Archive | April, 2010

Quick New Screening Exam Could Save Thousands Of People From Bowel Cancer

April 29, 2010

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Reported by Imperial College, London: the Medical Research Council, the National Institute for Health Research, and Cancer Research UK, showed that a single flexible sigmoidoscopy examination in men and women aged between 55 and 64 reduced the incidence of bowel cancer by a third, compared with a control group who had usual care. Screening with […]

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Indulging in four unhealthy behaviors may age individuals by 12 years.

April 27, 2010

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People who smoke, don’t exercise, eat poorly, and drink alcohol are three times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease and nearly four times more likely to die of cancer, a new study finds.  Such people also have an overall premature death risk equivalent to being 12 years older, when compared with people who do […]

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Seroprevalence of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 Among Persons Aged 14–49 Years — United States, 2005—2008

April 27, 2010

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The results indicated that HSV-2 seroprevalence was 16.2% overall, not statistically different from the seroprevalence in 1999–2004. Seroprevalence was highest among women (20.9%) and non-Hispanic blacks (39.2%). Of those infected with HSV-2, 81.1% had not received a diagnosis. Clinicians, health departments, health-care organizations, and community groups should promote measures that prevent HSV-2 transmission, including minimizing […]

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Age at initiation and frequency of screening to detect type 2 diabetes

April 21, 2010

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The NHANES surveys continues to provide excellent data for policy making as seen in today’s Lancet authored by Richard Kahn et al. [Volume 375, Issue 9723, Pages 1365 – 1374, 17 April 2010] Compared with no screening, all simulated screening strategies reduced the incidence of myocardial infarction (3—9 events prevented per 1000 people screened) and […]

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Reducing Distracted Driving – Regulation and Education to Avert Traffic Injuries and Fatalities.

April 14, 2010

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[JAMA: 2010;303(14):1419-1420 -Peter D. Jacobson, JD, MPH; Lawrence O. Gostin, JD] Today’s JAMA has an excellent commentary by two public health lawyers who review the issue of distracted driving. They note that while states were trying to the ban use of cell phones drivers took up texting and other distracting activities so that the other […]

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Study suggests Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency.

April 12, 2010

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ScienceDaily (Apr. 10, 2010) — Women living in the northeastern United States are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA), suggesting a link between the autoimmune disease and vitamin D deficiency, says a new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher. In the paper, which appears online in the journal Environmental […]

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FDA Issues Warning Letters for Drugs Promoted in Fat Elimination

April 12, 2010

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Agency says false or misleading statements made in touting of ‘lipodissolve’ products.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued warning letters to six U.S. based medical spas and a company in Brazil for making false or misleading statements on their Web sites about drugs they claim will eliminate fat in a procedure called “lipodissolve,” […]

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The Challenge of Multiple Comorbidity for the US Health Care System

April 7, 2010

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A Commentary in JAMA today [Anand K. Parekh, MD, MPH; Mary B. Barton, MD, MPP JAMA. 2010;303(13):1303-1304.] reminds us how important studies of comorbidities, particularly for chronic diseases have become. The aging of the US population, combined with improvements in modern medicine, has created a new challenge: approximately 75 million people in the United States have […]

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HHS Announces $267 Million in Recovery Act Funds for New Health IT Regional Extension Centers

April 7, 2010

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Grants to Provide Hands-On, Community-Based Support to Providers to Accelerate the Adoption of Health Information Technology U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that more than $267 million has been awarded to 28 additional non-profit organizations to establish Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers (RECs). This investment, funded by the […]

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Health Care Reform in Transition: Incremental Insurance Reform Without an Individual Mandate

April 2, 2010

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Also in today’s JAMA is an excellent short comment by Larry Gostin JD [AMA. 2010;303(12):1188-1189.] explaining why an insurance mandate is essential if we are to continue to rely of the private insurance system to provide health access for everyone.

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