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Study shows important parallels between epidemic of HIV/AIDS and opioid addiction

Study shows important parallels between epidemic of HIV/AIDS and opioid addiction

‚ÄčThere are important parallels between the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the current epidemic of opioid addiction - ones that could trigger a significant shift in opioid addiction prevention, diagnosis and treatment. [More]
CDC receives 2014 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research, Management Sciences

CDC receives 2014 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research, Management Sciences

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which collaborated with Kid Risk, Inc. to use analytics and operations research to combat the remaining pockets of polio around the world, tonight won the 2014 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences at a banquet sponsored by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) in Boston. [More]
Mobile phones with tobacco screening guidelines offer cessation counseling

Mobile phones with tobacco screening guidelines offer cessation counseling

Smartphones and tablets may hold the key to getting more clinicians to screen patients for tobacco use and advise smokers on how to quit. Even though tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S., clinicians often don't ask about smoking during patient exams. [More]
Amgen reports positive findings from AMG 145 Phase 3 studies in patients at risk for cardiovascular disease

Amgen reports positive findings from AMG 145 Phase 3 studies in patients at risk for cardiovascular disease

Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced new detailed data from three Phase 3 studies that showed treatment with its novel investigational cholesterol-lowering medication, evolocumab (AMG 145), resulted in a statistically significant reduction of 55-66 percent in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) compared to placebo in patients with high cholesterol. [More]
Diabetic Ketoacidosis is disproportionately high among youth

Diabetic Ketoacidosis is disproportionately high among youth

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a life-threatening but preventable condition, remains an important problem for youth with diabetes and their families. Diabetic ketoacidosis is due to a severe lack of insulin and it is often the presenting symptom of type 1 diabetes. It can also be present at the onset of type 2 diabetes. [More]
CDC program provides natural self-management techniques for people living with arthritis

CDC program provides natural self-management techniques for people living with arthritis

In the United States, March is Women's History Month. While it is a time to reflect on the contributions women have made to the fields of politics, art, science, medicine and elsewhere, it is also a time to pay attention to the issues that women today are facing in their daily lives. [More]
Prevalence of autism among 8-year-olds continues to rise in New Jersey

Prevalence of autism among 8-year-olds continues to rise in New Jersey

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the estimated prevalence of autism among 8-year-olds in New Jersey rose in the latest reporting year, 2010, to nearly 22 children per thousand, or approximately one child in 45. [More]

Hospital infection rates down, but patients still dying of preventable causes

Hospitals and nursing homes have been trying to cut the facility-acquired infection rates, which has worked better for some conditions than others. [More]
CDC identifies six new cases of people with Heartland virus

CDC identifies six new cases of people with Heartland virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with health officials in Missouri and Tennessee have identified six new cases of people sick with Heartland virus: five in Missouri and one in Tennessee. The new cases, discovered in 2012 and 2013, are described today in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. [More]

First Edition: March 27, 2014

Today's headlines include more coverage of the emerging details of the Obama administration's decision to allow some consumers to enroll in health coverage after the March 31 deadline. [More]

Viewpoints: Mcconnell, Wasserman Schultz, Barasso on Obamacare's 4th anniversary; defending surgeon general nominee

The promises that were made to sell Obamacare -; that it wouldn't disrupt people's previous health care arrangements and that premiums would go down -; are now being exposed for the cheap and deceptive sales pitch they were. It may be tempting for some to brush all this aside as standard politics. [More]

Study suggests that self-administration of influenza vaccine may be feasible with microneedle patch

There are many reasons some people may not get a flu shot, but would they be more likely to do so if there was a simple device that could be mailed directly to them, was easy enough to use by themselves, and provided at least the same level of protection as a traditional flu shot without the pain of a needle jab? A recent NIBIB-funded study, published online February 2014 in the journal Vaccine, suggests the answer is yes. [More]
Japanese mushroom extract active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) may have role in prevention HPV-related cancers

Japanese mushroom extract active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) may have role in prevention HPV-related cancers

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Research roundup: New medical coding system; choosing a hospice; revamping Medicare

Research roundup: New medical coding system; choosing a hospice; revamping Medicare

On October 1, 2014, all health plans, health data clearinghouses, and health care providers that transmit health information electronically must use a new, significantly broader, coding system, called ICD-10, for diagnoses and inpatient procedures. [More]

WTC first responders at higher risk for obstructive sleep apnea, PTSD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai researchers have linked high levels of exposure to inhaled particulate matter by first responders at Ground Zero to the risk of obstructed sleep apnea and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), both conditions that may impact cardiovascular health. [More]
Tetraphase provides clinical update on lead antibiotic candidate and Phase 3 clinical program

Tetraphase provides clinical update on lead antibiotic candidate and Phase 3 clinical program

Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTPH) today provided a clinical update on its lead antibiotic candidate, eravacycline, and its Phase 3 global clinical program IGNITE (Investigating Gram-negative Infections Treated with Eravacycline). [More]

Research roundup: Medicaid eligibility; tracking discontinued randomized trials; decline in work-based insurance

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), changes in income and family circumstances are likely to produce frequent transitions in eligibility for Medicaid and health insurance Marketplace coverage for low- and middle-income adults. [More]

Researchers discover certain proteins in osteoclasts that may be used to destroy cardiovascular calcification

‚ÄčCardiovascular calcification (deposits of minerals in heart valves and blood vessels) is a primary contributor to heart disease, the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). [More]
Study finds no link between neurocognitive function and years of football play in adolescent athletes

Study finds no link between neurocognitive function and years of football play in adolescent athletes

A new study presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found no link between neurocognitive function and years of football play in adolescent athletes. [More]
Two definitions of CMI symptoms should guide research and treatment of Gulf War veterans

Two definitions of CMI symptoms should guide research and treatment of Gulf War veterans

Two existing definitions of chronic multisymptom illness (CMI) -- one by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and another from a study of Kansas Gulf War veterans -- should be used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to guide research and treatment of Gulf War veterans, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. [More]