December 2014 Briefing - Internal Medicine

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Internal Medicine for December 2014. 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.

Physician Continuity Not Tied to Adverse Hospital Events

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adverse events in hospitalized patients are not associated with continuity of hospitalist physicians, according to a study published online Dec. 19 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

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Exercise Helps Reduce Fall Risk for Some With Parkinson's

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For individuals with Parkinson's disease, an exercise program does not reduce falls overall, although it could help in milder disease, according to a study published online Dec. 31 in Neurology.

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Risks, Management of Atypical Hyperplasia of Breast Discussed

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Atypical hyperplasia is associated with increased breast cancer risk, and consequently, women should be educated regarding their risk of developing breast cancer and the potential risk reduction associated with chemoprevention, according to a special report published in the Jan. 1 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Binge Alcohol Ingestion Has Acute Immunomodulatory Effects

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A single binge alcohol intoxication episode has acute immunomodulatory effects, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in Alcohol.

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Ebola, ACA, VA Scandal Top U.S. Health News for 2014

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It started as a deadly but little-known outbreak in West Africa, but the lethal and unchecked spread of the Ebola virus dominated U.S. headlines for much of 2014, making it one of the year's top health news features.

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Dashboards, Pay Incentives Improve VTE Prophylaxis Rates

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Provider-level dashboard and pay-for-performance programs may increase compliance with venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention measures, according to research published online Dec. 26 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

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Docs Making Changes to Improve Blood Pressure Control

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians have been discussing how minor, easy changes in the way they measure blood pressure have had a positive impact on hypertension control, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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AMA Identifies Top 10 Issues That Affected Docs in 2014

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The top 10 issues that affected physicians in 2014 include many regulatory issues relating to Medicare and data release, as well as health issues such as overprescribing of antibiotics and the Ebola crisis, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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CDC: Influenza Has Hit Epidemic Status in U.S.

TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The flu has reached epidemic levels in the United States, with 15 child mortalities so far this season, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.

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Rebleeds Common Post-Capsule Endoscopy for Obscure GI Bleeds

TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one-third of patients who undergo capsule endoscopy (CE) for obscure gastrointestinal bleeding (OGIB) have rebleeding a year or more later, according to research published online Dec. 15 in the Journal of Digestive Diseases.

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Non-Chest Pain Presentation Doesn't Worsen MI Outcomes

TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Among patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), presentation with non-chest pain delays door-to-balloon (DTB) time but does not worsen clinical outcomes, according to research published in the Dec. 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Both Sexes Fight the Same Battle to Lose Weight

TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Current evidence does not show any difference between men and women with regard to which strategies are most effective in achieving weight loss, according to research published online Dec. 11 in Obesity Reviews.

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Fiber Intake Tied to Reduced Risk of Kidney Stones

TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Greater dietary intake of fiber, fruits, and vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of incident kidney stones in postmenopausal women, according to research published in the December issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Alkaline Phosphatase, Bilirubin Predict Outcomes in PBC

TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), levels of alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin predict clinical outcome, according to a meta-analysis published in the December issue of Gastroenterology.

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Surgeon General Still Has Important Role to Play

TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Surgeon General has an important role in educating and mobilizing the public and shaping policy on public health issues, according to an ideas and opinions piece published online Dec. 30 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Experts Discuss Ethical Considerations in Ebola Care

TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Guidance is provided for ethical considerations relating to Ebola care in an ideas and opinions piece published online Dec. 30 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Adverse Outcomes With Unmet Material Needs in Diabetes

MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For adults with diabetes mellitus, unmet material needs are associated with poor diabetes control and increased health care resource use, according to a study published online Dec. 29 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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MS Remission Sustained Three Years Post-Stem Cell Transplant

MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), high-dose immunosuppressive therapy (HDIT) with autologous hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) is associated with sustained remission and improvements in neurologic function, according to research published online Dec. 29 in JAMA Neurology.

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Physical Activity Assessment Indicates Cardiometabolic Risk

MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physical activity, as assessed by the Exercise Vital Sign (EVS), is associated with improved cardiometabolic profile, according to research published Dec. 18 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

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FDA Approves Saxenda for Weight Management

MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Saxenda (liraglutide [rDNA origin] injection) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment option for chronic weight management, along with a reduced-calorie diet and physical activity.

