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February 2013 Briefing - Nursing

February 2013 Briefing - Nursing

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nursing for February 2013. 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.

Hyperbaric Oxygen No Benefit for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with diabetic foot ulcers, use of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) is not associated with improved healing or with a decrease in the likelihood of amputation, according to a study published online Feb. 19 in Diabetes Care.

Abstract (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/02/14/dc12-2160.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/02/14/dc12-2160.full.pdf+html )

Glucagonlike Peptide 1-Based Tx Increases Pancreatitis Risk

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Use of glucagonlike peptide 1 (GLP-1)-based therapies (GLP-1 mimetic, exenatide, and dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitor, sitagliptin phosphate) correlates with increased likelihood of hospitalization for acute pancreatitis among adults with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online Feb. 25 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Abstract (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1656537#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1656537 )

Urologic Patient Education Reading Materials Too Difficult

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Online urologic patient education materials (PEMs) are generally written above recommended reading levels, according to a study published in the March issue of The Journal of Urology.

Abstract (http://www.jurology.com/article/S0022-5347(12)04973-7/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.jurology.com/article/S0022-5347(12)04973-7/fulltext )

Glycemic Control Not Linked to Adverse Outcomes After TKA

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty, diabetes (with or without poor glycemic control) is not associated with adverse surgical outcomes, according to research published online Feb. 27 in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

Abstract (http://jbjs.org/article.aspx?articleid=1566977 )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jbjs.org/article.aspx?articleid=1566977 )Editorial (http://jbjs.org/article.aspx?articleid=1566981 )

Pediatricians Have Role to Play in School Discipline

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatricians can play various roles with respect to discipline in schools, including helping students affected by out-of-school suspension and assisting with positive behavior support, according to a policy statement published online Feb. 25 in Pediatrics.

Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/02/20/peds.2012-3932.abstract )Full Text (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/02/20/peds.2012-3932.full.pdf+html )

Overall Sedentary Time Shows Major Cardiometabolic Impact

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with known risk factors for type 2 diabetes mellitus, sedentary time is detrimentally linked to cardiometabolic health markers, and may be a more important indicator than moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, according to research published online Feb. 27 in Diabetologia.

Full Text (http://www.diabetologia-journal.org/files/Henson.pdf )

ACOG Joins the Choosing Wisely Program

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), in coordination with the American Board of Internal Medicine's Choosing Wisely campaign, has published the top five tests and procedures to question in obstetrics and gynecology.

More Information (http://www.acog.org/~/media/News%20Releases/20130221NewsRelease.pdf )

Variation ID'd in Increased Demand for Primary Care Docs

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Although the anticipated increased demand for primary health care providers with implementation of the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to be disruptive overall, considerable variation exists in the proportional demand for additional primary care providers, according to research published online in the February issue of Health Affairs.

Abstract (http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/early/2013/02/19/hlthaff.2012.0913 )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/early/2013/02/19/hlthaff.2012.0913.full )

High ER Charges for Common Presenting Conditions

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Charges for common conditions that present to the emergency department are generally high, with considerable variability, according to a study published online Feb. 27 in PLOS ONE.

Abstract (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0055491#abstract0 )Full Text (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0055491 )

CDC Releases Disease Detective Game App for iPad

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The "Solve the Outbreak" iPad application allows gamers to play the role of a disease outbreak investigator and determine the cause of outbreaks, based on real-life events, according to a press release published Feb. 20 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More Information (http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/p0220_ipad_app.html )

Review: Growing Body of Evidence Linking Diet to Acne

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence suggests that there may be a connection between acne and diet, particularly foods with a high glycemic index, according to a review published in the March issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Abstract (http://www.andjrnl.org/article/S2212-2672(12)01923-5/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.andjrnl.org/article/S2212-2672(12)01923-5/fulltext )

Caffeine Linked to Low Birth Weight and SGA Babies

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal caffeine intake is associated with lower birth weight and increased odds of a baby being small for gestational age (SGA), but does not increase the risk of spontaneous preterm delivery (PTD), according to research published online Feb. 19 in BMC Medicine.

Abstract (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/11/42/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1741-7015-11-42.pdf )

Childhood Bullying Linked to Adult Psychiatric Outcomes

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- The effects of childhood bullying last into adulthood for both victims and bullies, with the worst effects seen for those who are both victims and bullies, according to research published online Feb. 20 in JAMA Psychiatry.

Abstract (http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1654916#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1654916 )

Isotretinoin Not Linked to Increased Risk of IBD

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Among women of reproductive age, isotretinoin is not associated with an increased risk for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including ulcerative colitis (UC) or Crohn's disease (CD), according to research published in the February issue of JAMA Dermatology.

Abstract (http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1654866#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1654866 )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1654867 )

Ondansetron Not Linked to Adverse Fetal Outcomes

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Administration of ondansetron for treatment of nausea during pregnancy is not associated with any increased risk of adverse fetal outcomes, according to a study published in the Feb. 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1211035 )

FDA Approves Osphena for Dyspareunia Post-Menopause

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the once-daily pill Osphena (ospemifene) to treat postmenopausal women experiencing moderate-to-severe pain during sexual intercourse.

More Information (http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm341128.htm )

HIV-HCV Coinfection Speeds HCV-Related Liver Fibrosis

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Individuals who are coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) exhibit liver fibrosis similar to that of individuals without HIV who are nearly 10 years older, according to research published online Feb. 26 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Abstract (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1655859 )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1655859 )

Risk of Child Narcolepsy Up With Pandemrix Vaccination

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- For children vaccinated with ASO3 adjuvanted pandemic A/H1N1 2009 vaccine (Pandemrix) in England, there seems to be an increased risk of narcolepsy, according to research published online Feb. 26 in BMJ.

Full Text (http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f794 )

Low-Intensity Interventions Beneficial in Severe Depression

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Low-intensity interventions are beneficial even for severe depression, with evidence of an interaction between depression severity and treatment effect, according to a meta-analysis published online Feb. 26 in BMJ.

Full Text (http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f540 )

Home-Based Telehealth Not Effective for Chronic Conditions

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Second-generation, home-based telehealth is no more effective than usual care for quality of life and psychological outcomes among patients with chronic health conditions, according to research published online Feb. 26 in BMJ.

Full Text (http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f653 )

ACR Releases Five 'Don'ts' for Rheumatologists

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- As part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has issued a list of the top five tests and treatments commonly misordered by rheumatologists; the list has been published in the March issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

Abstract (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acr.21930/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acr.21930/full )

Obesity, Physical Activity Linked to Risk in Subset of Colorectal CA

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity and physical inactivity are associated with a higher risk of WNT/β-catenin (CTNNB1)-negative colorectal cancer, but are not associated with CTNNB1-positive cancer risk, according to a study published online Feb. 26 in Cancer Research.

