Risk of CRC, Non-CRC Death Up With Positive Fecal Hb Test

Individuals with a positive fecal hemoglobin (f-Hb) test result have an increased risk of dying from colorectal cancer (CRC) and non-CRC causes, research in Gut finds. Compared to individuals with a negative test result, the researchers found that the risk of dying from both CRC (hazard ratio, 7.79, after adjustment for gender, age, deprivation quintile, and medication that can cause bleeding) and all non-CRC causes (hazard ratio, 1.58) was higher for the 2,714 individuals with a positive test result.

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Higher Risk of In-Situ Breast CA, Ovarian Tumors With Fertility Tx

For women undergoing assisted reproduction, there is no increased risk of corpus uteri or invasive breast cancer, but there is an increased risk of ovarian cancer and in situ breast cancer, according to a study in The BMJ. Researchers examined the risks of ovarian, breast, and corpus uteri cancer in 255,786 women who underwent assisted reproduction, and found that there was no significantly increased risk of corpus uteri cancer, breast cancer overall or invasive breast cancer.

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Brief Safety Plan Intervention in ER Can Cut Suicidal Behavior

Use of the Safety Planning Intervention (SPI) plus follow-up phone calls for suicidal patients presenting in the emergency department cuts suicidal behavior and increases the likelihood of outpatient mental health treatment over the next six months, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry. “The Safety Planning Intervention with structured follow-up telephone contact may be an effective brief suicide prevention intervention that can be implemented in emergency departments,” the authors write.

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Higher Vitamin D Levels May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Higher levels of vitamin D may be protective against breast cancer, a study in PLOS ONE suggests. Researchers examined the relationship between 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D concentration and breast cancer risk across a broad range of 25(OH)D concentrations (<20 to ≥60 ng/mL) among women aged 55 years and older participating in three previous studies (pooled cohort, 5,038 participants). The researchers found there was an 82% lower incidence rate of breast cancer for women with 25(OH)D concentrations ≥60 versus <20 ng/mL.

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Blacks Have Elevated HTN Risk Through Age 55 Years

Blacks have considerably increased risk for hypertension than whites through age 55 years, regardless of blood pressure levels through young adulthood, research in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests. The researchers found in black men, black women, white men, and white women, the cumulative incidence of hypertension by age 55 years was 75.5, 75.7, 54.5, and 40.0 percent, respectively. Among blacks and whites, a higher Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet adherence score correlated with lower risk.

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Basal Insulin Analogs Don’t Cut Hypoglycemia-Linked ER Visits

Initiation of a basal insulin analog versus human neutral protamine Hagedorn (NPH) insulin isn't associated with reduction in risk of hypoglycemia-related emergency department (ED) visits or hospital admissions, research in Journal of the American Medical Association suggests. Researchers found there were 39 hypoglycemia-related ED visits or hospital admissions among 1,928 patients who initiated insulin analogs, compared with 354 hypoglycemia-related ED visits or hospital admissions among 23,561 patients who initiated NPH insulin during a mean follow-up of 1.7 years.

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 BREAKING NEWS