About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Español
VNA of Care New England
VNA of Care New England

June 2013 Briefing - Nursing

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nursing 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.
Volunteer Work Cuts Risk of Hypertension in Older Adults
FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who volunteer at least 200 hours over a one-year period and have normal blood pressure are less likely than non-volunteers to develop hypertension four years later, according to research published in the June issue of Psychology & Aging.
Abstract (http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/pag/28/2/578/ )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/pag/28/2/578/ )
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 )
Study Examines Opiate Use in Orthopedic Trauma Patients
THURSDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- Orthopedic trauma patients with isolated musculoskeletal injuries are significantly more likely than the general population to have used prescription opiates prior to injury, and pre-injury use predicts prolonged postoperative use, according to a study published in the June 19 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
Abstract (http://jbjs.org/article.aspx?articleid=1694245 )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jbjs.org/article.aspx?articleid=1694245 )
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 )
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 )
Socioecological Factors Contribute to Diabetes Epidemic
WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- A broader public health approach may be needed to address the socioecological factors contributing to the rising rates of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, according to a scientific statement published online June 20 in Diabetes Care.
Full Text (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/18/dc13-1161.full.pdf+html?sid=a889f463-db87-42db-8c8b-257e415cfaa6 )
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 )
Extended Office Hours Reduce Emergency Department Use
TUESDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents do not have access or do not know if they have access to their child's primary care doctor outside regular office hours, but extended office hours can substantially reduce the use of emergency departments, according to a study published online June 7 in The Journal of Pediatrics.
Abstract (http://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476%2813%2900515-5/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476%2813%2900515-5/fulltext )
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 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
FDA Approves Plan B for All Females of Childbearing Age
FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- The Plan B "emergency" contraceptive (levonorgestrel) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for any female of childbearing potential.
More Information (http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm358082.htm )
Prenatal Iron Intake Beneficial for Moms and Babies
FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Daily use of prenatal iron is associated with increased maternal mean hemoglobin and increased birth weight, according to research published online June 21 in BMJ.
Full Text (http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f3443 )
Images Increase Accuracy of Skin Cancer Self-Detection
FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Visual images such as those of benign and cancerous skin lesions increase awareness and accuracy of skin self-examination, according to a review published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Abstract (http://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622%2813%2900098-4/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622%2813%2900098-4/fulltext )
Gene Patenting Ruling Unlikely to Really Impact Oncology Care
FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- The Supreme Court decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad is not likely to have much immediate impact the practice of oncology, according to a special communication published online June 13 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Abstract (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/06/13/JCO.2013.49.7388.abstract )Full Text (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/06/13/JCO.2013.49.7388.full.pdf+html )
Screening Colonoscopy-ID'd CA Tied to Improved Outcomes
FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Patients identified with colon cancer through screening colonoscopies have both lower-stage disease on presentation and also better outcomes independent of their staging, according to research published online June 19 in JAMA Surgery.
Abstract (http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1698664#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1698664 )
Prenatal Smoke Exposure Linked to Hearing Loss in Teens
FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Secondhand smoke exposure in utero is associated with higher pure-tone hearing thresholds and an increased likelihood of unilateral low-frequency sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) among adolescents, according to a study published online June 20 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Abstract (http://archotol.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1699728#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archotol.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1699728 )
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 )
Single Moderate Exercise Session Ups Insulin Sensitivity in Obese
FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- A single, afternoon session of moderate exercise improves insulin sensitivity the next day in obese adults, according to a study published online June 11 in Diabetes Care.
Abstract (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/03/dc12-2606.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/03/dc12-2606.full.pdf+html )
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 )
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 )
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/ )
ACOG Recommends Screening Women for Elder Abuse
THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- Elder abuse is a prevalent issue and needs to be screened for in women aged 60 years and older during preventive health care visits, according to a Committee Opinion published in the July issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Abstract (http://journals.lww.com/greenjournal/Abstract/2013/07000/Committee_Opinion_No__568___Elder_Abuse_and.40.aspx )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://journals.lww.com/greenjournal/Abstract/2013/07000/Committee_Opinion_No__568___Elder_Abuse_and.40.aspx )
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 )
Sleep Apnea Predicts Sudden Cardiac Death
THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) predicts incident sudden cardiac death (SCD), with risk magnitude predicted by OSA severity, according to a large study published online June 19 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://content.onlinejacc.org/article.aspx?articleid=1699335 )
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 )
FDA Investigates Deaths of Patients on Antipsychotic Drug
WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Following the deaths of two patients three to four days after receiving a dose of Zyprexa Relprevv (olanzapine pamoate) via intramuscular injection, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is conducting an investigation into the possible cause.
