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1. Prolonged sitting may increase disease, mortality risks

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Canadian researchers who analyzed data from 47 studies found an association between long periods of sitting each day and higher risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and death. The study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed the risks were not entirely eliminated through regular exercise, and researchers advised that people work in more activity throughout the day. HealthDay News (01/19) Reuters (01/20)

2. Measles outbreak grows to 70 cases

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Health officials have documented 70 measles cases in an outbreak that appears to have originated at Disneyland in California but has now reached four other states and Mexico. Most of those infected had not been vaccinated. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (01/21) ABC News (01/22)

3. Study tallies costs associated with obesity, smoking

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2015

Research published in the journal Public Health revealed obese individuals had mean additional medical costs of $1,360 per year compared with those who were not obese. Smokers had average additional costs of $1,046 compared with nonsmokers. "We need to think more about how to prevent obesity rather than treating obesity, because treatment of obesity is much more expensive than prevention," said Mayo Clinic health economist Bijan Borah. HealthDay News (01/16)

4. BMI, waist circumference do not always agree, study says

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

A study in the American Journal of Cardiology found disagreement between BMI and waist-circumference measures in about 30% of patients. Canadian researchers said variability in visceral adiposity within BMI categories may be the reason. (01/19)

5. Surgery rates decline for late-stage colon cancer, data show

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Data from more than 64,000 patients with advanced colon or rectal cancer showed the prevalence of surgery to remove a primary tumor decreased from 75% of cases in 1988 to 57% in 2010. Researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center said the median relative survival rate increased from 9% in 1988 to 18% in 2009. Experts said patients with advanced disease do not benefit from tumor removal, and surgery may cause harm by delaying initiation of life-prolonging treatment. HealthDay News (01/14)

6. Researchers warn of Hawaii's worsening physician shortage

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Hawaii is short almost 900 physicians, and the issue is expected to worsen, according to data from the University of Hawaii medical school. The shortage has increased about 20% since 2013, and the state is expected to be short 1,500 doctors by 2020, researchers said. Fox Business (01/20)

7. AHIP Coverage: What providers have to say about Medicare Advantage

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

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8. Experts set sights on a more effective flu vaccine

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

The low efficacy of this year's flu vaccine has cast a spotlight on the challenges and opportunities to develop a better approach to immunization. Drugmakers and public health experts are exploring a number of avenues, including faster manufacturing, streamlined distribution -- one option may be a skin patch that does not require refrigeration -- and new ways of attacking the virus that would be more reliable. Bloomberg (01/22)

9. EHRs often lack data for care coordination, many docs say

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

A study reported in Medical Care showed that while most U.S. physicians use EHRs, as many as half say they do not routinely obtain information needed to fully coordinate care such as data from providers outside their practice. External data were also often received via nondigital means such as fax. Health Data Management (01/19)

10. Study IDs clusters of undervaccinated children

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

A study in Pediatrics identified five geographic clusters in Northern California where children were more likely to lack adequate vaccination against common diseases such as measles and whooping cough at age 3, highlighting areas where risk of an outbreak is higher. "While complete refusal of all vaccines is quite rare, we know parental concern about vaccination has increased in the past decade. We need to learn a lot more about what are the effective ways of communicating with parents," said lead author Dr. Tracy A. Lieu. Bloomberg Businessweek (01/19)

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