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September 28, 2012
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  • Low vitamin D levels tied to higher heart, death risks
    Researchers looked at the blood samples of more than 10,000 people in Denmark, and found that those with low levels of vitamin D were 64% more likely to suffer from heart attack and 57% more likely to die prematurely than those with highest levels. They also had a 40% greater risk of ischemic heart disease and at least an 81% higher risk of heart disease-related death. The study appeared in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. United Press International (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Higher diabetes risk seen with antidepressant use
    Antidepressant use was associated with elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a study in Diabetologia revealed. After adjusting for age, BMI and risk factors such as hypertension, use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors was correlated with a 10% increase in risk, and other antidepressants were linked to a 26% increase. FoodConsumer.org (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study ties higher dementia risk to anxiety drug among older patients
    A French study involving 1,063 people at least 65 years old found that those who used anxiety drug benzodiazepine had a 60% higher risk of developing new-onset dementia after a maximum 20-year follow-up compared with nonusers. "Considering the extent to which benzodiazepines are now prescribed, physicians and regulatory agencies should consider the increasing evidence of the potential adverse effects of this drug class for the general population," researchers said. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Better follow-up testing after hep B vaccination needed in babies
    Data from the Enhanced Perinatal Hepatitis B Case Management Projects showed that only 64% of babies born to mothers infected with hepatitis B received recommended post-vaccination blood testing. Of those, 93% were protected from infection while 1% got infected and 3% were susceptible to infection, CDC researchers wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. HealthDay News (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brachytherapy has palliative benefits in laryngeal cancer, study says
    High-dose and pulsed-dose brachytherapy offer acceptable toxicity levels and good palliative care for laryngeal cancer patients with stomal tumors following total laryngectomy, researchers reported in the journal The Laryngoscope. About 20% of patients in the study were in complete or partial remission following one of the treatments and mean survival was 12 months, compared with the usual six months. News-Medical.Net/medwireNews (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Health officials urge Americans to get vaccinated against flu
    CDC officials on Thursday encouraged all Americans ages 6 months and older to get flu shots in preparation for the upcoming influenza season. An estimated 135 million doses will be available for the coming year and more than 85 million doses have been distributed, according to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. "When it comes to flu, we can't look to the past to predict the future. Don't take the risk … get your vaccination," HHS assistant health secretary Howard Koh said. MyHealthNewsDaily.com (9/27), Reuters (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More providers are getting flu shots, CDC says
    The percentage of hospital employees who received flu shots jumped from 71% during the 2010-11 flu season to about 77% for 2011-12, a CDC survey found. Doctors had the highest vaccination rate followed by nurses and other workers. Vaccination rates were higher at hospitals than provider practices and long-term care facilities. AHA News Now (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pacemaker implantation rises in U.S.
    The number of pacemaker implantations climbed by 56% from an estimated 121,300 in 1993 to 188,700 in 2009, U.S. researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Patients who received pacemakers in 2009 were more likely to be sicker and to have co-existing diseases than previous recipients. Reuters (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Quality improvement initiative fails to reduce HF readmissions
    The Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure Registry did not lead to reductions in unplanned hospital readmissions for heart failure, according to researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. They analyzed three process areas in the quality improvement initiative -- inpatient care and education, discharge and transitional care, and general quality improvement -- and reported that only the discharge and transitional care processes had even a slight link to a lower readmission rate. The study was published in Circulation: Heart Failure. CardiovascularBusiness.com (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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