December 2018 Briefing - Nursing

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

Nurse-Led Program in Primary Care Can Up Detection of Liver Dz

MONDAY, Dec. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A nurse-led primary care intervention can increase the number of new diagnoses of liver disease, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in PLOS ONE.

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ACOG Updates Guidelines for Gestational HTN, Preeclampsia

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) has updated its guidance on the management of gestational hypertension and preeclampsia as well as chronic hypertension in pregnant women; the two practice bulletins were published in the January issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Second-Line Antidiabetic Meds May Impact Cardiovascular Risk

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For adults with type 2 diabetes initiating second-line antidiabetic medications (ADM), cardiovascular risk is increased with use of sulfonylureas or basal insulin versus newer ADM classes, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in JAMA Network Open.

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Pregnancy Complications Up for Women Born at Low Birth Weight

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women born with a low birth weight have an increased risk for pregnancy complications, according to a study published online Dec. 19 in Obesity.

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Many EDs Do Not Have Pediatric Area, Emergency Care Coordinator

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many emergency departments do not have a pediatric area or pediatric emergency care coordinator (PECC), but an intervention can increase use of PECCs, according to three studies published in the December issue of Academic Emergency Medicine.

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Toll on Health From Depression, Anxiety Akin to Smoking, Obesity

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety and depression predict poor future physical health as strongly as obesity and smoking in older adults, according to a study published online Dec. 17 in Health Psychology.

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More Than Two-Thirds of Drug OD Deaths in 2017 Involved Opioids

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than two-thirds of drug overdose deaths in 2017 involved an opioid, with increases in overdose deaths from all opioids and synthetic opioids seen from 2016 to 2017, according to research published in the Dec. 21 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Low-Priced Generic Drugs Most Likely to Have Shortages

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The lowest-priced generic drugs are more likely to experience shortages, according to a study published in the November issue of Value in Health.

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Opioid Prescribing Patterns Vary for Pediatric Patients

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There is considerable variation in opioid prescribing among pediatric patients, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in JAMA Network Open.

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More Americans Reporting Less Than Six Hours Sleep Per Night

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of American adults reporting six hours of sleep or less per night increased from 29 to 33 percent from 2013 to 2017, according to a study recently published in Sleep.

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New BP Treatment Cutoffs May Not Yield Survival Benefit

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New blood pressure treatment recommendations may not improve survival from cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a study recently published in the European Heart Journal.

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Pediatric Asthma Risk Score Has Good Sensitivity, Specificity

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new quantitative personalized tool can better predict asthma development in young children than the Asthma Predictive Index (API), according to a study published online Dec. 13 in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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Health Care Screening Practices Impact Skin Cancer Diagnosis

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Undergoing health care screening practices is associated with an increased likelihood of being diagnosed with skin cancer, according to a study published online Dec. 26 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Universal Vaccination for MenB at College Entry Not Cost-Effective

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Universal vaccination against Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B (MenB) at college entry does not appear to be cost-effective, according to a study published online Dec. 17 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Updated Guidelines Developed for Diagnosing, Treating Influenza

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The Infectious Diseases Society of America has updated their recommendations for the care of patients with suspected or diagnosed influenza; the clinical practice guidelines were published online Dec. 19 in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Appalachia, Western States Have Highest Hep C Prevalence

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- States in the West and in Appalachia have a higher prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection than other states, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in JAMA Network Open.

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Most Nurses Unsatisfied With Hospitals' End-of-Life Care

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of nurses have an unfavorable opinion of their hospital's end-of-life care, according to a study published online Dec. 2 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Home Oxygen Users Experience Problems Related to Equipment

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Home oxygen users often experience problems related to their oxygen equipment that may impact their quality of life, according to a report published in the December issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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ACOG: Interpregnancy Period Should Maximize Women's Health

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Providers should maximize women's health during the interpregnancy period, continuing care beyond the immediate postpartum period, according to a consensus report published online Dec. 20 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Vit C for Pregnant Smokers May Improve Newborn Lung Function

MONDAY, Dec. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For pregnant smokers, vitamin C supplementation may improve newborn lung function, according to a study published online Dec. 7 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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FDA Announces Safety Monitoring Measures for the Essure Device

FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is implementing a number of steps for long-term safety monitoring of the permanent birth control device Essure, which will no longer be sold or distributed in the United States after Dec. 31, 2018.

