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August 18, 2016
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Report details suspected case of Zika transmission by transfusion in Brazil
An article in the New England Journal of Medicine describes the case of a Brazilian blood donor who did not have symptoms at the time of donation but developed a rash and eye and joint pain two days later. The blood was transfused into two patients, both of whom testing positive for Zika infection after the donor alerted the blood bank about the onset of symptoms. (Canada) (8/17),  HealthDay News (8/17) 
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Pregnant, postpartum women may get HBV DNA flares, study says
Researchers said pregnant and postpartum women who have chronic hepatitis B may have flares in HBV DNA and alanine aminotransferase, mainly during or after the late second trimester and shortly after giving birth. The study in The American Journal of Gastroenterology found most women who experienced HBV DNA flares while pregnant but were not treated during postpartum saw HBV DNA levels return to baseline. Read the abstract.
Healio (free registration)/Infectious Disease News (8/17) 
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NYC nurses meet homeless where they live
Nurses and social workers team up to take health care to homeless New Yorkers on the streets through a new program. "Frequently what you're seeing with people living on the street is a 50-year-old in a 70-year-old's body," said Tony Hannigan, founder of the Center for Urban Community Services.
The Huffington Post (8/19) 
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More Mich. youths have elevated blood lead levels, officials report
A report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services found that the rate of children younger than 6 statewide with elevated blood lead levels rose from 2.9% in the second quarter of 2015 to nearly 4.2% in the second quarter of this year, the highest since 2012. Detroit had about 10.8% of its youths test with lead levels of above 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood in the 2016 second quarter, compared with 6.8% in the same period in 2015, while Flint had nearly 4.8% of children with elevated blood lead levels, its highest since the same period in 2010.
The Detroit News (8/15) 
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Few health care providers ready to assume risks under MACRA
Most health care providers participating in Medicare or the Children's Health Insurance Plan will choose to be reimbursed under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, but some are ready to assume more financial risk and will choose an alternative payment model.
Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (8/13) 
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Photoaging mobile app may curb smoking among youths
German researchers found that 63.2% of adolescents who used the Smokerface photoaging mobile app, which showed their likely appearance in one to 15 years as a smoker or nonsmoker, were discouraged to smoke, while 64.8% said that the app was educational. The findings in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, based on data involving 125 seventh-graders at three schools in Germany, suggest that the app "can be added to existing school-based tobacco-prevention programs," researchers wrote.
AAP News (8/15) 
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Companies use virtual reality to make exercise more fun
Companies are developing virtual reality products aimed at making exercise less tedious and more entertaining. Some require just VR headsets and computers, but other products go further, such as Gogi Play by Blue Gogi that attaches to an elliptical or stationary bike and uses an app to access a library of games.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/16) 
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From the Patient's View
Survey: Half of patients say they are fully responsible for their health
A survey by the health division of Xerox found almost 50% of adults reported they took total responsibility for their health, while less than 6% of health care providers agreed. The survey showed 55% of the adults said they needed their health care practitioner to encourage them to make healthy lifestyle choices, while 90% of payers and practitioners said patients needed to be encouraged. (8/16) 
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Legislative Policy & Regulatory News
CMS to cover use of Exact Sciences' colon cancer test every 3 years
Exact Sciences' Cologuard colon cancer test will receive Medicare Advantage coverage every three years without patient cost sharing, according to an updated evidence of coverage notice released by the CMS. The update affirms the test as an A-graded preventive service under guidelines recently issued by the US Preventive Services Task Force, said company Chairman and CEO Kevin Conroy.
GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration) (8/15) 
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Covered California allowing split health coverage within families
Families enrolling in health insurance through California's publicly run exchange may now select different plans for different members of the family, and tax credits will be distributed proportionally. Families may be able to spend less on premiums, but they must meet each plan's deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums, which could offset any savings.
California Healthline (8/15) 
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