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May 2014 Briefing - OBGYN & Women’s Health

Last Updated: June 02, 2014.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in OBGYN & Women's Health 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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Heart Disease Risk Higher for Women Vs Men With Diabetes

FRIDAY, May 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Among individuals with diabetes, women have a substantially greater risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) than men, according to research published online May 22 in Diabetologia.

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Demographic Shift in Heroin Users Seen Over 50 Years

FRIDAY, May 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The demographics of heroin users have shifted substantially in the past 50 years, according to a study published online May 28 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Prenatal Chemical Exposure Affects Child Neurodevelopment

FRIDAY, May 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Prenatal exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) is associated with lower IQ and higher hyperactivity scores in children at age 5 years, according to research published online May 28 in Environmental Health Perspectives.

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CDC: More Americans Working to Control BP, Cholesterol

FRIDAY, May 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Million Hearts initiative, a program that aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2016. A report looking at the early effects of the effort was published in the May 30 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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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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Risk of Serious Complications in Obstetric Anesthesia Is Low

THURSDAY, May 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of serious complications in obstetric anesthesia is low, according to research published in the June issue of Anesthesiology.

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Review: A-Fib Risk Up With Oral, Intravenous Bisphosphonates

THURSDAY, May 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of atrial fibrillation is increased with use of oral or intravenous bisphosphonates, with a greater risk seen for intravenous versus oral preparations, according to a review published in the June 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Incidence of Some Cancers Associated With Income

THURSDAY, May 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk for certain types of cancer seems to be linked to poverty or wealth, according to research published online May 27 in Cancer.

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ASCO Recommends Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy Extension

WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is updating its guidelines on adjuvant endocrine therapy to recommend tamoxifen for up to 10 years for women with nonmetastatic hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. This updated clinical practice guideline was published online May 26 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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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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Many Consider Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy

WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A considerable proportion of women with breast cancer consider contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM), according to a study published online May 21 in JAMA Surgery.

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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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Guidance on Iodine Issued for Pregnant, Lactating Women

WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant and lactating women should be encouraged to take supplements with adequate iodide content, and avoid exposure to specific environmental pollutants, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement published online May 26 in Pediatrics.

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Prophylaxis Strategy Prevents Perinatal HBV Transmission

WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Prenatal screening followed by immunoprophylaxis for infants of mothers with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection decreases perinatal transmission, according to research published online May 27 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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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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Rising Obesity Rates Coincide With More Exercise, Cheaper Food

TUESDAY, May 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many commonly held assumptions about drivers of the obesity epidemic are wrong, according to a review published online May 22 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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Physical Activity Protects Metabolic Health in Obese Women

TUESDAY, May 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physical activity may decrease the risk of progression from metabolically benign overweight/obesity (MBO) to at-risk overweight/obesity (ARO) in perimenopausal women, according to research published online May 20 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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International Variation in Lung Cancer Trends Seen in Women

TUESDAY, May 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For young women, the rate of lung cancer mortality is stable or declining in most populations across the world, while for older women the rate is increasing, according to a study published online May 16 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Illegal Online Meds Targeted in Worldwide Crackdown

FRIDAY, May 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Illegal online pharmacies that sell unapproved and potentially dangerous prescription drugs to Americans were targeted this week in a worldwide operation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

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Surgical Site Infection Reduction Targeted As Cost-Saving Strategy

FRIDAY, May 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Surgical site infections (SSIs) are associated with significant excess costs, according to a study published online May 21 in JAMA Surgery.

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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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Cognition Affected in Subgroups of Breast Cancer Patients

FRIDAY, May 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overall, cancer does not seem to affect pretreatment cognition in older women with breast cancer, compared to healthy controls; however, cognition may be affected in some subgroups of breast cancer patients, according to a study published online May 19 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Review IDs Modifiers of Cancer Risk in BRCA1/2 Carriers

FRIDAY, May 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Modifiers of cancer risk have been identified for BRCA1/2 mutation carriers, according to a review published online May 13 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Sharp Rise in ER Visits Tied to Abuse of Alprazolam

THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a steep increase in the number of Americans being treated at emergency departments for abuse of the prescription medication alprazolam, federal officials reported Thursday.

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Surgeries Shorter in Outpatient Surgery Centers

THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Outpatient surgeries take less time when performed in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) compared to hospitals, according to research published in the May issue of Health Affairs.

