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|August 20, 2012|
CDC study examines incidence of carbon monoxide poisoning
Accidental carbon monoxide poisonings cause almost 450 deaths, more than 2,000 hospitalizations and 20,000 emergency department visits annually in the U.S., according to a CDC study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Most of the victims of nonlethal CO poisoning were women or children, while the majority of those who died were men. HealthDay News (8/16)
Prenatal smoke exposure may raise risk of childhood asthma
Women who smoked during the first trimester of pregnancy were more likely to have children with asthma and wheezing problems compared with women who didn't smoke, a Swedish study found. However, researchers noted that maternal smoking in the third trimester or the initial year of life did not raise the likelihood of developing these conditions. The findings appear in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. HealthDay News (8/17)
GSK's mepolizumab is effective against severe asthma in study
A Phase IIb trial found that GlaxoSmithKline's injectable humanized monoclonal antibody mepolizumab reduced by almost half the number of attacks in patients with hard-to-treat asthma. The drug might "reduce the need for conventional treatment with oral corticosteroids that can have serious side effects including osteoporosis, high blood pressure and impaired growth in children," lead researcher Ian Pavord said. GSK plans Phase III development by year-end. Reuters (8/16)
Research examines outcomes in cleft lip/palate patients
U.S. researchers assessed the behavior, neuropsychology and academic performance of people with cleft lip and palate and found varied outcomes depending on development level, gender and cleft type. The findings appear in The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (8/17)
Most doctors show interest in accessing EHRs via mobile devices
Data from the EHR Solutions and Mobile Technologies Study revealed that 72% of health care workers surveyed use mobile devices for professional purposes. Just 6% use such technology to access EHRs or for e-prescriptions, but 91% of respondents expressed interest in accessing EHRs through their mobile devices. BeckersOrthopedicAndSpine.com (8/17)
Survey shows disconnect between mothers, NICU caregivers
A Johns Hopkins Children's Center survey of 100 mothers with babies in a NICU found 92% felt discussions with physicians, nurses and other caregivers were productive, yet many did not agree with a doctor's opinion concerning the severity of their child's condition. The study in the Journal of Perinatology found 63% of these mothers said their child was not as sick as the physician had stated and in some instances mothers of children with life-threatening conditions described their infants not being ill, being only somewhat ill or even "pretty healthy." HealthDay News (8/16)
Doctors to have governing roles in hospital ACOs, report says
Many hospitals that plan to participate in accountable care organizations said they would have physicians in key governance roles, a Commonwealth Fund report said. A survey showed that 51% of hospitals participating in or planning ACOs said they would participate in a physician-hospital joint venture and 20% said the ACO would be physician-led. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (8/17)
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CMS expands care transition initiative with 17 more sites
The CMS has selected 17 additional sites to join the agency's Community-based Care Transitions Program. The five-year initiative, launched under the Affordable Care Act, assesses models for boosting the transition of care from hospitals to other facilities and settings, as well as cutting readmissions for high-risk Medicare beneficiaries. Healthcare Informatics online (8/17)
HHS allots $49M for efforts against infectious diseases
The HHS has allotted nearly $49 million in support of state health departments combating infectious diseases, including health care-associated infections and emerging infectious diseases. Part of the funding will go toward improving information technology systems and upgrading equipment, according to the department. All states were awarded funds for efforts to fight HAIs, while 16 states received funding specifically for prevention efforts across facilities. Modern Healthcare (free registration) (8/16)
Medical home for children exposed to violence webinar series
Research shows that more than 60% of children are exposed to violence, and the impact on health can last long into adulthood. The AAP will host a webinar on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. CT, titled, The Right Intervention: What Works for Children Exposed to Violence. The webinar will provide an overview of the latest evidence-based treatment options available to help children who have been exposed to violence find healing and hope. Register here.
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