Primary Care

  • Liver disease likely to become increasing indication for bariatric surgery

    on March 28th, 2017
    AT DIGESTIVE DISEASES: NEW ADVANCES PHILADELPHIA (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – There is a long list of benefits from bariatric surgery in the morbidly obese, but prevention of end-stage liver disease and the need for a first or second liver transplant is likely to grow as an indication, according to [...]
  • Study nixed magnesium for infants with acute bronchiolitis

    on March 28th, 2017
    FROM CHEST Intravenous magnesium does not benefit, and may harm, infants with moderate to severe acute bronchiolitis, investigators reported. Compared with placebo, adding a single intravenous dose of magnesium sulfate (100 mg/kg) to usual care did not reduce time to medical readiness for discharge,[...]
  • USPSTF: No recommendation on screening for celiac disease

    on March 28th, 2017
    FROM JAMA The current evidence is insufficient for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to recommend either for or against routine screening of asymptomatic people for celiac disease, according to a Recommendation Statement published online March 28 in JAMA. The USPSTF is tasked with making recom[...]
  • Summer camps need help managing childhood anaphylaxis

    on March 28th, 2017
    AT AAAAI 2017 ANNUAL MEETING ATLANTA (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Summer camp personnel need a refresher course on the recognition, treatment, and prevention of allergic reactions in children, according to an online survey of camps in almost 40 U.S. states and Canadian provinces. There’s a lot of [...]
  • Down syndrome in adolescents

    on March 28th, 2017
    Teen years, no doubt, come with expected challenges. For teens with Down syndrome (DS), the challenges are exponentially greater. Although DS is associated with mental retardation, the vast majority of people with DS have only mild to moderate intellectual disability. Still, this can lead to a great[...]
  • The many faces of formaldehyde contact allergy

    on March 28th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS AT THE 2017 AAAAI ANNUAL MEETING ATLANTA (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Formaldehyde has various clinical presentations and variable thresholds to trigger allergic contact dermatitis, so it requires a high index of suspicion, according to Salma de la Feld, MD. It may present as irritan[...]
  • South dominates rankings of most obese U.S. cities

    on March 27th, 2017
    Jackson, Miss., is the most obese city in the United States for 2017, according to the personal finance website WalletHub. The city topped the ranking of the 100 heaviest metro areas in the country with a score of 84.9 out of a possible 100 points based on 17 key metrics in three broad categories: o[...]
  • Oral agent found promising for subset of chronic rhinosinusitis patients

    on March 27th, 2017
    AT THE 2017 AAAAI ANNUAL MEETING ATLANTA (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The use of dexpramipexole by patients with chronic rhinosinusitis was well tolerated and showed robust and tissue eosinophil–lowering activity, according to results from a small study. Dexpramipexole is an investigational oral a[...]
  • Grandparents aid in early diagnosis of autism

    on March 24th, 2017
    Family members other than parents can play a key role in initial recognition of problems prior to diagnosis of autism, which may lead to earlier diagnosis and potentially better outcomes, a study found. Of 477 parents of children with autism who were surveyed online, 25% of parents reported that oth[...]
  • Childhood adversities tied to depressive symptoms in older homeless adults

    on March 22nd, 2017
    FROM THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY Childhood adversities, which are known contributors to psychiatric morbidity in adults, continue to be disruptive later in life, a cross-sectional study of 350 older homeless adults shows. “Clinicians should collect information about childhood adve[...]
  • Hepatitis Outlook: Late February 2017

    on March 22nd, 2017
    If you work on the front lines of medical care, treating patients with hepatitis, you may not have time to review all the hepatitis research that enters the medical literature every month. Here’s a quick look at some notable news items and journal articles published over the past month, which cove[...]
  • HIV vaccine could prevent 30 million cases by 2035

    on March 20th, 2017
    FROM PNAS Global cases of HIV from 2015 to 2035 would be reduced by over 50% if the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS 95/95/95 target is met and a moderately effective HIV vaccine is introduced by 2020, according to new research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A [...]
  • U.S. influenza activity remains steady

    on March 20th, 2017
    The decline in U.S. influenza activity that started in February paused during the week ending March 11, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) stayed at 3.7% for a second consecutive week after declining [...]
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