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Study Finds Weight Loss Target for Morbidly Obese Before Knee Surgery – Reuters

Read article – Quotes Benjamin Keeney, instructor in orthopaedics, about a study he coauthored that found that for morbidly obese patients having knee replacement surgery, losing at least 20 pounds beforehand leads to shorter hospital stays and lower odds of being discharged to a facility. “Many people are told to lose five or 10 pounds before the surgery but we don’t actually know how much weight you have to lose for it to lead to a meaningful improvement,” says Keeney. (Picked up by KFGO, WHBL, KDAL 610, WHTC, MDAlert, WNMT, and ChannelNews Asia. Similar coverage in DevDiscourse.)

New FDA Rules Aim to Keep Kids From Flavored E-Cigarettes – U.S. News & World Report via HealthDay News

Read article – An article about how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would go ahead with efforts to restrict sales of some types of flavored vaping products to minors, quotes a recent study by Dartmouth researchers that seemed to back up the FDA’s concerns. “We found that adolescent and young adult vapers were not only more likely than older adult vapers to use fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarettes, but were more likely to concurrently use multiple flavor types,” says lead researcher Samir Soneji, associate professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. (Picked up by WebMD. Similar coverage in The Verge and U.S. News & World Report).

New FDA Rules Aim to Keep Kids From Flavored E-Cigarettes – Drugs.com

Read article – Quotes Samir Soneji, associate professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in an article about how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced it would go ahead with efforts to restrict sales of some types of flavored vaping products to minors. Research coauthored by Soneji seems to back up the FDA’s concerns. “We found that adolescent and young adult vapers were not only more likely than older adult vapers to use fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarettes, but were more likely to concurrently use multiple flavor types,” says Soneji.

Fruit- and Candy-Flavored Vape Juice Are Most Popular Among Two Age Groups – Inverse

Read article – Quotes Samir Soneji, associate professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in a feature story about a study he led that found that even though e-cigarettes may help people kick the habit of smoking, they’re also attracting new, younger people. “Teens in record numbers are vaping, and we wanted to know what they’re vaping,” says Soneji. “Youth prefer candy and fruit-flavored e-cigarettes, and the adults—many of whom are smokers—differentially prefer tobacco flavored e-cigarettes. Youth preference really is different.” (Similar coverage in Med India and UPI.)

Shaheen Pushes for Ways to Lower Health Care Costs – Valley News

Read article – Quotes Steven Woloshin, professor of medicine, community and family medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in an article about how U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen criticized the pharmaceutical industry for putting profits above people and called for increased competition to lower drug prices on Friday during a roundtable discussion at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. Woloshin noted that a major problem with the drug market is that prices often are arbitrary. “A lot of the drugs (on the market) don’t do all that much,” said Woloshin. “We need a day of objectively looking at the drug to discern what the value is.”