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Portuguese Health Literacy Action Plan helps people to help themselves

In a bid to improve the ability of individuals to access, understand and use correct information to maintain good health, Portugal has initiated a Health Literacy Action Plan, which encourages the active participation of its citizens in health-care decisio ...

Parental alcohol misuse has huge impact

A new initiative aims to raise awareness of the impact of growing up in a home where parents misuse alcohol. An estimated 400,000 adults in Ireland today grew up in families affected by alcohol, and some 200,000 children are currently living in such homes, ...

Eating habits need to radically change

Eating habits and food production need to radically change in order to improve people's health and avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet, major new research has found. The findings come from the EAT-Lancet Commission, a three-year projec ...

Less operating time needed in Malyugin ring vs. iris hook cases

Both pupil expansion rings and iris hooks are effective when used in patients with small pupils during cataract surgery; however, operating time is faster when pupil expansion rings are used, according to a study. Data from 425 small pupil cases were evalu ...

Mortality 6 times higher in CP-CRE carriers subsequently infected with a different genotype

Researchers found that patients colonized with carbapenem-producing carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CP-CRE, who are subsequently infected with a different CP-CRE genotype are at a six times higher risk for dying. “Carbapenem-resistant Enterobac ...

Adjuvant durvalumab safe, active for locally advanced esophageal adenocarcinoma

Adjuvant durvalumab administered after trimodality therapy appeared safe for patients with locally advanced esophageal and gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma, according to study results presented at Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium. The regimen als ...

FDA to investigate potential risks of paclitaxel-eluting devices

The FDA announced it is analyzing data to determine whether there are any long-term risks conferred by paclitaxel-coated products used in patients with peripheral artery disease. In a letter to health care providers, the agency also told clinicians to cont ...

Meal timing may affect cholesterol levels

LDL cholesterol levels can be lowered by eating less at night and shifting late-evening fat intake to earlier in the day, according to findings published in Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases. “The timing of eating and nutrient intake and ...

Endocuff reduces colonoscopy withdrawal time without sacrificing detection

Compared with standard colonoscopy, use of the Endocuff Vision device decreases withdrawal time without sacrificing lesion detection, according to research published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Douglas K. Rex, MD, of the division of gastro ...

Combination therapy 88% effective against HIV, leishmaniasis coinfection

Extended treatment with a combination of AmBisome plus miltefosine is 88% effective in treating patients with HIV and visceral leishmaniasis coinfection, study results showed. Researchers said their findings support recommending the regimen as a first-line ...

Lipocine NASH prodrug shows liver fat reduction in ongoing study

Lipocine announced top-line interim results from an ongoing study of LPCN 1144, an oral prodrug of bioidentical testosterone designed for the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, according to a press release. “The interim results strongly suggest the ...

Treatment de-intensification fails to reduce toxicity, maintain efficacy in HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer

Patients with advanced, HPV-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma did not experience significant reductions in toxicity from treatment deintensification with cetuximab and had worse survival outcomes than those treated with the standard cisplatin ...

Spironolactone effective as HFpEF treatment regardless of kidney function, but safety less clear

The efficacy of spironolactone in patients with HF with preserved ejection fraction was consistent across the range of kidney function, although adverse events were higher in those with chronic kidney disease, researchers reported. “These data supported us ...

Novel analytic model predicts risk for PTSD in recent trauma survivors

A novel logistic model using early PTSD symptom severity as a predictor — as measured by the initial Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale total score — yielded accurate estimates of follow-up PTSD in recent trauma survivors seen in acute care centers, accordi ...

WHO raises concern about infectious disease risk in Syrian settlement

WHO expressed “severe concern” today over the conditions in the Rukban settlement in Syria, located near the border of Jordan, where approximately 40,000 people remain stranded. In a statement, the organization requested immediate access to the settlement ...

Meanwhile: There’s Radon in the Water (and Tourists Are Gulping It Down)

The E.P.A. warns that radon causes cancer. But some tourists head to mines in Montana to soak it up. ...

CDC: Opioid prescriptions 87% more likely in rural areas

Residents of the most rural locations in the United States were nearly 90% more likely to receive an opioid prescription than residents of large central metropolitan locations during a recent 3-year period, according to data recently published in MMWR. Mac ...

Nailing, plating may be reasonable options for treatment of humeral shaft fractures

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii — When performing surgical treatment of humeral shaft fractures, surgeons may experience positive outcomes with nailing or plating, according to a presenter at Orthopedics Today Hawaii. ...

New York Confronts Its Worst Measles Outbreak in Decades

The disease spread within ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities where vaccination rates are low and some are suspicious of government health workers. ...

Presenter: Limb length should be determined during preoperative planning for THA

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii — In preparation of total hip arthroplasty, surgeons should determine limb length from physical examination and discussion with the patient, according to a presenter at Orthopedics Today Hawaii. In his presentation, Thomas P. Schmalzried, ...

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