August 2018 Briefing - Nursing

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nursing for August 2018. 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.

Ground Chuck Products Recalled by Publix Super Markets

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Possible Escherichia coli contamination has triggered the recall of ground beef products made from chuck that were sold at Publix Super Markets in Florida.

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Many Soldiers Who Attempt Suicide Have No Mental Health Dx

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of enlisted soldiers with a documented suicide attempt have no history of mental health diagnosis, according to a study published online Aug. 29 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Medicaid Expansion Ups Access to Family Planning Services

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of women of reproductive age report better ability to access birth control and family planning services with Medicaid expansion coverage, according to a study published online Aug. 31 in JAMA Network Open.

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Excess Cardiac Risk Varies With Age of Onset of T1DM

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Excess cardiovascular risk varies with age at diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, according to a study published online Aug. 27 in The Lancet.

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Medical Bills in Collections Decrease With Patient Age

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Medical collections decrease substantially with age, possibly because of increased health insurance coverage and incomes, according to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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Pediatric Revisits, Admissions for UTI Similar With Oral or IV Meds

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Very young children with urinary tract infections (UTIs) who receive parenteral antibiotics before emergency department discharge do not have lower rates of revisits leading to admission than children receiving oral antibiotics, according to a study published online Aug. 21 in Pediatrics.

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14.6 Percent of U.S. Adults Used Marijuana in Past Year

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Overall, 14.6 percent of U.S. adults report marijuana use in the past year, according to a research letter published online Aug. 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Medicare, Med Advantage Health Care Use Differs Regionally

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Geographic variation in the Medicare Advantage population exceeds that of traditional Medicare for use of skilled nursing facility and hospital care, according to study published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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FDA: Common Diabetes Meds Tied to Serious Genital Infection

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A rare but serious genital infection known as necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum, also called Fournier's gangrene, has been reported in some patients taking a certain class of type 2 diabetes medicine, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. As a result, the FDA has ordered a new warning about this risk to be added to the prescribing information and patient medication guide of all sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors.

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Oral High-Risk HPV Prevalence Appears to Be Low in England

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of oral high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) infection in adult men and women is low in England, according to a study published online Aug. 20 in BMJ Open.

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Many ED Visits for Antibiotic Adverse Drug Events in Children

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Emergency department (ED) visits for antibiotic adverse drug events (ADEs) in children account for 46.2 percent of emergency department visits for ADEs resulting from systemic medication, according to a study published online Aug. 23 in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

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Many Teens Are Concerned Over Societal Discrimination

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many adolescents in Los Angeles are concerned over societal discrimination, and this concern is associated with behavioral health problems one year later, according to research published online Aug. 20 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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CDC: Salmonella Outbreak in 4 States Linked to Kosher Chicken

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One person has died and 16 others sickened in a four-state Salmonella outbreak linked to kosher chicken, U.S. health officials say.

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Pfizer Recalls a Type of Children's Liquid Advil

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One lot of 4-ounce bottles of Children's Advil Suspension Bubble Gum Flavored is being recalled because a packaging problem could lead to an overdose, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare says.

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Label Mix-Up Spurs Recall of Accord Blood Pressure Meds

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One lot of high blood pressure medication is being recalled after a labeling mix-up, Accord Healthcare Inc. has announced.

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Positive Link for BMI and Blood Pressure in Chinese Population

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a Chinese adult population (ages 35 to 80 years), there is a positive association between body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure (BP), according to a study published online Aug. 17 in JAMA Network Open.

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Marketplace Premiums Increase More With Monopolist Insurers

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Affordable Care Act Marketplace premiums increase more in areas with monopolist insurers, according to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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High-Quality Diet Linked to Lower Mortality in Cancer Survivors

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For cancer survivors, a high-quality diet is associated with a reduced risk of overall and cancer-specific mortality, according to a study recently published in JNCI: Cancer Spectrum.

