Study links traffic noise with stroke, death risk | Heart drugs may help fight Ebola | Obesity in children not tied to maternal hyperglycemia, study finds
 
June 24, 2015
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Study links traffic noise with stroke, death risk
A study in the European Heart Journal found long-term exposure to road traffic noise was associated with reduced life expectancy. Increased stroke risk, particularly in older people, was associated with living near busy roads. The study included data on 8.6 million people in London from 2003 to 2010. HealthDay News (6/23)
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Heart drugs may help fight Ebola
Health care workers in Liberia.
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Ebola patients who took a combination of generic statins and angiotensin receptor blockers were better able to fight the disease, according to a study in the journal mBio. Researchers gave a combination of atorvastatin and irbesartan to 100 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone to combat endothelial cell dysfunction by stabilizing the lining of blood vessels. One patient who was in critical condition before treatment and another patient who was shifted to antiviral treatment died, while the others improved. United Press International (6/23)
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Obesity in children not tied to maternal hyperglycemia, study finds
Researchers analyzed data from 1,604 white European women and their children, and found no association between maternal fasting plasma glucose concentration and BMI z scores and skinfold measurements in their children at ages 5 to 7, after adjusting for maternal BMI. Researchers, reporting the findings in Diabetes Care, suggested that an obesity risk tied to maternal hyperglycemia may manifest at a later age. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (6/22)
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Nurse-led intervention boosts vaccination rates on liver waiting list
A nurse-led tracking system helped increase hepatitis A and B vaccination rates from 45% to 87% among patients waiting for liver transplants, according to a study presented at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference. The intervention included an electronic medical record flagging system. "The research shows that the more you use EMR for reminders, the better you do," said Shari Perez of Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. Medscape (free registration) (6/22)
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What a new Medicare law means for nurse practitioners
The law that repealed the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula will bring a new merit-based payment formula for providers starting in 2019. The law also enabled nurse practitioners to make determinations about the need for durable medical equipment and will allow them to participate in value-based payment systems from the inception, American Association of Nurse Practitioners President Ken Miller said. Nurse.com (6/23)
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HIMSS survey analyzes cost, benefits of direct messaging
A Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society survey found that 51% of health information organizations said the cost of implementing direct messaging is worth the health data sharing benefit that they get from the technology. The top use of the technology was for care transitions, followed by admission-discharge-transfer notifications and patient communications. Healthcare Informatics online (6/23)
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Lifestyle changes can help reverse prediabetes, experts say
People with prediabetes may not have noticeable symptoms, making it difficult to motivate them to make lifestyle changes that can prevent progression to full diabetes, said Margaret Powers of the International Diabetes Center in Minneapolis. Registered dietitian Hillary Wright said weight loss and exercise is the best strategy for normalizing blood glucose levels. U.S. News & World Report (6/23)
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CDC: U.S. uninsured rate fell to 16.3% last year
Last year, 16.3% of adults in the U.S. younger than 65 had no health insurance, down from 20.4% in 2013, a CDC survey found. The average uninsured rate was 13.3% in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, compared with 19.3% in states that did not expand Medicaid. Bloomberg (6/23), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/23)
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Triple Aim sets the goalposts for change in health care
The goal of lowering costs while improving health care quality and population health formed a base on which policymakers and health care providers have built a framework for health care reform, a study published in Millbank Quarterly found. "The most important part of the Triple Aim is that it takes the ideas of improving safety and quality and puts them into a readily understandable context that resonates with clinicians and the general public, particularly with politicians," said patient safety expert Michael Millenson. "It puts the cost issue into a perspective that isn't radioactive politically." HealthLeaders Media (6/22)
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