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August 2020 Briefing - OBGYN & Women's Health

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in OBGYN & Women's Health for August 2020. 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.

FDA Could Green-Light COVID-19 Vaccines Before Clinical Trials Completed

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Emergency use authorization (EUA) or approval for a COVID-19 vaccine before phase 3 clinical trials are complete could be considered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to the agency's commissioner, Stephen Hahn, M.D.

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Use of Fitness Trackers May Spur Exercise in Older Adults With MS

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with multiple sclerosis (MS) who say they use fitness trackers report greater amounts of physical activity, according to a study published online July 31 in the Disability & Health Journal.

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Chlamydia, Gonorrhea Rates Up Among Young Women in the U.S.

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There has been an age shift in positivity for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae among women, according to a study published online Aug. 20 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of Aug. 24 to 28, 2020. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal studies and other trusted sources that is most likely to affect clinical practice.

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Model Says COVID-19 Deaths Could Surpass 317,000 by December

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A widely cited model for COVID-19 deaths in the United States predicts a total of 317,000 deaths by December.

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Risk for Cancer Reduced for Patients With Multiple Sclerosis

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The risk for cancer is reduced among patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published online Aug. 13 in Autoimmunity Reviews.

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Many Opt for Genetic Testing of Embryos for Kidney Disease

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- About half of couples referred for counseling due to a family history of kidney disease opt for preimplantation genetic testing for monogenic kidney disease, and 65 percent of those experience one or more live births of an unaffected child, according to a study published online Aug. 27 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Losing Weight Before Midlife Cuts Mortality Risk

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Weight loss from obesity to overweight between early adulthood through midlife is associated with a lower risk for early death compared with maintaining obesity, according to a study published online Aug. 14 in JAMA Network Open.

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Alcoholic Liver Disease Death Rates Up for Non-Hispanic Whites

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There is considerable racial and ethnic disparity in alcoholic liver disease mortality, and although men have higher death rates, the male-to-female ratios decreased in the past two decades, according to a study published online Aug. 27 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Guideline Updated for Nutrition in Chronic Kidney Disease

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The National Kidney Foundation and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have updated the clinical practice guideline for nutrition in chronic kidney disease (CKD); the 2020 update was published as a supplement to the September issue of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

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Admissions for Stroke, TIA Down Early in COVID-19 Pandemic

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Admissions for stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) have decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published online Aug. 26 in Stroke and Vascular Neurology.

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Blacks Have Higher Incidence of Cerebral Venous Thrombosis

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans have a higher incidence of cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) compared with other races, according to a study published online Aug. 26 in Neurology.

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Survival Worse for Breast Cancers Secondary to Childhood Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Survivors of childhood and adolescent and young adult cancer who develop a secondary breast cancer have significantly decreased breast cancer-specific survival (BCSS), according to a study published online Aug. 26 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Preterm Delivery Ups Risk for Premature Mortality in Mothers

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Preterm delivery is associated with an increased risk for premature mortality in women, according to a study published online Aug. 19 in The BMJ.

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Weight Loss May Lower Obesity-Related Cancer Risk in T2DM

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- An intensive lifestyle intervention (ILI) may reduce the incidence of obesity-related mortality among individuals with overweight or obesity and type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online Aug. 24 in Obesity.

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Care Delayed for Many U.S. Breast Cancer Patients Early in Pandemic

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of breast cancer patients have experienced delays in care due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published online Aug. 9 in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

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Web Searches Suggesting Acute Anxiety Spiked Early in COVID-19

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Internet searches indicative of acute anxiety peaked early in the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a research letter published online Aug. 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Maternal Caffeine Intake May Be Tied to Negative Pregnancy Outcomes

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal caffeine consumption is associated with negative pregnancy outcomes, according to a review published online Aug. 24 in BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine.

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CDC: Risky Behaviors Common Among U.S. Teens

FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Risky behaviors remain common among U.S. teens, according to the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance report published as a supplement to the Aug. 21 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of Aug. 17 to 21, 2020. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal studies and other trusted sources that is most likely to affect clinical practice.

