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November 9, 2012
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  • Expert: New Tdap recommendation changes pregnancy care
    A CDC committee provisional recommendation that women get a tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine for each pregnancy will further change the way primary care physicians provide prenatal vaccination care, said AAFP committee liaison Jamie Loehr, M.D. The committee also recommended infants at higher risk for meningococcal disease get four doses of the Haemophilus influenzae type B–Neisseria meningitidis serogroups C and Y–tetanus toxoid vaccine. AAFP News Now (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study compares GLP-1 receptor agonists
    Both liraglutide and exenatide reduced blood glucose levels in a study involving more than 900 patients with type 2 diabetes, researchers report in The Lancet. Patients getting daily injections of liraglutide lost slightly more weight but also had somewhat higher rates of side effects than those getting weekly exenatide injections. The primary difference between the two glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists is the frequency and complexity of the injections, said endocrinologist Dr. Spyros Mezitis. HealthDay News (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Smoking rate remains unchanged from 2010 to 2011
    The number of U.S. adult smokers fell only slightly, from 19.3% in 2010 to 19% in 2011, but heavy smoking has become less prevalent, declining more than 25% since 2005, CDC officials said. They added that state funding for antismoking programs failed to meet the agency's recommendations. The findings appear in the Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report. MedPage Today(free registration) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neurology group recommends steroids for Bell's palsy
    The American Academy of Neurology released new guidelines recommending steroid therapy for patients with new-onset Bell's palsy. Steroids increase the likelihood of facial nerve function recovery, the authors said. The guidelines appeared online in the journal Neurology. MedPage Today(free registration) (11/8) , HealthDay News (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study links values exercise to better patient-physician communication
    Undergoing a values affirmation exercise helped bolster communication between physicians and patients of a different race, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers said helping patients focus on their values and positive qualities may help them feel that physicians will not stereotype them. Experts said fears of stereotyping may prevent patients from asking questions. Reuters (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HIT policy group requests comments on stage 3 MU proposals
    The Health IT Policy Committee is set to issue a request for public comments on its suggestions for the proposed meaningful use standard for stage 3 of the EHR incentive payment initiative. The group also seeks feedback on how to integrate consumer-reported information into clinical quality measures, which have been a component of MU specifications since the launch of the incentive program. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • CBO: Rising health care costs are driving the deficit
    The percentage of gross domestic product spent by the federal government on health care programs will rise to 6.3% by 2020, compared with 4.7% this year and a four-decade average of 2.7%, the Congressional Budget Office reports. Raising the retirement age and premiums for Medicare, enacting tort reform, and eliminating the Affordable Care Act's insurance subsidies and expansion of Medicaid would help contain costs, the CBO said. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The AAFP helps members cut through the clutter of traditional search engine results with the AAFP Buyer's Guide. The Buyer's Guide features helpful products and services so you can find the most cost-effective and convenient business tools. Start your search. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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