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Personalized Tx May Extend Life in CKD With Small Renal Tumors

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Personalized treatment selection may extend life expectancy in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and small renal tumors (≤4 cm), according to a study published online Jan. 15 in Radiology
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Dermatologists' Rx for Antibiotics Dropped From 2008 to 2016

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Dermatologists' use of antibiotics to treat inflammatory skin conditions like acne and rosacea is decreasing, according to a study published online Jan. 16 in JAMA Dermatology
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Breakdown of Blood-Brain Barrier May Drive Dementia

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Breakdown of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) may be an early biomarker of cognitive dysfunction, independent of amyloid or tau marker status, according to a study published online Jan. 14 in Nature Medicine
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Young-Onset Type 2 Diabetes Tied to Increased Hospitalization Risk

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Adults with young-onset type 2 diabetes (T2D; onset before age 40 years) have an increased hospitalization risk across their life span compared with those with usual-onset T2D, according to a study published online Jan. 15 in the Annals of Internal Medicine
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Delayed Contraception Leads to Early Unwanted Pregnancy

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Delayed contraceptive initiation is associated with unwanted pregnancy within three months of sexual debut, according to a study published online Jan. 15 in Pediatrics
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USPSTF Recommends Risk-Reducing Meds for Breast Cancer

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends risk-reducing medications for women at high risk for breast cancer who are at low risk for adverse events, but medications are not recommended for routine use. These recommendations form the basis of a draft recommendation statement published online Jan. 15 by the task force
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Short Sleep Duration Linked to Higher Atherosclerotic Burden

MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Sleep duration less than six hours and fragmented sleep are associated with atherosclerosis, according to a study published online Jan. 14 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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Drug Repurposing May Provide More Psychiatric Tx Options

FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Three classes of drugs hold potential as repurposed agents to treat patients with serious mental illness, according to a study published online Jan. 9 in JAMA Psychiatry
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High Fiber Intake Tied to Lower Risk for Noncommunicable Disease

FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- High intake of fiber is associated with a reduced risk for several noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), according to research published online Jan. 10 in the The Lancet
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Persistent Opioid Use High in Head, Neck Cancer Patients

FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Persistent opioid use at three and six months remains high among patients undergoing treatment for head and neck squamous cell cancer, according to a study recently published in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
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U.S. Food Supply May Be at Risk Due to Government Shutdown

THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Food inspections have declined due to the partial shutdown of the U.S. government, potentially putting the nation's food supply at risk
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Transdermal HRT Not Linked to Increased Risk for VTE

THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Oral hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is associated with an increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE), while transdermal preparations are not linked to increased risk, according to a study published online Jan. 9 in the BMJ
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E-Cigarette Aerosol Exposure Tied to Asthma Symptoms

THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Secondhand exposure to electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) aerosols may be related to asthma symptoms in youth, according to a study published in the January issue of CHEST
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FDA: Chocolates, Candies May Be Contaminated With Hepatitis A

THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A public health alert about possible hepatitis A contamination in Modjeskas from Bauer's Candies was announced Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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USPSTF Affirms Guidance for Hep B Screening at First Prenatal Visit

TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection screening in pregnant women at their first prenatal visit. These findings form the basis of a draft recommendation statement published online Jan. 8 by the task force
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Racial Differences ID'd in Some Biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease

TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Certain molecular biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease differ with race, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in JAMA Neurology
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Exercise Can Consistently Lower Blood Pressure

MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Exercise can consistently yield reductions in blood pressure, according to a meta-analysis published online Dec. 18 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine
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Gabapentin Improves Sexual Function in Provoked Vulvodynia

MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For women with provoked vulvodynia, gabapentin improves sexual function compared with placebo, although overall sexual function is still lower than for pain-free controls, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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In-Hospital Morbidity, Mortality Up With Flu in Heart Failure

FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For patients with heart failure, influenza infection is associated with increased in-hospital morbidity and mortality, according to a study published online Jan. 3 in JACC: Heart Failure
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Discharge One Hour After Naloxone for OD May Be Option

FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A rule with six criteria can determine whether patients can be safely discharged from the emergency department after a one-hour observation period following prehospital naloxone administration, according to a study published online Dec. 28 in Academic Emergency Medicine
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Myelodysplastic Syndrome/AML Risk Increased After Chemo

FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The risks for therapy-related myelodysplastic syndrome or acute myeloid leukemia (tMDS/AML) are elevated after chemotherapy use for solid tumors, according to a study published online Dec. 20 in JAMA Oncology
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Prenatal Valproate Exposure Linked to Increased ADHD Risk

FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Use of the antiepileptic drug (AED) valproate during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among offspring, according to a study published online Jan. 4 in JAMA Network Open
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Hypertension With Psoriasis Tied to More Cardiac Interventions

FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Psoriasis is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular interventions in patients with hypertension, according to a study published in the December issue of The Journal of Dermatology
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Applying Population Health Data IDs Patients at Risk for CVD

FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Population-level data can help medical practitioners use electronic health records to identify patients at risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
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Newborn Genomic Sequencing Can Identify Disease Risk

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Newborn genomic sequencing (nGS) can detect the risk for disease onset during childhood and actionable adult-onset disease, according to a study published in the Jan. 3 issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics
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Moderate Drinking Not Harmful for Seniors With Heart Failure

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For older adults with heart failure, limited alcohol consumption after diagnosis is associated with survival benefit versus long-term abstinence, according to a study published online Dec. 28 in JAMA Network Open
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Patients With Sleep Apnea Have Increased Gout Risk

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are at higher risk for developing gout than patients without OSA for more than a year after diagnosis, according to a study published in the January issue of Arthritis & Rheumatology
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Antidepressant Use in Seniors Linked to Risk for Hip Fracture

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Among older adults, antidepressant users sustain more hip fractures than nonusers both before and after therapy initiation, according to a study published online Jan. 2 in JAMA Psychiatry
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College Students at Increased Risk for SgB Meningococcal Dz

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- College students have an increased risk for sporadic and outbreak-associated serogroup B meningococcal disease, according to a study published online Dec. 31 in Pediatrics
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Partner-Delivered HIV Self-Testing Can Up Linkage to Care

WEDNESDAY, Jan, 2, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Partner-delivered HIV self-testing (HIVST) with financial incentives or reminders can increase the odds of male partners being linked to care or prevention, according to a study published online Jan. 2 in PLOS Medicine
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