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February 2014 Briefing - OBGYN & Women’s Health

Last Updated: March 03, 2014.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in OBGYN & Women's Health for February 2014. 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.

Low Vitamin D Tied to Markers of Inflammation in Elderly

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There is a significant association between low vitamin D status and markers of inflammation (including the ratio of interleukin-6 [IL-6] to interleukin-10 [IL-10]) in elderly adults, according to a study published online Feb. 25 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Going Live With EHR Leads to Frustrations, Productivity Hit

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Implementing an electronic health record (EHR) system takes excessive physician and staff time and disrupts practice, according to survey results published Feb. 24 in Medical Economics.

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Hospital Size, Market Share Affect Inpatient Care Prices

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Size and market share are the greatest differentiators between hospitals receiving low prices and high prices for inpatient care, according to a study published in the February issue of Health Affairs.

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Antihypertensives Tied to Serious Fall Injuries in Elderly

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Antihypertensive medications are associated with an increased risk of serious fall injuries in the elderly, particularly among those with previous fall injuries, according to a study published online Feb. 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Excessive Tanning May Reflect Psychiatric Distress

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Excessive tanning may indicate the presence of psychiatric distress, according to research published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Stethoscopes Contaminated After Single Physical Exam

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stethoscopes get contaminated after a single physical exam, with the contamination greater than that seen on most of the physician's dominant hand, barring the fingertips, according to a study published online Feb. 27 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Experts Offer Tips to Avoid Closing Practice to New Patients

THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite being crowded, it may be a mistake to close a primary care practice to new patients, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Myocardial Injury Predicts Death After Noncardiac Surgery

THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Myocardial injury after noncardiac surgery (MINS) is common and is an independent predictor of mortality, according to a study published in the March issue of Anesthesiology.

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Fertility Concerns Common for Young Women With Breast CA

THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fertility concerns are common among young women with newly diagnosed breast cancer, although only a minority pursue fertility preservation strategies, according to a study published online Feb. 24 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Prevalence of Obesity Remains High in the United States

THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of obesity among youth or adults in the United States did not change significantly between 2003-2004 and 2011-2012, according to research published in the Feb. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Risk of Psychiatric Morbidity Up for Offspring of Older Dads

THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Advancing paternal age is associated with an elevated risk of psychiatric and academic morbidity in offspring, according to a study published online Feb. 26 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Review: AHA Should Include Depression As Risk Factor in ACS

THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence suggests that depression should be considered a risk factor for adverse outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndrome, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association published online Feb. 24 in Circulation.

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Prenatal DNA Test Bests Standard Screening in General Population

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal plasma cell-free DNA (cfDNA) sequencing for trisomies 18 and 21 gives five- to 10-fold higher positive predictive values than standard aneuploidy screening in a general obstetrical population, according to a study published in the Feb. 27 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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FDA Explores 'Three-Person' Embryo Fertilization

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration hearings opened Tuesday on a controversial fertilization technique that uses the DNA from three people -- two women and one man -- with the goal of preventing inherited genetic diseases.

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Hysterectomy and Ovary Removal Linked to Diabetes Development

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Postmenopausal women are at higher risk of developing diabetes if they have both a hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy, according to a study published in the March issue of Diabetes Care.

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Use of In-Hospital Formula Reduces Breastfeeding

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Use of supplementation with in-hospital formula shortens the duration of breastfeeding among first-time mothers who intend to breastfeed exclusively, according to research published online Feb. 19 in The Journal of Pediatrics.

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Review: Vegetarian Diet Linked to Lower Blood Pressure

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Consumption of a vegetarian diet is associated with lower blood pressure, according to a review and meta-analysis published online Feb. 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Not All Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients Get Appropriate Tx

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in five eligible patients hospitalized for acute coronary syndrome do not receive American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) class I guideline-recommended angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) therapy, according to a study published online Feb. 25 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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Doctors Pleased With Congress' Medicare Payment Agreement

TUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physician groups are expressing optimism over the Congressional agreement to revamp the Medicare physician payment system, according to an article published Feb. 26 in Medical Economics.

