June 2014 Briefing - OBGYN & Women's Health

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in OBGYN & Women's Health for June 2014. 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.

Supreme Court: Some Companies Don't Need to Cover Birth Control

MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Family-owned companies don't have to comply with a provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires them to offer insurance coverage for contraception if that requirement violates their religious principles, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

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New Plan Would Permit Doctors to Treat Patients in Other States

MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A proposal to make it much easier for doctors licensed in one state to treat patients in other states in person, online, or by videoconference has been prepared by the Federation of State Medical Boards, which includes the agencies that license and discipline doctors.

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Guidance Issued for Addressing Primary Ovarian Insufficiency

MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adolescents diagnosed with primary ovarian insufficiency should be offered counseling and hormonal therapy, according to a Committee Opinion published in the July issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Combination Imaging Ups Differentiation of Breast Tumors

MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Use of multiparametric 18fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography magnetic resonance imaging (MP 18FDG PET-MRI) using dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI), diffusion-weighted imaging, three-dimensional proton MR spectroscopic imaging, and 18FDG-PET can improve differentiation of benign and malignant breast tumors, according to a study published online June 24 in Clinical Cancer Research.

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UnitedHealth Cutting More Docs From Medicare Advantage

FRIDAY, June 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- UnitedHealth Group's Medicare Advantage network has begun notifying physicians of a new wave of cuts to its network, according to an article published June 17 in Medical Economics.

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Court: Patients Responsible for Outcomes of Risky Behavior

FRIDAY, June 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that patients can be at least partially responsible for their health outcomes resulting from their own unhealthy behavior, according to the American Medical Association (AMA), which supported the physicians in the case.

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Cancer Screening Discussions Lack Shared Decision-Making

FRIDAY, June 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of patients report that shared decision-making (SDM) is lacking when it comes to cancer screening decisions, according to a study published online June 8 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Abbreviated Protocol Feasible in Breast Cancer MRI Screening

FRIDAY, June 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An abbreviated protocol (AP) can accurately establish the absence of breast cancer and has diagnostic accuracy similar to that of a full diagnostic protocol (FDP) in breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screening, according to a study published online June 23 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Television Viewing Time Linked to All-Cause Mortality

FRIDAY, June 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Television viewing, but not computer or driving time, is associated with all-cause mortality, according to a study published online June 25 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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PCP Follow-Up Cuts Readmission After High-Risk Surgery

THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For surgical patients at high risk of readmission, especially those with surgical complications, early primary care provider (PCP) follow-up reduces the rate of readmission, according to a study published online June 25 in JAMA Surgery.

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CDC: One in 10 Deaths Due to Excessive Drinking

THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in 10 deaths among working-age adults in the United States are attributable to excessive drinking, according to a study published online June 26 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Tips Offered for Improving Practice Productivity

THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Four steps can be utilized to improve practice productivity, according to an article published June 24 in Medical Economics.

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Wikipedia Drug Entries Often Not Up-to-Date

THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients frequently turn to digital media for drug information; however, many Wikipedia entries about medications aren't up-to-date and accurate, according to a perspective piece published in the June 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Soy, Isoflavone Intake Has No Effect on Endometrial Cancer Risk

THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There is no association between soy intake and endometrial cancer risk, according to a study published online June 18 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

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Higher Plasma Vitamin D May Cut Hypertension Risk

THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who have genetic variants tied to low production of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) have an increased risk of hypertension, according to a study published online June 26 in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

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CDC: Over Half of Seniors Plagued by Incontinence

WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 50 percent of older Americans struggle with incontinence, a new government report released Wednesday shows. The National Center for Health Statistics report was published in the June edition of the CDC's Vital and Health Statistics.

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Standardized Instructions Improve Preop Med Compliance

WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A standardized, pictorial "Preoperative Patient Medication Instruction Sheet" can improve patient medication compliance on the day of surgery, according to a study published in the July issue of Anesthesiology.

