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March 8, 2013
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  • Report: GME program shows value of community-based training
    A report in Academic Medicine says the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program to train more primary care residents at community-based ambulatory care centers will affect health care training and workforce policies in the future. Lead author Candice Chen, M.D., of George Washington University, said including the program in the Affordable Care Act also shows the national interest in primary care and community-based training. AAFP News Now (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Nonbenzodiazepines may raise hip fracture risk in elderly
    Researchers looked at the records of more than 15,000 nursing home residents in the U.S. who suffered a hip fracture and found that in the weeks before the fracture, taking nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic drugs was associated with a 66% higher risk of fall and hip fracture, compared with medication use months earlier. The study also found users who'd been on the drugs for less than two months were more than twice as likely to suffer a hip fracture as people not using the drugs. The findings appeared online in JAMA Internal Medicine. Reuters (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pediatric C. difficile cases may be increasing, study says
    Mayo Clinic researchers found Clostridium difficile infection rates in children may be increasing, even among those considered to be low-risk. However, one expert said while earlier research focused on inpatient cases of C. diff, this study found most cases occurred in outpatient settings, so the increase may be due to a change in methodology. The report was published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Medscape (free registration) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flu vaccine strains endorsed by FDA panel for 2013-2014
    The FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee endorsed a slightly different influenza vaccine composition for the 2013-2014 flu season, compared with that of the previous season. The committee recommended substituting two vaccine strains while retaining the A/California/7/2009pdm09-like virus. The committee also released recommendations for quadrivalent vaccines, noting that "global influenza virus surveillance data related to epidemiology and antigenic characteristics, serological responses to 2012-2013 seasonal vaccines, and the availability of candidate strains and reagents" were used as the basis for the recommendations. Medscape (free registration) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Data mining IDs previously unreported drug interaction
    A study that used Internet data mining techniques found a side effect of combining paroxetine and pravastatin before it was detected by the FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System. Analysis of Web queries entered by 6 million Internet users in 2010 found that patients taking both drugs are more at risk of hyperglycemia than those taking just one of the two therapies. The approach offers a valuable tool for public health, researchers said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • EHRs are important training tools for medical students
    Electronic health records will become even more valuable in education as medical students are able to routinely use them, although budget and privacy concerns can limit access. The AAFP supports giving medical students access to EHRs and its National Congress of Student Members passed a resolution asking the Academy to recommend to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education that EHR training be included in educational standards. AAFP News Now (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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