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December 12, 2012
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  • U.S. life expectancy improves, but with more chronic illnesses
    Data from the United Health Foundation's 2012 America's Health Rankings showed that Americans' life expectancy increased by about 1.7 years between 2000 and 2009, while the number of premature deaths and deaths from cardiovascular disease and cancer declined since 1990. However, researchers found that the country has an adult obesity rate of 28%, a diabetes rate of almost 10% and a hypertension rate higher than 30%. Reuters (12/11), USA Today (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CPR without mouth-to-mouth may save more lives, study suggests
    Japanese researchers examined the records of more than 1,300 cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and found that people who received chest compression alone, followed by use of automatic defibrillator, were more likely to survive with good brain function than those who got traditional cardiopulmonary resuscitation with mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing. The findings appeared in the journal Circulation. HealthDay News (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Drinking coffee may prevent oral cancer
    Consumption of more than four cups of coffee daily was associated with a 49% decline in the risk of dying from oral or pharyngeal cancer, according to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers said that drinking at least two cups of decaffeinated coffee had an effect as well, though it was smaller. The findings were based on data from the Cancer Prevention Study II, which followed 968,432 people. MedicalDaily.com (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study backs iron supplements for low birth weight babies
    Low birth weight babies given iron supplements were less likely to develop behavioral problems than those in the placebo group, Swedish researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. They found no significant differences in IQ scores between the babies receiving iron and the placebo group. Researchers tracked 285 children past age 3. Reuters (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Men with UTI may not benefit from longer antibiotic treatment
    Antibiotic treatment for a longer duration did not cut the recurrence of urinary tract infection in men, and was associated with higher risk of Clostridium difficile infection compared with treatment of a shorter duration, a study revealed. Another study found preoperative bacteriuria therapy did not demonstrate clinical benefits. The findings were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Deferasirox reduces iron levels in children with thalassemia
    The anti-iron overload drug deferasirox appeared safe for pediatric patients with thalassemia who were treated for up to three years, according to an Egyptian study. Treatment also was linked to reductions in serum iron levels, researchers said. "We know that deferasirox works well in adults. Now we see that it works just as well in children," said researcher Dr. Amal El-Beshlawy of Cairo University. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Initiatives aim to reduce bleeding and other birth complications
    The CDC is funding initiatives across the U.S. to help build guidelines and protocols that improve safety during childbirth and prevent complications including severe bleeding and blood clots. The programs include drills that involve blood loss simulations and massive transfusion protocols to train doctors and nurses in quickly responding to maternal complications. Childbirth emergencies increased by 75% in the 10 years ending in 2009, according to a new report from the CDC. The Wall Street Journal (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nurse-midwife to open birth center near St. Louis
    Certified nurse-midwife Jessica Henman plans to open a birth center in O'Fallon, Mo., that would be the first such facility in the St. Louis area. Missouri regulates birth centers as ambulatory surgical centers, so Henman, along with another nurse-midwife who runs an unlicensed facility in Independence, are advocating regulations similar to those proposed by the American Association of Birth Centers and other groups. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CMS will not cover partial Medicaid expansion
    The CMS will not provide full funding for states that expand Medicaid coverage limits to less than 133% of the federal poverty level under the Affordable Care Act. States that expand eligibility to less than 133% of the poverty level will receive federal matching funds at current levels. The law does not authorize full funding for partial or phased expansion, acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/10), The Washington Post (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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