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Medicaid Expansion Tied to Better Kidney Disease Survival

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 — There were significant improvements in one-year survival among patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) initiating dialysis following Medicaid expansion with the Affordable Care Act, according to a study published online Oct. 25 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Shailender Swaminathan, Ph.D., from the Brown University School of Public

Cellphone Radiation Tied to Upped Odds for Cancer — in Rats

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 — Rats developed cancer after being exposed to high levels of cellphone radiation, but those levels were much higher than what people are exposed to when using their cellphones, a new government report says. When exposed to radio frequency radiation like that used in 2G and 3G cellphones, male rats developed

Dirty Air Tied to Millions of Asthma ER Visits Each Year

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 — Polluted air may trigger as many as 33 million asthma-related emergency room visits globally each year, a new study finds. “Millions of people worldwide have to go to emergency rooms for asthma attacks every year because they are breathing dirty air,” said study lead author Susan Anenberg, of George Washington

Treatment tied to survival benefit in complex bladder cancer

(HealthDay)—Cancer treatment is associated with a clinically meaningful survival benefit in older, medically complex patients with superficial bladder cancer (SBC), according to a study published online Oct. 5 in Cancer. Tullika Garg, M.D., M.P.H., from Geisinger in Danville, Pa., and colleagues evaluated the association between treatment of SBC and 10-year mortality in 1,800 medically complex

An allergy to red meat may be tied to heart disease

(HealthDay)—An allergen in red meat may be tied to heart disease, according to a study published in the July issue of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. Jeffrey M. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and colleagues analyzed blood samples for total immunoglobulin E (IgE) and specific IgE to galactose-α-1,3-galactose (α-Gal) among

FDA: Common Diabetes Meds Tied to Serious Genital Infection

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 — A rare but serious genital infection known as necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum, also called Fournier’s gangrene, has been reported in some patients taking a certain class of type 2 diabetes medicine, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. As a result, the FDA has ordered a new warning

Vit D independently, inversely tied to cholesterol in children

(HealthDay)—Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] is independently and inversely associated with total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in children, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Sonja Soininen, M.D., from the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio, and colleagues examined the

E-cigarette smoking tied to later marijuana use in teens

(HealthDay)—Teenagers’ use of any tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), is associated with subsequent marijuana use, according to a study published in the August issue of Pediatrics. Janet Audrain-McGovern, Ph.D., from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues examined whether adolescent e-cigarette, hookah, or combustible cigarette use is associated with initiating and currently using

Both high and low uric acid levels tied to higher mortality

(HealthDay)—Both high and low uric acid levels are associated with an increased risk of dying, according to a study published in the July issue of Arthritis & Rheumatology. Sung Kweon Cho, M.D., Ph.D., from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea, and colleagues evaluated the association between uric acid levels and the risk of all-cause and

FDA: Illnesses Tied to Fresh Crab Meat Imported From Venezuela

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 — There have been 12 reported cases of people in the United States becoming sick after eating fresh crab meat from Venezuela, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The agency said the illnesses were caused by Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria and advised people to avoid eating fresh crab meat from Venezuela.

Certification status tied to physician performance measures

(HealthDay)—Maintenance of certification (MOC) among physicians is associated with performance on selected Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) process measures, according to a study published online June 12 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Bradley Gray, Ph.D., from the American Board of Internal Medicine in Philadelphia, and colleagues examined whether physician American Board of

Infant omega-3 supplementation tied to decreased waist size

(HealthDay)—Omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LCPUFA) supplementation in infancy is associated with reduced insulin concentrations and insulin resistance in boys and reduced waist circumference in both sexes at age 5 years, according to a study published online June 8 in Pediatrics. Valene H.L. See, Ph.D., from the Royal Perth Hospital in Australia, and colleagues

Early-life seizures prematurely wake up brain networks tied to autism

Early-life seizures prematurely switch on key synapses in the brain that may contribute to further neurodevelopmental delay in children with autism and other intellectual disabilities, suggests a new study from researchers at Penn Medicine published online in Cell Reports. Importantly, the study shows that an existing targeted therapy may keep those synapses “silent” after seizures

CDC IDs outbreak trends tied to treated recreational water

(HealthDay)—Outbreaks associated with treated recreational water with confirmed infectious etiology are usually caused by Cryptosporidium, Legionella, or Pseudomonas, according to research published in the May 18 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Michele C. Hlavsa, M.P.H., from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues describe 493 outbreaks

Peds fasting duration not tied to adverse sedation outcomes

(HealthDay)—For children undergoing procedural sedation for a painful procedure, fasting duration is not associated with adverse events, according to a study published online May 7 in JAMA Pediatrics. Maala Bhatt, M.D., from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, Canada, and colleagues conducted a planned secondary analysis of a prospective cohort study involving children

Hemoglobin A1c levels not tied to wound outcomes

(HealthDay)—There does not appear to be a clinically meaningful association between baseline or prospective hemoglobin A1c (A1C) and wound healing in patients with diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), according to a study published online April 16 in Diabetes Care. Betiel K. Fesseha, M.D., from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and colleagues retrospectively evaluated the association between

More cases in E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce

(HealthDay)—The outbreak of E. coli illness tied to tainted Arizona romaine lettuce continues to expand, federal health officials said Wednesday. “Since the last update on April 13, 2018, 18 more ill people have been added to this investigation, bringing the total number to 53,” the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a

DPP-4I not tied to increased risk of acute pancreatitis in seniors

(HealthDay)—For older adults, dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors (DPP-4Is) are not associated with increased risk of acute pancreatitis, according to a study published online April 4 in Diabetes Care. Jin-Liern Hong, Ph.D., from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues examined the risks of acute pancreatitis among U.S. Medicare beneficiaries, aged 66+ years,