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FDA: Emergency Use Authorization for Rapid Ebola Test

MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorization for Roche's fast-acting Ebola test for emergency use.

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Hepatitis C Co-Infection in HIV Doesn't Worsen Mental Decline

MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hepatitis C infection does not contribute to neurocognitive impairment in people with HIV, according to a new study published online Dec. 10 in Neurology.

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Higher Risk of Parkinson's Seen With Methamphetamine Use

MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who use methamphetamine have a greatly increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a study published in the Jan. 1 issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

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Surgery or Medical Tx for Cervical Epidural Abscesses?

MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- At one medical center, early operative management of cervical spine epidural abscess (CSEA) appeared to offer the benefit of improved neurologic outcome, according to research published in the Jan. 1 issue of The Spine Journal.

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Computer-Generated GI Patient History Deemed Higher Quality

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Computer-generated histories of present illness (HPIs) seem to be of higher overall quality than physician-documented HPIs, according to a study published online Dec. 2 in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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2015 Medicare Fee Schedule Offers Payment for Chronic Care

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The 2015 Medicare Fee Schedule includes a Current Procedural Terminology Code that pays for clinical staff time for developing and implementing a care plan for patients with two or more chronic conditions, according to an article published Dec. 18 in Medical Economics.

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BP-Lowering Therapy Reduces Stroke, Death in Grade 1 HTN

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with grade 1 hypertension, blood pressure-lowering therapy is associated with a reduction in blood pressure and a lower likelihood of stroke and death, according to research published online Dec. 23 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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ACOG Issues Recs to Improve Access to Contraception

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- All women should have unhindered and affordable access to contraceptives, although there are many barriers to access, according to a Committee Opinion published in the January issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Patients Have Unrealistic Expectations for Treatment, Tests

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most patients overestimate benefits and underestimate harms of treatment, tests, and screenings, according to a review published online Dec. 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Need for More Physicians to Be Recruited to Vascular Neurology

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Issues related to physician recruitment to the subspecialty of vascular neurology are discussed in a review published in the December issue of Stroke.

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No Increased Risk of Second Cancers With Radiotx in Pelvic CA

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with pelvic cancers, the risk of developing a second cancer is not increased with radiotherapy (RT), according to a study published online Dec. 22 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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ADA Issues New Standards of Medical Care for Diabetes

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New standards of care have been issued by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and published as a supplement to the January issue of Diabetes Care.

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FDA Addresses Blood Donations by Men Who Have Sex With Men

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday its intention to release a new draft guidance in early 2015 that would ultimately open the door to blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM).

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Promising Results for Precursor of Ebola Vaccine in Small Study

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A precursor of the experimental Ebola vaccine that U.S. officials are preparing to test in West Africa has produced a safe and potent immune response in Africans. The findings have been published online Dec. 22 in The Lancet.

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Many Gout Patients Not Receiving Recommended Urate-Lowering Rx

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with incident gout, 44 percent fulfill indications for urate-lowering treatment at initial diagnosis, but many do not receive recommended treatment even years later, according to a research letter published in the Dec. 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Metformin Seems Safe for Some With Impaired Kidney Function

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For individuals with impaired kidney function, evidence suggests that metformin use is safe in those with mild or moderate disease, according to a review published in the Dec. 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Asian-Americans to Be Screened for T2DM at Lower BMI

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has lowered the body mass index (BMI) at which Asian-Americans should be screened for type 2 diabetes.

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CDC: Use of Cholesterol Meds Continues to Rise in U.S.

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of adults aged 40 and older taking cholesterol-lowering medications, including statins, rose from 20 to 28 percent between 2003 and 2012, according to a December data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

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Heart Failure Survival Up in Obese, Overweight Patients

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese heart-failure patients appear to live longer than people of normal weight who develop the condition, a new study suggests. The report appears in the Dec. 30 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Resistance Training Key for Men Fighting Age-Related Weight Gain

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For men, combining aerobic activities with weight training is key to preserving muscle and avoiding weight gain, particularly age-related increases in waist circumference, according to research published online Dec. 22 in Obesity.

