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January 2020 Briefing - Emergency Medicine

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Emergency Medicine for January 2020. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Electrical Cardioversion Effective for Acute A-Fib in Emergency Setting

FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For patients in the emergency department with acute atrial fibrillation, pharmacological cardioversion followed by electrical cardioversion (drug-shock) and electrical cardioversion alone (shock-only) strategies are highly effective for restoring sinus rhythm, with similar outcomes for different pad positions, according to a study published in the Feb. 1 issue of The Lancet.

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Opioid Prescribing Rates Down at State Level From 2010 to 2016

FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data from individual states show a decline in opioid prescribing rates in 11 participating states from 2010 to 2016, according to research published in the Jan. 31 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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In Early Stages, Novel 2019 Coronavirus Doubling Every 7.4 Days

FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In the early stages, the novel 2019 coronavirus (2019-nCoV)-infected pneumonia (NCIP) epidemic doubled in size every 7.4 days, according to a study published online Jan. 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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U.S. Reports First Person-to-Person Transmission of Coronavirus

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The first case of person-to-person transmission of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States was reported by federal health officials on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to six.

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ED Visits Tied to Suicidal Ideation, Self-Directed Violence on Rise

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- From January 2017 to December 2018, there was an increase in the number of emergency department visits related to suicidal ideation, self-directed violence, or both in persons aged ≥10 years, according to research published in the Jan. 31 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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2017 to 2018 Saw Increase in Life Expectancy in the United States

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- From 2017 to 2018, there was an increase in life expectancy in the United States and a decrease in age-adjusted death rates, according to a January data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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U.S. Spends More on Health Care, but Has Worse Life Expectancy

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The United States spends substantially more than any other wealthy nation on health care, yet it has a lower life expectancy and a higher suicide rate than other wealthy nations, according to a January data brief released by the Commonwealth Fund.

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Just a Few Providers Account for Large Number of Opioid Scripts

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A small proportion of providers account for almost half of all opioid doses and about one-quarter of opioid prescriptions, according to a study published online Jan. 29 in The BMJ.

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Conservative Tx for Spontaneous Pneumothorax Seems Noninferior

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Conservative management with initial observation may be noninferior to immediate interventional management for carefully selected patients with primary spontaneous pneumothorax, according to a study published in the Jan. 30 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Many Patients Receive Guideline-Nonconcordant Care for Low Back Pain

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients who develop new low back pain (LBP) receive advanced imaging and opioids without having been prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or physical therapy (PT), according to a study published in the February issue of Medical Care.

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New Coronavirus Infections in China Top 2003 SARS Total

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As the case count in China's 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak eclipsed those reported in the 2003 SARS outbreak on Wednesday, the United States evacuated 200 Americans from the center of the epidemic.

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Dangerous Additives Found in Illegal Pot Vaping Products in Los Angeles

TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Potentially deadly additives were found in marijuana vape cartridges seized in December raids of illegal shops in Los Angeles, officials reported Monday.

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Coronavirus Deaths Top 100 in China

TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As the death toll in China's coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak surpassed 100 on Tuesday, the United States expanded its travel alert and prepared to evacuate American government workers who are in the center of the epidemic.

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Gender Gap Persists in Starting Salary for Physicians

TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The gender gap in starting salary for physicians persists, although it is unclear which factors account for this gap, according to a report published online Jan. 22 in Health Affairs.

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Clinical Features ID'd for First 2019 Novel Coronavirus Patients

TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As of Jan. 2, 2020, 41 patients were admitted with laboratory-confirmed 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), all of whom had pneumonia, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in The Lancet.

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Naloxone Prescribing Increasing but Still Very Low

TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Naloxone prescribing has increased but is still very low among patients at risk for opioid overdose, according to a study recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Wealthy Pay Most to Finance U.S. Health Care

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Health care payments in the United States are more regressive than previously thought, according to a study published online Jan. 27 in Health Services Research.

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Prehospital Epinephrine Aids Out-of-Hospital Pediatric Cardiac Arrests

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Prehospital administration of epinephrine may aid pediatric patients following out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs), according to a study published in the Jan. 21 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Coronavirus Cases Top 2,700 in China, Five in the United States

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Chinese officials extended the New Lunar Year holiday on Sunday, as the number of cases of a new coronavirus climbed past 2,700 and the death toll reached 81. The Lunar New Year is China's busiest travel season and officials there said the end of the holiday was pushed back to "reduce mass gatherings" and "block the spread of the epidemic," the Associated Press reported.

