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January 14, 2013
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  • Influenza pervasive across 47 states, CDC reports
    CDC officials reported Friday that 47 states are now experiencing widespread flu activity, an increase from 41 states a week earlier. Officials also said the current flu vaccine showed 60% efficacy, indicating moderate protection from the illness. HealthDay News (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Why Warmth Is Critical to Your Career
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  Clinical News 
  • Study recommends DTaP vaccine shot to thigh for children
    Children getting the diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis vaccine shot in the arm were more likely to need medical attention for a local reaction than those who were injected in the thigh, according to a study of 1.4 million children ages 1 to 6. The risk was highest among children ages 12 to 35 months. The study appeared online in the journal Pediatrics. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Depression may triple early death risk in stroke survivors
    Stoke survivors who develop depression face triple the risk of early death from any cause compared with those who do not become depressed, data presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology meeting showed. "Our research highlights the importance of screening for and treating depression in people who have experienced a stroke," study author Dr. Amytis Towfighi said. Yahoo/Asian News International (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study says environmental tobacco smoke raises dementia risk
    People who are exposed to environmental tobacco smoke have a 29% higher risk of severe dementia, according to a study of older adults in China, published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The U.K. researchers said public health campaigns to reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke will help lower the risk of dementia. MedWire News (U.K.) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Survey: Primary care doctors may not get discharge summaries
    Discharge summaries for cardiac rehabilitation patients only reached their primary care physicians 51.5% of the time and those that were delivered often were missing important information, Canadian researchers reported in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. A survey of 138 primary care providers showed that all of them wanted a summary and that medications, patient-care plans and clinical status were deemed the most important information needed. Medscape (free registration) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: EHR cost, care benefits fail to meet expectations
    Data from a new RAND analysis showed EHR adoption has not generated the health care savings that were expected. Meanwhile, success has been mixed, at best, in boosting care and efficiency, even though such benefits are "unquestionably there for the taking," said researcher Dr. Arthur L. Kellermann. Planning and standardization would address some of the issues, an industry expert said, and researchers said slow EHR adoption has limited savings. The study was published in Health Affairs. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Cuomo declares public emergency for flu in New York
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency on Saturday in response to the severity of the flu this season, which has affected more than 19,000 residents. The executive order makes vaccines more accessible to children, temporarily allowing pharmacists to administer shots to patients aged 6 months to 18 years. Reuters (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • N.Y. physician steps up to fill medical care gap after Sandy
    Family physician Neil Nepola, M.D., who lives in the New York City borough of Staten Island, quickly realized that Hurricane Sandy had devastated the area and that the efforts of federal disaster officials would not be enough. He teamed up with another physician and a nurse practitioner to create the Staten Island Medical Corps, which used several buses outfitted with exam rooms to go door-to-door to treat residents who were ill, required medicines or vaccinations, or needed help getting housing assistance. AAFP News Now (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside the AAFP 
  • A new year. A new start.
    Take some time to consider and discuss healthy choices for your patients, your practice and your community. Improve health and lifestyle behaviors in the new year with free AAFP public health resources for fitness, tobacco cessation and prevention, immunizations, and more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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