Can breast milk protect against allergies

Rachael Zimlich, RN, BSN An updated clinical report from AAP reviews whether breastfeeding can prevent certain allergies, and how early peanut feeding can help prevent a peanut allergy. Good nutrition early in life can set the stage for a healthy adulthood, and help children avoid a number of allergic conditions, according to an updated clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP’s Committee on Nutrition and Section on Allergy and Immunology updated its 2008 clinical report on

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Linking IBD with Antibiotic Use in Adults

SEP 02, 2020 | JARED KALTWASSER High exposure to systemic antibiotic therapy appears to increase a person’s risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a new population-level analysis. The study was published in The Lancet: Gastroenterology & Hepatology. The question of whether antibiotic exposure leads to IBD has been debated for many years. In children, significant studies have already demonstrated that early exposure to antibiotics can lead to a higher risk of childhood IBD. However, the existing literature with

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The Importance of Flu Shots in High Risk Diabetics

August 24, 2020 Melissa Young, MD An endocrinologist from New Jersey discusses the importance of flu shots in high-risk diabetic patients. While we are all still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we must not forget that patients with diabetes are also at risk of other preventable infections. Flu season will be upon us soon and our patients should be getting their vaccines. It is recommended that those with diabetes receive a flu vaccine annually. The Centers for Disease Control also

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Age Should Not Be Factor in Effective Psoriasis Management

Age Should Not Be Factor in Effective Psoriasis Management August 20, 2020 More studies are needed on the effectiveness and safety of plaque psoriasis therapies for older patients. Marieke E. C. van Winden, MD, MSc Age alone should not be a limiting factor in psoriasis management, according to the findings of a new study. The findings emphasized the need to have more studies on the effectiveness and safety of systemic therapies in older adults to optimize personalized, effective, and safe

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Intravenous Fosfomycin for Systemic Multidrug-Resistant Infections

AUG 20, 2020 The alarming increase in rates of antibiotic resistance has necessitated the exploration of alternative treatment strategies, among them reevaluation of previously approved agents like fosfomycin. Fosfomycin is recommended as a frontline agent for uncomplicated urinary tract infection1 in current Infectious Diseases Society of America guidelines,2 but it also demonstrates efficacy for multidrug-resistant urinary tract infections (UTIs).3 With the continued rise of drug resistance, along with limited availability of novel antimicrobial agents, there is interest in reappraising IV

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Stressful Life Events Could Play a Role in the Development of Schizophrenia

August 19, 2020 Genetic and environmental liability were linked to poorer mental health in a cohort of more than 6000 individuals based in the Netherlands. A traumatic or stressful life event could ultimately lead to a schizophrenia diagnosis, according to new research. A team, led by Lotta-Katrin Pries, MSc, Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, School for Mental Health and Neuroscience, Maastricht University Medical Center, examined whether recent stressful life events interact with genetic and environmental liability for schizophrenia in models

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Early menopause and cardiovascular disease

July 9, 2020 The authors noted that, although recent guidelines embrace using history of menopause before age 40 to refine atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk assessments in middle-aged women, “robust data on cardio-vascular disease risk in this population is lacking.”Both natural and surgical premature menopause before age 40 are associated with a small but statistically significant increased risk for subsequent cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared to that in postmenopausal women without premature menopause, according to a cohort study in JAMA. The

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Managing Hyperglycemia in COVID-19

Managing Hyperglycemia in COVID-19 August 17, 2020 A professor from Michigan Medicine discusses recent research from the institute and how protocols implemented at Michigan Medicine to manage the increased risk of severe outcomes associated with hyperglycemia in COVID-19. New data from a team at Michigan Medicine is offering an overview of the impact hyperglycemia can have on outcomes in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Through observation of 200 patients and the establishment of specific protocols for these patients, investigators

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Medical Marijuana Reduces Hospital Visits Among Sickle Cell Disease Patients

August 13, 2020 The findings can lead to an alternative pain option for patients with sickle cell disease. Medical marijuana may reduce hospital visits in patients with sickle cell disease. In fact, those with the condition who requested and obtained medical marijuana to treat pain were admitted to the hospital less frequently than those who did not. The findings suggested medical marijuana may be an effective resource in reducing pain at home for patients with sickle cell disease. Further, the

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Nearly 1-in-3 of Physicians Could Be Overusing Thyroid Ultrasonography

 survey of more than 600 physicians found many endorsed the use of thyroid ultrasonography for clinically unsupported reasons.   A new study from Michigan Medicine suggests physicians may be misusing and ordering unnecessary thyroid tests for patients. A survey of endocrinologists, surgeons, and primary care physicians, investigators found nearly a third of all clinicians were ordering thyroid ultrasonography for reasons not supported by clinical guidelines, but those seeing fewer patients were less likely to order such tests. “This study is

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