AMA Grants Curriculum Efforts to Address Health Disparities
Medical schools are beginning to
change their curriculum to address ways to eliminate health
disparities, according to the American Medical Association.
CDC: Child Care Flu Vaccination Requirements Seem Effective
Requiring the flu vaccination for
child care admission seems to have increased vaccination rates
and led to lower hospitalization rates for influenza in young
children, according to a report published in the March 7 issue
of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Chest Complaints More Costly in Obese Patients
Higher body mass index is
associated with increased cost of care and longer hospital
stays for patients who present to the emergency department with
chest pain and dyspnea, according to research published online
March 4 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and
FDA: Pfizer Voluntarily Recalls Certain Lots of Antidepressant
Two lots of Pfizer's Effexor XR
(venlafaxine HCl) are being recalled because they may contain
capsules of another drug, Tikosyn (dofetilide), used to treat
heart rhythm disorders.
Gender Gap Exists in Domestic Duties of Working Physicians
Gender differences exist in
domestic activities among career-oriented academic physicians
with children, according to a study published online March 3 in
the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Higher Cardiovascular Events Risk After Outbursts of Anger
There is a heightened risk of
cardiovascular events in the hours following an angry outburst,
according to research published online March 3 in the
European Heart Journal.
In STEMI, Hyperglycemia Tied to Larger Myocardial Area-at-Risk
For patients with ST-segment
elevation myocardial infarction, hyperglycemia is associated
with larger area-at-risk and infarct size, and the effect of
exenatide treatment is independent of glucose levels, according
to a study published online Feb. 28 in Diabetes.
Indoor Air Pollution Tied to Asthma, Asthma-Related Symptoms
Indoor air pollution, specifically
mold and environmental tobacco smoke, is associated with asthma
and asthma-related respiratory symptoms in middle-aged adults,
according to a study published online Feb. 12 in
MRI IDs Vulnerable Carotid Plaque Characteristics
Magnetic resonance imaging aids in
cardiovascular disease prediction by identifying vulnerable
carotid plaque characteristics, according to a study published
online March 4 in Radiology.
Outpatient Abx Culprit in Most Childhood C. Difficile Cases
Antibiotics prescribed in doctors'
offices are linked with a majority of Clostridium
difficile (C. difficile) infection cases in
children, according to a new study published online March 3 in
Palliative Chemo for Terminal Cancer Linked to Death in ICU
Terminally ill patients with cancer
who receive chemotherapy at the end of life are at increased
risk of dying in an intensive care unit and receiving
cardiopulmonary resuscitation and/or mechanical ventilation,
according to research published March 4 in BMJ.
Physicians Better Able to Recall Narratives About Rx Guidelines
Physicians show better recall after
reading evidence-based narratives, rather than summaries, of
opioid prescribing guidelines, according to a study published
online Feb. 20 in Academic Emergency Medicine.