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State Public Health Workforce Grew From 2013 to 2017

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The state health department epidemiology workforce increased 22 percent from 2013 to 2017, according to research published in the Aug. 24 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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CDC: Most Babies Born in 2015 Started Out Breastfeeding

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most infants born in 2015 started breastfeeding, but many stopped earlier than recommended, according to a report card published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Emotional Pain Tied to Health Care-Associated Infections

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with health care-associated infections (HAIs) suffer social and emotional pain, according to a review published in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

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Medical Practices Should Address Negative Online Reviews

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Medical practice staff can effectively handle negative online reviews by staying calm and positive, looking for solutions, apologizing, and thanking the reviewers, according to an article published in Physicians Practice.

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FDA: Hundreds of Human, Pet Homeopathy Products Recalled

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hundreds of Dr. King's water-based homeopathic drugs for children, adults, and pets may be unsafe to use because of high levels of microbial contamination, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Artificial Intelligence Holds Promise in Medicine

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Artificial intelligence (AI) in health care offers opportunities for early detection and triage, diagnostics and personalized medicine, and medical decision-making, according to an article published in Managed Healthcare Executive.

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Skin Microbiota Differ for Obese, Non-Obese Undergoing C-Section

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After cesarean delivery (CD), the incision site harbors a higher bacterial biomass in obese women than in non-obese women, according to a study recently published in Scientific Reports.

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Cannabinoid in Breast Milk Up to Six Days After Marijuana Use

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most breast milk samples have measurable Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) up to about six days after maternal use, according to a study published online Aug. 27 in Pediatrics.

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Alcohol Is Leading Risk Factor for Global Disease Burden

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Globally, alcohol use is a leading risk factor for disease burden, according to research published online Aug. 23 in The Lancet.

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Physicians Lack Knowledge About Serogroup MenB Vaccination

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. pediatricians and family physicians (FPs) have considerable knowledge gaps regarding serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) vaccination, according to a study published online Aug. 20 in Pediatrics.

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Experts Address Loss of the National Guideline Clearinghouse

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The demise of the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) in July 2018 is likely to impact evidence-based health care around the world, according to an Ideas and Opinions piece published online Aug. 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Prevalence of E-Cigarette Use 4.5 Percent in U.S. Adults

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use among U.S. adults is 4.5 percent, with higher prevalence among those aged 18 to 24 years, according to a study published online Aug. 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Pediatricians Advise Against Use of Marijuana in Pregnancy

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Due to the potential adverse effect of marijuana use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, pediatricians should recommend against marijuana use, according to a clinical report published online Aug. 27 in Pediatrics.

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Most Research Participants Not Concerned About Data Sharing

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Few participants in clinical trials have strong concerns about the risks of data sharing, according to a special article recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Care Coordination Strategies Aid in Multiple Chronic Diseases

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Care coordination strategies can be beneficial for older patients with multiple chronic diseases, according to a review published in the Aug. 27 issue of CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Smartphone App Can Help Improve Outcomes With HIV

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone app designed for people living with HIV increases users' consistency in doctor visits and improves their health outcomes, according to a study recently published in AIDS Patient Care and STDs.

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Odds of Marijuana Use Up With Nausea, Vomiting in Pregnancy

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women with nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) have increased odds of marijuana use, according to a research letter published online Aug. 20 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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AMA Adopts Policy Promoting Health Equity As a Goal

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates has adopted a policy that sets health equity as a goal for the U.S. health care system, according to a report published in the organization's AMA Wire.

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Medicaid Expansion Linked to Increase in Diabetes Rx Fills

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Expansions in Medicaid eligibility are associated with an increase in Medicaid diabetes prescriptions filled, according to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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FDA: Illnesses Linked to McDonald's Salads Reach 507

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection linked to salads from McDonald's restaurants was 507 in 15 states and New York City as of Aug. 23, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Arkansas Law Restricting Abortion Pills Remains on Hold

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An Arkansas law that would severely limit the use of abortion pills must remain on hold, a federal appeals court says.

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Decline in Hospital-Acquired Conditions Continues

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) continued its decline from 2014 to 2016, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions.

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Education RE: Herd Immunity Can Up Readiness to Be Vaccinated

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Educating adults about herd immunity can increase the proportion willing to be vaccinated for influenza, according to a study recently published in Vaccine.

