July 2017 Briefing - Geriatrics

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Geriatrics for July 2017. 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.

Stent Surgery Could Benefit Select Glaucoma Patients

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Stent surgery using a 6-mm-long stent made of gelatin material seems promising for patients with glaucoma, according to a report from the University of Michigan.

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Sodium Intake >3.7 g/Day Linked to Adverse Cardiac Strain

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Estimated sodium intake (ESI) above 3.7 g/day is associated with left ventricular longitudinal strain (LS), circumferential strain, and e' velocity, according to a study published in the Aug. 8 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Review: Positive Link for Alcohol, Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Alcohol intake seems to be positively associated with basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC), according to a review and meta-analysis published online July 28 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Single BMD, Fracture History Predict Long-Term Fracture Risk

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For older women, a single bone mineral density (BMD) measure and fracture history can predict long-term fracture risk, according to a study published online July 18 in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

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Outbreak of Septic Arthritis Described in New Jersey

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a report published in the July 28 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, details are presented of an outbreak of septic arthritis associated with intra-articular injections at a New Jersey outpatient practice.

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FDA Proposes Lowering Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to begin a public dialogue about reducing nicotine levels in combustible cigarettes to non-addictive levels through achievable product standards, agency officials said Friday.

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Benefit for Generalist + Specialist Care in Complex Conditions

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with diabetes and compensated cirrhosis, those who visit both primary care providers (PCPs) and specialists have lower odds of experiencing decompensation and/or hospitalization compared with those visiting a PCP only, according to research published online July 26 in Diabetes Care.

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Switching to Generic Eye Meds Could Save Medicare Millions

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Prescribing generic drugs for seniors' eye problems could save the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars a year, according to a study published recently in Ophthalmology.

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Increased Dementia Risk With Hearing Loss in Older Adults

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of dementia is increased for older adults with hearing loss, according to a study published online July 22 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Light Therapy Shows Moderate Benefits for Cognitively Impaired

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For cognitively impaired individuals, light therapy has a moderate effect on behavioral disturbances (BDs) and depression, and a small effect on sleep quality, according to a meta-analysis published online July 22 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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CRC Screen Up for Older Patients, Those Not in Labor Force

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Factors associated with colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates at U.S. community health centers include age and insurance status, but not patient-provider communication, according to a study published online July 14 in Cancer.

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2016 Saw Increase in Number of Physicians Since 2010 Census

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Census reports have demonstrated an increase in the number of physicians and in the actively licensed U.S. physician-to-population ratio from 2010 to 2016, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Regulation.

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Lack of Training Linked to Cancer Patient Caregiver Burden

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For caregivers providing care to cancer patients, lack of training is associated with increasing burden, according to a study published online July 20 in Cancer.

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ENRGISE Pilot Study Will Inform Larger Trial of IL-6 in Seniors

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Data obtained from a pilot study, published online July 22 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, will be used to plan a full-scale trial targeting interleukin (IL)-6 levels among older adults with low-to-moderate physical function.

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New, Noninvasive Method May Help Determine Dementia Type

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Distinguishing Alzheimer's disease (AD) from frontotemporal dementia (FTD) may get easier using a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) approach, according to a study published online July 26 in Neurology.

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SAMHSA: Opioid Abuse Up Among Older Adults

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While opioid abuse has decreased among younger Americans, the same cannot be said for older adults, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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Left Ventricular Mass Index Predicts All-Cause Mortality

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Left ventricular (LV) mass index independently predicts all-cause mortality and the need for revascularization in patients undergoing invasive coronary angiography, according to a study published online July 19 in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

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Many With Cancer Hospitalized, Undergo Imaging at End of Life

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About half of cancer patients are hospitalized and undergo at least one imaging scan at the end of life, according to a study published online July 24 in the Journal of Oncology Practice.

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Infection Is Most Common Complication of Prostate Biopsy

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The most common complication of prostate biopsy is infection, with mild bleeding also reported, according to an update of the American Urological Association White Paper published in the August issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Health Benefits of Healthy Lifestyle Quantified in U.S.

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For people age 50 years and older, having a favorable behavioral profile is associated with increased life expectancy and delayed onset of disability compared with the whole U.S. population, according to a study published online July 19 in Health Affairs.

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Survey Reveals Prediabetes Knowledge Gaps in Primary Care

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most primary care physicians (PCPs) can't identify all 11 risk factors for prediabetes, according to a study published online July 20 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Greater Engagement for Patients Who Read Visit Notes

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Greater engagement is reported by patients who read notes and submit feedback, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

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Continuing Statin After Adverse Rx Tied to Lower Cardiac Risk

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with an adverse reaction to a statin, continued statin prescriptions are associated with lower incidence of cardiovascular events and death, according to a study published online July 25 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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No Need for Obese Patients to Lose Weight Before THR, TKR

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obese patients don't need to lose weight before undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery, according to a study published online July 19 in the The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

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Fasting Plasma Glucose, HbA1c Linked to Alzheimer's in T2DM

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), fasting plasma glucose (FPG) visit-to-visit variation, represented by the coefficient of variation (CV), and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) CV are independently associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to a study published online July 13 in Diabetes Care.

