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February 7, 2013
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  • Biennial mammograms for older women backed by large study
    The risk of having breast cancer detected at a late stage was no higher for older women who received mammograms every two years rather than annually, according to a study of more than 140,000 women ages 66 to 89. Annual mammograms were associated with an increased risk of false positives. The study appeared online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. WebMD/HealthDay News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Research finds more heart attack, stroke deaths in winter
    The number of fatal heart attacks and strokes was significantly higher in winter than in summer, regardless of climate, according to a study published in the journal Circulation. The study assessed mortality in seven different climate regions across the U.S., including Southern California and Massachusetts, finding no statistical difference between any of the sites. Experts speculated that a number of factors could play a role including weather, seasonal infections and holidays. The Washington Post (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study examines marijuana use by stroke patients
    Urine samples collected from 160 stroke patients between ages 18 to 55 showed that 15.6 of them tested positive for cannabis use, almost double the rate for other hospital patients. The findings, scheduled to be presented at the American Stroke Association conference, revealed a link between cannabis use and stroke, but do not establish a causal relationship. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pertactin-negative Bordetella pertussis emerges in U.S
    U.S. researchers analyzed 12 Bordetella pertussis isolates collected from children hospitalized in Philadelphia and found that 11 of them tested negative for pertactin. Another study showed that children who received diphtheria-tetanus-whole-cell pertussis priming had lower incidence of pertussis than other children. Both studies were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. News (2/6)
  • Study supports link between blood type and clot risk
    People with the AB blood type face a 4% greater risk than people with blood type O of developing blood clots in the veins, according to a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. People with Factor V Leiden and a clot-promoting prothrombin genetic mutation had clotting risks that were seven and 11 times greater, respectively, than for people without. Researchers said ABO blood typing should be part of all risk-screening protocols. blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes patients might benefit most from Mediterranean diet
    The Mediterranean diet was associated with a mean weight loss of 4 pounds at six months in adults with type 2 diabetes, while other diet plans studied did not yield similar results, according to an analysis of 20 studies comparing seven popular diets in diabetes patients. Researchers also noted a 4% to 10% increase in good cholesterol and a reduction of as much as 9% in triglycerides in patients who were on the Mediterranean, low-carb or low-glycemic diet. The results appear in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CMS to gather data from long-term-care patients
    A new records system will be created by the CMS to gather care quality measure data for long-term-care patients. "The quality measure data is required to be valid, meaningful, and feasible to collect, and to address symptom management, patient preferences and avoidable adverse events," according to the agency. Healthcare IT News (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nerve-stimulating device may benefit some migraine sufferers
    People with migraines who used an electric nerve stimulator daily for three months experienced a decline in the number of average monthly headaches from seven to five, a study in the journal Neurology found. The device may benefit some migraine patients, but it remains uncertain if it is effective among those with very severe or very frequent migraines, lead researcher Dr. Jean Schoenen said. Reuters (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • HHS secretary calls for acceptance of new payment models
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called for wider acceptance of new payment models among health care providers, adding that the models can help curb the fast rise of health care costs and spending. Sebelius also praised changes in Medicare and Medicaid coverage, saying, "History shows that innovations in how we pay for care often can begin with Medicare and then spread to the private insurance industry." MedPage Today (free registration) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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