News and Updates for Healthcare Professionals

EHC Program Update: Treatments for Chronic Pain Final Reports Now Available

Systematic Reviews Now Available

Opioid Treatments for Chronic Pain
(Systematic Review, released on April 16, 2020)

The review assesses the effectiveness and harms of opioid therapy for chronic noncancer pain, alternative opioid dosing strategies, and risk mitigation strategies. 

Nonopioid Pharmacologic Treatments for Chronic Pain
(Systematic Review, released on April 16, 2020)

The review evaluates the benefits and harms of nonopioid drugs in randomized controlled trials of patients with specific types of chronic pain, considering the effects on pain, function, quality of life, and adverse events.

Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatment for Chronic Pain
(Systematic Review, released on April 16, 2020)

The review assesses noninvasive nonpharmacological treatments for common chronic pain conditions.

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Large-scale analysis links glucose metabolism proteins in the brain to Alzheimer’s disease biology

NIH-funded research reveals protein network changes that may be druggable targets, biomarkers.

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Alzheimer’s trial screening data links high amyloid levels with early stage disease

First paper from NIH-funded “A4” study supports amyloid as target for prevention.

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NIDA Director outlines potential risks to people who smoke and use drugs during COVID-19 pandemic

The piece raises several important concerns regarding COVID-19 for specific vulnerable populations.

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The National Library of Medicine expands access to coronavirus literature through PubMed Central

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, is working on multiple fronts to aid in the COVID-19 response through new initiatives with the global publishing community and artificial intelligence researchers. NLM is expanding access to scientific papers on coronavirus for researchers, care providers, and the public, and for text-mining research. This work makes use of NLM’s PubMed Central® (PMC), a digital archive of peer-reviewed biomedical and life sciences literature. PMC currently provides access to nearly 6 million full-text journal articles.

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CDC High Obesity Program

CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity launched a program called Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas, also referred to as HOP, and this collection highlights the program’s approach and describes both overarching and program-specific evaluation findings. Seven of the articles highlight the work of land-grant universities, and one describes HOP’s implementation approach, evaluation framework, and key findings.

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New coronavirus stable for hours on surfaces

SARS-CoV-2 stability similar to original SARS virus.

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Blood test method may predict Alzheimer’s protein deposits in brain

NIH-funded study reports advance in blood-based detection of ptau181, a biomarker of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Study finds irregular sleep patterns double the risk of cardiovascular disease in older adults

Variability in sleep duration and timing may represent new and independent heart disease risk factor.

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Diabetes in the US: Where Do We Stand?

CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation just released the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020, which presents the most recent scientific data on new and existing cases of diabetes, health complications, risk factors, costs, and much more.

The report analyzed health data through 2018, providing statistics across ages, races, ethnicities, education levels, and regions. Data from this report are crucial to informing prevention and management efforts going forward.

Be sure to check out our latest feature for a snapshot of findings as well as access to the full report. You’ll also find out what CDC is doing to reverse the epidemic, from identifying people with prediabetes to helping prevent diabetes complications.