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Mortality, Second Stroke Risk Up for Initially Stable Survivors

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Risk of a second stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) remains considerable for at least five years after the first event, according to a study published online July 24 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Average Increase in Physician Compensation 2.9% in 2016

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The AMGA 2017 Medical Group Compensation and Productivity Survey reports that 77 percent of physician specialties experienced increases in compensation in 2016, with an overall weighted average increase of 2.9 percent.

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High-Dose Flu Vaccine Cuts Admissions From Nursing Homes

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High-dose influenza vaccination can reduce risk of respiratory-related hospitalization among nursing home residents aged 65 years and older, according to a study published online July 21 in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

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Provider-, Site-Level Factors Linked to Testosterone Receipt

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Provider- and site-level factors, including experience, specialty, and site location, are associated with testosterone prescribing, according to a study published online July 18 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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Lasting Damage After Monolateral Acute Primary Angle Closure

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Significantly greater structural and functional damage occurs in eyes with monolateral acute primary angle closure (APAC) compared with fellow eyes, and more than half of fellow eyes develop chronic angle closure glaucoma (CACG), according to research published online July 19 in Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology.

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Prevalence of Vertebral Fracture Varies With Assessment Method

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of vertebral fracture varies for different methods of radiological assessment, according to a study published online July 18 in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

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Perceived Physical Activity Level Predicts Mortality

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Perceived physical activity is associated with mortality, even after adjustment for actual physical activity, according to a study published online July 20 in Health Psychology.

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AMA Module Offers Help for Adding Pharmacist to Practice

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new American Medical Association (AMA) education module has been developed to help embed clinical pharmacists within a medical practice.

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YAG Laser Vitreolysis Can Help Reduce Eye Floaters

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Laser treatment can effectively reduce symptomatic vitreous floaters, according to research published online July 20 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Educational Intervention Doesn't Up Hand, Stethoscope Hygiene

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An intervention including education is not associated with an increased rate of hand hygiene or stethoscope hygiene, according to a study published in the July 1 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

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Few Patients Receive Rx for Smoking Cessation Meds After MI

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Among older patients in community practice, the use of smoking cessation medications (SCMs) is low after myocardial infarction (MI), according to a study published online July 19 in JAMA Cardiology.

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EHR-Based Prompt Ups Hepatitis C Screening for Baby Boomers

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of an electronic health record (EHR)-based prompt can improve hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening rates among baby boomers, according to a study published online July 17 in Hepatology.

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Heart Failure Risk Rises As Weight Increases

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even a little weight gain can increase risk of developing heart failure, according to a report published online July 19 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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CDC: >100 Million Americans Have Diabetes or Prediabetes

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As of 2015, 9.4 percent of the population -- 30.3 million -- had diabetes, and another 84.1 million had prediabetes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.

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Reduction of Opioid Dose May Improve Pain, Quality of Life

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Reductions in opioid dosing might improve pain and function, as well as boost quality of life, according to a report published online July 18 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Survival Feasible Post Acute Liver Failure Secondary to Amiodarone

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a report published online July 16 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, a case of survival after acute liver failure secondary to amiodarone administration is described.

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Reducing Hospital Readmissions Doesn't Up Mortality Rates

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing hospital readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia didn't increase mortality rates, according to a study published in the July 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Electronic Messaging Intervention Cuts Cardiovascular Risk in T2DM

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, a electronic messaging intervention is effective for reducing cardiovascular risk, according to a study published online July 12 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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Distress Screening Tied to Fewer ER Visits for Cancer Patients

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adherence to distress screening protocols by cancer programs is associated with lower rates of medical service utilization, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

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Rare Skin Manifestations Can Indicate Secondary Syphilis

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A rare case of secondary syphilis which primarily presented with multiple nodules on the scalp has been detailed in a case report published online July 17 in the Journal of Dermatology.

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High Court Rules Against Interstate Medical Liability

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Washington State high court has ruled against interstate medical liability, according to a report from the American Medical Association.

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NT-proBNP Improves Heart Failure Prediction in T2DM

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with type 2 diabetes, N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) improves prediction of heart failure, according to a study published online July 6 in Diabetes Care.

