Poison Control Center Data Detail Peds Exposure to Buprenorphine

Pediatric exposure to buprenorphine can result in serious adverse outcomes, especially among children aged younger than 6 years, research in Pediatrics suggests. Researchers examined buprenorphine exposures among children and adolescents aged ≤19 in the U.S. for 2007 to 2016. The researchers found that there were reports of 11,275 children and adolescents aged ≤19 years exposed to buprenorphine. Overall, 86.1% of exposures were among children aged younger than 6 years; 89.2% were unintentional and 97.3% were to a single substance.

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Post-Endoscopic Infection More Common Than Previously Thought

The rates of post-endoscopic infection within seven days vary from 1.1 per 1,000 procedures for screening colonoscopy to 3 per 1,000 procedures for osophagogastroduodenoscopies (OGDs), according to a study in Gut. Researchers identified colonoscopy and OGD procedures performed at ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and found that recent history of hospitalization or endoscopic procedure, concurrence with another endoscopic procedure, low procedure volume or non-freestanding ASC, younger or older age, black or Native-American race, and male sex were predictors of post-endoscopic infection.

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Parents Say Cancer Prevention Best Reason for HPV Vaccination

Parents view cancer prevention as the best reason for guideline-consistent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, according to a study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Researchers conducted an online survey of 1,177 parents of adolescents to quantify parent views on the best and worst reasons health care providers commonly give for guideline-consistent HPV vaccination. “Reasons that have to do with sexual activity, scientific novelty, or providers’ decisions for their own children may ultimately be distractions that are best avoided.”

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 BREAKING NEWS
New Recommendations Guide Arthritis Pain Management

The European League Against Rheumatism has released recommendations in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases for health professionals to use in approaching pain management in inflammatory arthritis (IA) and osteoarthritis (OA). The recommendations emphasize adopting a patient-centered framework within a biopsychosocial perspective, having sufficient knowledge of IA and OA pathogenesis, and being able to differentiate localized and generalized pain. Pain was consistently positively affected by physical activity and exercise interventions as well as psychological interventions.

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Parkinson’s Medications Tied to Impulse Control Disorders

For patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), dopamine agonist (DA) use is associated with incidence of impulse control disorders (ICDs) in a dose-effect relationship, research in Neurology suggests. In a multicenter longitudinal cohort of consecutive patients with PD with no more than five years of disease duration at baseline, 86.6% of the 411 patients took a DA at least once since disease onset. The five-year cumulative incidence of ICDs was 46.1% in 306 patients without ICDs at baseline.

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 BREAKING NEWS
J-Shaped Association for Alcohol, Mortality in Older Adults

In older adults there is a J-shaped association between alcohol and mortality, research in PLOS Medicine finds. The study identified 9,599 deaths and 12,763 primary cancers during 836,740 person-years of follow-up (median, 8.9 years). There were positive linear correlations between lifetime alcohol consumption and cancer-related mortality and total cancer incidence. “The results indicate that intakes below one drink per day were associated with the lowest risk of death,” the authors write.

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 BREAKING NEWS