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June 2015 Briefing - Family Practice

Last Updated: July 01, 2015.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Family Practice for June 2015. 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.

Three Issues to Consider Before Selecting EHR

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Work flow, features and functionality, and technical infrastructure should all be considered in advance of selecting an electronic heath record (EHR) system, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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New Naloxone Capsule Safe for Opioid-Induced Constipation

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new naloxone sustained release (NSR) capsule appears to be safe and efficacious for opioid-induced constipation (OIC), according to a study published online June 24 in Pain Medicine.

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Almost One in Three American Adults Own a Firearm

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Guns are owned by nearly one in three Americans, and most gun owners are white men who are married and over 55, according to survey results published online June 29 in Injury Prevention.

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Too Few Prostate Cancer Patients Receiving Active Surveillance

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A majority of U.S. men with low-risk prostate cancer who are eligible for active surveillance still undergo treatment, according to a new report published online June 29 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Patients Want Online Access to Physicians, Health Records

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Internet-savvy Americans would like to add their doctors to their group of Facebook friends or e-mail contacts, according to a study published online June 24 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Citrus Consumption Linked to Increased Risk of Melanoma

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Individuals who regularly consume orange juice or grapefruit may have a higher risk of developing melanoma, according to research published online June 29 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Trauma, PTSD May Raise Women's Odds of CVD

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have experienced a traumatic event or develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) face an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), a new large study suggests. The report was published online June 29 in Circulation.

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Increased Morbidity, Mortality in Food System Industries

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Occupational morbidity and mortality are elevated across food system industries compared with nonfood system industries, according to a study published online May 12 in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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Web Process to Provide Timely Guidance in HCV Management

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- -- A living document has been developed to aid practitioners treating patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). A document update and a summary of recommendations have been published online June 25 in Hepatology.

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Physician-Provided Oral Health Services Cut Dental Caries

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For kindergarten students, physician-based comprehensive preventive oral health services (POHS) are associated with a reduction in caries, but no improvement in subsequent use of dental treatment, according to a study published online June 29 in Pediatrics.

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AAP Evaluates Potential Impact of Telemedicine in Pediatrics

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Telemedicine can address access and physician workforce shortages and should be encouraged within the framework of the medical home, according to a policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and published online June 29 in Pediatrics.

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CDC Examines Prevalence of Undiagnosed HIV

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many people have undiagnosed HIV, with the prevalence varying by geographic area, according to a report published in the June 26 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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U.S. Children Experience High Rates of Assault, Abuse

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of U.S. children and adolescents have been physically assaulted -- mostly by siblings and peers -- in the past year, and one in 20 children have been physically abused by a parent or another caregiver in the same time period. These findings were published online June 29 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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AMA Discusses Pre-Retirement Evaluation for Aging Doctors

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Issues relating to physician retirement and evaluation of aging physicians before retirement are discussed in a Council on Medical Education report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Low-Calorie Diet May Improve Heart Rate Variability in Diabetes

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A low-calorie diet may improve heart rate variability (HRV) in obese patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online June 12 in Diabetes Care.

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Maternal Hyperglycemia Not Linked to Obesity in Offspring

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal hyperglycemia seems not to be a risk factor for obesity in offspring aged 5 to 7 years after adjustment for maternal body mass index (BMI), according to a study published online June 19 in Diabetes Care.

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As U.S. Smoking Rate Drops, Smokers More Likely to Quit

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As the number of smokers in the United States drops, those who still light up are smoking less and more likely to try quitting, according to a study published online June 24 in Tobacco Control.

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U.S. Dietary Guidelines Will No Longer Focus on Fat

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nutrition experts are supporting a federal decision to drop recommended restrictions on total fat consumption in the forthcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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H3N2 Mutation to Blame for Low Efficacy of 2014-15 Flu Vaccine

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A mutation in the H3N2 virus led to a mismatch between it and the H3N2 strain used to create the 2014-2015 vaccine, according to research published June 25 in Cell Reports.

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Indiana Lifts Ban on Needle Exchange to Curb HIV Outbreak

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Allowing needle-exchange programs is one way to curtail the recent HIV outbreak in rural Indiana, according to a viewpoint piece published online June 24 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Statin Use Linked to Improved Post-Surgical Outcomes

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Statin use might help reduce major complications after lung surgery, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

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Many Primary Care Physicians Misinformed About Opioids

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians who are ill-informed about opioids may be unintentionally contributing to their misuse, according to new research published online June 22 in the Clinical Journal of Pain.

