October 2017 Briefing - Emergency Medicine

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Emergency Medicine for October 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.

Football Career Length, Position Affect White Matter Structure

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For former collegiate and professional football players, career duration and primary playing position appear to modify the effects of concussion history on white matter structure and neural recruitment, according to a study published online Oct. 31 in Radiology.

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Fentanyl or Analogs Tied to More Than Half of All Opioid Deaths

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fentanyl was involved in more than half of opioid overdose deaths reported in the second half of 2016, according to a study published online Oct. 27 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Culprit-Lesion-Only PCI Tied to Improved 30-Day Outcomes

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of the culprit lesion is associated with better 30-day outcomes than immediate multivessel PCI among patients with multivessel coronary artery disease and acute myocardial infarction with cardiogenic shock, according to a study published online Oct. 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine to coincide with the Cardiovascular Research Foundation Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics meeting, being held Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 in Denver.

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Depressive Symptoms Increase During Internship Year

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Depressive symptoms increase during the internship year for training physicians, with a greater increase among women, according to a study published online Oct. 30 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Ohio Upholds Law Requiring HIV-Infected to Tell Sex Partners

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Ohio Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the constitutionality of a law requiring HIV-infected individuals to tell their sexual partners of their status before having sex, according to a report published by the Associated Press.

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Children of Immigrants Less Likely to be Up-to-Date on Shots

TUEDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children up to age 36 months with at least one foreign-born parent are less likely to be up-to-date on recommended vaccinations, according to a study published online Oct. 26 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Fish Can Trigger Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fish is an important trigger of food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), according to a study published online Oct. 20 in Allergy.

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ERs Contribute Large Portion of Medical Care Delivery

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Emergency departments are increasingly a major source of medical care in the United States, according to a study published online Oct. 17 in the International Journal of Health Services.

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Incretin Tied to Better Outcomes in NOCS-Diabetes

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Incretin treatment appears to improve non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes and non-obstructive coronary artery stenosis (NOCS), according to a study published online Sept. 26 in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.

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Gifts From Pharma Companies Influence Prescribing Behavior

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Receipt of gifts from pharmaceutical companies is associated with more prescriptions per patient and more costly prescriptions, according to a study published online Oct. 25 in PLOS One.

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Chewing Ticagrelor Loading Dose May Be Beneficial in STEMI

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), chewing a loading dose (LD) of ticagrelor facilitates better early platelet inhibition, according to a study published online Oct. 25 in JAMA Cardiology.

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Early Transfusion Tied to Lower Mortality in Combat Casualties

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blood product transfusion pre-hospital or within minutes of injury is associated with improved survival among medically evacuated U.S. military combat casualties in Afghanistan, according to a study published online Oct. 24 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Alterations in Gut Microbiome Noted Within 72 Hours of Injury

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Critically injured patients develop changes in the composition of the gut microbiome within 72 hours, according to a study published online Oct. 23 in Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open.

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Secondary Prevention Meds Often Not Started Post-AMI in Seniors

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Thirty-seven percent of older nursing home (NH) residents do not initiate secondary prevention medications after acute myocardial infarction (AMI), according to a study published online Oct. 17 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Diabetes Tied to Worse Outcomes in Heart Failure Patients

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Among patients with acute heart failure (HF), long-term prognosis is worse in those who have diabetes than in those who do not, though prognosis has improved in both groups, according to a study published online Oct. 5 in Diabetes Care.

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DEA Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on Oct. 28

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The public is being given its 14th opportunity to safely dispose of pills and patches at collection points operated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and its partners.

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Most in U.S. Don't Agree That Household Guns Up Suicide Risk

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most U.S. adults do not agree that household firearms increase the risk of suicide, according to a research letter published online Oct. 23 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Design Thinking Enables Med Students to Solve Challenges

MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A joint effort between students at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is training future physicians in design thinking to help identify and repair health system issues that contribute to physician burnout, according to an article by the American Medical Association.

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Drinking Water Pre-Vaccination Doesn't Reduce Presyncope

MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking water before vaccination does not prevent presyncope in adolescents after vaccination, according to a study published online Oct. 23 in Pediatrics.

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Sudden Death Most Common CV Death in T2DM/ASCVD

MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Among patients with type 2 diabetes and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), sudden death is the most common category of cardiovascular (CV) mortality, according to a study published online Oct. 6 in Diabetes Care.

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Psychosocial Intervention May Boost Hospitalization Satisfaction

MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A brief psychosocial intervention in which physicians ask inpatients about their current situation and respond empathetically appears to improve the hospitalization experience, according to a study published in the October issue of Family Medicine.