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Ambulatory BP Monitors May Become New Standard

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients suspected of having hypertension may soon be asked to wear an ambulatory blood pressure monitor to confirm the diagnosis, according to a draft recommendation issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The recommendation is based on a review published online Dec. 23 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Mortality Down for Admissions During Cardiology Meetings

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For high-risk patients with heart failure or cardiac arrest, admission during a national cardiology meeting is associated with reduced 30-day mortality, according to a study published online Dec. 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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FDA Approves Combination Antibiotic Zerbaxa

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The combination antibiotic Zerbaxa (ceftolozane/tazobactam) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with complicated intra-abdominal infections and complicated urinary tract infections.

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FDA Approves Rapivab to Help Treat Influenza in Adults

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Rapivab (peramivir) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat influenza in adults.

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Blue Light Emitted From E-Readers May Disrupt Sleep

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Light emitted by a tablet like an iPad can disrupt sleep if the device is used in the hours before bedtime, according to a new study published online Dec. 22 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Hospitalization Risk Seen With Clarithromycin + Certain Statins

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Combining clarithromycin with certain statins increases the risk of adverse outcomes that can lead to hospitalization or even death, according to a new study published online Dec. 22 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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FDA Approves Antiviral Combination for Hepatitis C

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Viekira Pak, a combination of four antiviral drugs (ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir, and dasabuvir), has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic hepatitis C virus genotype 1 infection, including hepatitis C virus infection with cirrhosis of the liver.

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Sublingual Immunotherapy Tablet Safe in Asthma Patients

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For individuals with asthma and allergic rhinitis with/without conjunctivitis (AR/C), treatment with a Timothy grass sublingual immunotherapy tablet (SLIT-tablet) seems safe, according to research published online Dec. 14 in Allergy.

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Thiazide Prophylaxis for Kidney Stones Doesn't Increase DM Risk

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of diabetes mellitus is not increased with thiazide diuretic prophylaxis for kidney stones, according to research published in the December issue of The Journal of Urology.

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CKD, Glomerulonephritis Risk Higher for Those With Psoriasis

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Psoriasis is associated with a higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) and glomerulonephritis (GN), according to a study published online Dec. 15 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Tips Offered to Docs, Spouses for Maintaining Happy Marriage

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Simple tips can help physicians and their spouses maintain marital happiness, according to an article published in the American Medical Association (AMA) Alliance magazine Physician Family.

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Cancer Treatment Costs Creating 'Financial Toxicity' for Patients

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of cancer treatment can cause financial stress that threatens patients' well-being, according to a new study published online Dec. 16 in the Journal of Oncology Practice.

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CDC: Not Too Late, or Too Futile, to Get Flu Vaccine

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The flu is starting to tighten its grip on much of the United States, particularly in the South and Midwest, according to a report published in the Dec. 19 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. And more than half of the flu infections examined so far have been caused by influenza A H3N2, which appears to have mutated from the H3N2 strain included in this year's flu vaccine.

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States Ill-Prepared for Ebola, Other Infectious Outbreaks

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Half of U.S. states are poorly prepared to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks. That was the main conclusion of a report issued jointly by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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CDC: Measles Cases at Airport Highlight Ease of Transmission

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Traveling through the same U.S. airport gate, one infected passenger transmitted the measles virus to three others within a four-hour time span, illustrating just how easily the virus can spread. These findings were reported in the Dec. 19 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Simple, 20-Second Test May Aid Prognosis of Brain Health

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Difficulty standing on one leg may indicate that lacunar infarctions or microbleeds have already occurred, which means the risk for more serious strokes is high, the investigators according to research published online Dec. 18 in Stroke.