More Information (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm357601.htm?source=govdeliver )
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 )
Secondhand Smoke Exposure Tied to Increased Diabetes Risk
WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Secondhand smoke exposure, in childhood or adulthood, is associated with an increased rate of type 2 diabetes in women, according to a study published online June 11 in Diabetes Care.
Abstract (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/03/dc12-2173.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/03/dc12-2173.full.pdf+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.
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1697957 )
Internet Grocery Service Seems Feasible in Urban Food Deserts
TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- An Internet grocery service (IGS) seems to be a feasible approach for increasing food access in an urban food desert, according to a pilot study published online May 8 in Preventing Chronic Disease.
Full Text (http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/12_0299.htm )
Physical Function Limitations Prevalent in Prediabetes
TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged and older adults with prediabetes have an increased likelihood of physical function limitations, according to a study published online June 11 in Diabetes Care.
Abstract (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/03/dc13-0412.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/03/dc13-0412.full.pdf+html )
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 )
Increasing Red Meat Intake Ups Future Risk of T2DM
MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- For U.S. adults, increasing red meat consumption is associated with a subsequent increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), according to a study published online June 17 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Abstract (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1697785#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1697785 )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1697792 )
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.
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1696644 )
Local Health Departments Beginning to Use Twitter
MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Fifty-eight percent of local health departments (LHDs) using Twitter for communications tweet about diabetes, according to a study published online May 2 in Preventing Chronic Disease.
Full Text (http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/12_0215.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 )
Initiating Statins Linked to Increased Risk of T2DM
MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Initiating statin therapy is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, which is not explained by differential survival, according to a study published in the May issue of Diabetes Care.
Abstract (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/36/5/1236.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/36/5/1236.full )
Sibling Aggression Linked to Mental Health Distress
MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Sibling aggression has a detrimental effect on children's and adolescents' mental health, according to a study published online June 17 in Pediatrics.
Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/06/12/peds.2012-3801.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/06/12/peds.2012-3801.full.pdf+html )
Racial Differences Seen in Use of Pediatric Specialty Care in Autism
MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- There are considerable racial and ethnic differences in the use of specialty care and procedures among children diagnosed with autism, according to a study published online June 17 in Pediatrics.
Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/06/12/peds.2012-3886.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/06/12/peds.2012-3886.full.pdf+html )
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 )
Only a Quarter of New Doctors Choose Primary Care
FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Only about a quarter of newly graduated physicians work in primary care and only about 5 percent practice in rural areas, despite public funding of graduate medical education (GME), according to research published online June 7 in Academic Medicine.
Abstract (http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Abstract/publishahead/Toward_Graduate_Medical_Education__GME_.99378.aspx )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Abstract/publishahead/Toward_Graduate_Medical_Education__GME_.99378.aspx )
Weight Loss Improves Sexual Function in Diabetes
FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Among obese women with type 2 diabetes and sexual dysfunction, weight loss significantly improves sexual function, according to a study published online June 11 in Diabetes Care.
Abstract (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/03/dc13-0315.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/03/dc13-0315.full.pdf+html )
Oncological Outcomes Similar Despite Timing of Prostatectomy
FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Outcomes are similar between men with histologically comparable prostate cancer who receive a radical prostatectomy after a period of active surveillance and those with low-risk disease who undergo immediate prostatectomy, according to a study published in the July issue of The Journal of Urology.
