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July 2014 Briefing - Family Practice

Last Updated: August 01, 2014.

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

Advanced Care Decision Aids Underutilized

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Decision aids are underutilized for advanced care planning and their effectiveness is not well documented, according to a review published online July 29 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Jump in Doctor's Office Visits for Young Adults With Diabetes

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- By 2010, one in every 10 visits Americans made to their doctor's office involved diabetes, with the greatest rise among those aged 25 to 44, according to a July data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

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J&J Pulls Morcellator Devices From Market

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a letter that was to be sent to all of its customers Thursday, Johnson & Johnson asked that its laparoscopic power morcellators be returned to the company, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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FDA Approves Once-Daily, Long-Acting Inhaler for COPD

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Striverdi Respimat (olodaterol) inhalation spray has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the agency said Thursday in a news release.

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CDC Issues Travel Warning As Africa Ebola Outbreak Worsens

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- With the World Health Organization reporting that the death toll in the West African Ebola outbreak has risen to 729, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday issued a travel warning for the region.

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Presence, Intensity of Pain and Itch Linked to Skin Cancers

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The presence and intensity of pain and itch may be indicators of skin cancer, according to a study published online July 23 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Increasing Malarial Drug Resistance a Growing Threat

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The parasite that causes malaria is growing increasingly resistant to the drugs commonly used to fight it, according to new surveillance reports. But several new drugs are in development, and at least one in early clinical trials may offer new hope.

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Benefits of E-Cigarettes May Outweigh Harms

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Allowing e-cigarettes to compete with regular cigarettes might cut tobacco-related deaths and illness, according to a new study, partly funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, published online July 31 in Addiction.

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Depression Independent of Neuropathology of Dementia

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For older adults, depressive symptoms are associated with cognitive decline but appear independent of the neuropathologic hallmarks of dementia, according to a study published online July 30 in Neurology.

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Higher Risk of Vascular Events With Polymyalgia Rheumatica

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Polymyalgia rheumatica is associated with an increased risk of vascular events, according to research published online July 28 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Weight Loss Intervention in T2DM Linked to Bone Loss

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For men, but not women, with type 2 diabetes, a four-year weight loss intervention is associated with a small, but significant increase in bone loss, according to a study published online July 21 in Diabetes Care.

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Large Variation in Lipid Reduction With High-Dose Statin Tx

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There is considerable interindividual variation in the magnitude of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C), and apolipoprotein B (apoB) reductions achieved with statin therapy, which affects cardiovascular disease risk, according to a study published in the August 5 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Comorbidities Affect Odontoid Fracture Survival in Elderly

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The presence of comorbidities significantly impacts the survival of older adults following odontoid fracture, according to research published in the August issue of the Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques.

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RA Patients Will Trade Efficacy for Less Frequent, Shorter Treatment

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Based on hypothetical scenarios, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients would accept treatments with lower efficacy and greater risk to achieve lower duration and frequency, according to research published in the July issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

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Slow Progress Toward Meaningful Use Stage 2

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Providers and hospitals are making slow progress toward achieving meaningful use stage 2, according to an article published July 10 in Medical Economics.

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CDC: Extreme Weather Kills 2,000 in U.S. Each Year

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Heat waves, heat stroke, or sun stroke caused nearly one-third of more than 10,600 weather-related deaths reported between 2006 and 2010, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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CDC: Annual COPD Costs to Hit $49 Billion by 2020

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medical costs for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the United States are more than $32 billion each year, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The yearly financial toll of COPD is expected to reach an estimated $49 billion by 2020. The findings were published online July 24 in CHEST.

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Brown Recluse Spider Bites on the Rise

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although the bite of a brown recluse spider is poisonous, the wounds usually heal well if left alone. However, it's still important to recognize the warning signs of an adverse reaction, warns Donna Seger, M.D., medical director of the Tennessee Poison Center, particularly since these potentially dangerous bites are on the rise.

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HCV Genotype 1 Is Most Prevalent Globally

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Worldwide, genotype 1 is the most prevalent variant of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections and accounts for almost half of cases, according to research published online July 28 in Hepatology.

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Viewpoint: Why Boys Should Be Vaccinated Against HPV

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Programs to introduce and implement the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for boys will cut incidence of HPV and several cancers, according to a personal view published online July 29 in BMJ.

