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December 27, 2012
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  • Analysis examines transfusion outcomes after myocardial infarction
    A meta-analysis of 10 studies linked blood transfusions in patients with acute myocardial infarction and anemia with an increased risk of death and subsequent MI. But limitations in the study mean health care providers "should not use the results of this review to justify or limit the use of red blood cells," according to an accompanying editorial in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers said more studies of the risks and benefits were needed. TheHeart.org (Montreal) (free registration) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • 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
  • Early signs of heart problems seen in military autopsies
    An analysis of autopsy reports from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars found that nearly 9% of the service members who died had plaque buildup in their coronary arteries. Obesity, high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure were linked to greater odds of plaque buildup among service members, according to the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Reuters (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Oxygen therapy may boost survival of very premature babies
    Extremely premature babies treated with continuous positive airway pressure with higher oxygen-saturation targets fared better than the lower-oxygen-saturation group, a study found. However, researchers found no difference in deaths or neurodevelopmental disorders between the CPAP group and a surfactant group. The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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
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  • Health care apps may make major clinical strides in 2013
    Consumers, who have been reluctant to download mobile health applications other than those focused on fitness and weight, might reach for more clinical apps in 2013 as the range of monitoring and disease management software broadens. Regulatory changes are also expected to encourage the growth in clinical software, according to industry analysts. GigaOm (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lack of training means lack of spiritual care at end of life
    Attending to the spiritual care of patients is important, but a lack of training is an obstacle to providing it, according to a survey of nurses and doctors at Boston hospitals. The findings appear in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. "We can't practice what we don't know. Physicians and nurses have never been taught to access and respond to spiritual need," said nursing professor Betty Ferrell, who leads End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium workshops and who was not involved in the survey. Reuters (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • More health overhaul changes start on Jan. 1
    Individuals earning more than $200,000 in wages and married couples earning more than $250,000 will pay an additional payroll tax of 0.9% for Medicare starting Jan. 1, as more provisions of the Affordable Care Act kick in. Other changes that take effect with the new year include a decrease in the Medicare Part D drug coverage gap, a 2.3% medical device tax and a $2,500 limit on flexible spending accounts. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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