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Youth who have used e-cigarettes are more likely to try conventional cigarettes

Youth who have used e-cigarettes are more likely to try conventional cigarettes

A recent study by a Georgia State University scientist and her colleagues with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that youth who have never even touched a regular tobacco cigarette -- but have ever used e-cigarettes -- are more likely to report that they may try conventional cigarettes. [More]
Judge rules against strict Texas abortion law

Judge rules against strict Texas abortion law

A federal judge Friday struck down a major provision of Texas's strict abortion law that would have forced all but a handful of clinics to close next week. The law, passed last year by the Republican legislature, required abortion facilities to meet state standards for ambulatory surgical centers. But U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled the requirements violated a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy (Winter, 8/29). [More]
Fitness expert urges trainers to be cautious and not over train young athletes

Fitness expert urges trainers to be cautious and not over train young athletes

Texas fitness expert Bobby Whisnand urges coaches, trainers and parents to be cautious and not over train young athletes preparing for the upcoming football season. [More]
ESC Guidelines on diagnosis and treatment of aortic diseases published in European Heart Journal

ESC Guidelines on diagnosis and treatment of aortic diseases published in European Heart Journal

The first comprehensive ESC Guidelines on aortic diseases are published today. They are presented at ESC Congress 2014 by Task Force Chairpersons Professor Raimund Erbel (Germany) and Professor Victor Aboyans (France). [More]
Recommendations on arrhythmia management in ACS patients published in EP Europace

Recommendations on arrhythmia management in ACS patients published in EP Europace

The first multidisciplinary recommendations on the management of arrhythmias in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) are published today in EP Europace. [More]
Research roundup: Benefits of hip surgery; preventing surgical infections; assessing ACOs' predecessors

Research roundup: Benefits of hip surgery; preventing surgical infections; assessing ACOs' predecessors

Surgical treatment of hip fractures can achieve better survival and functional outcomes than nonoperative treatment, but less is known about its economic benefits. ... We estimated the effects of surgical treatment for displaced hip fractures through a Markov cohort analysis of patients 65 years and older. ... Estimated average lifetime societal benefits per patient exceeded the direct medical costs of hip fracture surgery by $65,000 to $68,000 for displaced hip fractures. With the exception of the assumption of nursing home use, the sensitivity analyses show that surgery produces positive net societal savings (Gu, Koenig, Mather and Tongue, 8/5). [More]
NIH to begin trials for experimental Ebola vaccine

NIH to begin trials for experimental Ebola vaccine

The announcement about the testing comes as the outbreak in West Africa grows. The World Health Organizations says it could have infected more than 20,000 people. [More]
ACCA Clinical Decision-Making Toolkit mobile app helps make quick and correct decision

ACCA Clinical Decision-Making Toolkit mobile app helps make quick and correct decision

The ACCA Clinical Decision-Making Toolkit mobile app is now available on the App Store and Google Play. When dealing with acute cardiovascular diseases, a few seconds can make the difference and instant access to the best recommendations can save lives. [More]

CBO chief says Obamacare is reducing deficit

News outlets also look at a looming court decision on the health law's subsidies and the potential impact of big data on health outcomes. [More]
New journal on cardiovascular pharmacotherapy from ESC

New journal on cardiovascular pharmacotherapy from ESC

A new ESC journal on cardiovascular pharmacotherapy is launched today at ESC Congress by the ESC and Oxford University Press. [More]
UH GCSW receives NIH grant to study health consequences of heroin use

UH GCSW receives NIH grant to study health consequences of heroin use

The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work is the recipient of a 5-year, $1.25 million grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health to study the long-term use and health consequences of heroin use. [More]
Dr. Ron Noy recognized as Pinnacle Professional in the field of Sports Medicine

Dr. Ron Noy recognized as Pinnacle Professional in the field of Sports Medicine

Dr. Ron Noy, M.D. is recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Pinnacle Professional in the field of Sports Medicine as a result of his role as Orthopedic Surgeon with Prestige Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, located in New York City. [More]
New study reveals psychosocial health benefits for older adults who volunteer

New study reveals psychosocial health benefits for older adults who volunteer

Older adults who stay active by volunteering are getting more out of it than just an altruistic feeling - they are receiving a health boost! [More]

FDA plan to diversify clinical trials raises some concerns

Women's advocacy groups complain that the plan doesn't have "teeth" needed to make a change. [More]
Alternatives to cigarette smoking may still pose a risk to human health due to over-use

Alternatives to cigarette smoking may still pose a risk to human health due to over-use

Cigarette smoking kills approximately 440,000 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection. It's the leading cause of preventable death worldwide. In order to overcome this addiction, many people resort to nicotine replacement therapies. [More]
Valurise Health Solutions honored as 2014 Red Herring Top 100 Asia Winner

Valurise Health Solutions honored as 2014 Red Herring Top 100 Asia Winner

Valurise Health Solutions was awarded as the 2014 Red Herring Top 100 Asia Winner, being the only award-winning healthcare service company, standing out from creative leading companies in Asia for its re-defining industry with innovative business model and continuous innovation ability. [More]
Mary Baxter outlines five key ways pharmacy leaders can help hospitals fulfill quality care mission

Mary Baxter outlines five key ways pharmacy leaders can help hospitals fulfill quality care mission

In part four of a blog series that addresses how to leverage a hospital pharmacy as a strategic asset, Mary Baxter, MBA, RPh., vice president and national practice leader for Cardinal Health's Innovation Delivery Solutions business, discusses how expanding patient access to quality pharmacy care can benefit both hospitals and patients. [More]

Washington state exchange confronts persistent technical problems

Officials for the state's online health marketplace also ask lawmakers to increase the cap on general fund money they can use for marketing. [More]
Solid-head power toothbrushes retain less bacteria than hollow-head toothbrushes

Solid-head power toothbrushes retain less bacteria than hollow-head toothbrushes

Solid-head power toothbrushes retain less bacteria compared to hollow-head toothbrushes, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry. [More]
Vasopressin more effective for cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Vasopressin more effective for cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Epinephrine has been shown to be a first-choice drug for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Nevertheless, its β-adrenergic effect probably increases myocardial oxygen consumption and leads to severe cardiac and cerebral injuries; moreover, epinephrine does not elevate long-term survival rates. [More]