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SSRIs Tied to Higher Fracture Odds in Menopausal Women

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to ease menopausal symptoms may face a long-term rise in their risk for bone fracture, a new study suggests. The findings was published online June 25 in Injury Prevention.

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New Rapid Ebola Test Shows Promise in African Clinics

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new rapid-detection test that diagnoses Ebola within minutes could improve treatment of the virus and help health care workers contain outbreaks, according to research published online June 25 in The Lancet.

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Older Adults Often Use Electronic Devices While Driving

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults frequently engage in potentially distracting uses of electronic devices while driving, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Teens Unfamiliar With Harms of Marijuana, E-Cigarettes

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adolescents are not receiving the message that marijuana or electronic cigarettes might harm their health, new research suggests. The findings were published online June 23 in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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C-Section, Autism Spectrum Disorder Link Questioned

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While initial study results suggested children born by cesarean section are more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, the association did not remain in additional analysis of sibling pairs, implying the increased risk was more likely due to unknown genetic or environmental factors. The findings were published online June 24 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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SCOTUS Upholds Subsidies for Affordable Care Act

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Supreme Court upheld on Thursday the legality of tax subsidies for millions of Americans who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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Cognition Tests May Help ID Alzheimer's Risk Decades Earlier

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Changes in cognition and memory that precede obvious symptoms of Alzheimer's disease may begin decades prior to disease onset, according to a study published online June 24 in Neurology.

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High-Sensitivity CRP Linked to Incident Type 2 Diabetes

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) is associated with diabetes in African-Americans, according to a study published online June 11 in Diabetes Care.

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Pharmacist-Managed Warfarin Therapy Beats Usual Care

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pharmacist-managed warfarin therapy (PMWT) is superior to a usual medical care (UMC) model for management of warfarin therapy, according to a systematic review published online June 22 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy May Ease Fibromyalgia

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a small study, the majority of women with fibromyalgia who underwent hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) experienced relief from pain and other symptoms. The research was published online May 26 in PLOS ONE.

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Vitamin B12 Alters Transcriptome of Skin Microbiota

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin B12 modulates the transcriptional activities of skin bacteria, and supplementation of the vitamin promotes production of inflammatory porphyrins, suggesting a novel bacterial pathogenesis pathway in acne, according to new research. The findings were published in the June 24 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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Lack of Consistent Supplement Use Documentation for Inpatients

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Upon hospital admission, most patients are not asked if they take dietary supplements, according to a study published recently in Patient Education and Counseling.

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Intradermal HBV Vaccine Efficient for Intramuscular Nonresponders

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For intramuscular hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine nonresponders, intradermal vaccine administration seems efficacious and safe, according to a study published online June 23 in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Variable Symptoms for Acid-Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Allergy

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with allergy to Glupearl 19S, an acid-hydrolyzed wheat protein (HWP), often manifest symptoms of HWP-wheat-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis and contact urticaria, according to a report published online June 20 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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Atraumatic Needles Prevent Postdural Puncture Headache

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Atraumatic needles appear to be effective for preventing postdural puncture headache (PDPH), according to a study published in the July 1 issue of The Spine Journal.

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Prenatal Exposure to H2 Blockers, PPIs Ups Asthma Risk

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prenatal exposure to H2 blockers (H2Bs) or proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) is associated with a small but significantly increased risk of asthma in offspring, according to a study published online June 20 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

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Global Public Awareness of Venous Thromboembolism Is Low

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Global public awareness about thrombosis, venous thromboembolism in particular, is low, according to a study published online June 18 in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

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Providers' Electronic Notes Tied to Better Glycemic Control

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A higher quantity of electronically documented notes on lifestyle counseling of patients with diabetes is tied to improved glycemic control, according to a study published online June 12 in Diabetes Care.

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Proof-of-Concept Study to Assess Impact of Glycemic Variability

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A proof-of-concept study will be able to examine the contribution of glycemic variability to outcomes of type 2 diabetes, according to a report published online June 11 in Diabetes Care.

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Age-Adjusted Comorbidity Score Stratifies Mortality in Prostate CA

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An age-adjusted prostate cancer-specific comorbidity index (PCCI) can stratify the risk of long-term nonprostate cancer-related mortality, according to a study published in the July issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Viagra, Other ED Meds Don't Raise Melanoma Risk

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new review of data involving over 20,000 men does find a slightly higher risk of melanoma in men who took erectile dysfunction (ED) medications versus those who didn't; however, the increased risk is tied to lifestyle factors rather than the medications themselves. The findings were published in the June 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Timing of Carb Intake During Meal Affects Glucose Levels

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The order in which individuals with type 2 diabetes eat their food can affect their blood glucose levels, according to a small study published in the July issue of Diabetes Care.

