Analysis questions need to fast before cholesterol tests | Risks greater for pediatric emergency procedures on weekends | AAMC: U.S. suffers shortage in clinical training sites
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July 15, 2014
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Analysis questions need to fast before cholesterol tests
An analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III found that fasting before a lipid panel blood draw had no clinical benefit while burdening patients. No significant differences were seen between fasting and nonfasting LDL cholesterol levels in terms of heart-related or all-cause mortality. MedPage Today (free registration) (7/14)
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Risks greater for pediatric emergency procedures on weekends
Pediatric emergency surgeries performed on weekends were associated with higher risks for postoperative complications and greater need for blood transfusions compared with weekday surgeries, according to an analysis in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery. The risk of death was greater, but researchers cautioned that the overall mortality risk remained very small. HealthDay News (7/11)
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AAMC: U.S. suffers shortage in clinical training sites
A report by the Association of American Medical Colleges and other health groups revealed a progressive shortage of clinical training sites for medical school graduates, leading some to turn to alternatives including night shift rotations and community-based physician training. However, the American Academy of Family Physicians said that medical schools are developing ways to ensure clinical training despite the apparent shortage. News (7/14)
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Measurement type affects dosing errors in child medications
Parents who used a teaspoon or a tablespoon to measure doses of child medication had a twofold increased risk of making a dosing error compared with those who measured the medication in milliliters, a study in the journal Pediatrics showed. Among the 287 parents included in the study, 39% made an error in measuring out the dose, while 41% did not know the correct prescribed dose. (7/13)
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Study: Stress tied to fewer calories burned in women
Women who reported being stressed during the previous day burned fewer calories and had higher levels of insulin and lower rates of fat burn, according to a study in the journal Biological Psychiatry. Researchers said the findings may also be applicable to men but warrant further study. (7/14)
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Experts create microchip to diagnose type 1 diabetes
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a microchip that evaluates blood samples to identify patients with type 1 diabetes and those at risk of the disease. San Francisco Chronicle (free content) (7/13)
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Sandoz announces generic cystic fibrosis treatment
Sandoz has launched its tobramycin inhalation solution for the management of cystic fibrosis in patients with P. aeruginosa bacteria in the lungs. The medication is a generic equivalent of Novartis' Tobi. Drug Store News (7/14)
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Firm launches generic antiepileptic medication
Upsher-Smith Labs unveiled its topiramate extended-release antiepileptic capsules in five strengths. The medication is a generic version of Qudexy XR. Drug Store News (7/14)
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Policy Watch
DeSalvo confirms reorganization of HIT Policy Committee
National Health IT Coordinator Dr. Karen DeSalvo announced the reorganization of the 15 workgroups and subcommittees of the Health IT Policy Committee into six permanent workgroups to reflect the post-HITECT Act funding plans of the agency. The committee was formed to help the ONC address various health IT issues as well as develop the EHR meaningful use criteria. (7/11), Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (7/10)
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CDC shuts down labs after safety breaches
The CDC is temporarily closing two of its research laboratories and increasing safety regulations after accidents involving handling of infectious samples such as live anthrax bacteria, H5N1 influenza and smallpox. The CDC also will implement a moratorium on level 3 and 4 labs suspending the transfer of highly dangerous pathogens. CDC Director Tom Frieden announced the appointment of Michael Bell as director of lab safety to lead a team of evaluators who will monitor and assess safety regulations and staff training on proper lab procedures. USA Today (7/11)
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Hear from UnitedHealth CTO at IT Series workshop
Join us at AHIP's IT Series upcoming workshop "The Future of Health Care IT," July 22 in Minneapolis, MN. Don't miss this opportunity to network with industry leaders and learn how to take on the challenges of the changing world of health care IT. Navigate the new with Michael Connly, CTO at UnitedHealth Group, and other top executives. Register today.
Health Insurance Exchanges Forum series continues
AHIP's ongoing series on exchanges continues to provide the latest and most critical information on the business of the exchanges, best practices and how business processes have changed. Register now and join us on Oct. 16 in Washington, D.C., and/or Nov. 19 and 20 in Phoenix, and keep your exchange strategy on track.
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Access information about AHIP's conferences, online courses and more on your mobile device by downloading the AHIP Conferences App. Whether you want to browse a listing of conference speakers and sponsors or read recent AHIP Coverage Blog posts, there’s something for everyone. Download now.
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Providing for dually eligible beneficiaries
Don't miss out on the Dual Eligibles Summit to be held on Sept. 30 in conjunction with the National Conferences on Medicare and Medicaid. The Summit will address important topics like the integration of behavioral health into long-term care, and how to promote the successful transition for beneficiaries to Medicare-Medicaid plans. Register today.
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