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1. Research warns of growing chronic kidney disease burden

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2015

Fifty-four percent of people ages 30 to 49 are likely to develop chronic kidney disorder at some point during their lives. More than 13% of adults ages 30 and older have CKD, and that figure is expected to reach 14.4% by 2020 and jump to 16.7% a decade later, according to a study in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. Researchers said they were surprised by the findings and expressed hope the study would draw more attention to the disorder and spark research. Medical News Today (03/02)

2. CDC: This year's flu vaccine had little effect on most common virus strains

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

CDC researchers reported to the agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that this year's influenza vaccine was only 18% effective overall and had little effect on the predominant A strains, mostly due to a genetic drift that occurred after formulation. The report also said the live-attenuated vaccine delivered via nasal spray is not very effective for children. Medscape (free registration) (02/26)

3. C. difficile cases number half a million in U.S. annually

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

Clostridium difficile caused about 500,000 infections in 2011, according to CDC data published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Two out of three infections occurred in hospitals or nursing homes and an estimated 150,000 were community-associated. HealthDay News (02/25)

4. Study examines correlation between sleep hours, stroke risk

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

A study in Neurology found that sleeping longer than eight hours a night was associated with a 46% increased risk of stroke. The study included 9,700 people. An 18% increased risk was seen among people who slept less than six hours, but the sample of people sleeping less than six hours was small enough that the association wasn't considered significant. HealthDay News (02/25)

5. CDC: 2 hospital hepatitis C cases show importance of infection control

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

The CDC said Friday that hospitals should increase their infection-control protocols in light of two cases of hepatitis C infection that occurred during routine surgeries. Dr. Marc Siegel of NYU Langone Medical Center said the cases highlight the importance of proper sterilization of medical equipment and offer a reminder that a small amount of HCV is all that is needed to cause infection. HealthDay News (02/27)

6. Study: Many young women ignore early heart attack signs

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

A study in the Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes showed that many women age 30 to 55 may ignore early heart attack symptoms such as dizziness and pain. "Participants in our study said they were concerned about initiating a false alarm in case their symptoms were due to something other than a heart attack," said researcher Judith Lichtman of Yale University. HealthDay News (02/24)

7. ADHD tied to risk of premature death

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

A Danish study in The Lancet found people diagnosed in adulthood with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder faced more than four times the risk of premature death, while those diagnosed before age 6 were about two times more likely die early compared with their healthier peers. Data also showed female ADHD patients had higher mortality rates than male patients. Medical News Today (02/26)

8. AMA raises liability concerns tied to telemedicine use

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

Standards for what constitutes a doctor-patient relationship are needed to help providers reduce possible liability risk associated with telemedicine, according to the American Medical Association. It's also necessary to clarify who owns data from wearable monitors and other tools, and resources to educate providers are needed, the group said. (02/27)

9. Study links coffee consumption to less heart attack risk

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2015

A study published online in Heart found that drinking three to five cups of coffee per day is associated with less calcium buildup in the arteries, which may reduce the risk of heart disease. The study included 25,000 middle-aged men and women in South Korea. HealthDay News (03/03)

10. Study links statin use to higher diabetes risk

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Mar 05, 2015

Researchers in Finland found that statin treatment was associated with a 46% greater risk for type 2 diabetes, even after adjusting for confounding variables. The findings appear in Diabetologia. Medscape (free registration) (03/04)

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