CDC researchers estimated that 795,000 more teens ages 12 to 19 are now classified as having high blood pressure under the updated American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations that lower the threshold for hypertension diagnosis. Despite this, the study, published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found the prevalence of youths with hypertension based on the new guidance dropped from 7.7% in 2001 to 4.2% in 2016.
Researchers found no clear evidence that vitamin D has a protective effect against Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease or other neurodegenerative diseases, but they say exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays, independent of vitamin D production, may have a neuroprotective benefit. The findings of the review, which included 73 studies, were reported in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience.
Eating a healthy diet was associated with a 30% reduced risk of asthma symptoms in men and a 20% lower risk in women, according to a study in the European Respiratory Journal. A healthy diet also was linked to a lower likelihood of poorly controlled symptoms in adults with asthma.
Children with typical gastroesophageal reflux symptoms should receive acid-suppression therapy for four to eight weeks, while infants with such symptoms should receive the therapy only after dietary changes, according to guidance from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery. The recommendations advised against acid suppression in babies and children with extraesophageal symptoms, particularly those without typical GERD symptoms.
Researchers evaluated 54,089 individuals from five cohort studies through 2017 and did not find an increased rate of mortality among those who were obese but otherwise healthy. The findings in the journal Clinical Obesity revealed that diabetes, dyslipidemia or hypertension were associated with increased mortality risk, but obesity alone was not.
A study in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed 10 states saw a twofold increase in the number of fentanyl overdose deaths during the first half of last year, compared with the second half of 2016, with the most substantial increases and largest numbers found in Ohio. The study also found the number of carfentanil overdose deaths almost doubled within the period.
McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health shipped a total of 1.6 billion doses of opioids to Missouri from 2012 through 2017, according a report from Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. The report also highlights differences in reporting of suspicious orders and recommends the Drug Enforcement Administration return to standards allowing for the use of immediate suspension orders when lax compliance is uncovered.
A Black Book survey revealed that 92% of about 650 health care consumers said enhancing consumer experience should be a priority for health care providers and that patients have high expectations for digital health tools offered by providers. According to the survey, 93% of respondents want access to digital tools that facilitate interactions with providers, 85% want tools for virtual care access, 97% want online scheduling capabilities, 92% want to be able to make payments online and 94% want digital price transparency tools.
Eleven people have been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease in Upper Manhattan, city health officials said, but a source of the bacteria has not yet been identified. Ten of those who have been ill have been hospitalized, and it is possible more cases will be identified, they said.
The House Ways and Means Committee approved a bill that would postpone a tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health plans until 2022 and suspend employer-mandate penalties incurred from 2015 through 2019. The panel also advanced legislation that would permit anyone to buy a catastrophic plan and allow consumers to use the Affordable Care Act's tax credits for plans bought outside of ACA exchanges.
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