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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) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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) , (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll looks at overweight, obesity rates for Americans
    About 26% of Americans are obese and more than 36% are considered overweight as measured by BMI, a Gallup poll indicates, despite recent evidence that people are exercising more and increasingly cite obesity as a serious health concern. The findings are based on a survey that asked 350,000 people for their heights and weights. Income, age and ethnicity played a role in obesity rates, researchers said. WJZ-TV (Baltimore)/The Associated Press (1/24) , (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Adult patients drive increase in ADHD drug-related ED visits
    A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report found that the number of emergency department visits related to the use of stimulant drugs for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder more than doubled between 2005 and 2010, from 13,379 to 31,244. Rates of ED visits among patients younger than 18 were relatively stable, while visits increased for patients ages 18 and older. (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Practice Management 
  • ACOG issues guidelines on 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
  • Md. "health enterprise zones" to increase primary care access
    Maryland has created five health enterprise zones in the state where initiatives will focus on reducing disparities in health care and linking more people to primary care physicians. Community groups and physicians will receive tax breaks for bringing medical care and information to underserved neighborhoods. The Baltimore Sun (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • FDA considers reclassification of hydrocodone-containing drugs
    An FDA panel was set this week to consider reclassifying hydrocodone-containing products from Schedule III to Schedule II drugs. "Regardless of what happens, we need more education about how to safely prescribe these drugs and identify people who are safe candidates and prescribe less," said Dr. Lynn Webster, president-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. HealthDay News (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Young physicians take health care to the people in St. Louis
    Medical residents at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis visit barber shops and beauty salons on weekends to educate people about healthy lifestyle behaviors and do basic screenings, such as blood pressure. Even though grant money to fund the program ran out, the physicians continue to make the visits on a volunteer basis because similar programs have been successful in St. Louis and other cities. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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