Obesity affects 300M children, 1.3B adults worldwide | Cancer care advances fuel better survival, study finds | Risk of potentially deadly infection prompts warning over reusable endoscopes
February 20, 2015
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Obesity affects 300M children, 1.3B adults worldwide
Research published in The Lancet showed 300 million children and 1.3 billion adults worldwide were either overweight or obese. Data also revealed a link between excess weight and stunted growth in children around the world. News.com.au (Australia) (2/19)
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Cancer care advances fuel better survival, study finds
Patients ages 50 to 64 diagnosed with cancer between 2005 and 2009 had better rates of five-year survival than similar patients diagnosed from 1990 to 1994, according to new research that credits improved diagnosis and treatment. Patients diagnosed from 2005 to 2009 were 27% to 68% more likely to survive five or more years, depending on the type of cancer. The findings appear in JAMA Oncology. Reuters (2/19)
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Risk of potentially deadly infection prompts warning over reusable endoscopes
The FDA is warning the medical community about the use of devices designed for complex endoscopy procedures following a superbug outbreak affecting seven people, two of whom died, at a hospital in Los Angeles. As many as 179 people may have been exposed to carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. The FDA notes that scopes designed to be cleaned and reused are difficult to completely sterilize. Reuters (2/20), Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (2/19), The Hill (2/19)
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EDs, outpatient departments show higher EHR use
A National Center for Health Statistics report showed EHR use by emergency departments grew from 46% of EDs in 2006 to 84% in 2011, while the share of outpatient departments using EHRs increased from 29% to 73% during the same period. EHR Intelligence (2/20), MedPage Today (free registration) (2/19)
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Get It Right: Pricing Strategies That Work
Many entrepreneurs hope for success by offering low prices, while in fact most world-class entrepreneurs succeed by setting higher prices. If you're not exactly sure which pricing strategy will work for your business, these 6 steps can help you set your company's prices for success. Read the exclusive article now.

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Most CVD clinical calculators overestimate risk, study finds
Four of five cardiovascular risk calculators overestimated patient risks, researchers wrote in an online report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study found that the Reynolds Risk Score was an exception, but it underestimated risk in women, while the 2013 American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology risk predictor, as well as three Framingham-based scoring tools, significantly overestimated risks. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/16)
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Nutrition committee urges Americans to cut back on sugar
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on Thursday eased some restrictions on cholesterol and fat intake, stating that Americans should focus more on eating patterns rather than individual nutrients. The panel also stressed that Americans are consuming too much added sugar and recommended a daily intake of roughly 12 teaspoons. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog (2/19)
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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Herpes virus test from Seegene gets FDA clearance
A 16-patient study found that Imbruvica, or ibrutinib, was associated with an 88% overall response rate as a treatment for high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia after a relapse following stem cell transplant and other treatments. The drug was jointly developed by Pharmacyclics and Johnson & Johnson. FDAnews (2/19)
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Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
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How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
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Pharma News
Study assesses risks in taking long-acting opioids
Research that included data on 840,606 veterans who were mostly male and over age 50 linked long-acting opioid medications with greater odds of unintentional overdoses compared with shorter-acting forms of the medicines. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine found the risk escalated during the first two weeks of treatment. Medscape (free registration) (2/18)
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Drug shows efficacy in addressing infantile hemangioma
Data on 460 infants with infantile hemangioma showed 88% of those treated with propranolol exhibited improvements at five weeks, compared with 5% of those on placebo treatment. Sixty percent of patients in the treatment group had their birthmarks almost or completely disappear, compared with only 4% in the placebo cohort. The results appear in the New England Journal of Medicine. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (2/19)
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Policy Watch
ONC releases e-prescribing resource for providers
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released guidance on the use of electronic prescribing for health care providers. The document outlines the steps involved with e-prescribing and resources to help streamline the process. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/19), Clinical Innovation + Technology online (2/19)
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Join us for the Health Insurance Exchanges Forum to hear from experts like Stephen Zuckerman, PhD, Co-Director and Senior Fellow in the Health Policy Center for the Urban Institute. Sign up today to hear Zuckerman share insights on the demographics of the Exchanges. See the full forum agenda.
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