Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Family Practice for March 2019. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Patients With Worse RA Symptoms More Likely to Cut Alcohol Intake

FRIDAY, March 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Higher disease activity, disability, comorbidity, and poor quality of life contribute to reductions in alcohol use among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study published online March 20 in Arthritis Care & Research.

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Perception of E-Cigarettes as More Harmful Than Cigarettes Increased

FRIDAY, March 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — From 2012 to 2017, the proportion of U.S. adults who perceived electronic-cigarettes to be as harmful as or more harmful than cigarettes increased, according to a study published online March 29 in JAMA Network Open.

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Long-Term Phentermine Use Safe, Effective for Weight Loss

FRIDAY, March 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Patients taking phentermine for weight loss for more than three months experience greater weight loss without an increased risk for incident cardiovascular disease or death, according to a study published online March 21 in Obesity.

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CDC: 2017 to 2018 Saw Increase in Enterovirus D68 Detection

FRIDAY, March 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Based on active surveillance data of acute respiratory illness (ARI), enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) was detected in 0.8 percent of patients in 2017 and in 13.9 percent in 2018, according to research published in the March 29 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Dietary Fatty Acid Intake Linked to Pediatric Asthma Morbidity

FRIDAY, March 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Intake of omega-3 and omega-6 is associated with pediatric asthma morbidity and may modify the response to indoor particulate matter (PM), according to a study published online March 29 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Starting Colorectal Cancer Screening at Age 45 Years Is Cost-Effective

FRIDAY, March 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Starting colorectal cancer (CRC) screening at age 45 instead of 50 years seems cost-effective, but greater benefits could be achieved by increasing participation rates for unscreened older individuals, according to a study published online March 28 in Gastroenterology.

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Simple Rapid Urine Test Can Help Diagnose Preeclampsia

FRIDAY, March 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A simple point-of-care urine test can rapidly detect preeclampsia, according to a study published in the February issue of EClinicalMedicine.

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Lifetime HTN Risk High for Black Men and Women, White Men

THURSDAY, March 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Lifetime risks of hypertension under the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2017 threshold exceed 75 percent for white men and African-American men and women, according to a study published online March 27 in JAMA Cardiology.

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Doctors With Malpractice Claims More Likely to Leave Medicine

THURSDAY, March 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Physicians with one or more paid malpractice claims are more likely to leave practice or shift into smaller practice settings, according to a study published in the March 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Frailty May Up Fracture Risk in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

THURSDAY, March 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Patients with type 2 diabetes are frailer than participants without diabetes, and frailty increases the risk for fragility fractures, according to a study published in the April issue of Diabetes Care.

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Tx Adherence for Inflammatory Bowel Dz Lower in the Educated

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Nonadherence to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) treatment is more common among wealthier, more educated patients, according to a study published online March 18 in JGH Open.

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User Data From Medicine-Related Apps Routinely Shared

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — User data from medicine-related apps are routinely shared, according to a study published online March 20 in The BMJ.

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Hearing Loss Before Age 50 Tied to Higher Substance Use

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Hearing loss is independently associated with substance use disorders among those aged 49 years and younger, according to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Electronic Books Tied to Less Verbalization Among Parents, Toddlers

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Parents and toddlers verbalize less with electronic books than with print books, and collaboration scores are higher with print books, according to a study published online March 25 in Pediatrics.

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Infants Born Weighing <400 g Who Survive at Risk for Severe Morbidity

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — One-fifth of infants born with a birth weight (BW) less than 400 g survive to 18 to 26 months’ corrected age, but they are at high risk for neurodevelopmental impairment, according to a study published online March 25 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Many Eligible Patients Report Not Being Offered Statins

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — More than half of patients eligible for statin therapy but not being treated report never being offered a statin, according to a study published online March 27 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Maltreatment in Childhood May Affect Course of Adult Depression

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Early life stress caused by childhood maltreatment can alter brain structure, which may increase the risk for adverse disease courses in patients with major depression, according to a study published in the April issue of The Lancet Psychiatry.

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U.S. Measles Cases Hit 314 This Year

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There have been at least 314 reported cases of measles in the United States so far this year, according to new government data.

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Douglas County, Colorado, Ranked as Healthiest Community

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The 2019 healthiest community in America is Douglas County, Colorado, according to a report published online March 26 by U.S. News & World Report, in conjunction with the Aetna Foundation.

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$775 Million Settlement Reached in Xarelto Lawsuits

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A settlement of $775 million will be paid to settle lawsuits involving the blood thinner Xarelto, Johnson & Johnson and Bayer said Monday.

