April 2016 Briefing - Allergy

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Allergy for April 2016. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Yoga Tied to Small Improvements in QoL, Symptoms in Asthma

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with asthma, yoga seems to lead to small improvements in quality of life and symptoms, according to a review published online April 27 in The Cochrane Library.

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Guidelines Developed for Management of Atopic Dermatitis

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Guidelines have been developed for the management of atopic dermatitis (AD). The guidelines were published online April 14 in The Journal of Dermatology.

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Wide Variation in Health Care Costs Across the U.S.

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Health care prices vary widely across the United States, even within the same state, according to a study published in the April issue of Health Affairs.

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Article Discusses Workplace Violence in Health Care

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There is a lack of data relating to the prevalence of workplace violence in health care and how to address it, according to a review article published in the April 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Preventive Topical Steroids Cut Atopic Dermatitis Severity

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Intermittent preventive administration of topical corticosteroids in children controls the severity of atopic dermatitis (AD), according to a study published online April 14 in the Journal of Dermatology.

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Doctors Have a Only a Few Weeks Left to Review Financial Data

WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, physicians have only a few weeks left to review and report disputes relating to their financial ties to drug and medical device manufacturers, according to the American Medical Association.

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U.S. Health Report Card Finds Racial, Ethnic Disparities Persist

WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An update on Americans' health finds that racial and ethnic disparities persist, with significant gaps in obesity, cesarean births, and dental care. But advances have been made in some important areas, including infant mortality rates, women smokers, and numbers of uninsured, according to the new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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A Doctor's View: EHRs Impair Physician-Patient Relationship

MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic health records (EHRs) may be impairing the physician-patient relationship, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Physicians Can Get Involved in Developing Payment Models

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors can be involved in developing new payment models for their practices, according to the American Medical Association.

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Cow's Milk Allergy in Childhood May Lead to Lower Bone Density

THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are allergic to cow's milk may have lower bone mineral density than those with other food allergies, according to a study published online April 20 in Pediatrics.

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Do Antihistamines Blunt Exercise Recovery?

THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Histamine may contribute to exercise recovery in skeletal muscle, and blockade of histamine receptors may interfere with that mechanism, according to research published online April 9 in the Journal of Physiology.

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Article Offers Ways to Address Overlooked Details in Practice

MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Looking at a family medicine practice with fresh eyes can help address unsightly issues that patients notice, according to an article published in Family Practice Management.

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Vitamin D Supplementation Cuts Aeroallergen Sensitization

MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy and infancy may reduce aeroallergen sensitization in children, according to a study published online April 6 in Allergy.

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2016 Match Marks Record Highs for Registrants, Matching

FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The 2016 Match was the largest ever recorded by the National Resident Matching Program, with a higher match rate that 2015, according to a report from the American Medical Association.

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Decrease in Medicare Spending for 2012 ACO Entrants

FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Early reductions in Medicare spending were seen for the first full year of Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) contracts for 2012 Accountable Care Organization (ACO) entrants, according to a study published online April 13 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Health Care Workers Skip Hand Washing One-Third of the Time

THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Staff at many outpatient health care facilities in New Mexico failed to follow recommendations for hand hygiene more than one-third of the time, according to findings published in the April 1 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

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Clinical Scores Correlate Well in Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis

WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For children with atopic dermatitis, clinical scores for sleep loss, pruritus, disease severity, and quality of life correlate well, according to a study published online April 8 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Histamine Receptor Blockade Stops Peanut-Induced Response

WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Blockade of histamine 1 (H1R) and 4 receptors (H4R) in peanut challenge can combine to prevent development of intestinal allergic responses, according to an experimental study published online April 5 in Allergy.

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Doctors Can Be Misled About FDA 'Breakthrough' Drug Designation

TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Use of the word "breakthrough" in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's expedited approval process could mislead doctors about the new drugs' actual benefits, according to a research letter published in the April 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Increase in Number of Patients Being Treated for Alpha-Gal

TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There has been an increase in the number of patients being treated for Galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose (alpha-gal) syndrome, according to a report from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Asthma, Sinus and Allergy Program (ASAP).

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VA Commission on Care: Eliminate VA Medical Centers

MONDAY, April 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A radical proposal has been suggested for eliminating all Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers and outpatient facilities in the next 20 years, floated by seven of 15 members of the VA Commission on Care, according to an article published in the Military Times.

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Hydrolyzed Egg Preparation Safe for Egg-Allergic Children

MONDAY, April 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A low allergenic hydrolyzed egg (HydE) preparation seems to be safe for use in egg-allergic children, according to a study published online April 5 in Allergy.

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World Trade Center Exposure, Eosinophilia Predict Sinus Surgery

FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sinus surgery is more common among firefighters who responded during the first two days of the World Trade Center disaster than those who had less intense or shorter exposures, according to a study published online April 8 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. The same was found to be true for those firefighters who were at the site for six months or more.

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Foreign Body Reaction Induced by Bee Sting Therapy

FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Foreign body reaction can be induced by bee sting therapy, according to a letter to the editor published online March 31 in the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology.

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Are Guidelines Needed to Assess Competence of Aging Physicians?

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The question of whether national guidelines need to be developed for assessing the competence of aging physicians was discussed during a recent meeting of key stakeholders, according to a news release from the American Medical Association (AMA).

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