Pediatric patients show improvements in cholesterol, study finds | Measles outbreak grows to 70 cases | Study links H. pylori infection to reduced MS risk in women
January 22, 2015
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Pediatric patients show improvements in cholesterol, study finds
The share of U.S. children and teens with high total cholesterol dropped from more than 10% in 1999 to 7.8% in 2011-2012, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics, but 20% of the study group had some form of "adverse lipid concentration" in 2012. Researchers also noted fewer hypertension cases in children, but they observed a stable rate among those who had borderline high blood pressure. Reuters (1/21)
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Nursing, Health & Medical Science
Measles outbreak grows to 70 cases
Health officials have documented 70 measles cases in an outbreak that appears to have originated at Disneyland in California but has now reached four other states and Mexico. Most of those infected had not been vaccinated. ABC News/The Associated Press (1/22), Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/L.A. Now blog (1/21)
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Study links H. pylori infection to reduced MS risk in women
An Australian study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry tied infection with the stomach bacteria Helicobacter pylori to decreased chances of developing multiple sclerosis. Researcher Allan Kermode said the findings support the theory that MS risk may be suppressed by some early diseases. HealthDay News (1/20)
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Experts debunk higher asthma risk in inner-city children
A study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology showed that asthma rates were 13% among children who reside in inner-cities and 11% in those who live in suburban or rural areas. However, researchers found asthma rates based on ethnicity to be 17% for blacks and 20% for Puerto Ricans, but only 10% for whites, 9% for other Hispanics, and 8% for Asians. Poverty also appeared to be a bigger risk factor in pediatric asthma, researchers added. HealthDay News (1/20)
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Adenotonsillectomy improves outcomes in pediatric OSA
Data on 453 children with obstructive sleep apnea showed those who underwent adenotonsillectomy showed greater improvements in quality of life and symptom severity compared with the control group. The analysis appears in Pediatrics. (1/19)
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Trends & Technologies
ICU nurse staffing linked with in-hospital death risk, study finds
An analysis of data involving 13,696 adults at 1,265 intensive care units found that having more nurses per patient was associated with reduced risk of in-hospital death. The study in Critical Care Medicine found that the nurse-to-patient ratio at ICUs in North America was higher than in Western Europe and Latin America. "The study reinforces the importance of having good staffing, especially in the ICU where you have your most critically ill patients," said Ruth Kleinpell, one of the authors of the study. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/21)
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HealthTap ranks most recommended health, wellness apps
A HealthTap report listed MyFitnessPal, Lose It! and Weight Watchers as among top mobile health applications for iOS devices that are being recommended to patients by physicians who use the HealthTap AppRX platform. When it comes to Android devices, Weight Watchers is the most recommended, while White Noise Lite nabbed the second spot. The report also revealed BabyBump Pregnancy to be the most endorsed pregnancy and fertility application by doctors. (1/20)
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Work-Life Balance
Nursing home employees benefit from standing desks
Pleasant View Care Center in Whiting, Iowa, bought standing desks for four employees as part of its efforts to become a Blue Zones facility. Office assistant Vicki Kron said using the desk has helped reduce her neck pain and she's building up muscles as she stands. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (1/17)
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Legislative Policy & Regulatory News
Congress promises strong oversight of VA medical centers
The chairmen of the Veterans' Affairs Committees in the House and Senate said they will keep a close eye on the Department of Veterans Affairs as officials implement the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act. The law funds the hiring of more staff at VA medical centers and allows veterans to see civilian doctors in an effort to clear a backlog of medical cases and reduce patient wait times. Members of Congress also promised to make a veteran suicide-prevention bill a top priority. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/15)
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Groups ask ONC to overhaul EHR meaningful use program
A group of 35 medical organizations is asking the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to implement major reforms in the EHR meaningful use initiative, arguing the program in its current form could compromise patient safety. Among the coalition's recommendations are to separate the MU program from EHR certification and take another look at software testing alternatives. The Hill (1/21)
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