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December 4, 2012
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  • Throat cancer linked to HPV infection
    Chinese researchers examined 55 studies and found that 28% of laryngeal cancer patients had cancerous tissues positive for human papillomavirus infection. An analysis of 12 studies showed that cancerous throat tissues were 5.4 times more likely to test positive for HPV infection compared with noncancerous tissues. The findings appeared in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Reuters (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CDC warns of early, severe flu season
    CDC officials announced Monday that the 2012-13 flu season has started nearly a month earlier than expected, with influenza A(H3N2) being this year's dominant strain, and they said this could be a bad year for flu. However, the influenza vaccine this year is a 90% match for the samples examined by the agency, officials said. "My advice is: Get the vaccine now," said infectious diseases specialist Dr. James Steinberg of Emory University. The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (tiered subscription model) (12/4), Family Practice News (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal NSAID use doesn't raise hypertension risk in babies
    Taking ibuprofen during the third trimester or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs at any time during pregnancy was not linked to an elevated risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, a study found. "This large multicenter epidemiologic study of PPHN risk revealed no evidence to support the hypothesis that maternal consumption during pregnancy of NSAIDs overall or ibuprofen in particular is associated with PPHN risk," researchers concluded in the journal Pediatrics. News (12/3)
  • Steroid shots may cause bone loss in older women
    Researchers tracked 28 older women who received steroid injections for their back pain and found that they lost six times more bone mass in the hip over six months than women who didn't get the shots. The findings suggest that doctors should be careful in prescribing steroid injections to older women, particularly those who are prone to osteoporosis, researchers said. The study was published in the journal Spine. HealthDay News (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Adequate vitamin D may protect women from mental decline
    Two studies in the Journal of Gerontology showed a significant link between vitamin D intake and women's cognitive health. Women with low vitamin D levels were more at risk for cognitive decline compared with those who had enough vitamin D, according to one study. Meanwhile, French researchers found that women with Alzheimer's disease were more likely to have had low vitamin D intake than women who didn't develop the disease. (12/3)
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  • New York hospitals reduce infection rates, data show
    New York state data showed rates of hospital-acquired infections are declining, except for cases of C. difficile, which often is found in ICUs. Central line-associated infection rates improved by 41% statewide, but the state's overall infection rates still are higher than the national average, data showed. Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Maryland nurse is recognized for her hospice fundraiser
    Registered nurse Lucinda Puterbaugh of Maryland's Carroll Hospital Center was named Associate of the Year for her work at Carroll Home Care and Carroll Hospice. She used her hobby of creating beaded accessories to raise funds for the hospital's hospice services. "She came up with an excellent way of allowing the patient and herself to give back to Carroll Hospice," the hospice center's Diane Link said. (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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