Abstract (http://www.jurology.com/article/S0022-5347(13)00045-1/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.jurology.com/article/S0022-5347(13)00045-1/fulltext )
Obesity Linked to Higher Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Men
FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is associated with significantly increased risks for incidence of colorectal adenoma and colorectal cancer in middle-aged and older men who are screened with sigmoidoscopy, according to research published online May 28 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Abstract (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/05/24/JCO.2012.48.4691.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/05/24/JCO.2012.48.4691.full.pdf+html )
Father-Child Relationship Linked to Marital Quality
FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Father-child relationship quality has a strong effect on both spouses' marital quality, according to a study published online March 8 in the Journal of Family Issues.
Abstract (http://jfi.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/03/20/0192513X13479948 )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jfi.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/03/20/0192513X13479948.full.pdf+html )
Thyroid Disease-Pregnancy Complications Link Explored
FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Thyroid diseases are associated with obstetric and labor and delivery complications, but further study is needed to determine if better management of disease during pregnancy is in order, or if it is an intrinsic aspect of thyroid disease that causes poor pregnancy outcomes, according to research published online June 6 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Abstract (http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/early/2013/06/05/jc.2012-4233.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/early/2013/06/05/jc.2012-4233.full.pdf+html )
Diet Rich in Unsaturated Fat May Up Insulin Sensitivity
FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- A diet rich in unsaturated fat may increase insulin sensitivity in individuals who are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, according to research published in the May issue of Diabetes Care.
Abstract (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/36/5/1132.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/36/5/1132.full )
Duloxetine Moderately Cost-Effective for Treating Back Pain
FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Duloxetine is a moderately cost-effective treatment for chronic low back pain (CLBP) compared with other post-first-line oral medications, according to research published in the May 15 issue of Spine.
Abstract (http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/2013/05150/Cost_Effectiveness_of_Duloxetine_in_Chronic_Low.14.aspx )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/2013/05150/Cost_Effectiveness_of_Duloxetine_in_Chronic_Low.14.aspx )
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 )
Healthy and Less Healthy 'Kid's Menu' Meals Similar in Price
FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy and less healthy meals on children's menus in full-service restaurants are similarly priced, in contrast to the higher price of healthy food at the grocery store, according to a study published online June 6 in Preventing Chronic Disease.
Full Text (http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/12_0266.htm )
EHR Improves Coordination of Care in Hematuria Work-Up
FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Care coordination, enhanced using an electronic health record system, can reduce the number of health care visits needed for the work-up of hematuria, according to a study published in the July issue of The Journal of Urology.
Abstract (http://www.jurology.com/article/S0022-5347(13)00044-X/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.jurology.com/article/S0022-5347(13)00044-X/fulltext )
Marked Variability Seen in Total Knee Arthroplasty Indications
FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- There is considerable variability associated with total knee arthroplasty (TKA) recommendations, according to a report published in the May issue of Pain Medicine News.
More Information (http://www.painmedicinenews.com/ViewArticle.aspx?d=Clinical%2BPain%2BMedicine&d_id=82&i=May+2013&i_id=951&a_id=23055 )
Many Smoke Exposed in Home/Car Despite Smoke-Free Rules
FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. adults report voluntary smoke-free rules for private settings, such as homes and vehicles, but millions of people are still exposed to secondhand smoke in these environments, according to research published online May 16 in Preventing Chronic Disease.
Full Text (http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/12_0218.htm )
FDA: One Lot of Warfarin Being Recalled
THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- Zydus Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., is voluntarily recalling one lot of Warfarin tablets after receiving a consumer complaint of oversized tablets, according to a June 12 safety alert issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
More Information (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm356519.htm?source=govdelivery )
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 )
Educational Intervention Aids Food-Insecure Diabetes Patients
THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- Low-income patients who have food insecurity may be particularly receptive to diabetes self-management support, according to a study published in the June issue of Diabetes Care.
Abstract (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/36/6/1448.abstract?sid=d5e40769-3754-4790-b4bb-58e3fda1b931 )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/36/6/1448.full )
Metformin Doesn't Reduce Gestational Diabetes With PCOS
THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- Metformin does not reduce the occurrence of gestational diabetes (GD) among pregnant women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) treated with metformin throughout pregnancy, according to a small study published in the June issue of Diabetes Care.