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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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More Exercise Cuts Gestational Diabetes Progression to T2DM

THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In women with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), physical activity may reduce the risk of progression to type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), according to research published online May 19 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Even Temporary Weight Loss Beneficial to Heart

THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Longer adult exposure to higher than normal weight has a cumulative, adverse effect on cardiovascular health, according to a study published online May 21 in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

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Couples' Cholesterol Levels Affect Time-to-Pregnancy

THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Serum free cholesterol concentrations in both men and women have an effect on time-to-pregnancy (TTP), according to a study published online May 20 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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FDA Approves New Artificial Sweetener

WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new sugar substitute called advantame has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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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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Two Large Beat Six Small Meals/Day in Type 2 Diabetes

WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with type 2 diabetes, eating more food at breakfast and lunch seems more beneficial than eating the same caloric restriction split into six small meals per day, according to a study published online May 15 in Diabetologia.

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In Utero Smoke Exposure Has Long-Term Neural Impact

MONDAY, May 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal smoking during pregnancy may have long-term effects on neural activity and development of inhibition control in offspring, according to a study published online May 14 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Circulating Tumor Cells Prognostic in Early Breast Cancer

MONDAY, May 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are prognostic of poor survival in early breast cancer, according to a study published online May 15 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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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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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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Noninvasive First-Trimester Screen Drops CVS/Amnio Rates

FRIDAY, May 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The introduction of combined first-trimester screening correlated with an increase in chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and a decrease in amniocentesis, while both CVS and amniocentesis decreased with the introduction of noninvasive prenatal testing, according to research published online May 6 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species May Promote Longevity

THURSDAY, May 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Elevation of mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (mtROS) can trigger an apoptosis signaling pathway that results in a unique pattern of gene expression promoting cell survival, according to a study published in the May 8 issue of Cell.

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FDA: Start Sleep Medication Lunesta at Lower Dose for Safety

THURSDAY, May 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The recommended starting dose of Lunesta (eszopiclone) has been lowered due to studies showing that levels of the medication, in some patients, can remain high enough in the morning to interfere with driving and other activities that require mental alertness, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday. This impairment can occur even if patients feel fully awake, the FDA said.

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Adverse Outcomes Up for Lower Extremity PVI in Females

THURSDAY, May 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Female patients undergoing lower extremity (LE)-peripheral vascular intervention (PVI) are at increased risk for adverse outcomes, but have similar procedural success as men, according to a study published online April 23 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Serious Motor Vehicle Crash Risk Up in Second Trimester

THURSDAY, May 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women in their second trimester have an increased risk of being a driver in a serious motor vehicle crash, according to a study published online May 12 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Scientists ID Toxins to Target in Breast Cancer Prevention

THURSDAY, May 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have identified priority chemicals women should reduce exposure to and have documented how to test for their presence in women's bodies, according to research published online May 12 in Environmental Health Perspectives.

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CDC Urges Anti-HIV Rx for People at High Risk of Infection

THURSDAY, May 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People deemed to be at high risk for contracting HIV should take anti-HIV medicines that seem to cut transmission risk, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.

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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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ALA: Women Have Misperceptions About Lung Cancer

WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women have misperceptions about the incidence and risks of lung cancer, according to a report from the American Lung Association's (ALA) inaugural Women's Lung Health Barometer.

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Collaborative Depression Care Beneficial in Ob-Gyn Clinics

WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An evidence-based collaborative depression care intervention adapted to obstetrics and gynecology clinics improves depressive and functional outcomes compared with usual care, according to a study published online May 6 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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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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Inactivity Main Risk Factor for Heart Disease in Over 30s

TUESDAY, May 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For adult women aged over 30 years, the highest population-attributable risk (PAR) for heart disease is physical inactivity, according to a study published online May 8 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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Age-Specific Cervical CA Rates Up With Hysterectomy Correction

TUESDAY, May 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Correction for hysterectomy results in increased age-specific cervical cancer incidence rates, with the peak incidence shifting to older women, according to research published online May 12 in Cancer.

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Many at High Cardiovascular Risk Still Not on Statins

TUESDAY, May 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many individuals at high risk for cardiovascular events, such as those with coronary artery disease, diabetes, or both, are not receiving statins, according to research published in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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USPSTF Urges Counseling for Overweight, Obese With CVD Risk

MONDAY, May 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends intensive behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthy diet and physical activity for overweight and obese adults with additional cardiovascular disease risk factors (Grade B recommendation). This draft recommendation statement is based on an evidence review published by the USPSTF.

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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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Short Bursts of Intense Exercise Improve Glycemic Control

MONDAY, May 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In individuals with insulin resistance, short bursts of intense exercise may be an effective alternative to a prolonged bout of continuous, moderate exercise for improving glycemic control, according to research published online May 8 in Diabetologia.

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Birth Weight, Breastfeeding Linked to C-Reactive Protein

MONDAY, May 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Higher birth weight and having been breastfed for three or more months correlate with lower C-reactive protein (CRP) concentration in young adulthood, according to a study published online April 23 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society.

