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November 2013 Briefing - Family Practice

Last Updated: December 02, 2013.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Family Practice for November 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.

Mercury Levels Drop One-Third in Women of Childbearing Age

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Blood mercury levels in women of childbearing age dropped 34 percent from an initial survey conducted in 1999 to 2000 to follow-up surveys conducted from 2001 to 2010, according to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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BRCA2 Familial Breast CA Risk High Even Without BRCA Mutation

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Women from BRCA2 families who do not carry a mutation in the BRCA2 breast cancer susceptibility gene still have a nearly five-fold higher risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study published online Nov. 27 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Spatiotemporal Analysis Emphasizes Value of Vaccination

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Spatiotemporal data emphasizes the importance of vaccination programs, according to research published in the Nov. 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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AAD Issues Top Five Choosing Wisely Recommendations

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The top five dermatology-related issues that physicians and patients should question have been released by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, and have been published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Normal Weight Obesity Ups Cardiac Deaths in Older Adults

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- In older adults, normal weight obesity (NWO) is associated with cardiac abnormalities and increased risk for cardiovascular mortality, according to research published in the Nov. 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Age at First Childbirth Influences Later Diabetes Risk

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Age at first childbirth is associated with the risk of diabetes in postmenopausal women, according to a study published online Nov. 15 in Diabetes Care.

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Salt-Containing Rx Formulations Increase Cardiovascular Risk

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- People taking sodium-containing formulations of drugs are at higher risk of cardiovascular events, particularly stroke and hypertension, according to a study published online Nov. 26 in BMJ.

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Insurance Exchanges May Benefit Small Medical Practices

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Small medical practices may not need to offer their employees health insurance, although there may be advantages to doing so, according to an article published Nov. 10 in Medical Economics.

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Telemedicine in Rural ER Tied to Fewer Physician Rx Errors

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- For seriously ill and injured children, the use of telemedicine consultations in rural emergency departments is associated with fewer physician-related medication errors, according to a study published online Nov. 25 in Pediatrics.

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Thalidomide Improves Clinical Remission in Pediatric Crohn's

TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Thalidomide is associated with improved clinical remission at eight weeks of treatment for children with refractory Crohn's disease, according to a study published in the Nov. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Oral Fluoroquinolone Use Not Linked to Retinal Detachment

TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Oral fluoroquinolone use is not associated with the risk of retinal detachment, according to a Danish cohort study published in the Nov. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Practices Should Start Preparing for Transition to ICD-10

TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Practices should start preparing for the transition to International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10), according to an article published Nov. 10 in Medical Economics.

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Many Pediatricians Uncomfortable With Genetic Disease Care

TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Only about half of primary care pediatricians feel competent caring for children with genetic disorders, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in the American Journal of Medical Genetics.

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Optimal Testosterone Levels Tied to Survival in Older Men

TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Higher and lower levels of testosterone (T) and its metabolites may raise mortality risk in older men, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Sustained Physical Activity Key Ingredient in Healthy Aging

TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Regular physical activity increases the likelihood of remaining healthy with age, even if started later in life, according to a study published online Nov. 25 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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No Link Between Menopausal Hormones and Cognition

TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Postmenopausal hormone levels are not generally associated with cognition or mood, according to a study published online Nov. 25 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Chest Pain Characteristics Don't Help Diagnose AMI in Women

TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Small differences are observed in the sex-specific diagnostic performance of chest pain characteristics (CPCs) for diagnosing acute myocardial infarction (AMI), according to a study published online Nov. 25 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Barriers Identified for HPV Vaccination Among U.S. Teens

TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Barriers to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in U.S. adolescents have been identified, according to a review published online Nov. 25 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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CDC: Students Safe to Travel Despite Meningitis Outbreak

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Despite recent outbreaks of bacterial meningitis at Princeton University and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), U.S. health officials said Monday that students are safe to travel home for the Thanksgiving break.

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FDA to Lift Restrictions on Diabetes Drug Avandia

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that it is lifting the tough safety restrictions it imposed on the diabetes drug Avandia two years ago because of reported links to heart problems.

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FDA Approves H5N1 Avian Influenza Vaccine

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first adjuvanted vaccine for the prevention of H5N1 influenza in adults at greater-than-average risk of exposure.

