Booster schedule may not be answer to pertussis resurgence
A pertussis vaccine booster schedule must address the causes of the disease's resurgence in order to be effective, which means it may not work in the recent outbreak, according to University of Michigan researchers. The report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said experts do not know the causes behind the whooping cough resurgence. It examines possibilities such as leaky immunity and waning vaccine protection. Medscape (free registration)
Study links eczema to higher risk of heart disease, stroke
Eczema may be associated with an elevated risk of heart disease and stroke, possibly because of patients' lifestyle or because of chronic inflammation, Northwestern University researchers reported in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Study data showed adults with eczema were more likely to smoke, drink and be obese, and less likely to exercise, compared with those who did not have the disease. HealthDay News
Many diabetes patients lack knowledge on hypoglycemia
A survey by the American Association of Diabetes Educators revealed 62% of patients with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes expressed concerns about suffering hypoglycemia, 81% considered it a serious health concern and 98% were aware of the importance of managing the condition. However, 42% of patients who did not experience hypoglycemia were not able to accurately define it, and 49% of patients did not know that glucose tablets can be used to address an event. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today
Caffeinated coffee may reduce melanoma risk, study finds
Drinking one to three cups of coffee daily may reduce the risk of melanoma by 10%, compared with not drinking coffee, while consuming four or more cups per day may decrease risks by 20%, according to a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The protection was seen only among people drinking caffeinated coffee. HealthDay News
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CDC alerts physicians about opioid drug use in younger women
About 25% of privately insured women ages 15 to 44 and one-third of those on Medicaid filled a prescription for an opioid medication each year between 2008 and 2012, CDC researchers wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., said clinicians should do a thorough health assessment prior to prescribing opioid drugs to women of reproductive age because the medications may cause birth defects and other serious medical problems for both infants and mothers. MedicalNewsToday (U.K.)
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States fail to make progress on tobacco control, report says
Only Alaska and North Dakota funded state tobacco-prevention programs at CDC-recommended levels in 2014, and 41 states and Washington, D.C., allocated less than half of the money called for by the agency, according to the American Lung Association's State of Tobacco Control report. Association CEO Harold Wimmer said no state got an "A" grade for access to smoking-cessation treatments and no state passed comprehensive smoke-free legislation. Tobacco is responsible for almost 500,000 U.S. deaths per year, the report said. HealthDay News
Many states with SHIP funding want greater telehealth investment
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