March 2019 Briefing - Nursing

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nursing for March 2019. 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.

Patients With Worse RA Symptoms More Likely to Cut Alcohol Intake

FRIDAY, March 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Higher disease activity, disability, comorbidity, and poor quality of life contribute to reductions in alcohol use among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study published online March 20 in Arthritis Care & Research.

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Perception of E-Cigarettes as More Harmful Than Cigarettes Increased

FRIDAY, March 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- From 2012 to 2017, the proportion of U.S. adults who perceived electronic-cigarettes to be as harmful as or more harmful than cigarettes increased, according to a study published online March 29 in JAMA Network Open.

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CDC: 2017 to 2018 Saw Increase in Enterovirus D68 Detection

FRIDAY, March 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Based on active surveillance data of acute respiratory illness (ARI), enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) was detected in 0.8 percent of patients in 2017 and in 13.9 percent in 2018, according to research published in the March 29 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Lifetime HTN Risk High for Black Men and Women, White Men

THURSDAY, March 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Lifetime risks of hypertension under the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2017 threshold exceed 75 percent for white men and African-American men and women, according to a study published online March 27 in JAMA Cardiology.

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Hearing Loss Before Age 50 Tied to Higher Substance Use

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Hearing loss is independently associated with substance use disorders among those aged 49 years and younger, according to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Tx Adherence for Inflammatory Bowel Dz Lower in the Educated

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Nonadherence to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) treatment is more common among wealthier, more educated patients, according to a study published online March 18 in JGH Open.

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User Data From Medicine-Related Apps Routinely Shared

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- User data from medicine-related apps are routinely shared, according to a study published online March 20 in The BMJ.

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Electronic Books Tied to Less Verbalization Among Parents, Toddlers

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Parents and toddlers verbalize less with electronic books than with print books, and collaboration scores are higher with print books, according to a study published online March 25 in Pediatrics.

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Maltreatment in Childhood May Affect Course of Adult Depression

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Early life stress caused by childhood maltreatment can alter brain structure, which may increase the risk for adverse disease courses in patients with major depression, according to a study published in the April issue of The Lancet Psychiatry.

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Adding Transition Services Does Not Aid Heart Failure Outcomes

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Additional transitional care services do not improve outcomes for heart failure patients discharged from the hospital, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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U.S. Measles Cases Hit 314 This Year

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There have been at least 314 reported cases of measles in the United States so far this year, according to new government data.

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Douglas County, Colorado, Ranked as Healthiest Community

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The 2019 healthiest community in America is Douglas County, Colorado, according to a report published online March 26 by U.S. News & World Report, in conjunction with the Aetna Foundation.

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Risk for Miscarriage Increased With Night Work During Pregnancy

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Night work during pregnancy seems to confer an increased risk for miscarriage, with the risk increased for two or more night shifts the previous week, according to a study published online March 25 in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

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Mild Congenital Heart Defects Tied to CVD Events

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Individuals with lower-complexity adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) have a higher burden of adverse cardiovascular events than the general population, independent of conventional cardiovascular risk factors, according to a study published Feb. 28 in Circulation.

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Statins Cut Risk for Major Vascular Events in Older Patients

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Statins reduce the rate of vascular events regardless of patient age, according to a meta-analysis recently published in The Lancet.

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Blindfolding Leader Improves Pediatric Resuscitation Training

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Team leaders who wear a blindfold during pediatric resuscitation simulation-based training show improved leadership skills compared with standard training teams, according to a study recently published in Frontiers in Pediatrics.

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Avocados Recalled by California Company

MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Possible listeria contamination has led to a recall of avocados by Henry Avocado, a grower and distributor based near San Diego.

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Mumps Outbreak at Temple University Reaches 74 Cases

MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A mumps outbreak that began last month at Temple University in Philadelphia has reached 15 confirmed and 59 probable cases.

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Policies Recommended to Reduce Sugary Drink Intake in Youth

MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In a joint policy statement published online March 25 in Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association have endorsed a number of public health measures designed to reduce sugary drink consumption among children and adolescents.

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Guidance Offered for Managing Therapies in Children With Disability

MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In a clinical report published online March 25 in Pediatrics, guidance is provided for managing therapy services for children with disabilities.

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Stricter Gun Laws Tied to Safer High Schools

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The adoption of stricter state gun laws is associated with improvements in school climate, including fewer students carrying weapons, according to a study published online March 21 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

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Low, High Levels of Physical Activity Tied to Reduced Mortality

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Both low and high levels of physical activity (PA) are associated with reduced all-cause mortality, according to a study published online March 19 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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Critical Care Nurses' Work Environments Improving

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Work environments for critical care nurses have improved since 2013, though there are still several areas of concern, according to survey results recently published in Critical Care Nurse.

