Intimate partner violence against women creates economic hardship, study finds

Women who experience intimate partner violence, including physical, emotional, and controlling abuse, are more likely to suffer material hardship—the inability to purchase food, housing, utilities, medical care or other needs for a healthy life, according to a Rutgers-led study. The study, in the journal Violence Against Women, found that experiencing Continue Reading

North Carolina prosecutor expands fight against youth vaping

North Carolina’s top prosecutor expanded his efforts to halt e-cigarette sales to teens on Tuesday by suing eight more manufacturers and sellers of vaping products. Josh Stein, the Democratic attorney general in the traditionally tobacco-friendly state, said he’s filing lawsuits against eight companies that make or sell e-cigarettes and related Continue Reading

Noninvasive monitoring of chronic kidney disease (CKD) using pH and perfusion imaging

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a feature of inherited metabolic disorders such as methylmalonic acidimia (MMA), which can cause impaired growth and low metabolic activity to delay the diagnosis and management of renal disease. In a new report now published on Science Advances, KowsalyaDevi Pavuluri and colleagues at the interdisciplinary Continue Reading

Rates of colonoscopies boosted by text reminders, instructions

Having simple text conversations with patients one week before they are scheduled for a colonoscopy dramatically decreased the “no-show” rates, according to a recent study conducted by Penn Medicine researchers. Through sending reminders and instruction, opening the door for patients to ask questions, and sharing helpful links, the team increased Continue Reading

Front-line caregivers given tools to play bigger role in the fight against opioid abuse

Buprenorphine and naltrexone can help break a person’s addiction to life-threatening opioid use disorder, but they can be hard for front-line, primary care providers to prescribe, according to researchers at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth). “Currently, evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorders available Continue Reading

PostRx antimicrobial stewardship feasible in community hospitals

(HealthDay)—Postprescription audit and review (PPR) is a feasible and effective strategy for antimicrobial stewardship in community hospitals, according to a study published online Aug. 16 in JAMA Network Open. Deverick J. Anderson, M.D., from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and colleagues assessed the feasibility of implementing two core Infectious Continue Reading