CDC: Heart disease still leading cause of death in the U.S. | Older patients with diabetes show high anemia prevalence | Uptick in acute aortic dissection seen in flu season
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November 17, 2014
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CDC: Heart disease still leading cause of death in the U.S.
The overall mortality rate from heart disease dropped nearly 4% annually from 2000 to 2010, but the rate of deaths tied to hypertension and irregular heartbeat climbed 1.3% and 1%, respectively, CDC researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Heart disease remains the top cause of death in the U.S., killing more than 7 million people during the 11-year period, CDC lead researcher Matthew Ritchey said. HealthDay News (11/17)
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Older patients with diabetes show high anemia prevalence
A study in Clinical Diabetes revealed the prevalence of anemia among older patients with diabetes was 59%, with 80% of cases being normocytic. Older age and longer diabetes duration appeared to be predictors of anemia, researchers noted. News (11/12)
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Uptick in acute aortic dissection seen in flu season
An average of 2.1 patients per month are treated at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for acute aortic dissection when flu is not in season, but the number rises to 3.1 patients per month during flu season -- November through March. The findings were scheduled for discussion at the American Heart Association meeting. Acute aortic dissection requires immediate treatment and caused almost 10,600 deaths in the U.S. in 2009, and it was a contributing factor in more than 17,000 deaths that year, the CDC reports. HealthDay News (11/17)
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Causes of head trauma in children change with age
Fall from elevation appeared to be the primary cause of head trauma among children 12 and younger, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers found assault to be the top cause of head trauma in teens ages 13 to 17, followed by sports injury and vehicle accident. National Public Radio/Shots blog (11/12)
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Study: Many firefighters have undiagnosed sleep disorders
Data on almost 7,000 firefighters from 66 U.S. fire departments showed 37% had been diagnosed with a sleep disorder and were more likely to have been involved in a car accident, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Researchers found more than 80% of firefighters who screened positive for a sleep disorder had not been diagnosed or treated. HealthDay News (11/13)
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Global deaths tied to preterm birth reach 1M annually
Premature birth was tied to more than 1 million global deaths annually, while childbirth complications contributed to another 720,000 deaths, a study in The Lancet indicated. Researchers said most deaths tied to premature birth were found in the world's poorest countries, with West Africa having some of the highest rates. BBC (11/16)
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Study finds few older Americans go online for health information
A study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that fewer than one-third of Americans age 65 and older go online to access health data, while only about 10% of people with low health literacy use the Web for health-related reasons. Researcher Dr. Kenneth Langa said interventions may be needed to help address health literacy among older adults. Health Data Management (11/13)
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2020 Roadmap's goal is industry push for interoperability
Interoperability tops the agenda for the 2020 Roadmap announced by the eHealth Initiative and its partners. The project calls for industrywide consensus and federal cooperation to support interoperability; the identification of best practices for mobile health, health apps and telemedicine; and the development of minimum data requirements to support population health management. Clinical Innovation + Technology online (11/14)
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Legislative Policy & Regulatory News
States refine ACA marketing strategies
California and Connecticut are among the states reaching out to minority communities in an effort to enroll more black, Hispanic and other consumers in health insurance plans. Connecticut has changed its ad strategy to be more local and targeted. California also has a targeted ad campaign, has hired call center counselors who speak languages besides English and has reached out to more community organizations to reach the uninsured. National Public Radio/Shots blog/Kaiser Health News (11/14)
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100,000 people submitted applications to
HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said that about 100,000 Americans have submitted health insurance coverage applications to after its second enrollment period opened on Saturday. Burwell said around 500,000 individuals with health insurance have successfully accessed their accounts on the website since Saturday. The Washington Times (11/16), ABC News/The Associated Press (11/16), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (11/16)
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