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June 2013 Briefing - Infectious Disease

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Infectious Disease for June 2013. 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.
Interventions Improve Cleaning of C. difficile Isolation Rooms
FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- An enhanced protocol for the standard disinfection of hospital rooms after discharge of patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), which includes a dedicated team for daily disinfection and a standardized process for clearing cleaned rooms, results in consistent disinfection, according to research published in the May issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
Full Text (http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/670217 )
Avoidable Health Care Costs Exceed $200 Billion in 2012
FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- In 2012, avoidable health care costs in the United States exceeded $200 billion, according to a report published by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
More Information (http://www.imshealth.com/portal/site/ims/menuitem.d248e29c86589c9c30e81c033208c22a/?vgnextoid=12531cf4cc75f310VgnVCM10000076192ca2RCRD )
Delayed Skin Closure May Reduce Surgical Infection
FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- Delayed primary skin closure may reduce the risk of infection after surgery, but the current studies are not definitive due to poor design, according to the results of a meta-analysis published online June 26 in JAMA Surgery.
Abstract (http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1700520#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1700520 )
Bipartisan Recommendations Can Strengthen Health System
THURSDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- Leaders of the Bipartisan Policy Center Health Care Cost Containment Initiative have developed a series of recommendations to strengthen the U.S. health care system, according to a sounding board piece published online June 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Full Text (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsb1306639 )
Adults With Chronic Conditions Earn C+ for Meds Adherence
WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- On average, adults with chronic conditions earn a C+ for medication adherence, according to a report published June 25 by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).
More Information (http://www.ncpanet.org/index.php/news-releases/1702-new-report-card-on-medication-use-gives-americans-a-c )
Hospital Teaching Intensity Affects Readmission Rates
WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital teaching intensity significantly affects readmission rates for the most common inpatient diagnoses, particularly for safety-net hospitals, according to a study published in the July issue of Medical Care.
Abstract (http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/Abstract/2013/07000/Impact_of_Hospital_Teaching_Intensity_on_Quality.2.aspx )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/Abstract/2013/07000/Impact_of_Hospital_Teaching_Intensity_on_Quality.2.aspx )
HHS Launches Insurance Marketplace Website, Call Center
WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched the Health Insurance Marketplace education effort, with a consumer-focused website and a consumer call center, to help Americans prepare for enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace.
HealthCare.gov (https://www.healthcare.gov/ )More Information (http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2013pres/06/20130624a.html )
8.5 Million Enrollees to Receive Health Insurance Rebates
WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- About 8.5 million enrollees will receive a rebate of about $100 per family as part of the Affordable Care Act "80/20" rule, according to a report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
More Information (http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2013pres/06/20130620a.html )
Growing Mismatch in Med School Graduates, GME Places
TUESDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- Although the number of medical school enrollees and graduates is increasing, the number of U.S. graduate medical education (GME) programs has not increased at the same rate, and consequently physician shortages are likely to become more apparent, according to a perspective piece published online June 19 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Full Text (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1306445?query=featured_home )
Drop in HPV Prevalence in 14- to 19-Year Olds in Vaccine Era
TUESDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of vaccine-type human papillomavirus (HPV) among 14- to 19-year old females decreased within four years of introduction of vaccination into routine immunization schedules in late 2006, according to research published online June 19 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
Abstract (http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/18/infdis.jit192.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/18/infdis.jit192.full )
Publicly Reported Mortality Predicts Hospital Performance
TUESDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital performance on publicly reported medical conditions is indicative of overall hospital mortality rates, according to a study published online June 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Abstract (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1700429#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1700429 )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1700438 )
USPSTF Endorses HCV Screen for High-Risk, Baby Boomers
MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening high-risk individuals for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, and recommends a one-time screening for all adults born from 1945 to 1965, according to a recommendation statement published in the June 24 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Full Text (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1700383 )Editorial (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1700384 )
AH: Most Acute Care Costs Not Avoidable for High-Cost Patients
MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- For high-cost Medicare beneficiaries, only a small percentage of costs are related to preventable emergency department visits and hospitalizations, according to a study published online June 24 in the Journal of the American Medical Association to coincide with presentation at the Annual Research Meeting of AcademyHealth, held from June 23 to 25 in Baltimore.
Full Text (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1699911 )More Information (http://academyhealth.org/events/content.cfm?ItemNumber=882&navItemNumber=529 )
FDA Approves Vibativ for Certain Bacterial Pneumonias
MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- The antibiotic Vibativ (telavancin) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria when other treatments aren't suitable.
More Information (http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm358209.htm )
Fatality 36 Percent for Human Infection With Avian H7N9
MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- The fatality risk of human infection with avian influenza H7N9 is 36 percent among people of all ages, and there are epidemiological differences in cases with H7N9 and H5N1, according to two studies published online June 24 in The Lancet.
