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January 30, 2013
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  • CDC: Vaccination rates for certain diseases "unacceptably low"
    CDC officials reported Tuesday that vaccination rates for certain diseases -- including pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis, shingles and whooping cough -- were "unacceptably low" among U.S. adults. "We are encouraging all adults to talk with their health care providers about which vaccines are appropriate for them," said HHS assistant secretary Dr. Howard Koh. Reuters (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Erectile dysfunction tied to heart disease risk
    Researchers looked at data on more than 95,000 men ages 45 and older and found that those with moderate or severe erectile dysfunction had up to a 50% higher risk of being hospitalized for heart problems. Having a history of heart disease further increased the risk of hospitalization. The study was published in the journal PLoS Medicine. HealthDay News (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cancer gene mutations may raise odds of early menopause
    Women with mutations in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene hit menopause a few years earlier than those without such mutations, according to a study to be published in the journal Cancer. BRCA1/BRCA2 carriers who smoked 20 or more cigarettes daily experienced onset of menopause even sooner, at an average age of 46, researchers said. (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leafy greens are leading source of foodborne illnesses in U.S.
    Of the nearly 50% of foodborne-illnesses linked to farm produce, 22% were caused by leafy green vegetables, according to a CDC study in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Meat, especially poultry, accounted for 43% of all deaths resulting from foodborne diseases, researchers said. HealthDay News (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Children with ADHD face sleeping difficulties, study shows
    Whether or not they slept well the night before, children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder frequently find it more difficult to fall asleep at night and during the day than those without the condition, a study showed. The findings, which appear in the Journal of Sleep Research, suggest the need for children with ADHD to participate in quiet and calming activities before bedtime. (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Practice Management 
  • Study looks at treatment regimen in youths with type 1 diabetes
    About 51.7% of youths with type 1 diabetes transitioned to a more intensive insulin treatment in three years, while 44.7% did not change and 3.6% moved to a less intensive therapy, a study indicated. Shifting to a more intensive treatment was more likely in younger patients, non-Hispanic whites, and participants from families with private insurance and higher income and parental education levels, researchers wrote in Diabetes Care. News (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Senator's bill to target physician shortage in U.S.
    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Tuesday he would introduce a bill to address the shortage of primary care physicians before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act's individual insurance mandate, insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion next year. The bill would include funding to expand community health centers and the National Health Service Corps. The shortage "has been accentuated by the ACA and 30 million more people getting insurance, so we just got to make sure there is a place for them to go," Sanders said. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/29) , The Washington Times (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Pediatric group wants parental leave benefits for interns, residents
    All interns, residents and fellows in pediatric residency training programs should receive parental leave benefits that conform with the Family Medical Leave Act and state laws, according to a policy statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics in its journal Pediatrics. Regardless of gender, residents who are co-parenting, adopting or fostering a child should be entitled to the same amount of paid leave, the group said. News (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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