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December 2019 Briefing - Hematology & Oncology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Hematology & Oncology for December 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.

Frailty Score May Predict Outcomes in Multiple Myeloma

TUESDAY, Dec. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A frailty scale that includes Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status (ECOG PS) may predict outcomes for transplant-ineligible patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (NDMM), according to a study published in the January issue of Leukemia.

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New Workflow Could Improve Imaging Assessment in Research

TUESDAY, Dec. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Institutional imaging cores may help provide unbiased and reproducible measurements and enable a leaner workflow in assessing tumor measurements for patients participating in clinical trials, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

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Endoscopic Approaches Feasible in Surgery for Sinonasal Cancer

TUESDAY, Dec. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Endoscopic approaches are feasible for the surgical resection of sinonasal cancer, according to a study published online Dec. 24 in Head & Neck.

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Incidence of Early-Onset Gastric Cancer Increasing in the U.S.

TUESDAY, Dec. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of early-onset gastric cancer has been increasing in the United States, and it seems to be distinct clinically and genetically from late-onset gastric cancer, according to a study recently published in Surgery.

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Machine Learning System Makes More Alerts for Med Errors

TUESDAY, Dec. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A machine learning system can generate clinically valid alerts for medication errors that might be missed with existing clinical decision support (CDS) systems, according to a study published in the January issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

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Exposure to Pyrethroid Insecticides Linked to Mortality

MONDAY, Dec. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Environmental exposure to pyrethroid insecticides is associated with an increased risk for all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality, according to a study published online Dec. 30 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Multiple Health Benefits Reported for Intermittent Fasting

MONDAY, Dec. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Intermittent fasting has multiple health benefits, according to a review article published in the Dec. 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Dense Breast Notifications May Not Be Having Intended Impact

MONDAY, Dec. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- While dense breast notifications (DBNs) are mandated legislatively in more than 35 states, they may not be having their intended impact, according to a study published online Dec. 16 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Changes Needed to Address Out-of-Network Billing at Hospitals

FRIDAY, Dec. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Requiring hospitals to sell a package of facility and physician services would protect patients from out-of-network bills at in-network hospitals, according to a report published online Dec. 16 in Health Affairs.

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Protection Similar With Single, Multiple HPV Vaccine Doses

FRIDAY, Dec. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. women who have received one dose of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine have similar protection as women who have received two or three doses, according to a research letter published online Dec. 27 in JAMA Network Open.

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BMI, Survival Linked in NSCLC Treated With Atezolizumab

FRIDAY, Dec. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Baseline high body mass index (BMI) is associated with improved survival in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated with atezolizumab, according to a study published online Dec. 26 in JAMA Oncology.

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Risk-Based Approach Could Help Target Prostate Cancer Screening

FRIDAY, Dec. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Risk-tailored screening could potentially reduce overdiagnosis and improve the cost-effectiveness of a prostate cancer screening program, according to a study published online Dec. 20 in PLOS Medicine.

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Public Insurance Tied to Lower Cancer Survival in Young Patients

FRIDAY, Dec. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Young, low-income patients with bone or soft tissue sarcomas have decreased overall survival (OS), regardless of disease stage at presentation, according to a study published online Dec. 15 in Cancer Medicine.

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Many Hospitals Fail to Provide Instructions for Patient Portals

THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many hospital patient portals fail to educate patients fully and set expectations for secure messaging, according to a study recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Polygenic Risk Score More Strongly Linked to Early-Onset CRC

THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A polygenic risk score (PRS), developed from 95 colorectal cancer (CRC)-associated genetic risk variants, is more strongly associated with early- than late-onset cancer, especially in the absence of family history, according to a study published online Dec. 19 in Gastroenterology.

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Survival Up for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia 1995 to 2017

THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in routine care, overall survival improved from 1995 to 2017, according to a study recently published in Leukemia & Lymphoma.

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Antioxidant, Supplement Use May Worsen Breast Cancer Outcomes

THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Use of antioxidants and other dietary supplements before and during chemotherapy is associated with worse survival outcomes for patients with breast cancer, according to a study published online Dec. 19 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Palliative Care Services Lagging Worldwide

TUESDAY, Dec. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Greater palliative care development and implementation is needed worldwide, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

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Patient Share of Out-of-Network Costs Rising

TUESDAY, Dec. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The out-of-pocket costs for out-of-network (OON) care grew rapidly for privately insured Americans from 2012 to 2017, according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Managed Care.

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ASTRO Issues Recs for Radiation Tx of Basal, Squamous Cell Carcinoma

TUESDAY, Dec. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In an executive summary of an American Society for Radiation Oncology clinical practice guideline, published online Dec. 9 in Practical Radiation Oncology, recommendations are presented for the use of radiation therapy (RT) for basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC).