Abstract - Yu (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61207-6/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61207-6/fulltext )Abstract - Cowling (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61171-X/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61171-X/fulltext )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61447-6/fulltext )
Survival of England's National Health Service Questioned
MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- Recent criticism of England's National Health Service (NHS) has called its survival into question, according to a perspective piece published online June 19 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Full Text (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1305771 )
AAP Calls for Formal Planning in HIV Care Transitions
MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- Successful transitioning from pediatric to adult HIV care requires formal planning, according to a policy statement published online June 24 in Pediatrics.
Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/06/19/peds.2013-1073.abstract )Full Text (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/06/19/peds.2013-1073.full.pdf+html )
Local Vancomycin Reduces Infections in Cervical Fusion
MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- The local application of prophylactic vancomycin significantly reduces the risk of surgical site infections in patients undergoing multilevel posterior cervical-instrumented fusions for cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), according to a study published in the June 15 issue of Spine.
Abstract (http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/2013/06150/Intrawound_Vancomycin_Powder_Reduces_Surgical_Site.5.aspx )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/2013/06150/Intrawound_Vancomycin_Powder_Reduces_Surgical_Site.5.aspx )
Guide Issued for Tying Primary Care to Regional Organizations
MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has developed a new guide to help primary care practices to assess readiness for connecting electronic health records (EHRs) to regional health information organizations (RHIOs).
More Information (http://www.healthit.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/docs/citation/eDecisionsReport.pdf )
CDC: Flu Vaccine Option Available for People With Egg Allergy
FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has unanimously voted to recommend FluBlok for people 18 through 49 years of age requiring the 2013-2014 influenza vaccine but who have an egg allergy or sensitivity.
More Information (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/qa_flublok-vaccine.htm )
AMA Awards Grants for Medical Education Innovation
FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) has awarded funding to 11 U.S. medical schools in response to their proposals regarding educational innovations aimed at transforming how future physicians are trained.
More Information (http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/news/news/2013/2013-06-14-ama-awards-11-million-change-med-ed.page )
AHRQ Offers Strategies to Prevent Adverse Drug Events
FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Strategies to prevent adverse drug events (ADEs) have been recommended and published in a report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
More Information (http://psnet.ahrq.gov/primer.aspx?primerID=23 )
FDA Approves First Genotyping Test for Hepatitis C
FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- A new test to help doctors identify the genotype of a person's hepatitis C infection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
More Information (http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm357982.htm )
Obesity Is a Disease, Says American Medical Association
THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association has adopted policy that recognizes obesity as a disease, a step that the association hopes will help focus more attention on treatment and prevention efforts, and that some suggest may lead to greater acceptance by insurance providers to cover treatment.
More Information (http://newsroom.heart.org/news/american-medical-association-says-obesity-is-a-disease )
CMS Implementing Physician Quality Reporting System
THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- To promote the reporting of quality information by eligible professionals, the Physician Quality Reporting System is being implemented, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
More Information (http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/PQRS/index.html?redirect=/PQRS/ )
HPV Antibodies Signal Higher Risk for Oropharyngeal Cancer
THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- In plasma samples obtained prior to diagnosis, the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 E6 antibodies was more likely to be detected in patients with oropharyngeal cancer than in controls, according to research published online June 17 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Abstract (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/06/17/JCO.2012.47.2738.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/06/17/JCO.2012.47.2738.full.pdf+html )
Bolus Iron Dosing Ups Infection Risk in Hemodialysis Patients
THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- For hemodialysis patients, bolus dosing of iron is associated with an increased risk of infection-related hospitalization, compared with receiving maintenance iron dosing, especially for patients with a catheter or with recent infection, according to a study published online June 20 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Abstract (http://jasn.asnjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/20/ASN.2012121164.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jasn.asnjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/20/ASN.2012121164.full )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jasn.asnjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/20/ASN.2013050456.full )
Practices Are Not Prepared for Implementation of ICD-10
THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- Physician practices have made little progress in preparing for implementation of the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), according to a report published by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).
More Information (http://www.mgma.com/ )
Flu Shot Averted About 13 Million Illnesses Over Six Years
THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- Influenza vaccination likely prevented over 13 million illnesses and more than 100,000 hospitalizations from 2005 to 2011, according to a study published online June 19 in PLOS ONE.
Full Text (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0066312 )
Person-to-Person Transmission of MERS-CoV Identified
WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Person-to-person transmission of the novel Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has been described in a cluster of health care-associated infections in Saudi Arabia, according to research published online June 19 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Abstract (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1306742?query=featured_home#t=abstract )Full Text (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1306742?query=featured_home#t=article )
Penicillin Skin Testing Can ID Tolerance to β-Lactam Agents
WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Penicillin skin testing (PST) can be used to identify whether patients will tolerate β-lactam, with a negative predictive value of 100 percent, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.
