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SMFM releases statement on use of antenatal corticosteroids in late preterm birth period
The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine released a statement on the use of antenatal corticosteroids during the late preterm birth period for women at risk of preterm birth. (2016-04-06)

New food guide will save Canadians money but few are following it, study finds
New research surveys Canadians' perception of the new Canada Food Guide and finds it can save households money -- if followed. (2019-03-14)

Erucic acid
Erucic acid occurs in vegetable oils and fats. It is a natural component of plant seeds of the Brassicaceae family (crucifers such as rape and mustard). Chemically, it is a long-chain, simple, unsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. (2019-01-17)

Exercise to prevent falls recommended for older adults at increased risk for falls
For adults 65 years or older who are at increased risk of falling, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends exercise, such as supervised individual and group classes and physical therapy, to prevent falls, and that clinicians selectively check older adults' risks for falls and then offer tailored interventions that address those specific risks. The USPSTF recommends against vitamin D supplementation. (2018-04-17)

National Academies advisory: Safety research on highway infrastructure and operations
The National Academies is issuing a new report. (2008-06-17)

Investors' risk tolerance decreases with the stock market, MU study finds
Michael Guillemette, an assistant professor of personal financial planning in the University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences, analyzed investors' 'risk tolerance,' or willingness to take risks, and found that it decreased as the stock market faltered. (2014-06-05)

Excessive regulations turning scientists into bureaucrats
Excessive regulations are consuming scientists' time and wasting taxpayer dollars, says a report released today by the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation and advisor to Congress and the President. (2014-05-01)

Brassica crops best for crop rotation and soil health in potato production systems
Crop rotation is vital to any crop production system. Rotating crops maintains crop productivity and soil health by replenishing organic matter, nutrients, soil structure, and other properties while also improving water management and reducing erosion. Rotating crops also reduces the buildup of soilborne pathogens and diseases. (2020-01-03)

CPR from bystanders associated with better outcomes after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in pediatrics
Receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation from a bystander -- compared with not -- was associated with better overall and neurologically favorable survival for children and adolescents who had out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. The study is being presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2016. (2016-11-12)

Panel: Government Should Double Spending On Technology
The federal government needs to more than double its spending on computer and information technology over the next five years to halt a trend threatening the nation's progress, a report delivered to President Clinton recommends. (1999-02-25)

Less than half of elderly hip fracture patients take vitamin D supplements
Despite national recommendations for daily vitamin D intake, a new study presented today at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that just 45.7 percent of patients reported consistently taking vitamin D supplements following a hip fracture, a known treatment and preventative strategy for osteoporosis. (2017-03-14)

American College of Physicians updates recommendations for treatment of type 2 diabetes
Newer oral medications are now available since ACP's 2012 clinical practice guideline. (2017-01-02)

Institute of Medicine advisory: Spinal cord injury treatment
SPINAL CORD INJURY: PROGRESS, PROMISE, AND PRIORITIES, a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, identifies promising approaches and strategies to accelerate the development of cures for spinal cord injuries. (2005-03-28)

Many youths with diabetes not being screened as recommended for diabetic retinopathy
Many youths with type 1 and 2 diabetes are not receiving eye examinations as recommended to monitor for diabetic retinopathy, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology. (2017-03-23)

Trans fats still weighing Americans down
Americans are eating less trans and saturated fats than they were three decades ago, but they're still consuming these bad fats more than what's recommended for good cardiovascular health. Intake of healthy omega-3 fatty acid was steady over the last 30 years, but most people still don't get enough. (2014-10-22)

National Academies advisory: Preventing microbial contamination of Mars
If microbes on a spacecraft bound to Mars were to survive the trip and grow there, they could interfere with scientific investigations to detect any life that might be native to Mars. (2005-07-25)

What causes women to stop breastfeeding early?
A recent systematic literature review has investigated potential sociodemographic, physical, mental, and social factors that may cause breastfeeding mothers to stop breastfeeding before infants reach 6 months of age. (2017-06-07)

IDSA recommends ways to strengthen HHS's pandemic influenza plan
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has submitted detailed recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the agency's Draft Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan. (2004-10-28)

ACP recommends metformin to treat type 2 diabetes based on CE analysis of oral medications
In a new clinical practice guideline for drug treatment of type 2 diabetes, the American College of Physicians recommends metformin to treat type 2 diabetes based on a comparative effectiveness analysis of oral medications. (2012-02-06)

Physics talks turkey this Thanksgiving
Harold McGee, a writer on food science, has come up with some scientifically-based, and very effective, tips for making sure your turkey rules the roost next Thursday. (1999-11-18)

Mother-infant bed sharing messaging should be tailored, according to UGA researcher
Bed sharing, a practice where mother and infant sleep on the same surface, remains popular all over the world despite potential health risks for the infant. According to a new University of Georgia study, bed sharing can likely be decreased if public health officials tailor messaging to their unique population. (2014-09-23)

