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1. USPSTF draft recommends women in their 40s discuss mammography

ANA SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force call for regular mammogram screenings every two years for women 50 to 74 years old. The guidelines call for women in their 40s to discuss whether they need screening with their health care providers, making decisions about mammography based on individual risk factors and health history as well as the potential benefits and harms of screening. The task force found insufficient evidence to recommend for or against 3D mammography as well as a dearth of evidence regarding other types of imaging for women with dense breasts. HealthDay News (04/20)

2. Study predicts breast cancer incidence will grow by 50% in 15 years

ANA SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

A study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting predicted breast cancer incidence in the U.S. will rise by 50% from 2011 to 2030. Longer life spans and increased detection of cancers, including in-situ lesions that may not need treatment, will contribute to the trend, experts say, noting it isn't always clear which tumors can go without treatment. The data suggest the percentage of treatment-responsive estrogen-receptor-positive cases will grow, highlighting opportunities to identify "smarter screening and kinder, gentler and more effective treatment," said researcher Philip Rosenberg. (04/20)

3. Eating at night could increase diabetes, breast cancer risk

ANA SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Individuals should avoid eating snacks at night because this could increase the risk of developing diabetes and breast cancer, a study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention suggested. Women had a 20% lower risk of developing hyperglycemia for every three hours of fasting at night, which "could be a novel strategy to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer," lead author Catherine Marinac said. Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model), The (04/20)

4. Study calls for tailored obesity treatment

ANA SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

Clinicians should create treatment plans tailored to suit six categories of obese patients, according to a study in the Journal of Public Health. The study categorizes patients dealing with obesity as: young healthy females, those with the poorest health, affluent and healthy older people, males who drink heavily, unhappy and anxious middle-aged people, or physically ill but happy elderly. "We are all different and different health promotion approaches work for different people," said lead author Mark Green. Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model), The (04/17)

5. Report predicts growing use of population health data analytics

ANA SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

A HealthLeaders Media survey projects that close to 80% of health systems will use data analytics to predict and monitor population health by 2018. Among the factors that will drive the shift are improved outcomes and the transition to value-based care models. The survey also found three-quarters of the 8,000 respondents have plans to initiate or escalate investments in data quality within the coming year. More than half said poor analytics skills are a substantial barrier. (04/16)

6. New study refutes link between MMR vaccine, autism

ANA SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

A large study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine does not increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder, even in children who are considered to be at an increased risk because of an older sibling with the disorder. The findings revealed that among the 95,727 children followed, the 2% with an older sibling with ASD had a greater risk of developing the disorder themselves, but the risk was not affected by whether or not they received the MMR vaccine. Reuters (04/21) HealthDay News (04/21)

7. Study: Flexible hours, grandchildren can be factors in retiring

ANA SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

Women with grandchildren were about 9% more likely to retire early, according to a study that included data on 47,000 women. Researchers reported in the journal Demography that women with flexible jobs were more likely to continue working past retirement age. HealthDay News (04/17)

8. CMS launches patient-experience star ratings on Hospital Compare

ANA SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

The CMS has updated its Hospital Compare website to include a patient experience star rating system, designed to help patients make comparisons among Medicare-accredited facilities. Hospital Compare ranks nearly 3,500 acute care hospitals according to patient experience, which includes factors such as communication between clinicians and patients, cleanliness of the hospital and responsiveness of the hospital staff. The ratings are based on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey. Medscape (free registration) (04/17)

9. Study links adult ADHD with childhood physical, sexual abuse

ANA SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

A study in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect found that 34% and 44% of female patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder were sexually and physically abused before they were 18 years old, respectively, compared with 14% and 21% of those without ADHD. More male ADHD patients also reported sexual or physical abuse during childhood than those without the condition, the research showed. Science World Report (04/17)

10. Hospital-acquired conditions more common in patients admitted over weekend, study finds

ANA SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Patients who are hospitalized during the weekend have a more than 20% higher chance of experiencing a hospital-acquired condition, such as a fall or pressure sores. Preventable complications occur in 5.7% of patients admitted on weekends and 3.7% who enter the hospital on a weekday, when overall hospital admissions are higher, according to the study in The BMJ. Researchers looked at data gathered between 2002 and 2010 from over 350 million hospital admissions. Reuters (04/21)

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