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Hospitalists Have Role to Play in Mitigating Opioid Use Disorder

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalists have an important role to play in mitigating opioid use disorder (OUD), according to an article published online July 18 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Type of Plant-Based Diet Affects Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While a plant-based diet can reduce risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), not all plant-based foods are equally healthy, and this distinction deserves more emphasis in dietary recommendations, according to a study published in the July 25 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Patient-Centered Communication Could Help Reduce Burnout

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Better patient-physician communication can improve care and reduce burnout, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.

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Opioids Often Overprescribed in Patients Undergoing Surgery

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing common elective procedures, opioids are often overprescribed, according to a study published online July 10 in the Annals of Surgery.

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Female Physicians Found More Likely to Leave Rural Practice

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Factors associated with physician mobility include smaller population size and lower primary care physician supply, according to a study published online in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Organizational Changes Encouraged for Safer Prescribing

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Organizational changes are recommended by primary care physicians to support safer prescribing, according to a study published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Higher Inpatient Spending Tied to Better Outcomes

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Investing more in inpatient care relative to longer-term nursing facilities may help reduce mortality rates, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Health Economics.

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Lifestyle Factors Predict Independent Aging in Older Men

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lifestyle factors are associated with independent aging for men aged 85 years and older, according to a study published online July 7 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Early Career Burnout Can Be Contagious Via Social Networks

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For early career teachers (ECTs), social network members' burnout levels are associated with increased burnout levels, according to a study published in the August issue of Teaching and Teacher Education.

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Meds + Risk Factors Contribute to QTc Interval Lengthening

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In combination with risk factors, QTc interval-prolonging medications (QTPMs) are associated with greater QTc lengthening than QTPMs alone, according to a study published online July 10 in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

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Tall, Obese Men at Higher Risk of Aggressive Prostate Cancer

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The larger a man, the greater his risk of developing and dying from aggressive prostate cancer, according to a study published online July 13 in BMC Medicine.

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Study Supports Observation Only for Most Low-Risk Prostate CA

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men with early-stage prostate cancer who have surgery to remove their tumor do not live longer than those who receive no treatment at all, according a study published in the July 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Errors in Opioid Prescribing for Adult Outpatients Common

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For adults receiving opioid medication prescriptions, errors are common, and most often occur on handwritten prescriptions, according to research published recently in the Journal of Opioid Management.

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Large Study Shows Eating Better at Any Age Can Prolong Life

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sustained diet changes -- even later in life -- can extend people's lives, according to research published in the July 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Western Diet Associated With Chronic Hepatic Inflammation

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In farnesoid X receptor (FXR) knockout (KO) mice, Proteobacteria and bacteroides persist in those fed a western diet (WD), even after antibiotic (Abx) treatment, according to a study published online July 12 in The American Journal of Pathology.

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Alendronate Cuts Hip Fx Risk in Seniors Taking Prednisolone

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For older patients receiving prednisolone, alendronate is associated with reduced risk of hip fracture, according to a study published in the July 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Chest CT Is Increasingly Being Used in COPD Assessment

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Chest computed tomography (CT) is increasingly being used, and can provide additional insight, in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to research published online June 29 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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No Evidence CPAP Reduces Risks of CV Events, Mortality

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) doesn't appear to reduce risk of adverse cardiovascular-related outcomes or mortality, according to a meta-analysis published in the July 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Medicaid Enrollees Are Satisfied With Their Health Care

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Medicaid enrollees are largely satisfied with their health care, and most are able to access the care they need when they need it, according to a research letter published online July 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Addition of Aripiprazole Ups Major Depressive Disorder Remission

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with major depressive disorder (MDD), augmentation with aripiprazole is associated with an increased likelihood of remission, according to a study published in the July 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Education Can Boost Knowledge, Cut Anxiety in Glaucoma

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For newly diagnosed glaucoma patients, a patient-centered glaucoma-related educational intervention can improve knowledge and reduce anxiety, according to a study published online July 9 in Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology.

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Most Caregivers of Older Adults at End of Life Are Unpaid

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most caregivers who provide care to older adults in the 12 months before death are unpaid, and end-of-life caregivers report more care-related challenges, according to research published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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Regular Coffee Consumption May Help Extend Lifespan

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking coffee is linked to longevity, according to two studies published online July 11 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Intensive Lifestyle Changes May Up Frailty Fracture Risk in DM

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For overweight or obese individuals with diabetes mellitus (DM), intensive lifestyle intervention (ILI) does not increase overall fracture risk but correlates with increased risk of frailty fracture, according to a study published online July 5 in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

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Cognitive Screening Tools Can Be Used in Home Medication Review

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Suitable cognitive screening tools can be used by pharmacists during home medication review, according to research published online July 5 in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research.

