Cerveau Technologies has entered an agreement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals for research studies using its F-18 MK-6240, an investigational PET tracer for imaging neurofibrillary tangles in the brain, as a biomarker to diagnose neurodegenerative diseases and evaluate new treatments for them.
A Phase III trial of mongersen, or GED-0301, for the treatment of Crohn's disease was suspended by Celgene after an independent committee conducted an interim futility analysis and benefit-risk assessment of the drug. Celgene said it will decide what is next for the drug candidate after data from a midstage trial evaluating it for an ulcerative colitis indication is available.
Registered dietitian nutritionist Faith Hicks says some common pediatric nutrition myths are that children do not develop hypertension or heart disease and that they should avoid common food allergens in their first year to prevent allergies. While it is true that green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli contain iron it is not readily absorbed, Hicks says, and putting children on a diet of bananas, rice, applesauce, tea and toast may not be the best way to resolve diarrhea.
Dietitians say dealing with the candy and treats during Halloween is difficult for adults and children with diabetes and requires extra self-discipline and food management. Registered dietitian Sandra Arevalo says to buy treats at the last minute to avoid temptation, and registered dietitian nutritionist Vandana Sheth says adults should do role-play activities with children and have discussions to help them make healthy choices.
A Danish study in Diabetes Care found that youths whose mothers had gestational diabetes had significantly higher fasting plasma glucose levels, waist circumferences, waist-to-hip ratios, and homeostasis model of assessment for insulin resistance, as well as lower HDL cholesterol levels and lean body mass percentage, compared with those whose mothers didn't have gestational diabetes. The findings also showed a nearly twofold higher risk of early puberty onset among girls whose mothers had gestational diabetes.
The Maryland Food System Map has been revamped to go beyond plotting food deserts and offer more actionable details about the state's food system, such as distances between local farms and food deserts or a supermarket and farmers market. The program run by Johns Hopkins University's Center for a Livable Future has inspired other states and cities to undertake mapping initiatives.
A survey of attendees at the 2017 PLANADVISER National Conference found 75% offered financial wellness programs but 61% did not have a specific strategy. A panel agreed there is no one definition of financial wellness, but Jon Shuman of MassMutual said plan advisers can create their own definition of financial wellness return-on-investment.
The CDC has issued updated guidance saying that pediatricians should evaluate the risk of congenital Zika virus infection in babies born to mothers with possible Zika infection during gestation; communicate with obstetric providers; provide vision and hearing screenings and assessments for hydrocephaly, swallowing and breathing difficulties among those with congenital Zika syndrome birth defects; and let ophthalmologists offer eye exams for those without CZS birth defects but whose mothers have laboratory evidence of Zika. However, the guidelines in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report now recommend against routine infant thyroid and hearing screenings at ages 4 months to 6 months.
More than 46% of US children reported having had at least one adverse childhood experience, with Arkansas and Minnesota having the highest and lowest rates, respectively, according the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health. The poll also found that about 64% of blacks experienced at least one adverse event, compared with 51% of Hispanics and 40% of whites.
The nonprofit Kitchen on the Street program in Phoenix provides food-insecure students with backpacks of nutritious foods for them to eat over the weekend. The backpacks include a letter providing nutrition information and places families can go to find more food if the supply runs out.