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Herbal and Dietary Supplements Are Commonly Mislabeled

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mislabeling of herbal and dietary supplements (HDS) is common, occurring in more than half of products tested, according to a study scheduled for presentation at The Liver Meeting, being held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases from Oct. 20 to 24 in Washington, D.C.

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Clinician Job Satisfaction Linked to Improved Burnout Scores

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Clinicians' job satisfaction is associated with improved burnout scores and reduced intention to leave their practices, according to a study published in the October issue of Health Affairs.

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H7N9 Avian Influenza May Be Capable of Pandemic

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A highly pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza variant has evolved and now has the potential to cause a pandemic, according to a study published online Oct. 19 in Cell Host & Microbe.

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Conditions Tied to Clinician Dissatisfaction Are Modifiable

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Modifiable conditions, like chaos, incohesiveness, and lack of communication, contribute to unsatisfying workplaces for clinicians, according to a study published in the October issue of Health Affairs.

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Diabetes Ups Risk of MACE in Acute Coronary Syndromes

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS), diabetes mellitus (DM), but not pre-DM, is associated with an increased risk of major adverse cardiac events (MACE), according to a study published online Oct. 18 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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MACE Risk Similar for White Men, Women, Minorities After PCI

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women and minorities undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with everolimus-eluting stents have a risk of major adverse cardiac events (MACE) that is similar to that of white men, according to a study published online Oct. 18 in JAMA Cardiology.

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More Penalties With Hospital-Wide Readmission Measure

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Transition from a condition-specific to a hospital-wide readmission measure would result in a modest increase in the number of hospitals eligible for readmission penalties and would substantially increase penalties for safety-net hospitals, according to a study published online Oct. 18 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Key Stakeholders Discuss How to Make EHRs More Usable

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Key stakeholders and physicians discussed electronic health record (EHR) usability and optimization in the American Medical Association Running Your Practice Community.

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MRI Findings Prognostic for Long-Term Recovery in Cardiac Arrest

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Measures of cerebral functional network connectivity measured within four weeks of cardiac arrest (CA) are associated with a favorable outcome (FO) at one year, according to a study published online Oct. 18 in Radiology.

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IV Prochlorperazine Beats IV Hydromorphone for Migraine

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Intravenous (IV) hydromorphone is less effective than IV prochlorperazine plus diphenhydramine for acute migraine treatment in the emergency department, according to a study published online Oct. 18 in Neurology.

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Extended-Release Naltrexone Promising for Opioid Dependence

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Extended-release naltrexone is noninferior to buprenorphine-naloxone for maintaining short-term abstinence from heroin and other illicit substances, according to a study published online Oct. 18 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Sharing Passwords Is Widespread Among Medical Staff

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sharing of passwords to access electronic medical records is common among medical staff members, according to a study published in the July issue of Healthcare Informatics Research.

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PPI Use Linked to Increased Risk of Ischemic Stroke, MI

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use is associated with increased risk of first-time ischemic stroke and myocardial infarction (MI), according to a study published online Oct. 12 in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

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No Increased Risks for DOAC Use Versus Warfarin in VTE

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with venous thromboembolism, direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) use is not associated with increased risk of major bleeding or mortality within the first 90 days compared with warfarin use, according to a study published online Oct. 17 in the BMJ.

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Men Now Comprise ~10 Percent of RN Workforce

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The increasing participation of men in registered nursing can be attributed to multiple factors, including increasing educational attainment, rising labor demand in health care, and liberalizing gender role attitudes, according to a working paper published by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

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Tau May Predict Neurological Outcome After Cardiac Arrest

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Serum tau is a promising novel biomarker for prediction of neurological outcome in patients with cardiac arrest, according to a study published online Oct. 5 in the Annals of Neurology.

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Doctors Urged to Speak With Patients About Firearms

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians should make a public commitment to speak with their patients about firearms, according to an opinion piece published online Oct. 16 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Mortality Up for Male Recipients of Blood From Ever-Pregnant

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For males, receipt of a red blood cell transfusion from an ever-pregnant female is associated with increased rate of all-cause mortality compared with a male donor, according to a study published online Oct. 17 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Female Physicians May Be Especially at Risk of Burnout

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Female physicians are more burned out than their male colleagues, but there are steps they can take to reduce the stress associated with burnout, according to a blog post published in Medical Economics.

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Screening Tools Identify Potentially Inappropriate Meds

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Internal medicine patients are frequently prescribed potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs), but screening tools can detect clinically relevant PIMs, according to a study published online Oct. 8 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

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Venovenous Hemodiafiltration Improves Metformin Toxicity

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High-volume continuous venovenous hemodiafiltration (CVVH) and resin-sorbent hemoperfusion is effective for eliminating metformin, according to a case study published online Oct. 5 in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation.

