Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Allergy for September 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.
Average Annual Premium for Workers Increased in 2019
THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In 2019, the average annual health insurance premium for workers increased slightly for single coverage and family coverage, according to a report published online Sept. 25 in Health Affairs.
Step-Up Strategy May Differ in Black Children With Asthma
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In contrast to findings in black adolescents and adults, almost half of black children with poorly controlled asthma have a superior response to an increased dose of an inhaled glucocorticoid and almost half have a superior response to the addition of a long-acting beta-agonist (LABA), according to a study published in the Sept. 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mortality Persist in the U.S.
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There are still racial and ethnic disparities in mortality, and these disparities are widening for some age groups, according to a study published online Sept. 24 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Protected Health Info Breaches Compromise Sensitive Data
MONDAY, Sept. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Most protected health information (PHI) breaches compromise sensitive demographic and/or financial information, according to a research letter published online Sept. 23 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Marijuana Use Common Among Adults With Medical Conditions
FRIDAY, Sept. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Marijuana use is common among adults with medical conditions, especially younger people, according to a study published online Sept. 20 in JAMA Network Open.
CDC: Asthma Visit Rates Decreased From 2001 to 2016
FRIDAY, Sept. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Asthma is a common reason for physician visits, although the rate of asthma visits decreased from 2001 through 2016, according to a report published Sept. 20 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.
Medical Students Not Ready to Provide Nutritional Care
THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Medical education does not equip students to provide high-quality, effective nutrition care, according to a review published in the September issue of The Lancet Planetary Health.
FDA to Assess First Drug Meant to Prevent Peanut Allergy
FRIDAY, Sept. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A panel of experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is set to weigh the pros and cons of what could be the first drug ever approved to prevent peanut allergy.
Allergy Immunotherapy May Decrease Asthma Progression
THURSDAY, Sept. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Allergy immunotherapy (AIT) is associated with a decreased risk for asthma progression, particularly in younger patients, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in Allergy.
EPA to Phase Out Chemical Testing on Mammals
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The eventual elimination of chemical testing on mammals was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Spending Up With Treatment in Hospital-Owned Practices
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Financial integration between physicians and hospitals raises patient spending but does not impact care quality, according to a study published online Sept. 3 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Poverty Rate Drops, but Fewer Americans Have Health Insurance
TUESDAY, Sept. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The percentage of Americans living in poverty declined in 2018, but the rate of those without health insurance increased, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report.
Sublingual Immunotherapy Safely Desensitizes Pediatric Peanut Allergies
MONDAY, Sept. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Extended peanut sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) demonstrates clinically significant desensitization in children with peanut allergies, according to a study published online Sept. 4 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Racial, Ethnic Underrepresentation Found in Med School Matriculants
FRIDAY, Sept. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Among medical school matriculants, black, Hispanic, and American Indian or Alaska Native (AIAN) students are underrepresented, according to a study published online Sept. 4 in JAMA Network Open.
Majority of U.S. Doctors Believe ACA Has Improved Access to Care
THURSDAY, Sept. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Sixty percent of U.S. physicians believe that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has improved access to care and insurance after five years of implementation, according to a report published in the September issue of Health Affairs.
Risk Factors for Hypersensitivity to Iodinated Contrast Media ID’d
TUESDAY, Sept. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Family history and an individual history of hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs) to iodinated contrast media (ICM) are associated with an increased likelihood of HSRs, according to a study published online Sept. 3 in Radiology.
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