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January 9, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • Guidelines call for glucose check at hospital admission
    The blood sugar levels of all patients, regardless of prior diabetes diagnosis, should be assessed upon hospital admission, according to new guidelines from The Endocrine Society. The guidelines for hyperglycemia management in noncritical care settings also recommend bedside glucose testing for all patients with high glucose levels at admission and those with or without a history of diabetes who are on an IV or a feeding tube. Endocrine Today (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Groups issue guidelines on 3D echocardiography use
    The American Society of Echocardiography and the European Association for Echocardiography have released guidelines for maximizing the use of 3D echocardiography. The joint guidelines, published in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, offer best practices for using 3D echo imaging to collect data and assess and view heart structures. (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Low-intensity exercise reduces blood pressure in obese women
    Data on 404 overweight or obese women with higher-than-normal blood pressure show that those who underwent the most intense physical activity for six months saw a 14-point reduction in systolic exercise blood pressure, while those who were least active experienced an 11-point drop. The findings suggest that even modest exercise might be beneficial, said lead researcher Damon Swift. Reuters (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Neurological conditions raise risk of flu-related complications
    Children and young adults diagnosed with neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions should be given flu vaccinations because they face a higher risk of flu-related complications, CDC researchers wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. They examined a flu outbreak in Ohio last February and found that 76 of 130 people with these conditions developed respiratory illness and 13 became severely ill. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • YoriMed links smartphones with medical devices
    Yoritex, a Toronto-based developer of mobile health tools, has released a video demonstrating a network hub that links portable medical devices with certain Blackberry and Android units. The hub, called YoriMed, features software that can store readings from such devices as blood analyzers and ECG/EKG sensors, then send the data to health care providers for evaluation. (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Rule would require testing of body parts for transplantation
    The U.S. Health Resources Services Administration, which regulates organ donation and transplantation, has proposed setting standards for face, hand and other body-part transplants. The proposed rule, which is open for public comment until Feb. 14, would require tissue matching and testing. "It's a huge step forward in the right direction," said ASPS member and face transplant pioneer Dr. Bohdan Pomahac. "It will make it easier for programs to get started." Yahoo!/The Associated Press (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Get exposed to innovative ideas at AHIP's Institute
    Insightful sessions, valuable networking opportunities and sessions led by health care experts are just some of the reasons that year after year thousands of health care professionals attend the Institute. Join us in Salt Lake City at AHIP's Institute 2012, June 20 to 22 for fresh thinking in a fresh location. Get more details and register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Meeting complex billing demands
    Join us from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 2 for a webinar dedicated to helping health plans meet the increasingly complex billing demands of recent product innovations and health care reform. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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