Test prompts discussions about adherence to hypertension meds | Mental disorders more likely among transgender, gender-nonconforming youths | Analysis ties nonchromosomal birth defects to childhood cancer risk
A urine test that confirms whether patients have taken their hypertension medication in the past day or two can facilitate more honest conversations about medication adherence and the dangers of not taking medication, although the test could create a more adversarial relationship between clinicians and patients. About half of patients do not take medications for high blood pressure as prescribed due to side effects and other factors.
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Transgender and gender-nonconforming youths were significantly more likely to have nearly all mental disorders, compared with cisgender peers, with attention-deficit and anxiety disorders being the most common among TGNC children and depressive disorders being the most prevalent among TGNC teens, researchers reported in Pediatrics. The findings also showed higher rates of suicide ideation, self-inflicted injuries and mental health hospitalizations among TGNC youths.
A study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research's annual meeting found children with nonchromosomal birth defects, except cleft lip and cleft palate, had a 2.6 times greater risk of any childhood cancer, compared with those without birth defects. The findings, based on registry data for over 10 million live births, showed ventricular septal defects and craniosynostosis were linked to hepatoblastoma, while central nervous system defects were associated with astrocytoma and ependymoma.
A company that owns a North Carolina farm has recalled more than 200 million eggs that the FDA says are likely connected to 22 cases of salmonella. The CDC is looking at whether romaine lettuce is linked to an E. coli outbreak that has sickened people in 11 states.
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A study of people in the US, the UK and the Netherlands showed they tended to be less active than they thought they were, and US residents were more likely than the others to overestimate their exercise levels. The report in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found the percentage of people in the US deemed inactive was twice that of people in the Netherlands and UK.
Texas Health Resources has informed patients by mail that an unauthorized third party may have gained access to emails containing their private information due to a possible breach in January. No evidence has been found to indicate misuse of the information included in the emails, but for patients whose Social Security numbers may be at risk, Texas Health will offer identity protection services and free credit monitoring for one year.
The FDA has granted Cancer Genetics 510(k) clearance for its Tissue of Origin gene expression test, which evaluates 2,000 individual genes to determine the tissue of origin of a tumor. The microarray-based test covers breast, non-small cell lung, thyroid, pancreas, gastric, colorectal, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, melanoma, liver, bladder, kidney, sarcoma, ovarian, testicular germ cell and prostate tumor types.
PwC's Health Research Institute estimates that about 1.7 million people in 10 states could be affected by waiver requests to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries. Almost $8 billion in annual medical expenditures would be affected by the requirements, according to the report.
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