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Risk for Miscarriage Increased With Night Work During Pregnancy

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Night work during pregnancy seems to confer an increased risk for miscarriage, with the risk increased for two or more night shifts the previous week, according to a study published online March 25 in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

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Statins Cut Risk for Major Vascular Events in Older Patients

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Statins reduce the rate of vascular events regardless of patient age, according to a meta-analysis recently published in The Lancet.

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Mild Congenital Heart Defects Tied to CVD Events

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Individuals with lower-complexity adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) have a higher burden of adverse cardiovascular events than the general population, independent of conventional cardiovascular risk factors, according to a study published Feb. 28 in Circulation.

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Avocados Recalled by California Company

MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Possible listeria contamination has led to a recall of avocados by Henry Avocado, a grower and distributor based near San Diego.

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Digital Intervention Ups Socialization in Children With Autism

MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — An artificial intelligence-driven wearable behavioral intervention, Superpower Glass, can improve social outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published online March 25 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Mumps Outbreak at Temple University Reaches 74 Cases

MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A mumps outbreak that began last month at Temple University in Philadelphia has reached 15 confirmed and 59 probable cases.

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Policies Recommended to Reduce Sugary Drink Intake in Youth

MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In a joint policy statement published online March 25 in Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association have endorsed a number of public health measures designed to reduce sugary drink consumption among children and adolescents.

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2019 Residency Match Day Was Largest in History

MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The 2019 Main Residency Match was the largest in history, with a record high of 38,376 applicants for 35,185 positions, according to 2019 Match Day results released by the National Resident Matching Program.

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Guidance Offered for Managing Therapies in Children With Disability

MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In a clinical report published online March 25 in Pediatrics, guidance is provided for managing therapy services for children with disabilities.

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Analysis IDs Messages Behind Antivaccination Comments

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Arguments against vaccination remain consistent within subgroups of individuals, according to a study published online March 18 in Vaccine.

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Tyson Recalls 69,000 Pounds of Chicken Strip Products

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — More than 69,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products have been recalled by Tyson Foods because they may contain pieces of metal.

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Stricter Gun Laws Tied to Safer High Schools

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The adoption of stricter state gun laws is associated with improvements in school climate, including fewer students carrying weapons, according to a study published online March 21 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

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Many Patients Still Employ Strategies to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The number of adults reporting the use of strategies, such as requesting a lower-cost medication or not using medication as prescribed, to reduce prescription drug costs remained stable in 2015 to 2017, according to a March data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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Low, High Levels of Physical Activity Tied to Reduced Mortality

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Both low and high levels of physical activity (PA) are associated with reduced all-cause mortality, according to a study published online March 19 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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More Vascular Risk Factors Tied to Worse Brain Health

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A higher number of vascular risk factors (VRFs) is associated with poorer brain health across gray and white matter macrostructure and microstructure, according to a study published online March 11 in the European Heart Journal.

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DG/health NATURALS Cough Syrup + Mucus for Infants Recalled

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — One lot of DG/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus is being recalled due to possible contamination with potentially harmful bacteria, says maker Kingston Pharma, LLC.

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Cannabidiol Products Now Available at Hundreds of CVS Stores

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Creams, sprays, and lotions infused with the nonintoxicating hemp component cannabidiol (CBD) are now being sold at more than 800 CVS stores in eight states.

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Certain Dietary Patterns Linked to Cognitive Performance

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Higher Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) and A Priori Diet Quality Score (APDQS) scores are associated with better cognitive performance in midlife, according to a study published online March 6 in Neurology.

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Three Factors Predict Psych Events With Drugs for Smoking Cessation

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Three factors predict clinically significant neuropsychiatric adverse events (NPSAEs) in smokers with or without mental health conditions who use cessation pharmacotherapy, according to a study published online March 7 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Statins Tied to Insulin Resistance, Higher Serum Fasting Insulin

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Individuals using statins may be at higher risk for hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, and eventually type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online March 5 in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

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Younger Female Blood Donors Vulnerable to Iron Deficiency

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Blood donation is associated with iron deficiency among both adolescent girls and younger adult women in the United States, according to a study recently published in Transfusion.

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Mothers of Children With Eczema More Likely to Have Exhaustion

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Mothers of children with atopic dermatitis (AD) are more likely to report difficulty falling asleep and daytime exhaustion, according to a study published online March 20 in JAMA Dermatology.

