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June 2013 Briefing - Neurology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Neurology 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.
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 )
Brain Stimulation Improves Language Recovery Post-Stroke
FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- Along with speech therapy, use of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) may improve language recovery following subacute ischemic stroke, according to a small study published online June 27 in Stroke.
Abstract (http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/early/2013/06/27/STROKEAHA.111.000574.abstract )Full Text (http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/early/2013/06/27/STROKEAHA.111.000574.full.pdf+html )
Prevalence of Sleep-Disordered Breathing Increasing in U.S.
FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing seems to be increasing in the United States, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Abstract (http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/177/9/1006.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/177/9/1006.full )
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 )
Acute Hypoglycemia Impairs Executive Cognitive Function
WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- In adults with and without type 1 diabetes, executive cognitive function is impaired during hypoglycemia, according to research published online June 18 in Diabetes Care.
Abstract (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/11/dc13-0194.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/11/dc13-0194.full.pdf+html )
Traumatic Brain Injury Ups Risk of Subsequent Stroke
WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is independently associated with an increased risk of subsequent ischemic stroke, according to a study published online June 26 in Neurology.
Abstract (http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2013/06/26/WNL.0b013e318297eecf.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2013/06/26/WNL.0b013e318297eecf.full.pdf+html )
MRI Findings Linked to Effect of Lumbar Spine Surgery
WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Certain findings on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are linked with surgical outcome in patients with lumbar intervertebral disc herniation, according to research published in the June 15 issue of Spine.
Abstract (http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/2013/06150/Magnetic_Resonance_Imaging_Predictors_of_Surgical.10.aspx )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/2013/06150/Magnetic_Resonance_Imaging_Predictors_of_Surgical.10.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 )
ADHD Ups Disability Risk From Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who experience mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) are more likely to be moderately disabled from the injury, compared to similar patients without ADHD, according to a study published online June 25 in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.
Abstract (http://thejns.org/doi/abs/10.3171/2013.5.PEDS12424 )Full Text (http://thejns.org/doi/full/10.3171/2013.5.PEDS12424 )
AHA: CPR Quality Variation Needs to Be Addressed
TUESDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- To address variation in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) quality that can affect survival, the American Heart Association is calling for a renewed focus on improving resuscitation techniques and tracking, according to a consensus statement published online June 25 in Circulation.
Abstract (http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2013/06/25/CIR.0b013e31829d8654.abstract )Full Text (http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2013/06/25/CIR.0b013e31829d8654.full.pdf+html )
Anti-Gluten Antibodies Linked to Autism
TUESDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism have increased levels of anti-gluten antibodies, particularly if they have gastrointestinal symptoms, according to a study published online June 18 in PLOS ONE.
Full Text (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0066155 )
Data Examined for Traumatic Brain Injuries in Adolescents
TUESDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- In a school survey of students in grades 7 to 12, 20 percent of students reported a traumatic brain injury (TBI) at some time in their life, and 5.6 percent had an injury within the past 12 months, according to a research letter published in the June 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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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 )
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 )
Prenatal Smoke Exposure Impacts Reward Processing
TUESDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- Adolescents prenatally exposed to maternal cigarette smoking exhibit weaker brain response to anticipatory rewards than their nonexposed peers, according to a study published online June 19 in JAMA Psychiatry.
Abstract (http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1698781 )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1698781 )
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 )
No Long-Term Cognitive Consequences Noted for HRT
MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- For postmenopausal women aged 50 to 55 years, conjugated equine estrogen (CEE)-based hormone therapy has no long-term impact on cognition, according to research published online June 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Abstract (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1700432#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1700432 )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1700428 )
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 )
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 )
Racial Disparity Seen in ADHD Diagnosis, Tx for Children
MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- Racial/ethnic minority children are less likely than white children to receive a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and are less likely to take prescription medications for ADHD, according to a study published online June 24 in Pediatrics.
Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/06/19/peds.2012-2390.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/06/19/peds.2012-2390.full.pdf+html )
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 )
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/ )
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/ )
About One in Four Develop PTSD in Year After Stroke, TIA
THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- Within one year following a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), nearly one in four survivors develop significant posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to the stroke or TIA, according to a review published online June 19 in PLOS ONE.
Full Text (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0066435 )
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 )
White Matter Anomalies Similar in Mild TBI, Alzheimer's Disease
WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) have white matter abnormalities that are similar to those in early Alzheimer's dementia, with abnormalities correlating with post-concussion symptoms, according to a study published online June 18 in Radiology.
Abstract (http://radiology.rsna.org/content/early/2013/06/04/radiol.13122343.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://radiology.rsna.org/content/early/2013/06/04/radiol.13122343.full )
Pre-Op MRI Predicts Outcome of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signal changes are predictive of baseline neurologic status and postoperative recovery, according to a study published in the June 15 issue of Spine.
Abstract (http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/2013/06150/Preoperative_Magnetic_Resonance_Imaging_Is.3.aspx )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/2013/06150/Preoperative_Magnetic_Resonance_Imaging_Is.3.aspx )
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 )
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 )
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.
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1697957 )
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 )
Study Links Autism to Perinatal Exposure to Air Pollutants
TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- Perinatal exposure to air pollutants is associated with increased odds of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with stronger correlations seen for boys than girls, according to a study published online June 18 in Environmental Health Perspectives.