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Acupuncture, Acupressure May Help Cancer Patients Control Pain

TUESDAY, Dec. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The use of acupuncture and/or acupressure is associated with reduced cancer pain and decreased use of analgesics, according to a review published online Dec. 19 in JAMA Oncology.

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U.S. Incidence of Thyroid Cancer Plateaued in 2009

TUESDAY, Dec. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- From 2009 to 2016, the incidence of thyroid cancer reached a plateau and possibly started to decline, according to a research letter published in the Dec. 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Obesity May Up Cardiotoxicity Risk From Breast Cancer Therapy

TUESDAY, Dec. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is associated with an increased risk for cardiotoxicity among patients receiving treatment for breast cancer, according to a study published online Dec. 23 in PLOS Medicine.

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Enrollment in Affordable Care Act Holds Steady for Third Straight Year

MONDAY, Dec. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Enrollment in Affordable Care Act coverage for next year has surpassed 8 million, a sign that many Americans still turn to the government health insurance program to help pay for their medical care.

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Aspirin May No Longer Have Effect in Primary CVD Prevention

MONDAY, Dec. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Aspirin may not be effective for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality, according to research published online Nov. 21 in Family Practice.

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Tivozanib Bests Sorafenib in Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma

MONDAY, Dec. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Among patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma, progression-free survival was longer in those receiving tivozanib versus sorafenib as third- or fourth-line therapy, according to a study published online Dec. 3 in The Lancet Oncology.

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Congress Approves Raising Age to Buy Tobacco Products to 21

FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A measure to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarettes to 21 has been approved by the U.S. Congress and is expected to be signed into law by President Donald Trump.

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Continuing Full Induction Regimen Not Beneficial in Metastatic CRC

FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, continuing full cytotoxic chemotherapy until progression offers no benefit over observation, according to research published online Dec. 19 in JAMA Oncology.

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RT for DCIS Ups Mortality Risk in Invasive Second Breast Cancer

FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For women with primary ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), use of radiotherapy (RT) is associated with increased rates of breast cancer-specific mortality for those women who subsequently develop an invasive second breast cancer (SBC), according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

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Private Care Program for U.S. Vets Gets $8.9 Billion in Budget Deal

THURSDAY, Dec. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A controversial program meant to get more U.S. veterans to use private health care received $8.9 billion as part of a government spending bill approved by the House.

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Sustained Weight Loss at 50+ May Lower Risk for Breast Cancer

THURSDAY, Dec. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For women aged ≥50 years, sustained weight loss is associated with a reduced breast cancer risk, according to a study published online Dec. 17 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Risk Score Developed to Help ID Heart Failure Risk in Leukemia

THURSDAY, Dec. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In a study published in the December issue of JACC: CardioOncology, authors investigated the occurrence and developed a risk score to determine the risk for heart failure in patients with acute leukemia treated with anthracyclines.

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Treatment for Younger Adults With CRC Improved Under ACA

THURSDAY, Dec. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of the Dependent Coverage Expansion (DCE) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) increased early-stage colorectal cancer (CRC) diagnosis and receipt of timely adjuvant chemotherapy for surgically resected stage IIB to IIIC CRC among DCE-eligible patients, according to a study published online Dec. 19 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Addition of Maintenance Olaparib Slows Advanced Ovarian Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with placebo, the addition of olaparib to maintenance therapy with bevacizumab is associated with a significant progression-free survival benefit for patients with advanced ovarian cancer, according to a study published in the Dec. 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Obesity Projected to Affect Almost One in Two by 2030

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of adults are projected to have obesity by 2030, according to a study published in the Dec. 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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FDA to Allow States to Import Prescription Drugs From Other Countries

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Federal health officials have unveiled plans to allow prescription drug imports from Canada and other foreign nations.

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Pregnancy-Related Heart Failure Tied to Higher Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) are more likely to have cancer before PPCM diagnosis and more likely to develop cancer after PPCM, according to a study published in the December issue of the JACC: CardioOncology.

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Deep Learning Model Predicts Future Breast Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A deep learning (DL) model can predict which women are at risk for subsequent development of breast cancer, with higher accuracy than density-based models, according to a study published online Dec. 17 in Radiology.

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CRC Screening Up for Ages 45 to 49 After ACS Guideline Update

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Following publication of updated guidelines by the American Cancer Society recommending that the age for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening be lowered to 45 years, there was an increase in screening among those aged 45 to 49 years, according to a study published online Dec. 18 in Cancer.

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FDA Approves Sale of Low-Nicotine Cigarettes

TUESDAY, Dec. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the sale of two reduced-nicotine cigarettes.

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Congress Could Raise Age to Buy Tobacco Products to 21

TUESDAY, Dec. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A provision to raise the U.S. minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 years has been inserted into the end-of-year spending bill in Congress.