Abstract (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jhm.2036/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jhm.2036/full )
New Rule Proposes Insurance Program Integrity Guidelines
WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- A new proposed rule, which provides program integrity guidelines for Affordable Insurance Exchanges, or Health Insurance Marketplaces (Marketplaces), has been released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
More Information (http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-Releases/2013-Press-Releases-Items/2013-06-14.html )
EHR Implementation First Step Toward Quality Improvement
WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) is a first step toward quality improvement and should be accompanied by use of new payment models to allow physicians to see a return on their investments, according to Farzad Mostashari, M.D., of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, who was recently interviewed by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
More Information (http://www.aafp.org/news-now/practice-professional-issues/20130612fmostashari.html )
Potential of Mobile Remote-Presence Devices Discussed
WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Mobile remote-presence devices have the potential to increase access to and improve delivery of health care in the developed and developing world, according to an innovations report published online June 17 in CMAJ, the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association.
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2013/06/17/cmaj.120223.full.pdf )
State-Based Health Care Price Websites Lacking
TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- State-based, patient-oriented websites reporting health care prices need to be improved, according to a research letter published in the June 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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MRI Screening Identifies Undiagnosed Spinal Infections
TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- About a fifth of patients who have received a spinal injection of fungus-contaminated methylprednisolone but have not sought medical care are likely to be infected, according to a study published in the June 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Abstract (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1697964#Abstract )Full Text (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1697964 )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1697947 )
Unauthorized Immigrants Make Up 1.4% U.S. Medical Spending
TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- Unauthorized immigrants have substantially lower health care expenditures than legal residents, naturalized citizens, and U.S. natives, according to a study published online June 12 in Health Affairs.
Abstract (http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/early/2013/06/04/hlthaff.2013.0113 )Full Text (http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/early/2013/06/04/hlthaff.2013.0113.full )
Meningococcal Disease ID'd in Men Who Have Sex With Men
TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- Following reports of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) among men who have sex with men (MSM), the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has recommended that MSM who have engaged in intimate contact with another man should undergo vaccination, according to a report published online June 17 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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About 15 Percent of People Currently Uninsured in U.S.
TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- In 2012, nearly 15 percent of U.S. people of all ages were currently uninsured, according to a data brief published online June 18 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
More Information (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/insur201306.pdf )
Some Antibiotics Up Risk of Statin Toxicity in Older Adults
MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- In older adults, concomitant administration of clarithromycin, or erythromycin, with a statin that is metabolized by cytochrome P450 isoenzyme 3A4 (CYP3A4) increases the risk for statin toxicity, according to research published in the June 18 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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FDA Discusses Cybersecurity for Medical Devices, Hospitals
MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Medical device manufacturers and health care facilities should ensure appropriate safeguards are in place to reduce the potential harms that may result from cyberattacks, according to a safety communication issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
More Information (http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm356423.htm )
New Treatments Outperforming Placebo Becoming Less Common
FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- The efficacy of new medical treatments compared with placebo has sharply declined over the last few decades, suggesting that comparative effectiveness studies are needed, according to a study published in the June issue of Health Affairs.
Abstract (http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/6/1116.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/6/1116.full )
School-Based Flu Vaccinations Cost-Effective
THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- School-located vaccination against influenza (SLV-I) is a cost-effective means to improve childhood influenza vaccination rates, according to a study published in the April 19 issue of Vaccine.
Abstract (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X13002417 )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X13002417 )
Many People Don't Wash Hands Well After Using Bathroom
THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- Many people do not engage in proper hand washing behaviors after using the restroom, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Environmental Health.
Full Text (http://msutoday.msu.edu/_/pdf/assets/2013/hand-washing-study.pdf )
Tenofovir Prophylaxis Cuts HIV Transmission in Drug Users
THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- For injecting drug users, daily oral use of an antiretroviral, tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (tenofovir), can reduce the risk of HIV transmission, according to a study published online June 13 in The Lancet.
Abstract (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61127-7/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61127-7/fulltext )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61140-X/fulltext )
Survey Examines Physician Satisfaction With EHRs
THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- About three-quarters of physicians report that their practice either has a fully implemented electronic health record (EHR), uses a hospital or corporate EHR, or is in the process of implementing an EHR, according to a technology survey published by Physicians Practice.
More Information (http://www.physicianspractice.com/2013-technology-survey-results )
Autoimmune Disease, Infection Risk Factors for Mood Disorders
WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Autoimmune diseases and infections are independent and synergistic risk factors for mood disorders, according to a study published online June 12 in JAMA Psychiatry.
