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1. Some common practices at hospitals might be ineffective, data show

AANP SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

Hand sanitizer, sliding scale insulin and repeated blood testing are among five common practices at hospitals that might not be useful, according to this report. Quality improvement programs without follow-up are a problem, according to a survey of health care professionals, and evidence suggests common strategies for safe-patient handling may not reduce injuries. Healthcare Dive (02/18)

2. Measles infection tally reaches 154, CDC reports

AANP SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

CDC officials announced that the number of measles cases in the U.S. has reached 154 in 17 states and Washington, D.C. More than three-quarters of the cases are tied to the California theme park outbreak, and a majority of the patients had not been vaccinated, according to the CDC. HealthDay News (02/23)

3. New HPV vaccine adds protection, but widespread use will be a challenge

AANP SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

A study of 14,215 young women found that the new 9-valent human papillomavirus vaccine adds protection against five additional strains of the virus beyond the four covered by the original vaccine. As a result, overall protection against cervical cancer has risen to about 90% compared with 70% for the first-generation vaccine, according to the study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Experts say U.S. vaccination rates need to improve, and it will be a challenge to get more young women to use the vaccine. Medscape (free registration) (02/20)

4. Measles outbreak continues to grow

AANP SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

Cases of the California-centered measles outbreak continue to grow. In California alone, 123 cases have been seen, including two new infant cases, bringing the total in infant cases to 16. About 20% of California cases have involved hospitalization, and most cases seen in the state share genetic characteristics with a strain common in the Philippines. Baltimore Sun, The (02/21)

5. Study: Radiation, not active surveillance, is most common prostate cancer choice

AANP SmartBrief | Feb 20, 2015

A study in JAMA Oncology found that many prostate cancer patients choose treatment over active surveillance. An analysis of 38,000 men older than 65 who were diagnosed from 2004 to 2007 found that 58% had radiation therapy, 19% had their prostate removed and 10% had active surveillance. "We believe treatment -- radiation or surgery -- shouldn't be 90% of what's being done," said urologist Sandip Prasad of the Medical University of South Carolina, who co-wrote a commentary on the study. HealthDay News (02/19)

6. Obesity affects 300M children, 1.3B adults worldwide

AANP SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

Research published in The Lancet showed 300 million children and 1.3 billion adults worldwide were either overweight or obese. Data also revealed a link between excess weight and stunted growth in children around the world. (Australia) (02/19)

7. Study: Exercise, metformin may reduce type 2 diabetes risk after GDM

AANP SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

A study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found mothers with a history of gestational diabetes had a 48% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with women without GDM. However, following an exercise program and taking metformin helped reduce the risk by 35% and 40%, respectively. (02/23)

8. Drug shows efficacy in addressing infantile hemangioma

AANP SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

Data on 460 infants with infantile hemangioma showed 88% of those treated with propranolol exhibited improvements at five weeks, compared with 5% of those on placebo treatment. Sixty percent of patients in the treatment group had their birthmarks almost or completely disappear, compared with only 4% in the placebo cohort. The results appear in the New England Journal of Medicine. (02/19)

9. Study finds benefit to taking preventive aspirin at night

AANP SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

Morning platelet reactivity scores associated with preventive aspirin are lower when patients take the medication at night to reduce risks of a second stroke and heart disease, compared with a morning dose, according to a study from the Netherlands. Researchers did not find a difference in 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure rates between patients who took the aspirin in the morning or evening. The findings were published in Hypertension. MedPage Today (free registration) (02/19)

10. Study links high benzodiazepine usage to mental health issues

AANP SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

A study in the journal Pain Medicine found patients taking benzodiazepines every day for chronic noncancer pain were more likely to have comorbid mental health issues and to use emergency health care. The study authors said the high benzodiazepine usage rates are "inconsistent with guidelines for the management of CNCP or chronic mental health conditions." (02/23)

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