Abstract (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/36/6/1477.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/36/6/1477.full )
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 )
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 )
Non-Patient-Care Tasks Take Up More Than Half of Nurses' Time
THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- Nurses spend more than half their time on tasks other than patient care, including communication, and find that the biggest challenge of communication devices is unnecessary interruptions, according to a report published by Voalte.
More Information (http://www.voalte.com/2013SpecialReport/ )
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 )
Hands-Free, Speech-to-Text Action Ups Distraction in Driving
WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- In-vehicle activities such as listening to the radio are associated with a small level of distraction, whereas speech-to-text action correlates with relatively high levels of cognitive distraction while driving, according to a report published June 12 by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
More Information (https://www.aaafoundation.org/measuring-cognitive-distractions )
Church-Based Diet, Physical Activity Program Effective
WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- For rural African-Americans, church-based diet and physical interventions may be effective for improving healthy lifestyle choices, according to a study published June 6 in Preventing Chronic Disease.
Full Text (http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/12_0286.htm )
Screening Has Not Affected Breast CA Mortality in England
WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Mammographic screening, introduced in England in 1988, has not had a significant impact on breast cancer mortality, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Abstract (http://jrs.sagepub.com/content/106/6/234.abstract )Full Text (http://jrs.sagepub.com/content/106/6/234.full )
Short Post-Meal Walks Control Postprandial Hyperglycemia
WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- For older people, short bouts of post-meal walking seem effective for controlling postprandial hyperglycemia, according to a study published online June 11 in Diabetes Care.
Abstract (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/03/dc13-0084.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/03/dc13-0084.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 )
Fertility Preservation Guidelines for Cancer Patients Reviewed
WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- No major, substantive revisions were necessary, but clarifications were added to update the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) guidelines on fertility preservation for children and adults with cancer, according to a report published online May 28 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Abstract (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/05/24/JCO.2013.49.2678.abstract )Full Text (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/05/24/JCO.2013.49.2678.full.pdf+html )
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 )
Overweight and Obesity Linked to Risk of Preterm Delivery
TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal overweight and obesity, as measured by body mass index (BMI) in early pregnancy, is associated with increased risks of preterm delivery, especially extremely preterm delivery, according to a study published in the June 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Abstract (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696099#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696099 )
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 )
Education, Audit, Feedback Improve Antibiotic Rx
TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Clinician education coupled with audit and feedback can improve adherence of antibiotic prescribing guidelines for common bacterial acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs), according to a study published in the June 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Abstract (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696098#Abstract )Full Text (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696098 )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696084 )
Use of Pediatric CT Scans Increased From 1996 to 2005
TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- The use of computed tomography (CT) in children increased through 2005, with pediatric scans projected to cause future cancers, according to a study published online June 10 in JAMA Pediatrics.
Abstract (http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696279#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696279 )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696281 )
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/ )
Trans Fats Down in Two-Thirds of Food Products, 2007 to 2011
TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Manufacturers have slowed in their reformulations of food products to reduce trans fatty acids (TFA), according to a study published online May 23 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.
Full Text (http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/12_0198.htm )
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 )
Switch to Vegetable Fat May Cut Death Risk in Prostate Cancer
TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- For men with non-metastatic prostate cancer, the risks of lethal prostate cancer and all-cause mortality are significantly reduced with replacement of carbohydrates by vegetable fats, according to a study published online June 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Abstract (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696179#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1696179 )
Medicare Beneficiaries Use More Brand-Name Drugs Than VA
TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to seniors with diabetes treated through Veterans Affairs (VA), Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes use two to three times more brand-name drugs, driving up costs substantially, according to research published online June 11 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1696030 )
New, More Efficient Blood-Ordering Guidelines Issued
TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- By extracting blood utilization data from electronic medical records and applying it to a proposed algorithm, a cost-saving, institution-specific maximum surgical blood order schedule (MSBOS) can be created, according to a study published in the June issue of Anesthesiology.