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ACIP Issues Recommendations for 2020 to 2021 Flu Vaccination

FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations have been updated to include the influenza vaccination for the 2020 to 2021 season; the recommendations were published in the Aug. 21 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Adolescent Vaccinations Decreased During COVID-19 Pandemic

FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The decrease in vaccination orders seen during the COVID-19 pandemic could offset increases in vaccinations for adolescents from 2018 to 2019, according to research published in the Aug. 21 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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CDC: Mortality Rates Lowest for Infants of Normal-Weight Women

FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Infants of women who are normal weight prepregnancy have the lowest total infant, neonatal, and postneonatal mortality rates, with increased rates seen for infants of women who are underweight or who have obesity prepregnancy, according to the Aug. 21 National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Targeted Intraoperative RT Is Effective Alternative to EBRT

FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Single-dose targeted intraoperative radiotherapy (TARGIT-IORT) during lumpectomy is an effective alternative to external beam radiotherapy (EBRT), according to a study published online Aug. 19 in The BMJ.

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Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy, Menopause Symptoms Linked

FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There is an association between a history of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and more bothersome menopausal symptoms, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in Menopause.

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Growth Retardation Found for Adolescents With Anorexia Nervosa

FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Adolescents with anorexia nervosa (AN) have growth retardation, according to a study published online Aug. 20 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Longer Bisphosphonate Use May Up Atypical Femur Fracture Risk

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Longer duration of bisphosphonate use is associated with an increased risk for atypical femur fracture, according to a study published in the Aug. 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Disparities Seen in COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Racial/Ethnic Subgroups

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There are considerable disparities in the prevalence of COVID-19 across racial/ethnic subgroups in the United States, according to a research letter published online Aug. 17 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Each Week of Early Alcohol Use Tied to Incremental Miscarriage Risk

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Each additional week of alcohol exposure during the first trimester of pregnancy increases the risk for spontaneous abortion, according to a study published online July 12 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Poll: More Older Adults Using Telehealth During Pandemic

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- More older adults have used telehealth to consult with a health care provider during the COVID-19 pandemic compared with that seen in the previous year, according to a report published online Aug. 17 based on the results of the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging.

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Antibiotics May Reduce Efficacy of Hormonal Contraceptives

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The efficacy of hormonal contraceptives may be reduced with use of antibiotics, according to a study published online Aug. 18 in BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine.

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CNS-Active Meds Often Prescribed for Older Adults With Dementia

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with dementia are frequently prescribed central nervous system (CNS)-active medications, according to a research letter published online Aug. 18 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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USPSTF Urges Behavioral Counseling to Prevent STIs

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends behavioral counseling interventions for preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in adolescents and adults at increased risk. These recommendations form the basis of a final recommendation statement published in the Aug. 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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In-Person Obstetric Visits Not Likely to Spread COVID-19

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There does not appear to be a significant association between the number of in-person health care visits and the rate of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection among obstetrical patients, according to a research letter published online Aug. 14 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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COVID-19 Antibodies Detected in Maternity Care Workers in U.K.

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- One out of six maternity health care workers are seropositive for antibodies against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), according to a study published online Aug. 10 in Anaesthesia.

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Rates of Prescription Opioid Use Higher in Cancer Survivors

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer survivors have higher rates of prescription opioid use but do not have increased rates of prescription opioid misuse compared with those without a history of cancer, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in JAMA Network Open.

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Higher BPA Exposure Linked to Increased Risk for All-Cause Mortality

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Higher bisphenol A (BPA) exposure is associated with an increased risk for all-cause mortality in a nationally representative cohort of U.S. adults, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in JAMA Network Open.

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Yoga Superior to Stress Education for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga is effective for treating generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), but cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) remains more effective, according to a study published online Aug. 12 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Breast Cancer Mortality Decreased With Mammography From Age 40

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Annual mammography from age 40 years is associated with a relative reduction in breast cancer mortality for 10 years, according to a study published online Aug. 12 in The Lancet Oncology.

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Factors Tied to Hormone Therapy Use After Oophorectomy ID'd

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Age at surgery, education level, and preventive mastectomy are associated with hormone therapy (HT) use after preventive oophorectomy in BRCA mutation carriers, according to a study published online Aug. 10 in Menopause.

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Smokers Less Likely to Receive Breast, Cervical, CRC Screening

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Current smokers have lower odds of obtaining cancer screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in BMJ Open.

