High Financial Burden Up With ASCVD in Low-Income Families

(HealthDay News) Low-income families that include a member with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) have increased odds of high financial burden and catastrophic financial burden, according to research in JAMA Cardiology. Researchers found that, among low-income families that included a member with ASCVD, the mean annual family income was $57,143, and mean out-of-pocket expenses were $4,415.

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 CARDIOLOGY
Patient Interest Fairly High for Melanoma Genetic Risk Testing

There is moderately high interest in genetic testing for melanoma risk among the general population, research JAMA Dermatology suggests. Researchers randomized patients to either usual-care condition or an MC1R test offer and found that 232 of the 499 participants randomized to MC1R testing logged on to the website, and of these, 88% (204 participants) requested testing and 82% (167 participants) returned the test kit.

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Programs Can Lower Diabetes Distress in Adults With T1DM

Both education/behavioral and emotion-focused approaches can effectively reduce diabetes distress (DD) among patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and elevated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), according to a study published in Diabetes Care. “Reductions in DD are only modestly associated with reductions in HbA1c,” the authors write. “These findings point to the importance of tailoring interventions to address affective, knowledge, and cognitive skills when intervening to reduce DD and improve glycemic control.”

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Decrease in Mean Platelet Counts Seen During Pregnancy

(HealthDay News) All women have a decrease in mean platelet counts during pregnancy, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers examined platelet counts throughout pregnancy in 7,351 women who delivered between 2011 and 2014. “Mean platelet counts decreased during pregnancy in all the women, beginning in the first trimester,” the authors write.

UV Protection Methods Low in Individuals With Skin of Color

(HealthDay News) Many individuals with skin of color don't know that they need comprehensive photoprotection to prevent skin cancer and photoaging, an article in Dermatology Times suggests. Overall, 62 to 74% of African-Americans and 47 to 69% of Hispanics report never or rarely using sunscreen. Photoprotection compliance may be suboptimal in these groups because they are less concerned about sunburn and skin cancer.

Mon, 09 Jul 2018 DERMATOLOGY
Most Women Who Freeze Eggs Motivated by Lack of Partner

Most women undergoing elective egg freezing (EEF) are without partners, reflecting different life circumstances, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, in Barcelona, Spain. “Most of the women had already pursued and completed their educational and career goals, but by their late 30s had been unable to find a lasting reproductive relationship with a stable partner,” author Marcia Inhorn, Ph.D., said. “This is why they turned to egg freezing.”

Mon, 09 Jul 2018 BREAKING NEWS