Full Text (http://journals.lww.com/anesthesiology/Fulltext/2013/06000/Optimizing_Preoperative_Blood_Ordering_with_Data.16.aspx )
USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Child Abuse Preventive Efforts
MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- There is currently insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment, according to an updated recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published online June 11 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Full Text (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1696071 )
Age, Sex Predict Neoplasia Risk in CT Colonography Screening
MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- For individuals undergoing screening computed tomographic colonography (CTC), age and sex, but not body mass index (BMI) or family history, are independent predictors of advanced neoplasia risk, according to a study published online June 10 in Cancer.
Abstract (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cncr.28007/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cncr.28007/full )
Demographic Variation in Early PET Scan Use for NSCLC
MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- For Medicare beneficiaries with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), demographic differences in the rates of positron emission tomography (PET) scan use persisted from 1998 to 2007, according to research published in the June issue of Radiology.
Abstract (http://radiology.rsna.org/content/267/3/807.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://radiology.rsna.org/content/267/3/807.full )
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 )
Depression, Antidepressant Use Linked to Future CVD Risk
MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with type 2 diabetes, higher self-reported depression symptoms and antidepressant medicine (ADM) use in the previous year are independently associated with developing certain cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factor-positive status over the next four years, according to a study published in the May issue of Diabetes Care.
Abstract (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/36/5/1088.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/36/5/1088.full )
Many Families in Underserved Areas Access, Use Technology
MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- Caregivers of children receiving care in an urban pediatric primary care setting frequently use digital technologies, according to a study published online June 10 in Pediatrics.
Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/06/05/peds.2013-0594.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/06/05/peds.2013-0594.full.pdf+html )
Estrone Levels Predict Incident Type 2 Diabetes in Men
MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of estrone are associated with increased risk of incident type 2 diabetes in a cohort of community-dwelling men, according to a study published online May 20 in Diabetes Care.
Abstract (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/05/14/dc12-2477.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/05/14/dc12-2477.full.pdf+html )
Patients Trust Primary Care Docs, Regardless of PCP BMI
MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- Patients report high levels of trust in their primary care providers (PCPs), but they are more likely to trust dietary advice from overweight than normal-weight PCPs, according to a study published online June 4 in Preventive Medicine.
Abstract (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743513001503 )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743513001503 )
Oncologists, PCPs Differ in Cancer Follow-Up Concerns
MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- Medical oncologists (MOs) and primary care physicians (PCPs) report different barriers/concerns in cancer follow-up care to be problematic, according to research published online May 20 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Abstract (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/05/17/JCO.2012.45.6954.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/05/17/JCO.2012.45.6954.full.pdf+html )
Methylphenidate, Nurses Calls Don't Improve Cancer Fatigue
FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with advanced cancer, methylphenidate (MP) or a nursing telephone intervention (NTI), alone or combined, offer no benefit over placebo for improving cancer-related fatigue (CRF), according to a study published online May 20 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Abstract (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/05/17/JCO.2012.45.3696.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/05/17/JCO.2012.45.3696.full.pdf+html )
Marriages That Start Online May Be More Successful
FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Those who meet their spouse online may have slightly better outcomes in marriage than those who meet through traditional means, according to a study published online June 3 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Abstract (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/05/31/1222447110.abstract )Full Text (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/05/31/1222447110.full.pdf+html )
Higher Vitamin D Linked to Reduced Diabetes Risk
FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Higher blood levels of vitamin D are associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a meta-analysis published in the May issue of Diabetes Care.
Abstract (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/36/5/1422.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/36/5/1422.full )
Heat Response Plans Need to Be in Place Before Extreme Event
FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Heat-related deaths are preventable and heat response plans focusing on identifying and limiting heat exposure among vulnerable populations should be in place before an extreme heat event, according to research published in the June 7 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/mm6222a1.htm?s_cid=mm6222a1_w )
FDA Panel Votes to Loosen Restrictions on Avandia
FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel met Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the fate of the diabetes drug Avandia (rosiglitazone), concluding in a vote in favor of easing restrictions on access to the drug. The exact nature of these restriction changes are yet to be determined.