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Diabetes Linked to Increased Risk of Head and Neck Cancer

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients newly diagnosed with diabetes have an increased risk of developing head and neck cancer, according to a study published online July 24 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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Heat Stroke Bigger Issue Than Cardiac Events in Runners

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Athletes participating in long-distance races more frequently experience serious events related to heat stroke than serious cardiac adverse events, according to a study published in the August 5 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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HPV-Related Noncervical Cancers on the Rise in Canada

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past several decades, the incidence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related noncervical cancers has increased in Canada, according to research published online July 22 in CMAJ Open.

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Greater Weight Gain After Early Adenotonsillectomy for OSA

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For children with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), early adenotonsillectomy (eAT) is associated with greater weight gain, according to a study published online July 28 in Pediatrics.

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Parents Want Docs to Stay Out of Circumcision Decision

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most parents want the doctor to answer their questions about circumcision, but they do not want a specific recommendation for their baby, according to a report published July 21 by the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

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Guidelines Issued for Medical Management of Kidney Stones

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Guideline statements have been developed for the diagnosis, prevention, and follow-up of patients with kidney stones, and published in the August issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Low Trust in Physician Tied to Distress in Cancer Patients

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having a lower level of trust in one's physician is associated with more emotional distress and more physical limitations within the first 15 months after cancer diagnosis in more anxiously attached patients, according to a study published in the July issue of General Hospital Psychiatry.

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Caffeine Intake Tied to Menopausal Symptoms

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, are worse in women reporting caffeine consumption, according to a study published online July 21 in Menopause.

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Healthy Habits May Slow Cellular Signs of Aging

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise, a healthy diet and good sleep can protect the body against the negative effects of stress and slow down the aging process at a cellular level, researchers report. The findings are published online July 29 in Molecular Psychiatry.

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IOM Recommends Restructuring GME Financing

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare support for graduate medical education (GME) should be restructured and based on its value and contribution to the nation's health needs, according to a report published July 29 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

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New Treatment Options Promising for Hepatitis C Virus

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with hepatitis C virus genotype 1, promising new treatment options may be available, according to two studies published online July 28 in The Lancet.

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Shift Work Linked With Higher Risk of Diabetes Mellitus

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Shift work is associated with an increased risk of diabetes mellitus (DM), according to research published online July 16 in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

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Decline in Stroke Incidence for Senior Medicare Beneficiaries

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the Medicare population aged 65 years and older there was a decrease in incidence strokes and in mortality from strokes from 1988 to 2008, according to research published in the July issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

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CDC: Ebola Risk in U.S. Low But Provider Vigilance Urged

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There is no significant risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States; however, U.S. health care workers need to be mindful of the importance of testing and isolating sick travelers returning from the affected areas, according to a media briefing conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday.

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Menopausal Hormone Therapy Does Not Affect Atherosclerosis

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For menopausal women, hormone therapy does not affect progression of atherosclerosis, according to a study published online July 29 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Preterm Birth Tied to Lasting Venous Thromboembolism Risk

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Preterm birth is associated with increased long-term risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), according to a study published online July 28 in Pediatrics.

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Any Amount of Running Tied to Lower Risk of Death

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regardless of length, duration, or speed, running reduces the risk of death, according to a study published in the August 5 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Post-Op Pneumonia Prevention Program Effective

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adoption of a standardized pneumonia prevention program can achieve a substantial and sustained reduction in postoperative pneumonia incidence in non-mechanically ventilated patients, according to a study published online July 23 in JAMA Surgery.

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CDC Downplays Ebola's Threat to the United States

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The deadly Ebola virus that continues to rage throughout West Africa poses little risk to Americans, U.S. health officials stressed Monday.

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Two Americans Working in Liberia Are Infected With Ebola

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two Americans working to help Ebola victims in the West African country of Liberia have themselves become infected, an aid organization said.

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'Fist Bump': The New Health Care Handshake?

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say that clasping hands transfers about 10 times more germs from one person to the other than what is known as a "fist bump." They suggest the more casual exchange might suffice as a cultural substitute for the firm gripping of hands. The findings are published in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

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Access for Pharmaceutical Sales Reps Continuing to Decline

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pharmaceutical sales representatives' access to physicians is continuing to decrease, even in previously rep-friendly specialties, according to a report published by ZS Associates.

