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COVID-19 falls from America’s No. 1 killer to No. 7 by June

(HealthDay News) — A steep rise in vaccination rates has dropped COVID-19 from the first to the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, a new analysis shows. The disease was the third leading cause of death for much of 2020, but became the leading cause of death in December 2020 and early…

Physician knowledge linked to less opioid prescribing in 2015 to 2017

(HealthDay News) — During 2015 to 2017, physician knowledge was associated with less frequent prescribing of opioids for back pain, according to a study published online July 1 in JAMA Network Open. Bradley M. Gray, Ph.D., from the American Board of Internal Medicine in Philadelphia, and colleagues compared the correlation of clinical knowledge with opioid…

Low exercise may amplify link between poor sleep, mortality risk

(HealthDay News) — Poor sleep is associated with increased risks of all-cause and cause-specific mortality, with risk exacerbated among those with insufficient physical activity (PA), according to a study published online June 29 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Bo-Huei Huang, from the University of Sydney, and colleagues examined the joint association of PA…

Medication type for T2DM may affect severe COVID-19 outcomes

(HealthDay News) — The use of certain classes of diabetes medications prior to severe COVID-19 infection is associated with lower mortality in patients with diabetes, according to a study published online June 16 in Diabetes Care. Anna R. Kahkoska, Ph.D., from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues compared premorbid glucagon-like peptide-1…

ADA: Efpeglenatide lowers risk for adverse CV events in T2DM

(HealthDay News) — For patients with type 2 diabetes and a history of cardiovascular disease or current kidney disease, the risk for adverse cardiovascular events is lower with efpeglenatide, an exendin-based glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist, than placebo, according to a study published online June 28 in the New England Journal of Medicine to coincide…

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