Florida Teen First Human Case of Another Mosquito-Borne Virus

The first confirmed human case of Keystone virus — named after the Tampa Bay area where it was first identified in 1964 — has been diagnosed in a Florida teen. University of Florida researchers describe the case of a teenage boy who went to an urgent care clinic with a rash and fever in August 2016. Tests on the patient revealed Keystone virus infection, which can cause encephalitis, according to a report in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Many Drugs Made Available Via FDA Expanded Access Programs

Over the past two decades, close to 100 FDA-approved drugs and biologics were made available before FDA approval through expanded access programs, a study in JAMA Network Open suggests. Researchers evaluated the timing and duration of expanded access and compassionate use programs for investigational medicines initiated before FDA approval. “[T]hese findings suggest that the FDA and pharmaceutical industry have established a balance between investigational new drug access and protection of patients from therapies without established safety,” the authors write.

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Attitudes Among Obese Are Not Aligned With Healthy Living

Food-related policies differently impact consumers with obesity and healthy weight, according to a report published by the Hudson Institute. Researchers applied consumer segmentation analysis to a survey of 2,000 respondents to examine attitudes toward eating, healthy living habits, mindsets, and food buying behaviors and found that consumers with obesity report favoring taste and value rather than health and nutrition, and note making choices more impulsively, which may be at the expense of healthy eating.

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Mental Health Declining for Disadvantaged U.S. Adults

Mental health seems to be declining among Americans of low relative socioeconomic position, research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests. Researchers examined changes in measures of psychological distress and well-being, which capture negative and positive emotions. “Overall, our results paint a picture of substantial social stratification in psychological health among American adults, one that has been widening as declines in mental health have occurred unevenly across the socioeconomic spectrum,” the authors write.

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Recent-Onset Diabetes Tied to Increased Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Recent-onset diabetes is associated with more than a two-fold greater increase in risk of pancreatic cancer (PC) than long-standing diabetes in African-Americans and Latinos, according to a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Researchers examined the relationships between recent-onset diabetes and PC incidence in a large multiethnic cohort. “Our findings support the hypothesis that recent-onset diabetes is a manifestation of PC and that long-standing diabetes is a risk factor for this malignancy,” the authors write.

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Tattoo-Linked Complications ID’d in Immunosuppressed Female

In a case report published in BMJ Case Reports, a tattoo-related complication causing an inflammatory myopathy is described in an immunosuppressed patient. A patient on long-term immunosuppressive therapy had a large colored ink tattoo applied to her thigh. She presented to a clinic 10 months later with constant pain. Her histopathology indicated inflammatory myopathy. “This serves as a reminder to consider tattoo-related complications in the differential diagnosis of unusual atraumatic musculoskeletal pain, especially in immunosuppressed individuals,” the authors write.

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 BREAKING NEWS