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FDA: Fluoroquinolones Tied to Heart Vessel Ruptures, Tears

FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients taking fluoroquinolones may be at higher risk for ruptures or tears in the aorta, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

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CDC: Weight, Waist Size, BMI Increased for Many U.S. Adults

FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From 1999-2000 to 2015-2016, there was an increase in mean weight, waist circumference, and body mass index (BMI) for many U.S. adults, according to the Dec. 20 issue of the National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Infection Control Compliance Not Tied to Knowledge

FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Home health care workers' beliefs about infection prevention seem to have a greater influence on prevention protocol compliance than their absolute knowledge of infection control practices, according to a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

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Incident Concussion 5.1 Percent Per Season for Youth Football

FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The athlete-level incidence of concussion is 5.1 percent per season for American football players aged 5 to 14 years, according to a study published online Dec. 13 in The Journal of Pediatrics.

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Number of People With Dementia Rose Twofold From 1990 to 2016

FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people living with dementia worldwide more than doubled from 1990 to 2016, according to a study published online Nov. 26 in The Lancet Neurology.

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Growth in Use of Telemedicine Seen From 2005 to 2017

THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From 2005 to 2017, there was a substantial increase in telemedicine use, although use was still uncommon in 2017, according to a research letter published online Nov. 27 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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CDC: ~65 Percent of U.S. Women Currently Using Contraceptives

THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Almost two-thirds of U.S. women aged 15 to 49 years were currently using contraception in 2015 to 2017, according to a December data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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Affordable Care Act Sign-Ups Higher Than Expected

THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite numerous difficulties, early figures show that sign-ups for health coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act are higher than expected.

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Structured Family-Centered Peds Rounds Improve Patient Safety

THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Structured communication involving families, nurses, and physicians can reduce harmful medical errors and improve family experience during pediatric hospitalizations, according to a study published online Dec. 5 in The BMJ.

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ADA 2019 Standards of Care Emphasize Patient-Centered Care

THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patient-centered care is emphasized in updated clinical practice recommendations from the American Diabetes Association 2019 Standards of Care, published as a supplement to the January issue of Diabetes Care.

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Exercise Promotes Executive Functioning in Sedentary Adults

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For sedentary adults at risk for cognitive decline, aerobic exercise (AE) is associated with significant improvement in executive functioning, according to a study published online Dec. 19 in Neurology.

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High Sodium May Contribute to CVD Deaths in Shandong, China

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A considerable proportion of cardiovascular disease (CVD) deaths in Shandong Province, China, may be attributable to high sodium intake, according to a study published online Dec. 19 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Cognitive Therapy Helps Reduce Anxiety in COPD Patients

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) delivered by respiratory nurses is associated with reduced anxiety symptoms and is cost-effective for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study recently published in ERJ Open Research.

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Delivery Mode Tied to Pelvic Floor Disorder Risk Post-Childbirth

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After childbirth, the risk for pelvic floor disorders varies by delivery mode, according to a study published in the Dec. 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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'Aggressive Steps' Needed to Stop Adolescent Use of E-Cigarettes

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- "Aggressive steps" must be taken by parents, teachers, health providers, and government officials to prevent children and teens from using electronic cigarettes, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., said in an advisory.

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Palliative Care in MS Inpatients Rises From 2005 to 2014

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From 2005 to 2014, trends in palliative care use increased substantially among multiple sclerosis (MS) inpatients, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience.

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Psychosocial Factors Key in Peds Care for Special-Needs Kids

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatric providers need to be aware of the impact of psychosocial factors on the health and wellness of children and youth with special health care needs and their families, according to a clinical report published online Dec. 17 in Pediatrics.

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EHR Data ID Differences in HTN Control Across Health Systems

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An analysis of electronic health record data reveals considerable differences in hypertension control across health systems, according to a study published in the November-December issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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Routine Supplements to Prevent Chronic Disease Not Advised

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Routine use of vitamin and mineral supplements to prevent chronic disease is not recommended, according to an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics position paper published in the November issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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More U.S. Teens Are Vaping, but Use of Opioids, Alcohol Falling

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Vaping among American teenagers increased dramatically in 2018, with nearly two of every five high school seniors reporting they had tried an electronic cigarette during the past year, according to the latest Monitoring the Future survey funded by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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Adherence and Intensity of Lipid-Lowering Tx Influence CV Risk

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Adherent patients receiving high-intensity statin and/or ezetimibe therapy have the lowest cardiovascular risk, according to a study published online Dec. 7 in JAMA Network Open.