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Slight Risk of Congenital Defects Tied to Parents' Celiac

WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There is a slight increased risk for congenital malformation among the offspring of mothers or fathers with celiac disease, according to a study published in the July issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Postdiagnosis Calcium Intake Inversely Linked to Death in CRC

WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with colorectal cancer, postdiagnosis total calcium intake may be inversely associated with the risk of death, according to a study published online June 23 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Calcium, Vitamin D Improve Metabolic Profile in GDM

WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), calcium-vitamin D co-supplementation correlates with improvements in metabolic profile, according to a study published online June 23 in Diabetologia.

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Tomosynthesis Added to Digital Mammography Cuts Recalls

WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with digital mammography alone, the combination of digital mammography and tomosynthesis increases cancer detection and reduces false-positive results, according to research published in the June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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CDC Readies Latest Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads

TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new series of ads featuring former smokers whose lives have been harmed by tobacco is set to be released, U.S. health officials said Tuesday.

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Medicaid Backlog May Have Financial Ramifications

TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There is a considerable backlog in Medicaid enrollment applications, which may have financial ramifications on physicians and practices, according to an article published online June 10 in Medical Economics.

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Obama Wants American Women to Have Paid Maternity Leave

TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- President Barack Obama hosted a daylong summit Monday to persuade more employers to adopt family friendly policies, but he said the federal government itself needs to do more in that regard.

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'Financial Toxicity' Tool Developed for Cancer Patients

TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A four-step process has been used to develop a patient-reported outcome measure of financial toxicity for cancer patients, according to a study published online June 20 in Cancer.

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Overweight, Obese More Likely to Adhere to Statin Therapy

TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Among patients with cardiovascular comorbidities, lifestyle factors predict nonadherence to statin therapy, according to research published online June 23 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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Prenatal Proximity to Pesticide Application Affects Offspring

TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Residential proximity to agricultural pesticides during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and developmental delay (DD), according to a study published online June 23 in Environmental Health Perspectives.

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Pre-Op Genetic Testing Impacts Surgical Choice in Breast Cancer

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For women with breast cancer, preoperative genetic testing affects surgical decision making, according to a study published online June 5 in Gynecologic Oncology.

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CMS Launches Initiative to Assist Newly Insured

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A national initiative has been launched to help answer questions that people may have about their new health coverage and to offer health providers the tools needed to promote patient engagement, according to a press release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Effect of Screening Program on Breast Cancer Mortality Analyzed

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Invitation to screening with modern mammography is associated with a 28 percent reduction in deaths from breast cancer, according to research published June 17 in BMJ.

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Racial Disparities Seen in Contraceptive Use

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Racial disparities exist in contraceptive use, with more prominent disparities among younger women, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Complex Electronic Record Safety Issues Surface Long After Launch

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic health record-related safety concerns involving both unsafe technology and unsafe use of technology persist long after "go-live," according to a study published online June 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

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FDA: Bee Pollen Weight Loss Products Pose Health Risks

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The undeclared ingredients sibutramine and/or phenolphthalein have been found in the following bee pollen weight loss products: Zi Xiu Tang, Ultimate Formula, Fat Zero, Bella Vi Amp'd Up, Insane Amp'd Up, Slim Trim U, Infinity, Perfect Body Solution, Asset Extreme, Asset Extreme Plus, Asset Bold, and Asset Bee Pollen, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Racial Disparity Seen in Use of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

FRIDAY, June 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) use has increased in all patients with breast cancer, black women are consistently less likely than white women to have SLNB, according to a study published online June 18 in JAMA Surgery.

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Guidance Offered for Protection When Firing Employees

FRIDAY, June 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Steps can be taken to protect employers in the case of termination of an employee, according to an article published online June 10 in Medical Economics.

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Meta-Analysis Confirms Serum 25(OH)D, Mortality Link

FRIDAY, June 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin (25[OH]D) levels are associated with all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, according to a meta-analysis published online June 17 in BMJ.