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Kneeling Posture Impacts Chest Compressions' Effectiveness

MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- During cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performed by males, self-adjusted and nearest kneeling postures are more effective for chest compression, with lower perceived exertion, according to a study published online Oct. 5 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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Most Female Physicians Have Faced Sexist Patient Comments

MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most female physicians have been sexually harassed by patients at some point in their careers, according to a blog post published in Medical Economics.

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Better Patient Communication Needed After Urgent Care

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients and primary care physicians (PCPs) need to communicate better after urgent care visits, and patients value their relationships with their PCPs, according to research conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Serious Suffering Affects Almost Half of Those Who Die Yearly

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In 2015, more than 25.5 million people who died worldwide experienced serious health-related suffering (SHS), and the vast majority lacked access to palliative care and pain relief, according to a report published online Oct. 12 in The Lancet.

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Freestanding ERs More Likely in Areas With Higher Incomes

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Freestanding emergency departments (EDs) tend to be located in areas with significantly higher household incomes, according to a study published in the October issue of Health Affairs.

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Quality Issues for Both Paper-, Electronic-Based Health Records

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Both paper-based and electronic health records (EHRs) have shortcomings in terms of quality of content, process, and structure, with poor quality of nursing documentation seen for both methods, according to a study published online Oct. 5 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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Ride-Sharing Services Could Cut Alcohol-Related Crashes

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Ride-sharing services may reduce the rate of motor vehicle crashes, particularly alcohol-involved crashes, in some cities, according to a study published online Oct. 4 in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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Court Considering Fate of Noneconomic Damages Cap

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court is considering whether it will hear a case that will determine the fate of the state's $750,000 cap on noneconomic damages, according to an article published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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New System Streamlines CME Credit Approval Process

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) have launched a new performance improvement activity credit reporting process called the AAFP Credit System, according to an article published by the AAFP.

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Low-Cost Services a Major Player in Unnecessary Health Spending

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The costs associated with low-cost, low-value health services are nearly twice as high as those of high-cost, low-value services, according to a study published in the October issue of Health Affairs.

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2004 to 2014 Saw Increases in Risk Factors in Ischemic Stroke

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- From 2004 to 2014 there were increases in the prevalence of hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, smoking, and drug abuse in acute ischemic stroke (AIS), according to a study published online Oct. 11 in Neurology.

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Physician Salaries Appear to Be Flat or Declining

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Anecdotally, physician career coaches report that physician salaries are flat at best, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Medical License Questions Sway Doctors' Mental Health Help

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Medical licensure application questions (MLAQs) regarding mental health contribute to physicians' reluctance to seek help for mental health, according to a study published in the October issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Educational Intervention in Hospital Can Cut Catheter Use

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A simple multimodal educational intervention targeting nurses and physicians can reduce mean catheter days per patient (CDPP) and the proportion of patients catheterized, according to a study published online Sept. 23 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Guide Offers Doctors Tips for Choosing a Health System

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A guide has been developed to assist physicians considering joining a physician-led integrated health system, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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2HELPS2B Model Identifies Seizure Risk in Critically Ill

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For critically ill patients, a model comprising six variables can identify the probability of seizure, according to a study published online Oct. 9 in JAMA Neurology.

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Medicare Coverage Restrictions for Opioids Rose From '06 to '15

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In an effort to restrict daily allowable prescribed dosing of prescription opioids, Medicare Part D formularies increasingly used quantity limits and prior authorization from 2006 to 2015, according to a research report published online Oct. 9 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Novel Metrics Suggested for Assessing EHR Use

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Novel metrics have been developed to assess electronic health record (EHR) use and are described in an opinion article published online Oct. 9 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Injured Patients Want More Info on Safety Improvement Efforts

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Communication-and-resolution program (CRP) experiences are positive overall for a small majority of patients and families, but they report that hospitals rarely share information about preventing recurrences, according to a study published online Oct. 9 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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2016 Physician Quality Reporting System Reports Available

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the 2016 annual Quality and Resource Use reports have been released for individuals and group practices, according to a report published by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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New Online Tool Aids Search for Alcohol Treatment

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has released a new online resource to help people recognize and find high-quality care for alcohol use disorder.

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First Test to Detect Zika in Blood Donations Approved

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The cobas Zika test has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration -- the first approved screening test to detect the Zika virus in blood donations.

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Short-Lived Benefits for Abusive Supervisory Behavior

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Engaging in abusive supervisory behavior may be associated with short-term beneficial effects, but over longer periods of time, abusive supervisory behavior is negatively related to supervisors' recovery level and engagement, according to a study published online Sept. 11 in the Academy of Management Journal.