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Shared Medical Appointments Beneficial in Geriatric Care

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For older patients, a shared medical appointment (SMA) program facilitates early detection and referral for geriatric syndromes, according to an article published online Nov. 29 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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High-Dose Flu Vaccine Beats Standard Dose for Frail Elderly

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A high-dose influenza vaccine produces a stronger immune response than the standard vaccine in frail seniors under care in nursing homes, according to a new study published online Dec. 17 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

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Patient Reminders Needed on Inhaler, Epinephrine Use

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Few people know how to use epinephrine injectors and asthma inhalers as directed, according to a new study published in the January issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

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Medical Marijuana Helpful for Cancer-Linked Symptoms

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cannabis and cannabinoid pharmaceuticals can be helpful for nausea and vomiting, pain, and weight loss associated with cancer, according to research published online Dec. 10 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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Migraines Linked to Increased Risk of Bell's Palsy

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who experience migraine headaches may be at heightened risk for Bell's palsy, according to a new study published online Dec. 17 in Neurology.

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Sedatives Still Prescribed for Elderly Despite Risks

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors continue to prescribe benzodiazepines for seniors despite the significant risks they pose, a new study contends. The research was published online Dec. 17 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Low-Glycemic Index Diet Does Not Improve CV Risk Factors

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Low-glycemic index (GI) diets may not improve cardiovascular risk factors such as insulin sensitivity, lipid levels, and systolic blood pressure, according to research reported in the Dec. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Resting Heart Rate Predicts Renal Outcomes in High-Risk Patients

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease, resting heart rate (RHR) can predict renal outcomes, according to research published online Nov. 27 in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

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Hospital Staff Say 'Crisis Mode' Obstructs Communication

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Staff members who perceive a work climate of crisis mode in their hospital units say that it leads to problems in exchanging patient information, according to research published online Dec. 10 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

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Outcomes Best for Early Enrollment in Cardiac Rehab

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Early enrollment may improve outcomes in cardiac rehabilitation (CR), according to research published in the Dec. 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Hypoglycemia Ups Cardio Events, Mortality for Insulin-Treated

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For insulin-treated patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, hypoglycemia is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality, according to a study published online Dec. 9 in Diabetes Care.

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Over 50 FDA-Approved Meds Can Help Battle Ebola Infection

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A screening test has identified more than 50 U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medications that could be helpful in treating people with Ebola, researchers report. The study was published online Dec. 17 in Emerging Microbes and Infections.

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CDC: Syphilis Cases Rising Among Gay, Bisexual Men

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of cases of syphilis in the United States jumped 10 percent from 2012 to 2013, with gay and bisexual men accounting for 75 percent of the increase, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday.

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Digital Self-Scheduling Set to Increase Considerably by 2019

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Digital self-scheduling is set to increase considerably in the next five years, according to a report published by Accenture.

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An Estimated 2,000 ER Visits Due to Indoor Tanning in 2012

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The first national estimates of indoor tanning-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments have been calculated, according to the authors of a research letter published online Dec. 15 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Yoga Heart Health Benefits Similar to Brisk Walking

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People randomly assigned to yoga classes saw improvements in their weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol, similar to the health benefits of conventional exercise such as brisk walking. These research findings, the result of a review of trials, were reported online Dec. 15 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

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Challenges ID'd in Development of the Physician Compare Website

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), information must be made available to allow the public to compare physicians, although there are considerable challenges surrounding the development of the physician performance website, Physician Compare. These challenges are addressed in a health policy brief published online Dec. 11 in Health Affairs.

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Consider False-Positives When Test Results Don't Add Up

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians should weigh patient history and include the possibility of false-positive test results when considering differential diagnoses, according to a perspective piece published online Dec. 15 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Support for Electronic Health Information Varies With Use

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Consent and purpose are important for public support of secondary uses of electronic health information, according to a study published in the Dec. 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Condom Use for ≥3 Months Urged for Male Ebola Survivors

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Men who survive Ebola should wear condoms during sex for at least three months after recovering from the disease, according to the authors of a new study published online Dec. 16 in Reproductive Sciences.

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Greater Emphysema-Like Lung on CT Linked to Mortality

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For individuals without airflow obstruction or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), greater emphysema-like lung on computed tomography (CT) is associated with all-cause mortality, according to a study published in the Dec. 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Public Disclosure of Antibiotic Harms Cuts Prescription Rates

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Public disclosure of the potential harms of antibiotic use is associated with a reduction in antibiotic prescription rates for upper respiratory tract infection (URTI), according to a research letter published online Dec. 15 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Doctors Not Providing Sexual Counseling for Heart Patients

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than one out of five acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients get advice from their doctor on whether they can resume sexual activity, and what information they do get often is wrong. These findings were published online Dec. 15 in Circulation.

