July 2016 Briefing - Allergy

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Allergy for July 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.

Potential New Asthma Genes ID'd in Genome-Wide Study

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Potential new asthma genes have been identified in a genome-wide association study (GWAS) combined with subsequent lung expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) analysis, according to research published online July 20 in Allergy.

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American Red Cross Says Blood Donations Needed Urgently

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The American Red Cross says it has an urgent need for blood donations, with less than a five-day supply of blood on hand to help those who need it.

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Medical Students Often Track Progress of Former Patients

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. medical students use electronic health records to track the progress of their former patients and confirm the accuracy of their diagnoses, according to research letter published online July 25 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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'Walking Meetings' Feasible Strategy for Employee Wellness

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Converting a single weekly meeting to a walking meeting can help raise work-related physical activity levels of white-collar workers, according to a report published online June 23 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Health Expenditures Rising for Middle Class, Wealthy

THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While overall U.S. medical spending growth slowed between 2004 and 2013, expenditures rose for middle- and high-income Americans, according to research published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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Review Examines Topical Complementary Meds in Eczema

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with atopic eczema (AE), six studies assessing topical complementary and alternative medicines display superiority to placebo but only two (licorice gel and Hypericum perforatum) have low risk of bias on all domains, according to a review published online July 4 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Medicare Spending Up for Decedents Versus Survivors

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare per capita spending was much higher for beneficiaries who died during 2014 than for those who survived the entire year, according to a report published by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Nasal Irrigation Offers Some Relief for Sinusitis Patients

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nasal irrigation appears beneficial in symptom improvement for patients with chronic sinusitis, according to a study published online July 18 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Labor Compensation, Purchased Goods, Service Biggest Spends

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Labor compensation remains the single largest contributor to costs among physicians' offices, hospitals, and outpatient care centers, according to a report published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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Fracking Site Proximity May Affect Asthma Exacerbation Risk

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Living near fracking sites may lead to asthma exacerbations, according to a study published online July 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Burnout Can Have Acute Personal, Professional Consequences

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stress and burnout are increasingly prevalent among physicians, with serious personal and professional consequences, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Growth in U.S. Health Spending Set to Average 5.8 Percent

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Growth in U.S. health spending is expected to average 5.8 percent for 2015 to 2025, according to a study published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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AD Most Commonly Used Term in Literature for Atopic Dermatitis

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Atopic dermatitis (AD) is most commonly referred to as AD in the literature, according to a review published online July 8 in Allergy.

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Supreme Court Ruling Could Impact Med School Admissions

THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding the University of Texas at Austin's consideration of race and ethnicity in college admissions has implications for medical schools, according to the American Medical Association (AMA).

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After Sinus Surgery, Uncontrolled Chronic Rhinosinusitis Common

THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than 40 percent of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) are uncontrolled at three to five years after functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), according to a study published online July 8 in Allergy.

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Differences in Salary for Male, Female Faculty Physicians

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For physicians with faculty appointments at 24 U.S. public medical schools there are significant salary differences between men and women, even after adjustment for confounding variables, according to a study published online July 11 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Childhood Thumb-Sucking, Nail-Biting May Reduce Allergies

TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children who suck their thumb or bite their nails past preschool age may be less prone to allergic reactions when they reach adolescence, according to research published online July 11 in Pediatrics.

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Doxycycline Helps One-Third of Chronic Cold Urticaria Patients

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Just over one-third of chronic cold urticaria patients benefit from treatment with doxycycline, according to a research letter published online June 25 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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VA Appealing to Physicians to Join Agency

FRIDAY, July 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is appealing to physicians to join the agency as part of its recovery from a 2014 scandal linked to excessive wait times, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.

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Many Clinical Trials Are Not Listed in Data-Sharing Repository

WEDNESDAY, July 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Only about half of trials registered at ClinicalTrials.gov are listed in the largest data-sharing repository, according to a research letter published online June 28 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Fish, Chicken Meat Are Cross-Reactive Foods

TUESDAY, July 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fish and chicken meat are cross-reactive, involving three allergens, according to a study published online June 27 in Allergy.

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Knowledge of CT Risks Varies Among Health Care Providers

FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Radiologists and technologists have better knowledge about the risks associated with medical imaging examinations than referring physicians, according to a study published online June 22 in the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences.

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