Abstract (http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2013/02/18/0008-5472.CAN-12-2276.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2013/02/18/0008-5472.CAN-12-2276.full.pdf+html )

Intern Performance No Better With Simulation-Based Training

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- A single simulation-based medical education (SBME) training session is not sufficient to improve interns' clinical procedural performance in infant lumbar puncture (ILP) and child intravenous line placement (CIV), according to a study published online Feb. 25 in Pediatrics.

Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/02/20/peds.2012-0607.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/02/20/peds.2012-0607.full.pdf+html )

Type of Vascular Access Linked to Outcomes in Hemodialysis

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing hemodialysis, the use of catheters for vascular access is associated with the highest risk of death, infections, and cardiovascular events compared with arteriovenous fistula or graft, according to a review and meta-analysis published online Feb. 21 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Abstract (http://jasn.asnjournals.org/content/early/2013/02/20/ASN.2012070643.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jasn.asnjournals.org/content/early/2013/02/20/ASN.2012070643.full.pdf+html )

Bariatric Surgery Outcomes No Better at Centers of Excellence

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy restricting coverage of bariatric surgery to hospitals designated as centers of excellence (COEs) has not been associated with an improvement in bariatric surgery outcomes, according to a study published in the Feb. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Abstract (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1656253#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1656253 )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1656235 )

Advanced Breast CA Incidence Up for U.S. 25- to 39-Year-Olds

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- For U.S. women aged 25 to 39 years, the incidence of breast cancer with distant involvement has increased since 1976, according to research published in the Feb. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Abstract (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1656255#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1656255 )

AAFP Issues Top Five Choosing Wisely Recommendations

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- The top five primary care issues that patients and physicians should question have been released by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) as part of the Choosing Wisely Campaign.

More Information (http://www.aafp.org/online/etc/medialib/aafp_org/documents/membership/initiatives/fivequestions.Par.0001.File.tmp/five-questions.pdf )

FDA: Omontys Injection Pulled From Market

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Affymax Inc. of Palo Alto, Calif., and Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited of Deerfield, Ill., have voluntarily recalled all lots of Omontys Injection, used to treat anemia in adult dialysis patients, following reports of serious and fatal hypersensitivity reactions, according to a safety recall issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

More Information (http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm340899.htm )

Diagnostic Errors ID'd in Variety of Common Diseases

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Diagnostic errors are seen in a variety of common conditions and most often relate to process breakdowns in patient-practitioner clinical encounters, according to research published online Feb. 25 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Abstract (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1656540#Abstract )Full Text (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1656540 )Editorial (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1656536 )

List of Five Unnecessary Vascular Tests Released

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- The Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM) has published "Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question" in vascular medicine, a list of five tests and procedures that are commonly used but can be unnecessary or even harmful.

More Information (http://www.vascularmed.org/choosing/SVMCWList.pdf )

Sleep Restriction Impacts Gene Regulation

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Insufficient sleep affects gene regulation, including genes associated with circadian rhythms, sleep homeostasis, oxidative stress, and metabolism, according to a study published online Feb. 25 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Abstract (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/02/20/1217154110.abstract )Full Text (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/02/20/1217154110.full.pdf+html )

Preparation Underway for Implementation of ACA in 2014

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) nears, states are preparing for some of its provisions, including expanded access to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the use of information technology, according to a report issued by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

More Information (http://www.kff.org/medicaid/2013medicaid50statesurvey.cfm )

Cardiologists Often Fail to Communicate Impact of ICDs

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- When communicating with patients about implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), cardiologists often misrepresent and omit information about the associated psychological and long-term risks, according to research published online Feb. 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Abstract (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1653995 )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1653995 )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1653998 )

Families Prefer ICU Doctors in Traditional White Coats, Scrubs

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Intensive care unit (ICU) physician attire may influence patient family perceptions, according to a research letter published online Feb. 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Abstract (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1653992 )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1653992 )

Novel Chemotherapies More Often Used On- Than Off-Label

MONDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- In contemporary practice, medical oncologists use novel anticancer agents on-label more often than off-label, according to a study published online Feb. 19 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Abstract (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/02/19/JCO.2012.42.7252.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/02/19/JCO.2012.42.7252.full.pdf+html )Editorial (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2013/02/19/JCO.2012.46.9460.full.pdf+html )

USPSTF: Vitamin D, Calcium Supplements Don't Prevent Fx

MONDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- For non-institutionalized postmenopausal women, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against daily supplementation with ≤400 IU of vitamin D3 and ≤1,000 mg of calcium for primary prevention of fractures, and a lack of evidence impairs the provision of recommendations for other populations, according to a statement published online Feb. 26 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Abstract (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1655858#Abstract )Full Text (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1655858 )Editorial (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1655860 )

Costs Up With Failure to Thrive Planned Weekend Admissions

MONDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Scheduled failure to thrive (FTT) admissions on weekends are associated with increased length of stay (LOS) and health care costs compared with admissions of similar complexity on weekdays, according to a study published online Feb. 25 in Pediatrics.

Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/02/20/peds.2012-2015.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/02/20/peds.2012-2015.full.pdf+html )

AAP Updates Guidelines for Acute Otitis Media

MONDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its guidelines for the management of acute otitis media (AOM); the updated clinical practice guideline has been published online Feb. 25 in Pediatrics.

Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/02/20/peds.2012-3488.abstract )Full Text (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/02/20/peds.2012-3488.full.pdf+html )

Infant Mortality Risk Increases With Maternal Alcohol Use

MONDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal alcohol-use disorder increases the risk of both sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and non-SIDS-related infant mortality, according to a study published online Feb. 25 in Pediatrics.

Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/02/20/peds.2012-1907.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/02/20/peds.2012-1907.full.pdf+html )

Low-Dose CT Screening Could Avert ~12,000 Lung CA Deaths

MONDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Adoption of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening regimens, as outlined in the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), could potentially prevent more than 12,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year, according to research published online Feb. 25 in Cancer.

Abstract (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cncr.27813/abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cncr.27813/full )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cncr.27811/abstract )

AAN Issues Top Five Choosing Wisely Recommendations

MONDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Neurology's (AAN's) Top Five Recommendations in the Choosing Wisely campaign, established to promote high-value neurologic medicine and to foster physician-patient communication, have been approved and issued, according to a special article published online Feb. 20 in Neurology.

Abstract (http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2013/02/20/WNL.0b013e31828aab14.abstract )Full Text (http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2013/02/20/WNL.0b013e31828aab14.full.pdf+html )

Insufficient Evidence to Support BP Screening for Children

MONDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force notes that there is insufficient evidence to indicate that hypertension screening in children and adolescents reduces adverse cardiovascular outcomes in adults. This Recommendation Statement is based on an evidence review published online Feb. 25 in Pediatrics.