More Information (http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm143349.htm )
Wellness Policies Improve Child Health in Care Centers
FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Introducing wellness policies and training caregivers in best practices for nutrition and physical activity improves the care environment for young children, according to research published online May 23 in Preventing Chronic Disease.
Full Text (http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/12_0232.htm )
Women Being Recruited to Join Specific Cancer Registry
FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Women, with and without cancer, are being recruited to join a cancer registry in an effort to better understand and more effectively treat cancers that primarily affect women, according to a Cedars-Sinai initiative.
More Information (http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Programs-and-Services/Womens-Cancer-Program/Research-and-Clinical-Trials/Research-for-Her.aspx )
Multidisciplinary Intervention Cuts Post-Op Complications
FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing general or vascular surgery, implementation of a multidisciplinary pulmonary care program (I COUGH) correlates with reduced incidence of postoperative pneumonia and unplanned intubation, according to a study published online June 5 in JAMA Surgery.
Abstract (http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1693122#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1693122 )
Large Randomized Trial Will Compare Diabetes Medications
FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- The Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness Study (GRADE) is a pragmatic clinical trial that will compare the long-term effects of diabetes medications (when combined with metformin) on glucose-lowering efficacy and patient-centered outcomes, according to a report published online May 20 in Diabetes Care.
Abstract (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/05/14/dc13-0356.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/05/14/dc13-0356.full.pdf+html )
Symptomatic At-Risk Celiac Screening Remains Best
FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Symptomatic at-risk screening (SAS) for celiac disease remains more cost-effective than universal serologic screening (USS), according to a review published in the June issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Abstract (http://www.cghjournal.org/article/S1542-3565(13)00095-5/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.cghjournal.org/article/S1542-3565(13)00095-5/fulltext )
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 )
Lixisenatide Non-Inferior to Exenatide for Diabetes
THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- In adults with type 2 diabetes not adequately controlled with metformin, lixisenatide once daily offers diabetes control similar to that of exenatide twice daily, with some added benefits, according to a study published online May 22 in Diabetes Care.
Abstract (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/05/22/dc12-2709.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/05/22/dc12-2709.full.pdf+html )
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.
Abstract (http://www.annallergy.org/article/S1081-1206(13)00245-7/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.annallergy.org/article/S1081-1206(13)00245-7/fulltext )
Statins May Lower Esophageal Cancer Risk
THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Statins may lower the risk of esophageal cancer, particularly in patients with Barrett's esophagus, according to a review published in the June issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Abstract (http://www.cghjournal.org/article/S1542-3565(13)00094-3/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.cghjournal.org/article/S1542-3565(13)00094-3/fulltext )
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 )
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.
Abstract (http://jbjs.org/article.aspx?articleid=1679102 )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jbjs.org/article.aspx?articleid=1679102 )
Weather Differentially Affects Women With Fibromyalgia
THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Female patients with fibromyalgia appear to be differentially sensitive to certain weather conditions rather than subject to a uniform influence of weather on daily pain and fatigue, according to a study published online June 4 in Arthritis Care & Research.
Abstract (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acr.22008/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acr.22008/pdf )
Frailty, Not Age, Predicts Mortality With Hemodialysis
THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Among patients undergoing hemodialysis, frailty is an independent predictor of mortality and hospitalization, regardless of age, according to a study published online May 27 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Abstract (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.12266/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.12266/full )
Fish Oil Supplementation May Lower Risk of Diabetes
THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Fish oil supplementation moderately increases circulating adiponectin, according to a review published in the June 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Abstract (http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/98/6/2451.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/98/6/2451.full )
Coaching by Phone Benefits Colorectal Cancer Survivors
THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- A telephone-delivered intervention, known as CanChange, positively influences certain health and behavioral outcomes among colorectal cancer survivors, according to research published online May 20 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Abstract (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/05/17/JCO.2012.45.5873.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/05/17/JCO.2012.45.5873.full.pdf+html )
Outcomes-Based Data Drive Practice Transformation
THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers in North Carolina have developed an enhanced model for the natural history of practice transformation that emphasizes using outcomes-based data to sustain robust long-term improvements and success in primary care settings; the research has been published in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
Abstract (http://annfammed.org/content/11/3/212.abstract )Full Text (http://annfammed.org/content/11/3/212.full )
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 )
Low-Mortality Hospitals Better With Heart Surgery Complications
WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitals with low mortality rates for adults undergoing cardiac surgery are superior in rescuing patients from postoperative complications, according to research published in the June issue of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
Abstract (http://ats.ctsnetjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/95/6/1976 )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://ats.ctsnetjournals.org/cgi/content/full/95/6/1976 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
Spending Down for Special Needs During Recession
WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- The 2007 to 2009 recession led to a decline in out-of-pocket health care spending for children with special needs, according to a study published in the June issue of Health Affairs.