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Depression Ups Risk of Death in Women With Heart Disease

FRIDAY, June 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Among younger women being evaluated for coronary artery disease (CAD), the presence of depressive symptoms is associated with increased risk of death, according to research published June 18 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Phone Assist Helps Women With Breast Cancer Lose Weight

FRIDAY, June 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Among postmenopausal women receiving letrozole as adjuvant therapy for breast cancer, a telephone-based weight loss intervention was effective in promoting weight loss, according to research published online June 16 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Antidepressant Use Doesn't Up Congenital Cardiac Defect Risk

FRIDAY, June 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and other antidepressant use in the first trimester is not associated with increased risk of congenital cardiac defects, according to a study published June 19 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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CDC: 1 in 10 Moms-to-Be Develop Gestational Diabetes

THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As many as one in 10 pregnant women in the United States develop gestational diabetes, a new government study estimates. The report was published June 19 in Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Reminders Up Colorectal Screening Rates for Vulnerable

THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Low-cost interventions relying upon mailings, text messages, and phone calls can increase adherence to colorectal cancer screening with fecal immunochemical tests (FIT) among vulnerable populations, according to a study published June 16 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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NCHS: Insurance Coverage Expands, Gaps Remain

THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new U.S. government reports provide a statistical snapshot of health and health insurance coverage in 2013, before new coverage options took effect under the Affordable Care Act.

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Sharp Rise in 'Meth'-Linked ER Visits in U.S.

THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of methamphetamine-related visits to U.S. hospital emergency departments jumped from about 68,000 in 2007 to almost 103,000 in 2011, the latest year for which such data is available, a new federal government report finds.

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Teen Suicide Attempts Up Post-Antidepressant Warnings

THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teen suicide attempts rose nearly 22 percent after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned about dangers of antidepressants, a new study finds. The report was published June 18 in BMJ online.

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Targeted Thyroid Testing Not Effective in Pregnancy

THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A targeted thyroid testing approach is not effective during pregnancy in clinical practice, according to a study published online June 4 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Considerable Symptom Burden in Postural Tachycardia Syndrome

THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) are mainly women, young, and well-educated, with considerable symptom burden, according to a study published online June 16 in BMJ Open.

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Diet May Affect Risk Recurrence of Some Breast Cancers

THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Personalized dietary recommendations based on molecular characteristics of primary tumor tissue may be an effective strategy for breast cancer survivors, according to research published in the July issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Anesthesiologists Issue Choosing Wisely Recommendations

THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A list of the top five unnecessary medical services in anesthesiology has been developed as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, according to a study published online June 16 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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No Harm to Child IQ Seen With AED Use in Breastfeeding Moms

WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- At six years of age, no adverse effects on IQ can be seen from antiepileptic drug (AED) exposure via breast milk, according to a study published June 16 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Lower Blood Pressure Might Not Be Better Once HTN Managed

WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Among patients with hypertension (HTN), elevated systolic blood pressure (SBP) is associated with the highest risk for cardiovascular events, although once SBP is below 140, lowering it below 120 does not further reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, according to a study published June 16 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Obstetric Safety Program Improves Liability Exposure

WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A comprehensive obstetric safety program can improve liability claims exposure, according to a study published online June 10 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Text Message Program Seems Effective for Smoking Cessation

WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An automated, personalized, and interactive mobile health program, Text2Quit, seems to be effective for promoting smoking cessation, according to a study published online June 5 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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ACA May Mean Healthier Young Adults, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A popular provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on a parent's health insurance plan up to age 26 may be good for their health and financial security, a new study suggests. The study was published as a research letter in the June 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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CDC: Number of Induced Labors Falling in U.S.

WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After two decades of steady increases, the number of U.S. infants born early due to induced labor has declined in recent years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Prepregnancy Folate May Reduce Spontaneous Abortion Risk

TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Prepregancy folate intake, particularly from supplements, is associated with a reduced risk of spontaneous abortion, according to a study published online June 4 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Prolonged Sitting Ups Risk of Developing Certain Cancers

TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Prolonged television (TV) viewing and other sedentary behaviors are associated with increased risks of some cancers, according to research published online June 16 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Annual MRI, Mammo Effective for Screening High-Risk Women

TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Initial results indicate that annual magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and digital mammography can form an effective screening program for women at high risk of breast cancer, according to research published online June 16 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Guidelines Issued for Stroke Prevention in Women

TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New guidelines have been released that highlight unique stroke risk factors for women and address prevention strategies, according to a synopsis article published in the June 17 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Tips Offered for Finding Buyer for Medical Practice

TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Suggestions are provided for finding a buyer for a medical practice in an article published online June 10 in Medical Economics.

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U.S. Health Care System Ranked Last Again: Report

MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The United States' health system once again comes in last when compared to 10 other rich nations, according to the latest Commonwealth Fund report on the issue.

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Clinicians Often Fail to Empathize After Adverse Event

MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The health care industry is recognizing the benefits of prompt and transparent physician communication with patients and families about bad outcomes, according to an article published June 10 in Medical Economics.

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Physician Leadership, Ownership Dominates ACOs

MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians are playing strong leadership and ownership roles in accountable care organizations (ACOs), according to research published in the June issue of Health Affairs.

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Trastuzumab Ups Survival in HER2 Metastatic Breast Cancer

MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive metastatic breast cancer, trastuzumab improves overall and progression-free survival, according to a review published online June 12 in The Cochrane Library.

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Depressive Symptoms Tied to Incident T2DM in Black Women

MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Among African-American women, depressive symptoms and antidepressant use are associated with incident type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online June 5 in Diabetes Care.

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MicroRNA Expression Linked to Neoadjuvant Chemo Response

MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Expression of the microRNA MiR-193a-5p, together with HGF and c-MET proteins, is associated with response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) in ovarian cancer, according to a study published online June 13 in Oncotarget.

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Gender Differences in Caffeine Response Develop Post-Puberty

MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Gender differences in the effects of caffeine emerge after puberty, and responses vary across the menstrual cycle for postpubertal girls, according to a study published online June 16 in Pediatrics.

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Walking Protects Against Functional Limitation of OA

MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More walking can protect against the functional limitation associated with knee osteoarthritis, according to a study published online June 12 in Arthritis Care & Research.

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HHS Inspector General Finds Big Problem With Medicare Coding

FRIDAY, June 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 42 percent of Medicare claims for evaluation and management (E/M) services are incorrectly coded, according to an article published June 2 in Medical Economics.

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Ups Risk of Preterm Birth

FRIDAY, June 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with likely diagnoses of both posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a major depressive episode are at increased risk of preterm birth, according to research published online June 11 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Breast Cancer Risk Up With Higher Red Meat Intake

FRIDAY, June 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Higher intake of red meat is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, according to a study published online June 10 in BMJ.

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Researchers Hesitant to Use Social Media to Show Findings

FRIDAY, June 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers remain uncertain about the use of social media to communicate their findings to policy makers, according to research published online June 6 in Health Affairs.

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Data From EHRs Should Be Used to Improve Patient Care

THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The data from electronic health records (EHRs) should be utilized to improve the quality of patient care, according to an article published online June 10 in Medical Economics.

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Cancer Survivors Face Mounting Costs of Continuing Care

THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Male and female cancer survivors incur annual medical costs that are almost two times greater than those of people who haven't had cancer, according to research published in the June 13 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Few Meet Exercise Guidelines Post-Breast Cancer Diagnosis

THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Only 35 percent of women meet current physical activity guidelines after breast cancer diagnosis, with African-American women less likely to meet guidelines, according to a study published online June 9 in Cancer.