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Black Men Have Higher Breast Cancer Rates for All Subtypes

TUESDAY, Dec. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Black-white patterns in subtype-specific breast cancer incidence rates differ for men and women, with breast cancer rates higher for blacks than whites for all subtypes among men, according to a study published online Dec. 12 in JNCI Cancer Spectrum.

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Outcomes Worse for Rural Residents With Chronic Conditions

MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Rural Medicare beneficiaries with complex chronic conditions have higher preventable hospitalization and mortality rates than their urban peers, which is partially explained by reduced access to specialists, according to a report published in the December issue of Health Affairs, a theme issue on rural health.

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Five-Year Mortality Up in Older Adults With Unplanned Admission

MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Death within five years of first unplanned hospital admission is common among older adults, according to a study published in the Dec. 16 issue of CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Results Mixed for Twice-Daily APBI in Early Breast Cancer

MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) delivered twice per day over one week to the tumor bed is noninferior to whole breast irradiation for preventing ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence (IBTR), but moderate late radiation toxicity and adverse cosmesis were more common with this regimen, according to a study published online Dec. 5 in The Lancet.

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Palliative Care Reaching More Inpatients With Serious Illness

MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Inpatient palliative care teams are reaching a broader mix of patients earlier in the course of their illness, according to a study published online Dec. 6 in JAMA Network Open.

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Many Lung Cancer Patients Receive Meds That Prolong QTc Interval

MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A considerable proportion of patients with lung cancer are prescribed medications that prolong the corrected QT (QTc) interval, limiting their eligibility for clinical trials, according to a study published online Nov. 23 in Clinical Lung Cancer.

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Many Long-Term Breast Cancer Survivors Die From Other Causes

MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Non-breast cancer (non-BC) causes of death represent a considerable proportion of deaths among patients diagnosed with BC, according to a study published online Dec. 16 in Cancer.

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Hahn Confirmed as New FDA Chief

FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Stephen Hahn, M.D., was confirmed as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a 72-18 Senate vote on Thursday.

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Model May Predict Barrett Esophagus Diagnosis in GERD Patients

FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A diagnostic model can help predict diagnosis of Barrett esophagus in patients with symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disease, according to a study published online Dec. 5 in The Lancet Digital Health.

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Factors Predict Adverse Opioid-Related Outcomes in Cancer Survivors

FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Among cancer survivors, demographic, cancer, and treatment factors can predict adverse opioid-related outcomes, according to a study published online Nov. 22 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Organ Transplant Does Not Worsen Prostate Cancer Outcome

FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Among older men with prostate cancer, an organ transplant is associated with higher overall mortality, but not prostate cancer-specific mortality (PCSM), according to a study published online Nov. 15 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Survival Worse for Nonwhite Children With Hodgkin Lymphoma

THURSDAY, Dec. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Among children with Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) enrolled in phase III trials, nonwhite patients have an increased risk for death, according to a study published in the Nov. 10 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Access to High-Cost Targeted Treatments Varies for Lung Cancer

THURSDAY, Dec. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Not all patients have access to new, high-cost lung cancer drugs, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Insurance Disparities ID'd in Diagnosis of Late-Stage Melanoma

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For nonelderly adults in the United States, having Medicaid or no health insurance is associated with increased odds of being diagnosed with late-stage melanoma compared with having private insurance, according to a study recently published online in Cancer.

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2003 to 2017 Saw Increase in Deaths at Home, Hospice Facility

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- From 2003 to 2017, there was a decrease in deaths occurring in hospitals and nursing facilities and an increase in deaths at home and at hospice facilities, according to a research letter published in the Dec. 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Current Tobacco Use Prevalent in Middle, High School Students

TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Almost one-third of high school students report current use of tobacco products, according to research published in the Dec. 6 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Fresh Red Blood Cell Transfusion No Better in Critically Ill Children

TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For critically ill pediatric patients, the incidence of new or progressive multiple organ dysfunction syndrome does not differ with the transfusion of fresh or standard-issue red blood cells, according to a study published in the Dec. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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U.S. Primary Care Doctors Face Challenges in Coordinating Care

TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians from the United States and other high-income countries report difficulties with care coordination, with a substantial proportion of U.S. physicians not receiving timely notification or the information needed from specialists or other sites of care, according to a study published online Dec. 10 in Health Affairs.

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Fewer Cases of Radiation-Induced Xerostomia Found With Acupuncture

TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Acupuncture results in significantly fewer and less severe symptoms of radiation-induced xerostomia (RIX) among patients with oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal carcinoma, according to a study published online Dec. 6 in JAMA Network Open.

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U.S. Health Care Spending Up 4.6 Percent in 2018

TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In 2018, U.S. health care spending increased 4.6 percent, a faster rate than that seen in 2017, according to a report published online Dec. 5 in Health Affairs.