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Breastfeeding Linked to Lower Risk of Stroke Post-Menopause

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of stroke among older women, with a stronger correlation for longer duration of breastfeeding, according to a study published online Aug. 22 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Increased First-Trimester HbA1c Predicts Gestational Diabetes

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- First-trimester glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) may aid in early identification of women at risk for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to a study published online Aug. 16 in Scientific Reports.

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Frailty in Middle-Aged With Multimorbidity Tied to Mortality

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For middle-aged individuals with multimorbidity, frailty is significantly associated with mortality, according to a study published in the July issue of The Lancet Public Health.

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FDA Bans E-Cig Liquid Products That Look Like Snacks, Candies

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Potentially poisonous electronic cigarette liquid (e-liquid) made by 17 different manufacturers comes in packaging that strongly resembles that of candies, cookies, and other snacks popular with children.

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Non-Medical Costs Burden Families of Hospitalized Children

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The non-medical cost burden, which includes lost earnings plus expenses, is considerable among families of children who are hospitalized, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in Pediatrics.

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1997 to 2015 Saw Increase in HIV Viral Suppression Rates

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From 1997 to 2015 there was a considerable increase in HIV viral suppression rates among people living with HIV (PLWH), according to a study published online Aug. 21 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Sodium Intake, BP Linked in Communities With Highest Intake

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Mean systolic blood pressure is increased with increasing sodium intake only in communities in the highest tertile of sodium intake, according to a study published online Aug. 9 in The Lancet.

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Long-Term PPI Use Linked to Pneumonia Risk in Older Adults

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Among older adults in primary care, use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) is associated with greater risk of pneumonia in the second year of treatment, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Small Practices Also at Risk for Data Breaches

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Data breaches can happen to small medical practices, but staff can take steps to prevent them, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Gym Class Memories Can Influence Adults' Exercise Habits

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Memories of school gym class may affect a person's exercise habits today, according to a study published in the Aug. 15 issue of the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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Strategy Outlined for Shooter Incident in Health Care Facility

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Adhering to a "secure, preserve, fight" strategy is recommended for health care professionals working with a vulnerable patient population, according to a Medicine and Society piece published in the Aug. 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Teen Smoke Exposure Tied to Increase in Related Symptoms

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Non-smoking adolescents with tobacco smoke exposure (TSE) have increased risk of TSE-related symptoms, according to a study published online Aug. 6 in Pediatrics.

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National Provider Identifiers Are Vulnerable to Theft

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- National Provider Identifiers (NPIs) are vulnerable to identity theft, according to an article published in Physicians Practice.

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Catch-Up HPV Doses Effective to Age 21 Against Cervical Neoplasia

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Catch-up doses of quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination are effective for girls and women aged 14 to 20 years at the time of first dose, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

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Advantages for HDHP Enrollees in Large Versus Small Firms

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Workers in small firms are more likely to have higher deductible levels and lack employer contributions to help pay for out-of-pocket expenses compared to workers in larger firms, according to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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Patient Education Urged to Prevent Opioid OD After Sobriety

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) encourages patient education to raise awareness of the risks associated with opioid use after a prolonged period of sobriety, according to a report in the organization's AMA Wire.

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Doctors Often Not Discussing Risk Factors With Patients

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patients report that doctors are routinely not discussing known risk factors for common causes of death, according to a survey conducted by ImagineMD.

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USPSTF Updates Guidance for Cervical Cancer Screening

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has updated the recommendations for screening for cervical cancer; the final recommendation statement has been published in the Aug. 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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FDA Extends EpiPen Expiration Dates to Tackle Shortage

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The expiration dates of certain batches of EpiPens have been extended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in an effort to reduce shortages of the life-saving devices.

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Plan to Relax Coal-Fired Power Plant Rules Could Up Mortality

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The Trump administration's plan to relax pollution rules for coal-fired power plants will increase carbon emissions and cause up to 1,400 premature deaths a year, according to details released Tuesday.

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Pennsylvania Case Could Affect Evidence for Malpractice Defense

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could affect what evidence physicians may present in defense during medical malpractice suits, according to an article published in the American Medical Association's AMA Wire.

