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American Well reports uptick in flu cases across Minnesota, Ohio and New York

BY Michael Johnsen

BOSTON — National telehealth provider American Well is among the first healthcare providers to see an uptick in online visits associated with influenza-like symptoms, the company reported Monday.
 
According to company data, the first cases of flu have been diagnosed in Minnesota, Ohio and New York. These ILI cases are scattered and intermittent; however, there is a notable upward trend, including a 10% increase so far in November.
 
"With flu season kicking off and a higher likelihood of contagion due to holiday travel and colder weather, early detection and preventative measures are key," stated Peter Antall, president and chief medical officer for the Online Care Group, an vonline physician network, which contracts exclusively with American Well. "The convenience of seeing a doctor online or through our mobile app can be a first line defense for detection and treatment."
 

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Study: Patients with atrial fibrillation who take NSAIDs may be at risk for serious bleeding or thromboembolisms

BY Michael Johnsen

PHILADELPHIA — A study being published in Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that people with atrial fibrillation who take NSAIDs may be at risk for serious bleeding or thromboembolisms. 
 
Anticoagulants are used to decrease the risk for thromboembolic complications and death in patients with AF but have been found to increase the risk for bleeding. Using NSAIDs with these drugs is assumed to increase that risk, but the magnitude of risk has never been defined.
 
Researchers examined the electronic records of 150,900 Danish patients with a first-time diagnosis of AF to determine the risk for serious bleeding and thromboembolism with ongoing anticoagulant and NSAID therapy. The researchers found that even the use of NSAIDs for a short period of time increased the risk for bleeding and the risk seemed to increase with NSAID dose. An increased risk for blood clots and death following a nonfatal episode of serious bleeding was also observed. 
 
The researchers suggest that physicians use caution when prescribing NSAIDs to AF patients who are taking anticoagulants and should offer alternate pain medications, when possible.

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BioRhythm names Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown spokesman

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is the newest member of the BioRhythm team, the sports supplement company announced Thursday. 
 
"We are excited to welcome Antonio to our team, he exemplifies the kind of skilled athlete with a strong personal character that we want to be associated with," stated the company's CEO Anthony Razzano. "Brown's drive to deliver quality on the field mirrors BioRhythm's dedication to producing quality products in an industry in desperate need for it."  
 
"BioRhythm was a perfect fit for me as I can relate to the company's attention to detail when producing its products to a very dedicated fan base, detail is a key to my success on the football field," Brown said. "I'm excited to be a part of the Biorhythm family. Their products for muscle gain and major recovery will aid in my productivity going forward both on and off the field." 
 
BioRhythm products are in more than 1,600 GNC stores nationally and hundreds of other health stores.

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