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June 2013 Briefing - Emergency Medicine

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Emergency Medicine 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 )
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 )
FDA Approves Rixubis for Prophylactic Tx in Hemophilia B
THURSDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- Rixubis (coagulation factor IX recombinant) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent routine bleeding episodes in people aged 16 and older with hemophilia B, the agency said in a news release.
More Information (http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm358918.htm )
Increased Risk of Cervical Hip Fracture for Patients With SLE
THURSDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have an increased risk of cervical, but not trochanteric, hip fractures, according to a study published online April 16 in Arthritis Care & Research.
Abstract (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acr.22028/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acr.22028/pdf )
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 )
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 )
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 )
ER Imaging Variability Not Due to Physicians
WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Very little variability in the use of imaging in the emergency department is actually attributable to physicians, according to a study published online June 25 in Radiology.
Abstract (http://radiology.rsna.org/content/early/2013/06/11/radiol.13130972.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://radiology.rsna.org/content/early/2013/06/11/radiol.13130972.full )
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 )
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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Air Transport Ups Survival Despite Severity of Trauma
TUESDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- Trauma patients transported via helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) have improved survival compared to those transported via ground emergency medical services (GEMS), despite tending to be more seriously injured, according to a study published online June 21 in Critical Care.
Abstract (http://ccforum.com/content/17/3/R124/abstract )Full Text (http://ccforum.com/content/pdf/cc12796.pdf )
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 )
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 )
Mobile Phone Use-Related Injuries Up for Pedestrians
TUESDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- The number of injuries related to mobile phone use among pedestrians increased from 2004 to 2010, with the number of injuries exceeding those of drivers in 2010, according to a study published in the August issue of Accident Analysis & Prevention.
Abstract (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000145751300119X )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000145751300119X )
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 )
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 )
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 Updates Guidelines for Bacterial Sinusitis in Children
MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its recommendations for the diagnosis and management of acute bacterial sinusitis in children; the updated clinical practice guideline has been published online June 24 in Pediatrics.
Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/06/19/peds.2013-1071.abstract )Full Text (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/06/19/peds.2013-1071.full.pdf+html )
Fatality 36 Percent for Human Infection With Avian H7N9
MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- The fatality risk of human infection with avian influenza H7N9 is 36 percent among people of all ages, and there are epidemiological differences in cases with H7N9 and H5N1, according to two studies published online June 24 in The Lancet.
Abstract - Yu (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61207-6/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61207-6/fulltext )Abstract - Cowling (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61171-X/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61171-X/fulltext )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61447-6/fulltext )
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 )
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 )
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 )
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/ )
Flu Shot Averted About 13 Million Illnesses Over Six Years
THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- Influenza vaccination likely prevented over 13 million illnesses and more than 100,000 hospitalizations from 2005 to 2011, according to a study published online June 19 in PLOS ONE.
Full Text (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0066312 )
Person-to-Person Transmission of MERS-CoV Identified
WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Person-to-person transmission of the novel Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has been described in a cluster of health care-associated infections in Saudi Arabia, according to research published online June 19 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Abstract (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1306742?query=featured_home#t=abstract )Full Text (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1306742?query=featured_home#t=article )
Implanted Cardiac Devices Effective in Healthy Elderly, Too
WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Although total mortality is higher among elderly patients, rates of appropriate shocks from implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are similar across age groups, according to research published in the June 18 issue of Circulation.
Abstract (http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/127/24/2383.abstract )Full Text (http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/127/24/2383.full )
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 )
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 )
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 )
Meningococcal Disease ID'd in Men Who Have Sex With Men
TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- Following reports of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) among men who have sex with men (MSM), the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has recommended that MSM who have engaged in intimate contact with another man should undergo vaccination, according to a report published online June 17 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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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 )
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 )
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 )
Cervical Disc-Level Canal Diameter Predicts Spinal Injury
WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Disc-level canal diameter determined from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can identify patients at risk for acute spinal cord injury (SCI) after minor trauma, according to a study published in the June issue of The Spine Journal.
Abstract (http://www.thespinejournalonline.com/article/S1529-9430(13)00163-0/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.thespinejournalonline.com/article/S1529-9430(13)00163-0/fulltext )
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 )
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.
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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/ )
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 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
CDC: Multistate Hepatitis A Virus Outbreak Reported
THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- A multistate outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses, possibly linked to a frozen berry and pomegranate mix, has been identified, according to a report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More Information (http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Outbreaks/2013/A1b-03-31/index.html )
HHS: Marketplaces Open New Insurance Options for Consumers
THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Health Insurance Marketplaces, due to be introduced in October 2013, will increase the coverage options for many consumers, according to a memo released by the U.S. Department of Human & Health Services.
More Information (http://www.scribd.com/doc/144725362/White-House-Health-Care-Competition-Memo-5-30-13 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
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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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 )
CDC: Small Drop in Those With Difficulty Paying Medical Bills
TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a slight decrease in the percentage of individuals aged younger than 65 years who are in a family with difficulty paying their medical bills, according to a June data brief issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
More Information (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/problems_paying_medical_bills_january_2011-june_2012.pdf )
Family Cluster of Middle East Coronavirus Infections ID'd
TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- A family cluster of infections with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) has been described in a brief report published online May 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Abstract (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1303729#t=abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1303729#t=article )
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 )
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 )
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