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The use of plasma infusion therapies (often called "vampire" treatments

FDA Warns About ‘Miracle’ Young Blood Infusion Treatments

Expensive 'fountain of youth' therapies are unproven, potentially harmful
There is an increased stroke risk in late life among patients with late-onset migraine with aura

Late-Onset Migraine With Aura Linked to Increased Stroke Risk

But onset before age 50 and migraine without aura not associated with higher risk for stroke
Lower serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations appear to be associated with high blood glucose levels in women

Low Vitamin D Tied to High Blood Glucose Levels in Women

Serum 25(OH)D level <30 ng/mL positively associated with blood glucose level ≥100 mg/dL
Vaccination with recombinant zoster vaccine seems cost-effective under a wide range of conditions

Recombinant Zoster Vaccine Cost-Effective in Simulation

Incremental cost-effectiveness ratio varied from $10,000 to $47,000 per QALY for RZV versus no vaccine
The use of multiple clinical apps in the outpatient clinic can improve quality of care for patients with stable ischemic heart disease

Clinical Apps Up Quality of Care for Stable Ischemic Heart Disease

Tools offer clinical support for appropriate imaging, symptom assessment, patient education
Higher push-up capacity is associated with a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease events among male firefighters

Higher Push-Up Capacity Linked to Lower Incidence of CVD Events

Significant negative association identified in male firefighters who were followed for 10 years
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for women at increased risk for carrying a BRCA1/2 mutation as well as genetic counseling and testing as indicated for those screening positive. These recommendations form the basis of a draft recommendation statement published online Feb. 19 by the USPSTF.

USPSTF Says Screen Women With Higher Risk for BRCA Mutations

Those with positive results should be provided with genetic counseling, testing if indicated
Despite adequate levels of prescriber

Inappropriate Use of Fentanyl Preps Seen Despite Awareness

Claims data show many prescribed transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl were opioid-nontolerant
Screening for diabetic retinopathy in primary care settings has the potential to reach most U.S. adults with diabetes

Primary Care Providers Can Improve Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

Most adults with diabetes, including high-risk patients, seen by a primary care doc in previous year
For patients with an admitting diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome and/or acute decompensated heart failure

Discharge Opioid Rx for Heart Dz Patients May Impact Follow-Up

Findings seen in patients with admitting diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome, decompensated heart failure