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Children's Behavior Problems Tied to In Utero Acetaminophen

TUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal acetaminophen use during pregnancy is associated with a higher risk for hyperkinetic disorders (HKDs) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-like behaviors in children, according to a study published online Feb. 24 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Doctors Slower to Prescribe HTN Meds to Younger Patients

TUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors wait longer to prescribe blood pressure medications to young adults than to older patients, according to a study published online recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Earlier Ovary Removal Provides Greatest BRCA-Associated Benefit

TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Among women with mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2, oophorectomy reduces the risk of developing ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal cancer by 80 percent and reduces the risk of death by 77 percent, with greater BRCA1 benefit seen with earlier removal, according to a study published online Feb. 24 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Research Agenda Developed for Teen Antipsychotic Rx Use

TUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Prioritized research agendas have been developed for antipsychotic use among adolescents and young adults and for the management of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), according to two reports published online Feb. 25 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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More Than Seven Million Patient Record Breaches in 2013

TUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of patient records breached increased more than 137 percent and affected over seven million records in 2013, according to an annual report published by Redspin.

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Fever During Pregnancy Associated With Birth Defects

TUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fever during pregnancy is associated with adverse health outcomes for the offspring, according to research published online Feb. 24 in Pediatrics.

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HPV Vaccination Reduces Cervical Lesion Risk at Population Level

TUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccination with the quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is associated with reduced risk of atypia or worse (atypia+) or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 or 3 (CIN2/3), according to a study published online Feb. 19 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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In Nonvalvular A-Fib, AAN Urges Routine Anticoagulation

TUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most people with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) should be taking oral anticoagulants to prevent stroke, according to an American Academy of Neurology (AAN) guideline published in the Feb. 25 issue of Neurology.

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USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Vitamin Prevention of CVD, CA

MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has found that the evidence is insufficient to evaluate the benefits and harms of multivitamins and most single- or paired-nutrient supplements for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. The Task Force findings have been published in a final recommendation statement available online Feb. 25 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Quality Measures Data Added to Physician Compare Website

MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Data for quality measures have been added to Physician Compare, the website that helps consumers search for information about physicians, according to a report published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Obstetricians Target Primary Cesarean Delivery Rate

MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Primary cesarean delivery rates can be safely reduced by implementing various interventions, according to a consensus statement published online in the March issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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'Epidemic of Diagnosis' Driving Thyroid Cancer Rates Up

MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of thyroid cancer increased nearly three-fold from 1975 to 2009, particularly in women, with the increase mainly attributable to papillary thyroid cancer, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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Distinct Effects for Excess Saturated vs Polyunsaturated Fat

MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overeating saturated fats is associated with increased liver and visceral fat storage compared with overeating polyunsaturated fats, according to a study published online Feb. 18 in Diabetes.

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Obese Patients Affected by Perceived Judgment of Doctor

MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who discuss weight loss with their physicians but do not feel judged may be more likely to attempt and succeed in losing weight, according to research published online Feb. 9 in Preventive Medicine.

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FDA to Step Up Oversight of Indian Drug Makers

MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is to increase monitoring of drugs from pharmaceutical companies in India, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D., said during a Friday afternoon news conference.

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Patient-Centered Medical Homes Cut Care Costs

FRIDAY, Feb. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Primary care practices that embrace the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model reduce the cost of care and the number of patients treated inappropriately in the emergency department, according to an article published Jan. 15 in Medical Economics.

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Intensive Dialysis Improves Pregnancy Outcomes

FRIDAY, Feb. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For women with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), intensive hemodialysis is associated with improved pregnancy outcomes, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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A Call for Epidemiologists to Study Food Contact Chemicals

FRIDAY, Feb. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A population-based assessment and biomonitoring are needed to identify any potential links between food contact materials (FCMs) and chronic conditions, according to a commentary published online Feb. 19 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

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Concurrent Opioid Prescribing by Multiple Providers Common

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For Medicare beneficiaries, concurrent opioid prescribing is common among those with four or more opioid providers, according to a study published Feb. 19 in BMJ.

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Total Vaginal Hysterectomy Generates Net Hospital Income

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with total vaginal hysterectomy (TVH), hospital costs are greater with laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH), total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH), and robotic hysterectomy (RH), according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Unfilled Hospital Openings for Doctors Growing, Survey Finds

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The need for hospital physicians is growing, according to an article published Jan. 3 in Medical Economics.

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>14 Percent of Women Given an Opioid Rx During Pregnancy

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Opioids are fairly commonly dispensed during pregnancy, with 14.4 percent of women dispensed an opioid at some point during pregnancy, according to a study published online Feb. 12 in Anesthesiology.

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Surface Defects, Distorted Tips Seen in Acupuncture Needles

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Surface irregularities and needle tip inconsistencies are commonly seen in acupuncture needles, according to a study published online Feb. 12 in Acupuncture in Medicine.

