A bill introduced by Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., would direct Medicaid funding to states that create mobile crisis teams to respond to mental health-related calls. The initiative would be modeled after a 30-year-old program in Eugene, Ore.
Registered dietitian nutritionist Carrie Taylor says using cheat days while dieting can reinforce binge eating and the concept of good and bad relationships with food. Instead of cheat days, Taylor says to enjoy all types of foods in moderate portions each day.
The ketogenic, modified Atkins and low glycemic index therapy diets were associated with similar reductions in seizures among children with drug-resistant epilepsy, a study in JAMA Pediatrics showed. Researcher Dr. Eric Kossoff said the low glycemic index and modified Atkins diets did not work as well as the keto diet, but the low glycemic index therapy had fewer side effects.
A study published in Arthritis Care & Research found 56.3% of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus developed cachexia with loss of homeostatic control of protein and energy balance. The involuntary weight loss was permanent in 18% of patients studied.
Orange Park Medical Center in Florida and Sodexo have opened a new cafeteria and kitchen as part of a $126 million expansion, and the new facilities allow for preparation of meals that fit special diets, such as gluten-free or vegetarian/vegan. Tables are socially distanced and all food is prepared and served so there is no self-service.
CDC researchers reviewed the acute flaccid myelitis outbreak in 2018 and found that more than 50% of the cases ended up in the intensive care and almost 1 in 4 needed a ventilator to survive after the child's muscles grew too weak to breathe properly. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed that the number of confirmed cases of AFM had increased with every-other-year outbreaks, with 120 cases in 2014, 153 in 2016 and 238 in 2018, and that a new outbreak could strike hundreds of youths in the US within the next few months.
A study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that higher levels of bisphenol A exposure in children were linked to increased likelihood of having general symptoms of asthma, such as chest tightness or coughing; additional days with asthma symptoms and emergency department visits. The findings, based on data involving 148 predominantly low-income and African American 5- to 17-year-olds, also showed that the association between asthma severity and BPA exposure was statistically significant for the boys in the sample and not the girls.
A study in JAMA Network Open found that parents of youths admitted for a life-threatening injury or illness to the pediatric intensive care, cardiology or oncology departments who received videoconference-based acceptance and commitment therapy showed significantly greater improvement in post-traumatic stress symptoms, with their average Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist-Version 5 scores declining to 17.8 from 23.3, compared with a decline to 26.2 from 31.7 among parents in the waiting list control group.
The FDA has released final guidance offering details on how drugmakers and sponsors should prepare and submit pediatric study plans. According to the guidance, sponsors required to submit initial pediatric study plans must do so within 60 calendar days after the end-of-Phase 2 meeting, or at a time agreed on by the company and the FDA.
Tamieka Howell, M.D. a past president of the North Carolina AFP, told attendees at the AAFP's National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students that it is very important for physicians and future physicians to speak out against inequity and injustice. "We need to speak up and say something so that our patients, our neighborhoods and our world can he healthier," Howell said.