A study in Diabetic Medicine found polycystic ovary syndrome was linked to a higher risk of postpartum incident diabetes among women with gestational diabetes, compared with those who did not have gestational diabetes. Researchers said the results suggest women with gestational diabetes and PCOS are candidates for postpartum monitoring and risk reduction.
Finnish researchers looked at 319 children with acute otitis media ages 6 months to 35 months and found that those who were ages 24 months to 35 months and those with peaked tympanogram had a lower risk of having antimicrobial treatment failure. The findings in Pediatrics also showed that those with severe tympanic membrane bulging were most likely to benefit from antibiotics.
A research review in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found fewer than 50% of U.S. adults with type 2 diabetes met guidelines for cardiovascular disease prevention. The review was focused on lifestyle management and reducing CVD risk factors.
Researchers at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine found that adults ages 85 and older who had previous moderate to heavy alcohol consumption five to seven days per week had a twofold higher likelihood of having no dementia symptoms, compared with non-drinking peers. However, the findings in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease showed an association between alcohol intake and higher incomes and educational attainment, which were tied to better health care access as well as lower smoking and mental illness prevalence.
The use of proton pump inhibitors is not associated with higher risks of Alzheimer's disease, even among patients using the drugs for more than three years or taking them at higher dosages, according to a study in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. The study included data from nationwide health care registers in Finland.
Research has found little evidence that abuse-deterrent opioids bring net health benefits, and some products aren't supported by any real-world data, according to a report from the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. The drugs can cost 20 times as much as other pain medications.
A Merck Manuals survey of 210 nurse practitioners found 88% said they spend at least half of appointment times educating patients about diagnoses, treatments and prescriptions. Forty-five percent of NPs said lack of health literacy among patients is a barrier to health, and 48% said patients have sufficient health literacy to follow basic treatment instructions.
A study in Neurology found the US rate of strokes has significantly declined from 1993 to 2010 among men, but not among women, which was probably driven by a decline in ischemic strokes. The findings, based on data for 1.3 million adults in northern Kentucky and southwest Ohio, showed hemorrhagic stroke rates for both women and men remained stable.
Cybersecurity experts say the health care industry should prepare for ransomworm, the next evolution in ransomware that combines ransomware and a worm. Kevin Magee of Gigamon advises health care organizations to improve their fundamental cybersecurity methods because cybercriminals will "invest much more time in planning and customizing the attack and will both require and expect greater rewards for their efforts."
HHS Secretary Tom Price said there is no need to declare the opioid abuse epidemic a national public health emergency, as recommended by the White House's opioid commission, because the administration already has the ability to take action to curb the crisis, although the idea was not taken off the table entirely. President Donald Trump said his administration will fight the opioid crisis by strengthening law enforcement and security along the southern border to prevent drugs from entering the US.
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