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Weekly Summary -- January 4, 2019

Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Here are what Pharmacist's Briefing editors consider the most important developments for the week of January 4, 2019

Postpartum Opioid Rx May Lead to Persistent Use: Study

FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- New mothers who take opioid painkillers after either vaginal birth or cesarean section may be at increased risk of becoming persistent users, a new study finds.

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Flu Rides the Subway, Too

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Flu spreads like wildfire in confined spaces -- and that includes subways, a new British study finds.

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Hepatitis C Screening Can Help Prevent Liver Disease

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Infection with the hepatitis C virus can cause liver disease and even liver cancer. But once found, the virus can be cured, so screening is vital for those at risk, health experts say.

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New Acne Treatment Might Spring From Old One

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- An old acne drug may hold the key to developing a new, safer treatment, a study suggests.

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Snacking for Diet Success

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Restrictive diets are hard to stick with, especially when you must eliminate most of your favorite foods.

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Asthma Often Goes Undetected in Urban Teens, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For many city-dwelling teens with asthma, their chronic lung disease may go undiagnosed and untreated, a new study finds.

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No Link Between Mom-to-Be's Diet, Baby's Allergy Risk

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Avoiding certain foods during pregnancy does not reduce your child's risk of food allergies, a new analysis shows.

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Cholesterol Levels Spike After Christmas

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- After indulging in big, rich, holiday meals, cholesterol levels go through the roof, Danish researchers report.

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Deadly Meningitis B Targets College Students

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- College students face a much higher risk for the deadly bacterial infection meningitis B, a new analysis shows.

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No Evidence No-Cal Sweeteners Will Help You Lose Weight: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- If you think a switch from sugar to a calorie-free sweetener might help you get healthier and shed pounds, think again.

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Can Herbal Drug Kratom Kill?

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The herbal drug kratom, which U.S. drug regulators have said is essentially an opioid, has been linked to some narcotic overdose deaths, but whether it's dangerous by itself isn't clear.

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Alcohol May Be Sabotaging Your Diet

MONDAY, Dec. 31, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Alcohol.

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Keep Your Skin Glowing With Good Health in 2019

MONDAY, Dec. 31, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- One of your New Year's resolutions should be to be good to your skin, and dermatologists have 10 ways to help.

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Foods That Can Lead to Obesity in Kids

MONDAY, Dec. 31, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- When it comes to so-called good foods and bad foods, it's pretty easy to separate a green salad from a piece of pie. But some healthy foods can become less beneficial for you simply because of the way you cook them.

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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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Child Pneumonia Rate Dropped Globally From 2000 to 2015

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The global incidence of child pneumonia and related mortality decreased substantially from 2000 to 2015, consistent with decreases in the prevalence of some key risk factors, according to a study published in the January issue of The Lancet Global Health.

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Available Vial Sizes Can Cut Drug Waste in Weight-Based Dosing

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Pharmaceutical vial fill volumes can be optimized to reduce drug wastage when dosing is calculated by patient weight or body surface area, according to a study published online Dec. 5 in Applied Health Economics and Health Policy.

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No Increased Fracture Risk With Canagliflozin in Type 2 Diabetes

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Canagliflozin is not associated with increased fracture risk versus glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists for middle-aged patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online Jan. 1 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Price of Alirocumab Would Have to Be Cut to Be Cost-Effective

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For patients with a recent acute coronary syndrome receiving a statin, the price of alirocumab would have to be reduced to be cost-effective, according to a study published online Jan. 1 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Many Adults in 50s, Early 60s Worried About Health Insurance

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Many adults aged 50 to 64 years are concerned about being unable to afford the cost of health insurance, according to the results of the National Poll on Healthy Aging published on Jan. 3.

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New Cholesterol Drug's High Price May Not Be Worth It: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Despite being slashed by half in recent months, the price tag for advanced cholesterol-fighting drugs is still too high to make them cost-effective, a new analysis has concluded.

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