Physical therapy can be part of a multimodal, nonopioid approach to pain management or used in conjunction with opioid therapy, according to a report from a federal task force. Additional research is needed to determine which physical and occupational therapies are effective for specific types of pain, the report says.
The number of uterine cancer cases among US women ages 30 to 79 rose by about 1% annually between 2003 and 2015, with consistently higher uterine cancer rates found among blacks than whites since 2011, National Cancer Institute researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The findings also showed that across all racial/ethnic groups, blacks had significantly higher aggressive non-endometrioid uterine cancer subtype prevalence, as well as the lowest five-year relative survival rates, regardless of cancer subtype and staging.
Exclusively breastfed infants whose mothers had a healthier diet during pregnancy and at one month and three months after birth were slimmer and had reduced weight and body fat percentage in the first six months of life, compared with those whose mothers had lower-quality diets, researchers reported in the journal Nutrients. However, the findings didn't associate maternal diet quality with the amount of pediatric fat-free tissue, such as bones and tissue.
The Leapfrog Group's 2019 Maternity Care Report showed 20% of US hospitals fully reached performance targets for maternal care quality metrics for cesarean sections, early elective delivery and episiotomy rates. The rate of C-section births was 26.1% in 2018, compared with 26.3% in 2017, and higher than the group's target of 23.9%.
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Researchers used a cohort of almost 17,000 women, average age of 72, and found that those who achieved at least 4,363 steps daily had a 41% reduced mortality risk than those with no more than 2,718 daily steps. The findings were published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Results from a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that energy drink consumption can raise a person's blood pressure and cause heart abnormalities. The findings were based on data from an analysis of 34 healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 40 years old who were randomly assigned to drink either a placebo or 32 ounces of a caffeinated energy drink that contained 304 to 320 milligrams of caffeine.
Researchers looked at 110 children and adolescents who were overweight or had two overweight parents and found that those who often experienced weight-based teasing had a 33% higher body mass index increase on average and 91% greater fat mass gain annually, compared with those who weren't teased for their weight. The findings were published in Pediatric Obesity.
More than half of dual-eligible Medicare Advantage recipients experienced social barriers to good health and were more likely to suffer from a chronic disease such as hypertension or diabetes compared with their non-dual eligible counterparts, suggesting the need for better programs to address social determinants of health in this population, according to researchers from Avalere. Data from almost 2 million beneficiaries showed more dual eligibles are part of a racial or ethnic minority, live in low-income neighborhoods and have lower educational attainment compared with their non-dual peers.
Overall cancer incidence rates in the US dropped by 2.1% annually among men and held steady among women between 2011 and 2015, while cancer mortality rates declined yearly by 1.8% among men and 1.4% among women from 2012 to 2016, according to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Men generally had higher rates of cancer incidence and mortality, but among adults ages 20 to 49, cancer burden was greater among women, who were heavily affected by breast cancer.
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Dr. Alappattu and colleagues conducted an international survey of physiotherapists to determine what treatments they use and believe are effective to manage pelvic pain. Read more about their findings. The full-text article is free to JWHPT subscribers.