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A new analysis suggests that the burdens of managing chronic diseases such as diabetes may cause women to skip recommended cancer screenings, Reuters reported. According to the article, the authors looked at 37 studies done between 1997 and 2018 on rates of recommended tests in adults with diabetes. Overall, women with diabetes were 24% less likely than women without diabetes to get cervical cancer screening, 17% less likely to get breast cancer screening, and 14% less likely to get colorectal screening, the article reported.
A recent study showed that patients with prior preventive treatment failures for migraine benefited more from a higher dose of erenumab (140 mg) versus a lower dose (70 mg), The American Journal of Managed Care reported. According to the article, the researchers searched studies published over the last 2 years that assessed the safety and efficacy of erenumab in patients with prior migraine preventive treatment failures. Overall, the studies showed that the 140 mg monthly dose of erenumab had a numerical advantage over the 70 mg monthly dose in patients with prior treatment failures for migraine, both in episodic and chronic migraine, the article reported.
A report released by the CDC indicates that certain illnesses such as heart disease in adulthood may be linked to experiences of childhood trauma, The Associated Press reported. According to the article, the findings are based on questionnaires of approximately 144,000 adults in 25 states that were conducted in 2015, 2016, and 2017. The report found that adults who experienced the most potentially traumatic events were more likely to smoke and drink heavily. Preventing such events may reduce the number of adults with weight problems by 2%, the number of adults with coronary heart disease by 13%, and the number of adults with depression by 44%, the article reported.