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WPSI Recommends Annual Urinary Incontinence Screening

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The Women's Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) recommends annual urinary incontinence screening for women and referral for further evaluation and treatment if indicated, according to a clinical guideline published online Aug. 14 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Interim Guidance Provided for Men With Possible Zika Infection

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Interim guidance recommends that men with possible Zika virus infection wait three months before trying to conceive or engaging in unprotected sex, according to research published in the Aug. 10 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Preventable Adverse Drug Events Usually of Minor Severity in Kids

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of preventable adverse drug events (pADEs) is zero to 17 per 1,000 patient-days in general pediatric wards and zero to 29 in intensive care units, with most pADEs of minor severity, according to a review published online Aug. 10 in Pediatrics.

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Experts Offer Tips for Provider Appeal of Denied Medical Claims

MONDAY, Aug.20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Knowing payer policies and regulatory requirements is critical to appealing denials, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Wildfire Smoke Causing Poor Air Quality in U.S. Pacific Northwest

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smoke from wildfires will cause poor air quality in parts of the U.S. Pacific Northwest this week, officials warn.

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Declines in Life Expectancy in Many High-Income Countries

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Life expectancy has declined in recent years in some high-income countries, and in the United States, midlife mortality has increased due to several causes, according to two studies published online Aug. 15 in The BMJ.

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Tobacco Content Still Common on U.K. Prime-Time Television

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Audiovisual tobacco content remains common in prime-time U.K. television programs and is virtually unchanged from 2010, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in Tobacco Control.

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Cognitive Disability Most Prevalent Type in Young Adults

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cognitive disability is the most prevalent disability type among young adults, while middle-aged and older adults have the highest prevalence of mobility disability, according to a report published in the Aug. 17 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Novel hs-cTnT Protocol Better Rules Out Myocardial Infarction

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A novel high-sensitivity (hs) cardiac troponin T (cTnT) protocol for ruling out myocardial infarction (MI) rules out more patients than the existing protocol, according to a research letter published online Aug. 6 in Circulation.

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Little Global Development Assistance for Adolescent Health

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Development assistance for adolescent health (DAAH) makes up a small proportion of total development assistance for health, according to a study published online Aug. 10 in JAMA Network Open.

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EHR Review Can Measure Diagnostic Uncertainty

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Retrospective review of clinician documentation in the electronic health record (EHR) can help identify diagnostic uncertainty with moderate reliability, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

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U.S. Measles Outbreak Hits 107 Cases in 21 States, D.C.

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A measles outbreak that's so far affected 21 states and the District of Columbia is being investigated by U.S. health officials.

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Report Details Corneal Infection Tied to Sleeping in Contacts

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Six cases of corneal infections associated with sleeping in contact lenses are described in a case report published in the Aug. 17 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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FDA Approves First Generic EpiPen

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The first generic version of the EpiPen has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, paving the way for more affordable versions of the lifesaving allergy emergency medication.

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Honey May Protect Children Who Swallow Button Batteries

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Ingesting honey after swallowing a button battery may reduce injuries and improve outcomes in children, according to research published recently in Laryngoscope.

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QI Program Can Up Outcomes for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Significant improvements in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) outcomes can result from a comprehensive quality improvement (QI) program, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Perinatology.

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Risk of Death Not Up in T2DM When Risk Factors Within Target

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Little excess risk of death is seen for patients with type 2 diabetes with five risk-factor variables within target ranges, according to a study published in the Aug. 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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CDC: Brucellosis in Dogs Remains a Public Health Risk

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Brucella canis is an under-recognized infection in dogs that poses a threat to human health, according to a report published in the August issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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Methylphenidate Good First-Choice Pediatric ADHD Drug

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Methylphenidate should be considered as a first choice for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents, while amphetamines should be considered as a first choice in adults, according to a review published online Aug. 7 in The Lancet Psychiatry.

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Practice Names, Logos Should Be Carefully Designed

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Practice names and logos should be carefully designed to emphasize what is unique about a practice, according to a blog post published in Physicians Practice.