Draft Recommendation Statement (http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/draftrec2.htm )Comment on Recommendations (http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm )Background Review (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/02/20/peds.2012-3523.abstract )

Bariatric Surgery Does Not Appear to Cut Health Care Costs

MONDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Bariatric surgery does not appear to reduce health care costs over a six-year period, according to an analysis published online Feb. 20 in JAMA Surgery.

Abstract (http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1653574#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1653574 )Editorial (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1653577 )

Patients With Lower Incomes Less Likely to Die at Home

FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with limited financial resources are less likely to die at home, according to research published online Feb. 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Abstract (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1653994#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1653994 )

CDC: 1.5 Million New Cancers Diagnosed Annually

FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- In 2009, approximately 1.5 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the United States, with an annual incidence rate of 459 cases per 100,000 population, according to research published in the Feb. 22 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.

Full Text (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6207a1.htm?s_cid=mm6207a1_w )

CDC: 2012-2013 Flu Vaccine Not As Effective in Elderly

FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccination against influenza for the 2012/2013 flu season appears to be moderately effective in reducing the need for outpatient medical attention, but the effect is lower in the elderly, according to research published in the Feb. 22 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.

Full Text (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6207a2.htm?s_cid=mm6207a2_w )

Fast Food Accounts for >11 Percent of Daily Calories in U.S.

FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- More than 11 percent of adults' daily calorie consumption comes from fast foods, according to a February data brief issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

More Information (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db114.htm )

Hands-On Cooking Education Aids Docs' Nutrition Knowledge

FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Continuing education that includes didactic and hands-on cooking sessions improves physicians' self-reported nutrition-related behaviors, according to a research letter published online Feb. 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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No Lasting Survival Benefit With BRCA in Ovarian Cancer

FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Although patients with invasive ovarian cancer carrying BRCA1/2 mutations have a short-term survival advantage compared with noncarriers, the advantage is short-lived and is no longer observed at 10 years post-diagnosis, according to a study published in the Jan. 16 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Abstract (http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/105/2/141.abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/105/2/141.full )

Early Life Lung Function Tied to Persistent Wheezing to Age 18

FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Persistent wheezing from ages 6 years to 18 years correlates with multiple factors, including reduced infant lung function, infant-onset atopy, maternal asthma, and active smoking, according to a study published online Feb. 18 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Abstract (http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1653080#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1653080 )

Study Examines Botox Dose Disparity in Aesthetic Face Tx

FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing onabotulinum toxin A injections, the difference in doses given to achieve desired results in the muscles of the upper and lower face results from variable amounts of paralysis needed to achieve the desired aesthetic effects, according to a study published online Feb. 21 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

Abstract (http://archfaci.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1655116#Abstract )Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) (http://archfaci.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1655116 )

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits Expanded

FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- In a final rule, which will make purchasing health coverage easier for consumers, mental health and substance use benefits will be expanded to 62 million Americans, according to a report published Feb. 20 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

More Information (http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2013pres/02/20130220a.html )

CDC: Children's Caloric Intake Decreased in Last Decade

THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Over the last decade, caloric intake has fallen for most age groups among children and adolescents in the United States, according to a February data brief issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). In addition, protein intake has generally increased and carbohydrate intake has generally decreased.

Full Text (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db113.htm )

CMS Proposes Payment and Policy Updates for 2014

THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Payment and policy updates have been proposed for 2014, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Advanced Notice and draft Call Letter published Feb. 15.

More Information (http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=4540&intNumPerPage=10&checkDa%20te=&checkKey=&srchType=1&numDays=3500&sr )

AAP Issues Guidelines for Genetic Testing for Children

THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Use of genetic testing and screening for children should be guided by their best interests and offered in the context of genetic counseling, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement published online Feb. 21 in Pediatrics.

Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/02/17/peds.2012-3680.abstract )Full Text (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/02/17/peds.2012-3680.full.pdf+html )

FDA: Codeine After Surgery Puts Children At Risk

THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Even when given in recommended amounts, codeine can be dangerous, perhaps deadly, in children, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

More Information (http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm315497.htm )

ASPS: Plastic Surgery Procedures Increasing in U.S.

THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Plastic surgery is increasing in the United States, with 14.6 million cosmetic plastic procedures carried out in 2012, up 5 percent since 2011, according to a report published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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ACA Improves EMTALA Health Care Access Mandate Somewhat

THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Although the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) goes some way to ensuring wider health care access, the system is still incomplete, according to a viewpoint published in the Feb. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Air Pollution Ups Mortality Rate Post-ACS Hospitalization

THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- For individuals hospitalized with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), exposure to higher levels of air pollution, specifically particulate matter with a diameter of ≤2.5 µm (PM2.5), correlates with increased all-cause mortality, according to a study published online Feb. 19 in the European Heart Journal.

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Higher Risk of Hip Implant Failure for Women Than Men

THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- After adjustment, implant failure is more likely for women than men who undergo total hip arthroplasty (THA), according to a study published online Feb. 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Teens Linked to Early Death

THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking, central obesity, and poor glycemic control in teens and young adults correlate with an increased risk of premature death, according to a study published online Feb. 18 in Pediatrics.

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IV Hydroxyethyl Starch Not OK in Critically Ill Patients

THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Due to significant safety concerns, hydroxyethyl starch should not be used for acute volume resuscitation in critically ill patients, according to research published in the Feb. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Extended Dabigatran Effective for Venous Thromboembolism

THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with venous thromboembolism, extended treatment with dabigatran is noninferior to warfarin, according to a study published in the Feb. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Antioxidant Capacity of Diet Not Tied to Dementia, Stroke Risk

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- For older adults, the total antioxidant capacity of their diet does not affect the risk of dementia or stroke, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in Neurology.

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Considerable Proportion of HBV/HCV Cases Go Unreported

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Reporting of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections is improving, but is still incomplete, according to research published in the Feb. 15 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Pros, Cons of Medical Marijuana for Metastatic Cancer Explored

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Some physicians favor while others advocate against the use of medical marijuana, according to a case vignette published online Feb. 20 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Faster Adoption of Electronic Health Records Needed

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by health providers for Medicare is increasing, but not quickly enough to avoid penalties in 2015, according to a letter published in the Feb. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Opioids Involved in Most Medical Overdose Deaths

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid analgesics are involved in the majority of pharmaceutical-related overdose deaths, frequently involving drugs prescribed for mental health conditions, according to a research letter published in the Feb. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Anti-Müllerian Hormone Levels Can Predict IVF Success

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A woman's plasma level of anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), produced in the ovaries, is strongly associated with the rate of live birth after in vitro fertilization (IVF) and may serve as a prognostic factor for the chance of pregnancy and live birth, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Erlotinib + Celecoxib Effective in Head and Neck Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The combination of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) erlotinib with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor celecoxib shows promise as a chemoprevention regimen for patients at high risk of developing head and neck cancer, according to research published online Feb. 19 in Clinical Cancer Research.