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Urinary Catheters Often Left in Too Long During Hospital Stay

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even when appropriately used, urinary catheters are often left in place longer than necessary in hospitalized patients, according to a perspective piece published online Dec. 15 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Direct Oral Anticoagulants Have Distinct Bleeding Profiles

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have distinct bleeding profiles and require individualized management approaches, according to a state-of-the-art review published in the December issue of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

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Feeling Younger Tied to Enhanced Longevity

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who said they felt three or more years younger than their actual age experienced a lower death rate over the course of eight years than people who either felt their full age or a little older, according to a research letter published online Dec. 15 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Physicians Reminded of Ethical Obligations Regarding Torture

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- With the issuing of the new U.S. Senate report on interrogations, the American Medical Association (AMA) is reminding physicians of their ethical obligations relating to torture and interrogation.

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FDA: New Test Estimates Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new screening test designed to estimate a person's risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Physicians Should Scrutinize Job Offers Before Accepting

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians should scrutinize job offers and pay attention to specific issues before accepting a job, according to an article published Dec. 3 in Medical Economics.

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Webcast Scheduled to Discuss Maintenance of Certification

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New data relating to Maintenance of Certification (MOC) will be discussed in a free webcast to be held Dec. 17 by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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ICU Diaries May Aid Survivors in Recovery After Discharge

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patient diaries kept during a hospital stay in the intensive care unit (ICU) for a critical illness may be used as a therapeutic tool to assist survivors in recovery after discharge, according to research published online Dec. 8 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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Fiber Fermentation By-Product May Help Prevent Weight Gain

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Propionate, a fatty acid created when fiber ferments in the colon, appears to prevent weight gain and trim fat around the waist, according to research published online Dec. 10 in Gut. However, the chemical compound doesn't seem to help people lose pounds, and the preliminary study is so small that the findings could be misleading.

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Gene-Environment Connection Seen in Peanut Allergy Study

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infants of a particular generation born in Australia to Asian-born parents appeared to have an increased risk of peanut allergy compared with those of Australian-born parents, according to research published in the December issue of Allergy.

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In Nursing Homes, Statins Often Continued in Advanced Dementia

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For nursing home (NH) residents with dementia taking statins, most continue statins with the progression to advanced dementia, according to research published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Screening Performance Differs With Distinct Fecal Test Brands

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Different brands of fecal immunochemical tests (FITs) with the same cutoff hemoglobin concentration perform differently in detection of colorectal cancer (CRC), according to a study published in the December issue of Gastroenterology.

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Transesophageal ECHO Impacts Cardioembolic Stroke Care

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As a result of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for suspected cardioembolic stroke, 16.7 percent of patients experience a significant change in management, according to a study published in the Dec. 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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FDA: Ziprasidone Can Cause Rare, Serious Adverse Drug Reaction

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The antipsychotic medicine ziprasidone (Geodon) and generic versions of the drug can cause a rare, serious skin reaction that can progress to affect other parts of the body, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

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Tips Offered for Docs to Manage Their Online Reputation

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians can manage their online reputation, according to a report from the American Medical Association (AMA).

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FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiovascular disease patients who receive smaller amounts of blood during surgery do as well as those who get more blood, according to the findings of a new study published online Dec. 9 in The Lancet.

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FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Significantly more 19- to 25-year-olds are getting preventive care, including routine checkups, blood pressure measurement, and dental care since the Affordable Care Act went into effect in the United States, according to a research letter published in the Dec. 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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CDC: PCPs to Inform Families of Sickle Cell Trait in Newborns

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Thyroidectomy, Statins May Cut Risk of Graves Ophthalmopathy

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Both thyroidectomy and statin use are associated with lower risk of developing thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy (TAO) in individuals with Graves disease (GD), according to research published online Dec. 11 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Post-Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss May Ease Knee Pain

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Current evidence, though limited, suggests that bariatric surgery with subsequent marked weight loss may reduce knee complaints in morbidly obese adults, according to research published online Dec. 8 in Obesity Reviews.