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Sodium Intake Linked to Cardiovascular Disease in T2DM

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with type 2 diabetes, high dietary sodium intake is associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a study published online July 22 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Teen Vaccinations Up But HPV Coverage Remains Low Overall

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- From 2012 to 2013, coverage for adolescents aged 13 to 17 years increased for all routinely recommended vaccinations. Increases ranged from 1.4 percentage points for at least one tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) dose to 13.8 percentage points for at least one human papillomavirus (HPV) dose in males. These findings were published in the July 25 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Young Cancer Patients at High Risk for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adolescent girls undergoing treatment for cancer are at high risk for heavy menstrual bleeding, and gynecologic care is advised for careful management of this problem, according to a Committee Opinion published in the August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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AAP Updates Recommendations for Meningococcal Vaccines

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New recommendations are presented for meningococcal vaccination in a policy statement published online July 28 in Pediatrics.

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Low Yield for Repeat Colonoscopy in Some Patients

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Repeat colonoscopies within 10 years are of little benefit to patients who had no polyps found on adequate examination; however, repeat colonoscopies do benefit patients when the baseline examination was compromised, according to research published in the August issue of Gastroenterology.

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HPV Testing Every Three Years As Safe As Other Strategies

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Primary human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every three years seems to be a better screening alternative to Papanicolaou (Pap) testing every three years or concurrent HPV and Pap testing every five years, according to a study published online July 18 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Type of Lymphoma Treatment Impacts Degree of Harm to Sperm

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lymphoma treatment has damaging effects on spermatogenesis but, in most patients, sperm production recovers within two years post-treatment, according to a study published online July 17 in Fertility and Sterility.

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Telling Preschoolers Foods Are Good for Them May Backfire

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Preschool children consume less food when it is presented as instrumental to achieving a health goal, according to research published online June 12 in the Journal of Consumer Research.

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Survey IDs Patients' Views on Health Care Provider Quality

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans focus on provider quality related to doctor-patient interactions rather than effectiveness of care when defining provider quality, according to a report published by the Associated Press-NORC (AP-NORC) Center for Public Affairs Research.

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Biologic Treatments for RA Carry Similar Infection Risk

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of hospitalized bacterial infections in older rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients is similar for rituximab or abatacept compared to etanercept, although it is higher for infliximab, according to a study published in the July issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

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Dietary Elimination Effective for Eosinophilic Esophagitis

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Dietary elimination is associated with improvement in symptoms and endoscopic appearance in adults with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), according to a study published in the August issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Hormonal Contraception May Up Gestational Diabetes Risk

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The type of contraceptives used before pregnancy may influence the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to research published July 17 in Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Language Barriers Don't Raise Diabetes Complication Risk

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For immigrants, language barriers are not associated with an increased risk of diabetes complications, according to a study published online July 15 in Diabetes Care.

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Empiric Potassium Cuts Death in Loop Diuretic Users

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For new starters of loop diuretics, empiric potassium supplementation is associated with reduced risk of all-cause death, according to a study published online July 16 in PLOS ONE.

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CDC: Too Few Teens Receiving HPV Vaccine

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An "unacceptably low" number of girls and boys are getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which protects against cervical, anal, and other cancers, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

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Radial Artery Pulse Measurement Feasible Screen for A-Fib

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Measurement of the peripheral pulse (MPP) at the radial artery is feasible as a simple noninvasive screening tool for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (pAF) in patients after acute ischemic stroke, according to a study published online July 23 in Neurology.

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Bacteria in Semen May Affect HIV Transmission, Levels

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- HIV infection appears to alter the relationship between semen bacteria and immune factors, which could play a role in the sexual transmission of HIV, according to a new study published online July 24 in PLOS Pathogens.

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CDC: Many Children With Medicaid Using ER As Doctor's Office

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children covered by Medicaid visit the emergency room for medical care far more often than uninsured or privately insured youngsters, and children with Medicaid are more likely than those with private insurance to visit for a reason other than a serious medical problem, according to a 2012 survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Acetaminophen May Not Help in Lower Back Pain

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Acetaminophen is no more effective than placebo in acute low back pain, according to a study published online July 24 in The Lancet.

