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February 2016 Briefing - Pathology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Pathology for February 2016. 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.

Air Pollution Tied to Adverse Effect on Metabolic Parameters

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Short-term exposure to air pollutants adversely affects glucose tolerance, insulin sensitivity, and blood lipid concentrations in Mexican-American populations, according to a study published online Feb. 11 in Diabetes Care.

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FDA Approves Emergency Use of CDC Test for Zika Virus

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a diagnostic tool for Zika virus that will be distributed to qualified laboratories, according to a media statement issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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CDC Issues Advice for Travel to Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In a media statement issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, advice relating to health and safety is offered for those planning to attend the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and the 2016 Paralympic Games, both of which are being held in Rio de Janeiro.

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Occult Uterine Sarcomas in One in 1,124 Hysterectomies

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Among patients undergoing surgery for benign gynecologic indications, the rate of occult uterine sarcoma is one in 1,124, according to a study published in the March issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Drug-Induced Liver Injury From Chinese, Western Meds Varies

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) and Western medicine (WM) have different effects as causes of drug-induced liver injury (DILI), according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Cardiovascular Disease Risk Algorithms Valid for Black Adults

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Current cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk algorithms are valid for black adults, according to a study published online Feb. 24 in JAMA Cardiology.

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CDC: Zika Found in Nine U.S. Pregnancies

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Five of nine pregnancies among U.S. women who were infected with the Zika virus have resulted in adverse outcomes, according to research published in the Feb. 26 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Drop-to-Drop Variation Seen With Fingerprick Blood

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There is drop-to-drop variation in blood component measures from fingerprick blood that is greater than variation in drops of venous blood, according to a study published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.

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No Evidence for Benefits of 'Vaginal Seeding'

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The increasingly common practice of "vaginal seeding" in infants born by cesarean section is not without risks, according to an editorial published online Feb. 23 in The BMJ.

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Active Mind May Delay Alzheimer Symptoms, but Not Disease

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Intellectual enrichment (high education and high midlife cognitive activity) has effects on biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in older adults, according to a study published online Feb. 24 in Neurology.

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Researchers Say Pancreatic Cancer Is Four Separate Diseases

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists who discovered that pancreatic cancer is at least four separate diseases say their findings could lead to improved treatments for the disease.

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Suggestions for Optimizing Practice Feedback Effectiveness

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In an article published online Feb. 23 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 15 suggestions are presented to optimize the effectiveness of practice feedback.

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CDC: Flu Season Continues to Be Mild; Vaccine Is Effective

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- This flu season continues to be mild, while the flu vaccine is working better than the one used last season, with an overall efficacy of 59 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Plasma Branched-Chain Amino Acids Linked to Insulin Sensitivity

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Plasma branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are associated with insulin sensitivity (SI) and metabolic clearance rate of insulin (MCRI), according to a study published online Feb. 19 in Diabetes Care.

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First Rapid Test for Zika Virus Detection Developed in Texas

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The first rapid detection test for the Zika virus has been developed by teams at two Texas hospitals.

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CDC: 14 Potential New Cases of Zika Sexually Transmitted

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fourteen U.S. cases of possible sexual transmission of the Zika virus are now under investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency announced on Tuesday.

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Lower 25-OH D Tied to Adverse Pathology in Full Prostatectomy

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For men with localized prostate cancer undergoing radical prostatectomy, serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OH D) insufficiency/deficiency is associated with increased odds of adverse pathology, according to a study published online Feb. 22 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Recommendations Developed for CRC Screening in Primary Care

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Recommendations have been developed for colorectal cancer screening in primary care. The guidelines were published online Feb. 22 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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4vHPV Type Prevalence Down After Vaccine Introduction

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Introduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has correlated with a reduction in quadrivalent HPV (4vHPV) type prevalence among females aged 14 to 19 and 20 to 24 years, according to a study published online Feb. 22 in Pediatrics.

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Teen Weight, Height Linked to Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Higher body weight and taller stature during adolescence are associated with increased risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), according to a study published online Feb. 22 in Cancer.