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In Youth With ADHD, New-Onset Psychosis Up With Amphetamines

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For adolescents and young adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new-onset psychosis occurs more often with amphetamine use versus methylphenidate use, according to a study published in the March 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Pregnancy-Adapted Algorithm Avoids Diagnostic Imaging for PE

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A pregnancy-adapted algorithm can safely avoid diagnostic imaging in a proportion of pregnant women with suspected pulmonary embolism, according to a study published in the March 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Antiepileptic Drugs Not Tied to Dementia Risk

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Antiepileptic drug (AED) use is not significantly associated with dementia risk in patients in Germany, according to a study published online March 12 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Practices for Reducing COPD Hospital Readmissions Explored

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Communication, implementation of guidelines, and improved identification of risk factors may help reduce chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) hospital readmissions, according to a report published in the February issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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Sugary Drinks Tied to Cardiovascular Disease Mortality

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) is associated with increased mortality, mainly cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality, according to a study published online March 18 in Circulation.

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FDA: First Treatment Approved Specifically for Postpartum Depression

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Zulresso (brexanolone) injection has been approved for intravenous (IV) use in the treatment of postpartum depression (PPD) in adult women, marking the first drug approved specifically for PPD, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday.

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Patients With Diabetes at Increased Risk for Sleep Apnea

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Patients with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk for developing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), independent of other factors, according to a study published online March 12 in Diabetes Care.

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Healthy Food Rx Could Be Cost-Effective for Medicare, Medicaid

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Economic incentives for healthier foods through Medicare and Medicaid could generate substantial health gains and be highly cost-effective, according to a study published online March 19 in PLOS Medicine.

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Overall, Physicians Are Happy and Enjoy Their Lives

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Overall, physicians are happy and enjoy their lives, according to the 2019 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)/CompHealth Physician Happiness Survey published online March 19.

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CDC: New HIV Transmission Often From Those Unaware of Infection

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Most new HIV transmissions are from people who do not know they have HIV infection or are aware of infection but are not receiving care, according to research published in the March 18 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Analgesics in Pregnancy Do Not Seem to Cause Offspring Asthma

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Analgesics taken during pregnancy, including opioids, antimigraine drugs, and paracetamol, do not appear to cause asthma, according to a study published online March 17 in the European Respiratory Journal.

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Bluetooth Technology Enables Insulin Adherence Monitoring

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Adherence to timing and dosing of insulin injections can be objectively measured using Bluetooth-enabled pen caps, according to a study published online March 12 in Diabetes Care.

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Novel Checklist Can Distinguish Anthrax Exposure From Other Illnesses

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A newly developed checklist can rapidly identify anthrax cases after a suspected mass exposure, according to a study published online March 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Light Physical Activity Tied to Lower CHD, CVD Risk in Women

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Light physical activity (PA) is associated with reductions in coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) among older women, according to a study published online March 15 in JAMA Network Open.

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Multiple Layers of Protection Recommended to Prevent Drowning

MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Multiple layers of protection are recommended to prevent drowning, according to a policy statement published online March 15 in Pediatrics.

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In Utero Ultrafine Particle Exposure Tied to Asthma in Offspring

MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to ultrafine particles (UFPs; <0.1 μm) during the second trimester in utero is linked to the subsequent onset of asthma in children, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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2011 to 2015 Saw Increase in Psychiatric ED Visits for Youth

MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — From 2011 to 2015, there was an increase in visits to the emergency department for psychiatric purposes among youth across the United States, according to a study published online March 18 in Pediatrics.

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Average of 8.8 Inactive Ingredients Found in Oral Medications

MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Oral forms of medications contain an average of 8.8 inactive ingredients, many of which could cause adverse reactions, according to a perspective piece published in the March 13 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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Young Child Goes to ED for Medicine Poisoning Every 10 Minutes

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The number of children younger than age 6 years treated at U.S. emergency departments for medicine poisonings has declined in recent years, but there were still nearly 52,000 cases in 2017, a new report says.

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Physician Burnout Rate Increased From 2014 to 2017

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — From 2014 to 2017, there was an increase in physician burnout, with early-career physicians being the most susceptible, according to a study published online March 15 in JAMA Network Open.

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Extra Weight in Adolescence Tied to Later Risk for Renal Cancer

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Overweight and obesity in adolescence is associated with an increased risk for developing renal cell carcinoma (RCC) later in life, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the International Journal of Cancer.

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Induction for Late-Term Pregnancies at 41 Weeks Tied to Small Benefits

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There may be a small benefit to labor induction in low-risk woman at 41 weeks versus expectant management, though the chances of a good perinatal outcome are high with both strategies, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in The BMJ.

