Increased risk for some cancers found during dialysis, after kidney transplant | Expanded use of therapeutic hypothermia may improve cardiac arrest outcomes | Study links moderate coffee consumption to lower risk of death
November 17, 2015
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Increased risk for some cancers found during dialysis, after kidney transplant
Researchers reviewed data on 202,195 patients with impaired kidney function and found that those on dialysis had an increased risk of developing kidney and thyroid cancers. After a kidney transplant, the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, lung cancer and some types of skin cancers including melanoma was increased. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. News (11/13)
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Expanded use of therapeutic hypothermia may improve cardiac arrest outcomes
A study published in the journal Circulation found that patients who received therapeutic lowering of body temperature after cardiac arrest were nearly three times more likely to survive and 3.5 times more likely to have better brain function after recovery. Findings were based on data from over 500 cardiac arrest patients with "nonshockable" rhythms. Use of therapeutic hypothermia is uncommon in such cases. HealthDay News (11/16)
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Study links moderate coffee consumption to lower risk of death
Researchers found people who drank one to five cups of coffee daily, whether caffeinated, decaffeinated or both, were less likely to die from type 2 diabetes, heart disease, neurological diseases or suicide, but not cancer, compared with those who didn't drink coffee. The findings in Circulation were based on data from more than 200,000 participants. Reuters (11/16)
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Study calls for greater emphasis on LDL percent reductions
Research presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting showed that percent reductions in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol resulting from the use of lipid-reducing medication can vary widely and should be given greater consideration. Researcher and physician Paul Ridker of Brigham and Women's Hospital said US, European and Canadian guidelines all include LDL percent reduction as an important therapeutic issue. "Our findings support broader recognition of percent reduction in LDL cholesterol as a potential target for treatment," he said. Medscape (free registration) (11/13)
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Breast milk may reduce ROP incidence in premature newborns
Human milk could help prevent retinopathy of prematurity in very preterm newborns, compared with feeding them formula, according to results of a meta-analysis of observational studies published in Pediatrics. Chinese researchers said the antioxidant and immune-protective properties of breast milk may provide the protection. Medscape (free registration) (11/16)
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Most hospitals use mobile monitoring tools, survey finds
A Spyglass Consulting Group survey found that about two-thirds of health systems and hospitals were using remote patient monitoring technology. Of surveyed institutions using the technology, 84% had deployed tablets or other mobile devices to support patients with chronic conditions after discharge. Decision support tools and analytics were used by 79% of providers to convert raw patient information into actionable data on population health. Healthcare Informatics online (11/16)
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WHO: Maternal deaths almost halved over past 25 years
The number of maternal deaths worldwide dropped 43% between 1990 and 2015, says a report by the World Health Organization and World Bank. "Over the past 25 years, a woman's risk of dying from pregnancy-related causes has nearly halved," says Flavia Bustreo, WHO's assistant director-general for family, women's and children's health. However, only nine countries achieved the Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal deaths by 75%, the report says. Reuters/Thomson Reuters Foundation (11/12), Voice of America (11/12)
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CDC: Premature deaths from colon cancer cost low-income communities
A CDC study released at the American Association for Cancer Research conference linked premature deaths from colon cancer to $6.4 billion in lost wages and productivity in low-income communities in the US. Researcher Hannah Weir said people in low-income areas are less likely to get colorectal cancer screenings, so the disease is found at a later stage, reducing odds of survival. National Public Radio (11/13)
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Health IT task force recommends ways to advance interoperability
Aligning economic incentives for vendors and providers could lead to greater data sharing in the health care industry, said Paul Tang, chairman of the Health IT Policy Committee's interoperability task force. To eliminate the business and financial barriers that are hindering health information exchange among providers, the task force has developed four draft recommendations: holding a summit of private groups and federal agencies to accelerate interoperability plans; creating health information exchange-related payment incentives; developing HIE-related vendor performance measures; and implementing HIE-sensitive outcome measures for reporting and payments. Health Data Management (11/16)
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Government finalizes interim ACA rules
After five years of interim rules governing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, along with repeated modifications through guidance and clarification documents, HHS and the Labor and Treasury departments have finalized the regulations. The final rules cement existing policy related to coverage of adult children up to age 26, pre-existing conditions and other central tenets of the ACA. Health Affairs Blog (11/14)
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