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November 21, 2012
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  • Regular checkups don't reduce deaths due to cancer, heart disease
    Danish researchers reviewed 14 studies involving almost 183,000 people and found no significant evidence that routine screening can help lower risk of dying from cancer or heart disease. Such checkups may encourage the use of invasive tests that can potentially harm healthy people, resulting to overdiagnosis and unnecessary treatment, the study in the journal BMJ found. However, the lack of benefit could be because high-risk patients' needs were addressed outside the context of routine checkups, a researcher said. HealthDay News (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Higher risk of liver disease seen with type 1 diabetes
    Type 1 diabetes patients showed a lower prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and cirrhosis, but more diagnoses of glycogenosis than those with type 2 diabetes, a British study indicated. However, researchers found the prevalence of cirrhosis during follow-up was 301.5 per 100,000 in type 1 diabetes patients compared with only 76.3 per 100,000 in the general population. The results were presented at The Liver Meeting. Healio (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC warns about secondhand smoke exposure at airports
    Levels of secondhand smoke at five U.S. airports that allow indoor smoking were five times higher near designated smoking areas than in smoke-free airports, CDC researchers reported on Tuesday. The agency said that even the slightest exposure to secondhand smoke can lead to a heart attack. "Airport smoking areas and the areas around them are not healthy -- for workers or travelers, particularly children," CDC's Brian King said. Reuters (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aspirin resistance may raise risk of severe stroke
    Aspirin-resistant patients were at an increased risk of having a score on the NIH Stroke Scale of 16 or higher upon admission compared with those who respond to aspirin, according to a study in the Archives of Neurology. Researchers also found patients who were resistant to aspirin were more likely to have an Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score lower than seven, which signals a significant area of infarction. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Strong muscles during adolescence may prevent early death in men
    Men who received high scores in strength tests during their teen years had a 20% to 35% lower risk of dying early from any cause or having a cardiovascular problem, a Swedish study found. These men were also less likely to commit suicide or be diagnosed with a mental health disorder than those with lower muscular strength in their teens, researchers wrote in the journal BMJ. HealthDay News (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study questions link between periodontitis and preterm birth
    Women who have preterm babies or low birth weight babies are more likely to have periodontal disease than women who give birth to normal-weight, full-term infants, according to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology. Anaerobic and commensal bacterial profiles were similar among the two groups, leading researchers to conclude that oral bacteria were not likely to cause preterm birth. However, inflammatory profiles were different, suggesting inflammation could factor into premature labor, the researchers said. (free registration) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Parental chronic pain may affect pain in children
    Teens were more likely to feel chronic nonspecific pain and chronic multisite pain if one or both of their parents suffered from chronic pain, a Norwegian study showed. The prevalence of pediatric pain also was lower in households with both parents present than in single parent households, researchers reported in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. American News Report (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technologies 
  • Lifestyle changes improve BMI, cardio health in young patients
    Overweight and obese children and adolescents who underwent lifestyle interventions lost more weight and showed immediate and post-treatment improvements in BMI compared with those who had usual care or minimal interventions, an analysis indicated. Lifestyle interventions were also associated with significant improvements in cholesterol, blood pressure and insulin levels in young patients, researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. Medscape (free registration) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industry squabbles delay systematic health care changes
    Conflicting interests among industry stakeholders are a primary obstacle to solving health care's problems, according to an annual survey by HealthLeaders magazine. Steps such as reducing bureaucracy could help, but reaching consensus on the details remains elusive. "If we don't find ways to build trust and collaborate and sacrifice, we are never going to get there. We can blame whoever we want, but we are all equal stakeholders," said Chief Nursing Officer Marcia Donlon of Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc, Wis. HealthLeaders Media/HealthLeaders Magazine (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • HHS faces new challenges in running health insurance exchanges
    More states than expected are declining to set up health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, leaving HHS with a larger role than the Obama administration envisioned. HHS must ensure information technology systems work with aging state Medicaid systems, confirm health plans sold on exchanges meet all eligibility requirements, and set up appeals processes and call centers. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
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