Doctors, women should spend more time discussing mammograms
Due to changing guidelines concerning when and how often they should first be screened for breast cancer with mammograms, many women are confused. The American Cancer Society recommends women 40 years and older get a mammogram every year, but the US Preventive Services Task Force recommends mammograms every other year for women older than 50. A University of Missouri researcher says doctors and patients should communicate better about individual patients' timing of breast cancer screenings. (2011-08-09)

Lower High Blood Pressure With Diet, Says American Heart Association
Individuals with high blood pressure should not only put away the salt shaker, but eat more fruits, vegetables and fat-free or low-fat dairy products, according to a statement from the American Heart Association. (1998-08-10)

USPSTF recommendation on screening, genetic counseling and testing for BRCA-related cancer
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is broadening its recommendation on screening for potentially harmful mutations of the breast cancer susceptibility BRCA1/2 genes, which are associated with increased risk of certain cancers. The USPSTF now recommends primary care clinicians assess risk in women with a personal or family history of breast, ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal (tissue lining the abdominal cavity) cancer or those who have an ancestry associated with BRCA1/2 mutations. (2019-08-20)

Addressing medical students as 'student doctors' may help quell patient fears
Simple semantics may help quell patient's fears about taking part in medical education, according to a letter to this week's BMJ. (2003-11-06)

Experts in high-risk pregnancy respond to the published results of the PROLONG trial
The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine issues guidance for obstetric care providers who care for pregnant patients who have previously experienced a preterm birth. (2019-10-25)

ACP issues new guidelines for treating low back pain; video available
The American College of Physicians recommends that physicians avoid prescribing drugs, especially narcotics, for patients with acute or subacute low back pain. (2017-02-13)

Exercise cuts risk of chronic disease in older adults
People who engaged in the highest levels of total physical activity were twice as lively to avoid stroke, heart disease, angina, cancer and diabetes, and be in optimal physical and mental shape 10 years later, experts found. (2018-07-22)

International AIDS panel recommends selected use of resistance testing
An international panel of AIDS experts has established a broad set of recommendations for drug resistance testing in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), published in the May 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). (2000-05-09)

Age-specific strategies are needed when caring for older individuals with HIV
A new article highlights the differences between older and younger adults living with HIV, and offers age-specific strategies on how to provide care. (2016-10-04)

Japanese kids gaining body fat, heart risks like Western counterparts
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta showed that an increase in body fat is linked to a rise in cholesterol levels - which is occurring in both U.S. and Japanese children. Historically, children in Japan have been leaner than their Western counterparts. (2003-06-08)

National Academies Advisory: Priorities for future space exploration
Science in NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, new from the National Academies' National Research Council, reviews NASA's objectives for implementing its Vision for Space Exploration, a new set of goals for human and robotic exploration of the solar system and beyond. (2005-02-03)

New report on managing university intellectual property
The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 gave universities significant control of the intellectual property associated with technologies that result from their federally funded research, allowing them wide latitude to license these discoveries to companies that can commercialize them. (2010-10-04)

New study debunks blood type diet
A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics by researchers with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine -- a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors -- debunks the 'blood type diet' by finding that blood type was not associated with the effects of a plant-based diet on body weight, body fat, plasma lipid concentrations, or glycemic control. (2020-12-04)

Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Feb. 26, 2013
Below is information about articles being published in the Feb. 26 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. The information is not intended to substitute for the full articles as a source of information. Annals of Internal Medicine attribution is required for all coverage. (2013-02-25)

Lupin seeds: Health impairments possible with bitter taste
For several years now, lupin seeds have been used increasingly to produce foods such as gluten-free bakery produce and pasta, as well as diet products for people with milk protein allergies. Lupin seeds or beans are also consumed as snacks in some European and North African countries. Depending on the botanical species and geographical origin of the lupins, their seeds can contain bitter quinolizidine alkaloids. (2017-06-01)

Patients and doctors in Brazil need better education on leprosy
Better education for both patients and doctors on how to spot the early symptoms of leprosy would help to reduce cases of the disease in Brazil, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Birmingham. (2016-05-10)

Lung cancer screening: New Canadian guideline
Adults aged 55-74 years who are at high risk of lung cancer -- current or former smokers (i.e., have quit within the past 15 years) with at least a 30 pack-year history or more -- should be screened annually up to three times using low-dose computed tomography (CT), according to a new guideline from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2016-03-07)

Effects Of Anesthesia On Labor And Delivery On Breastfeeding
The use of general anesthesia or pain-relief agents given during labor, delivery or the postpartum period should not interfere with breastfeeding, says a Penn State researcher. (1998-10-20)

Endocrine Society releases guideline on diagnosis and treatment of primary aldosteronism
The Endocrine Society has released a new clinical practice guideline for the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with primary aldosteronism. The guidelines appear in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, a publication of the Endocrine Society. (2008-08-28)

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