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The use of tap water in a nasal-flushing Neti pot likely led to a Seattle woman's death from a Balamuthia mandrillaris brain infection

Tap Water in Neti Pot Linked to Death From Brain-Eating Amoeba

Amoeba entered the upper nasal cavity and then the bloodstream, eventually reaching the brain
Smoking tobacco is a risk factor for cognitive dysfunction in patients with fibromyalgia

Smoking Linked to Cognitive Dysfunction in Fibromyalgia

In adjusted analysis, smoking tied to worse symptom severity, sleep problems, anxiety, depression
A lack of preventive care in infants and children is associated with an increased rate of unplanned hospital admissions

Lack of Peds Preventive Care Ups Unplanned Hospital Admissions

Infants and children lacking vaccinations, development checks more likely to be admitted
Nearly two-thirds of insured adults with a previous health care visit did not use an online patient portal in 2017

Most Insured Patients Not Using Online Portals

Socioeconomic disparities exist in use of patient portals; privacy concerns cited for nonuse
For appropriately selected patients

Functional Nasal Surgery Can Improve Headache Symptoms

Eighty-five percent of patients report partial or complete resolution of headaches postoperatively
Migraine with aura is associated with an elevated risk for incident atrial fibrillation

Migraine With Aura Linked to Increase in Incident A-Fib

Risk for AF up for migraine with aura vs. no headache, migraine without visual aura, after adjustment
Only 15.4 percent of physicians work in practices that use telemedicine for a wide spectrum of patient interactions

Few Physicians Work in Practices That Use Telemedicine

Specialty and larger practice size are correlates of telemedicine use
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
There is no correlation between urate and blood pressure in mice or among patients with early Parkinson's disease

Urate Elevation in Potential Tx for Parkinson’s Not Tied to HTN

Phase II clinical trial results, mouse model study show no link between serum urate, changes in BP
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