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May 04, 2015

Study Identifies Desire and Arousal as the Main Players in Women’s Sexual Health

In a 4-year study of 178 pre- and 329 postmenopausal women, investigators found that women’s sexual functioning was moderately stable over time. The main predictors of changes in sexual functioning and satisfaction were desire and arousal, highlighting their role as the main “players” in women’s sexual health.

May 04, 2015

Weight Loss May Increase Risk of Premature Death in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

In contrast to the general population, low body mass index has been associated with premature death in patients with rheumatoid arthritis —a situation known as the “obesity paradox.” A new Arthritis & Rheumatology study shows that weight loss, as opposed to low body mass index per se, is a strong predictor of mortality in these patients.

April 28, 2015

Living Liver Donors Report Lower Sexual Function in Early Months Post-Surgery

A new study found that sexual function in adult living donors was lower at the evaluation phase and at three months following liver transplantation. Results published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, suggest that donor education prior to surgery may improve recovery and ease concerns about sexual function following the transplant.

12:00 AM EDT April 27, 2015

Health Insurance Coverage among Cancer Patients Varies Greatly by Demographics and Cancer Type

A new analysis has found that, among patients with cancer, rates of health insurance coverage vary by patient demographics and by cancer type.

12:05 AM EDT April 21, 2015

Patients Grapple with High Cost of Arthritis Medications

The first national investigation of Medicare coverage of biologic disease modifying drugs (DMARDs) found that in starting a single biologic DMARD, patients face more than $2,700 in copayments each year before receiving relief from catastrophic coverage. Results published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), show that during the initial phase of coverage, most people are expected to pay a striking 29.6% of total biologic drugs costs (just under one-third) out-of-pocket, creating an enormous financial burden for patients with chronic, rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

April 21, 2015

Risk of Hepatitis D Higher Among HIV Infected and Injection Drug Users

Researchers from Taiwan determined that individuals with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection or those who inject illicit drugs have a higher risk of becoming infected with the hepatitis D virus (HDV) in that country. The study, published in Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, suggests that effective strategies are need to contain a potential HDV epidemic in these high-risk populations.

April 20, 2015

Providing Universal Donor Plasma to Massively Bleeding Trauma Patients Is Feasible and Can Save Lives

A recent randomized trial that looked at the feasibility of 2013 guidelines issued by the American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Project for trauma resuscitation found that delivering universal donor plasma to massively hemorrhaging patients can be accomplished consistently and rapidly and without excessive wastage in high volume trauma centers. The plasma is given in addition to red blood cell transfusions to optimize treatment.

April 20, 2015

Smoking May Affect Some Women’s Likelihood of Giving Birth to Twins

A new study provides a possible explanation of reports that mothers of twins are more likely to have smoked, despite evidence that nicotine reduces fertility.

April 20, 2015

Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Patients with Lung Disease

A new study from Korea has uncovered a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as a significant relationship between vitamin D deficiency and airflow limitations. Exercise capacity also tended to be decreased in participants with vitamin D deficiency.

April 20, 2015

What’s the Life Expectancy of Patients When They Begin Treatment for Osteoporosis?

Despite reports that people with osteoporosis have an increased risk of dying prematurely, a new study has found that life expectancy of newly diagnosed and treated osteoporosis patients is in excess of 15 years in women below the age of 75 and in men below the age of 60.

April 16, 2015

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12:00 AM EDT April 16, 2015

New Research Agenda Provides Roadmap to Improve Care for Hospitalized Older Adults

Older adults with complex medical needs are occupying an increasing number of beds in acute care hospitals, and these patients are commonly cared for by hospitalists with limited formal geriatrics training.

12:00 AM EDT April 16, 2015

Teaching children in schools about sexual abuse may help them report abuse

Children who are taught about preventing sexual abuse at school are more likely than others to tell an adult if they had, or were actually experiencing sexual abuse.

12:00 AM EDT April 13, 2015

HPV Vaccination of Adolescent Boys May Be Cost-Effective for Preventing Oropharyngeal Cancer

A new study indicates that vaccinating 12-year-old boys against the humanpapilloma virus (HPV) may be a cost-effective strategy for preventing oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer, a cancer that starts at the back of the throat and mouth, and involves the tonsils and base of the tongue.

April 08, 2015

You Gotta Have Heart!

James M. Rippe, M.D. and Rippe Health are pleased to announce the publication of Preventing & Reversing Heart Disease For Dummies by James M. Rippe, MD

April 07, 2015

Asbestos Use in Asia Poses Serious Health Dangers

The use of asbestos continues to increase in Asia despite clear health hazards. A recent Respirology review notes that with approximately 4.3 billion people and a growing population, Asia will likely see a large crop of asbestos-related lung diseases in the next few decades. Some of the cases will be benign, but it is likely that there will be many cases of mesothelioma and lung cancer.

April 07, 2015

Does Dual Enrollment in VA and Medicare Advantage Plans Improve or Fragment Care?

The number of individuals enrolled in both Medicare Advantage (MA) and the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system nearly doubled from 2004 to 2009, and such dual enrollees are expected to increase in number following the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Because both the VA and MA are federally funded managed care systems, expenditures are duplicated for individuals who are dually enrolled.

April 07, 2015

Efforts Needed to Standardize Criteria for Age-Related Muscle Loss

The term “sarcopenia” is most often used to describe age-related loss in muscle mass and strength, and it is commonly considered analogous to osteoporosis. Yet unlike osteoporosis, which can be diagnosed based on widely accepted clinical criteria, sarcopenia is not recognized as a clinical condition even though it can impair physical function and contribute to disability, falls, and hospitalizations.

April 07, 2015

How Do Single Women Seeking Donor Semen Differ from Cohabiting Women?

ingle women seeking treatment with donor semen do not differ from cohabiting women seeking treatment with regard to sociodemographic characteristics or attitudes toward motherhood, a new study of 311 Danish women shows. For most, to be a single mother by choice is not their preferred way of parenthood, but rather a solution they need to accept as they get older.

April 07, 2015

Making Hip Surgery Safer

Experts have issued new guidelines for certain surgeries that are performed in patients with hip fractures. The surgeries, called cemented hemiarthroplasty, involve the use of bone cement during hip reconstruction.