Depression in Women Tied to Diabetes, Cardiac Risk Factors
Depressive symptoms and
antidepressant use correlate with body mass index, waist
circumference, and biomarkers of glucose dysregulation and
inflammation, according to a study published online June 13 in
the American Journal of Public Health.
EHR Implementation First Step Toward Quality Improvement
Implementation of electronic health
records is a first step toward quality improvement and should
be accompanied by use of new payment models to allow physicians
to see a return on their investments, according to Farzad
Mostashari, M.D., of the Office of the National Coordinator for
Health Information Technology, who was recently interviewed by
the American Academy of Family Physicians.
FDA Investigates Deaths of Patients on Antipsychotic Drug
Following the deaths of two
patients three to four days after receiving a dose of Zyprexa
Relprevv (olanzapine pamoate) via intramuscular injection, the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration is conducting an
investigation into the possible cause.
Implanted Cardiac Devices Effective in Healthy Elderly, Too
Although total mortality is higher
among elderly patients, rates of appropriate shocks from
implantable cardioverter-defibrillators are similar across age
groups, according to research published in the June 18 issue of
New Rule Proposes Insurance Program Integrity Guidelines
A new proposed rule, which provides
program integrity guidelines for Affordable Insurance
Exchanges, or Health Insurance Marketplaces, has been released
by the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services.
Penicillin Skin Testing Can ID Tolerance to β-Lactam Agents
Penicillin skin testing can be used
to identify whether patients will tolerate β-lactam, with a
negative predictive value of 100 percent, according to a study
published in the June issue of the Journal of Hospital
Potential of Mobile Remote-Presence Devices Discussed
Mobile remote-presence devices have
the potential to increase access to and improve delivery of
health care in the developed and developing world, according to
an innovations report published online June 17 in CMAJ,
the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association.
Pre-Op MRI Predicts Outcome of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
For patients with cervical
spondylotic myelopathy, preoperative magnetic resonance imaging
signal changes are predictive of baseline neurologic status and
postoperative recovery, according to a study published in the
June 15 issue of Spine.
Secondhand Smoke Exposure Tied to Increased Diabetes Risk
Secondhand smoke exposure, in
childhood or adulthood, is associated with an increased rate of
type 2 diabetes in women, according to a study published online
June 11 in Diabetes Care.
White Matter Anomalies Similar in Mild TBI, Alzheimer's Disease
Patients with mild traumatic brain
injury have white matter abnormalities that are similar to
those in early Alzheimer's dementia, with abnormalities
correlating with post-concussion symptoms, according to a study
published online June 18 in Radiology.
About 15 Percent of People Currently Uninsured in U.S.
In 2012, nearly 15 percent of U.S.
people of all ages were currently uninsured, according to a
data brief published online June 18 by the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health
Cognitive Impairment, APOE Linked to Aβ Lipidation State
For older adults, the lipidation
state of β-amyloid peptides is associated with cognitive
impairment and APOE genotype, and can be modulated by
diet, according to a study published online June 17 in JAMA