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A new warning has been added to the multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) after rare reports of patients suffering strokes and tears in the lining of the arteries in the head and neck

FDA Warns of Rare Stroke Risk With Multiple Sclerosis Drug

Alemtuzumab label will be updated to include the risk for stroke and arterial dissection
Many patients intentionally withhold information from clinicians

Many Patients Withhold Information From Clinicians

Reasons for nondisclosure include not wanting to be judged or lectured, being embarrassed
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed a draft strategy to reduce the health information technology burden

HHS Issues Draft Strategy for Reducing Health IT Burden

Strategy is open for public comment through Jan. 28, 2019
The proportion of hospitalizations for acute myocardial infarction attributable to young patients increased between 1995 and 2014

Younger Patients Account for Increasing Proportion of AMI

Increase especially great among women, who were less likely to receive guideline-based treatment
The Ottawa chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Risk Scale

Risk Scale Predicts Short-Term Serious Outcomes in COPD

Ottawa COPD Risk Scale is valid for predicting short-term serious outcomes for patients in the ED

November 2018 Briefing – Emergency Medicine

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Emergency Medicine for November 2018. This roundup includes the...
The number of cases of acute flaccid myelitis in the United States this year appears to have peaked and is expected to decline for the remainder of 2018

CDC: Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases Appear to Have Peaked for 2018

As of Nov. 30, 134 cases of AFM have been confirmed in 33 states
A case description can reliably define patients with acute flaccid myelitis

Case Description Can Reliably Define Acute Flaccid Myelitis

Differences between patients with AFM, other diagnoses include asymmetry of weakness
Risk for heat-related disease and death is rising worldwide due to climate change

Climate Change Ups Heat Deaths, Especially Among Elderly

More people vulnerable to heat exposure, potentially causing heat stress, heart and kidney disease
In addition to many other health risks

FDA: Kratom Products Have High Levels of Heavy Metals

New concern added to list of the agency's warnings about the herbal supplement