Abstract (http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/6/1054.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/6/1054.full )
Office-Based Physicians Making More Patient Referrals to ER
WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Emergency departments (EDs) have become an important source of admissions to U.S. hospitals and are increasingly being used to conduct complex work-ups, according to a report published by the RAND Corporation.
More Information (http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR280.html )
Weight Loss Diets Improve Renal Function in Obese
WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Low-fat, Mediterranean, and low-carbohydrate diets are similarly effective in improving renal function in moderately obese people with or without type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online May 20 in Diabetes Care.
Abstract (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/05/14/dc12-1846.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/05/14/dc12-1846.full.pdf+html )
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.
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1692572 )
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.
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1692573 )
Mindfulness Exercises May Reduce PTSD Symptoms
WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Mindfulness-based stretching and deep-breathing exercises may reduce the prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-like symptoms in individuals with subclinical features of PTSD, according to research published online May 29 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Abstract (http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/early/2013/05/29/jc.2012-3742.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/early/2013/05/29/jc.2012-3742.full.pdf+html )
Shared-Care Model Improves Professional Satisfaction
WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Shifting primary care practice toward a shared-care model for work distribution and responsibility can improve professional satisfaction, according to research published in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
Abstract (http://www.annfammed.org/content/11/3/272.abstract )Full Text (http://www.annfammed.org/content/11/3/272.full )
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.
Abstract (http://ats.ctsnetjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/95/6/2194 )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://ats.ctsnetjournals.org/cgi/content/full/95/6/2194 )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://ats.ctsnetjournals.org/cgi/content/extract/95/6/1855 )
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 )
Good Outcomes for Resident-Performed Cataract Surgery
TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- In an underserved patient population, supervised resident-performed cataract surgery is successful and cost-effective, according to a study published online May 30 in JAMA Ophthalmology.
Abstract (http://archopht.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1691989#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archopht.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1691989 )
Final Rules on Employment Wellness Programs Released
TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- The final rules on employment-based wellness programs, which support workplace health promotion and prevention as a way of limiting health care costs and reducing the burden of chronic disease, have been released by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).
More Information (http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2013pres/05/20130529a.html )
Daily Sunscreen Use During Middle-Age Slows Skin Aging
MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- Daily sunscreen use can slow skin aging in middle-aged adults, according to a study published in the June 4 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1691733 )
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.
Abstract - Imdad (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/05/29/peds.2012-3449.abstract.aappublications.org/content/early/recent )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/05/29/peds.2012-3449.full.pdf+html )Abstract - Robinson (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/05/29/peds.2012-3866.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/05/29/peds.2012-3866.full.pdf+html )
Increasing Drug Rx Linked to Exposure, Poisoning in Children
MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- There is a strong correlation between increasing adult drug prescriptions and exposure and poisoning among children, particularly those aged 0 to 5 years, according to a study published online June 3 in Pediatrics.
Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/05/29/peds.2012-2978.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/05/29/peds.2012-2978.full.pdf+html )
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.
More Information (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm )
Health Headlines
Genes May Help Determine Your Pain ThresholdView in a lightbox
How to Keep Your Fitness Goals on TrackView in a lightbox
If Kids Think Someone's Watching, They're More Likely to Wash Their HandsView in a lightbox
Spring Cleaning Safety TipsView in a lightbox
Ragwitek Approved for Adult Ragweed AllergyView in a lightbox
VNA of Care New England
© 2011 Site Index | Disclaimer | Legal Notices