FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb emphasized the continuing need for strong regulatory oversight of compounded drugs and other safety provisions of the 2013 Drug Quality and Security Act in a statement released June 26. He noted that, from the time the DOSA was enacted to the beginning of this month, the FDA has issued more than 150 warning letters to compounding facilities for significant violations.
One-third of the pets treated at a Banfield Pet Hospital last year was overweight or obese, and the trend coincides with higher rates of arthritis and tracheal collapse in dogs, says veterinarian Kirk Breuninger, veterinary research associate with Banfield. Although genetics, thyroid disease and intestinal worms could contribute, overfeeding and underexercising pets are driving the increase, Dr. Breuninger says, and regardless of the cause, pet owners who work with a veterinarian can help their pets get healthier.
An international team of researchers published an analysis of 3,328 mouse genes in Nature Genetics in the first phase of an initiative to catalog the entire murine genome. By disabling genes one at a time and analyzing the effects, the researchers discovered functions for more than 1,000 genes and identified new models for 360 human diseases.
Veterinarians urge owners wondering about the "perfect" time for pet euthanasia to think instead about when is the "best" time -- with considerations including quality of life, disease state, the family's preferences and a veterinarian's perspective. Bringing a favorite toy or blanket, leaving the animal's collar on and staying with the pet through the process can ease the experience, veterinarians say.
Researchers analyzed 72 iPhone apps with content related to dementia and found only 46% had privacy policies. The study in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found 58% of apps with privacy policies specifically mentioned the app being used and 76% had information about how patient data were managed.
A study in Diabetes Care showed that the implementation of an intervention, including EHR-based decision support and training for American Diabetes Association guidelines for type 2 diabetes and dysglycemia screening, led to an average increase of 11% in the monthly proportion of eligible patients receiving testing and a more than 5% increase among ineligible patients. Researchers used a cohort of 40,456 adults without type 2 diabetes or recent dysglycemia screening and found that almost 59% of test results among eligible patients showed dysglycemia both before and after the intervention.
Researchers developed a new wearable device that can calculate the levels of type 2 diabetes biomarkers through sweat for up to one week, including blood glucose, cortisol and interleukin-6, according to a study in Nature Scientific Reports. The device also can send data to a smartphone app via a transceiver.
A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found adults aged 65 and older who were taking at least five medications had greater odds of having diabetes, high blood pressure, a history of heart attacks and congestive heart failure, compared with those who were using fewer medications. The findings, based on data for 482 participants in the Central Control of Mobility in Aging study, also showed polypharmacy among older adults was tied to having a slower walking speed, being more overweight and having an increased risk of falls.
A study in the Journal of Neurotrauma found that youth football players ages 13 and younger had significantly higher head impact exposure, compared with those ages 12 and younger and those ages 11 and younger. The findings, based on data involving 97 children ages 9 to 13, also showed that 2 in 3 head impacts were during practice, but impact force was stronger during games.
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