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FDA Approves Tough-to-Abuse Formulation of Oxycodone

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Targiniq ER (oxycodone hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride extended release) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a long-term, around-the-clock treatment for severe pain when other therapies are ineffective or unavailable.

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Maternal Gestational Weight Tied to Offspring's Asthma Risk

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal obesity in pregnancy (MOP) and high maternal gestational weight gain (GWG) are associated with an elevated risk of childhood asthma, according to a review published online July 21 in Pediatrics.

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AAFP: Family Docs Report Potential Misuse of MGMA Data

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Reports from family physicians have been received that employers may be misusing survey data to set higher compensation rates for general internal physicians than for family physicians, according to a report published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

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For VTE Prevention, Best Anticoagulant Varies by Surgery

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Aspirin may be less preferable to other anticoagulants following hip fracture repair, but may be favored after elective knee or hip arthroplasty, according to a meta-analysis published online July 17 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

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Race Affects Opioid Selection for Cancer Pain

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Racial disparities exist in the type of opioid prescribed for cancer pain, according to a study published online July 21 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Ob-Gyn Guidance Issued for Young Cancer Patient Concerns

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young cancer patients and survivors may have gynecologic concerns, which should be managed before, during, and after treatment, according to a Committee Opinion published in the August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Patients Give High Marks to Shared Medical Appointments

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Shared medical appointments (SMAs) improve patient satisfaction with primary care, according to research published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Prenatal Maternal Smoking Ups Risk of ADHD in Offspring

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal smoking and nicotine replacement therapy during pregnancy are associated with increased risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, according to research published online July 21 in Pediatrics.

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Preexposure HIV Prophylaxis Doesn't Impact Pregnancy

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For HIV-serodiscordant couples, preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) does not impact pregnancy incidence or outcomes, according to a study published in the July 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on HIV/AIDS. This issue has been released early to coincide with AIDS 2014, the International AIDS Conference, held from July 20 to 25 in Melbourne, Australia.

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Number of Uninsured Down After ACA Open Enrollment

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a decrease in the number of uninsured following the open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a report published online July 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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CDC Director Says Antibiotic Resistance a Growing Threat

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Tougher measures to control antibiotic resistance need to be taken in the coming years, to avoid the possibility of it becoming the "next pandemic," the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

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Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among U.S. Teens

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of teens who admit to using synthetic human growth hormone (hGH) jumped to 11 percent in 2013 -- more than double the 5 percent figure in 2012, according to a new survey from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

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HIV Remission Ceases With Antiretroviral Tx Interruption

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- HIV can rebound even after long-term remission of HIV following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) if patients stop antiretroviral treatment, according to research published online July 22 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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New Remote Patient Monitoring Devices Available

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Several new remote patient monitoring devices with useful applications are available or under development, according to an article published July 8 in Medical Economics.

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Uterine Cancer in 27/10,000 Women Undergoing Morcellation

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For women undergoing hysterectomy by morcellation, the prevalence of uterine cancers is 27 per 10,000, with increased prevalence with advanced age, according to a research letter published online July 22 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donations

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Blood donations to the American Red Cross are down substantially, and the agency says an "emergency situation" could arise within weeks.

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Physicians Warned About Counterfeit Medical Devices

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians should be aware of the prevalence and serious consequences associated with use of counterfeit medical devices, according to a letter to the editor published online July 20 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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Consumption of Probiotics May Lower Blood Pressure

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular consumption of probiotics may improve control of blood pressure (BP), according to research published online July 21 in Hypertension.

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Home Care Option Prompts Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Following HIV self-testing, more Malawian adults are likely to initiate antiretroviral therapy (ART) if they are offered the option of home care, according to research published in the July 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on HIV/AIDS. This issue has been released early to coincide with AIDS 2014, the International AIDS Conference, held from July 20 to 25 in Melbourne, Australia.