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Vit D Independently, Inversely Tied to Cholesterol in Children

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] is independently and inversely associated with total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in children, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Ibalizumab Active in Multidrug Resistant HIV-1 Infection

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Ibalizumab has antiviral activity among patients with multidrug resistant (MDR) HIV-1 infection, according to a study published in the Aug. 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Weight Gain After Quitting Smoking May Up T2DM Risk

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking cessation accompanied by weight gain is linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the Aug. 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Counseling Needed for Pediatric Patients With Impaired Fertility

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Counseling about impaired fertility and sexual function for at-risk pediatric populations in developmentally appropriate ways is essential, according to a clinical report published in the August issue of Pediatrics.

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Steps Provided for Discharging Patient From Practice

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Certain steps should be taken when discharging a patient for failure or inability to meet financial obligations, according to an article published in Physicians Practice.

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Patient Portals Don't Appear to Have Much Traction

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patient portals have not taken off as expected, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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ACA Coverage Gains Include Workers Without Insurance

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After the expanded coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were implemented in 2014, self-employed individuals and wage earners without employer-sponsored health coverage offers had coverage gains equal to or greater than those of people not employed, according to a report published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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Two Strategies for Preventing Diabetes in Minority Patients

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Recognizing the barriers to care for minority patients with type 2 diabetes could reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes nationwide, according to an article published by the American Medical Association's AMA Wire.

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Health Professionals Have Role in Warning About Impaired Driving

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians, pharmacists, and public health officials play an important role in educating individuals about the risks of impaired driving caused by marijuana or opioids, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) funded by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.

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DNR Orders Linked to Increased Mortality in Older Adults

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For hospitalized older patients, the presence of a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order is associated with poor short-term clinical outcomes, including mortality, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Trends in HIV/AIDS Have Worsened in African-Americans

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Recommendations have been developed for addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African-American community; the recommendations are presented in an article published in the June issue of the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

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HPV Legislation Doesn't Impact Teen Sexual Behaviors

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of state legislation relating to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is not associated with changes in adolescent sexual behaviors, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in Pediatrics.

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Primary Care Provider Burnout Rate Low in Small Practices

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Provider-reported rates of burnout may be lower in small independent primary care practices than in larger practices, according to a study published in the July-August issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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Integration of Opioid, Infectious Disease Treatment Needed

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Steps should be taken to integrate treatment at the intersection of opioid use disorder (OUD) and related HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infectious disease epidemics, according to an Ideas and Opinion piece published online July 13 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The article was published to coincide with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) expert panel's recommendations for treating opioid abuse and its related infectious epidemics.

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Many Americans Not Being Assessed for Depression

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans aged 35 and older are not being assessed for depression, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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Rate of Pediatric Emergencies in Ambulatory Practices Identified

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of pediatric emergency medical services (EMS) transports from ambulatory practices is 42 per 100,000 children per year, according to a study published in the August issue of Pediatrics.

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AMA Adopts New Policy on Housing for Homeless

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) calls for stable, affordable housing, without mandated therapy or service compliance, in order to improve housing stability and quality of life among individuals who are chronically homeless.

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Triple Combo Blood Pressure Pill Can Improve BP Control

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment with a pill combining low doses of three antihypertensive drugs results in an increased proportion of patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension achieving their target blood pressure (BP), according to a study published in the Aug. 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Most Postmenopausal Bleeding Not Associated With Cancer

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most women with postmenopausal bleeding (PMB) will not be diagnosed with endometrial cancer, according to a review published online Aug. 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Zika, West Nile Cases Reported in Alabama

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Multiple reports of Zika virus and West Nile virus are being investigated by Alabama health officials.

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Knowing Patients' Social Needs Helps Clinicians Tailor Care

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Clinicians report that knowing patients' social needs changes care delivery and improves communication for many patients, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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E-Cigarette Smoking Tied to Later Marijuana Use in Teens

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers' use of any tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), is associated with subsequent marijuana use, according to a study published in the August issue of Pediatrics.

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Intervention Cuts Risk for HIV in Young Transgender Women

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A culturally specific, empowerment-based, and group-delivered behavioral prevention intervention can reduce sexual risk for HIV acquisition and transmission in sexually active young transgender women (YTW), according to a study published online Aug. 13 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Many Sexual Assault Victims Don't Complete Evidence Kits

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Even with access to specialized forensic evidence collection, many sexual assault survivors do not complete a Sexual Assault Evidence Kit (SAEK), and even fewer release the evidence to police for investigation, according to a study published online Aug. 8 in the Emergency Medicine Journal.