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Opioid Prescriptions Dropped for New Users From 2012 to 2017

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Many providers stopped initiating opioid therapy from July 2012 to December 2017, according to a report published in the March 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Influences on New NIH Policy for Age Limits in Research Explored

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Authors of a paper recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society describe factors that influenced the new National Institute of Health policy that requires funded scholars to eliminate arbitrary age limits in their work.

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Guidelines Developed for Polymyxin Antibiotic Use

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Recommendations have been developed for use of polymyxins, focusing on polymyxin B and polymyxin E (colistin); the guidelines were recently published in Pharmacotherapy.

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ASCO: Guidelines Released for Early Detection, Treatment of CRC

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Expert guidance has been provided on the early detection of colorectal cancer and on treatment and posttreatment follow-up; the two guidelines were recently published online in the Journal of Global Oncology.

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Mental Health Issues Have Risen in Teens, Young Adults

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There has been a steady rise in mood disorder and suicide-related outcomes among individuals born from the early 1980s to the late 1990s, according to a study published March 14 in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

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Infertility in Women Linked to Modestly Elevated Cancer Risk

THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Infertility seems to be associated with an increased risk for cancer in women, according to a study published online March 13 in Human Reproduction.

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E-Cigarettes May Threaten Goal of Achieving Tobacco Endgame

THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There is considerable concern regarding the potential negative impact that electronic cigarettes and other new products may have on ending all tobacco use and nicotine addiction, according to a presidential advisory issued by the American Heart Association and published online March 13 in Circulation.

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AAP: Nasal Spray Vaccine Against Flu Acceptable in 2019 to 2020

THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) plans to advise families to vaccinate children against influenza with either the flu shot or nasal spray vaccine during the 2019 to 2020 flu season, in contrast to the academy’s preference for the injected vaccine over the nasal spray during the previous two flu seasons, the AAP announced today.

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Average of 283,000 Children Have Sports-Related TBIs/Year

THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Annually, an average of 283,000 children aged younger than 18 years seek care in emergency departments for sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries (SRR-TBIs), according to research published in the March 15 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Prenatal High-Dose Vitamin D Not Linked to Asthma at Age 6

THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — High-dose vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy is not associated with a child’s risk for asthma at age 6 years, according to a research letter published in the March 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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CDC: 2000 to 2017 Saw Increase in Mortality Due to Dementia

THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Mortality attributed to dementia increased from 2000 to 2017, with variation by age, race, and sex, according to a study published online March 14 in National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Knee Pain Not Tied to Activity Levels in Knee Osteoarthritis

THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Knee pain is not associated with daily walking levels in individuals with mild-to-moderate, symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (KOA), according to a study published online March 6 in Arthritis Care & Research.

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Having Affected Relatives Linked to Increased Alzheimer Risk

THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Having affected first-degree, second-degree, or third-degree relatives (FDRs, SDRs, and TDRs) is associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer disease (AD), according to a study published online March 13 in Neurology.

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Adding Bempedoic Acid to Statin Therapy Reduces LDL Cholesterol

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Bempedoic acid, an inhibitor of ATP citrate lyase (ACLY), added to maximally tolerated statin therapy, significantly reduces levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and/or heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, according to a study published in the March 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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FDA Approves New Generic Valsartan to Ease Shortage

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new generic version of the high blood pressure/heart failure drug valsartan, saying the move might help ease the current medication shortage.

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Mumps Causes Quarantine of Over 2,200 Immigrant Detainees

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — More than 2,200 people exposed to a mumps outbreak in two U.S. immigrant detention facilities have been quarantined, federal officials say.

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Head of National Cancer Institute Named Acting FDA Commissioner

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will temporarily be overseen by the head of the National Cancer Institute when FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., leaves the post next month.

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Bronchiolitis Hospitalization in Infancy Predicts More Admissions

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — More than one in five infants with a bronchiolitis hospital admission will have a subsequent respiratory-related hospital admission by age 5 years, according to a study published online March 6 in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

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CDC: Most Americans Report Excellent, Good Health

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Most Americans report having excellent or good health and have a usual place to go for medical care, according to a report published March 13 for the National Health Interview Survey Early Release Program.

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Parity, Risk for Breast Cancer Studied for BRCA1/2 Carriers

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The correlation between reproductive events and breast cancer risk varies for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers, according to a study published March 8 in JNCI Cancer Spectrum.

