February 2019 Briefing – Family Practice

MONDAY, Feb. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Certain lots of Roche Diagnostics test strips should not be used with CoaguChek test meter devices to check levels of the blood thinner […]

MONDAY, Feb. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Certain lots of Roche Diagnostics test strips should not be used with CoaguChek test meter devices to check levels of the blood thinner warfarin because patients may get inaccurate results and be at risk for serious injury or death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says in an updated recall notice.

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Updated ACIP Immunization Schedule Released for Adults

MONDAY, Feb. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has released its updated adult immunization schedule for 2019; the schedule was published online Feb. 5 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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E-Cigarette Use Linked to Cigarette Initiation in Adolescents

MONDAY, Feb. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Electronic cigarette use is associated with an increased risk for cigarette initiation and use in adolescents, according to a study published online Feb. 1 in JAMA Network Open.

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CDC Examines Safety of Recombinant Zoster Vaccine

MONDAY, Feb. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — During the first eight months of recombinant zoster vaccine (RZV) use, there were reports of 4,381 adverse events, 3 percent of which were serious, according to research published in the Feb. 1 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Some Obesity-Related Cancers Increasing in Younger Adults

MONDAY, Feb. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The incidence of some obesity-related cancers is increasing in younger generations, according to a study published online Feb. 3 in The Lancet Public Health.

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Unrestrained Driver Predicts Unrestrained Child Passenger

MONDAY, Feb. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — An unrestrained driver is a strong predictor for having an unrestrained child passenger in both fatal and nonfatal crashes, according to a study published online Feb. 4 in Pediatrics.

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Discontinuing TNFi Before Gestational Week 20 Is Feasible

FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Discontinuing tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) before gestational week 20 in women with well-controlled rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is not associated with disease worsening in late pregnancy, according to a study published online Jan. 21 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

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Physician Burnout Tied to Ability to Address Social Needs

FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Improving clinic capacity to respond to patients’ social needs may reduce primary care physician burnout, according to a study published in the January-February issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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Maternal Glucose in Pregnancy Tied to Child’s Glucose Outcomes

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