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Many Patients Still Employ Strategies to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The number of adults reporting the use of strategies, such as requesting a lower-cost medication or not using medication as prescribed, to reduce prescription drug costs remained stable in 2015 to 2017, according to a March data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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DG/health NATURALS Cough Syrup + Mucus for Infants Recalled

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- One lot of DG/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus is being recalled due to possible contamination with potentially harmful bacteria, says maker Kingston Pharma, LLC.

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Antibiotics, PPIs Tied to Higher C. Diff Risk in Hospitalized Children

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Previous antibiotic exposure and use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be risk factors for Clostridioides (formerly Clostridium) difficile infection (CDI) in hospitalized pediatric patients, according to a review published online March 7 in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

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Prevalence of Severe Maternal Morbidity Increased Across Groups

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- From 1997 to 2014, there was an increase in the prevalence of severe maternal morbidity (SMM), with persistent racial/ethnic disparities, according to a study published online Feb. 28 in the Annals of Epidemiology.

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Practices for Reducing COPD Hospital Readmissions Explored

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Communication, implementation of guidelines, and improved identification of risk factors may help reduce chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) hospital readmissions, according to a report published in the February issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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Patients With Diabetes at Increased Risk for Sleep Apnea

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk for developing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), independent of other factors, according to a study published online March 12 in Diabetes Care.

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Healthy Food Rx Could Be Cost-Effective for Medicare, Medicaid

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Economic incentives for healthier foods through Medicare and Medicaid could generate substantial health gains and be highly cost-effective, according to a study published online March 19 in PLOS Medicine.

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Sugary Drinks Tied to Cardiovascular Disease Mortality

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) is associated with increased mortality, mainly cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality, according to a study published online March 18 in Circulation.

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CDC: New HIV Transmission Often From Those Unaware of Infection

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Most new HIV transmissions are from people who do not know they have HIV infection or are aware of infection but are not receiving care, according to research published in the March 18 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Analgesics in Pregnancy Do Not Seem to Cause Offspring Asthma

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Analgesics taken during pregnancy, including opioids, antimigraine drugs, and paracetamol, do not appear to cause asthma, according to a study published online March 17 in the European Respiratory Journal.

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Novel Checklist Can Distinguish Anthrax Exposure From Other Illnesses

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A newly developed checklist can rapidly identify anthrax cases after a suspected mass exposure, according to a study published online March 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Bluetooth Technology Enables Insulin Adherence Monitoring

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Adherence to timing and dosing of insulin injections can be objectively measured using Bluetooth-enabled pen caps, according to a study published online March 12 in Diabetes Care.

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In Utero Ultrafine Particle Exposure Tied to Asthma in Offspring

MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to ultrafine particles (UFPs; <0.1 μm) during the second trimester in utero is linked to the subsequent onset of asthma in children, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Machine-Learning Models Allow Early Detection of Sepsis in NICU

MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Machine-learning models that use electronic health record (EHR) data can identify infants with sepsis in the neonatal intensive care unit hours before clinical recognition, according to a study published online Feb. 22 in PLOS ONE.

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Average of 8.8 Inactive Ingredients Found in Oral Medications

MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Oral forms of medications contain an average of 8.8 inactive ingredients, many of which could cause adverse reactions, according to a perspective piece published in the March 13 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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Extra Weight in Adolescence Tied to Later Risk for Renal Cancer

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight and obesity in adolescence is associated with an increased risk for developing renal cell carcinoma (RCC) later in life, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the International Journal of Cancer.

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Induction for Late-Term Pregnancies at 41 Weeks Tied to Small Benefits

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There may be a small benefit to labor induction in low-risk woman at 41 weeks versus expectant management, though the chances of a good perinatal outcome are high with both strategies, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in The BMJ.

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Opioid Prescriptions Dropped for New Users From 2012 to 2017

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many providers stopped initiating opioid therapy from July 2012 to December 2017, according to a report published in the March 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Mental Health Issues Have Risen in Teens, Young Adults

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a steady rise in mood disorder and suicide-related outcomes among individuals born from the early 1980s to the late 1990s, according to a study published March 14 in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

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ASCO: Guidelines Released for Early Detection, Treatment of CRC

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Expert guidance has been provided on the early detection of colorectal cancer and on treatment and posttreatment follow-up; the two guidelines were recently published online in the Journal of Global Oncology.

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Guidelines Developed for Polymyxin Antibiotic Use

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Recommendations have been developed for use of polymyxins, focusing on polymyxin B and polymyxin E (colistin); the guidelines were recently published in Pharmacotherapy.

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E-Cigarettes May Threaten Goal of Achieving Tobacco Endgame

THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There is considerable concern regarding the potential negative impact that electronic cigarettes and other new products may have on ending all tobacco use and nicotine addiction, according to a presidential advisory issued by the American Heart Association and published online March 13 in Circulation.