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Reimbursement Policies for Out-of-Hospital Care Flawed

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Current Medicare reimbursement costs for out-of-hospital care, which link payment with transport to an emergency department, should be modified to improve patient-centered care and reduce costs, according to a viewpoint published in the Feb. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Synthetic Marijuana Linked to Acute Kidney Injury

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Synthetic cannabinoids, sold under labels such as "synthetic marijuana," "herbal incense," "potpourri," and "spice" have been tied to hospitalizations for unexplained acute kidney injury (AKI) in the United States, according to research published in the Feb. 15 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.

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Women's Awareness of Heart Disease Improving

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past 15 years there has been an improvement in women's awareness of cardiovascular disease (CVD), but racial disparity still exists, according to a study published online Feb. 19 in Circulation.

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Redefinition of Positive CT Result for Lung Cancer Explored

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Increasing the threshold for defining a positive result in computed tomography (CT) screening for lung cancer could reduce the need for further work-up but must be weighed against the potential for delayed diagnosis, according to a study published in the Feb. 19 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Prognostic Value of CCTA Explored for Suspected CAD

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- For individuals with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) without modifiable risk factors, coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is an effective tool for determining the risk of heart attacks and other adverse cardiac events, according to a study published online Feb. 19 in Radiology.

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Birth Order May Affect Metabolic, Cardiac Risk

TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Birth order may influence metabolic and cardiovascular disease risk factors, including insulin sensitivity and daytime blood pressure, according to a study published online Jan. 30 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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CMS: Unnecessary Medicare Regulations to Be Reformed

TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare regulations which are unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on hospital or health care providers will be reformed, according to a rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the President's instructions in Executive Order 13563.

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Multimodality Approach Needed to Reengineer Health Care

TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- A multimodality approach focusing on reengineering the U.S. health care system may provide a way to improve quality and reduce costs, according to a viewpoint published in the Feb. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Depression Affects Efficacy of Herpes Zoster Vaccine

TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Depressed elderly patients display a diminished varicella zoster virus (VZV)-specific immune response after vaccination with the herpes zoster vaccine compared with non-depressed patients, but antidepressant medication helps to normalize this response, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Most Moms Stop Breastfeeding Earlier Than They Desire

TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Concerns about maternal or child health and lactation or milk-pumping problems are the major reasons why mothers stop breastfeeding earlier than desired, according to a study published online Feb. 18 in Pediatrics.

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Program Cuts Unnecessary Referrals for Scoliosis in Teens

TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of a quality improvement program correlates with a sustained reduction in unnecessary referrals for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), according to a study published online Feb. 18 in Pediatrics.

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Online Bullying Just As Harmful for Children As Offline

TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- School children who are the victims of bullying via Internet or mobile phone are just as likely to skip school or consider suicide as those who are physically bullied, according to research published online Feb. 7 in the International Criminal Justice Review.

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Sleep Duration Linked to Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) is modestly higher for male physicians who sleep eight hours or more per night, while shorter sleep duration (six hours or less) is associated with a higher risk of AF in those with sleep apnea, according to a study published in the Feb. 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Acupuncture May Help Treat Seasonal Allergies

TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Acupuncture produces statistically significant improvements in disease-specific quality of life and reduces antihistamine use in patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR), although further study is required to determine whether these results are clinically significant, according to a study published online in the Feb. 19 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Patient Care

TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Use of an artificial intelligence (AI) framework can improve patient outcomes at one-third of the costs of the current standard of care, according to a study published online Jan. 2 in Artificial Intelligence in Medicine.

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CDC: Cephalosporin-Resistant Gonorrhea Imminent in U.S.

MONDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Neisseria gonorrhoeae has developed antimicrobial resistance since the 1930s and may be developing resistance to cephalosporins, according to research published in the Feb. 15 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.

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Racial Disparities Observed in Opioid Monitoring

MONDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- For patients receiving opioids for non-cancer pain, racial disparities exist in opioid monitoring and follow-up treatment practices, according to a study published in the January issue of Pain.

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Watching More TV As Child Tied to Adult Antisocial Behavior

MONDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Children and adolescents who watch more television have an increased likelihood of antisocial behavior in early adulthood; and, the content of television impacts behavior in preschool-aged children, according to two studies published online Feb. 18 in Pediatrics.

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Vicarious Abusive Supervision at Work Has Negative Impact

MONDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Secondhand, or vicarious, abusive supervision at work can have significant impacts on worker frustration with their job, coworker abuse, and perceived organizational support, especially when combined with firsthand abusive supervision, according to research published in the January/February issue of the Journal of Social Psychology.

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Celiac Disease Down for Swedish Youth Born in 1997 Versus 1993

MONDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Swedish 12-year-olds born in 1997 have a significantly reduced prevalence of celiac disease, compared with those born in 1993, according to a study published online Feb. 18 in Pediatrics.

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Parity Does Reduce Families' Mental Health Expenditures

MONDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- For families with children with mental health and substance use disorders (MH/SUDs), parity laws decrease the share and level of out-of-pocket (OOP) expenses, according to a study published online Feb. 18 in Pediatrics.

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Neonatal Bisphenol A Levels Linked to Medical Device Use

MONDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- The levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in the urine of premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit is associated with greater exposure to medical devices, but not with nutritional intake, according to a study published online Feb. 18 in Pediatrics.

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Therapy-Related Leukemia Risk Varied From 1975 to 2008

MONDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Since the 1970s, the risk of developing therapy-related acute myeloid leukemia (tAML) after chemotherapy has varied over time, depending on the initial cancer type and treatment practices, according to a study published online Feb. 14 in Blood.

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Mycobacterial Infection Seen After Laser Resurfacing

MONDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Nontuberculous mycobacterial infection can occur after fractionated carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing, according to a case series published in the March issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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AMA Issues Code for Safe Care Transitions After Hospital Stay

MONDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- A series of five responsibilities and five principles should guide ambulatory practices to achieve safe and effective care transitions for patients after hospital stays, according to a report issued by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Ozone Levels, PM2.5 Linked to Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

MONDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- There is an increased risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) with higher levels of exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in Circulation.