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Decrease in Late-Stage Breast Cancer in Mammography Era

THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There appears to have been a decrease in late-stage breast cancer in the mammography era, according to a study published online May 19 in Cancer.

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Communication Training Helps Oncologists Break Bad News

THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A communication skills training (CST) program based on patient preferences regarding communication can help oncologists' communication performance, according to a study published online June 9 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Carcinogenic Substances May Persist in Hair Dyes

THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hairdressers who use permanent hair dyes and hair waving treatments may be exposed to potentially carcinogenic substances, including toluidines, according to research published online June 9 in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

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Moles May Be Harbinger of Higher Breast Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of moles a woman has on her skin may hint at her risk of developing breast cancer, new research suggests.

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Treatment of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Ups Quality of Life

WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) is associated with improvements in health-related quality of life (HRQoL), with greater improvements for women with anemia at baseline, according to a study published online June 9 in ACTA Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.

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Pregnant or Breast-Feeding Women Urged to Eat More Fish

WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant or breast-feeding women should increase their weekly consumption of fish, choosing types lower in mercury, according to new advice issued Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Many STDs May Go Undiagnosed, U.S. Report Finds

TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About 400,000 Americans may have the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia, but not know they have it, new research suggests. The study was scheduled for presentation Tuesday at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's STD Prevention Conference in Atlanta.

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CDC: U.S. Diabetes Rate Jumps to 29 Million

TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans with diabetes rose from 26 million in 2010 to 29 million -- 9 percent of the population -- in 2012, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Bariatric Surgery Benefits Diabetes Over Long Term

TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term follow-up shows that, in patients with type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery is associated with greater diabetes remission and fewer diabetes-related complications than usual care, according to a study published in the June 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on diabetes.

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Millions Will Not Have to Pay ACA Tax Penalties: Report

TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although an estimated 30 million people will still be uninsured in 2016, only four million are expected to pay penalties, according to the latest report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

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Short Pregnancy Intervals May Shorten Pregnancy Lengths

TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Short interpregnancy interval (IPI) is associated with shortened duration of the subsequent pregnancy, according to research published online June 4 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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Study Identifies 41 Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables

TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Forty-one powerhouse fruits and vegetables (PFV) have been classified and validated, according to a study published online June 5 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Cardiac Consequences of Adjuvant Trastuzumab Few

TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of cardiac outcomes remains low in long-term follow-up of patients who received adjuvant trastuzumab for early-stage breast cancer, according to a study published online June 9 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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New HPV Test Sensitive, Specific for Cervical Cancer

TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The new human papillomavirus (HPV) test has higher sensitivity and specificity than Papanicolaou (Pap) testing for cervical cancer, according to an ideas and opinion piece published online June 9 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Needle Biopsy Underused in Patients With Breast Cancer

MONDAY, June 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Needle biopsy appears to be underused in patients with breast cancer, according to a study published online June 9 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Incentives May Lead to Greater Support for Practice Goals

MONDAY, June 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Incentives may aid employees in meeting practice goals, according to an article published May 23 in Medical Economics.

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Mouse Model Provides New Insight Into Endometriosis

MONDAY, June 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have developed a mouse model of endometriosis that mirrors lesions in humans, according to a study published online June 5 in the American Journal of Pathology.

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Few U.S. Adults Knowledgeable About Head and Neck Cancer

MONDAY, June 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Few American adults know about the risk factors for and symptoms of head and neck cancer (HNC), according to a study published online June 5 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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Catholic Group Temporarily Exempt From Contraception Rule

FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 200 Catholic organizations and employers -- including archdioceses -- have been granted a temporary exemption from complying with a provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to offer insurance coverage for contraceptives.

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Veterans Affected by Scandal May Seek Private Care

FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The recent scandal at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may lead to more veteran visits to private physicians and community health centers, according to an article published June 2 in Medical Economics.