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Few Outpatients With Flu Prescribed Antivirals

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Few outpatients with influenza are prescribed antivirals, while antibiotic prescribing is more frequent, according to a study published online July 16 in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Benefit Questioned

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For women with stage I or II breast cancer without a BRCA mutation, contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) is associated with an absolute 20-year survival benefit of less than 1 percent, according to a study published online July 16 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Decreased Vision Tied to Unemployment

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Decreased vision is associated with a significantly higher likelihood of not working, according to a study published online July 17 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Online Reviews Show Patients Value Docs' Interpersonal Skills

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patient reviews indicate that the attributes most valued in physicians include interpersonal skills and bedside manner, according to a report published online July 16 by Vitals.

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Weight Loss Over Two Years Predicts Reduced Diabetes Risk

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Weight loss over two years is associated with reduced diabetes incidence and improvement in cardiometabolic risk factors, according to a study published online July 14 in Diabetes Care.

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Persistent Symptoms After Mild TBI Should Be Considered PTSD

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Persistent symptoms lasting three months after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) do not represent postconcussion syndrome (PCS) and should be considered part of the hyperarousal dimension of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published online July 16 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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New Strategy IDs Patients With Undiagnosed Hypertension

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A technology-based program may be used to identify patients with undiagnosed hypertension in the primary care setting, according to research published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Review: Inhaled Corticosteroids Impact Growth

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For children with persistent asthma, use of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) is associated with a significant reduction in linear growth velocity, with lower growth velocity for those receiving a higher dose of ICS, according to two reviews published online July 17 in The Cochrane Library.

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No Change in Heart Attack Rates for Younger U.S. Adults

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Heart attack hospitalization rates among young and middle-aged adults have remained stable during the previous decade, even as seniors of Medicare age experienced a better than 20 percent decline in heart attacks, Yale University researchers have found. The study appears in the July 29 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Targeting Parents Along With Overweight Kids Benefits Both

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using a behavioral intervention to target preschool-aged overweight children and their parents is efficacious for both children and parents, according to a study published online July 21 in Pediatrics.

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Beta-Blockers in New Onset CHD Reduce Cardiac Risk Only Post-MI

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Use of beta-blockers among patients with new-onset coronary heart disease (CHD) appears to lower risk of cardiac events only among patients with a recent myocardial infarction (MI), according to a study published in the July 22 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Physician Offices Investing in Patient Portals for EHRs

THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Practitioners are continuing to invest in electronic health records (EHRs), specifically to improve access for patients, according to an article published June 13 in Medical Economics.

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Asthma Drug May Help Those With Chronic Hives

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Omalizumab (Xolair), used to treat moderate-to-severe allergic asthma, appears to offer relief to people with chronic hives who haven't been helped by standard medications, new research published online July 21 in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests.

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National Survey Finds Most U.S. Physicians Are Satisfied

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most U.S. physicians are satisfied, with satisfied physicians more likely to report positive trends in medicine, according to a report published by Jackson Healthcare.

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Waistlines of U.S. Kids Seem to Be Holding Steady

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The proportion of kids aged 2 to 18 who are classified as obese, based on their waist size, held steady at nearly 18 percent from 2003 to 2012, according to a report published online July 21 in Pediatrics.

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Good Response for Sofosbuvir + Ribavirin in HIV/HCV Coinfection

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C (HCV; genotype 1, 2, or 3) have high rates of sustained virologic response (SVR) with the oral, interferon-free combination of sofosbuvir and ribavirin, according to a study published in the July 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on HIV/AIDS. This issue has been released early to coincide with AIDS 2014, the International AIDS Conference, held from July 20 to 25 in Melbourne, Australia.

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Tesamorelin Cuts Visceral Fat in HIV Patients

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For HIV-infected patients with abdominal fat accumulation, the growth hormone-releasing hormone analog tesamorelin is associated with reductions in visceral fat and modest reductions in liver fat, according to a study published in the July 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on HIV/AIDS. This issue has been released early to coincide with AIDS 2014, the International AIDS Conference, held from July 20 to 25 in Melbourne, Australia.

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Decrease in HIV Diagnosis Rate From 2002 to 2011

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- From 2002 to 2011 there was a decrease in the annual HIV diagnosis rate, with decreases in almost all demographic populations, according to a study published in the July 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on HIV/AIDS. This issue has been released early to coincide with AIDS 2014, the International AIDS Conference, held fr


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