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All-Cause Mortality, Cancer Incidence Lower for Adventists

TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Adventists have substantially lower rates of all-cause mortality and cancer incidence than nonsmokers from the general population in the United States, according to a study published online Nov. 25 in Cancer.

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Extending HPV Vaccination to Age 45 Provides Small Additional Benefit

MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Extending the current human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program to age 45 years is expected to produce small additional reductions in HPV-associated diseases with high additional costs, according to a study published online Dec. 10 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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2016 to 2019 Saw Increase in Medical Students With Disabilities

MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- From 2016 to 2019, there was an increase in the proportion of medical students reporting disabilities, according to a research letter published in the Nov. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Half of U.S. Physicians Recommend Complementary Health Approaches

MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of office-based physicians recommend complementary health approaches (CHAs) to their patients, according to a study published online Dec. 2 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

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2012 to 2014 Saw 41,185 U.S. Patients With Skin Malignancy

MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- From 2012 to 2014, 41,185 patients with a diagnosis of skin malignancy of the head and neck region were identified, mostly with a diagnosis of nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC), according to a study recently published in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery.

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Moderate, Severe Depressive Symptoms Common in Lung Cancer

MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For newly diagnosed patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), depressive symptoms are common and often accompanied by other symptoms, according to a study published online Nov. 21 in Lung Cancer.

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Rural Population Underrepresented Among Medical Students

FRIDAY, Dec. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In 2017, less than 5 percent of all incoming medical students were rural students, according to a study published in the December issue of Health Affairs, a theme issue on rural health.

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Retail Prescription Drug Prices Fall for First Time in 45 Years

FRIDAY, Dec. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Retail prescription drug prices in the United States fell by 1 percent last year, a new government report shows.

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Cancer Tied to Higher Risk for Deadly Stroke

FRIDAY, Dec. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The risk for a deadly stroke is higher in cancer patients and cancer survivors than the general public, according to a study published online Nov. 15 in Nature Communications.

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Bariatric Surgery May Raise Risk for Colon Cancer Years Later

FRIDAY, Dec. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Individuals who undergo bariatric surgery may be at increased risk for developing colon cancer years later, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in the International Journal of Cancer.

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Permanent Hair Dye Use Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Risk

THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Permanent hair dye use is associated with an increased risk for breast cancer, especially among black women, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in the International Journal of Cancer.

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Receipt of Surgery for Early NSCLC Varies by County

THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There is considerable variation across counties in receipt of curative-intent surgery for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to a study published online Dec. 5 in CHEST.

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First-Line Osimertinib May Up Survival in EGFR-Mutated NSCLC

THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with previously untreated advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with an EGFR mutation, overall survival is longer for treatment with osimertinib rather than comparator tyrosine kinase inhibitors of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR-TKIs), according to a study published online Nov. 21 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Aspirin Use May Reduce Cancer, All-Cause Mortality in Seniors

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Aspirin use three or more times per week is associated with reductions in all-cause, any cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and colorectal cancer (CRC) mortality among older adults, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in JAMA Network Open.

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Services Affected by Rural Hospitals Joining Health Systems

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- While affiliating with health systems may boost a rural hospital's financial viability, the affiliation is often associated with reductions in critical services, according to a study published in the December issue of Health Affairs, a theme issue on rural health.

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Deep Learning Models Can Help Interpret Chest Radiographs

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Deep learning models can be used for interpretation of chest radiographs, according to a study published online Dec. 3 in Radiology.

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Adults Not Living in Metro Areas Have Reduced Access to Care

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Adults not living in metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) are more likely to have reduced access to or use of health care services, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in the National Health Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Physician Depressive Symptoms Tied to Higher Risk for Medical Errors

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians showing depressive symptoms are at higher risk for medical errors, according to a review published Nov. 27 in JAMA Network Open.

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ᴅ-dimer Test Adjusted to Clinical Probability IDs Low Risk for PE

TUESDAY, Dec. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Low clinical pretest probability (C-PTP) and a ᴅ-dimer of less than 1,000 ng/mL identify patients with a low risk for pulmonary embolism, according to a study published in the Nov. 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Risk for Hodgkin Lymphoma Increased With Allergic Disease, Eczema

TUESDAY, Dec. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The risk for Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) is increased in association with immunosuppression, allergic disease, and eczema, according to a study published online Nov. 12 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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Current Statin Use May Lower Risk for Lethal Prostate Cancer

MONDAY, Dec. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Current statin use is inversely associated with the risk for lethal prostate cancer, according to a study published online Nov. 21 in Clinical Cancer Research.

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Risk for Hospital Admission Up With Short-Term PM2.5 Exposure

MONDAY, Dec. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Short-term exposure to fine particulate matter with diameter less than 2.5 µm (PM2.5) is associated with increased hospital admission risks and costs, according to a study published online Nov. 27 in The BMJ.

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