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Gut Microbe Could Aid Weight Loss, Improve Metabolic Health

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The gut microbe Akkermansia muciniphila is associated with healthier metabolic status, according to research published online June 22 in Gut.

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Moderate-Quality Evidence for Marijuana Rx for Pain, Spasticity

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana may be useful in treating chronic pain and spasticity, but less effective for other conditions, according to the results of a review published in the June 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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In Teens, Sedentary Behavior Independently Tied to Adiposity

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For adolescents, sedentary behavior is associated with markers of adiposity, independent of dietary intake, according to a systematic review published online June 22 in Obesity Reviews.

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Dermatologist Tutorial Helps Minimize Acne Rx Side Effects

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For Korean patients with acne, fixed-dose combination adapalene 0.1 percent and benzoyl peroxide 2.5 percent gel (A-BPO) is more efficacious than benzoyl peroxide (BPO), with similar skin irritation levels that can be improved with dermatologists' tutorials for A-BPO application, according to a study published online June 20 in the Journal of Dermatology.

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Review: Colposcopy Linked to Adverse Psychological Outcomes

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For women with abnormal cervical cytology, colposcopy and related procedures are associated with adverse psychological outcomes, especially anxiety, according to a systematic review published online June 22 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

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Even Slightly Elevated BP May Pose Problems for Young Adults

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults with even slightly elevated blood pressure may be at risk of cardiac dysfunction later in life, according to a new study published in the June 30 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Yearly CT May Adequately Monitor Non-Solid Lung Nodules

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with non-solid lung nodules of any size, annual computed tomography (CT) scans may be all that's needed to monitor their condition, a new study suggests. The report was published online June 23 in Radiology.

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Edible Cannabis Products Often Mislabeled

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most edible cannabis products sampled in three major U.S. cities are mislabeled, often containing more or less active ingredient than indicated on the packaging, according to a report published in the June 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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ACOG: Doctors Should Urge Against Prenatal Marijuana Use

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should discourage women from using marijuana during pregnancy and breastfeeding, due to the potential effects that the drug's active ingredients can have on a child's brain development, new guidance states. The committee opinion was released Monday by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and published in the July issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Too Much Sitting Linked With Higher Risk of Anxiety

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who spend much of their day sitting may be more likely to feel anxious, a new review suggests. The findings were published online June 19 in BMC Public Health.

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Even Light Activity Can Boost Seniors' Health

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Regular light exercise can be as good for seniors as moderate or vigorous exercise, according to a new study published in the May/June issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

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Pregnancy Outcomes Good for Women With Controlled SLE

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is under control, women who conceive usually have healthy pregnancies and infants, according to research published online June 23 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Acid Suppression Medications Up C. difficile Risk in Children

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Use of acid suppression medication is associated with increased risk of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in infants and children, according to a study published online June 9 in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Embryo Cryopreservation Feasible for Women With Breast Cancer

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For women with breast cancer, embryo cryopreservation after aromatase inhibitor treatment and ovarian stimulation preserves fertility, according to a study published online June 22 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Visit-to-Visit SBP Variability Not Linked to Major Cardiac Events

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Inadequate blood pressure (BP) control, but not visit-to-visit variability of systolic BP, is associated with major adverse cardiac events (MACE) among patients with hypertension and coronary artery disease (CAD), according to a study published in the July 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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CDC: Costly Epidemic of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in AZ

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An epidemic of Rocky Mountain spotted fever among several American Indian tribes on two reservations in Arizona has led to more than $13.2 million in societal costs in nine years, according to research published online June 1 in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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Lung Disease Under Radar for Many Long-Term Smokers

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of long-term smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease, according to a study published online June 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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VA/DoD Release Guidelines for Dyslipidemia Management

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A joint clinical practice guideline for the management of dyslipidemia for cardiovascular disease risk reduction in adults has been summarized and published online June 22 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Cocaine May Have Multifactorial Impact on HIV Infection

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cocaine exposure has a multifactorial impact on HIV infection that extends beyond high-risk behavior, according to an experimental study published online June 18 in Scientific Reports.

