The Health News USA April 24 2018

  • According to a new study, there’s an extra bonus to marriage for melanoma patients: They tend to be diagnosed in earlier more treatable stages than patients who are unmarried, widowed or divorced. Spouses may be apt to notice suspicious moles on their partners that could signal melanoma, the most dangerous type skin cancer. More importantly, they may also be more inclined to nag their partners to get those moles checked out. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 90,000 U.S. cases will be diagnosed this year.
  • German dialysis specialist Fresenius Medical Care (FMEG.DE) cut its 2018 target due to lower than expected doses of calcimimetic drugs at its dialysis service business in the United States. The company said recently it now expects sales to rise by 5-7% at constant currency, compared with a previous forecast for a rise of around 8%.
  • Louisiana’s health department is offering free testing for sexually transmitted diseases at several parish health units this week. The testing from Tuesday through Thursday aims to promote awareness about the diseases in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s STD Awareness Month.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 24th of April 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/spouses-boost-early-detection-melanoma-patients-54556803

According to a new study, there’s an extra bonus to marriage for melanoma patients: They tend to be diagnosed in earlier more treatable stages than patients who are unmarried, widowed or divorced. Spouses may be apt to notice suspicious moles on their partners that could signal melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. More importantly, they may also be more inclined to nag their partners to get those moles checked out.  The findings suggest that unmarried people should ask relatives or friends to do skin checks or seek frequent skin exams with dermatologists.

Why marriage might have a difference in diagnosis isn’t clear since unmarried partners or observant friends might also notice skin changes. But according to study co-authors Cimarron Sharon and Dr. Giorgos Karakousis of the University of Pennsylvania,married people have more opportunities to notice or feel more of a responsibility to keep their partners healthy. Researchers analyzed fifty two thousand melanoma patients in a U.S. government cancer database who were diagnosed from two thousand ten to two thousand fourteen. Melanoma is more likely than other skin cancers to spread beyond the initial tumor site to other organs, but all the patients had localized disease.

Among married patients studied, almost forty seven percent had the smallest, earliest-stage tumors compared with forty three percent of never-married patients, thirty nine percent of divorced patients and thirty two percent of widowed patients. Just three percent of married participants had the most ominous tumors compared with almost ten percent of widowed patients. Married patients also were more likely than the others to receive biopsies of nearby lymph nodes, usually recommended to guide treatment.

The American Cancer Society estimates that about ninety thousand U.S. cases will be diagnosed this year.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-fresenius-care-outlook/fresenius-medical-cuts-2018-sales-target-after-drug-dosage-shift-idUSKBN1HT0Q1

German dialysis specialist Fresenius Medical Care (FMEG.DE) cut its two thousand eighteen sales target due to lower than expected doses of calcimimetic drugs at its dialysis service business in the United States. The company said recently it now expects sales to rise by five to seven percent at constant currency, compared with a previous forecast for a rise of around eight percent.

Calcimimetic drugs, which are given to kidney patients to control calcium levels and prevent hardening of the arteries, were given in tablet form until the start of this year, but are now available as an injection. That means there is a change to how they are reimbursed by Medicare and so FMC has had to shift the drugs from its pharmacy business into the dialysis service business. However, dosing of the drugs in the dialysis service business was lower than FMC had expected because patients were taking it more accurately than before, meaning revenue did not rise as planned.
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It confirmed a target for two thousand eighteen net income to rise by thirteen to fifteen percent at constant currency. It also reported preliminary first quarter results, with revenue up two percent at constant currency to three point ninety eight billion euros ( or four point eighty eight billion dollars) and net income stable at two hundred seventy nine million euros.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Louisiana-health-department-to-offer-free-testing-12855021.php

Louisiana’s health department is offering free testing for sexually transmitted diseases at several parish health units this week. The testing from Tuesday through Thursday aims to promote awareness about the diseases in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s STD Awareness Month.

Free tests will be available Tuesday at parish health units in Houma, Lafayette and Lake Charles. On Wednesday, the testing will be at the Delgado parish health unit in New Orleans and at health units in Baton Rouge and Alexandria. On Thursday, free tests will be at parish health units in Shreveport, Monroe and Hammond. Screening is for people who are unsure of their STD status. The health department says anyone experiencing symptoms should contact their local parish health unit to schedule a regular appointment time.

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