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Two-Step Irradiance OK for Superficial Skin Cancer Lesions

MONDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- A two-step irradiance protocol with topical δ-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) and photodynamic therapy (PDT) minimizes pain while maintaining comparable clinical outcomes for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer lesions, according to a study published online Feb. 6 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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Community-Associated MRSA Common in Nursing Homes

FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Community-associated strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA), commonly found in hospitals, are common in nursing homes, according to a study published in the March issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

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A1C, Blood Pressure, LDL Goals Improving in Diabetes

FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Although there have been improvements in achieving hemoglobin A1c (A1C), blood pressure (BP), and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (ABC) goals, control is still suboptimal for many, including minorities, according to a study published online Feb. 15 in Diabetes Care.

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Gender Influences Ischemic Time, Outcomes After STEMI

FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- After ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), women have longer ischemic times and are at a higher risk than men of early all-cause and cardiac mortality, according to research published in the Feb. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Preterm Birth Risk Down With Introduction of Smoking Bans

FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Following the introduction of smoking restrictions in Belgium there was a consistent reduction in the risk of preterm delivery, according a study published online Feb. 14 in BMJ.

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Income Inequality Ups Risk for 30-Day Hospital Readmission

FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- For Medicare beneficiaries, income inequality correlates with 30-day readmission following hospitalization for myocardial infarction, heart failure, or pneumonia, according a study published online Feb. 14 in BMJ.

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Health Care-Associated Infections Decreased in 2011

FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- In 2011, decreases were noted for some health care-associated infections (HAIs), according to a report prepared by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Alcohol Contributes to About 3.5 Percent of Cancer Deaths

FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Alcohol consumption remains a major contributor to cancer mortality and years of potential life lost (YPLL), according to research published online Feb. 14 in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Shifts in Threat-Related Attention Linked to PTSD

FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Shifts in threat-related attention before deployment as well as genetic and environmental factors predict post-combat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among Israeli Defense Force infantry soldiers, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Cell Phone Cameras Improve Self-Reported Dietary Recall

FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Pictures taken on cell phone-based digital cameras can function as a memory prompt to more accurately recall fruit and vegetable intake, according to a study published in the February issue of Applied Nursing Research.

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Post-STEMI, Beta Blockers Cut Long-Term Mortality for Some

FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), beta-blocker (BB) therapy is associated with reduced long-term mortality for those at higher risk, but not those at lower risk, according to a study published in the Feb. 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Self-Rated Health Measure Can Predict Outcomes in Knee OA

FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA), a single-item measure of self-rated health can be used to predict mental and social health outcomes, according to a study published in the February issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

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Physician Beliefs About Obesity Impact Nutritional Counseling

FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians' beliefs about diet-related causes of obesity impact the nutritional counseling they provide for their patients, according to a study published online Feb. 8 in Preventive Medicine.

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General Anesthesia Ups Knee Replacement Complications

FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty, use of general anesthesia is associated with a significant increase in complications compared with spinal anesthesia, according to a study published in the Feb. 6 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

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Use of Emergency Contraception Has More Than Doubled

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- The use of emergency contraception has more than doubled in recent years, primarily due to large increases in use by women in their early twenties, according to a February data brief issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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CDC: Consumers in Five States Sickened by Ground Beef

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Ground beef is the likely culprit in a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium, according to a statement issued Feb. 13 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Depressed Patients Less Likely to Complete Cardiac Rehab

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Depressed patients are less likely to complete exercise-based, cardiac rehabilitation programs, regardless of whether they are taking antidepressants, according to a study published in the Feb. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Study Explores Attachment Anxiety, Health/Well-Being Link

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- People with high levels of attachment anxiety, who are excessively concerned about being rejected, have high cortisol levels and suppressed cellular immunity, according to a study published online Jan. 10 in Psychological Science.

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Emergency Room Crowding Tied to ACS-Induced PTSD

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to emergency department crowding correlates with acute coronary syndrome (ACS)-induced posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms one month after ACS, according to a research letter published online Feb. 11 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery Not Needed for All Skiers

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- For recreational alpine skiers who have an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, evaluation at six to 12 weeks post-injury can identify patients who can be treated successfully without surgery, according to research published in Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy.

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Snoring Tied to Increased Cardiovascular Risk in Women

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- For women, snoring is associated with a modest increased risk of stroke, coronary heart disease (CHD), and cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a study published in the Feb. 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Psychological, Sexual Impact of Female Breadwinners Explored

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- For couples in which the wife earns more than the husband, there may be psychological and sexual implications, according to a study published in the March issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

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IOM Urges International Action to Eradicate Fake Drugs

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Falsified and substandard medications pose public health problems around the world, and international action should be taken to combat the phenomenon, according to a report published Feb. 13 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

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Human Metapneumovirus Burden High for Young Children

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Children younger than 5 years old have substantial rates of hospitalizations and outpatient visits for human metapneumovirus (HMPV), according to a study published in the Feb. 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Cancer Type Affects Quality of Care Survivors Receive

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with control patients without cancer, survivors of some cancers receive different quality of care on certain chronic and acute indicators, according to research published online Feb. 11 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Consumer Advocates Urge FDA to Set Sugar Limits for Soda

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Consumer advocates and nutrition experts, led by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), are petitioning the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to determine what levels of high-fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners in sodas and soft drinks are indeed safe.

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Selumetinib Ups Radioiodine Uptake in Thyroid Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) kinase (MEK) 1 and MEK2 inhibitor selumetinib generates clinically meaningful increases in iodine uptake and retention in patients with radioiodine-refractory thyroid cancer, according to a study published in the Feb. 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Neurostimulation Benefits Early Parkinson's Disease

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with early motor complications due to Parkinson's disease, neurostimulation is associated with improved quality of life and motor ability, according to a study published in the Feb. 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Post-Pregnancy Deterioration in Glycemic Control in T1DM

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Women with type 1 diabetes experience post-pregnancy deterioration in glycemic control and sustained weight gain, according to research published online Dec. 18 in Diabetes Care.

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Oregon Experiment Will Provide Insight Into ACO-Based Reform

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- The outcome of the Oregon experiment, an ambitious program centered on a model of an accountable care organization (ACO), will offer important lessons for the wider implementation of ACOs as cost-saving mechanisms, according to a perspective piece published online Feb. 13 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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ADHD Symptoms Stable From Preschool Diagnosis to Year Six

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- For preschoolers diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), symptom severity is relatively stable over a six-year period, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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High Calcium Intake Linked to Increased Mortality in Women

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- For women, high intake of calcium (>1,400 mg/day) is associated with a significantly increased risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, according to a study published online Feb. 12 in BMJ.

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Tedizolid Phosphate Viable for Bacterial Skin Infections

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Six days of tedizolid phosphate treatment is noninferior to a 10-day course of linezolid for treating acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSIs), according to a study published in the Feb. 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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IBCERCC: Prioritize Prevention to Reduce Breast Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Seven recommendations have been proposed highlighting the need for coordinated efforts to identify and mitigate the environmental causes of breast cancer, according a report from the Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee (IBCERCC).

