USPSTF: Pregnant women should receive syphilis screening | Hospitalizations for patients with hepatitis C on the rise | CSF reference values may help interpret lumbar puncture results in young babies
February 9, 2018
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USPSTF: Pregnant women should receive syphilis screening
Draft recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force call for all pregnant women to be screened for syphilis, noting evidence showing that universal screening reduced the prevalence of congenital syphilis and adverse outcomes related to maternal infection and carried minor harms. The draft guidelines, a reiteration of 2009 recommendations, will remain open for public comment until March 5.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (2/6),  MedPage Today (free registration) (2/6) 
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4 out of 5 HCPs would use Pain Ease vs. a placebo
Discover why 4 out of 5 health care providers & patients would use Gebauer's Pain Ease® topical anesthetic skin refrigerant in the future. This guide highlights the positive satisfaction results a recent study found when spraying Pain Ease compared to a placebo - Download now!
Nursing, Health & Medical Science
Hospitalizations for patients with hepatitis C on the rise
A statistical brief from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project found a significant increase in hospitalization for patients with hepatitis C, notably among baby boomers and people with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Between 2005 and 2014, the rate of hospitalization for baby boomers with hepatitis C rose 67.3%.
Healio (free registration)/HCVnext (2/7) 
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CSF reference values may help interpret lumbar puncture results in young babies
A study in Pediatrics showed that infants ages 28 days or younger had increased white blood cell counts and protein concentrations, but significantly lower glucose concentrations in their cerebrospinal fluid, compared with those ages 29 days to 60 days. The findings suggest that CSF reference values and centile curves can help interpret the results of lumbar puncture for bacterial meningitis in babies 60 days of age or younger.
Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (2/5) 
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Preemies, parents may benefit from parental NICU care involvement
Preterm infants whose parents participated in a program where they provided direct care for their babies in the NICU had significantly increased weight gain after 21 days, compared with those who received standard care, Canadian researchers reported in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. The findings also showed reduced anxiety and stress, as well as increased odds of frequent breastfeeding after discharge among parents in the intervention group. (Canada) (2/7),  MedPage Today (free registration) (2/7) 
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Gene therapy trial doses second patient
The second patient with Hunter syndrome to be treated with a gene-editing therapy developed by Sangamo Therapeutics has experienced no major side effects or safety issues.
U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (2/6),  PharmaPhorum (U.K.) (2/7) 
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Trends & Technologies
GAO: US government should do more to help states protect drug-exposed babies
A Government Accountability Office report urged the US government to provide increased guidance on a federal law requiring state agencies to inform child protective services about infants affected by substance abuse, after researchers found that some hospitals and state agencies didn't report babies whose mothers took prescribed opioids and that 38 states said such guidance would be "extremely to very helpful." However, HHS said that efforts to advise states on drug-exposed infants were already sufficient.
Reuters (2/7) 
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Apple Watch's heart rate monitor might double as a diabetes detector
Researchers working on the DeepHeart study say the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor can detect diabetes. The researchers developed an algorithm and demonstrated that resting heart rate and heart rate variability could be used to detect diabetes in people already diagnosed with 85% accuracy.
TechCrunch (2/7) 
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Work-Life Balance
Take steps to prevent loneliness at work
To help prevent employees from becoming lonely at work, set up networking groups, publicly recognize people's work, promote group activities such as lunches and use video chats to communicate with remote workers, says Marcela Slepica, director of clinical services at AccessEAP. "Chronic loneliness has a negative impact on both physical and mental health and this epidemic is hurting well-being and workplace performance," Slepica says.
Human Resources Director (Australia) (2/6) 
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From the Patient's View
Advocacy group wants hearings on safety, development of biosimilars
Patients for Biologics Safety & Access is urging Congress to hold oversight hearings on patient safety and access to biosimilar drugs. The group says it wants lawmakers to "ensure that the FDA is prioritizing patient safety through its guidance, approvals, education and post-market surveillance."
Specialty Pharmacy Times (2/6) 
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Legislative Policy & Regulatory News
President signs spending bill to end brief government shutdown
President Donald Trump signed a two-year agreement passed by Congress early this morning that provides funding for the federal government through March 23, ending a short government shutdown triggered when the midnight deadline passed. The legislation provides money to combat the opioid crisis and further extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program.
ABC News (2/9),  CNBC (2/9),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (2/9) 
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