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Stethoscopes in ICU Show High Levels of Bacterial Contamination

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Stethoscopes in the intensive care unit (ICU) have high levels of bacterial contamination, according to a study published online Dec. 12 in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

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Pediatricians Have Role in ID'ing Postpartum Depression

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatric physicians should screen women for postpartum depression (PPD) at well-child visits and make use of community resources for treatment and referral, according to a policy statement and technical report published online Dec. 17 in Pediatrics.

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Some With Type 2 Diabetes Inappropriately Monitoring Blood Glucose

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A considerable proportion of patients with type 2 diabetes may be self-monitoring blood glucose inappropriately, according to a research letter published online Dec. 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Phone-Based Intervention Aids Rheumatoid Arthritis Care

FRIDAY, Dec. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A nurse-based phone education intervention can promote shared decision making in patients with newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study published online Dec. 5 in Musculoskeletal Care.

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Emotional Stress of Holidays Can Trigger Heart Attacks

FRIDAY, Dec. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The highest risk for myocardial infarction occurs around 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, according to a study published online Dec. 12 in The BMJ.

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T2DM Linked to Decline in Verbal Memory, Fluency in Older Adults

FRIDAY, Dec. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Type 2 diabetes is associated with declines in verbal memory and fluency among older community-dwelling adults, according to a study published online Dec. 13 in Diabetologia.

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CDC: More Cases in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Recalled Beef

THURSDAY, Dec. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of illnesses in a Salmonella outbreak linked to beef products from Arizona-based JBS Tolleson Inc. now stands at 333 in 28 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Patient-Reported Outcome Measures May Aid Communication

THURSDAY, Dec. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patient-reported outcome measures (PROs) can be useful for measuring symptoms in primary care clinics if clinicians use these measures to improve care, according to patient interview data published in the December issue of Quality of Life Research.

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Medication Errors Resulting in Death Most Common in Elderly

THURSDAY, Dec. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Medication errors in acute care that result in death occur most often in patients older than 75 years, with the most common error category being omitted medicine or ingredient, according to a study published online Nov. 22 in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.

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Recalled Kotex Tampons Can Unravel Inside Body

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Certain Kotex tampons are being recalled by Kimberly-Clark because they can unravel and leave pieces inside women's bodies.

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Enrollment Under the Affordable Care Act Down From Last Year

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is down with just days left to sign up, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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CDC Identifies Drugs Frequently Involved in Drug Overdose Deaths

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The drugs most commonly involved in drug overdose deaths during 2011 to 2016 include fentanyl, heroin, oxycodone, and cocaine, according to the Dec. 12 issue of the National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Guidance Offered for Infection Control in Anesthesia Work Area

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Recommendations have been developed for promotion of infection prevention policies in operating room (OR) anesthesia work areas; the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America guidance document was published online Dec. 11 in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

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2017 Saw Slowing in National Health Care Spending

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- National health care spending slowed in 2017, according to a report published online Dec. 6 in Health Affairs.

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Fasting-Evoked Hypoglycemia in Diabetes Is Prevalent

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- About 17 percent of patients with diabetes report experiencing hypoglycemia when fasting for lab tests, according to a study recently published in the International Journal of Endocrinology.

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Flu Vaccine Linked to Reduced Risk for Death in Heart Failure

TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After extensive adjustment for confounders, influenza vaccination is associated with a reduced risk for all-cause and cardiovascular death among patients with heart failure, according to a study published online Dec. 10 in Circulation.

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Consensus Decision Pathway Developed for Tobacco Cessation

TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An expert consensus decision pathway has been developed for tobacco cessation treatment; the report was published online Dec. 5 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Mail-Based HPV Testing May Increase Access

TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A mail-based human papillomavirus (HPV) self-testing program appears to be a promising approach to screening women in Appalachia, according to a pilot study published online Nov. 19 in Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

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Tap Water in Neti Pot Linked to Death From Brain-Eating Amoeba

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The use of tap water in a nasal-flushing Neti pot likely led to a Seattle woman's death from a Balamuthia mandrillaris brain infection, doctors write in a case study.

