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New study to investigate vitamin D levels

A major new research programme is to investigate the vitamin D levels and bone health of Irish people. A team from the Mercer Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St James's Hospital and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) will analyse around 10,000 blo ...

Long work hours may increase stroke risk

People who work long hours may face an increased risk of suffering a stroke, the results of a new study indicate. French researchers analysed data from a major study that began in France in 2012, involving over 143,000 people aged between 18 and 69. For th ...

Cancer Society shows support for LGBTI+ community

LGBTI+ people can have particular health needs and this is no different when it comes to cancer. However, the Irish Cancer Society can provide confidential and compassionate advice and support to those affected by the disease, the charity has said. It is t ...

FDA clears EsoCheck device

The FDA has given 510(k) clearance to the EsoCheck Cell Collection Device, according to a press release from the manufacturer, Lucid Diagnostics. Amitabh Chak, MD, of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, said the device allows for non-invasi ...

Optimal dose of potential IOP-lowering agent demonstrated

Three randomized, multicenter, phase 2 studies demonstrated the efficacy and safety of omidenepag isopropyl as an alternative method to lower IOP, according to a study. Omidenepag is a selective, non-prostaglandin, prostanoid E2 receptor 2 agonist that inc ...

Hospital readmissions underreported, higher for Medicare Advantage vs. traditional Medicare

Medicare Advantage beneficiaries had higher 30-day readmission rates than traditional Medicare beneficiaries, and these admissions may be underreported, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “One third of Medicare beneficiaries ...

Certain adrenal tumors may increase cardiometabolic risk

Although nonfunctioning adrenal tumors and adenomas that cause mild autonomous cortisol excess were not associated with significant tumor changes in size or hormonal function, these benign tumors may increase risk for cardiometabolic comorbidities, accordi ...

High urine culture rates in nursing homes linked with antibiotic use, CDI

Findings from a study conducted at nearly 600 nursing homes in Ontario found that high urine culturing rates were associated with increased total antibiotic use, Clostridiodes difficile infection and 30-day mortality, researchers reported. “Rates of antibi ...

Trump issues executive order to make health care costs more affordable, transparent

President Donald J. Trump issued what he called a “groundbreaking” executive order Monday afternoon that seeks to make certain health care prices more affordable. Trump said during his remarks at the White House that HHS will issue a rule that oversees eff ...

Glucocorticoid discontinuation plan recommended for juvenile-onset dermatomyositis

A group of international researchers writing in Pediatric Rheumatology have proposed a plan for tapering and discontinuing glucocorticoids in patients with juvenile-onset dermatomyositis, based on changes in core set measures of disease activity in the fir ...

Eir claims it could have delivered NBP for under €1bn

Communications company Eir claims it could have delivered the Government's National Broadband Plan (NBP) for under €1 billion. ...

Narrow- vs. broad-spectrum antibiotics: No difference in outcome for infants with UTIs

Infants aged 60 days or younger with UTIs caused by Escherichia coli or Klebsiella pneumoniae who were treated with narrow-spectrum antibiotics were no more likely to relapse or require a longer duration of antibiotics than infants who were treated with br ...

Researchers propose use of ‘chronic pruritus of unknown origin’ designation

Researchers recommend new nomenclature of “chronic pruritus of unknown origin,” or CPUO, a diagnostic workup and classification to help increase the understanding of chronic pruritus. “We propose the terminology CPUO to acknowledge our limited understandin ...

Endocrinologists must screen for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease as a complication of type 2 diabetes

Prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease — and its more severe stage, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, in particular — is increasing in developed countries. The condition has surpassed alcoholism as a cause of cirrhosis and will soon be the pri ...

Opdivo improves survival in unresectable HCC despite missing endpoint

Results from a phase 3 study of Opdivo for unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma revealed that the drug showed a trend toward improvement in overall survival but did not meet significance for its primary endpoint, according to a press release from Bristol- ...

Doctor suspended from register over kiss incident

A doctor who told a patient he wanted to kiss her has been suspended from the medical register for six months for professional misconduct. ...

High Court discharges man with anorexia from wardship

The recovery of a young man with anorexia may give hope to others dealing with the serious condition, the President of the High Court has said. ...

Mood stabilizers not tied to higher risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes

Although women who used mood stabilizers were at increased risk for placenta-mediated pregnancy complications, study data showed that this increased risk was most likely not because of the treatment. Most studies on the safety of anticonvulsant mood stabil ...

Birth defects linked to increased risk for childhood cancer

Certain birth defects appeared significantly associated with increased risk for childhood cancer, according to results of a population-based cohort study of more than 10 million births published in JAMA Oncology. Additionally, results showed a higher numbe ...

Chronic hepatitis B on the rise in Europe as acute cases decline

While most countries in the European Union and the European Economic Area have reported a decline in acute hepatitis B rates over the last decade, reports showed an increase in physicians discovering cases of chronic hepatitis B, according to data publishe ...

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