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6 Factors Related to Inclusion in Health Care Workplace ID'd

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There are six broad factors that can affect inclusion within health care organizations, according to a study published online Aug. 3 in JAMA Network Open.

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Four Pros to Integrating EHR, Practice Management Software

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Consolidating electronic health records and practice management software allows practices to save time and money, make fewer mistakes, and reduce the risk of privacy breaches, according to an article published in Physicians Practice.

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Prenatal Tdap Vaccination Not Linked to Autism Risk

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Prenatal tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination is not associated with increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in offspring, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in Pediatrics.

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CDC: More Than 400 Sickened by McDonald's Salads

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of confirmed cases of a parasite-caused illness linked to McDonald's Fresh Express Salad Mix is now 436 in 15 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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Neurodevelopmental Anomalies, Birth Defects Linked to Zika ID'd

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many children of mothers with evidence of confirmed or possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy do not undergo all recommended evaluations, according to a Vital Signs report published in the Aug. 10 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Male Underwear Choice Affects Sperm Counts

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Men who wear boxers have higher sperm counts then men who wear tighter underwear, according to a study published Aug. 8 in Human Reproduction.

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In Teens, Young Adults, High BMI May Hurt Cardiovascular Health

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Higher body mass index (BMI) is likely to cause worse cardiovascular health in youth, according to a study published online July 30 in Circulation.

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Review Addresses Nutritional Hype for Popular Foods

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While many dietary patterns, foods, and nutrients receive substantial media attention and are hyped as having cardiovascular benefits, some have evidence for these benefits and others do not, according to a review published in the July 31 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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AMA Adopts Policy on Augmented Intelligence

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates has adopted a policy on augmented intelligence, according to a report published in the association's AMA Wire.

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AHA: A Diverse Diet May Not Promote a Healthy Weight

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The long-standing recommendation to eat a variety of foods may not be a sound way to promote healthy eating patterns and a healthy body weight, according to an American Heart Association science advisory published online Aug. 9 in Circulation.

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Vit D Supplementation Doesn't Improve Fetal, Infant Growth

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal vitamin D supplementation from mid-pregnancy until birth or until six months postpartum does not improve fetal or infant growth, according to a study published in the Aug. 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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American Heart Association Urges Screen Time Limits for Youth

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The American Heart Association (AHA) is concerned about the impact screen time is having on sedentary behavior in children and teens, according to a scientific statement published online Aug. 6 in Circulation.

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Healthy Lifestyle With Diabetes Cuts Cardiovascular Risk

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Greater adherence to an overall healthy lifestyle is associated with a substantially lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) incidence and mortality among adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to a study published in the June 26 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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High BP Seen at School Age for Extreme Preterm Infants

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Both overweight and normal-weight children who were born as extreme preterm (EPT) infants are at risk for high blood pressure (BP) and hypertension, according to a study published in the August issue of Pediatrics.

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Few Older Homeless Adults Make Advance Care Plans

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of older homeless-experienced adults have a potential surrogate for health care decisions, but few have discussed or documented their advance care planning (ACP) wishes, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Insurance Status Tied to Higher Self-Perceived Poor/Fair Health

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Underinsured and never insured adults are more likely than adequately insured adults to report poor/fair health and frequent mental distress (FMD), according to a study published online July 19 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Infection Prevention Differs Between Small, Large Hospitals

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Small and large hospitals differ in infection preventionist (IP) staffing and infection prevention and control (IPC) resources, according to a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

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Most Antipsychotics Prescribed in Nursing Homes Initiated There

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Antipsychotic therapy prescribed to nursing home residents is mostly initiated in nursing homes rather than hospitals or outpatient settings, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Inducing Labor at Term Appears to Reduce Cesarean Risk

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Inducing labor at 39 weeks may decrease the risk of cesarean section, according to a study published in the Aug. 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Measles Case Reported in Minnesota

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A Somali-American child in Minnesota has been diagnosed with the measles after returning from a trip to Africa, state health officials said Tuesday, adding that the unidentified 5-year-old in Hennepin County was not vaccinated, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

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Preschooler's Perfectionism May Predict OCD in Adolescence

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Tendencies toward perfectionism and excessive self-control in children are associated with the onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and smaller dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) volumes in later childhood and adolescence, according to a study published online July 18 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Walking Tied to Better QoL in Those With/at Risk for CVD

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Walking is associated with improved quality of life (QoL) among those at risk for or living with cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a study published in PLOS ONE.

