Top ten internal medicine stories of 2018: Allergies, nutrition, FDA news

Features on seasonal allergies and celiac disease, new research on the impact of nutrition on overall health and FDA news were among the most-read stories on Healio Internal Medicine in the past year.

To mark the end of 2018, Healio Internal Medicine presents its most popular stories of the year. – by Alaina Tedesco

Statin use does not alter CVD event rates in older adults

The rate of primary CVD events did not differ among older adults taking statins vs. those not taking statins at baseline, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Read more.

Managing seasonal allergies: What primary care physicians need to know

A majority of patients with seasonal allergies self-select medication to treat their rhinitis symptoms without consulting with a health care provider and thus, are choosing suboptimal OTC medications, according to findings published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Read more.

Q&A: What primary care physicians need to know about celiac disease

An estimated 1% of the global population has celiac disease, but up to six out of seven patients with the condition are undiagnosed, according to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine. Read more.

Plant-based diet lowers risk for chronic diseases, weight gain, death

Several studies presented at Nutrition 2018 highlighted the health benefits of a vegetarian or primarily plant-based diet. The findings suggest that consuming such healthful diets is associated with a reduced risk for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, as well as weight gain and death. Read more.

Antibiotic-resistant UTIs on the rise

Drug-resistant bacteria caused nearly 6% of urinary tract infections, according to findings published in Annals of Emergency Medicine. Read more.

Vegan diet, walking, hydration, sleep reduced BP in just 2 weeks

Lifestyle intervention focused on nutrition, exercise and sleep significantly lowered BP and the need for antihypertensive medications over a period of 2 weeks, according to findings presented at Nutrition 2018. Read more.

FDA approves Dsuvia for acute pain management

The FDA announced the approval of Dsuvia for the management of acute pain in adults that is severe enough to require an opioid analgesic in medically supervised settings, according to a press release. Read more.

FDA warns physicians not to use Monsel’s solution

The FDA has uncovered that Monsel’s solution is manufactured under poor, insanitary conditions and urges health care professionals to stop using the drug product, according to an agency press release. Read more.

SGLT-2 inhibitors may increase risk for amputation in type 2 diabetes

New users of sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors may be more likely to undergo a lower extremity amputation when compared with users of other treatments for type 2 diabetes, such as sulfonylureas, metformin and thiazolidinediones, according to data published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Read more.

How to use food as medicine to prevent, reverse chronic diseases

NEW ORLEANS — Encouraging a healthful diet in patients promotes the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases, such as CVD, diabetes, cancer and obesity, according to a presentation at the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting. Read more.

Features on seasonal allergies and celiac disease, new research on the impact of nutrition on overall health and FDA news were among the most-read stories on Healio Internal Medicine in the past year.

To mark the end of 2018, Healio Internal Medicine presents its most popular stories of the year. – by Alaina Tedesco

Statin use does not alter CVD event rates in older adults

The rate of primary CVD events did not differ among older adults taking statins vs. those not taking statins at baseline, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Read more.

Managing seasonal allergies: What primary care physicians need to know

A majority of patients with seasonal allergies self-select medication to treat their rhinitis symptoms without consulting with a health care provider and thus, are choosing suboptimal OTC medications, according to findings published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Read more.

Q&A: What primary care physicians need to know about celiac disease

An estimated 1% of the global population has celiac disease, but up to six out of seven patients with the condition are undiagnosed, according to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine. Read more.

Plant-based diet lowers risk for chronic diseases, weight gain, death

Several studies presented at Nutrition 2018 highlighted the health benefits of a vegetarian or primarily plant-based diet. The findings suggest that consuming such healthful diets is associated with a reduced risk for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, as well as weight gain and death. Read more.

Antibiotic-resistant UTIs on the rise

Drug-resistant bacteria caused nearly 6% of urinary tract infections, according to findings published in Annals of Emergency Medicine. Read more.

Vegan diet, walking, hydration, sleep reduced BP in just 2 weeks

Lifestyle intervention focused on nutrition, exercise and sleep significantly lowered BP and the need for antihypertensive medications over a period of 2 weeks, according to findings presented at Nutrition 2018. Read more.

FDA approves Dsuvia for acute pain management

The FDA announced the approval of Dsuvia for the management of acute pain in adults that is severe enough to require an opioid analgesic in medically supervised settings, according to a press release. Read more.

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FDA warns physicians not to use Monsel’s solution

The FDA has uncovered that Monsel’s solution is manufactured under poor, insanitary conditions and urges health care professionals to stop using the drug product, according to an agency press release. Read more.

SGLT-2 inhibitors may increase risk for amputation in type 2 diabetes

New users of sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors may be more likely to undergo a lower extremity amputation when compared with users of other treatments for type 2 diabetes, such as sulfonylureas, metformin and thiazolidinediones, according to data published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Read more.

How to use food as medicine to prevent, reverse chronic diseases

NEW ORLEANS — Encouraging a healthful diet in patients promotes the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases, such as CVD, diabetes, cancer and obesity, according to a presentation at the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting. Read more.