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Prenatal High-Dose Vitamin D Not Linked to Asthma at Age 6

THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- High-dose vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy is not associated with a child's risk for asthma at age 6 years, according to a research letter published in the March 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Adding Bempedoic Acid to Statin Therapy Reduces LDL Cholesterol

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Bempedoic acid, an inhibitor of ATP citrate lyase (ACLY), added to maximally tolerated statin therapy, significantly reduces levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and/or heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, according to a study published in the March 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Mumps Causes Quarantine of Over 2,200 Immigrant Detainees

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More than 2,200 people exposed to a mumps outbreak in two U.S. immigrant detention facilities have been quarantined, federal officials say.

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FDA Approves New Generic Valsartan to Ease Shortage

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new generic version of the high blood pressure/heart failure drug valsartan, saying the move might help ease the current medication shortage.

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Head of National Cancer Institute Named Acting FDA Commissioner

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will temporarily be overseen by the head of the National Cancer Institute when FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., leaves the post next month.

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Bronchiolitis Hospitalization in Infancy Predicts More Admissions

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More than one in five infants with a bronchiolitis hospital admission will have a subsequent respiratory-related hospital admission by age 5 years, according to a study published online March 6 in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

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CDC: Most Americans Report Excellent, Good Health

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans report having excellent or good health and have a usual place to go for medical care, according to a report published March 13 for the National Health Interview Survey Early Release Program.

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Resistance Training May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Progression

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Resistance training (RT) may be a viable option for patients with prediabetes seeking to prevent or delay progression to type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to a study published online Feb. 15 in Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews.

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Active Bathing in Non-ICU Setting Does Not Cut Infections

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Daily bathing with chlorhexidine plus nasal mupirocin in carriers for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) does not cut rates of hospital-acquired bacterial infections overall in non-critical care units, but benefit is observed in patients with medical devices, according to a study published online March 5 in The Lancet.

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Homes With High Ventilation Rates Tied to Respiratory Issues

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People living in homes with high average air exchange rates (AAERs) are more likely to report chronic cough, asthma, or asthma-like symptoms, according to a study published in the February issue of Environmental Research.

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CDC: 228 Measles Cases Already in 2019

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The number of measles cases in the United States increased by 22 since last week and now stands at 228, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in an update.

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Waiting Room Tool Aids Patient-Physician Communication

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who use a simple waiting room tool are more prepared and more likely to begin heir primary care visit by communicating their top priorities, according to a study published in the March/April issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Parent Perception of E-Cig Safety Varies With Smoking Habits

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who both smoke cigarettes and electronic cigarettes are less likely to have smoke-free car and vape-free car or home policies compared with cigarette users, according to a study published online March 11 in Pediatrics.

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Common Signs, Symptoms Do Not ID Dehydration in Seniors

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many older care home residents are not being diagnosed with dehydration based on commonly-used signs and symptoms, according to a study published online March 11 in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

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CDC: Flu Season May Have Peaked

MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It looks like the flu season has peaked in the United States, though there has been a recent rise in the number of cases involving a more severe flu strain.

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Moderate Muscle Strength Linked to Lower Risk for T2DM

MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A moderate level of muscular strength is associated with a reduced risk for type 2 diabetes, independent of estimated cardiorespiratory fitness, according to a study published online March 11 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Children With Poorly Controlled Asthma Suffer Academically

MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Urban children with asthma, particularly those who are ethnic minorities, have more school absences than their peers without asthma, according to a study published online March 11 in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology.

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Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Up With Maternal Smoking

MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The risk for sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) is increased with any maternal smoking during pregnancy, according to a study published online March 11 in Pediatrics.

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Mumps Outbreak Reported at Temple University

FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Ten confirmed cases of mumps, six probable cases, and a case under investigation have been reported at Temple University in Philadelphia.

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GDM Linked to Increased Cardiovascular Event Risk Postpartum

FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) have an increased risk fir developing cardiovascular events postpartum, according to a review published online March 7 in Diabetologia.

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Water Pipe Tobacco Smoking Addictive, Harmful to the Heart

FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking a water pipe is addictive and can increase the risk for initiating cigarette smoking, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association published online March 8 in Circulation.

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Home Health Clinicians Frequently Lack Access to Hospital Records

FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Communication between hospitals and home health care (HHC) is suboptimal, according to a study published online Feb. 21 in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

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CDC: GI, Respiratory Illnesses More Likely in Low-Income Children

THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Children from lower-income households are more likely to report recent childhood gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses but are less likely to miss any school days, according to research published in the March 8 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Raspberries May Aid Glucose Control With Prediabetes

THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Eating red raspberries may help with glucose control in people with prediabetes, according to a small study published online Feb. 14 in Obesity.

