Study: Morcellation could spread tumors in patients with uterine cancer | Study links use of regional anesthesia in hip surgery to shorter hospital stays | High sodium intake raises heart risk in diabetes
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July 23, 2014
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Study: Morcellation could spread tumors in patients with uterine cancer
Morcellation, a minimally invasive surgical technique used to remove the uterus in pieces, could cause tumor spreading in patients with undetected uterine cancer, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study found that of 36,000 morcellation patients, six aged younger than 40 were diagnosed with uterine cancer after the procedure compared with 24 women aged at least 65. The findings showed that the uterine cancer risk of women who underwent the technique increases as they age. HealthDay News (7/22)
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Study links use of regional anesthesia in hip surgery to shorter hospital stays
A study involving 56,729 patients who underwent hip fracture surgery showed those who received regional anesthesia during surgery had shorter hospital stays than those who received general anesthesia. Researchers found no significant difference in 30-day mortality rate between the two groups. The findings appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Healio (free registration)/Orthopedics Today (7/21)
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High sodium intake raises heart risk in diabetes
Type 2 diabetes patients in the highest quartile of sodium intake were more than twice as likely than those in the lowest quartile to develop cardiovascular disease, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. However, the results did not show a causal relationship between the conditions. MedPage Today (free registration) (7/22)
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AFib may raise post-surgery stroke risk, study says
Patients with a history of atrial fibrillation had a higher risk of stroke immediately after a heart surgery, according to a study of almost 109,000 heart patients in Canada. Old age, history of stroke and blood vessel disease were also associated with a higher odds of post-surgery stroke, researchers said. The findings appeared in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. HealthDay News (7/21)
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Trends & Technologies
Tech challenge aims to boost use of government behavioral health data
HHS is incentivizing software developers, public health experts and others to analyze and make the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data easier for the public to understand and use. The VizRisk challenge, which will run from July 28 to Oct. 28, will offer winners cash prizes totaling $15,000. Health Data Management (7/22)
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Early day care may raise risk of respiratory infection, otitis media
Children who entered day care before age 1 were more likely than those cared for at home to develop upper respiratory tract infections and acute otitis media before age 1, according to a Dutch study in the journal BMC Medicine. During the first six years of life, children who were in day care during their first year also had a greater likelihood of consulting a general practitioner or being referred to a specialist. MedWire News (U.K.) (7/21)
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Obesity program for parents and children shows success
Behavioral therapy for overweight and obese preschoolers and their parents resulted in better weight-loss results than just focusing on the child, according to a study of the Buffalo Healthy Tots initiative conducted in four pediatric patient-centered medical homes. Children in the intervention arm of the study had greater reductions in BMI, and weight changes in children were associated with weight changes in their parents at 12 months and 24 months, researchers wrote in the journal Pediatrics. Medscape (free registration) (7/21)
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Legislative Policy & Regulatory News
CMS experiments with observation care alternatives
Dozens of hospitals are participating in a CMS pilot program that exempts some patients from a requirement limiting nursing home coverage only to seniors admitted to a hospital for three days or longer. The pilot project aims to determine whether dropping the requirement can improve quality of care without raising costs. If successful, the program will be expanded to more hospitals. Kaiser Health News (7/22)
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Sunshine Act disclosure website marred by glitches, reports say
Early reports show some glitches with the Open Payments website, the federal database designed to show doctor payments from drugmakers and medtech firms under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. Some doctors are taking an hour or more to log in and verify their identities. "I am still uncertain, despite arriving at the exit screen, whether error means no pharma reports or HHS [has] a bug to repair," said Dr. Bradley Flansbaum, a hospitalist at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital. ProPublica (7/21)
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