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1/22/2018

Domestic cats permitted to go outdoors have an average life span of about 3.5 years, while cats that stay indoors have a life expectancy of 17.5 years, says University of Pennsylvania veterinarian Karen Overall. Outdoor cats can gradually adapt to indoor life, and veterinarians can help cat owners with the transition.

1/22/2018

Delta Air Lines will require more information before allowing service and emotional-support animals to travel in the passenger cabin, including proof of vaccination, a letter from a health care provider and assurance that the animal is well behaved and trained. More than two-thirds of the 250,000 service and support animals Delta transports each year are emotional-support animals, and the airline reported a growing number of incidents and passenger complaints.

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1/22/2018

The FDA announced it would not accept drugs for review that require a fee payment during the government shutdown because it cannot legally accept user fee payments assessed for 2018 until a federal budget for FY218 is approved. The Senate voted today to end the shutdown by advancing a spending bill to keep the government open until Feb. 8 while Congress hashes out issues regarding immigration.

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1/22/2018

A study in Diabetes Care showed that type 2 diabetes patients with hypertriglyceridemia experienced significant reductions in insulin resistance and non-HDL and triglyceride levels and increases in HDL cholesterol levels after receiving 0.2 mg/day or 0.4 mg/day of pemafibrate for 24 weeks, compared with the placebo group. Japanese researchers used a cohort of 167 patients, mean age of 60.5, and found that pemafibrate was also associated with significant increases in fibroblast growth factor 21 levels.

1/22/2018

A study in JAMA Oncology found use of oral contraceptives for at least 10 years was associated with a 34% lower risk of endometrial cancer and a 40% lower risk of ovarian cancer. The findings, based on 196,536 women ages 50 to 71, showed significant reductions in ovarian cancer risk among women who smoked, were obese and exercised infrequently, while the strongest reductions for endometrial cancer risk were seen among smokers and those with obesity.

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1/22/2018

Children and adolescents with osteosarcoma who had lower F-18 FDG-PET/CT maximum standardized uptake values at week 5 and week 10 after chemotherapy and those with larger percentage declines from baseline SUVmax were more likely to respond to treatment, compared with those with higher SUVmax at weeks 5 and 10 and those with lower percentage declines from baseline SUVmax, researchers reported in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. However, the findings didn't associate SUVmax or percentage changes in SUVmax with event-free survival.

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1/22/2018

US Department of Agriculture inspections of meat and poultry will continue during the government shutdown, but the FDA may stop doing its routine unannounced inspections. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said safety-net nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Child Nutrition Programs and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, will continue to operate.

1/22/2018

Dates come in many varieties and have cultural and religious significance in some religions and cultures, but medjool and deglet noor dates are most commonly found in the US, said registered dietitian Rahaf Al Bochi. Dates are good sources of minerals such as potassium and magnesium, and a half cup has about 6 grams of fiber, Al Bochi said.

1/22/2018

Registered dietitian Jennifer Willoughby says making an overall meal plan for one or two weeks at a time during the winter months and then stocking up on ingredients can minimize trips to the grocery store during cold weather. Get the family involved in planning and preparing meals and make a game of coming up with interesting meals using ingredients already in the fridge or pantry, Willoughby says.

1/22/2018

Researchers found that 23% of adults with type 2 diabetes and obesity who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in addition to intensive medical management and lifestyle intervention achieved the composite endpoint of A1C less than 7%, LDL cholesterol less than 100 mg/d and systolic blood pressure less than 130 mm Hg at five years, compared with 4% of the lifestyle intervention and intensive medical management group. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association, based on 120 patients, mean age of 49, also revealed that those in the RYGB group had more adverse events than the intensive management group.