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May 2014 Briefing - Allergy

Last Updated: June 02, 2014.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Allergy for May 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.

Lack of Data Plagues Physician Re-Entry Into Practice

FRIDAY, May 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There are significant barriers for physicians wishing to re-enter practice following a temporary leave and there are not many available resources to aid in the transition, according to the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Global Prevalence of Obesity Increased From 1980 to 2013

THURSDAY, May 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The global prevalence of obesity is increasing in adults, as well as in children and adolescents, according to a study published online May 29 in The Lancet.

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Docs Must Consider Legal Issues Relating to Text Messaging

WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The legal issues surrounding text messaging by physicians need to be considered, according to an article published May 23 in Medical Economics.

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Most Wikipedia Health Articles Contain Errors

WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Ninety percent of health articles on Wikipedia contain errors, according to a new study published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

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Higher-Than-Expected Medicaid Enrollment Concerns States

WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Unexpectedly high numbers of Americans who were previously eligible for Medicaid but were not enrolled are now signing up, and states are facing unanticipated costs for that coverage.

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Workflow Changes Can Remove Practice Hassles

FRIDAY, May 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians can implement workflow strategies that return their focus to patient care, according to an article published May 8 in Medical Economics.

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New Programs Aim to Forgive Student Medical Loans

THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Changes to the student loan environment will make it possible for a significant amount, if not all, of medical student loans to be forgiven, according to an article published May 8 in Medical Economics.

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Barriers to Asthma Care for Low-Income, High Cost-Sharing

THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cost-related barriers to care for children with asthma are concentrated in low-income families with higher cost-sharing levels, according to a study published online May 19 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Doctors' Use of Electronic Health Records More Than Doubles

WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 80 percent of doctors in the United States have switched from paper to electronic health records, new government statistics show.

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AMA Proposing Specialty Care, Payment Models to CMS

FRIDAY, May 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) and other specialty societies have created new care delivery and payment models that they expect to be supported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to a recent AMA news release.

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Antibiotic Rx in Infancy May Up Childhood Asthma Risk

FRIDAY, May 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There is a small increased risk of asthma in children following antibiotic prescription in their first year of life, according to a study published online May 15 in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

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'Handshake-Free Zones' May Be Coming to Health Care Settings

FRIDAY, May 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regulations to restrict handshakes in the health care setting, along with more robust hand hygiene programs, may help limit the spread of disease, according to a viewpoint published online May 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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CDC: Prescription Drug Use Continues to Climb in U.S.

WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Prescription drugs are playing an increasingly larger role in U.S. life, with nearly half of all Americans taking one or more medications, according to a report -- titled "Health, United States, 2013" -- produced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Facilitation Improves PCP Adherence to Asthma Guidelines

WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adding practice facilitation (PF) to other strategies may improve adherence to asthma guidelines in the primary care setting, according to research published in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Wasteful Medicare Spending Topped $1.9 Billion in One Year

TUESDAY, May 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare spent at least $1.9 billion in 2009 on 26 types of tests and procedures that offer patients few or no health benefits, according to a new study published online May 12 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Direct Pay Reduces Practices' Administration Hassles, Costs

MONDAY, May 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Direct-pay practice models can allow doctors to reduce, or possibly eliminate, the administrative hassles and costs of dealing with insurance, according to an article published April 24 in Medical Economics.

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Physicians Need to Focus on Managing Their Own Stress

MONDAY, May 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Managing stress and finding a reasonable work-life balance is important for physicians, according to a viewpoint written by Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D., the immediate-past president of the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Specialty Care Shortage Leads to Lower Perceived Need for It

FRIDAY, May 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children with special health care needs living in counties with lower subspecialty supply have lower perceived need for subspecialty care, according to a study published online May 5 in Pediatrics.

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Climate Change Will Make Breathing in Summer Harder

FRIDAY, May 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Summertime ozone air pollution levels in the United States could rise 70 percent by 2050 due to climate change, according to a new study published online May 5 in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. As a result, heavily polluted areas in the East, Midwest, and West Coast that already have many days with high ozone levels could be faced with unhealthy air for most of the summer.

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Physicians Have Multiple EHR Documentation Strategies

THURSDAY, May 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There are multiple documentation strategies available for physicians to use to improve their interaction with patients and optimize their use of electronic health records (EHRs), according to an article published April 8 in Medical Economics.

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Most Docs Believe Patients Get Too Many Medical Tests

THURSDAY, May 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most physicians believe that doctors order too many medical tests, yet half admit to doing so themselves in response to a patient who insists, a new survey shows. The survey was part of the ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely initiative, which urges doctors and patients to avoid overused and inappropriate tests.

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E-Cigarettes May Cause, Worsen Acute Respiratory Disease

THURSDAY, May 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The emissions from electronic-cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have distinct properties from those produced by combustion processes and may cause or worsen acute respiratory diseases, according to a report published by RTI International.

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Insurers: Sizeable Majority Has Paid ACA Premiums

THURSDAY, May 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A significant majority of Americans who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act have completed the final step of enrollment by paying their first month's premium, insurers told a Congressional committee on Wednesday.

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AMA Develops Payment Guides for New Care Models

WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) has developed new tools to aid physicians in understanding payment arrangements in evolving fee-for-value care models.

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Number of U.S. Elderly Will Double by 2050

WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There will be almost twice as many elderly Americans in 2050 as there are now, posing serious issues for the nation's health care system, according to two U.S. Census Bureau reports released Tuesday.

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Review Examines Diagnosis, Management of Preschool Wheeze

MONDAY, May 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Preschool children have high asthma morbidity, and further research on the short- and long-term outcomes is needed, according to a review published online May 3 in The Lancet. This review is part of a series published ahead of World Asthma Day on May 6 and the annual meeting of the American Thoracic Society, held from May 16 to 21 in San Diego.

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FDA Panel Says No to Over-the-Counter Singulair

MONDAY, May 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A panel of expert advisors to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday voted overwhelmingly against moving the allergy drug Singulair from prescription to over-the-counter status.

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Repeat Data Breaches Among Health Care Orgs Down

FRIDAY, May 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most health care organizations report having at least one recent data breach, but the number of organizations with more than five breaches has decreased, according to an article published April 8 in Medical Economics.

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White House Report Confirms Eight Million ACA Enrollees

FRIDAY, May 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eight million Americans enrolled in private marketplace health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act between Oct. 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014, federal health officials confirmed Thursday.

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AMA Alliance Session Explores the Resilient Medical Family

THURSDAY, May 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Practical, evidence-base strategies should be employed to maintain a resilient medical family, according to an educational session to be hosted during the American Medical Association (AMA) Alliance National Conference, scheduled for June 8 to 10 in Chicago.

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WHO: Drug-Resistant Bacteria Now Found Worldwide

THURSDAY, May 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are now found worldwide, a situation that could have serious public health consequences, the World Health Organization warns in a new report.

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