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Anxiety Independently Predicts Pain in Patients With MS

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pain is prevalent in more than half of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), and is independently predicted by anxiety, according to a study published online June 18 in Pain Medicine.

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Researchers Report U.S. Obesity Epidemic Getting Worse

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- About 35 percent of men and 37 percent of women are obese, while 40 percent of men and 30 percent of women are overweight, according to a research letter published online June 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Academic Detailing Could Boost Treatment of Tobacco Use

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An educational outreach program, academic detailing (AD), can improve the frequency of physicians' performance of simple and complex components of tobacco use treatment, according to a study published in the June issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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Minimal Yield Seen for Routine Noninvasive Testing for CAD

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients presenting with acute chest pain and low clinical risk evaluated in a chest pain evaluation center (CPEC), the yield of routine noninvasive testing is low for coronary artery disease (CAD), according to a study published in the July 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Subclinical Hypothyroidism Ups DM Risk Only With Statin Use

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hypothyroidism is associated with increased risk of diabetes mellitus (DM); however, subclinical hypothyroidism appears to increase this risk only with statin use, according to research published online June 12 in Diabetes Care.

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Yoga, Meditation Aid Menopausal Symptoms After Breast Cancer

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For breast cancer survivors, a yoga and meditation intervention is associated with improvement in menopausal symptoms, according to a study published in the July 1 issue of Cancer.

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Medical Identity Theft Incidents Increasing

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medical identity theft is on the rise, costly to consumers, and challenging to resolve, according to the fifth annual report published by the Ponemon Institute.

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Clinical Decision Rule Can Classify Risk of Chronic Back Pain

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A clinical decision rule (CDR) with eight items can classify patients with acute low back pain (LBP) by their risk for chronic pain, according to a study published in the July 1 issue of The Spine Journal.

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B. cenocepacia Overrepresented in Urologic Chronic Pelvic Pain

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Burkholderia cenocepacia is overrepresented in initial stream urine of men with urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome, according to a study published in the July issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Extreme Exercising Without Training May Trigger Sepsis

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Extreme exercise may trigger sepsis in people who haven't trained properly, new research suggests. The findings were published recently in two journals. One study was in the International Journal of Sports Medicine. The other was in the Exercise Immunology Review.

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Caution in Social Media Age: Self-Promotion Can Backfire

FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a series of experiments, researchers found that people who self-promote often offend others. The study was published in the June issue of Psychological Science.

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Summer Spurs Calls to Poison Centers

FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The wet spring in many parts of the United States has led to mold and mildew in some homes and, as a result, an increase in the use of bleach. As a result, calls about bleach exposure are on the rise this summer, the Nebraska Regional Poison Center says.

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Medications Can Increase Risk of Heat-Related Illness

FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Commonly used medications may increase the risk of dehydration and heat-related illness during hot weather, according to an article published online June 13 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

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CDC: Narcon Overdose-Reversal Kits Are Saving Addicts' Lives

FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Friends and family members have saved the lives of tens of thousands of opioid users from overdoses by using emergency injection kits containing naloxone (Narcan), according to a new federal report. The findings were published in the June 19 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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FDA Cracks Down on Online Sale of Illegal Medical Products

FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with international partners, moved this week against more than 1,050 websites that sell potentially dangerous counterfeit medicines and medical devices, the agency said Thursday.

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Risk of Copper Deficiency Linked to Zinc Supplements

FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Zinc deficiency is often misdiagnosed based on low plasma zinc concentrations, and those prescribed high doses of zinc are at risk for copper deficiency, according to a study published online June 17 in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.

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Osteoarthritis Care Not Lining Up With Recommendations

FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The quality of osteoarthritis care is inadequate for all treatment domains, according to a meta-analysis published online June 17 in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

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White Matter Abnormalities in Female Interstitial Cystitis

FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome have white matter abnormalities, according to a study published in the July issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Hundreds Arrested Nationwide for Medicare/Medicaid Fraud

FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hundreds of people have been charged after health care fraud sweeps were made across the United States, the federal government said Thursday.

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Readmitted Surgery Patients Fare Better at Same Hospital

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery patients who suffer complications after discharge from a hospital are more likely to die if they're readmitted to a different hospital than where they had their original operation, according to a new study published online June 17 in The Lancet.