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Potential Links ID'd for Marijuana Use, Cardiovascular Risks

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In a review published in the Jan. 28 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, potential associations are presented for marijuana use and cardiovascular risks.

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LV Hypertrophy May Explain Racial Disparities in Heart Failure

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A "malignant" subphenotype of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) with minimal elevations in cardiac biomarkers is associated with an increased risk for heart failure, with some of the excess risk for heart failure among blacks explained by a higher prevalence of malignant LVH, according to a study published online Jan. 14 in Circulation.

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Tdap or Td Vaccine May Be Used for Decennial Td Booster Doses

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Either tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine or tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine may be used for Td booster doses every 10 years or when indicated for tetanus prophylaxis in wound management, according to research published in the Jan. 24 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Many U.S. Adults Misinformed About the Flu, Vaccination

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. adults are misinformed about the influenza virus and the importance of flu vaccination, according to the results of a survey released by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

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New Hospital Being Built in China for Coronavirus Outbreak

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A new 1,000-bed hospital just for patients infected with the coronavirus that has caused 830 confirmed illnesses and 26 deaths in China is expected to be completed in the city of Wuhan by Feb. 3, officials said Friday.

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Chicago Woman Is Second U.S. Case of Wuhan Coronavirus

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A Chicago woman in her 60s has been identified as the second U.S. patient to be diagnosed with a new Chinese coronavirus, health officials announced Friday.

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Postdischarge Mortality Up for Patients With Heart Failure

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with heart failure, but not those with acute myocardial infarction or pneumonia, have demonstrated an increase in postdischarge 30-day mortality, according to a study published online Jan. 15 in The BMJ.

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Major Insurers Offer $55 Million to Lower Generic Drug Costs

THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A nonprofit that develops and sells cheaper drugs will receive a $55 million investment from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and associated organizations to create cheaper versions of expensive generic drugs.

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China Bans Travel in Wuhan, Four Nearby Cities

THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The city of Wuhan was closed off Thursday by Chinese officials in an attempt to stem the spread of a coronavirus that has sickened more than 570 people and killed at least 17.

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Fewer Than Half of Clinical Trials Comply With Reporting Laws

THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 is low, with only 40.9 percent of trials reporting results within one year, according to a study published online Jan. 17 in The Lancet.

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Fast-Track Review of ACA Lawsuit Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A fast-track review of a lawsuit that threatens the Affordable Care Act was rejected Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Production of Two Excedrin Painkillers Halted

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Production and distribution of Excedrin Extra Strength and Excedrin Migraine products have been temporarily stopped, maker GlaxoSmithKline said Tuesday.

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Long-Term Outcomes Worse for Firearm Versus Car Crash Survivors

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Survivors of firearm-related injury have worse long-term outcomes compared with survivors of motor vehicle crashes (MVCs), according to a study published online Jan. 16 in the Annals of Surgery.

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Prolonged ECG Monitoring for Syncope in ED Feasible, Safe

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Prolonged electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring of patients presenting to the emergency department with syncope is a safe alternative to hospitalization, according to a study published in the January issue of Academic Emergency Medicine.

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First U.S. Patient With Coronavirus ID'd in Washington State

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The first U.S. case of a new coronavirus illness that originated in central China has been identified in a patient in Washington State, federal health officials announced on Tuesday.

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ACP: Medicare for All Needed to Fix 'Ill' U.S. Health Care System

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The American College of Physicians (ACP) says the U.S. health care system "is ill and needs a bold new prescription" that includes coverage for all Americans and lower costs.

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Troponin Testing May Be Overused in Geriatric Patients

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Routine troponin testing for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) may not be warranted in elderly patients with nonspecific complaints (NSCs) presenting to the emergency department, according to a study published in the January issue of Academic Emergency Medicine.

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Human-to-Human Transmission of Chinese Coronavirus Confirmed

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The leader of a Chinese government team of experts announced Monday that human-to-human transmission of a new coronavirus has been confirmed, the Associated Press reported.

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Stomach Virus Strikes 170 Yosemite Visitors, Staff

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- About 170 visitors and employees at Yosemite National Park have been hit by gastrointestinal illness, park officials say.

