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1. Measles outbreak grows to 70 cases

ANA 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)


2. Fall rates for elderly increase, study finds

ANA SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

University of Michigan Medical School research found self-reported falls among adults ages 65 and older during the previous two years increased between 1998 and 2010, from approximately 28% to about 36%. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine said the increase was higher than what would be expected for this aging population. HealthDay News (01/19)


3. CDC says flu vaccine has 23% efficacy rate

ANA SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2015

CDC data show this season's flu vaccine has an efficacy rate of 23%, compared with up to 60% in some years. The agency recommended early use of antiviral drugs in symptomatic patients and said even though there have been spot shortages, there should be a sufficient supply of the treatment to meet demand. HealthDay News (01/15)


4. Study links lower vegetable protein intake, metabolic syndrome

ANA SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

A Japanese study on the website of the Journal of Diabetes Investigation links lower consumption of vegetable protein and a higher dietary acid load with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome for patients with type 2 diabetes. Researchers said carbohydrate consumption affected dietary protein quality and acid load. PhysiciansBriefing.com (01/20)


5. ICU nurse staffing linked with in-hospital death risk, study finds

ANA SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

An analysis of data involving 13,696 adults at 1,265 intensive care units found that having more nurses per patient was associated with reduced risk of in-hospital death. The study in Critical Care Medicine found that the nurse-to-patient ratio at ICUs in North America was higher than in Western Europe and Latin America. "The study reinforces the importance of having good staffing, especially in the ICU where you have your most critically ill patients," said Ruth Kleinpell, one of the authors of the study. MedPage Today (free registration) (01/21)


6. Prolonged sitting may increase disease, mortality risks

ANA 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) NEJM Journal Watch (01/20)


7. Many diabetes patients lack knowledge on hypoglycemia, survey shows

ANA SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

A survey by the American Association of Diabetes Educators revealed 62% of patients with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes expressed concerns about suffering hypoglycemia, while 81% considered it a serious health concern and 98% were aware of the importance of managing the condition. However, 42% of patients who did not experience hypoglycemia were not able to accurately define it, and 49% of patients did not know that glucose tablets can be used to address an event. Healio (free registration) (01/20)


8. U.S. sees decline in birth defects after folic acid fortification

ANA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Folic acid fortification of grains has prevented 1,300 cases of neural tube defects in U.S. infants per year, according to the CDC, which reported a 35% decline in serious birth defects since 1998. However, researchers said more work is needed because 25% of women still do not get the recommend daily intake of folic acid. USA Today (01/16)


9. CDC: 2013 marks all-time high for twin birth rate

ANA SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2015

A CDC report showed the rate of twin births in the U.S. reached a record high at 33.7 twin births per 1,000 deliveries in 2013, a 2% increase from a previous all-time high in 2012. Researchers also noted lower rates of cesarean births. Reuters (01/15)


10. Alert helps medical center reduce 2-unit blood transfusions

ANA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock has introduced an alert into its EMRs at its Norris Cotton Cancer Center in New Hampshire, in an effort to reduce the unnecessary use of blood transfusions. The feature offers a real-time reminder about evidence-based best practices for transfusions. According to the academic medical center, two-unit transfusions were reduced from 47% to 15% after the best-practice alert was embedded into the computerized physician order entry process. MedCityNews.com (01/19)




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