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Virtual Credit Card Fees Amount to 3 to 5 Percent of Payments

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Payment with virtual credit cards (VCCs) is associated with considerable fees, although physicians are often unaware of these charges, according to the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Increased Sleep Duration Linked to Increased T2DM Risk

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Increased sleep duration is associated with increased risk of incident type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online June 11 in Diabetes Care.

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Community-Acquired Pneumonia Confers Long-Term Risk

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is associated with increased risk of long-term adverse events, according to a study published online June 11 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Mutations in DOCK2 ID'd in Early-Onset Invasive Infections

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Biallelic mutations in the dedicator of cytokinesis 2 gene (DOCK2) have been identified in children with early-onset severe infections, autoimmunity, or both, according to a study published in the June 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Case Report: Pregnancy Could Mask Symptoms of Ebola

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The unique immunologic status of pregnant women might alter the presentation and progression of Ebola virus disease (EVD), according to a letter published in the June 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Too Much Serotonin Implicated in Social Anxiety Disorder

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of serotonin in the brain are too high in people with social anxiety disorder, rather than too low as previously believed, according to research published online June 17 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Chamomile Linked to Longevity for Mexican-American Women

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Consumption of chamomile may be linked to a longer lifespan for older Mexican-American women, according to a study published online April 29 in The Gerontologist.

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Consumption of Trans Fats Linked to Worse Memory

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Consumption of trans fats may negatively affect memory, according to research findings published online June 17 in PLOS ONE.

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Fluoroquinolone Preventive Therapy Deemed Beneficial in TB

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fluoroquinolone therapy for contacts of individuals with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis is associated with cost savings and reduced incidence of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, according to a study published online April 27 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Increased Infection-Linked Mortality in DM Greater for T1DM

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with diabetes have increased risk of mortality from various infections, and the increased risk appears to be greater for type 1 than type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online June 12 in Diabetes Care.

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Antibiotics May Be Enough for Some Appendicitis Patients

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although surgical removal of the appendix has long been a standard treatment, new research suggests that almost three-quarters of people treated with antibiotics could be spared appendectomy. The findings were published in the June 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Meta-Analysis: Oral Sex Is Not Risk Factor for Oral Cancer

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Oral sex is not an independent risk factor for oral cancer, according to a meta-analysis published online June 11 in the Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine.

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Prenatal DDT Exposure Tied to Higher Breast Cancer Risk

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) was banned in the United States in 1972, women exposed to the chemical in utero may be more likely to develop breast cancer than women who had less exposure, according to a study published online June 16 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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FDA: Food Manufacturers Have 3 Years to Remove Trans Fats

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a move that it says is designed to protect the heart health of Americans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that food manufacturers have three years to remove artificial trans fats from the nation's food supply.

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Daily Water Intake Not Adequate for Many U.S. Children

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many American children and teens aren't consuming enough liquids -- especially water -- and that lack of hydration could affect their physical and mental health, according to a study published online June 11 in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Direct Messaging Not Yet Widely Adopted by Physicians

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Direct secure messaging (Direct), which is a standardized protocol for exchanging clinical messages and attachments, has not been widely adopted by physicians, despite its potential for improving care coordination, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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More Evidence Needed for Chronic Fatigue Diagnosis, Treatments

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Criteria for diagnosing myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) as well as treatment options are addressed in two systematic evidence reviews published in the June 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Early Age of Menopause Linked to Seropositivity in RA

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In women with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA), early age at menopause is associated with seropositivity, according to a study published in the May issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

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GI Antispasmodic, Anticholinergic Rx Use May Raise Injury Risk

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Gastrointestinal (GI) antispasmodic and anticholinergic medication use is associated with increased risk of injury in older adults, according to a study published online June 11 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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ADHD Rx Studied for Cognitive Boost in Menopause

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse), a stimulant usually prescribed to children and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), may help to improve menopausal women's executive function, a new, small study suggests. The findings were published online June 11 in Psychopharmacology.

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Daily Milk or Dark Chocolate Linked to Cardiovascular Benefits

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged or older individuals who eat as much as 3.5 ounces of chocolate a day may receive cardiovascular benefits, according to a report published online June 15 in Heart.

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Personal Choice of Diet Plan May Lead to Less Weight Loss

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Choosing a weight-loss plan based on food preferences might backfire and lead to less weight loss, according to a study published in the June 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Testosterone + Fenofibrate Yields Strongest Effect on Cardio Risks

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of testosterone and fenofibrate may offer men with high cholesterol and late-onset hypogonadism the most cardiometabolic benefit, according to a study published online M


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