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2011 to 2017 Saw Increase in Binge Drinks Per Binge Drinker

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- From 2011 to 2017, there was an increase in the total annual number of binge drinks per adult who reported binge drinking, according to research published in the Jan. 17 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Level of Antibiotic Prescribing High for Children in Tennessee

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The outpatient antibiotic prescribing rate for children was 1,165 per 1,000 in Tennessee in 2016, according to a study published online Jan. 15 in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

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Acute Flaccid Myelitis Features Differ in Peak, Nonpeak Years

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Clinical and laboratory characteristics of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) cases differ in peak and nonpeak years, according to a study published online Jan. 15 in Emerging Infectious Diseases, a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Quickly Reducing High Potassium Levels Improves Outcomes

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Rapid correction of elevated serum potassium levels (K+) is associated with reduced mortality in emergency department patients, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

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Single-Payer System Would Likely Save Money

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There is near consensus across 30 years of economic analysis of single-payer plans that a single-payer system would reduce health expenditures in the United States, according to a review published online Jan. 15 in PLOS Medicine.

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History of Falls Predicts Future Fractures in Postmenopausal Women

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A history of falls, especially injurious falls, predicts subsequent fractures in postmenopausal women, according to a study recently published in Osteoporosis International.

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ACA Tied to Narrowing of Disparities in Access to Care

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The Affordable Care Act has reduced disparities in access to health care among black, Hispanic, and white adults, according to a January data brief released by the Commonwealth Fund.

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Ageism Predicts Significantly Worse Health Outcomes

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Ageism predicts significantly worse health outcomes, according to a review published online Jan. 15 in PLOS ONE.

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CDC: Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Over

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- It is safe again to buy and eat romaine lettuce grown on farms around Salinas, California, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

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Risk for Suicide Increased in Children, Teens Who Self-Harm

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Children and adolescents who self-harm have an increased risk for suicide, according to a study published online Jan. 8 in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

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Injury Deaths Predicted to Increase With Anomalously Warm Temperatures

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Anomalously warm temperatures may be associated with an increase in injury deaths, according to a research letter published online Jan. 13 in Nature Medicine.

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Evolution of Approval, Regulation Processes for Drugs Explored

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. approval and regulation processes for pharmaceutical agents have evolved during the last four decades, according to a study published in the Jan. 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Experts Call for Pediatric Consideration in EMS Planning

TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Ill and injured children and their families have unique needs that should be considered in emergency medical services (EMS) protocols and operations, according to a new joint policy statement published in the January issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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Doctor Replacement Ratios Higher in Largest, Hospital-Owned Practices

TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- From 2009 to 2016, more physicians entering the Medicare program worked at large group or hospital-owned practices than small group or independent practices, according to a research letter published online Jan. 14 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Physicians Spend >16 Minutes Per Encounter on EHR Use

MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians spend a considerable amount of time using electronic health records (EHRs) to support care delivery, with wide variation seen in the distribution of time within specialty, according to a study published online Jan. 14 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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NFL Joins Blood Drive by Giving Away Two Super Bowl Tickets

MONDAY, Jan 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The American Red Cross has an urgent need for all blood types, but especially for type O.

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Mandatory Vaccination Ups Prevalence of Vaccine Coverage

MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Mandatory vaccination is associated with increased vaccination coverage for measles and pertussis as well as reduced measles incidence in Europe, according to a study published online Jan. 13 in Pediatrics.

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Burnout in Med Students Tied to Perceived Stress, Phone Behavior

MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Higher levels of perceived stress, poorer sleep quality, and smartphone addiction contribute to burnout in osteopathic medical students, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

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Total Opioid Overdose Deaths Down With Medicaid Expansion

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Medicaid expansion is associated with a reduction in total opioid overdose deaths and with increases in methadone-related mortality, according to a study published online Jan. 10 in JAMA Network Open.

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California May Start Producing Its Own Medicines

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A proposal for California to contract generic drug companies to make medications would make the state the first in the country to produce its own medications.

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15-Year-Old Texas Teen Youngest in U.S. to Die From Vaping

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A 15-year-old Texas teen who died from vaping is the youngest victim so far in an outbreak of vaping-related deaths in the United States.