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Hospital-Onset MRSA Decreased From 2002 to 2015

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Staphylococcus aureus infections are still a concern in the United States, despite a decline seen in hospital-onset methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) infections since 2005, according to two reports published in the March 5 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Behavioral Intervention Ups Physical Activity in T2DM

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A behavioral intervention results in a sustained increase in physical activity and decrease in sedentary time among patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the March 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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No Increased Risk Seen for Pregnancies Conceived Within Year of Stillbirth

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Conception within 12 months of a stillbirth is common and is not associated with an increased risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, according to a study published online Feb. 28 in The Lancet.

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Studies Look at Ways to Reduce Depressive Episodes in Obese

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For overweight adults with depression, daily multinutrient supplements and individual or group therapy sessions do not reduce major depressive disorder (MDD) episodes over one year, but an integrated intervention appears to be beneficial, according to two studies published in the March 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb Resigns

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In what probably came as a surprise to many, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced his resignation on Tuesday. Gottlieb is leaving the FDA because he wants to spend more time with his wife and three young daughters -- twins aged 9 and a 5-year-old -- one official said. He currently commutes each week from the family home in Connecticut to his Washington, D.C., office.

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AAP: Social Media Companies Must Curb Spread of Vaccine Myths

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Google, Facebook, and Pinterest need to take more action against the growing threat to children posed by online misinformation about vaccines, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a letter sent to the social media companies.

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Second Man HIV-Free After Stem Cell Transplant

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In only the second known case worldwide, a man is free of HIV after a stem cell transplant, doctors say.

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Heat Alerts May Come Too Late in Northern States

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital admissions for heat-related health problems increase in northern states long before heat alerts are issued, and these higher admission rates occur at lower temperatures than in the South, where people are more used to heat, the Associated Press reported.

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Problems Identified With Gaps in EHR Functionality in Morning Rounds

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There is a considerable amount of variability in the ways in which electronic health records (EHRs) are used during morning rounds, resulting in extensive use of workarounds and problems with team communication, according to a study published online Feb. 25 in PLOS ONE.

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Program in Peds Rheumatology Clinic Ups Education on Teratogenic Rx

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A series of interventions introduced through a quality improvement project can increase the frequency of both teratogen education and urine pregnancy screening in patients taking teratogenic medications for rheumatic disease, according to a study published online March 5 in Pediatrics.

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MMR Not Linked to Autism in Danish Cohort Study

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccination is not associated with an increased risk for autism, including in children with autism risk factors, according to a study published online March 5 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Breast Cancer Diagnosis Delays Seen With High-Deductible Health Plans

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Both low- and high-income women who are switched to high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) experience delays in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, according to a study published in the March issue of Health Affairs.

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Eli Lilly to Sell Cheaper Version of Insulin Drug

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A cheaper version of Eli Lilly's most popular insulin drug, Humalog, is being introduced by the drug maker.

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Oscillometric Devices Offer More Accurate Way to Measure BP

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Oscillometric devices allow accurate office blood pressure (BP) measurement while reducing human errors associated with the auscultatory approach, according to a scientific statement published online March 4 in Hypertension.

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Pneumococcal Vaccination at Age 50 Prevents the Most Disease

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Recommending pneumococcal vaccination for all 50-year-olds prevents the most disease in underserved minorities and the general population, but the cost exceeds $250,000 per quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) gained, according to a study published online March 4 in Vaccine.

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Poll: Many Older Adults Report Feeling Lonely, Isolated

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many older adults, especially those with health issues, report feeling lonely and isolated, according to the results of the National Poll on Healthy Aging, published on March 4.

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Multidimensional Approach Cuts Unneeded Drug-Drug Interaction Alerts

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- An iterative, multidimensional quality improvement (QI) effort can reduce interruptive drug-drug interaction (DDI) alerts, according to a study published in the March issue of Pediatrics.

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FDA Warns Americans Not to Buy Drugs From Canadian Company

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A large Canadian drug distributor sells unapproved and mislabeled medicines to Americans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday. The distributor disputes the claim, however.

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Electronic Decision Support Tool Can Aid Asthma Care

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A new electronic decision support tool can improve the quality of asthma care in primary care settings, according to a study published online Feb. 14 in the European Respiratory Journal.

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New York City Measles Outbreak Cases Reach 121

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The number of measles cases in the New York City outbreak that began last October in the Orthodox Jewish community has reached 121, the city's health department said Thursday.

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Antibiotic Delay Leads to Increased Risks in Seniors With UTI

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Delaying or withholding antibiotics for older patients with a urinary tract infection (UTI) is associated with an increase in bloodstream infection and all-cause mortality, according to a study published online Feb. 27 in The BMJ.

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Wireless Sensor System Feasible for Monitoring Vital Signs in NICU

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Wireless epidermal electronic systems with in-sensor analytics are feasible for use in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), according to a study published in the March 1 issue of Science.

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