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Some Doctors Endorse Thyroid Ultrasonography Unnecessarily

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A considerable proportion of physicians endorse use of thyroid ultrasonography for clinically unsupported reasons, according to a research letter published online Aug. 12 in JAMA Surgery.

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Child Developmental Vulnerability Up With Maternal Depression

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed to maternal depression have an increased risk for developmental vulnerability at school entry, with stronger associations for exposure to maternal depression before age 1 year and between ages 4 and 5 years, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in Pediatrics.

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Diabetes Cuts Life Expectancy in U.K. by 6 Million Life Years

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Mortality resulting from poorly controlled diabetes could be associated with a loss of 6 million life years in the United Kingdom, according to a study recently published in Cardiovascular Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Incidence, Severity of Intimate Partner Violence Up During Pandemic

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence and severity of physical intimate partner violence (IPV) have been higher during the COVID-19 pandemic than in the previous three years, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in Radiology.

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Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of Aug. 10 to 14, 2020. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal studies and other trusted sources that is most likely to affect clinical practice.

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Bisphosphonates Safe but May Not Improve Bone Marrow Lesion Volume

FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There is no clear benefit of bisphosphonates on bone marrow lesions (BMLs), according to a study published online Aug. 4 in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

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U.S. COVID-19 Death Tally Hits New High for Summer

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- America logged its highest single-day COVID-19 death total of the summer on Wednesday, as the toll from an earlier surge in cases in Sun Belt states continued to mount.

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Adverse Mental, Behavioral Health Issues Common During COVID-19

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- More than 40 percent of adults across the United States have reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research published in the Aug. 14 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Physicians Do Not See They Are Part of Antibiotic Rx Problem

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Primary care physicians generally do not recognize antibiotic resistance and inappropriate prescribing as issues in their practice, according to a study published in the July issue of Open Forum Infectious Diseases.

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Women Have More Depression With Peripheral Artery Disease

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Women with peripheral artery disease (PAD) have a higher burden of depressive symptoms compared with men, according to a study published online Aug. 12 in the Journal of the American Hospital Association.

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Outcomes Worse With No Surgery for Cholecystitis in Pregnancy

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to current guidelines, most pregnant women admitted to U.S. hospitals for acute cholecystitis are managed nonoperatively, according to a study published online July 14 in the Annals of Surgery.

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Maternal Weight Tied to Early-Onset Neonatal Bacterial Sepsis

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Risk for early-onset neonatal bacterial sepsis (EOS) increases with maternal overweight and obesity, particularly in term infants, according to a study recently published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Neonatal Adiposity Linked to Higher Childhood BMI Levels

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Higher neonatal adiposity is significantly associated with higher overall body mass index (BMI) levels at ages 2 to 6 years, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in Pediatrics.

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Burnout Less Likely for Doctors in Minority Race/Ethnic Groups

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with non-Hispanic White physicians, physicians in minority racial/ethnic groups are less likely to report burnout, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in JAMA Network Open.

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Environmental Factors Tied to Childhood Obesity

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood obesity is associated with multiple environmental factors, including exposure to smoking and air pollution, according to a study recently published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

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Preventable Hospitalizations Up Among Those With Dementia

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The number of potentially preventable hospitalizations among older adults with dementia is increasing, according to a study published online July 23 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Self-Reported Biotin Use Increased From 1999 to 2016

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- From 1999 to 2016, the prevalence of self-reported biotin supplement use increased, especially among women and older adults, according to a research letter published in the Aug. 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Surgical Delays Not Life-Threatening in Early Breast Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Surgical delays do not seem to be life-threatening for women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) or with early-stage estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer, according to a study published online Aug. 6 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

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Guidance Helps Doctors Optimize Telemedicine for Seniors

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In an Ideas and Opinions article published online Aug. 11 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, guidance is provided for physicians to optimize telemedicine, which can be challenging for older patients.

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Reproductive Factors Tied to Coronary Artery Disease

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Certain reproductive factors may up the risk for obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) in postmenopausal women, according to a study published online Aug. 3 in Menopause.