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USPSTF: Lack of Evidence for Primary Care Oral CA Screening

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has found that there is currently insufficient evidence to weigh the benefits and harms of primary care provider screening of asymptomatic adults for oral cancer, according to a final recommendation statement published online Nov. 25 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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High Abusive Head Trauma Rates With New Coding Method

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Use of new coding algorithms show the highest abusive head trauma (AHT) rates in children < 1 year reported to date, but no significant change in national AHT rates, according to a study published online Nov. 25 in Pediatrics.

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Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Linked to Endometrial Cancer

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A higher intake of sugar and sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with a higher risk of some endometrial cancers, according to a study published online Nov. 22 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Nebulizers Deliver Less Than Half of Prescribed Asthma Rx in Kids

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The amount of corticosteroids delivered by nebulizers in children with asthma differs from the prescribed dose, the amount varying with drug formulation, according to research published online Nov. 24 in Respirology.

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Blue Laser Devices Can Cause Permanent Eye Damage

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Handheld high-power blue lasers can cause serious and permanent eye damage, according to a study published online Nov. 4 in Ophthalmology.

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CDC: More Than One in 10 Kids Diagnosed With ADHD

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- More than one in 10 children and adolescents are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), an increase of 42 percent in less than a decade, according to a study published online Nov. 25 in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Antiviral Therapy Helps Children Critically Ill With Flu

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- In children critically ill with influenza, prompt treatment with neuraminidase inhibitors (NAIs) may improve survival, according to research published online Nov. 25 in Pediatrics.

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American Medical Groups Protesting Physician Cuts

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Medical societies are taking action against the mass cancellations of physicians in Medicare Advantage plans in many states, according to an article published online Nov. 22 in Medical Economics.

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Testosterone Therapy Doesn't Worsen Urinary Symptoms

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- For hypogonadal men, testosterone replacement therapy is associated with a low risk of worsening lower urinary tract symptoms, according to a study published in the November issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Family Doc Finds Mid-Level Providers Increase Revenue

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Hiring mid-levels -- physicians assistants and nurse practitioners -- can improve productivity, resulting in increased physician take-home pay, according to an article published Nov. 10 in Medical Economics.

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Recession-Linked Losses Impact Alcohol Outcomes

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Recession-induced economic losses are associated with alcohol outcomes, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

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Rates of CPR Training Vary Geographically in the U.S.

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- There are wide geographic disparities in rates of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in the United States, according to a study published online Nov. 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Continuity of Care Impacts Patient-Doc Communication

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- For Veterans Administration (VA) outpatients, low continuity of primary care correlates with reduced quality of patient-provider communication, according to a study published online Sept. 26 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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White House Extends Enrollment Deadline for Health Insurance

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Consumers who want to enroll in a health insurance plan through HealthCare.gov will get a few extra days to sign up for coverage that will take effect on Jan. 1. The deadline for buying insurance through the federal health insurance exchange will be pushed from Dec. 15 to Dec. 23, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said during a Friday news conference.

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Few Parents Believe Their Teens Are at Risk of Hearing Loss

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Few parents of adolescents believe their children are at risk of hearing loss, according to a study published online Nov. 21 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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FDA Warns of Cardiac Risk With Stress Test Agents

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The use of cardiac nuclear stress test agents comes with a rare but serious risk of heart attack and death, according to a warning sent by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to health care professionals.

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Vision Measured in Clinic Better Than That Measured at Home

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- For older adults, vision measured in the clinic is generally better than that measured at home, according to a study published online Nov. 21 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Researchers Study Factors in Uncomplicated Pregnancy

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Factors associated with uncomplicated pregnancy have been identified, according to a study published online Nov. 21 in BMJ.

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Metabolic Factors Mediate Much of BMI-Tied Excess Cardio Risk

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose mediate much of the excess risk of coronary heart disease and stroke associated with high body mass index (BMI), according to a study published online Nov. 22 in The Lancet.

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Unemployment Linked to Accelerated Biological Aging

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Young adult men who are unemployed for long periods have shorter telomeres, a sign of accelerated biological aging, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in PLOS ONE.

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Rape, Sexual Assault Likely Underestimated by Crime Survey

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Rape and sexual assault are likely underestimated on the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and a new survey should be developed for more accurate estimation of incidence, according to a report published by the National Academy of Sciences.