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Resistance Training May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Progression

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Resistance training (RT) may be a viable option for patients with prediabetes seeking to prevent or delay progression to type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to a study published online Feb. 15 in Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews.

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Elderly Men Undertreated for Osteoporosis

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Elderly men are significantly undertreated for osteoporosis, according to a study published online March 5 in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research.

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Homes With High Ventilation Rates Tied to Respiratory Issues

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — People living in homes with high average air exchange rates (AAERs) are more likely to report chronic cough, asthma, or asthma-like symptoms, according to a study published in the February issue of Environmental Research.

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Tramadol May Up Mortality Risk in Osteoarthritis Patients

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The initial prescription of tramadol compared with commonly prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be associated with increased all-cause mortality among patients with osteoarthritis, according to a study published in the March 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Diet Quality in Midlife Not Linked to Later Risk for Dementia

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Diet quality in midlife is not associated with subsequent dementia risk, according to a study published in the March 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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CDC: 228 Measles Cases Already in 2019

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The number of measles cases in the United States increased by 22 since last week and now stands at 228, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in an update.

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Waiting Room Tool Aids Patient-Physician Communication

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Patients who use a simple waiting room tool are more prepared and more likely to begin heir primary care visit by communicating their top priorities, according to a study published in the March/April issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Parent Perception of E-Cig Safety Varies With Smoking Habits

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Parents who both smoke cigarettes and electronic cigarettes are less likely to have smoke-free car and vape-free car or home policies compared with cigarette users, according to a study published online March 11 in Pediatrics.

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Stillbirth Risk Up With High Serum Bile Acids in Pregnancy

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The risk of stillbirth is increased in women with intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy when serum bile acids concentrations are ≥100 µmol/L or more, according to a review published in the March 2 issue of The Lancet.

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Four-to-Seven-Day Opioid Rx Likely Sufficient for Acute Pain Treatment

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — An opioid supply for seven or fewer days might be sufficient for most patients seen in primary care settings for acute pain who appear to need opioid analgesics, according to research published in the Feb. 15 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Dual Receipt of Opioids Tied to Increased Risk for OD Death

MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For veterans enrolled in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Medicare Part D, receipt of opioids from both VA and Part D is associated with an increased likelihood of death from prescription opioid overdose, according to a study published online March 12 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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CDC: Flu Season May Have Peaked

MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — It looks like the flu season has peaked in the United States, though there has been a recent rise in the number of cases involving a more severe flu strain.

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Moderate Muscle Strength Linked to Lower Risk for T2DM

MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A moderate level of muscular strength is associated with a reduced risk for type 2 diabetes, independent of estimated cardiorespiratory fitness, according to a study published online March 11 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Children With Poorly Controlled Asthma Suffer Academically

MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Urban children with asthma, particularly those who are ethnic minorities, have more school absences than their peers without asthma, according to a study published online March 11 in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology.

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Anxiety, Depression More Likely for Adults With Atopic Dermatitis

MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Atopic dermatitis (AD) is associated with increased depression and anxiety, according to a study published online March 5 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Up With Maternal Smoking

MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The risk for sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) is increased with any maternal smoking during pregnancy, according to a study published online March 11 in Pediatrics.

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Mumps Outbreak Reported at Temple University

FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Ten confirmed cases of mumps, six probable cases, and a case under investigation have been reported at Temple University in Philadelphia.

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GDM Linked to Increased Cardiovascular Event Risk Postpartum

FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) have an increased risk fir developing cardiovascular events postpartum, according to a review published online March 7 in Diabetologia.

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Water Pipe Tobacco Smoking Addictive, Harmful to the Heart

FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Smoking a water pipe is addictive and can increase the risk for initiating cigarette smoking, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association published online March 8 in Circulation.

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Home Health Clinicians Frequently Lack Access to Hospital Records

FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Communication between hospitals and home health care (HHC) is suboptimal, according to a study published online Feb. 21 in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

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CDC: GI, Respiratory Illnesses More Likely in Low-Income Children

THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Children from lower-income households are more likely to report recent childhood gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses but are less likely to miss any school days, according to research published in the March 8 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Raspberries May Aid Glucose Control With Prediabetes

THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Eating red raspberries may help with glucose control in people with prediabetes, according to a small study published online Feb. 14 in Obesity.

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Few Seniors Receive Regular Brief Cognitive Assessments

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Only 16 percent of seniors receive regular cognitive assessments, according to the Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report published March 5.

