CDC: Gains in fight against tuberculosis are coming more slowly | Cardiovascular risk among older men increases with diabetes duration, study finds | Study presents evidence against adverse effect of dioxins on breast cancer
March 20, 2015
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CDC: Gains in fight against tuberculosis are coming more slowly
Tuberculosis incidence in the U.S. was a little over 9,400 cases in 2014, an estimated three cases per 100,000 people, according to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The numbers show a nearly 2% decrease compared with the rate of tuberculosis in 2013, the lowest recorded decrease in over 10 years. CDC researchers recommend improving awareness, especially among high-risk groups, and boosting the testing and treatment of the disease to prevent the rate of decline from further slowing. HealthDay News (3/19)
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Cardiovascular risk among older men increases with diabetes duration, study finds
Mortality from myocardial infarction rose among older men who had diabetes for up to 25 years, while risk of death from stroke increased as duration of diabetes grew, Australian researchers found. The findings appear in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (3/19)
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Study presents evidence against adverse effect of dioxins on breast cancer
Dioxins, long associated with many types of cancer, do not adversely affect most women's risk of breast cancer, according to a 15-year French study published in the Breast Cancer Research. According to the study, out of nearly 64,000 women, almost 3,500 developed breast cancer despite only 3% having daily dietary exposure to dioxin that was not within the World Health Organization-recommended safety threshold. Researchers also found that women with the highest levels of dioxin intake have a reduced risk of hormone-independent breast cancer among postmenopausal women, although further study is needed to verify the results. HealthDay News (3/17)
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Pregnant women with depression may benefit from yoga
A small study in Women's Health Issues found that yoga may help pregnant women dealing with depression. Researchers observed 34 pregnant women with depression who took yoga classes for 10 weeks, noting a decrease in depression levels and an increase in levels of mindfulness. Four of the patients had treatment for depression outside the study. HealthDay News (3/19)
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Handheld echocardiography improves detection of pediatric rheumatic heart disease
Detection of rheumatic heart disease in children substantially improved when handheld echocardiography was used in addition with auscultation, according to a study of 4,773 school-aged children in Uganda. Sensitivity rates for detecting definite RHD, borderline or definite, and pathologic aortic insufficiency were higher with the handheld echocardiography than auscultation alone. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. News (3/19)
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Poll rates EHR vendors by hospital size
A Black Book Market Research survey found EHR users again rated Cerner as the best EHR vendor for hospitals with 101 to 250 beds, while Allscripts remained atop the list for hospitals with more than 250 beds. For hospitals with fewer than 100 beds, CPSI was the top-ranked vendor. Chief information officers and IT managers ranked Cerner as the top vendor for hospital systems. (3/19)
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From the Patient's View
Poll finds support for health data sharing among providers
An ORC International poll found that 3 in 4 people said that their health data should be easily shareable among providers, and 87% said providers and patients should not be charged for the transfer of clinical data. A fifth of participants said they or a family member had experienced problems with care because providers had trouble sharing health records. The survey included 1,011 adults in the U.S. (3/19)
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CHIP renewal, court ruling affect coverage for nearly 2M children
An Urban Institute report predicts that 1.9 million children would lose coverage if Congress decides not to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program and if the Supreme Court rules against Affordable Care Act subsidies. "The combination of both policies would mean a lot of progress we've made over the last 20 years would be wiped out," Urban Institute senior fellow Lisa Dubay said. The Hill (3/18), Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (3/18)
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Budget plans call for Medicare cuts
A Senate Republican budget proposal includes greater cost reductions for Medicare than a House plan released Tuesday, but would not convert the program into a voucherlike system for future retirees. The Senate plan would cut $431 billion from Medicare over a 10-year period. PBS/The Associated Press (3/18)
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