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January 21, 2013
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  • CDC reports "worse-than-average" flu season
    CDC officials reported Friday that 48 states are now experiencing widespread flu activity, and public health officials have documented 29 pediatric deaths as well as sharp increases in hospitalization among seniors. Rates of infection are dropping in some parts of the country, but levels are rising in the West, where the season began later. "We are in the middle of flu season, about halfway through, and it's shaping up to be a worse-than-average season and a bad season, particularly, for the elderly," said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. HealthDay News (1/18), CNN (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Infections in colon surgery patients tied to higher clot risk
    Patients with surgical-site infections after colon and rectal procedures were at four times greater risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism than patients who did not develop infections, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Ninety-two percent of those who developed clots had been given preventive anticoagulants. More screening for clots may be needed in these patients with surgical-site infections, a researcher said. HealthDay News (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High rate of nonadherence seen in stroke survivors with PTSD
    Researchers tracked more than 500 stroke survivors in the U.S. and found 65% of those with post-traumatic stress disorder did not follow their drug regimens, almost twice the rate for those without. "We believe that these findings suggest that stroke survivors with PTSD do not see their medications as helpful, but rather as reminders of their stroke," said Donald Edmondson, lead author of the study in the British Journal of Health Psychology. HealthDay News (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pediatric cases of equine encephalitis on the rise in U.S.
    U.S. researchers reviewed two outbreaks of mosquito-borne Eastern equine encephalitis that occurred since the mid-2000s, and found 15 pediatric cases in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. CDC officials receive an average of about five to 10 cases per year nationwide, but Massachusetts recorded the highest incidence rate since 1956 with seven cases last year alone. The findings appear in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. HealthDay News (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • One in 3 U.S. adults search online for diagnosis
    A Pew Research Center poll showed that 35% of 3,014 adults have searched the Internet specifically to determine a medical condition. Of these online self-diagnosers, 46% said that the information they got online pushed them to seek medical attention and 41% said a medical professional confirmed their initial diagnosis. (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • HHS grants $1.5 billion for insurance exchanges
    HHS announced on Thursday the 11 states that will receive exchange establishment grants from the federal government totaling $1.5 billion. California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon have all been given multi-year Level Two grants, an indication officials believe those states have made significant progress. One-year Level One grants have been granted to Delaware, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Vermont. Level One funds are designed for early work on exchanges. National Underwriter Life & Health (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AANP offices closed today
    AANP offices are closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will reopen for business tomorrow at 9 a.m. Central Time. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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