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Physician Political Contributions Are Increasing, Shifting

FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The political alignment of physicians in the United States has shifted from predominantly Republican to predominantly Democrat, based in part on the larger number of women physicians and smaller percentage of physicians practicing solo or in small practices, according to research published online June 2 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Review: BPA Is Reproductive Toxicant, Especially in Females

FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Bisphenol A (BPA) is an ovarian and uterine toxicant, and may be a testicular toxicant, according to a review published online June 4 in Environmental Health Perspectives.

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Antidepressants Vary in Contribution to Weight Gain

FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Antidepressants vary in their propensity to contribute to weight gain, according to a study published online June 4 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Insurance Coverage Tied to Better Cancer-Specific Outcomes

FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health insurance coverage is associated with improved cancer-specific outcomes for young adults, according to a study published online June 2 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Many 'Inconsistencies' in ACA Sign-Ups: Report

THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new government document finds that more than a quarter of the eight million people who signed up for coverage under the Obama Administration's new health care law have "inconsistencies" in the data they supplied.

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Claim Denials Expected to Increase

WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even with good office procedures, most practices are plagued by claim denials, a hassle that is expected to increase in the coming years, according to an article published May 8 in Medical Economics.

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Most Physicians Would Forgo Aggressive Treatment

WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although physicians regularly recommend high-intensity, aggressive, life-prolonging care for their terminally ill patients, the vast majority would choose to forgo such care for themselves at the end of life, according to a study published online May 28 in PLOS ONE.

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Even Without Burning, Indoor Tanning Ups Risk of Melanoma

WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Indoor tanning, even without burns, increases the risk of melanoma, according to a study published online May 28 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Number of Cancer Survivors Projected to Grow in the U.S.

WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Factors such as the aging and growth of the population accompanied by improvements in early detection and treatment are expected to contribute to the growth of the number of cancer survivors in the United States, according to research published online June 1 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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Inflammation in PCOS Exacerbated by Pregnancy

WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), low-grade chronic inflammation persists and is exacerbated by pregnancy, according to research published online May 29 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Invasive Recurrence Risk Examined for HER2+ Breast CA

WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive (HER2+) breast cancer, distant invasive recurrence is low for T1a tumors and is higher for T1b tumors, especially those with T1b tumors reported at 1.0 cm, according to a study published online June 2 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Obama Moves to Cut Power Plant Emissions

TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration announced plans Monday that would require the United States to cut power plant emissions that many scientists blame for global warming by 30 percent by 2030. It's a move that would substantially improve the health of millions of Americans, federal officials said.

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Post-Chemo Cognitive Complaints Tied to Brain Activity Changes

TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, cognitive complaints after treatment may be associated with changes in brain activity, according to a study published online May 27 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Quality Up in Patient-Centered Medical Home Care

TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of care is associated with quality improvements compared to care provided by physicians using paper medical records or electronic health records (EHRs), according to a study published in the June 3 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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EHRs Can Be Used to Boost Practice Revenue

TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Practices can achieve return on investment (ROI) for implementation of electronic health record (EHR) systems if they participate in alternative delivery models, according to an article published May 8 in Medical Economics.

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FDA Approves Generic Version of Celebrex

MONDAY, June 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave its approval to the first generic version of the pain reliever Celebrex (celecoxib).

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Surgical Checklists Cut Post-Op Complications

MONDAY, June 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Surgical checklists reduce postoperative complications but have no significant effect on mortality, according to a review published in the June issue of Anesthesiology.

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Occupational Exposure to Solvents May Up Breast CA Risk

MONDAY, June 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Occupational exposure to solvents before first full-term birth may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in certain settings, according to a study published in the June 1 issue of Cancer Research.

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Negative Social Interactions Linked to Incident HTN in Women

MONDAY, June 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For older adults, negative social interactions are associated with increased risk of developing hypertension, according to a study published in the June issue of Health Psychology.

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