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March 7, 2013
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  Health Care News 
  • Correlation found between death risk and processed meat
    People who ate 160 grams or more of processed meat daily were 44% more likely to die prematurely than those who consumed 10 to 20 grams, according to a study of almost 450,000 men and women. The risk rose with the amount of processed meat eaten. The study appeared online in the journal BMC Medicine. HealthDay News (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report finds no ideal diagnostic protocol after first febrile UTI
    Researchers assessed five diagnostic algorithms and a protocol where all tests were performed in children after the first febrile urinary tract infection, and found no ideal procedure in terms of specificity/sensitivity, cost and radiation dose. They noted that all five approaches failed to detect a variable proportion of reflux and scars. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. Family Practice News (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Insomnia is linked to heart failure risk in large study
    Researchers looked at data on more than 54,000 people in Norway and found that those with more than one insomnia symptom were three times as likely to develop heart failure as those with no symptoms. When anxiety and depression were accounted for, the risk was even greater. The findings were published online in the European Heart Journal. HealthDay News (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Heart wall scarring may predict higher risk of cardiac death
    U.K. researchers examined 472 individuals with dilated cardiomyopathy using advanced MRI and found that those with scarring or fibrosis in the middle section of the heart muscle wall faced a more than fivefold greater risk of sudden cardiac death than those without such scarring. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association. HealthDay News (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Food allergies may be affected by early antibiotics, study says
    The risk of food allergy was greatest among children who were exposed to more antibiotics during the first year of life, a case-control study showed. Receiving one or two antibiotic courses did not substantially raise children's food allergy risk, researchers reported at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting. Family Practice News (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • C-section deliveries vary widely across U.S. hospitals
    A study in the journal Health Affairs found a wide range in the rates of cesarean deliveries in 593 U.S. hospitals, from 7.1% of births to 69.9%. For lower-risk pregnancies, the rates varied from 2.4% to 36.5%. "Vast differences in practice patterns" are a likely factor in the variation, because hospital type, size and location did not explain the differences, a researcher said. (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • HHS makes plans to publicize new health coverage options
    HHS in July plans to start advertising the availability of health insurance through public marketplaces and the expansion of Medicaid eligibility, though enrollment is not open until October and coverage would not begin until January. HHS plans to work with hospitals and community organizations to spread the word. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Continuing education free to AANP members
    The CE Center currently has 107 active programs for a total of 116 contact hours with 25.9 hours of pharmacology credit. Some of the more recent additions include: Endocrine Disorders Commonly Seen in Practice: Thyroid Disorders, Parathyroid Disorders, Adrenal Diseases and Pituitary Disorders; Multidisciplinary Osteoporosis Management of Post Low-Energy Trauma Hip Fracture Patients; and Medication Adherence: An Evidence Based Approach. Please check the CE Center often for newly added programs. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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