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CDC: Many Patients Still Need to Get 2014-2015 Flu Vaccine

THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than half of Americans have gotten a flu vaccine so far this flu season, which might be a bad sign for a season that could be potentially severe, according to a Dec. 11 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Nighttime Focus May Be More Effective in Gout Prevention

THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Acute gout attacks occur two times more often during the night and early morning than during the day, according to study findings published online Dec. 11 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

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Increased Insulin Resistance in Rheumatoid Arthritis

THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have elevated insulin resistance (IR), but this is not associated with increased atherosclerosis risk, according to a study published online Dec. 10 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

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Poor Quality Sleep Tied to Higher Risk of Dementia

THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older men who have breathing difficulties or spend less time in deep sleep may be at greater risk of brain changes that can precede dementia, a new study suggests. The findings were published online Dec. 10 in Neurology.

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Nutrition, Weight Loss Key in Mobility-Impaired Adults

THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nutrition and weight loss research is needed in adults with mobility-impairing conditions, according to a review published in the December issue of Obesity Reviews.

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Dietary Intake Tool Validated for Renal Patients With Low Literacy

THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A renal food frequency questionnaire (RFF) is a valid and reliable tool for patients with limited literacy, according to a study published online Dec. 6 in the Journal of Renal Care.

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Guidelines Developed for Use of Adjunct Tx in Atopic Dermatitis

THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with atopic dermatitis, adjunctive and complementary therapies are available, although evidence is limited for many of these approaches, according to guidelines published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Medical Advantage Plan Enrollees

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Racial and ethnic disparities exist among Medicare Advantage Plan enrollees, and improved performance on quality measures is accompanied by increased racial/ethnic equity, according to two studies published in the Dec. 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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More Students Enrolling in U.S. Medical Schools

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More students are enrolling in medical schools, and enrollees are more diverse than before, according to a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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More Docs, Patients Not Speaking Same Language

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People applying to become medical residents in the United States speak a wide range of non-English languages, but many aren't the languages spoken by patients with limited English skills, according to a research letter published in the Dec. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

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Number of Free Clinics Run by Medical Students Has Doubled

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Spending Cuts May Have Mixed Effects on Stroke Outcomes

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The long-term effects of fee-for-service (FFS)-based reimbursement cuts on processes and outcomes of care for stroke may be mixed, according to research published online Dec. 9 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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Exercise Eases Arthralgia Caused by Aromatase Inhibitors

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise helps relieve aromatase inhibitor (AI)-induced pain in breast cancer survivors, according to research published online Dec. 1 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Statins Not Tied to Male Gonadal, Sexual Dysfunction

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Statins do not appear to affect male gonadal and sexual function, according to a study published online Nov. 25 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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Six-Week Antibiotic Tx Effective for Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with diabetic foot osteomyelitis (DFO), six weeks of antibiotic therapy seems as effective as 12 weeks of treatment, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in Diabetes Care.

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Institutions Blamed for Exaggerated Research Claims

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exaggerated news reports about health research often can be traced back to press releases issued by universities, a new British study suggests. Improving the accuracy of these news releases could greatly reduce the amount of misleading health news, according to research published Dec. 10 in The BMJ.

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Higher Paid Docs Earn More Money From More Procedures

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Work-Hour Restrictions Have Not Improved Outcomes

TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing medical residents' work hours hasn't improved mortality rates, hospital readmission rates, or outcomes of surgery, according to two new studies published in the Dec. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

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Docs Trained in High-Cost Areas Practice More Costly Medicine

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Too Much TV Time May Lower Colorectal CA Survival Odds

TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Watching too much television may lower odds of survival after colorectal cancer, new research suggests. The findings were published online Dec. 8 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Bisphenol A in Canned Goods Linked to Higher Blood Pressure

TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eating food from cans lined with the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) could raise blood pressure, a new study suggests. The report was published online Dec. 8 in the Hypertension.

