experiences reported by preclinical medical students.

Hormonal Contraceptives and Migraine: Is It Time to Revisit Stroke Risk?

Hormonal Contraceptives and Migraine: Is It Time to Revisit Stroke Risk?

Current oral contraceptive products contain lower doses of estrogen than those used in the past, prompting reconsideration of risks and benefits.

Probiotic, Prebiotic Harm-Related Safety Data Not Adequately Reported in RCTs

Probiotic, Prebiotic Harm-Related Safety Data Not Adequately Reported in RCTs

Inadequate safety data exist to support the use of probiotic, prebiotic, and synbiotic interventions.

Subclinical Hypothyroidism: Controversies in Testing and Treatment

Subclinical Hypothyroidism: Controversies in Testing and Treatment

Divergent recommendations in guidelines from the USPSTF and the ATA/AACE contribute to the controversy surrounding whether to test and treat for subclinical hypothyroidism.

FDA: Scammers Sending Fake Warning Letters to Consumers

FDA: Scammers Sending Fake Warning Letters to Consumers

"Consumers who aren't involved in manufacturing or distributing FDA regulated products should be on alert that if you get an FDA warning letter, it's probably fake, and probably a scam," said Gottlieb.

Communication-Based Intervention Increases Goals-of-Care Discussions Between Physicians, Patients With Serious Illness

Communication-Based Intervention Increases Goals-of-Care Discussions Between Physicians, Patients With Serious Illness

Good clinician communication on the goals of care for patients with serious illness is associated with improved patient outcomes and reduced intensity of end-of-life care.

Placebo Effect of Various Female Sexual Dysfunction Drug Treatments Assessed

Placebo Effect of Various Female Sexual Dysfunction Drug Treatments Assessed

For this study, the authors aimed to quantify this effect by conducting a systematic review of various databases to identify studies that included a placebo arm and used Female Sexual Function Index as a clinical outcome.

Association Between Industry Payments and Opioid Prescribing

Association Between Industry Payments and Opioid Prescribing

Non-research industry payments to physicians may be associated with increases in opioid prescribing rates.

FDA Drops Zika Testing Requirement for Blood Donors

FDA Drops Zika Testing Requirement for Blood Donors

The FDA recommends moving away from testing each individual donation to testing pooled donations.

FDA Strengthens Warnings for Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

FDA Strengthens Warnings for Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

The labeling changes are based on a review of postmarketing adverse event reports found in the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) database and published medical literature.

Disparities in Breast Reconstruction Access Persist Despite Advocacy Efforts

Disparities in Breast Reconstruction Access Persist Despite Advocacy Efforts

Because most reconstructive surgeons are not trained in communicating complex risk information, some women may choose to have the procedure done without fully understanding the risks.

Remission of Treatment-Resistant Depression in Veterans Depends on Close Clinical Observation

Remission of Treatment-Resistant Depression in Veterans Depends on Close Clinical Observation

This study supports the effects of close clinical observation and the use of combined treatment interventions including repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for achieving remission in veterans with treatment-resistant depression.

Live or Online Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Reduced Cancer-Related Psychological Distress

Live or Online Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Reduced Cancer-Related Psychological Distress

Mindfulness-based interventions are proven effective in helping patients with cancer manage distress and other psychological symptoms. In this study, researchers sought to determine if Internet-based MBCT can be as effective as face-to-face interventions.

Recent Years Have Seen US Military Reinventing Trauma Care

Recent Years Have Seen US Military Reinventing Trauma Care

The US military has reinvented trauma care, offering hope for changing approaches to health care.

Red Cross Issues Nationwide Call for Blood Donations

Red Cross Issues Nationwide Call for Blood Donations

Following a blood shortage triggered by the Fourth of July holiday week, the American Red Cross has called for donations of all blood types, but especially type O.