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Risk Up for Later-Born Siblings of Children With ASD, ADHD

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Later-born siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have an elevated risk of being diagnosed with the same or the other disorder, according to a study published online Dec. 10 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Veterans Health Administration Hospitals Outperform Non-VHAs

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals outperform non-VHA hospitals for 14 of 15 outcome measures in 121 regions, according to a research letter published online Dec. 11 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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2012 to 2016 Saw Increase in Syphilis Among Pregnant Women

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From 2012 to 2016, there was a 61 percent increase in syphilis cases among pregnant women, with no traditional behavioral risk factors reported among half of these women, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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AHA Scientific Statement: Low Risk of Side Effects for Statins

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Statins are associated with a low risk for side effects, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) published online Dec. 10 in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

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Smaller Heads Related to Opioid-Related Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic opioid use during pregnancy that causes neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is associated with smaller neonatal head circumference (HC), according to a study published online Dec. 10 in Pediatrics.

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Lower RN Staffing Linked to Increased In-Hospital Mortality

FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The risk for in-hospital mortality is increased with lower registered nurse (RN) staffing and higher levels of admissions per RN, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in BMJ Quality & Safety.

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Fear Impacts Quality of Life for Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes

FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fear of complications and frustration at the amount of time required to manage type 1 diabetes impact the quality of life of young adults with the disease, according to a study published in the December issue of The Diabetes Educator.

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Most Insured Patients Not Using Online Portals

FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly two-thirds of insured adults with a previous health care visit did not use an online patient portal in 2017, according to a study published in the December issue of Health Affairs.

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Lack of Peds Preventive Care Ups Unplanned Hospital Admissions

FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A lack of preventive care in infants and children is associated with an increased rate of unplanned hospital admissions, according to a study recently published in BMC Medicine.

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Pregnant Women Commonly Refuse Vaccines

FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women commonly refuse vaccines, including influenza vaccine and tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, according to research published online Dec. 4 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Secondhand Smoke Exposure Saw Big Drop From 1988 to 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Secondhand smoke exposure declined substantially among U.S. nonsmokers from 1988 through 2014, according to research published in the Dec. 7 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Smoke Exposure High in Low-Income, Nonurban Infants

THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Infants from low-income, nonurban families have a high magnitude of environmental smoke exposure, according to a study published online Dec. 5 in Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

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History of Partner Violence Tied to Menopause Symptoms

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A history of intimate partner violence (IPV) or sexual assault and current symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are associated with an increased risk for menopause symptoms, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Few Physicians Work in Practices That Use Telemedicine

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Only 15.4 percent of physicians work in practices that use telemedicine for a wide spectrum of patient interactions, with larger practice size being an important correlate of telemedicine use, according to a study published in the December issue of Health Affairs.

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HHS Issues Draft Strategy for Reducing Health IT Burden

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed a draft strategy to reduce the health information technology (IT) burden, and the strategy is open for public comment through Jan. 28, 2019.

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Many Patients Withhold Information From Clinicians

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients intentionally withhold information from clinicians, according to a study published online Nov. 30 in JAMA Network Open.

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Workload of NICU Nurses Linked to Missed Nursing Care

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The workload of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurses, and perceived workload in particular, is associated with missed nursing care for assigned infants, according to a study published online Nov. 12 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Progress Made Toward Global Measles Milestones

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From 2000 to 2017, progress was made toward global measles control milestones, but the milestones set to be achieved by 2015 have not been met, according to research published in the Nov. 30 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Cost-Related Insulin Underuse May Affect One in Four Patients

MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- About one in four patients report cost-related insulin underuse, which is associated with poor glycemic control, according to a research letter published online Dec. 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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More People Worldwide Now Know Their HIV Status

MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of patients living with HIV worldwide know their infection status, according to Knowledge Is Power, a new report released Nov. 22 by UNAIDS.

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Higher Staffing Linked to Lower C-Section Rates

MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Higher staffing levels in maternity units reduce the rate of cesarean deliveries, according to a study published online Nov. 28 in PLOS ONE.

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Targeted Hep C Testing Misses High Number of Cases in Prisons

MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Targeted hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing misses a substantial number of cases among individuals in correctional facilities, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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New BP Goals Could Prevent 3 Million CVD Events Over 10 Years

MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Achieving and maintaining 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) blood pressure (BP) goals could prevent a greater number of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events than achieving prior U.S. guideline goals, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in Circulation.

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Shifting Pattern Seen for Primary Care Office Visits

MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Among patients with employer-sponsored insurance, there was a decline in visits to primary care physicians (PCPs) from 2012 to 2016, according to a brief released Nov. 15 by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI).

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