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Steps Taken to Increase Use of Electronic Tools in Medicine

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Additional codes have been approved by the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel for chronic care remote physiologic monitoring and internet consultations, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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AMA Proposes Policy Opposing Medicaid 'Lockout' Provisions

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new policy opposing lockout provisions that block Medicaid patients from the program for lengthy periods and instead supporting allowing patients to reapply immediately for redetermination was adopted by the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates during the AMA's annual meeting in Chicago, according to an article published in the association's AMA Wire.

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HIV, Syphilis Screening Low With ED-Diagnosed PID in Adolescents

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- HIV and syphilis screening rates are low among adolescents who are diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in the emergency department, according to a study published in the August issue of Pediatrics.

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New Tick Species Spreading in the United States

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The first new tick species to appear in the United States in 50 years is spreading rapidly in the east and has been confirmed in seven states and the suburbs of New York City.

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Death Records Estimate 1,139 Deaths Due to Hurricane Maria

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Based on death records following Hurricane Maria, the hurricane-related mortality burden of excess deaths through December 2017 is estimated to be 1,139, higher than the official death toll of 64, according to a research letter published online Aug. 2 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Disparities Remain in Prevalence of Cancer Screening Tests

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There are persistent disparities in recommended cancer screening tests among U.S. adults, particularly among the uninsured, according to a study published online July 26 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Thyroid Dysfunction Linked to Gestational Diabetes

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Higher free triiodothyronine (fT3) levels, but not free thyroxine (fT4) or thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels, are associated with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to a study published in the July 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Most Online Reviews for Spine Surgeons Are Surgeon-Dependent

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Spine surgeons are more likely to receive favorable online reviews for factors pertaining to outcomes and likeability/character and negative reviews based on ancillary staff interactions and office environment, according to a study published online July 2 in Spine.

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'Good' Cholesterol May Not Be So in Postmenopausal Women

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Elevated high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) may not always be cardioprotective in postmenopausal women, according to a study published online July 19 in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.

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AMA Calls for Greater Electronic Cigarette Regulation

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) has adopted several policies to improve the regulation of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), according to an article published in the association's AMA Wire.

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Many Youths Believe Gun Control Would Decrease Mass Shootings

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most youths in a recent survey support the right to own guns, but the majority believe that gun control laws would reduce mass shootings, according to a research letter published online July 30 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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CDC: Half of U.S. Adults Tried to Lose Weight From 2013 to 2016

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of U.S. adults have tried to lose weight from 2013 to 2016, according to a July data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

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About Half of Child Caregivers Use Cellphones While Driving

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Inconsistent use of a child restraint system and negligent use of a seat belt are associated with parent/caregiver cellphone use while driving children, according to a study published online July 12 in The Journal of Pediatrics.

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Advance Care Planning Doesn't Aid Quality of Life

MONDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Advance care planning in frail older adults does not increase patient activation or quality of life, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Some Bacteria Now More Tolerant of Alcohol-Based Sanitizers

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Some types of bacteria are developing tolerance of alcohol-based hand sanitizers used in hospitals, according to a study published in the Aug. 1 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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Variation in Specialty Drug Coverage Across Health Plans

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There is considerable variation in specialty drug coverage across commercial health plans, according to a study published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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Doctors Key in Care Coordination for Pediatric Inpatients

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatricians have an important role to play in the coordination of care for hospitalized children, according to a clinical report published in the August issue of Pediatrics.

