Top news of the day from across the health care landscape.
An extra cup of coffee per day could be beneficial in helping to restore kidney function, according to MD Magazine. A team at the University of Southampton used UK biobank baseline data for the coffee consumption genome-wide association study, examining the data of 227,666 patients. According to the study authors, drinking an extra cup of coffee per day conferred a positive effect against chronic kidney disease G3-G5.
Facebook users have been bombarded with misleading ads about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV and Facebook’s refusal to remove them has created a public health crisis in the eyes of LGBTQ advocates, according to The Washington Post. Advocates state that these ads, which have been viewed millions of times in recent months according to Facebook’s archive, have potentially scared patients with the highest risk of contracting HIV out of taking PrEP. The ads appear to have been purchased by personal injury lawyers and entities affiliated with them, stating that HIV medications, such as tenofovir (Truvada, Gilead), have serious adverse events. Groups lead by The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation say that these ads are false.
The Senate has confirmed Stephen Hahn, MD, FASTRO, by a vote of 72-18, to be the next FDA commissioner, according to The American Journal of Managed Care. A total of 49 Republicans and 23 Democrats voted for his confirmation, with 17 Democrats and Independent Senator Angus King of Maine voting against. Hahn will fill the position left by Scott Gottlieb, MD, who stepped down in the spring.