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U.S. Doctors Cutting Back on Opioid Prescriptions

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Continued Metformin Beneficial for Diabetes With Cirrhosis

TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Continuation of metformin therapy may improve survival in diabetes patients who are diagnosed with cirrhosis, according to research published in the December issue of Hepatology.

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Tramadol Use May Up Risk of Hospitalization for Hypoglycemia

TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Tramadol use is associated with an increased risk of hypoglycemia requiring hospitalization, especially in the first 30 days of use, according to a study published online Dec. 8 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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AMA: Starting Small Can Lead to Big Changes in Patient Lives

MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A patient and her physician shared her story of health transformation during a special session at the 2014 American Medical Association (AMA) Interim Meeting in Dallas.

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Patients Urged to Make the Most of Open Enrollment Season

MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Open enrollment season for health care plans provides an opportunity for reconsidering health plans and switching plans to save money, add services, or enroll in a better plan, according to a report published by Vitals.

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Small Increase in U.S. Health Care Spending in 2013

MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In 2013, U.S. health care spending increased 3.6 percent, and the health care spending share of the gross domestic product remained stable, according to a report published online Dec. 3 in Health Affairs.

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Home Therapy for Cancer-Linked Lymphedema Reduces Costs

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Statin Use Linked With Higher Risk for Cataracts

FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Statin use may raise the risk of developing cataracts, researchers report. The study was published in the December issue of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

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Sleep-Disordered Breathing Linked to Functional Decline

FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For older women, sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is associated with functional decline, according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Peer Education Helpful for Diabetes Patients in Distress

FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Peer education improves mental status in type 2 diabetes patients who have emotional disorders, according to research published online Nov. 16 in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation.

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Vitamin D Deficiency Ups Odds of Asthma Exacerbation

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CT Scans Post-TIA Yield Clues to Future Stroke Risk

FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A computed tomography (CT) scan shortly after a transient ischemic attack can help identify patients at risk of suffering another stroke within three months, new research suggests. The study was published online Dec. 4 in Stroke.

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CDC: Flu Vaccine May Offer Less Protection This Winter

FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The H3N2 strain of influenza appears to be circulating most widely this season, and in the past, death rates from H3N2 have been more than double that of other flu strains, according to officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, about half of the H3N2 viruses detected by CDC researchers so far appear to have mutated, and have genetically "drifted" away from the virus strain included in this year's flu vaccine.

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Low-Dose ASA Risks Outweigh Benefits in Younger Women

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Vitamins May Boost Eye Health Post-Bariatric Surgery

THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Bariatric surgery patients who don't take prescribed vitamin and mineral supplements could put themselves at risk for vision problems, according to research published online Nov. 26 in the Obesity Surgery.

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Antidepressant Effect Seen for Anti-Inflammatory Meds

THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Anti-inflammatory agents may decrease depression and depressive symptoms, according to research published in the December issue of JAMA Psychiatry.

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AMA: Social Determinants of Health to Be Taught in Med School

THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new policy implemented by the American Medical Association (AMA) supports integrating more training on the social determinants of health into undergraduate medical education, according to a report published by the AMA.

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Bidirectional Link Between Physical Activity and Depression

THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physical activity is associated with a trend toward fewer depressive symptoms, and the correlation is bidirectional, according to research published in the December issue of JAMA Psychiatry.

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Cognitive Behavioral Tx for Insomnia Assists CA Survivors

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Mediterranean Diet May Help Boost Longevity

THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adhering to the Mediterranean diet appears to be associated with longer telomere length, an indicator of slower aging, according to research published Dec. 2 in The BMJ.

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Running Linked With Lower Alzheimer's Death Risk

THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Running more than 15 miles a week may reduce the risk of dying from Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. The study was published online Nov. 14 in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

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Low Testosterone Linked to Adverse Outcomes in T2DM

THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For men with type 2 diabetes, low serum testosterone seems to be implicated in adverse clinical outcomes, according to a review published online Nov. 3 in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation.