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Behavioral Intervention Ups Physical Activity in T2DM

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A behavioral intervention results in a sustained increase in physical activity and decrease in sedentary time among patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the March 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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No Increased Risk Seen for Pregnancies Conceived Within Year of Stillbirth

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Conception within 12 months of a stillbirth is common and is not associated with an increased risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, according to a study published online Feb. 28 in The Lancet.

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Studies Look at Ways to Reduce Depressive Episodes in Obese

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For overweight adults with depression, daily multinutrient supplements and individual or group therapy sessions do not reduce major depressive disorder (MDD) episodes over one year, but an integrated intervention appears to be beneficial, according to two studies published in the March 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb Resigns

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In what probably came as a surprise to many, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced his resignation on Tuesday. Gottlieb is leaving the FDA because he wants to spend more time with his wife and three young daughters — twins aged 9 and a 5-year-old — one official said. He currently commutes each week from the family home in Connecticut to his Washington, D.C., office.

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Heat Alerts May Come Too Late in Northern States

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Hospital admissions for heat-related health problems increase in northern states long before heat alerts are issued, and these higher admission rates occur at lower temperatures than in the South, where people are more used to heat, the Associated Press reported.

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Second Man HIV-Free After Stem Cell Transplant

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In only the second known case worldwide, a man is free of HIV after a stem cell transplant, doctors say.

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AAP: Social Media Companies Must Curb Spread of Vaccine Myths

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Google, Facebook, and Pinterest need to take more action against the growing threat to children posed by online misinformation about vaccines, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a letter sent to the social media companies.

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Children With Atopic Dermatitis Have Worse Sleep Quality

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Children with atopic dermatitis (AD) have worse sleep quality, according to a study published online March 4 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Program in Peds Rheumatology Clinic Ups Education on Teratogenic Rx

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A series of interventions introduced through a quality improvement project can increase the frequency of both teratogen education and urine pregnancy screening in patients taking teratogenic medications for rheumatic disease, according to a study published online March 5 in Pediatrics.

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Childhood Cancer Considerably Underdiagnosed Worldwide

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There is considerable underdiagnosis of childhood cancer, especially in south Asia and areas of Africa, according to a study published online Feb. 26 in The Lancet Oncology.

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Peanut Patch Linked to Increased Responder Rate in Children

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For peanut-allergic children, use of epicutaneous immunotherapy with a peanut patch is associated with a statistically significant increase in the percentage of responders (meeting a defined eliciting dose to a peanut challenge) at 12 months, according to a study published online Feb. 22 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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MMR Not Linked to Autism in Danish Cohort Study

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccination is not associated with an increased risk for autism, including in children with autism risk factors, according to a study published online March 5 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Eli Lilly to Sell Cheaper Version of Insulin Drug

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A cheaper version of Eli Lilly’s most popular insulin drug, Humalog, is being introduced by the drug maker.

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Poll: Many Older Adults Report Feeling Lonely, Isolated

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Many older adults, especially those with health issues, report feeling lonely and isolated, according to the results of the National Poll on Healthy Aging, published on March 4.

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Oscillometric Devices Offer More Accurate Way to Measure BP

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Oscillometric devices allow accurate office blood pressure (BP) measurement while reducing human errors associated with the auscultatory approach, according to a scientific statement published online March 4 in Hypertension.

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Pneumococcal Vaccination at Age 50 Prevents the Most Disease

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Recommending pneumococcal vaccination for all 50-year-olds prevents the most disease in underserved minorities and the general population, but the cost exceeds $250,000 per quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) gained, according to a study published online March 4 in Vaccine.

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Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy Tied to Stroke Risk

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Women with a history of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) have a greater long-term risk for stroke that is reduced by aspirin use, according to a study recently published in Neurology.

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Electronic Decision Support Tool Can Aid Asthma Care

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A new electronic decision support tool can improve the quality of asthma care in primary care settings, according to a study published online Feb. 14 in the European Respiratory Journal.

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FDA Warns Americans Not to Buy Drugs From Canadian Company

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A large Canadian drug distributor sells unapproved and mislabeled medicines to Americans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday. The distributor disputes the claim, however.

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New York City Measles Outbreak Cases Reach 121

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The number of measles cases in the New York City outbreak that began last October in the Orthodox Jewish community has reached 121, the city’s health department said Thursday.

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HPV Infection Unlikely to Spread From Hand Contact

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The majority of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infections are likely to be caused by genital-to-genital sexual transmission, not hand-to-genital contact, according to a study published online Feb. 8 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

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