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In Veterans With RA, PTSD Worsens Disease Activity

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- For U.S. veterans with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with worse patient-reported outcomes and tender joint counts, according to a study published online in the February issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

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Diabetes Practice Patterns, Knowledge Gaps Identified

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Practice patterns and knowledge gaps vary for health care providers (HCPs) who manage patients with type 2 diabetes, although most patients receive evidence-based care, according to research published in the Winter issue of Clinical Diabetes.

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Health Insurance Exchanges Are Top Priority on U.S. Agenda

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- The public's health care agenda places creation of a health insurance exchange or marketplace as a top priority, according to a report published by the Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health.

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Maternal Folic Acid Use Linked to Reduced Autism Risk

TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal use of folic acid supplements around the time of conception is associated with a reduced risk of having children with autistic disorder, according to a study published in the Feb. 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Study IDs Factors Associated With H. Pylori Eradication

TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Geographic site, demographic factors, adherence to initial therapy, and infection recurrence may be as important as the choice of antibiotic regimen in Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection eradication interventions, according to a study published in the Feb. 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Gradual Dietary Sodium Reductions Will Save Lives

TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Substantial health benefits can likely be achieved if Americans gradually reduce their daily dietary sodium intake over the next decade, according to research published online Feb. 11 in Hypertension.

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Potency of OTC Vitamin D Supplements Varies Widely

TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- The potency of over-the-counter (OTC) and compounded vitamin D (cholecalciferol) supplements vary widely, according to a research letter published online Feb. 11 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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No Link Between Mortality, Readmission Quality Measures

TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- As measures of hospital quality, there is no association between risk-standardized mortality rates and readmission rates for elderly individuals hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction or pneumonia and a weak association for patients with heart failure, according to a study published in the Feb. 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Obtaining Price Estimate for Hip Arthroplasty Found Difficult

TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Obtaining a price estimate for a total hip arthroplasty (THA) procedure from U.S. hospitals is difficult, and there is considerable variation in the prices, according to a study published online Feb. 11 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Red Meat Intake May Raise Risk of Gestational Diabetes

TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Higher consumption of red meat is associated with an increased risk of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to research published online Feb. 1 in Diabetes Care.

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Naltrexone Linked to Reduction in Pain in Fibromyalgia

TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Low-dose naltrexone treatment is associated with significant reductions in pain in patients with fibromyalgia, according to a study published in the February issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.

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Most Ob-Gyns Still Perform Bimanual Exam But Reasons Vary

TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of obstetrician-gynecologists perceive bimanual pelvic examinations as important for adult women of all ages, although the reasons cited for performing the exam vary widely, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Use of Evidence-Based Meds Increasing for STEMI, NSTEMI

TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence-based therapies are increasingly being used to treat patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), according to research published in the Feb. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Best Strategy for Easing Child Post-Traumatic Stress Unclear

MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- For children exposed to non-relational trauma, such as accidents, war, or natural disasters, psychotherapeutic interventions may be beneficial, but there is a lack of evidence establishing the long-term effectiveness of interventions, according to research published online Feb. 11 in Pediatrics.

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Delivery Mode, Infant Diet Affect Gut Microbiota

MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Mode of delivery and infant diet affect the gut microbiota early in life, according to a study published online Feb. 11 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Creatinine Excretion Rate Linked to Higher Mortality in T2DM

MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- In patients with type 2 diabetes and nephropathy, a lower creatinine excretion rate (CER) is associated with higher all-cause mortality, according to research published online Jan. 8 in Diabetes Care.

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Earlier Screening for Amblyopia in Children Recommended

MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Photoscreening can detect risk factors for amblyopia in children as young as 1 year old, and should be performed starting at this age rather than at 3 years of age as current guidelines recommend, according to research published online Feb. 11 in Pediatrics.

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Urban School-Based Asthma Treatment Cost-Effective

MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- A program to administer asthma medication each day to urban children with asthma reduces symptoms and is cost-effective, according to research published online Feb. 11 in Pediatrics.

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2011 Vital Statistics Data for Children Released

MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- In 2011 the number of births in the United States continued to decline, while there was no substantial change in death rates for children and adolescents, according to research published online Feb. 11 in Pediatrics.

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Most Cardiac Patients Report Using Alternative Treatments

MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of patients with cardiovascular disease receiving outpatient cardiology evaluations report using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, according to a study published in the Feb. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Brain Activity Linked to TNF Inhibitor Response in RA

MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with rheumatoid arthritis who respond to tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) show changes in activity in pain-related areas of the brain before clinical signs of improvement are observed, according to a study published in the February issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.

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Obstetric Outcomes for Women With Asthma Evaluated

MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Women with asthma have significantly higher odds for nearly all obstetric complications, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Statin Use Linked to Reduced Risk of Hepatocellular Cancer

MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Statin use is associated with a reduced risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), most strongly in Asian populations, according to a meta-analysis published in the February issue of Gastroenterology.

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Exercise Tied to Lower Prostate Cancer Risk in White Men

MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Increased exercise is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer (CaP) in white men, according to a study published online Feb. 11 in Cancer.

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Increasing Patient Activation Tied to Lower Health Care Costs

MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Patient activation is associated with improved outcomes and lower health care costs, according to a review published in the February issue of Health Affairs.

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Electroacupuncture Reduces Duration of Post-Op Ileus

FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Electroacupuncture reduces the duration of postoperative ileus and shortens hospital stay for patients treated with laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer, according to research published in the February issue of Gastroenterology.

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Most Dietary Supplement Use Not Recommended by Docs

FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Adults frequently use dietary supplements, including multivitamins, calcium, and omega-3 or fish oil, to improve or maintain their health, and less than one-quarter of this use is on the basis of health care provider recommendation, according to research published online Feb. 4 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Long-Acting Daily Opioids Increase Risk of Hypogonadism

FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- For men with chronic pain taking opioids on a daily basis, hypogonadism occurs significantly more frequently in those taking long-acting opioids (LAOs) compared with short-acting opioids (SAOs), according to a study published online Jan. 24 in the Clinical Journal of Pain.

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Seizures in ~Half Peds Patients With Intracranial Hemorrhage

FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Acute symptomatic seizures occur in about half of pediatric patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) and are often a presenting symptom, according to a study published online Feb. 7 in JAMA Neurology.

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Most Youth With Type 1 Diabetes Don't Meet HbA1c Goals

FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Most children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) values above target levels, according to a study published online Jan. 22 in Diabetes Care.

