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Gelatin allergies and the flu shot: caution advised
Medical News Today
As flu vaccine coverage is on the rise in the US, experts from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) warn that individuals who are allergic to gelatin could have a mild to severe reaction to the flu vaccine.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone who is 6 months or older should get a flu vaccination this season.
The vaccine can be administered as either a shot or as a nasal spray, but both forms can contain gelatin, as Dr. Stephanie Albin says.
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Study: Doctor shortage may not be as bad as feared
New roles for nurse practitioners and physician assistants may cut a predicted shortage of physicians by about 50 percent, according to a new study released.
The surge in new patients covered by health insurance that will be sparked by the Affordable Care Act has led to predictions that there will be a shortage of 45,000 primary care physicians by 2025, about 20 percent less than the predicted demand, said David Auerbach, a policy researcher at the Rand Corp., a non-profit policy think tank that conducted the study published in the journal Health Affairs.
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New guidelines for diabetes testing in pregnant women
Medical News Today
Experts have said that diabetes in pregnant women is sometimes missed by traditional screening methods, so a task force from The Endocrine Society has issued a set of guidelines to help health care professionals provide the best diabetes care to pregnant women.
The experts say that as many as one in five women develop gestational diabetes, which is a form of the disease that develops during pregnancy.
Gut bacteria may cause inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis
For 1.3 million American adults, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a debilitating autoimmune disease that greatly affects their day-to-day lives. RA usually impacts joints in the hands, wrists, and feet, and can cause extreme pain that gets in the way of tasks like writing, opening doors, and climbing stairs.
But to find the cause of joint stiffness and discomfort, it’s time to look elsewhere in the body.
Study links RN perception of work environment to HAI likelihood
Healthcare-associated infections are less likely to occur in favorable critical care work environments, according to a study of more than 3,200 nurses.
HAIs lead to the loss of tens of thousands of lives and cost the U.S. healthcare system billions of dollars each year, according to background information for the study, which was published in the November issue of the American Journal of Critical Care. In addition, HAIs can have devastating emotional, financial and medical consequences.
Nurse home visits decreased infant emergency care
Home visits from a nurse, although expensive, decreased emergency care episodes compared with children without home visits, according to study results published in Pediatrics. Kenneth A. Dodge, Ph.D., and colleagues from the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University examined Durham Connect, a program that provides home visits for newborns and their parents in Durham, N.C. Through the program, nurses visit new parents soon after the newborn comes home from the hospital, check the health of the mother and newborn, and offer tips related to breast-feeding and child care. They also screen for potential maternal depression.
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Electronic medical record expansion raises privacy concerns
The privacy issues associated with the bungled Obamacare website roll out may bode ill for physicians and healthcare providers who participate in the expansion of the federal government's Electronic Medical Records (EMR) collection.
"Eventually the goal is to have all of these electronic systems connected. In that way, it's good because in theory, you could be anywhere and get someone's medical records," Dr. Jeffrey A. Singer said.
Identifying symptoms of acute depression
By Dr. Abimbola Farinde
Depression can develop in any individual regardless of age or gender. It is a common mental disorder, and the incidence of depression increases each day. In order to improve the changes of a positive outcome, the symptoms should be identified almost immediately upon onset, but there are cases where it can sometimes take years to identify. It is estimated that about 5 to 6 percent of the United States population is depressed, and identification of acute depression symptoms can lead to immediate treatment.
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Study finds improving lighting patterns could help hospital patients
Changing the lighting patterns in hospital rooms to make the rooms more aligned with normal sleep-wake cycles could help patients feel better with less fatigue and pain, according to a study.
Researchers said the findings, published Oct. 27 on the website of the Journal of Advanced Nursing, point to a simple and inexpensive way to potentially improve patient care.
Post-concussion care instructions still lacking
Emergency department discharge instructions for sports-related concussions did not improve over an 8-year period, despite readily available clinical guidance, according to a study reported here. A review of almost 500 cases showed that 66 percent of patients received appropriate discharge instructions from 2004 to 2010, increasing to 75 percent after 2010 — a nonsignificant difference.
Food allergy video game trial launched
Elizabeth McQuaid, Ph.D., a staff psychologist from the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center, is leading a research team testing a new interactive software game developed to help children with peanut allergies better manage allergy symptoms, social situations and proper food avoidance. "Pediatric food allergy is a serious health issue that now affects approximately 4 to 8 percent of children. Yet, very few resources for children exist to promote effective management strategies," said McQuaid.
White coat hypertension linked to elevated urine protein
Renal and Urology News
Increased urine protein is associated with an increased risk of white coat, masked, and sustained hypertension in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), a study reported at the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week 2013 meeting. They found that 52.7 percent of subjects had controlled BP, 5.5 percent had white-coat HTN, 24.5 percent had masked HTN, and 17.2 percent had sustained HTN. Each doubling of urine protein/creatinine ratio was associated with a 33 percent, 26 percent, and 49 percent increased odds of white-coat, masked, and sustained HTN, respectively. In addition, each 10 unit decrease in eGFR was associated with an 11 percent increased risk of masked HTN.
Pulmonary arterial hypertension can be hard to diagnose, but it be fatal if left untreated
The Washington Post
A 38-year-old high school track coach came to see Marvin M. Lipman, Consumer Reports’ chief medical advisor, because of shortness of breath, which had worsened over the past six months. A lifelong nonsmoker, he was a varsity miler in college and had continued running until about two years before, when he began to slow down. Now he noted shortness of breath after walking just a few blocks. Although he had no history of allergies or wheezing, he had once been told that he might have asthma. He was being treated with an inhaler, with no benefit.
Fewer ER visits for kids after cold medicine restrictions
HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report
Restrictions placed on cough and cold medicines may be working, with fewer young children ending up in the ER because of bad side effects tied to the drugs, new research shows.
The drop in kids' illnesses came about after drug manufacturers voluntarily withdrew cough and cold medications for this age group from the market in 2007, and after drug labeling changes put in place in 2008. The labeling changes advised that the products were not for use in children under 4.
New imaging method 'predicts' heart attack risk
Medical News Today
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that around 715,000 Americans suffer a heart attack every year. Now, scientists have created a new imaging technique that could identify which patients are at high risk. This is according to a study published in the The Lancet.
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh in the U.K. say the test — carried out using positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) — is able to "light up" dangerous fatty plaques in the arteries that are in danger of rupturing. This is a process that can cause heart attacks.
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