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Guidelines Developed for Suspected Zika in Children

MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New guidelines have been developed for evaluation and testing of infants and children with possible Zika virus infection. The interim guidelines were published in the Feb. 19 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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New Mutations Help Predict Survival in RARS-T

MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New mutations have been identified with next-generation sequencing (NGS) in refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts and thrombocytosis (RARS-T), which are prognostic for survival, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in the American Journal of Hematology.

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Birth Defects Not Up Significantly With Anti-TNFs in Pregnancy

MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Birth defects are not significantly more prevalent among women receiving anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) agents during pregnancy, according to a study published in the February issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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T2DM-Related Genetic Variants Predict All-Cause Mortality

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Type 2 diabetes (T2D)-related genetic variants predict all-cause mortality, even after adjustment for body mass index (BMI), according to a study published online Feb. 16 in Diabetes Care.

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Masked HTN Common in CKD, Linked to Target Organ Damage

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), masked hypertension is common and is associated with reduced kidney function and cardiovascular target organ damage, according to a study published online Feb. 18 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Three Classes of Antibiotic-Associated Encephalopathy ID'd

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotic-associated encephalopathy (AAE) can be classified into three unique clinical phenotypes, according to research published online Feb. 17 in Neurology.

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Mortality 18.5 Percent for Ebola Management in U.S., Europe

THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) who received care in the United States and Europe show mortality of 18.5 percent, according to a study published in the Feb. 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Oncocytomas Tend to Grow Slowly Over Time

THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of oncocytic renal neoplasms will grow with time, according to a study published in the March issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Zika Virus ID'd in Amniotic Fluid From Two Pregnant Women

THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Zika virus has been identified in amniotic fluid of two pregnant women in Brazil whose fetuses have been diagnosed with microcephaly, according to a case study published online Feb. 17 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

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Many Med Schools Appear Unwelcoming Regarding Disability

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most medical schools need to post, update, or clarify technical standards (TSs), required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), that detail what a school will do to accommodate a student with a disability, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in Academic Medicine.

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Interstitial Lung Abnormalities Linked to Increased Mortality

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Interstitial lung abnormalities correlate with increased risk of all-cause mortality, according to research published in the Feb. 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Thyroid Function Level Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women with hyperthyroidism have increased breast cancer risk, while hypothyroidism is associated with decreased risk, according to a study published in the April 1 issue of the European Journal of Endocrinology.

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Ferritin, Transferrin Positively Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Higher levels of ferritin and transferrin correlate with increased risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D) among men and women, according to a study published online Feb. 9 in Diabetes Care.

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HIV Antigen/Antibody Combo Assay Can Detect Acute Infection

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- HIV screening using an antigen/antibody (Ag/Ab) combination assay can detect 82 percent of the acute HIV infections detectable by pooled RNA testing, according to a study published in the Feb. 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Little Progress Made in Preventing New-Onset Epilepsy

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A long-term study shows that little progress has been made in the prevention of epilepsy in Finland over the past 40 years. The findings were published online Feb. 15 in JAMA Neurology.

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Renal Mass Biopsy Accurate for Small Renal Masses

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Renal mass biopsy is accurate for small renal masses (4 cm or less), according to a study published in the March issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Zika Infection Confirmed in U.S. Resident Back From Costa Rica

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A case of Zika virus infection has been confirmed in a traveler who returned to the United States from Costa Rica, according to a research letter published online Feb. 10 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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ECDC Publishes Report on Bacterial Antimicrobial Resistance

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Bacteria in humans, food, and animals continue to show resistance to commonly used antimicrobials, according to a report published online Feb. 11 by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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Net Returns Projected to Top Investment in Vaccines

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Projected immunizations are estimated to yield returns that are greater than costs in low- and middle-income countries during 2011 to 2020, according to a study published in the February issue of Health Affairs.

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Dermoscopy Can Help ID Staph Scalded Skin Syndrome

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dermoscopy can differentiate staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS) from toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), according to a letter to the editor published online Feb. 4 in the Journal of Dermatology.

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Most HPV+ OPSCC Recurrence, Toxicity Events Occur Early

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with human papillomavirus-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (HPV+ OPSCC), most of the disease recurrence and late toxicity events after treatment occur within six months, according to research published in the Feb. 15 issue of Cancer.