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Patients May Be Ignoring Cancer's Warning Signs

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NIA: 40 Percent of Seniors Report Having a Disability

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CDC: Nearly 1 in 12 Americans Struggle With Depression

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Lower Use of Cancer-Related Imaging in VA Health System

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer-related imaging use is lower in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system than in fee-for-service Medicare, and use is not associated with geographic variation, according to research published in the Dec. 2 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Seasonal MS Relapse Onset Seen in Both Hemispheres

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seasonal relapse onset in multiple sclerosis occurs in both hemispheres and varies with latitude, according to a study published in the December issue of the Annals of Neurology.

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Too Few Prostate Cancer Patients Get Bisphosphonates

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many men on androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer aren't getting the bone-strengthening medications they may need, new Canadian research contends. The report was published in the Dec. 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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CDC: 35 Ebola Treatment Centers Designated

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Thirty-five hospitals across the United States have been designated as Ebola treatment centers, and more will be designated in the coming weeks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

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Antacids May Improve Head and Neck Cancer Survival

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using antacids to control acid reflux may improve head and neck cancer patients' chances of survival, a new study suggests. The study is published in the December issue of Cancer Prevention Research.

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CDC: Fatal Overdoses From Rx Opioids Have Tripled in U.S.

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fatal overdoses involving opioid analgesics have tripled over the past decade, a new report shows. Deaths from heroin also nearly tripled between 1999 and 2012, according to the report released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Midlife Diabetes Linked to Greater Cogntive Decline Later

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes in midlife is associated with a greater decline in cognitive skills over 20 years, according to a new study published in the Dec. 2 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Statin Tx Not Found to Protect Bones Amidst Inflammation

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although research has suggested that statins used to treat cardiovascular disease may also reduce the risk of fracture, treatment with rosuvastatin does not reduce the risk of fracture among men and women with evidence of inflammation, according to a new study published online Dec. 1 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Health Information Exchanges May Cut ER Use, Costs

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health information exchanges (HIEs) are valuable for providers and patients, and their use may reduce emergency department usage and costs, according to a review published in the Dec. 2 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Management of Risk Factors Important in A-Fib Ablation

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Aggressive management of risk factors improves the long-term outcomes in patients receiving catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF), according to research published in the Dec. 2 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Safety of Epinephrine in Cardiac Arrest Questioned

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Four out of five people who receive epinephrine to restart their heart end up suffering significant damage to brain function, and the risk increases with the dose. These findings were published in the Dec. 9 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Too Much Patient Care Tied to Faculty Members' Intent to Leave

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Spending "far too much/too much" time/effort on patient care is associated with increased intent to leave the institution, according to research published in Academic Medicine.

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Progress Detailed in Care of Cancer-Linked Lymphedema

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Recent developments are affecting the management of cancer-related lymphedema, according to an article published online Nov. 19 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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AMA: Address Patient Misconceptions for Evidence-Based Care

MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patient misconceptions should be addressed in order to practice evidence-based medicine and leave patients feeling satisfied, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Low Bilirubin Predicts Cardiac Risk in Metabolic Syndrome

MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Low serum total bilirubin levels may improve risk prediction of coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with metabolic syndrome, according to research published in the Dec. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Testosterone Tx Doesn't Up Prostate CA in Hypogonadal Men

MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For hypogonadal men, long-term testosterone therapy seems not to be associated with increased incidence of prostate cancer, according to research published in The Journal of Urology.

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Doctor Discusses Ways to Keep Morale in Medicine High

MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the many frustrations for doctors in medical practice, there are ways to keep morale high, according to an article published Nov. 20 in Medical Economics.

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Many Physicians Report Their Incomes Have Plateaued

MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many physicians report that their personal income has not changed since last year, according to the results of the Physicians Practice 2014 Physicians Compensation Survey.

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Mortality Risk Up With Both Low and High HbA1c Levels

MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Excess mortality risk is associated with both known diabetes and undiagnosed diabetes but not prediabetes, with lowest risk at HbA1c levels 5.4 to 5.6 percent and a significantly increased risk at ≤5.0 percent and ≥6.4 percent, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in Diabetes Care.

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Hep B Screening Urged for Those Undergoing Chemo, Immune Tx

MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hepatitis B virus (HBV) screening is recommended for patients undergoing chemotherapy, immunosuppressive therapy, or transplantation, according to research published online Nov. 21 in Hepatology.

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