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Patients Are Often Recording Doctor's Visits

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients may be recording office visits, with or without permission, according to an opinion piece published online July 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Decisional Regret Doesn't Differ by Treatment in Prostate Cancer

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients newly diagnosed with prostate cancer who attend a multidisciplinary clinic, decisional regret does not differ significantly between treatment groups, according to a study published online July 5 in Cancer.

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New Criteria Urged for Infection Diagnosis Among Seniors in ER

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Emergency department physicians need new criteria for diagnosing infection among older adults, according to a study published online recently in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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American Adults Without Health Insurance Rises by Two Million

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of American adults without health insurance has increased by about two million so far this year, according to a new Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index poll.

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Health Service Use Unchanged From 1996-1997 to 2011-2012

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Utilization of health services was largely unchanged from 1996-1997 to 2011-2012, but expenditures increased, according to a study published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Rate of Non-Health Care Facility Medication Errors on the Rise

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of serious medication errors has doubled since 2000, according to a study published online July 10 in Clinical Toxicology.

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2011 Tsunami in Japan Had Lasting Impact on Fatal MI

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The 2011 tsunami in Japan was associated with an increase in fatal myocardial infarction (MI) in the high-impact zone, which was sustained through 2014, according to a study published in the Aug. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Cognitive Function Up With Adherence to Mediterranean Diet

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For older adults, greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) and the Mediterranean-DASH diet Intervention for Neurodegeneration Delay (MIND) is associated with improved cognitive function, according to a study published online recently in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Most Firearm Suicides Not Tied to Mental Illness, Substance Use

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Few individuals with history of a mental health or substance use condition, or those who have a previous suicide attempt, commit firearm suicide, according to a research letter published online July 3 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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No Advance Directives for Almost Two-Thirds of U.S. Population

FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An estimated two of three people in the United States have not completed an advanced directive, according to a review published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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New Opioid Use in Older Adults With COPD May Up Cardiac Events

FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adverse cardiac events may need to be considered with new opioid use in older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study published online June 29 in the European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

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Market Competition Linked to Change in Generic Drug Prices

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Market competition levels are associated with changes in the price of generic drugs, according to a study published online July 4 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Poor Sleep Could Be Modifiable Risk Factor for Alzheimer's

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep quality is associated with risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to research published online July 5 in Neurology.

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Blacks, Hispanics Appear to Get Lower-Quality Hospice Care

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hospice quality varies, with blacks and Hispanics often getting less desirable end-of-life care, according to research published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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Traumatic Brain Injury May Up Later Risk of Dementia

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A severe head injury, especially during middle age, could dramatically increase the risk for developing dementia later in life, according to research published online July 5 in PLOS Medicine.

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Risk of Sudden Death Declining in Heart Failure Patients

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of sudden death from heart failure have declined by nearly half over the past two decades, according to research published in the July 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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AMA: Doctors Should Make Sure Their Online Info Is Accurate

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a technologically advanced society, physicians need to take advantage of the internet to reach patients and exercise caution in their online presence, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.

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Herpes Zoster May Increase Risk of Myocardial Infarction, Stroke

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Herpes zoster (HZ) may be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events, according to a research letter published in the July 11 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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From 2001 to 2012, Incidence of CDI, Multiply Recurrent CDI Up

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The annual incidence of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and multiply recurrent CDI (mrCDI) increased from 2001 to 2012, according to a study published online July 4 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Increasingly Being Used

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is increasingly being used, especially for those with diabetes, although the American Diabetes Association does not recommend the treatment, according to a report published by Kaiser Health News.

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Certain OTC Products Can Provide Benefits Similar to Hearing Aids

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Several over-the-counter personal sound amplification products fare as well as more expensive hearing aids in helping people pick up more words in conversation, according to a research letter published in the July 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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At-Risk Pain Patients Can Cut Opioid Use With Psychology Tools

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teaching coping skills may help reduce the risk that patients with chronic pain will become addicted to opioids, according to research published online June 28 in the Canadian Journal of Pain.

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Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Higher Mortality Risk

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may increase risk of premature mortality when taken for extended periods, according to research published online July 4 in BMJ Open.

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Pre-, Post-Op C-Reactive Protein Levels Tied to Delirium

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For older adults undergoing major noncardiac surgery, preoperative and postoperative day 2 (POD2) C-reactive protein (CRP) levels are associated with the incidence, duration, and severity of delirium, according to a study published online May 26 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Educational Level, Age Linked to Eye Health Knowledge

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Education level, income, and mental health are among factors associated with eye disease knowledge and eye health information exposure among Hispanics/Latinos, according to a study published online June 29 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Use of Palliative Care Up for End-Stage Liver Disease

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with end-stage liver disease (ESLD), the use of palliative care (PC) increased from 2006 to 2012, according to research published online June 29 in Hepatology.

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