Study ties periodontitis, edentulism to mortality risk after menopause | Review supports medication treatment for OUD in pregnancy | Study finds tPA safe for stroke patients with sickle cell disease
April 21, 2017
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Study ties periodontitis, edentulism to mortality risk after menopause
A study in the Journal of the American Heart Association found postmenopausal women with periodontitis or edentulism had an increased risk of mortality but not cardiovascular disease. The findings were based on 57,001 women with a mean age of 68 years who participated in the Women's Health Initiative study.
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Review supports medication treatment for OUD in pregnancy
A review of scientific evidence showed giving pregnant women with opioid use disorder medication therapy, such as with buprenorphine or methadone, is accepted and appropriate treatment, researchers reported in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. The report said pregnant women with opioid use disorder also should get comprehensive obstetric care and behavioral therapy and should breast-feed their infants during treatment.
NewKerala.com (India)/Asian News International (4/15) 
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Study finds tPA safe for stroke patients with sickle cell disease
Patients with sickle cell disease who have strokes can be safely treated with tissue plasminogen activator, according to a study by Medical University of South Carolina researchers. The findings were based on data for 2,016,652 patients treated in hospitals from 2008 to 2015, and no significant differences were seen in rates of tPA use or in-hospital complications.
ScienceDaily (4/11) 
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Cellphone use in pregnancy may increase risk of child's hyperactivity
A study in the journal Environment International found children whose mothers engaged in at least four cellphone calls per day or spent more than an hour daily on the phone had a 28% higher risk of being hyperactive, compared with children whose mothers were on one or fewer cellphone calls per day. Researchers said children whose mothers did not use a cellphone during pregnancy had a lower risk of behavioral and emotional problems than children whose mothers reported any cellphone use.
Reuters (4/18) 
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Pharmacy Improves Patient Privacy with Pagers
One pharmacy recognized the need to eliminate broadcasting customer names when prescriptions were ready, and offer customers the opportunity to wait in adjacent areas outside of the waiting room. Patient privacy and the wait experience improved with help from a paging system.
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Children, adults with severe epilepsy may benefit from cannabis compound
About 40% of youths and adults with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy, who received the cannabis compound cannabidiol daily had an at least 50% decline in drop seizure frequency after 14 weeks, compared with only 15% who received a placebo, according to a study to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting. The findings also showed a 2.6 times increased likelihood of reporting improved overall condition among those who received cannabidiol.
Medical News Today (4/19),  MedPage Today (free registration) (4/18) 
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Work-life balance promotes satisfying work environment
The Employee Experience Index, created by the IBM Smarter Workforce Institute and Globoforce's WorkHuman Research Institute, identified five core elements that make up a positive work experience: belonging, purpose, achievement, happiness and vigor. Researchers, who analyzed data from surveys involving 23,000 employees in 45 countries, also found 79% reported a better employee experience when their work schedule was flexible so they could meet family and personal responsibilities.
Inc. online (free registration) (4/19) 
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Lawsuit accuses MDLive of violating patients' privacy rights
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Joan Richards, an MDLive app user, filed a putative class-action lawsuit against the telehealth provider alleging it violated patients' privacy rights by sharing detailed health information with TestFairy, an Israel-based technology company, without consent. "MDLive fails to adequately restrict access to patients' medical information and instead grants unnecessary and broad permissions to its employees, agents and third parties," the lawsuit states.
Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (4/19) 
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Amendment might bring AHCA back to House floor for a vote
Amendment might bring AHCA back to House floor for a vote.
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An amendment to the American Health Care Act proposed by Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., would retain the Affordable Care Act's essential health benefits at the federal level but allow states to request approval to replace the EHBs with their own list. States could also let insurers charge higher premiums to people with preexisting conditions if they create high-risk pools for those patients, according to the amendment, which has been billed as a tool for resurrecting the legislation for a vote the White House would like to see happen next week.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/20) 
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Ohio sets aside $20M for studies addressing opioid addiction
Ohio will put $20 million toward research to fight opioid addiction, Republican Gov. John Kasich said in his State of the State speech. The money will come from Ohio's Third Frontier program and will go toward research to develop new ways to ease opioid withdrawal and relieve pain.
The National Law Review (4/19) 
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