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November 1, 2012
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  • Ameridose recalls products due to FDA concerns over sterility
    The FDA said Ameridose in Westborough, Mass., voluntarily recalled all unexpired products in circulation due to concerns about a lack of sterility assurance at the facility. The FDA is inspecting the facility, which has shut down, and the agency is working to find alternatives to recalled drugs that are on the critical shortage list. Ameridose shares common management with New England Compounding Center, which is linked to the meningitis outbreak. AAFP News Now (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • CDC: Spread of West Nile outbreak begins to wane
    The CDC reported on Wednesday that the West Nile virus outbreak continues to spread, but the pace seems to be slowing. Researchers reported 166 new cases and four deaths in the last week, down from 199 new cases and 36 deaths the previous week. Reuters (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study examines race and breast cancer mortality
    Black women with breast cancer had a 48% higher risk of death in the first three years after diagnosis, and a 34% greater risk of death afterward, compared with white patients, according to a study of more than 19,000 female breast cancer patients in the U.S. Researchers said Asian women with breast cancer had a 40% lower risk of death than whites. The study was presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. HealthDay News (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Jewish teaching method may explain mumps outbreak in U.S.
    Chavrusa, a teaching method practiced by Orthodox Jews that calls for prolonged face-to-face contact, could be responsible for the 2009-2010 mumps outbreak in New Jersey, New York City and New York state's Orange and Rockland counties, CDC and state health researchers said. They reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that the method possibly led to high viral exposure, overcoming vaccine-induced protection. Reuters (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Studies show high-touch health care improves diabetes outcomes
    High-touch health care can improve outcomes for patients with diabetes, according to studies presented at the 2012 AAFP Scientific Assembly. A 23-practice primary care network in San Antonio used the patient-centered medical home model along with peer mentors to increase from 81% to 93% the number of patients achieving hemoglobin A1c levels of less than 7%. AAFP News Now (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AHRQ to investigate effect of IT on clinical workflows
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality plans to investigate how health IT can be deployed in clinics to facilitate care coordination without hurting workflow processes. The research will involve six clinics affiliated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center that are in various stages of EHR rollouts and practice redesign efforts. Health Data Management (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Justice Department won't challenge revival of Liberty U.'s ACA suit
    The Obama administration indicated in a Supreme Court filing that it doesn't oppose the revival of a legal challenge against the Affordable Care Act by Liberty University. The lawsuit had been dismissed by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on grounds later overturned in the Supreme Court's health care decision. The Supreme Court will consider whether to let the 4th Circuit consider the merits of Liberty's lawsuit. Reuters (10/31) , The Washington Post/The Associated Press (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Study looks at depression risk for medical students
    Young female medical students with maladaptive personality traits are at higher risk for severe depression after graduation and should be offered early interventions to help them manage stress, University of Oslo researchers told an international conference on physician health. Factors that raise the risk of future depression in medical students were young age, neuroticism, reality weakness and severe depressive symptoms. Medscape (free registration) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside the AAFP 
  • Know where the candidates stand on family medicine issues
    Visit the AAFP 2012 Presidential Campaign resource page to stay informed about the candidates’ responses on family medicine issues. Read the candidates’ views regarding Medicare payment, health care coverage, family medicine workforce and medical liability. Learn more about the AAFP’s policies and advocacy activities, and explore AAFP News Now coverage of the election, get key dates for debates, and find helpful links to candidate information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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