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Anesthesia Assistance Used in 8.7 Percent of Colonoscopies

FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Anesthesia assistance is used in 8.7 percent of outpatient colonoscopies, with wide regional variation, but its use does not affect patient risk or outcomes, according to research published in the February issue of Gastroenterology.

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High Doses of Saw Palmetto Don't Impact Serum PSA

FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with placebo, saw palmetto, even at a dose as high as 960 mg, does not affect serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in men with lower urinary tract symptoms, according to research published in the February issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Study Explores Link Between UV-B Light Exposure, RA Risk

FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- In a cohort of older women, exposure to ultraviolet-B (UV-B) light is associated with a significantly reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but this relationship is not seen among younger women, according to research published online Feb. 4 in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

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CDC: Breastfeeding Increasingly Prevalent for U.S. Infants

THURSDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of breastfeeding, considered by the American Academy of Pediatrics as the normative standard for infant feeding, has grown in the United States, but in 2008, most infants were not being breastfed for the recommended 12 months, according to research published in the Feb. 8 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.

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Less Benefit for Obese With Lumbar Disc Herniation Tx

THURSDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Obese patients derive less benefit from both operative and non-operative lumbar disc herniation treatment, according to a study published in the Jan. 2 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

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One Hospital Night OK for Robotic Partial Nephrectomy

THURSDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Regardless of surgical complexity, most patients undergoing robotic partial nephrectomy (RPN) can be discharged in one day, according to a study published in the February issue of Urology.

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ECT + SSRI Better for Major Depression Than Either Alone

THURSDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) -- In antidepressant-free patients with major depressive disorder, treatment with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) plus sertraline is more effective than either treatment alone, according to a study published online Feb. 6 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Doctors' Perceptions of Psoriasis Therapies Vary

THURSDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors who treat patients with psoriasis show wide variation in their beliefs about the safety and effectiveness of psoriasis treatments, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Albumin Improves Bacterial Peritonitis Outcomes

THURSDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP), albumin infusion is associated with reduced renal impairment and decreased mortality, according to research published in the February issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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For Female Nurses, Working Nights Tied to Increased BMI

THURSDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Female nurses working night or mixed shifts have higher body mass index (BMI) scores compared with nurses who work regular daytime schedules, according to a study published in the February issue of Applied Nursing Research.

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Risk Factors ID'd for Cervical Spinal Surgery Complications

THURSDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Risk factors have been identified for medical complications following cervical spine surgery, with cardiac and pulmonary complications correlating with death within two years, according to research published in the Feb. 1 issue of Spine.

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Alzheimer's Projected to Affect 13.8 Million in U.S. in 2050

THURSDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) -- By 2050, an estimated 13.8 million Americans over the age of 65 years will have Alzheimer's disease (AD) dementia, according to a study published online Feb. 6 in Neurology.

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Baseline Factors Impact Lifestyle Intervention Success

THURSDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Certain baseline characteristics better predict successful weight loss with the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle intervention, according to a study published in the January issue of Diabetes Care.

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Supraorbital Transcutaneous Stimulator Prevents Migraines

THURSDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment with a supraorbital transcutaneous stimulator seems safe and effective for preventing migraine headaches, according to a study published online Feb. 6 in Neurology.

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Antimicrobial Washcloths Reduce Hospital Infections

THURSDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Bathing hospitalized patients with antimicrobial washcloths reduces the risk of acquiring multidrug-resistant organisms and the risk of developing hospital-acquired bloodstream infections, according to a study published in the Feb. 7 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Pertactin-Negative Bordetella pertussis Identified in U.S.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Pertactin-negative variants of Bordetella pertussis have been identified in the United States; and children who receive diphtheria-tetanus-whole-cell pertussis (DTwP) priming have lower reported rates of pertussis, according to correspondence published in the Feb. 7 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Rivaroxaban Found Noninferior to Enoxaparin in Acutely Ill

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- In acutely ill hospitalized patients, standard-duration rivaroxaban has similar efficacy as enoxaparin in reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism, while extended-duration rivaroxaban has superior efficacy, according to a study published in the Feb. 7 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Support for Biennial Over Annual Mammography in Older Women

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- For older women, biennial screening mammography is associated with similar rates of advanced disease and lower rates of false-positive recall, irrespective of comorbidity, according to a study published online Feb. 5 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Midway Waist Circumference Better Than Iliac Crest Measure

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Waist circumference measured midway (WC-mid) between the lowest ribs and the iliac crest better defines risks associated with central obesity than does waist circumference measured at the iliac crest (WC-IC), according to a study published online Dec. 28 in Diabetes Care.

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Review Finds Limited Value for Spinal Manipulation in Acute LBP

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is no more effective a treatment for acute low back pain than inert interventions, sham SMT, or as adjunct therapy, according to the results of an updated systematic literature review published in the Feb. 1 issue of Spine.

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Diet Soda-Mixed Drinks Result in Higher Breath Alcohol Levels

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Mixing alcohol with diet soft drinks results in higher breath alcohol concentrations (BrACs) than equivalent amounts of alcohol mixed with sugar-sweetened beverages, according to a study published online Dec. 6 in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

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Corticorelin Acetate Has Steroid-Sparing Effect in Brain Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Corticorelin acetate (CrA) administration to patients with peritumoral brain edema (PBE) allows the reduction of steroid doses and is associated with reduced incidence and severity of steroid-induced myopathy and other steroid-related adverse effects, according to research published online Feb. 4 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Ramipril Improves Walking in Peripheral Artery Disease

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- For elderly patients with peripheral artery disease and intermittent leg pain during walking, ramipril treatment for six months improves pain-free walking times and improves quality of life, according to a study published in the Feb. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Men's Risk of Kidney Stones Up With Ascorbic Acid Supplements

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- High-dose ascorbic acid supplements are associated with a significantly increased risk of kidney stone formation in men, according to a research letter published online Feb. 4 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Antipsychotic Rx for 22 Percent of Nursing Home Residents

TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one-quarter of nursing home residents are prescribed one or more antipsychotic agents, according to a research letter published in the Feb. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Fewer Medicare Patients Dying in Hospital Setting

TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer Medicare beneficiaries are dying in the setting of acute care hospitals, but health care transitions and intensive care unit (ICU) utilization are increasing in the last month of life, according to a study published in the Feb. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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FDA Warns Consumers About Fraudulent Flu Products

TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- As flu season continues, fraudulent flu products abound, including dietary supplements or conventional foods, drugs, nasal sprays, and devices marketed with unsubstantiated claims about being able to prevent, treat, and cure the flu, according to a report published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Corticosteroids Worsen Long-Term Epicondylalgia Outcomes

TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with unilateral lateral epicondylalgia have worse long-term outcomes after injection with a corticosteroid compared with placebo, according to a study published in the Feb. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Children of Battered Parents More Likely to Have ADHD

TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Children of parents reporting intimate partner violence (IPV) and depressive symptoms within the first three years of a child's life are significantly more likely to have a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to a study published online Feb. 4 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Exenatide Lowers BMI, Weight in Severely Obese Teens

TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- For adolescents with severe obesity, treatment with the glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist exenatide is associated with a greater reduction in body mass index (BMI) and body weight compared with placebo, according to a study published online Feb. 4 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Supplemental Calcium Tied to Higher CVD Death Risk in Men

TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- In men, supplemental calcium intake is associated with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a study published online Feb. 4 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Cancer Mortality Decreasing for African-American Men, Women

TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Although African-Americans experienced decreases in cancer death rates from 2000 to 2009, the five-year survival rates are still lower than for whites, according to research published online Feb. 5 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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Health-Plan, Employer-Based Programs Studied for Diabetes

TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Health plan-initiated, employer-based wellness programs are being implemented to test new approaches to help reduce diabetes risk and, more broadly, to prevent chronic illness, according to research published online Jan. 31 in Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Guidelines Updated for Young CA Survivors' Fertility Follow-Up

TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Current recommendations for the assessment and management of female reproductive complications following treatment of cancers in childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood have been updated, according to a review published online Feb. 4 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Pre-Op Physiatry Consultation Reduces Spinal Surgery Rates

TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Requiring patients interested in spinal surgery to first see a rehabilitation physician reduces the number of spinal surgeries, reduces costs, and leaves patients largely satisfied, according to a study published in the Feb. 1 issue of Spine.

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Alternative PSA Screening Strategies Could Reduce Harm

TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with standard screening, alternative prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening strategies could maintain good prostate cancer detection rates while reducing overdiagnoses and unnecessary biopsies, according to research published in the Feb. 5 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Self-Rated Low Physical Capacity Tied to Low Back Pain

MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Women health care workers who rate their physical capacity as low are significantly more likely to develop non-chronic and persistent low back pain (LBP) compared with those who assess their physical capacity as high, according to research published in the Feb. 1 issue of Spine.

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Single-Question Low Back Pain Severity Assessment Accurate

MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Patient-reported chronic low-back pain (CLBP) severity, based on answering a single question, provides an accurate indicator of patient-reported health status, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques.

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Breast CA Diagnostic Errors Major Cause of Malpractice Suits

MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- The most common reason for medical malpractice suits against radiologists in the United States is diagnostic errors, particularly breast cancer and non-vertebral and spinal fractures, according to research published in the February issue of Radiology.

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Higher Midlife Fitness Linked to Lower All-Cause Dementia Risk

MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Individuals with higher midlife cardiorespiratory fitness levels are significantly less likely to develop all-cause dementia later in life, according to research published in the Feb. 5 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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CDC: Flu Activity Still Up in U.S. in Fourth Week of 2013

MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- In the fourth week of 2013, influenza activity remained elevated in the United States, with the proportion of pneumonia and influenza-linked deaths above the epidemic threshold, according to FluView, a weekly influenza surveillance report prepared by the Influenza Division of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Contraception Coverage Rules Issued for Public Comment

MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Reflecting public feedback and concerns of some religious organizations, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has been issued for public comment regarding contraceptive coverage with no cost sharing under the health law.

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More Complications for Inpatient Lumbar Discectomy

MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Patients undergoing inpatient lumbar discectomy have significantly higher overall complication rates than those treated as outpatients, according to a study published in the Feb. 1 issue of Spine.

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Prediction Rule Can Obviate Abdominal CT Scans in Children

MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Seven factors can accurately predict whether a child with blunt torso trauma is at very low risk of intra-abdominal injuries and can avoid undergoing computed tomography (CT), according to a study published online Feb. 4 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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Study Reviews Energy Drink Issues in Adolescents

MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Heavily caffeinated energy drinks have been successfully marketed to adolescents, who often mix them with alcohol, with potentially dangerous consequences, according to a review published in the Feb. 1 issue of Pediatrics in Review.

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Predictors of Higher Diabetes Health Care Costs Identified

MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- The average five-year cost of caring for patients with diabetes is higher for those with abnormal kidney function, suboptimal glycemic control, and presence of proteinuria, according to research published online Dec. 13 in Diabetes Care.

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ER Referral Ups Specialist Access for Publicly Insured

MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Specialists are more willing to see publicly insured children if they are referred from an emergency department, according to research published online Jan. 10 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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IT Improves Pediatric Obesity Screening and Treatment

MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Health information technology (IT) can improve pediatric obesity screening rates and treatment, but the effect on weight loss and other outcomes is less clear, according to a study published online Feb. 4 in Pediatrics.

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Stopping Aspirin Therapy After GI Bleed Ups Cardiovascular Risk

MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with cardiovascular disease who discontinue low-dose aspirin therapy after peptic ulcer bleeding have a seven-fold higher risk of death or acute cardiovascular event, according to research published in the January issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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July Residency Influx Doesn't Impact Spinal Surgery Outcomes

FRIDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- The July influx of new residents has a minimal effect on peri-procedural outcomes for patients undergoing spinal surgery, according to a study published online Jan. 29 in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.

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Medroxyprogesterone Acetate Linked to Immune Suppression

FRIDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Use of the injectable contraceptive depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA), common in areas such as sub-Saharan Africa with high HIV-1 prevalence, is associated with suppression of the immune response, according to a study published online Jan. 25 in Endocrinology.

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Tadalafil Improves Ejaculatory, Orgasmic Function

FRIDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- For men presenting with erectile dysfunction (ED), treatment with the phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitor tadalafil is associated with improvements in ejaculatory and orgasmic function, according to a study published in the February issue of BJU International.

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Bystander Rescue Training Cuts Opioid Overdose Deaths

FRIDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- State-supported opioid overdose education and nasal naloxone distribution (OEND) programs are associated with a reduction in the adjusted rate ratio for annual deaths related to opioid overdose, according to a study published online Jan. 31 in BMJ.

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Knowing Cost of Imaging Tests Doesn't Cut Utilization

FRIDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians do not order fewer imaging tests if they are aware of the costs, according to a study published online Jan. 2 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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Sex Differences in Return to Work for Cancer Survivors

FRIDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Significant differences have been identified in the return-to-work (RTW) process for male and female cancer survivors, according to research published online Jan. 28 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Serum Calcium Is a Possible Biomarker of Ovarian Cancer

FRIDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- High serum calcium levels are associated with a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to a study published online Jan. 9 in Gynecologic Oncology.

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Low Adiponectin in First Trimester Linked to GDM

FRIDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Low adiponectin levels during the first trimester of pregnancy correlate with a higher level of insulin resistance and an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to research published online Jan. 8 in Diabetes Care.

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