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ACC, AHA Releases Heart Disease, Stroke App for Docs

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A mobile and web-based app has been released to help health care professionals determine their patients' 10-year and lifetime risks of developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD).

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Breast Reconstructions Up in U.S. Breast Cancer Patients

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The use of breast reconstruction in breast cancer patients undergoing mastectomy has been increasing in the United States, according to research published online Feb. 18 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Prenatal Vitamin A Deficiency May Contribute to Asthma

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Early fetal retinoic acid (RA) deficiency is associated with altered airway smooth muscle phenotype, with RA restricting airway smooth muscle differentiation, according to an experimental study published in the Feb. 3 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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Adjuvant Bevacizumab Ups Survival in Cervical Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adjuvant bevacizumab increases overall survival in cervical cancer and improves progression-free survival in glioblastoma, according to three studies published in the Feb. 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Before Implementation, Full EHR Cost Needs Consideration

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- From the outset of electronic health record implementation, hospitals and governments need to understand the major cost categories involved and identify the factors that may impact these costs, according to research published online Feb. 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

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Post-Op Visits for Surgical Site Infections Generally Low

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients at low surgical risk undergoing ambulatory surgery, the rates of postsurgical visits for clinically significant surgical site infections (CS-SSIs) are low relative to all-cause postsurgical visits, according to research published in the Feb. 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Smoking Cessation Leads to Better Mental Health

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Those who stop smoking have significant improvements in mental health compared with those who continue to smoke, both in healthy and clinical populations, according to research published online Feb. 13 in BMJ.

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'Talking' Medical Devices, Apps Continue to Evolve

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- "Talking" medical devices and apps, among other techy health-focused inventions, can help people manage everyday wellness routines, such as taking pills and checking blood sugar levels, as well as dire medical circumstances, say experts.

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Research Supports Dangers of Drinking in Early Pregnancy

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking moderate to large amounts of alcohol early in pregnancy may damage the placenta and reduce the amount of taurine delivered to the fetus from the mother, according to a study published online Feb. 4 in PLOS ONE.

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Online Ratings Do Affect Patient Choice of Physician

TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About two-thirds of the general U.S. population is aware of online physician rating sites, according to a research letter published in the Feb. 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Physicians More Likely to Be Burned Out Than Non-Doc Peers

TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Trainees and early-career physicians are more likely to be burned out than control population samples, according to research published online Jan. 20 in Academic Medicine.

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Fitness, Not Fatness, Linked to Mortality in Prediabetes

TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Unfit individuals with prediabetes have a higher mortality risk than fit individuals, regardless of adiposity measures, according to a study published in the February issue of Diabetes Care.

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Best Practice Alerts Up Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening program using electronic medical records (EMR) can increase AAA screening, according to research published online Feb. 10 in the Journal of Vascular Surgery.

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Paper Gestational Age Wheels Generally Inaccurate

TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Paper wheels are inaccurate for estimating date of confinement, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Direct-to-Consumer Genomic Testing Concerns Explored

TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Various concerns relate to direct-to-consumer genomic testing, according to an ideas and opinions piece published online Feb. 10 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Genes, Smoking Tied to Early Menopause in Whites

MONDAY, Feb. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women of European descent are at greater risk of entering menopause early if they smoke and carry particular gene variants, according to a study published online Jan. 20 in Menopause.

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Most Patients Hospitalized With Flu Are Unvaccinated

MONDAY, Feb. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Few patients hospitalized for influenza have been vaccinated, with the rate even lower among those requiring intensive care unit (ICU) care, according to a research letter published in the Feb. 15 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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AAFP: Telemedicine Can Help With Increased Demand for Docs

MONDAY, Feb. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Telemedicine offers a potential solution to the increased demand for physician-patient interaction, according to a report from a recent forum. The forum was hosted by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, and the results of the discussion were published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

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Coffee Consumption Linked With Reduced Risk of Diabetes

MONDAY, Feb. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Higher consumption of coffee is associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes, according to research published in the February issue of Diabetes Care.

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Panel of 55 Genes Predicts Breast Cancer Survival

MONDAY, Feb. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Changes in expression of a panel of 55 genes, linked with tumor suppressor gene SYK, in patients with breast cancer predicts both whether or not the cancer will become invasive and survival, according to a study published online Feb. 11 in PLOS ONE.