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Neighborhood Disadvantage Impacts Hospital Quality Ratings

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitals caring for neighborhoods with high levels of disadvantage may have lower hospital ratings due to social risk factors (SRFs) in the community, according to a study published online Dec. 30 in Medical Care.

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Recruitment Satisfactory for Foreign-Educated Health Providers

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Foreign-educated health professionals (FEHPs) in the United States are overall satisfied with their recruitment experience, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Nursing.

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Alcohol-Fueled Deaths Doubled in U.S. Over Past 20 Years

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Death certificate data suggest that alcohol-related mortality increased in the United States between 1999 and 2017, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

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CDC Warns of Tough Flu Season Ahead

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Flu cases and flu-related hospitalizations have risen sharply since October, with at least 6.4 million reported cases and 55,000 hospitalizations, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 2,900 Americans have died from the flu, the CDC reported late last week.

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Clinical Guidelines Developed for Managing Nosebleeds

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In a clinical practice guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, published online Jan. 7 in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, recommendations are presented for the management of nosebleeds.

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Antipsychotic Initiation Ups Risk for Head Injury, TBI in Alzheimer Disease

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Individuals with Alzheimer disease (AD) initiating antipsychotics have an increased risk for head injuries and traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to a study published online Jan. 7 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Large Gap Found in Health Administrative Spending for U.S., Canada

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There is a large and widening gap in health administrative spending between the United States and Canada, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Rate of Electronic Scooter Injuries Increased From 2014 to 2018

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- From 2014 to 2018, there was an increase in the incidence of electronic scooter (e-scooter) injuries and associated hospital admissions, according to a research letter published online Jan. 8 in JAMA Surgery.

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Open Water Regulations Linked to Lower Drowning Death Rates

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Open water regulations are associated with lower open water drowning death rates, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in Injury Prevention.

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Guidance Issued for Management of Fulminant Myocarditis

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In a scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published online Jan. 6 in Circulation, considerations are presented for the recognition and initial management of fulminant myocarditis (FM).

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Recent Years Saw Drop in Opioid Prescribing at ED Discharge

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of emergency department visits with an opioid prescribed increased from 2006-2007 to 2010-2011 then decreased to 2016-2017, according to a study published online Jan. 8 in the National Health Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Pediatric Respiratory Visits Increased During Lilac Fire

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The Santa Ana Wind-driven fire in San Diego County in 2017 correlated with an increase in pediatric respiratory visits across all pediatric age groups, according to a study published online Dec. 20 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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CDC Data May Be Underreporting Scope of Overdose Deaths

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be underreporting overdose deaths caused by opioids and other drugs, according to a report published online Jan. 7 in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

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In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcomes Similar for Dialysis, Nondialysis Patients

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA), survival outcomes are similar for those on maintenance dialysis and nondialysis patients, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Few Youths Receive Addiction Treatment After Opioid Overdose

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Less than one-third of youths surviving an opioid overdose receive timely addiction treatment, according to a study published online Jan. 6 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Low Cardiac Troponin Levels Cannot Safely Rule Out Ischemia

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Even very low concentrations of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) cannot safely rule out inducible myocardial ischemia in patients with symptomatic coronary artery disease (CAD), according to a study published online Jan. 7 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Early Treatment Tied to Faster Concussion Recovery

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Earlier initiation of clinical care is associated with faster recovery after concussion, according to a study published online Jan. 6 in JAMA Neurology.

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Bystander CPR Less Likely in Hispanic Neighborhoods

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Individuals with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods are less likely to receive bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (B-CPR) and have a lower likelihood of survival, according to a study published in the Jan. 7 issue of Circulation.

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Twelfth-Grade Binge Drinking Linked to Risky Driving Practices

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Twelfth-grade binge drinking predicts early adulthood risky driving practices and high-risk drinking in early adulthood, according to a study published online Jan. 6 in Pediatrics.

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Guidance Developed for Providing Quality STD Care

THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In a report published in the Jan. 3 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, recommendations are presented for providing quality sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinical services.

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Patient Experiences Modestly Worse After Hospital Acquisition

THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Modestly worse patient experiences are seen following hospital acquisition by another hospital, according to a study published in the Jan. 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Abstinence From Alcohol Cuts Arrhythmia Recurrence in A-Fib

THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In regular drinkers with atrial fibrillation, abstinence from alcohol reduces arrhythmia recurrences, according to a study published in the Jan. 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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