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January 25, 2013
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  • CDC: New norovirus strain spreads in U.S.
    A new norovirus strain, first detected in Australia last March, is spreading across the U.S., causing 141 of the 266 norovirus outbreaks reported from September through December, CDC officials said. They also reported an increase in outbreaks of illness caused by the consumption of raw milk. The findings appear in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. USA Today (1/24), WebMD (1/24)
  • Most foodborne-disease outbreaks linked to salmonella, norovirus
    Most of more than 1,500 reported outbreaks of foodborne diseases between 2009 and 2010 were attributed to salmonella-tainted foods or norovirus, CDC researchers wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Eggs contaminated with salmonella accounted for 2,231 foodborne illnesses during the study period, and other causes were E. coli O157 in beef and Campylobacter in unpasteurized dairy products. HealthDay News (1/24)
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  • ACOG issues guidelines on sexual abuse, reproductive coercion
    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends screening teen girls and women for reproductive coercion. Interventions may help girls and women leave abusive relationships and reduce the prevalence of unplanned pregnancies, according to the group's guidelines, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Medical News Today (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Childhood rotavirus vaccination can protect adults as well
    The incidence of rotavirus infection among adults declined by about 50% following the introduction of routine rotavirus vaccination in children, according to a study in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. The findings, based on stool samples from 3,500 adults, suggest that childhood vaccination "may protect adults from rotavirus by decreasing the amount of rotavirus circulating in the community," study author Evan Anderson said. HealthDay News (1/24), DailyRx.com (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Digital communication may improve doctor-patient relationship
    A Televox report showed 85% of Americans regard digital forms of communication such as e-mail and text messages as being at least as useful as conversations with health professionals in person or over the telephone. Researchers also found 51% of those who had received text messages, voice mails or e-mails from their providers said they felt more valued as a patient. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Experts discuss U.S. mental health system
    Seventy-five percent of mental disorders manifest themselves by age 24, but fewer than 1 in 5 young people were treated for such disorders, a panel of mental health experts said at a Senate hearing on Thursday. In response to the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, President Barack Obama has called for stronger gun control regulation and improved access to mental health services. Although a relatively small number of mentally ill people are violent, receiving no treatment raises their tendencies toward violence, National Institute of Mental Health director Thomas Insel said. Reuters (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Speak up for children: White House petition urges sensible policies to safeguard children
    A pediatrician has started a "We the People" petition on www.whitehouse.gov to urge federal leaders to enact sensible policies that protect children from gun violence. In order to elicit a White House response, the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by Feb. 21. To add your voice to the petition, visit http://wh.gov/yNWY. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AAP endorses legislation to ban assault weapons
    The AAP endorses the Assault Weapons Regulatory Act of 2013, and commends Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) for her leadership on this important issue. “Children deserve to be safe in their homes, schools and communities. For that reason, the AAP has been a long-time supporter of gun-safety policies, and fully supports the Assault Weapons Regulatory Act of 2013,” said AAP president Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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