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Non-Traditional Office Hours Can Reap Big Financial Benefits

MONDAY, Feb. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians can reap significant financial benefits by extending their office hours to include non-traditional hours, according to an article published Jan. 8 in Medical Economics.

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Spousal Ambivalence Linked to Heart Disease Risk

FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Spouses who view each other as sometimes helpful and sometimes upsetting have higher levels of coronary artery calcification (CAC) compared with spouses who view each other primarily positively, according to a study published online Feb. 5 in Psychological Science.

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Importance of Sex Tied to Maintaining Sex Life in Midlife

FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most middle-aged women who are sexually active remain sexually active, according to a research letter published online Feb. 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Annual Mammography Doesn't Reduce Breast Cancer Mortality

FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Annual mammography does not reduce mortality from breast cancer among 40- to 59-year-old women, according to research published Feb. 11 in BMJ.

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Women Have Worse QOL Than Men Up to 12 Months Post-Stroke

FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For up to 12 months after ischemic stroke, women have worse quality of life (QOL) than men, according to research published online Feb. 7 in Neurology.

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Stellate Ganglion Blockade Cuts Menopause Symptoms

FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For postmenopausal women, stellate ganglion blockade (SGB) significantly reduces objective measures of vasomotor symptoms (VMS), according to a study published online Feb. 3 in Menopause.

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People of Color Need Sun Protection to Avoid Skin Cancer

FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although skin cancer is less prevalent among people of color than in whites, sun protection and other preventive measures are essential components of skin care in these populations, according to research published online Jan. 30 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Bilateral Mastectomy Cuts Mortality for BRCA-Related CA

FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women with BRCA-associated early-stage breast cancer who receive bilateral mastectomy are less likely to die from breast cancer than those who receive a unilateral mastectomy, according to research published Feb. 11 in BMJ.

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Low Rates of Recurrence With 'No Ink' As Margin in Breast CA

FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Positive margins (ink on invasive carcinoma or ductal carcinoma in situ) are associated with increased risk of ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence (IBTR), according to consensus guidelines published online Feb. 10 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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ICD-10 Implementation Likely to Be Financial Disaster

THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) is continuing its efforts to stop implementation of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10), citing the huge financial burden for physicians.

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Type 2 Diabetes Usually Develops in Stably Overweight

THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most people who develop type 2 diabetes are stably overweight for years before diagnosis, according to a study published online Feb. 11 in PLOS Medicine.

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Global Prevalence of Non-Partner Sexual Violence 7.2 Percent

THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The worldwide prevalence of non-partner sexual violence is estimated at 7.2 percent, with regional estimates ranging from 3.3 to 21 percent, according to a review published online Feb. 12 in The Lancet.

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CMS Extends 2013 Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline

THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have extended another deadline for the Medicare electronic health record (EHR) Incentive Program, according to an article published Feb. 11 in Medical Economics.

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Congress Agrees on Legislation to Replace SGR Formula

THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Congress has agreed on legislation to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which will guarantee Medicare providers annual 0.5 percent reimbursement increases as new payment models are introduced, according to an article published Feb. 11 in Medical Economics.

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Pregabalin Treatment Effective in Restless Legs Syndrome

THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS), pregabalin treatment is associated with improved treatment outcomes versus placebo and with lower augmentation than that seen with 0.5 mg pramipexole, according to a study published in the Feb. 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Fewer Doses of HPV Vaccine Still Protect Against Condyloma

THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who receive the quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine before 17 years of age can get considerable protection from condyloma after two doses, although maximum protection is observed after the recommended three doses, according to a study published in the Feb. 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Affordable Care Act Enrollment Nears 3.3 Million

THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- 3.3 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the state and federal marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration announced Wednesday.

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CDC: More Americans Getting Blood Pressure Under Control

THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about two-thirds (64 percent) of people with high blood pressure had the condition under control during 2012, the latest year for which figures are available. The report is published in the Feb. 14 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Many Women Do Not Attend Post-Delivery Follow-Up Visits

THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many women do not attend recommended follow-up primary care visits after delivering a child, according to research published online Jan. 29 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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U.S. Officials Target Escalating Drug Overdoses

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers mount across the United States, government officials are searching for ways to stem the toll of addiction.

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Whole Diet Approach Beats Low-Fat Diets in Heart Health

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A Mediterranean-style diet incorporating vegetables, fruits, fish, whole grains, and olive oil can reduce cardiovascular events and provide benefits similar to statins, according to a review published online Dec. 31 in the American Journal of Medicine.