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Daily Text Messages Improve Diabetes Outcomes

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with poorly controlled diabetes have improvements in hemoglobin A1c and medication adherence and fewer trips to the emergency room after receiving daily text messages, according to a study published online Nov. 13 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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Headache Society Issues Top Five Choosing Wisely Tips

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The top five headache-related issues that physicians and patients should question have been released by the American Headache Society (AHS) as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, and published online Oct. 29 in Headache.

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Prognostic Value of Lipoprotein (a) With Low Cholesterol Unclear

THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Lipoprotein (a) (Lp[a]) has utility in assessing cardiovascular risk in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD); however, the prognostic value of Lp(a) in patients with low cholesterol levels remains unclear, according to a study published online Oct. 23 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Personalized Pharmacist-Led Care Ups Med Adherence in ACS

THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- For patients admitted with acute coronary syndrome, a personalized attention and coordinated care intervention involving a pharmacist is associated with improved medication adherence after discharge, according to a study published Nov. 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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CDC Report: Health Disparities Persist in America

THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Despite progress in some areas, health disparities remain for many Americans, health officials reported Thursday. These inequalities are related to income, education, sex, race, ethnicity, employment and sexual orientation, and they all affect Americans' health and well-being, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Many Women With Pelvic Prolapse Prefer to Keep Uterus

THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- More women may prefer uterine preservation to hysterectomy for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse symptoms, according to research published in the November issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Central Adiposity Linked to Risk of Esophageal Cancer

THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies shows that central adiposity, independent of body mass index (BMI), is associated with increased risk of esophageal inflammation, metaplasia, and adenocarcinoma, according to research published in the November issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Phthalate Exposure Linked to Higher Odds of Preterm Birth

THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to phthalates during pregnancy is associated with significantly higher odds of preterm birth, according to a study published online Nov. 18 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Drinking Milk As Teen Not Tied to Later Hip Fracture Risk

THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Milk consumption during teenage years is not associated with the risk of hip fracture in older adults, according to a study published online Nov. 18 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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PTSD Linked to Overweight, Obesity in Women

THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Women with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more likely to become overweight or obese, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Team-Based Approach Best Suited to Controlling High BP

THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- To optimize the treatment of high blood pressure, the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advocate a team-based approach that incorporates the use of electronic health records, according to a scientific advisory published online Nov. 15 in Hypertension.

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Recessions Linked to Worse Cognitive Function Later

THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Living through recessions is associated with worse cognitive function later in life, with the critical age range differing for men and women, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

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Race May Affect Assessment of Vitamin D Status

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Common genetic polymorphisms may explain racial differences in manifestations of vitamin D deficiency, according to research published in the Nov. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Nut Consumption May Impact Mortality Risk

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Those who consume nuts have a lower risk of total and cause-specific mortality, according to research published in the Nov. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Gray Matter Abnormalities Persist After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- At four months following mild traumatic brain injury, symptoms are significantly reduced but gray matter abnormalities persist, according to research published online Nov. 20 in Neurology.

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Younger Age Is Significant QoL Predictor Post-Breast Biopsy

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- For women undergoing percutaneous breast biopsy procedures, younger age is a significant predictor of decreased short-term quality of life, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in Radiology.

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Lower Extremity Functional Scale Valid for Low Back Pain

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The modified lower extremity functional scale (LEFS) is a valid and reliable instrument for patients with low back pain (LBP) with or without radiating leg pain, according to a study published in the Nov. 1 issue of Spine.

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Calcium, Vitamin D Up BMD for Patients on Antiepileptic Drugs

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- For male veterans with epilepsy taking antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), calcium and vitamin D supplementation improve bone mineral density (BMD), with added benefits seen with addition of risedronate, according to a study published in the November issue of Epilepsia.

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USPSTF Identifies High Priority Evidence Gaps for Older Adults

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has produced their third annual report for Congress identifying high-priority evidence gaps specifically relating to the care of older adults.

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Web-Based Course Improves Ability to Detect Skin Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- For primary care providers (PCPs), a web-based course in skin cancer detection improves skills related to recognition and management of skin cancer, according to a study published in the November-December issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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Short-Term Aerobic Exercise Improves Memory in Older Adults

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Even shorter term regular aerobic exercise can increase resting cerebral blood flow, and improve memory and cardiovascular health in older sedentary adults, according to a study published online Nov. 12 in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

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More Than Half of Hospitalized Patients Given Opioids

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of hospitalized, nonsurgical patients are exposed to opioids, according to a study published online Nov. 13 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

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More Mastectomy, Less Radiation in Male Breast CA Management

TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Surgical management of male breast cancer (MBC) is considerably different from that of female breast cancer (FBC), according to a study published in the Nov. 15 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics.