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Factor VII-Antithrombin Complex Predicts Mortality in CAD

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Activated factor VII-antithrombin complex (FVIIa-AT) levels correlate with increased mortality risk in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), according to a study published online Jan. 27 in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

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Few Want to Receive Skin Cancer Biopsy Results Face-to-Face

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with suspected malignant melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma, most patients are happy to receive biopsy results by letter or telephone, according to a research letter published online Feb. 8 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Vignette Highlights Management of Recurrent UTI in Older Men

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In a case vignette published in the Feb. 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, recommendations are presented for management of recurrent acute febrile urinary tract infections in older men.

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CDC: Number of Uninsured Persons in U.S. Down Since 2013

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of uninsured persons is decreasing in the United States, according to a report published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Rate of Missed Adenomas >5 mm Similarly Low for BBPS 2, 3

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of missed adenomas larger than 5 mm is similarly low for men with Boston Bowel Prep Scale (BBPS) scores of 2 or 3, according to a study published in the February issue of Gastroenterology.

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Rates of BRCA Mutation Testing Increasing in Young Women

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Among young women with breast cancer, the rates of BRCA mutation testing are increasing, according to research published online Feb. 11 in JAMA Oncology.

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Active Asthma Ups Risk of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Asthma is associated with increased risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and rupture, according to research published online Feb. 11 in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.

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Multifaceted QI Intervention Cuts Lab Costs

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A multifaceted quality improvement initiative can cut laboratory costs in the hospitalist service of an academic medical center, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

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ASCO Updates Biomarkers for Breast Cancer Tx Guidance

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The American Society of Clinical Oncology has updated recommendations on the use of biomarkers to guide decisions on adjuvant systemic therapy for women with early-stage invasive breast cancer. The clinical practice guideline was published online Feb. 8 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Dermal Autologous Micrograft May Be Effective Scar Treatment

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment of exaggerated scars with dermal autologous micrografts appears effective, according to a study published online Jan. 30 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Five Genes Tied to Osteoarthritis Progression

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Five genes may serve as biomarkers for osteoarthritis (OA) progression, according to a study published online Feb. 2 in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

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Maternal B12 Levels Impact Children's Cardiometabolic Health

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers' vitamin B12 levels in early pregnancy may impact children's cardiometabolic risk factors at age 5 years, according to a study published in the February issue of BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

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Hospital Cluster of H7N9 Influenza Infections Identified

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A hospital cluster of avian influenza A (H7N9) infection has been identified, according to a letter to the editor published in the Feb. 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Incidence of Dementia Down in Framingham Heart Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of dementia decreased over three decades among participants in the Framingham Heart Study, according to research published in the Feb. 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Novel Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Lato Genospecies ID'd

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A novel Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato genospecies has been identified, which causes Lyme borreliosis, according to research published online Feb. 5 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

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Decrease in Number of New HIV Diagnoses Among Black Women

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of new HIV diagnoses among black women decreased from 2012 to 2014, and there was an increase in the percentage with early linkage to medical care, according to research published in the Feb. 5 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Recurrent Erythema Seen With H. cinaedi Bacteremia

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Recurrent superficial cellulitis-like erythema is associated with Helicobacter cinaedi (H. cinaedi) bacteremia, according to a case report published online Jan. 30 in The Journal of Dermatology.

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Hawaii County Declares State of Emergency Over Dengue Fever

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A spreading dengue fever outbreak led Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi to declare a state of emergency on Monday. He said the move was needed to reduce mosquito populations and protect people from mosquito bites, CBS News reported.

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CDC Emergency Operations Ctr Moving to Level 1 Activation

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is moving to Level 1 activation to enhance its response to the Zika virus outbreak.

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Sepsis Tied to Higher Post-Discharge Mortality Risk

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sepsis survivors have a substantially increased risk of all-cause mortality and major adverse cardiovascular events after discharge, according to a study published online Jan. 25 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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AMA Highlights Issues Relating to Medical Liability Reform

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Medical liability reforms are likely to be advanced and challenged in 2016, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Variable Impact of USPSTF Guidance Against PSA Screen

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The effect of the 2012 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations against prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening for all men had a differential effect on urologists and primary care providers (PCPs), according to a research letter published online Feb. 8 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Thyroid Cancer Risk Up Following Breast Cancer and Vice Versa

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The likelihood of developing breast or thyroid cancer as a secondary malignancy is increased following diagnosis of the other cancer, according to a review published in the February issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Subclinical Hypothyroidism May Not Up VTE Recurrence Risk

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In the elderly, subclinical hypothyroidism is not associated with significantly increased risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism (rVTE), according to research published online Jan. 27 in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

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Histopathologic Findings Described for MERS-CoV Autopsy

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The main histopathologic findings of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection are diffuse alveolar damage in the lungs and evidence of chronic disease in other organs, according to research published online Feb. 5 in The American Journal of Pathology.

