U.S. sees decline in stroke rate in past two decades | Stillbirth, miscarriage may predict women's future heart risk | Dementia diagnosis rate on the decline, research indicates
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July 16, 2014
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U.S. sees decline in stroke rate in past two decades
The overall first-time stroke rate among Americans dropped 24% from 1987 to 2011, with a greater drop seen among people aged 65 and older, according to an analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found a 20% overall decline in stroke-related deaths per decade. HealthDay News (7/15), DailyRx.com (7/15)
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Stillbirth, miscarriage may predict women's future heart risk
A study in the Annals of Family Medicine found that women with a history of stillbirth or miscarriage may be at elevated risk of coronary heart disease later in life. The study supports the need to ask women about their history of pregnancy loss when assessing heart risk, according to a cardiovascular expert who was not involved in the research. MedPage Today (free registration) (7/18)
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Dementia diagnosis rate on the decline, research indicates
The rate of diagnosis for dementia appears to be declining over the short and long term, according to three studies being presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. One study found the diagnosis rate is down 44% from the late 1970s in the U.S., and a second study showed a similar decline based on data from the U.S., England, Sweden and the Netherlands. The greatest gains were seen among people in their 60s. The third study found the risk of dementia declined in Germany from 2004 to 2007. HealthDay News (7/15)
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Studies link moderate drinking to greater heart risk
A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that even moderate daily consumption of wine or liquor, but not beer, was associated with a higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation. The risk of developing irregular heartbeat rose 8% for each additional drink of any kind of alcohol per day, an analysis of data from six studies found. HealthDay News (7/14)
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Experts tie family history to higher cerebral palsy risk in youths
Children who had a twin, sibling or parent with cerebral palsy had significantly higher odds of developing the condition compared with those who did not, a study indicated. The findings warrant further research, which "should consider the possibility of genetic causes as well as genetic susceptibility to environmental causes," researchers wrote in BMJ. DailyRx.com (7/15)
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Delayed ACL surgery linked to higher injury risk
Young athletes who waited six weeks or more before undergoing anterior cruciate ligament surgery had a greater likelihood of having a meniscal tear than peers who were treated earlier, a study showed. The chances of incurring a second knee injury were also higher among younger children and those who resumed playing before undergoing the procedure. The findings were presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine meeting. Reuters (7/11)
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Group counseling helps improve diabetes outcomes
Data on more than 75,000 diabetes patients showed that those who received group education were less likely than those who attended individual counseling to visit the emergency department, develop foot ulcers or cellulitis, or be admitted for hypo- or hyperglycemia. Researchers also found those in the group counseling arm were more likely to receive statins and have HbA1C and lipid screening than those who had one-on-one care. The findings appear in the Canadian Journal of Public Health. Medscape (free registration) (7/14)
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ATV accidents common among young people in Iowa, study finds
In an analysis of data on nearly 5,000 11- to 16-year-olds in Iowa, researchers found that 57% of those who have driven an all-terrain vehicle had been in an accident while riding such vehicles. Many of the young ATV drivers reported riding with a passenger, driving on public roads and not wearing helmets. The findings appear in the Annals of Internal Medicine. HealthDay News (7/14)
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HHS announces $100M in grants to improve state Medicaid payment systems
States will receive $100 million in funding from the HHS to help them streamline Medicaid payment systems and boost patient care. The Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program "will give states the opportunity to even further strengthen their great work," HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said. The Hill (7/14)
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Feds order states to clear Medicaid backlogs
The CMS sent letters to Alaska, California, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Tennessee telling them to fix their Medicaid enrollment system and clear pending applications. The letters, dated June 27, gave the states 10 days to develop plans for clearing the backlogs. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (7/14)
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