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Health Care Frustration Higher in U.S. Than Other Countries

TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to 10 other high-income industrialized nations, adults in the United States are more likely to go without health care because of costs, experience difficulty paying medical bills, and deal with frustrating health insurance paperwork or disputes such as unpaid claims, according to a report published by The Commonwealth Fund.

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Comorbidity Has Considerable Impact on Life Expectancy

TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Life expectancy in elderly individuals of the same chronological age varies with levels of comorbidity, according to research published in the Nov. 19 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Risk of Hospitalized Fall Injury Up for Seniors With Diabetes

TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with diabetes, especially those treated with insulin, are at increased risk of injurious falls requiring hospitalization, according to a study published online Oct. 15 in Diabetes Care.

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Effect of Statins on Cognitive Function Unclear

TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Current published evidence is lacking and further research is needed to establish an effect of statins on cognitive function, according to a review published in the Nov. 19 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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In-Bedroom Media Access Tied to Sleep Problems in ASD

TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- For boys with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), media-related variables impact sleep time, according to a study published online Nov. 18 in Pediatrics.

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Asthma Tied to Increased Time to Pregnancy

TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Asthma prolongs time to pregnancy, according to a study published online Nov. 14 in the European Respiratory Journal.

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Some Doctors Challenge New Statin Guidelines

MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A new online cholesterol risk calculator produced by two leading U.S. heart organizations is flawed and overstates a person's risk of heart disease, a pair of Harvard Medical School professors say. The professors contend that this flaw could lead the calculator to mistakenly suggest that millions of people should be taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, The New York Times reported Monday.

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Global Efforts Needed to Curb Antibiotic Resistance

MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Global efforts are needed to curb antibiotic resistance, according to a report published online Nov. 16 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

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AAP/CDC Update Antibiotic Guidance for Pediatric URIs

MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released updated guidelines for the judicious use of antibiotics for upper respiratory infections (URIs) in children; these guidelines have been published online Nov. 18 in Pediatrics.

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Infant Cases of Late Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding Described

MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Four cases of vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB) have been reported in Tennessee, according to a report published in the Nov. 15 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Study Supports AAP Allergy Prevention Recommendations

MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The delay of solid foods until at least 17 weeks of age and continued breastfeeding when cow's milk protein is introduced to infants' diets correlate with a reduced likelihood of food allergies, according to a study published online Nov. 18 in Pediatrics.

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CDC: Smoking Remains Steady in Middle, High School Students

FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Overall, the percent of students smoking cigarettes and using tobacco remained steady in 2012, according to a report published in the Nov. 15 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Guidelines Issued for Managing Diabetes in Pregnancy

FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Guidelines have been formulated for the management of pregnant women with diabetes; the clinical practice guideline has been published in the Nov. 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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AAFP Creates Map of Medicaid Parity Provision Implementation

FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Most states have implemented the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid parity measure for certain primary care services, according to a report published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

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Bariatric Surgery Linked to Increased Pregnancy Risks

FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Women with a history of bariatric surgery are at increased risk for preterm or small-for-gestational-age babies, according to a study published online Nov. 12 in BMJ.

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MetS No Better Than BMI for ID'ing Risk for Heart Disease

FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Being overweight or obese is a risk factor for myocardial infarction (MI) and ischemic heart disease (IHD) regardless of metabolic syndrome status, according to a study published online Nov. 11 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Time Spent Walking Tied to Lower Stroke Risk in Older Men

FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- For older men, time spent walking is associated with a reduced risk of stroke, in a dose-dependent manner, according to a study published online Nov. 14 in Stroke.

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Macular Degeneration Not Tied to Alzheimer's, Dementia

FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Individuals with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) do not have an elevated risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD) or dementia, according to a study published online Nov. 14 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Lower Glucose Threshold for T2DM Prevention Ups Costs

FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Although lowering the threshold for a normal fasting plasma glucose would identify more adults at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, intervention costs would increase, according to research published online Oct. 17 in Diabetes Care.

