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September 20, 2012
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  • More U.S. children opt out of school-required vaccinations
    The number of parents who chose not to give their children school-required vaccines due to nonmedical reasons increased between the 2005-2006 and 2010-2011 school years, Emory University researchers found. They noted that states with less-strict vaccine exemption policies as well as those that allowed philosophical exemptions had higher rates of nonmedical exemptions. The findings appear in the New England Journal of Medicine. News (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • West Nile virus cases continue to rise
    CDC officials reported on Wednesday the continued surge of West Nile infections and deaths in the U.S., reaching a total of 3,142 cases, including 134 deaths. Texas remains the epicenter of the epidemic, with nearly 40% of all cases. HealthDay News (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Rapid tests have limited ability in detecting flu variants
    Rapid influenza diagnostic tests used by health care providers have limited ability to diagnose variant influenza A viruses, including H3N2, H1N2 and H1N1, according to a CDC report published in Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. This may stem from differences in the nucleocapsid proteins in seasonal and swine-origin flu. Health care providers should understand that further testing may be needed for samples where variant H3N2 is suspected. Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Early menopause may increase risk of heart problems, stroke
    Data from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis involving 2,509 women showed that those who experienced menopause before age 46 face a twofold higher risk of myocardial infarction and stroke than women who don't experience early menopause. However, researchers noted that the actual number of heart and stroke episodes was small. The study will be published in the journal Menopause. (Montreal)(free registration) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Analysis: Incentives may boost quality, efficiency among doctors
    An analysis in Health Affairs revealed that doctors employed by a health system whose salaries were partly incentive-based showed better quality and efficiency, compared with those who weren't employed by but provided services in the same system. Employed doctors in the study were paid a base salary constituting 80% of their pay with 20% determined by individual and group performance. (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Doctors mistrust industry-sponsored trials
    Doctors are less likely to prescribe a drug based on industry-sponsored trial data than to prescribe one based on NIH-funded trials, regardless of research quality, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found. HealthDay News (9/19) , Reuters (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • 2 HIT measures are announced during National Health IT Week
    Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., introduced a bill during last week's National Health IT Week that would allow Medicaid providers who largely practice in qualified safety net clinics to receive EHR incentives. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., also said last week that he aims to introduce a bill that would promote health information exchange by ironing out conflicts between federal programs and state privacy laws. Healthcare Informatics online (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Student survey shows concerns about debt, physician shortage
    A survey of more than 1,000 medical students found that 30% said paying off their loans was their biggest concern, compared with 17% in 2007. The survey, by the medical software company Epocrates, also showed that more than 80% of students were concerned about the current shortage of primary care physicians. Family Practice News (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside the AAFP 
  • Webinar Offers How-tos on Medicare Wellness Visit
    Arnold Cuenca, D.O., of San Marcos, Calif., is a family physician who has more than a little experience with the challenges of providing Medicare's annual wellness visit to his patients. Now he is sharing his experience via a free webinar on the TransforMED Delta-Exchange network. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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