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Malnutrition Common in Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) often have malnutrition, which is associated with increased risk for mortality and major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs), according to a study published in the Aug. 18 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Alcohol Use Is Less Prevalent in Second, Third Trimesters

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of self-reported drinking is lower among pregnant women in their second or third trimester compared to those in their first trimester, according to research published in the Aug. 7 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Prenatal Cannabis Exposure May Harm Child Neurodevelopment

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Cannabis use during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of neurodevelopmental disorders in offspring by age 10 years, according to a study published Aug. 10 in Nature Medicine.

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Russia Approves COVID-19 Vaccine Before Trials Completed

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Before completing clinical trials to ensure the vaccine is safe and effective, the Russian government has gone ahead and approved a vaccine against the new coronavirus, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

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Expanding Medicaid in Holdout States Could Insure 3.9 Million

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Expanding Medicaid to all states could reduce the number of uninsured by 28 percent based on pre-COVID-19 data, according to a report released by the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Serine 91 Genotype of gyrA Gonorrhea Successfully Treated With Ciprofloxacin

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with gonorrhea, detection of the wild-type serine 91 genotype of the gyrA gene of Neisseria gonorrhoeae is predictive of a successful treatment outcome with ciprofloxacin, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of Aug. 3 to 7, 2020. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal studies and other trusted sources that is most likely to affect clinical practice.

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Life Expectancy 78.60 Years for U.S. Population for 2009-2011

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Life expectancy for 2009 to 2011 was 78.60 years for the total U.S. population, with the highest life expectancy for Hispanic women, according to the Aug. 7 National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Expanded Obstetric Comorbidity Score Developed, Validated

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- An expanded obstetric comorbidity score improves the prediction of severe maternal morbidity, according to a study published online Aug. 6 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Overscreening for Cancer Common Among Older Adults

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Almost half of older U.S. adults report being screened for colorectal, cervical, or breast cancer beyond recommended upper age limits, particularly women living in metropolitan areas, according to a study published online July 27 in JAMA Network Open.

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CDC: More American Indian, Alaska Natives in Fair, Poor Health

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) adults are more likely to be in fair or poor health than all U.S. adults, according to an August data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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'Freeze-All' Strategy Not Superior to Fresh Embryo Transfer in IVF

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Fresh embryo transfer should be the gold standard for assisted reproduction among women with no immediate risk for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, according to a study published online Aug. 5 in The BMJ.

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Improved Screenings by Ob-Gyns May Help Detect Heart Problems

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Many women seen in outpatient obstetrics-gynecology (ob-gyn) clinics are unaware of their own cardiovascular risk factors and symptoms, according to a study published online July 13 in the Journal of Women's Health.

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Health Plans Not Implementing Prior Authorization Reforms

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians say prior authorization (PA) continues to interfere with patient care and can lead to adverse clinical consequences, according to the results of a survey released by the American Medical Association.

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Risk for Cardiovascular Disease Up for Women With PCOS

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a research letter published online Aug. 2 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

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Number of Newly ID'd U.S. Patients With Cancer Dropped During COVID-19

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- During the COVID-19 pandemic period, there was a significant decline in newly identified U.S. patients with six common types of cancer, according to a research letter published online Aug. 4 in JAMA Network Open.

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President Says Medicare Should Expand Telehealth Services

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that will broaden the role of telehealth for Medicare patients, the Associated Press reported.

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Most Studies Still Fail to Analyze Data by Sex

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The effect of gender is still largely ignored in scientific studies, according to a study published online June 9 in eLife.

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Remote Weight-Loss Program Optimized to Cut Costs, Maximize Results

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A new, remote weight-loss program from Northwestern Medicine, called Opt-IN, yields maximum weight loss for the lowest price and less burden compared with the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), the current gold standard of behavioral, nondrug weight-loss programs, according to a study published online July 12 in Obesity.

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Cost-Related Rx Nonadherence Highest in Young U.S. Women

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Cost-related prescription nonadherence is highest among younger U.S. women compared with individuals living in 10 other high-income countries, according to a report published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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Guidelines Indicate Breastfeeding Is Safe After Maternal Anesthesia

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Breastfeeding is safe after anesthesia, according to guidelines issued by the Association of Anaesthetists and published online July 31 in Anaesthesia.

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38 Percent of Older Adults in U.S. Not Ready for Video Doctor Visits

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- An estimated 38 percent of all older adults in the United States are not ready for video visits with physicians, according to a research letter published online Aug. 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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