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November 5, 2012
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  • Study links insomnia to higher risk of heart attack, stroke
    Researchers looked at data on 43,000 people ages 45 and older in Taiwan and found that those who had insomnia faced about a twofold higher risk of heart attack or stroke than those who didn't have insomnia. The findings were to be reported at the American Heart Association meeting. HealthDay News (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Clinical News 
  • 3rd MMR dose might help control spread of mumps
    The mumps rate dropped from nearly 5% to 0.13% weeks after distribution of a third dose of measles, mumps, rubella vaccine to sixth- to 12th-graders in an Orange County village in New York during a 2009-2010 outbreak, a study found. The findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, suggested but did not prove a third dose can be effective in fighting an outbreak, researchers said. Reuters (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ADHD drugs don't put children at greater risk for heart problems
    Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder who were treated with stimulant drugs did not have a greater short-term risk of experiencing a severe cardiac episode than their peers, a review found. The findings, based on data from 1.2 million Medicaid-enrolled youths, were published in the British Medical Journal. HealthDay News (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Comorbid hypertension, type 2 diabetes raises CVD risk
    Patients with comorbid hypertension and type 2 diabetes were more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those who only had hypertension, according to a Spanish study in Medicica and Clinica. Researchers also found those who had both conditions were at an increased risk of renal failure, atherosclerosis and micro- and macroalbuminuria compared with hypertensive patients without diabetes. FoodConsumer.org (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Practice Management 
  • Hospitals, primary care practices work to reduce readmissions
    An intensive post-discharge follow-up program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston uses nurses working for both the hospital and primary care physicians to ensure patients are taking their medications and making it to office visits. Hospital officials say the program has reduced readmission rates by up to 20% in a small group over one year. The Boston Globe(tiered subscription model) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: HIT use in medication adherence could cut care costs
    The adoption of health IT to boost medication adherence could help reduce global medical care spending by around $500 billion, according to a report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. The rising use of health data sets the stage for recommendations that call for using IT to help educate patients at the point of prescription, reduce errors and prevent antibiotic resistance, said Murray Aitken, the IMS Institute's executive director. Healthcare IT News (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Las Vegas initiative aims to lure primary care physicians
    Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh launched an initiative to fix what he called a broken health care system in Las Vegas, recruiting friend Zubin Damania, M.D., to aid his cause. Damania creates ZDoggMD videos, which he hopes will attract medical residents to practice in Vegas. "If I can get just five of them to switch to primary care and come work with us, that would be a huge thing," Damania said. Las Vegas Review-Journal (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research shows increased physician assistant hiring
    Research from HealthECareers found job openings for physician assistants grew by 22% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same time period in 2011. Another study, conducted by The Medicus Firm, revealed 82.9% of health care executives expect to increase physician assistant recruitment. BeckersHospitalReview.com (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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