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Electrolyte Issues With Chronic Alcohol Use Span Social Spectrum

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Electrolyte disturbances and acid-base disorders are common occurrences in patients with chronic alcohol-use disorder regardless of social circumstances, according to a review published online Oct. 4 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Stronger Nocebo Effect When Inert Rx Labeled As Expensive

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nocebo hyperalgesia is stronger when an inert treatment is labeled as being an expensive medication rather than a cheap one, according to a study published online Oct. 5 in Science.

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21 Percent of Americans Report Experiencing a Medical Error

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than one in five patients report having experienced a medical error, according to a survey released Sept. 28 by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)/National Patient Safety Foundation Lucian Leape Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago.

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Reasons Physicians Are Delaying Retirement Vary

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians are delaying retirement, often because they feel they are providing a useful service to patients or because of concerns about social interaction in retirement, according to an article published online Sept. 25 in Medical Economics.

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Delivery Characteristics Predict Early-Onset Sepsis Risk

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Delivery characteristics of extremely preterm infants can be used to identify those with significantly lower incidence of early-onset sepsis (EOS), according to a study published online Oct. 5 in Pediatrics.

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Night Shift Tied to Increased Odds of Abdominal Obesity

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Night shift workers have increased odds of obesity/overweight, especially abdominal obesity, according to a meta-analysis published online Oct. 4 in Obesity Reviews.

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Pay Inequality, Work-Life Balance Top Concerns for Female Docs

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many female physicians report feeling disadvantaged when negotiating contracts and feel that they are assessed for promotion using different criteria than those used for men, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Patient Factors Differ for Surgical, All-Cause Readmission

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty (THA), factors associated with 30-day readmission resulting in return to theater (RTT) include comorbidities likely to affect patient behavior, according to a study published online Oct. 4 in JAMA Surgery.

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Anticoagulants With Other Drugs Raise Bleeding Risk in AF

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) patients who take non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) along with certain other medications are at increased risk for major bleeding, and antithrombotic medications are significantly associated with increased rates of hematuria-related complications in older adults, according to two studies published online Oct. 3 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Scientists Support Genome Editing to Prevent Disease

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many basic scientists and clinical researchers support somatic genome editing in adults for prevention of serious disease but not for human enhancement; they also believe the public should be consulted before any clinical application of germline gene editing proceeds, according to survey results published online Oct. 3 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics.

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Commercialization of Generics Impacts Adverse Event Rates

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Immediate or delayed differences in adverse event rates were seen after generic commercialization of three antihypertensive drugs, according to a study published online Oct. 3 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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ER Risk Score Predicts 30-Day Mortality in Acute Heart Failure

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with acute heart failure (AHF) admitted to the emergency department (ED), a risk score based on 13 independent risk factors can predict 30-day mortality, according to a study published online Oct. 2 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Fewer Deaths Projected With Switch to Electronic Cigarettes

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Replacement of cigarettes with electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is projected to result in fewer premature deaths, even under a pessimistic scenario, according to a study published online Oct. 2 in Tobacco Control.

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MI Incidence Down With CT Angiography in Suspected CAD

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD), coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is associated with reduced incidence of myocardial infarction but no reduction in death or cardiac hospitalization versus functional stress testing, according to a review published online Oct. 2 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Communication Program Doesn't Raise Hospital Liability Costs

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A communication-and-resolution program, in which hospitals and liability insurers communicate with patients when adverse events occur, does not lead to higher liability costs, according to a study published online Oct. 2 in Health Affairs.

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Hospital Discharges for Prescription Opioids Have Fallen

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Prescription opioid-related inpatient and emergency department (ED) discharges have decreased since 2010, while heroin-related discharges have increased sharply since 2008, according to a study published online Oct. 2 in Health Affairs.

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High Epsom Salt Intake Can Lead to Severe Liver Injury

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Epsom salt intake can lead to severe liver injury in predisposed patients, according to a case study published online Oct. 2 in BMJ Case Reports.

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Low-Dose Alteplase No Better for Acute Ischemic Stroke

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For key demographic subgroups of patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS), low-dose alteplase does not differ from standard-dose alteplase in terms of treatment effects on death or disability, according to a study published online Oct. 2 in JAMA Neurology.

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Opioid Manufacturers to Provide Doctor Training

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In an effort to halt the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, U.S. regulators are requiring manufacturers to provide extensive training to doctors, according to a report published by the Associated Press.

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Electronic Triage System Risk-Stratifies ER Patients

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An electronic triage (e-triage) system based on machine learning can predict the likelihood of acute outcomes, enabling improved patient differentiation, according to a study published online Sept. 6 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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Odds of Emergency Care Up for Youth With Justice Involvement

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Youth with justice involvement are more likely to have used an emergency department (ED) or emergency service, according to two studies published online Oct. 2 in Pediatrics.

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