March 24, 2013

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Instead of two blogs I am now focusing on one

See continuation of these blogs at http://kimros.edublogs.org/ Thank you for continuing to take an interest in my chronic disease and preventive medicine blog  

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February 22, 2013

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USPSTF Wants Routine HIV Screening

As reported in MedPage (February 21, 2013) A proposed recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force — is likely to remove important barriers that leave about 25% of HIV-positive people unaware they have the virus. In two separate Perspective articles, published online in the New England Journal of Medicine, experts argue that the proposed […]

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February 22, 2013

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Rate of early elective births declining.

Pressure on doctors and hospitals from the federal government, private and public insurers and patient advocacy groups, the rate of elective deliveries before 39 weeks is dropping significantly, according to latest hospital survey from The Leapfrog Group.” The survey of “nearly 800″ US hospitals revealed that the “national average of elective early deliveries fell to […]

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February 22, 2013

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Essays in JAMA

Two perspective Essays in JAMA this week: Policy Responses to “Demand for Health Care Access” : From the Individual to the Population led by Katherine Diaz Vickery, MD and “Reengineering US Health Care” led by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD and others are well worth reading as we start to look at the way the Affordable Care […]

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February 22, 2013

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Study Questions Cost Savings of Weight-Loss Surgery

As reported by MedPage this week This study indicates that bariatric surgery does not reduce overall healthcare costs in the long term. In addition, there is no evidence that any one type of surgery is more likely to reduce long-term healthcare costs — those undergoing laparoscopic surgery had lower costs in the first few years […]

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February 15, 2013

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Protecting Pregnancies

Preeclampsia is a dangerous complication of up to 5% of human pregnancies. The only treatment is removal of the fetoplacental unit by surgery or delivery. To better understand this condition, Doridot et al. generated a preeclampsia mouse model by overexpressing the transcription factor STOX1, which has previously been associated with preeclampsia. When control females were […]

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February 15, 2013

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Vascular Brain Injury Greater Risk Factor Than Amyloid Plaques in Cognitive Aging

From ScienceDaily: Vascular brain injury from conditions such as high blood pressure and stroke are greater risk factors for cognitive impairment among non-demented older people than is the deposition of the amyloid plaques in the brain that long have been implicated in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, a study by researchers at the Alzheimer’s Disease […]

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February 15, 2013

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Scientists Improve Arthritis Treatments

During the course of a six month study, 399 patients in 13 countries participated, who were suffering from a moderate to severe form of rheumatoid arthritis. They were all treated with a combination of Methotrexat, a standard drug for the treatment of RA and Tofacitinib, a new type of medication which can be administered orally […]

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February 15, 2013

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Public smoking ban reduces preterm births.

An interesting article in this week’s BMJ reports that Belgian researchers have found that banning smoking in indoor public places corresponds to a decline in preterm births. The research, conducted from 2002 to 2011, measured risk of preterm birth during and after the implementation of Belgium’s smoke-free laws, which were enacted in three steps: workplaces […]

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February 15, 2013

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Contraceptive use.

US contraceptive trends, reported from the National Center for Health Statistics National Survey of Family Growth show that. “In 1982, for instance, 52 percent of sexually experienced women said they had used condoms.” By 1995, however, “condom use had jumped to 82 percent – possibly because of the years of ‘use-a-condom’ public announcements related to […]

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