Obesity may elevate prostate cancer risk among black men | Calif. health officials may declare the end of measles outbreak | Miscarriage, preterm delivery more likely with celiac disease
 
April 17, 2015
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Obesity may elevate prostate cancer risk among black men
Black men were nearly 60% more likely than white men to develop prostate cancer overall, but obesity increased the risk further among black men, according to a study in JAMA Oncology. The likelihood of prostate cancer was 103% and 28% higher among obese and normal-weight black men, respectively, compared with white men. Reuters (4/16)
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Calif. health officials may declare the end of measles outbreak
The California measles outbreak that started in Disneyland in December may be declared officially over if no new cases are reported before a second 21-day incubation period ends today. More than 130 people in the state were sickened, according to public health officials. Reuters (4/16), HealthDay News (4/16)
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Miscarriage, preterm delivery more likely with celiac disease
Researchers looked at 970 women and found that those with celiac disease were more likely to miscarry and deliver prematurely than those without celiac disease. The findings, published in the Annals of Gastroenterology, suggest women who experience miscarriages or preterm deliveries should be tested for celiac disease, the lead researcher said. Reuters (4/16)
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Magnesium intake linked to lower health risks, study says
People who get daily recommended levels of magnesium may be less likely than those who do not to be overweight or obese and less likely to develop diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol and hypertension, researchers reported in the Journal of Human Nutrition & Food Science. The study used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. NewsMax.com (4/15)
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Study examines inpatient surveillance of venous thromboembolism
A 25,975-patient retrospective study in the journal JAMA Surgery found that inpatient surveillance for venous thromboembolism was not associated with reduced risk of blood clots after hospital discharge. Researchers also found that the rate of inpatient venous thromboembolism was higher among inpatients under surveillance. Healio (free registration)/HemOnc Today (4/15)
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Study compares injected, inhaled measles vaccines
Blood tests conducted on 2,000 infants aged 9 months to 12 months revealed substantially greater concentrations of antibodies against the measles virus among those injected with the vaccine than those who were given the inhaled version. The findings appear in the New England Journal of Medicine. HealthDay News (4/15)
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Trends & Technologies
U.S. sees more teens using electronic cigarettes
The use of electronic cigarettes tripled among middle- and high-school students from 2013 to 2014, CDC researchers wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The increase marked the first time e-cigarettes exceeded the popularity of other tobacco products among teens. HealthDay News (4/16)
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SAMHSA: 9.5% of U.S. workers have substance abuse problem
A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration analysis of data on 111,500 full-time workers in the U.S. found that 9.5% reported having an alcohol or illegal drug disorder in the previous year. Rates of excessive drinking in the previous month ranged from 4.4% among health care and social workers to 17.5% among miners. HealthDay News (4/16)
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Legislative Policy & Regulatory News
Medicare reimbursement change signed into law
President Barack Obama has signed a measure that he said strengthens Medicare "because it starts encouraging payments based on quality, not the number of tests that are provided or the number of procedures that are applied but whether or not people actually start feeling better." The bill also eliminates the 21% cut in Medicare payments that was due to take effect this month. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (4/16), Reuters (4/16)
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Report: ACA program cut Medicare spending 1.2%
The Affordable Care Act's Pioneer program, which seeks efficiencies by managing care for patients with chronic diseases, saved 1.2% on Medicare spending in its first year, according to a paper published by the New England Journal of Medicine. Bloomberg (4/15)
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Now open -- Call for abstracts for the 2016 ANA Conference
Submit an abstract for the 2016 American Nurses Association Conference, which is taking place March 9-11 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. This year's theme, "Connecting Quality, Safety and Staffing to Improve Outcomes," highlights the need to take a holistic view of the care environment. Quality care starts with optimal staffing. To deliver a high level of care, nurses must be informed and engaged and work in a safe environment. The 2016 ANA Conference focuses on how these core aspects of care -- quality, safety and staffing -- are the drivers of improved outcomes. The call for abstracts is open through April 24, 2015. Submit your abstract.
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