Mobility Plan Can Neutralize the Harms of Bedrest in the Hospital

(HealthDay News) Having a mobility plan can prevent the functional decline associated with lack of mobility among hospitalized patients, research in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests. The authors note that even a limited number of steps during hospitalization can make a difference between functional decline and preserved independence, with a threshold effect of about 1,000 steps to prevent harm.

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 GERIATRICS
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
Evidence of Clinical Inertia in Management of T2DM

(HealthDay News) Many patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) who have a hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) level expected to trigger treatment intensification often have treatment inappropriately delayed, according to a research letter in Diabetes Care. “Unfortunately, these real-world findings confirm a high prevalence of clinical inertia with regard to T2D management,” the authors write.

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 ENDOCRINOLOGY
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