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How much soda do Americans drink?
Seventeen percent of survey respondents in 18 states reported drinking at least one sugary soft drink each day, while 12% of people said they drink a sweetened fruit drink daily, according to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Researchers said soda intake was more common among people 18 to 34 than among those 55 and older, and rates varied among states and racial and ethnic groups. HealthDay News (8/14)
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Many elderly ED patients face malnutrition, study says
A study on the website of the Annals of Emergency Medicine says 60% of seniors treated in a hospital emergency department were malnourished or at risk of becoming malnourished. Depression, living at an assisted-living facility, difficulty eating or swallowing, and having problems obtaining groceries were found to be risk factors for malnutrition. HealthDay News (8/13)
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Healthcare reform is driving change. How will you respond?
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Providers & Suppliers
Guide designed to foster partnership between providers, families
The United Hospital Fund has released a guide designed to aid clinicians in collaborating with family caregivers to improve coordination of care. The free resource may help providers spot areas where care could be bolstered and prepare families for their responsibilities. (8/14)
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Medical Update
Femoral nerve block benefits young knee surgery patients, data show
The addition of an ultrasound-guided femoral nerve block to general anesthesia in pediatric arthroscopic knee surgery led to lower pain scores and reduced postoperative use of opioids, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Patients who received the combined approach to pain management also had shorter hospital stays than those who had general anesthesia alone. (8/13)
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Study shows value in primary care mental health screening
A study conducted at a Veterans Affairs medical center found patients who received screening for mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and alcohol abuse, during primary care visits generally also got appropriate follow-up care. University of Wisconsin clinical psychiatry professor Rick Hafer said mental health pre-screening in primary care is important in identifying patients who otherwise would not seek help or would put off treatment until symptoms are severe. Center for Advancing Health/Health Behavior News Service (8/12)
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Emerging Trends
NewLink's Ebola vaccine may soon enter human trials
NewLink Genetics CEO Charles Link said the firm has a sufficient supply of an experimental Ebola vaccine to initiate its first human safety study within the next few weeks. The firm also has the capability to manufacture tens of thousands of doses in "the next month or two," Link added. The vaccine was developed by Canadian government scientists. (8/13)
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Tool assesses blood transfusion probability for spinal operations
Researchers at Northwestern Medicine have created a model that uses pre-operative variables to estimate the risk that a major blood transfusion will be needed during spinal surgery. Data involving 548 patients were analyzed to develop the model. Important factors include the length and complexity of the procedure and whether patients have a history of anemia. The study appeared in the Journal of Neurological Anesthesiology. Health Data Management (8/13)
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B. Braun's parenteral nutrition emulsion gains FDA nod
B. Braun Medical received federal approval for its Nutrilipid 20% intravenous emulsion to be used as parenteral nutrition for adults and children. The new treatment could help ease a two-year supply shortage of such products. Pharmaceutical Business Review Online (8/14)
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Firm unveils generic colon cancer drug
Sanofi US has introduced an authorized generic equivalent of the colorectal cancer drug Eloxatin in 50-milligram and 100-milligram strengths. Pharmaceutical Business Review Online (8/13)
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Policy Watch
Federal program tests models for improving patient care
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has launched experiments in every state to study whether novel health care reimbursement models and networks can save money and improve public health. The center awards grants to community groups, health systems and clinics, insurance companies, nursing homes, and states through a 10-year, $10 billion budget. Kaiser Health News (8/11)
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An educational program for IT professionals
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A book of benefits for accountable care affiliates
AHIP's newest membership category, Accountable Care Affiliate, offers provider-based organizations such as health systems, hospitals and physician organizations added support to promote accountable care. Benefits include access to AHIP's clinical, policy and public affairs resource center, networking opportunities, and discounts on professional education. Learn more.
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Webinar: Prove Your Program Value to Employers
How do you show the value of your disease management programs to your employers? Join us for a webinar on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET, to hear experts share what employers want from health plan reporting. Attendees will learn how they can use data and analytics to measure and demonstrate the value of their programs. Register now.
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