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Arthritis Patients Listen When Doc Tells Them to Exercise

FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Recommendations from health care providers are linked with adherence to guidelines for physical activity in adults with arthritis, according to research published online Nov. 7 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

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FDA Requests Safety Measures for Topical Antiseptics

FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requesting manufacturers of certain topical antiseptics make changes to their labeling and packaging that will enhance product safety, according to a Drug Safety Communication issued by the agency.

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Obama Nominates Health Care Law Backer to Be Surgeon General

FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- An early supporter and advocate for the Affordable Care Act has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the country's next surgeon general.

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New Guidelines Issued for Managing Overweight, Obesity

FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence-based recommendations for the management of overweight and obesity have been developed by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology; the guidelines were published online Nov. 12 in Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Obama Signs Bill to Encourage Schools to Stock Epinephrine

THURSDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A new law meant to increase the availability of life-saving epinephrine in U.S. schools was signed Wednesday by President Barack Obama.

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ASCO Concurs With Cancer Care Ontario for CRC Follow-Up

THURSDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has endorsed Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) guidelines for colorectal cancer survivor follow-up care, according to a study published online Nov. 12 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Obama: You Can Keep Your Health Plan (for a Year)

THURSDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Bending to political pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a plan to allow Americans to keep their health insurance plans for another year, even if that coverage would have been cancelled because it fails to meet new rules under the Affordable Care Act.

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Guidelines Issued for Assessing Risk of Atherosclerotic CVD

THURSDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence-based recommendations for assessing the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) have been developed by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology; the guidelines were published online Nov. 12 in Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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New Guidelines Issued for Cholesterol Management

THURSDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence-based recommendations for the management of cholesterol for the primary and secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) have been developed by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology; the guidelines were published online Nov. 12 in Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Pulse Pressure Linked to CSF Markers of Alzheimer's Disease

THURSDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Elevated pulse pressure (PP) is linked to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)-based biomarkers related to Alzheimer's disease in cognitively normal, older adults, according to a study published online Nov. 13 in Neurology.

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BP Down With Barber-Based Intervention, Specialist Follow-Up

THURSDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A barber-based intervention -- whereby barbers offer blood pressure (BP) checks with haircuts and motivate black male patrons with high BP to seek provider follow-up -- is associated with a significant reduction in systolic BP when barbers refer patrons to hypertension specialists rather than primary care providers (PCP), according to a study published in the Nov. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Health Care Enrollments Fall Far Short of White House Estimates

THURSDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration late Wednesday released a report revealing a disappointing number of health plan enrollments through the new federal and state insurance exchanges. Just over 106,000 Americans enrolled in health plans through the new marketplaces from Oct. 1 through Nov. 2, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said during a news conference.

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No Promises on Nov. 30 ACA Website Fix: U.S. Tech Chief

THURSDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- The nation's chief of information technology would not confirm on Wednesday whether the hobbled HealthCare.gov insurance exchange website would be fixed by month's end.

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First Human Infected With New Strain of Bird Flu

THURSDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- The first confirmed case of a person infected with a new H6N1 bird flu virus subtype has been reported by scientists in Taiwan, according to research published online Nov. 14 in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

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Campaign Ups Colon Cancer Screening in Rural Community

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- A small but non-significant increase in screening rates for colon cancer was observed after a multicomponent intervention was tested in rural communities in Colorado, according to research published in the November/December issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Enterococci, GBS Appear to Rarely Cause Acute Cystitis

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Although organisms such as enterococci or group B streptococci are often detected along with Escherichia coli in cultures of voided midstream urine, they usually are not found in cultures of catheter urine, according to research published in the Nov. 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Obesity Ups Women's Death, Disability Risk Before Age 85

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Obese older women are at higher risk of death, disease, and disability before age 85, relative to healthy-weight women, according to a study published online Nov. 11 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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New Models Could Alleviate Primary Care Provider Shortage

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- New models of primary care delivery could reduce the anticipated primary care physician shortage, according to an article published Nov. 4 in Medical Economics.

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Many Would Give Health Plans Private Info to Save Money: Poll

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans say they'd submit to insurance company medical tests and lifestyle monitoring in exchange for lower-cost premiums, a new Harris/HealthDay poll finds.

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Guidelines Agree on Opioid Risk Mitigation Strategies

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Recent guidelines on chronic pain management agree on several opioid risk mitigation strategies, according to a review publ


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