Abstract (http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1206187/ )Full Text (http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/wp-content/uploads/121/6/ehp.1206187.pdf )
Cognitive Impairment, APOE Linked to Aβ Lipidation State
TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- For older adults, the lipidation state of β-amyloid (Aβ) peptides is associated with cognitive impairment and APOE genotype, and can be modulated by diet, according to a study published online June 17 in JAMA Neurology.
Abstract (http://archneur.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1697444#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archneur.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1697444 )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archneur.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1697443 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
Neurological Testing Limited in Diagnosing Disc Herniation
MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Neurological testing procedures have limited diagnostic accuracy for detecting disc herniation with suspected radiculopathy, according to a review and meta-analysis published in the June issue of The Spine Journal.
Abstract (http://www.thespinejournalonline.com/article/S1529-9430(13)00164-2/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.thespinejournalonline.com/article/S1529-9430(13)00164-2/fulltext )
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 )
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 )
Exercise Improves Metabolic Syndrome Post-Menopause
THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise training is associated with improvements in components of metabolic syndrome (MetS) among postmenopausal women, according to a study published in the June 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.
Abstract (http://www.ajconline.org/article/S0002-9149(13)00640-1/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.ajconline.org/article/S0002-9149(13)00640-1/fulltext )
Mutations in COQ2 Linked to Multiple-System Atrophy
THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- Functionally impaired variants in the COQ2 gene, which encodes the enzyme parahydroxybenzoate-polyprenyl transferase, have been identified in multiplex families with multiple-system atrophy and in patients with sporadic disease, according to a study published online June 12 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Abstract (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1212115 )Full Text (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1212115#t=articleTop )
Restless Leg Syndrome Linked to Higher Mortality in Men
WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Men with restless legs syndrome (RLS) have a significantly increased risk of mortality, independent of other known risk factors, according to a study published online June 12 in Neurology.
Abstract (http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2013/06/12/WNL.0b013e318297eee0.short )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2013/06/12/WNL.0b013e318297eee0.full.pdf+html )
Low Blood Pressure Linked to Brain Atrophy
WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- In patients with arterial disease, having a low baseline diastolic blood pressure is associated with greater brain atrophy, while declining blood pressure is associated with less brain atrophy, according to a study published online June 10 in JAMA Neurology.
Abstract (http://archneur.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696623#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archneur.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696623 )
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 )
Soccer Heading Linked to Brain Abnormalities, Cognition
TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Repeated soccer heading is tied to subconcussive brain injury and poorer memory functioning, with evidence of a threshold dose-response relationship, according to a study published online June 11 in Radiology.
Abstract (http://radiology.rsna.org/content/early/2013/06/03/radiol.13130545.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://radiology.rsna.org/content/early/2013/06/03/radiol.13130545.full )
Two-Way Tie for Hypoglycemia, Dementia in Diabetes
TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- For older adults with diabetes mellitus there appears to be a bidirectional correlation between hypoglycemia and dementia, according to research published online June 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Abstract (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696172#Abstract )Full Text (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696172 )Editorial (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696174 )
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/ )
Prolonged Symptoms for Children With Prior Concussion
MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of prolonged concussion symptoms is increased for children with a history of concussion, particularly those with multiple concussions or concussion within the preceding 12 months, according to a study published online June 10 in Pediatrics.
Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/06/05/peds.2013-0432.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/06/05/peds.2013-0432.full.pdf+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 )
MRI Predicts Cerebrovascular Dx Better Than CV Risk Factors
THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Aortic arch pulse wave velocity (PWV), a measure of arterial stiffness, is a strong, independent predictor of future cerebrovascular disease, according to a study published in the June issue of Radiology.
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Irregular Heartbeat May Speed Cognitive Decline
WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- In the absence of stroke, older adults who develop atrial fibrillation are at increased likelihood of experiencing a more rapid cognitive decline compared to similarly aged people without atrial fibrillation, according to a study published online June 5 in Neurology.
Abstract (http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2013/06/05/WNL.0b013e31829a33d1.short )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2013/06/05/WNL.0b013e31829a33d1.full.pdf+html )
Aspirin Post Hip Replacement OK for Extended Prophylaxis
WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Twenty-eight days of aspirin is non-inferior to, and as safe as, dalteparin, a low-molecular-weight heparin, for the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) after total hip arthroplasty (THA), according to research published in the June 4 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/ )
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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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 )
MRI Identifies Compression Fractures Before Cementing
TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- In patients with suspected vertebral compression fractures, the addition of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) reduces the rate of misdiagnosis of acute lesions and hidden lesions before percutaneous cement augmentation procedures, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques.
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Biomarker Not Linked to Multiple Sclerosis Response
TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- Serum levels of interleukin 17F (IL-17F) during early treatment of multiple sclerosis with interferon beta are not associated with responsiveness to treatment, although levels greater than 200 pg/mL may predict lack of response, according to a study published online June 3 in JAMA Neurology.
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Vegetarian Dietary Patterns Tied to Lower All-Cause Death
MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with non-vegetarians, vegetarians have reduced all-cause mortality, according to a study published online June 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Abstract (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1691919#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1691919 )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1691926 )
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.
Full Text (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1306051?query=featured_home )
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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