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November 21, 2008
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  Health Care News 
  • CDC urges more serotyping in cases of Hib
    The CDC is urging state health agencies and health care providers to do more timely serotyping of blood or spinal fluid specimens in suspected cases of Haemophilus influenzae type B in children under age 5. Officials say 40% of reported cases lack serotype information, which is important in determining use of the vaccine against type B. The ongoing shortage of the vaccine is expected to last until mid-2009. (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hospitals, providers don't routinely screen for HIV
    Health experts say many hospital emergency departments and provider offices don't routinely test adults for HIV, even though federal regulations call for such screening. They say reasons include the stigma of the disease and health insurance issues. However, researchers warn that one in five HIV-positive people aren't aware of their status, which contributes to up to 70% of new infections. The Sun (Baltimore) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Combination therapy helps reduce pediatric bedwetting
    A study found that children not helped by desmopressin may benefit from adding Detrol to the therapy. Researchers report that the combination treatment reduced bedwetting by 66% after one month, with only 16.5% of study participants showing a complete lack of response. Reuters (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Less vitamin D in winter could lead to heart problems
    Researchers say the lack of sunshine in the winter months could lead to diminished vitamin D levels and put some people at risk of cardiovascular problems. A review of studies found that rates of severe heart disease or death may be 30% to 50% higher in sun-deprived heart disease patients. HealthDay News (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Babies born in fall months have higher risk of asthma
    Researchers say common infections may heighten the risk of developing asthma in babies born in autumn months, during peak viral activity. A study that included 95,000 infants and their mothers in Tennessee found a 30% higher risk of asthma for children born four months before the peak cold and flu season. Researchers say they must now prove that preventing such infections can keep infants from developing asthma. Reuters (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Estrogen may make CF worse for women
    Women who have cystic fibrosis may have more severe symptoms and a shorter life span than men with the disease because of higher estrogen levels during ovulation, a study found. Researchers say estrogen may affect chloride secretions, making breathing more difficult. Drugs that reduce estrogen, such as tamoxifen, may be beneficial, researchers say. Yahoo!/HealthDay News (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Study: Asthma drugs safe during pregnancy
    British researchers found common asthma drugs have little or no adverse effect on the fetus, with the possible exception of cromone agents, which raise the risk of musculoskeletal defects. Italian researchers commenting on the report say the risks of uncontrolled asthma during pregnancy far exceed the potential for adverse effects from controller medication. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • EpiPen prescriptions rise as more children get food allergies
    Prescriptions for EpiPen, a pocket-sized device that delivers a premeasured dose of epinephrine to counter food allergies, increased by 36% between 2003 and 2007, according to IMS Health. The increasing popularity has created a market for stylish EpiPen carriers, especially for children. MSNBC (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Text messaging could help children stick to diets
    Children who text message their daily eating and exercise habits as part of a food diary are more likely to stick to diets. Diaries are known to be effective weight-loss tools, and in a study, children ages 5 to 13 were almost twice as likely to text daily records of their food intake, exercise and screen time as were those using pen-and-paper diaries. HealthDay News (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Survey: States come up short on mental health care for children
    One out of five states reported that children with serious mental illnesses don't get good care and only seven states have consistent funding for mental health programs for children, a survey by the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University found. The states with the best public mental health care for children are Washington, Ohio, New York, Vermont and Maine. USA TODAY (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Your Passport to Health
    The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the National Women's Health Resource Center have developed the Passport to Health, a new, compact health record-keeping tool. Containing blood pressure and cholesterol screening ranges, personal record-keeping grids, a preventive health-screening schedule and more, the Passport to Health will help your patients keep track of personal health information and the results of their screening tests. Copies are available in English and Spanish. To order free copies of this health screening tool for your patients, contact the NWHRC at 732-530-3453 or visit the Web site. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New incentives to promote use of e-prescribing
    A recent change to Medicare law has established incentives of up to 2% to encourage the adoption of e-prescribing technology by prescribers. Incentives are provided for practitioners who use e-prescribing systems in 2009 through 2013. CMS will soon announce details regarding the reimbursement process. For more information on establishing e-prescribing at your practice visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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