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One-Quarter of Older U.S. Adults May Be Overtreated for Diabetes

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One-quarter of older adults with type 2 diabetes in the United States are tightly controlled using glucose-lowering medications with a high risk of hypoglycemia, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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ASCO Endorses SIO Guideline for Integrative Tx in Breast Cancer

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has endorsed the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) guideline on the use of integrative therapies during and after breast cancer treatment, according to a special article published online June 11 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Groups Urge CMS to Reconsider Suspending Risk Adjustment

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a letter sent to Administrator Seema Verma of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), medical organizations are urging reconsideration of the decision to suspend payments to insurers as required under the Affordable Care Act's risk-adjustment program.

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Increasing Cost of Insulin Has Serious Health Consequences

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The increasing cost of insulin is potentially exposing those with diabetes to serious health consequences, according to an American Diabetes Association statement published in the June issue of Diabetes Care.

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Three Financial Metrics Can Improve Practice Performance

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- By understanding three indices and metrics, physicians can change the financial outcome of their medical practice, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Health Affairs Announces Launch of New Three-Year Initiative

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A council on health care spending and value has been established by the journal Health Affairs.

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CDC: Salmonella Outbreaks in 44 States Linked to Backyard Poultry

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- At least 212 people in 44 states have been sickened in Salmonella outbreaks linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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How Doctors Receive Feedback Is Key for Antimicrobial Programs

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Anticipation of how providers will receive feedback is important for antimicrobial stewardship programs to consider in informing educational messaging, according to a study published online June 7 in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

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AHA Introduces Heart Failure Certification Program

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A hospital certification program offered by the American Heart Association (AHA) and The Joint Commission will be made available to hospitals seeking to implement exceptional efforts to foster better quality of care and outcomes for patients with advanced heart failure, according to a AHA July 19 news release.

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Single Threshold May Not Be Feasible for Gestational Diabetes

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Uniform application of gestational diabetes mellitus diagnostic thresholds may not be appropriate in populations across the world, according to a study published in the July issue of Diabetes Care.

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New York City 2013 Measles Outbreak Proved Costly

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccine refusals and delays, particularly in young children, fueled a large measles outbreak following importation of a case into the United States, according to a study published online July 30 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Obesity Worsens Skilled Nursing Facility Outcomes After Hip Fx

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is associated with worse outcomes in skilled nursing facility (SNF) residents receiving post-acute care for hip fracture, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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E-Cigarettes Don't Seem to Aid Smoking Cessation Efforts

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use is most common among current smokers, according to a study published online July 20 in JAMA Network Open.

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New Short-Term Health Plans Have Large Coverage Gaps

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There are large coverage gaps in short-term health plans that were approved Wednesday by the Trump administration, and are described by critics as "junk insurance."

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National Guideline Clearinghouse Offline Due to Funding Cuts

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) and National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC) websites were taken down on July 16 when funding for these federal databases ended, according to an announcement by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

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Summer Sounds Can Cause Hearing Damage

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The sounds of summer can cause hearing damage, warn experts from Penn State University.

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Update on Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A Salmonella outbreak linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad has now sickened 79 people in nine states. Eighteen people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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Dog's Saliva Caused Bacterial Infection Leading to Amputations

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A Wisconsin man had his lower legs and hands amputated after developing a rare blood infection caused by bacteria in dog saliva.

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Protease Inhibitors May Worsen Outcomes for HIV + Heart Failure

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitor (PI) therapy is associated with worse outcomes, including death, in patients with HIV and heart failure, according to a study published in the July 31 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Nurse Navigators Can Help to Improve Oncology Care

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nurse navigators are playing an important role in oncology care at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y., according to a report published in Managed Healthcare Executive.

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Nut Intake Reduces HbA1c Among Adults With T2DM

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nut intake reduces hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) among individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the August issue of Diabetologia.

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Pediatric Ward Noise at Night Exceeds Recommended Levels

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children and their mothers have poorer quality sleep in pediatric hospital wards than they do at home, and this may be due to significantly raised sound levels in the hospital, according to a study published online July 17 in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

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Updated Staffing Data Lowers Ratings for Many Nursing Homes

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Star ratings for staffing levels at nearly 1,400 nursing homes across the United States were lowered by Medicare when updated ratings were released on July 25.

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