Legislation would provide $622M in Zika virus funding | Survey finds many parents don't dispose of leftover prescription opioids | Study examines link between mother's work hours, breast-feeding duration
May 17, 2016
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Legislation would provide $622M in Zika virus funding
A $622.1 million spending bill for preventing the spread of Zika virus in the US has been introduced by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky. The funding, which is short of the $1.9 billion requested by President Barack Obama, is expected to be approved by House GOP officials this week.
Reuters (5/16) 
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Survey finds many parents don't dispose of leftover prescription opioids
Nearly 50% of parents said that they kept their children's leftover prescription opioids such as Oxycontin and Percocet at home, while 30% disposed of leftover pills in the trash or toilet, and only 8% returned them to the doctor or pharmacy, according to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. Researchers surveyed nearly 1,200 parents with at least one child, aged 5 to 17, and found that only one-third said that their child's doctor told them what to do with excess medication.
HealthDay News (5/16) 
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CMS Open Payments: What You Need to Know
As part of CMS Open Payments, pharmaceutical and industry manufacturers submitted data about their financial relationships with you — physicians and teaching hospitals. CMS encourages you to review that data before it is made available on a publicly accessible website. Learn more now!
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Study examines link between mother's work hours, breast-feeding duration
Australian researchers found that nearly 60% of mothers who worked up to 19 hours a week were still breast-feeding their babies some of the time at age 6 months, compared with 47% and 39% of those who worked for 20 to 34 hours a week and at least 35 hours weekly, respectively. The findings in Pediatrics were based on survey data involving 2,300 mothers.
Reuters (5/16) 
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Caudal block may increase complications after pediatric urethroplasty
A study in the journal Anaesthesia found that 24.5% of children given caudal block developed surgical complications after undergoing tubularized incised plate urethroplasty, compared with 15.1% of those who weren't given caudal block. The findings were based on medical records involving 342 pediatric patients.
PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (5/16) 
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Sleep apnea tied to cognitive deficits in children
Researchers found that even children with mild sleeping problems had cognitive deficits, and the risk of attention, memory and language development problems increased with more severe sleep apnea. The findings presented at the American Thoracic Society meeting were based on data involving nearly 1,400 public school children with sleep apnea, ages 5 to 7.
HealthDay News (5/16) 
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Trends & Technology
Flint schools to open free preschool program for lead-contaminated youths
The University of Michigan-Flint and Flint Community Schools are set to launch a free preschool program aimed at curbing the effects of lead contamination in Flint, Mich., youths, amid the ongoing water crisis. The program will provide regular meals and snacks, including extra fruits and vegetables, and fitness programs for children ages 3 to 5.
MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (5/16) 
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Report: Most solo physicians do not want to sell practice
A report found that about 73% of responding independent physicians said they did not want to sell their practice, although 44% said they were likely to do so. The "Physician Migratory Patterns: Threats to Independents and Implications for the Future" report found 49% of physicians said the most attractive practice model was collaborating in independent practice associations with like-minded specialists.
BeckersASC.com (5/16) 
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Health Policy & Regulations
Okla. considers expanding Medicaid eligibility
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and some of her fellow Republicans in the state Legislature are suggesting that the state expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act and raise taxes to cover the state's share of costs. The proposal would raise taxes on cigarettes and would shift some Medicaid beneficiaries to exchange-sold health plans and charge them nominal premiums and copayments.
Yahoo/The Associated Press (5/16) 
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