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December 27, 2012
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  • Child maltreatment cases in U.S. decline in 2011
    The number of child neglect and abuse victims across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico totaled 676,569 in 2011 with 42 states reporting fewer cases than in 2010, according to the Child Maltreatment 2011 report. Children aged 1 and younger had the highest victimization rates. The most common form of maltreatment was neglect, followed by physical abuse and sexual abuse, researchers said. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Patient adherence may prevent vascular procedure complications
    Stopping smoking and taking aspirin and statins may lower complication risks in people with blocked leg arteries who underwent a peripheral artery procedure, according to a study of more than 1,300 patients. The rate of complications six months after the vascular procedure was 7% for those who took statins and aspirin, compared with almost 16% for those who didn't. The findings appeared online in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions. HealthDay News (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More people may have fibromyalgia, study suggests
    Fibromyalgia may be more common than health officials currently believe and it often goes undiagnosed, especially in men, Mayo Clinic researchers reported in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. The study looked at the population of Olmsted County, Minn., and found the prevalence of fibromyalgia was 6.4% but that only 1.1% of cases were diagnosed. Medscape (free registration) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher in-hospital mortality rate seen in hypoglycemia patients
    Both insulin-induced and spontaneous hypoglycemia were associated with higher risk of in-hospital mortality in a retrospective study published in Diabetes Care. Hospitalized patients who experienced at least one episode of hypoglycemia were significantly more likely to die than those who did not experience hypoglycemia, though the mortality rate was lower in patients on insulin therapy. Medscape (free registration) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Practice Management 
  • Unsafe injection practices sicken 150,000, data show
    CDC data show more than 150,000 patients have been victims of unsafe injection practices since 2001, with two-thirds of cases coming in the past four years, USA TODAY reported. Data showed that at least 80% of injection-related disease outbreaks were linked to physician offices and outpatient clinics. USA Today (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Nations act against threat of drug-resistant TB
    India, the U.S. and South Africa are taking steps to address the threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis. The FDA is set to rule this week on a new treatment for drug-resistant TB, while the CDC has a faster test to diagnose drug-resistant strains. The U.S. also is acting to alleviate shortages of TB treatments. The Wall Street Journal (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Primary care institutes seen as answer to doc shortage
    U.S. hospitals in 2012 looked toward primary care institutes as one way to reduce the shortage of physicians. The Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation opened in November and the California Advanced Primary Care Institute is scheduled to open in 2013. Hospitals also created affiliations with medical schools and increased residency slots and programs, including a new family medicine residency program at the University of Montana in Missoula. BeckersHospitalReview.com (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Retiring AAFP VP touts rewards of humanitarian service
    "See opportunity, make opportunity and take opportunity to be of service to others," urges retiring AAFP vice president Dan Ostergaard, M.D. "Whether that means a mission trip to Haiti, responding to a need for disaster relief or volunteering in an underserved area of your community is up to you." Ostergaard's own lifelong contributions to aiding the underserved and his work promoting the value and development of family medicine around the globe form the basis for his challenge to fellow FPs to move beyond their personal comfort zones. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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