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5/25/2018

Researchers found that veterans who had a traumatic brain injury and were positive for apolipoprotein epsilon-4 genetic polymorphism, which is linked to Alzheimer's disease, were significantly more likely to develop anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, compared with those with a normal genetic profile, but similar neuropsychiatric symptom risk was found between those with and without the APOE e4 allele who didn't have TBI. The findings in the Journal of Neurotrauma may improve understanding of the association between genetics and clinical recovery after TBI and aid in the development of better treatments, said researcher Lisa Delano-Wood.

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5/25/2018

The FDA accepted for review AcelRx Pharmaceuticals' Dsuvia, or sufentanil sublingual tablet, 30 mcg, with a PDUFA date of Nov. 3. Dsuvia is being developed for adult patients to manage moderate-to-severe pain under medically supervised settings.

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Seeking Alpha
5/25/2018

A study in a radiology journal showed that only 23.1% of all radiologists in the US were women, compared with 46.6% of nonradiologists participating in Medicare, with the Washington, D.C., and Wyoming regions having the highest and lowest percentages of female radiologists, respectively. Researchers also found higher female representation among academic radiologists and those in states with greater female-to-male relative earnings.

5/25/2018

Four House lawmakers have introduced a bill that would postpone the Affordable Care Act's tax on health insurance -- already on hold in 2019 -- until 2021. AHIP praised the move, noting the suspension "will help to lower premiums for everyone, whether they get coverage through their jobs, buy their own coverage, or enroll in Medicare Advantage or Medicaid."

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5/25/2018

Results of the Men's Eating and Living study showed that while men with low-risk prostate cancer increased their intake of vegetables after telehealth consults with a dietitian, the change in diet did not slow prostate cancer progression, researchers told the American Urological Association's annual meeting. Lead author Dr. J. Kellogg Parsons said the study did show that a large-scale diet change in prostate cancer is feasible.

5/25/2018

Child welfare liaisons help to ease and minimize school changes that impact most Colorado students in foster care. For example, whenever a foster child might transfer into a new school, liaisons from the child's original school and from the new school participate in a "best interests determination" phone call to discuss attendance, grades, behavior and school activities.

5/25/2018

Allowing foster care agencies to turn away prospective LGBTQ parents hurts children in need by worsening a grave shortage of homes, write Sue Mangold, executive director of the Juvenile Law Center and Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. They also note that LGBTQ youth are over-represented in the foster care population, and "many of these youths are in foster care precisely because they were not accepted by their own families."

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ACLU
5/25/2018

Funding for support staff such as social workers and psychologists accounts for a significant share of the record $58.9 million budget increase school officials are seeking from the Wake County, N.C., Board of Commissioners. Tara Jones, the county's school social worker of the year, notes that "kids come to school and some of them, the only faces and voices they hear that say, 'I believe in you and I know you can do anything you put your mind to' are the voices and faces they see in our schools."

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Board of Commissioners
5/25/2018

A California legislative proposal would create a hotline with social work teams that could respond to foster children or caregivers that have a problem but don't want to involve the police.

5/25/2018

CDC researchers found that 19.6% of eight-, 10th- and 12th-grade students in Utah reported suicidal thoughts, while 8.2% said they attempted suicide at least once during the previous year. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed that females, those ages 15 to 17, 10th-grade students, those who weren't white, less religious youths and those who weren't Church of Latter Day Saints members had the highest prevalence of suicide ideation and attempts.

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