Chinese Traditional Medicine Showed Effectiveness on Pain, Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

Chinese Traditional Medicine Showed Effectiveness on Pain, Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

In a randomized study, researchers sought to determine the effect of IV injections of coix seed oil, a Chinese CAM, on pain and quality of life measures for patients with advanced cancer.

Internet "Challenges" and Teenagers: a Guide for Primary Care Providers

Internet "Challenges" and Teenagers: a Guide for Primary Care Providers

Discussions involving Internet challenges with children and adolescents should be as sensitive as those about sexuality and drug or alcohol use.

Primary Care Intensive Management of High-Risk Veterans Has Neutral Costs

Primary Care Intensive Management of High-Risk Veterans Has Neutral Costs

With rising healthcare costs reaching unsustainable levels, effective management of the relatively small population of patients who require the most care and incur the highest healthcare costs is a focus of many providers and payers.

FDA: Freeze-Dried Plasma Product Approved for Medical Emergencies in Combat

FDA: Freeze-Dried Plasma Product Approved for Medical Emergencies in Combat

French FDP has been approved by the FDA for use in military personnel in medical emergencies.

Social Media and Adolescents: What Are the Health Risks?

Social Media and Adolescents: What Are the Health Risks?

Primary care providers should screen for depression and other health-related risks associated with the use of social media by adolescents.

Managing Diabetes Risk in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Managing Diabetes Risk in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Insulin resistance contributes to the increased risk of type 2 diabetes in individuals with polycystic ovary syndrome.

Patient Interest Fairly High for Melanoma Genetic Risk Testing

Patient Interest Fairly High for Melanoma Genetic Risk Testing

There is moderately high interest in genetic testing for melanoma risk among the general population.

Pregnancy in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Improved Patient Counseling Needed

Pregnancy in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Improved Patient Counseling Needed

Many healthcare providers reported that they often do not have the time to counsel their patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension on pregnancy risks.

FDA Takes Steps to Reconcile Needs of Patients With Chronic Pain, Efforts to Curb Opioid Epidemic

FDA Takes Steps to Reconcile Needs of Patients With Chronic Pain, Efforts to Curb Opioid Epidemic

A panel discussion event held at the US Food and Drug Administration gathered patients with chronic pain and FDA officials, to reconcile concerns around prescriptions of opioid medications with the needs of these patient populations.

Shared Motivations, Concerns Regarding Living Organ Donation in HIV

Shared Motivations, Concerns Regarding Living Organ Donation in HIV

Concerns and motivations regarding living donor status in people with HIV should be assessed by physicians and independent living donor advocates.

Government and Industry Lead the Way in Funding USPSTF Systematic Reviews

Government and Industry Lead the Way in Funding USPSTF Systematic Reviews

Researchers sought to assess the frequency of specific government agencies and organizations in their funding for the review studies.

Handheld, Wireless Ultrasound Device SONON 300L Now Available

Handheld, Wireless Ultrasound Device SONON 300L Now Available

The device is indicated for ultrasound echo imaging, measurement, and analysis of the human body for general clinical applications including musculoskeletal, vascular, small parts (breast, thyroid), and lung imaging.

Blister Packs for Several Medications Recalled Due to Risk of Harm to Children

Blister Packs for Several Medications Recalled Due to Risk of Harm to Children

The recall affects approximately 470,000 units that include drugs packaged with 3 to 10 tablets per blister card. The blister packs were developed for use in hospitals, however some were sent to retail pharmacies and were likely dispensed for in-home use.

Tick-Caused Meat Allergy on the Rise in the United States

Tick-Caused Meat Allergy on the Rise in the United States

Hives, skin rash, stomach problems, headaches, and trouble breathing are among the symptoms of the meat allergy.

AMA Adopts Policy to Cut Sugar-Sweetened Drink Consumption

AMA Adopts Policy to Cut Sugar-Sweetened Drink Consumption

A newly-adopted AMA policy supports excise taxes on sugar-sweetened drinks, the use of warning labels to inform consumers about the potential health consequences of consumption, and plain packaging.

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