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February 15, 2013
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  • CDC: Synthetic pot linked to 16 cases of kidney injury
    Sixteen teens and adults aged 15 to 33 in six states were diagnosed with acute kidney injury last year following the use of synthetic marijuana products, CDC officials wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. While most of the patients recovered within three days after their serum creatinine peak, five needed hemodialysis and four were given corticosteroids. Family Practice News (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More U.S. women are using morning-after pill in past decade
    CDC researchers looked at data from the National Survey of Family Growth and found that 11% of women between ages 15 and 44 reported using the morning-after pill from 2006 to 2010, up from about 4.2% in 2002. They noted that 23% of the users were young women ages 20 to 24 and that users were more likely to be non-Hispanic white and Hispanic women than non-Hispanic black women. HealthDay News (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Smoke-free laws may lead to lower premature birth rates
    Data from 606,877 live, singleton babies born in Flanders, Belgium, between 2002 and 2011 showed a decline in the number of preterm births following the implementation of smoke-free laws beginning in 2007. Belgian researchers found no evidence of a downward trend in preterm births in the years or months before the smoking bans. The findings appear in the British Medical Journal. Reuters (2/14)
  • Study ties maternal obesity to excessive birth weight
    Black women who were obese before they got pregnant and those who gained excess weight during pregnancy were at greater risk of having babies with macrosomia, according to a study in the journal Obesity. Researchers noted that mothers with a body mass index of more than 31 had twice the risk of delivering large babies. HealthDay News (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Survey finds varied practice patterns for type 2 diabetes
    A survey of primary care physicians and other practitioners who treat patients with type 2 diabetes shows varied practice patterns and knowledge gaps, researchers reported in the journal Clinical Diabetes. The study found while most practitioners followed evidence-based guidelines, they had different levels of understanding or opinions in areas such as guidelines, insulin and incretin therapies, and appropriate reasons for referral. News (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Create a rotavirus immunization plan that reduces infection rates
    Routine immunization of infants 6 to 32 weeks with the rotavirus vaccine is expected to significantly reduce patient visits for rotavirus gastroenteritis in the U.S. Learn about the new, universal recommendations for immunization of infants and how to incorporate the recommendations into practice. Register for the 30-minute online AAP course. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report tobacco product violations to the FDA
    The FDA's Center for Tobacco Products recently released the Potential Tobacco Product Violations Report Form, which makes it easier to report potential violations of the Tobacco Control Act and related regulations. The form will help the FDA more effectively monitor compliance, help reduce the health burden of tobacco use on the American public and protect America's youth. Learn more about potential violations, the reporting process and download the form. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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