Abstract (http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696348#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696348 )
Use of EHRs Can Enhance Doc-Patient Communication
WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic health records (EHRs) can be used during clinical encounters to enhance the physician-patient relationship, encouraging communication during the clinical encounter, according to a viewpoint published in the June 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696109 )
Doctors Do Not Spend Enough Time Planning Their Finances
TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians do not spend enough time reviewing their finances, and half are behind in their retirement planning, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA) Insurance Agency.
More Information (http://www.amainsure.com/resourcecenter/2013-report-on-physicians-financial-preparedness.html?utm_source=amalyris&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=preparedness )
Most Doctors Feel They Are Under-Using Mobile Apps
TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Most physicians feel they are not maximizing use of mobile applications, and would utilize additional electronic health record (EHR) functionalities if they were available, according to poll conducted by Black Book Market Research.
More Information (http://www.blackbookrankings.com/healthcare/ )
CDC: Multistate Hepatitis A Virus Outbreak Reported
THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- A multistate outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses, possibly linked to a frozen berry and pomegranate mix, has been identified, according to a report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More Information (http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Outbreaks/2013/A1b-03-31/index.html )
HHS: Marketplaces Open New Insurance Options for Consumers
THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Health Insurance Marketplaces, due to be introduced in October 2013, will increase the coverage options for many consumers, according to a memo released by the U.S. Department of Human & Health Services.
More Information (http://www.scribd.com/doc/144725362/White-House-Health-Care-Competition-Memo-5-30-13 )
Secondhand Smoke Impacts Infants With Family Hx of Atopy
THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- For infants with lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) with a family history of atopy, secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure is associated with a longer hospital length of stay, according to a study published in the June issue of the Annals of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology.
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Surgical Site Infections in Pediatric Scoliosis Reviewed
THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Surgical site infections, particularly those caused by gram-negative pathogens, occur more frequently following procedures in patients with non-idiopathic rather than idiopathic scoliosis, according to research published in the May 1 issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
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One-Third of Women Willing to Delay Rx for Suspected UTI
WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- When asked to by their doctor, more than a third of women with urinary tract infection symptoms are willing to delay antibiotic treatment, according to a study published online May 31 in BMC Family Practice.
Abstract (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2296/14/71/abstract )Full Text (http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2296-14-71.pdf )
CDC: Listeria Mainly Affects Old, Pregnant, Immunocompromised
WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Populations at risk, including older adults, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems, account for at least 90 percent of reported Listeria infections, according to research published in the June 4 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.
Full Text (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm62e0604a1.htm?s_cid=mm62e0604a1_w )
Few Physicians Meeting Meaningful Use in Early 2012
WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- In early 2012, few physicians met meaningful use criteria, and using electronic health records (EHRs) for patient panel management was difficult, according to research published in the June 5 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Profitability Index Checks Financial Health of Practices
WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- An overall downward trend in profitability has been identified based on a practice profitability index, developed to assess the financial health of U.S. physician practices, according to a report published by CareCloud.
More Information (http://www.carecloud.com/news/carecloud-releases-practice-profitability-index-of-5000-u-s-physicians-revealing-downward-trend-in-profitability-for-the-year-ahead/ )
Twitter Analysis Can Inform Vaccination Campaigns
WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Analysis of Twitter posts can help explain patient knowledge and inform directions for educational vaccination campaigns, according to a brief report published in the June issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
Abstract (http://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(12)01371-5/abstract )Full Text (http://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(12)01371-5/fulltext )
CDC: Small Drop in Those With Difficulty Paying Medical Bills
TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a slight decrease in the percentage of individuals aged younger than 65 years who are in a family with difficulty paying their medical bills, according to a June data brief issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
More Information (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/problems_paying_medical_bills_january_2011-june_2012.pdf )
Family Cluster of Middle East Coronavirus Infections ID'd
TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- A family cluster of infections with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) has been described in a brief report published online May 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Blood Transfusions in Cardiac Surgery May Up Infections
TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- Transfusion of red blood cells (RBCs) during or after surgery may increase the risk of major infections, such as pneumonia and bloodstream infections, according to research published in the June issue of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
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Blood Tests As Good As Biopsy for HCV-Related Disease
TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to a liver biopsy, available blood tests are accurate for diagnosing fibrosis and cirrhosis in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to a review published in the June 4 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Independent Payment Advisory Board's Future Questioned
MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- Established as a part of the efforts of Affordable Care Act (ACA) to contain health care costs, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) has been surrounded by controversy, and still has no members, according to a perspective piece published online May 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Religious Vaccine Exemptions Increasing in New York State
MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- From 2000 to 2011 there was an increase in the rate of religious vaccination exemptions in New York State, which correlated with increased incidence of pertussis; and missed immunizations should be given at sick visits and not delayed until make-up well-baby visits, according to research published online June 3 in Pediatrics.
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Health of Nation Reviewed With Focus on Emergency Care
MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- Recent trends in the health of the nation are described, with particular focus on emergency care, in the 36th annual report published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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