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Gestational Age Inversely Linked to Insulin Levels at Birth

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Gestational age is inversely associated with insulin levels at birth, according to a study published in the Feb. 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Health Benefits for Condemnation of Behavior, Not Self

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Self-condemnation is associated with negative health outcomes, while condemnation of behavior is associated with primarily beneficial outcomes, according to research published in the January/February issue of Basic and Applied Social Psychology.

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Fertility Rates About Three Times Higher in Mentally Ill Teens

TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adolescent girls with major mental illness have nearly three-fold increased age-specific fertility rates, compared with unaffected girls, according to a study published online Feb. 10 in Pediatrics.

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FDA Panel Sees No Heart-Safety Advantage With Naproxen

TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The science isn't convincing enough to say that naproxen is safer for the heart than other popular nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, U.S. health advisers ruled Tuesday.

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Mid-Sized Companies Get Extra Year to Comply With ACA

TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medium-sized companies will have another year before they have to provide employees with health insurance or face tax penalties, the Obama administration announced Monday.

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Smoking Ups Risk of ER-Positive Breast Cancer in Women

TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Younger women who smoke appear to be at increased risk for developing estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer, according to research published online Feb. 10 in Cancer.

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USPSTF Recommends Hepatitis B Screening for High-Risk Adults

TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends hepatitis B virus (HBV) screening for high-risk adults, according to a draft recommendation statement published online Feb. 10.

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Taking to Preemies in NICU Benefits Cognition, Language

TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For preterm infants, adult word count in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) correlates positively with cognitive and language development, according to a study published online Feb. 10 in Pediatrics.

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Collaborative Depression Care Cuts CVD Event Risk

TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Collaborative depression care involving antidepressants and psychotherapy can reduce the risk of hard cardiovascular disease (CVD) events for older patients without baseline CVD, according to a study published in the January issue of Psychosomatic Medicine.

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Guidelines Issued for Managing Hospital Medicine Groups

TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new assessment guide comprising 10 principles has been developed for effective management of hospital medicine groups (HMGs), according to research published in the February issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

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New Rule Allows Patients to Access Laboratory Test Results

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a final rule relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a patient or their personal representative can access their completed test reports directly from the laboratory, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

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Residents Concerned About Lack of Time With Patients

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. medical residents are concerned about reduced face-time with patients and report that engaging patients in their own care is more challenging than anticipated, according to a report from the American Resident Project, sponsored by ThinkWellPoint.

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President's Panel Calls for More Girls, Boys to Get HPV Vaccine

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Too few American girls and boys are getting vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), the President's Cancer Panel reported Monday.

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FDA Advisers Revisit Heart Risks Posed by NSAIDs

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Naproxen seems safer for the heart than other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), U.S. health officials say. And it's possible that labeling will soon reflect that finding.

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Merck to Offer $100 Million Settlement in NuvaRing Lawsuits

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Merck will pay $100 million to settle thousands of lawsuits over the company's NuvaRing birth control device, according to insiders.

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Yogurt Intake Linked With Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming low-fat, fermented dairy products, particularly yogurt, may help prevent diabetes, according to research published online Feb. 5 in Diabetologia.

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Ascorbate Exhibits Beneficial Effects in Ovarian Cancer

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Intravenous ascorbate (vitamin C) seems beneficial in ovarian cancer, inducing cell death in vitro and reducing chemotherapy-associated toxicity in vivo, according to a study published in the Feb. 5 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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Concierge-Style Practices Increasing in Popularity

FRIDAY, Feb. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An increasing number of physicians are forming concierge practices, in which they collect monthly cash fees from patients instead of insurance reimbursements, according to an article published Feb. 1 in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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AHA/ASA Release Female-Specific Stroke Prevention Guidelines

FRIDAY, Feb. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Gender-specific guidelines aimed at reducing strokes based on risk factors unique to women have been published online Feb. 6 in Stroke in a statement for health care professionals from the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association.

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HPV Vaccines Don't Change Behaviors in Young Women

FRIDAY, Feb. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young women do not engage in riskier sexual behaviors following human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination regardless of their risk perceptions, according to a study published online Feb. 2 in Pediatrics.

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More Family Medicine Residency Spots But Shortfall Remains

FRIDAY, Feb. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite increases in recent years to the number of medical school graduates choosing family medicine, a shortfall in the primary care workforce persists, according to the American Medical Association (AMA).

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