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CDC: New Zika Warning for Pregnant Women, Sex Partners

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with a male sexual partner who has traveled to, or lives in, an area affected by active Zika virus transmission should refrain from sex or use condoms during sex until the pregnancy is over, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised on Thursday.

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Allergies, Asthma, Eczema Tied to Lower Risk of Glioma

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with respiratory allergies, asthma, and eczema may be less likely to develop a glioma, according to a study published in the February issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Doctors Offer Suggestions for Electronic Health Records

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians recently met in Seattle to discuss the difficulties and benefits associated with electronic health records (EHRs) in a third town hall meeting on the subject, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.

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Vibratory Urticaria Linked to Missense Mutation in ADGRE2

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Vibratory urticaria is associated with a missense substitution in ADGRE2, according to a brief report published online Feb. 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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No Eczema Benefit to Partially Hydrolysed Whey Formula

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A partially hydrolysed formula containing a specific mixture of oligosaccharides does not prevent eczema in high-risk infants, according to a study published online Jan. 27 in Allergy.

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New System Can Assess Severity of Von Willebrand Disease

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new microchip-flow chamber system (T-TAS) can be used to discriminate and predict bleeding score (BS) in type 1 von Willebrand disease (VWD), according to a study published online Jan. 27 in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

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Patient-Centered System Recommended for Medical Billing

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Simplification, consolidation, and real time point-of-care information could address the inefficiencies in the medical billing system, according to an Ideas and Opinions piece published online Feb. 2 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Video Games Offer Educational Methods for Med Students

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Video games can play a role in medical education, offering new methods for teaching medical students, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Blood Donors at Risk for Zika Infection Asked to Hold Off

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The American Red Cross on Wednesday asked potential blood donors who have traveled to areas where Zika infection is active to wait 28 days before giving blood.

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Better Follow-Up Needed After Positive Fecal Blood Tests

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Characteristics of individuals and health care systems may contribute to the differences in follow-up after a positive fecal blood test, according to research published online Feb. 3 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Infection Risk Up Before Chronic Immune Thrombocytopenia

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of primary chronic immune thrombocytopenia (cITP) is 2.30/100,000 person-years, and incidence is associated with increased risk of infections within the five years before cITP diagnosis, according to a study published online Jan. 21 in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

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Mercury From Seafood Not Tied to Brain Neuropathology

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Seafood consumption is associated with increased brain levels of mercury, but these levels are not associated with brain neuropathology, according to a study published in the Feb. 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Considerable Global Variation in Colorectal Cancer Incidence

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There is considerable variation in colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence and mortality rates, with the rates correlating with human development levels, according to a study published online Jan. 27 in Gut.

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Novel Vaccine Platform Shows Promise for HIV-1

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Two HIV-1 vaccines, which include adenovirus and an HIV-1 envelope A insert, elicit significant immune responses in healthy adults without HIV infection, according to a study published online Feb. 2 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Fasting Glycemia Screening Is Alternative to 75-g GTT for GDM

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Screening for gestational diabetes with fasting glycemia seems to be an acceptable alternative to universal screening with the complete 75-gram glucose tolerance test, according to a study published online Jan. 25 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

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CDC Issues Guidance to Stop HCV Transmission in Hemodialysis

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In order to prevent hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among patients undergoing hemodialysis, current infection control practices should be assessed and any gaps addressed, according to a health advisory published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Higher Fiber Intake in Youth Tied to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Higher fiber intake during adolescence and early adulthood correlates with reduced breast cancer risk, according to a study published online Feb. 1 in Pediatrics.

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Malpractice Concerns Affect Derm-Path Interpretive Behavior

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many dermatopathologists believe that malpractice concerns may lead to additional testing in their evaluation of cutaneous melanocytic lesions, according to research published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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