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Age, Hip Bone Density Predict Fracture Risk After Alendronate

MONDAY, May 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Age and hip bone mineral density (BMD) at discontinuation of alendronate therapy predict clinical fractures during the subsequent five years among postmenopausal women, according to a study published online May 5 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Review: Fruit, Veggie Intake Tied to Lower Stroke Risk

MONDAY, May 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Consumption of fruits and vegetables is inversely associated with the risk of stroke, according to a meta-analysis published online May 8 in Stroke.

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Sutures Deemed Superior to Staples for C-Section Closure

MONDAY, May 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with staple closure, suture closure of the skin after cesarean delivery is associated with a reduced incidence of wound complications, according to research published online May 6 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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CDC: First Birth Rates Are Increasing for Older Women

FRIDAY, May 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For older women, there has been a general increase in first birth rates over the last four decades, according to a May data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Pregravid Marker May Predict Risk of Gestational Diabetes

FRIDAY, May 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregravid level of gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) may predict the subsequent risk of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to research published online May 2 in Diabetes Care.

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Wide Variation in Hospital C-Section Rates

FRIDAY, May 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There are large differences in the numbers of unnecessary cesarean section births performed across hospitals in the United States, according to a new study.

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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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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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Cheaper Copayments Boost Cardiovascular Drug Follow-Up

THURSDAY, May 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nonwhite heart attack survivors are more likely to take prescribed medicines if their copayments are eliminated, according to a new study published in the May issue of Health Affairs.

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Cutting Six Risk Factors Could Prevent 37 Million Deaths

WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- By meeting targets for reducing six risk factors, 37 million deaths from the four main non-communicable diseases (NCDs) can be prevented, according to a study published online May 3 in The Lancet.

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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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Massachusetts Health Care Reform Cut Mortality

WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health care reform in Massachusetts led to significant decreases in all-cause mortality, according to a study published in the May 6 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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ASCO Issues Guidelines for Advanced HER2+ Breast Cancer

WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has issued recommendations for the treatment of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive advanced breast cancer and advanced HER2-positive breast cancer with brain metastases. These recommendations were published online May 5 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Chronic Stress Ups Metabolic Risk From Unhealthy Diet

WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic stress increases vulnerability to the metabolic risks associated with an unhealthy diet, such as visceral adiposity, according to research published online April 12 in Psychoneuroendocrinology.

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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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Considerable Savings From WHI Estrogen + Progestin Trial

TUESDAY, May 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Women's Health Initiative estrogen plus progestin (WHI E+P) trial resulted in considerable economic savings, according to a study published in the May 6 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Moderate Alcohol Intake Linked to Reduced Risk of RA

TUESDAY, May 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There is a modest association between long-term, moderate alcohol consumption and reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in women, according to a study published online April 11 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

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FRAX Underestimates Risk of Recurrent Fragility Fractures

TUESDAY, May 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX) underestimates the risk of recurrent fragility fractures (FFs) at the time of a FF, according to research published online April 29 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Low Vitamin D Levels Tied to Increased Cancer Risk in IBD

TUESDAY, May 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Low plasma levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) are associated with an increased risk of cancer in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), according to a study published in the May issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Highest Rates of Preventable Deaths in Southeastern States

FRIDAY, May 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People in the southeastern United States have a much greater risk of dying early from any of the nation's five leading causes of death, according to a study published in the May 2 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Risk of Cancer From UV Nail Drying Lamp Exposure Small

FRIDAY, May 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of cancer from ultraviolet (UV) nail drying lamp exposure is small, according to a research letter published online April 30 in JAMA Dermatology.

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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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Group-Based Yoga Feasible, Effective for Incontinence

FRIDAY, May 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For women with incontinence, group-based yoga therapy is feasible and effective, according to a study published in the May/June issue of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery.

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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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Review: Room for Improvement in Psychiatric Care

FRIDAY, May 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Well-designed direct comparisons of pharmacotherapies and psychotherapies are scarce and need public funding, and because patients often benefit from both forms of therapy, research should also focus on how both modalities can be best combined to maximize synergy, according to a review published online April 30 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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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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Review: New Tanning Beds Just As Dangerous As Former Models

THURSDAY, May 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Use of tanning beds is associated with increased likelihood of a melanoma diagnosis, with similar odds seen for use of newer tanning beds, according to a review published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Subclinical Atherosclerosis Up in Metabolically Healthy Obese

THURSDAY, May 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of coronary calcification is higher for metabolically healthy obese (MHO) than for metabolically healthy normal-weight individuals, according to a study published online April 30 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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