Monthly Archives: February 2017

Healthcare Data Breaches Up 40% Since 2015

Watch out for ‘spear phishing’ • by Alexandria Wilson Pecci HealthLeaders Media February 26, 2017 When a U.S. Attorney called South Florida “an epicenter of identity theft” last month, it was in the context of announcing federal charges against more than 100 suspected fraudsters. One of them was a former Jackson Health System employee accused of… Read more »

FDA Clears ‘Painless’ Blood Draw

Push-button device collects 100 μL of blood from upper arm • by Kristen Monaco Contributing Writer, MedPage Today February 27, 2017 • This article is a collaboration between MedPage Today® and: WASHINGTON — A push-button blood collection device billed as “virtually painless” received initial FDA 510(k) clearance late last week. The device, called TAP and sold by… Read more »

Should Dentists Screen for Diabetes?

Link to gum disease suggests that it would flag patients otherwise undiagnosed • by Jeff Minerd Contributing Writer, MedPage Today February 22, 2017 • This article is a collaboration between MedPage Today® and: Action Points • Patients with mild-to-severe periodontitis had significantly higher mean HbA1c values than a control group without periodontitis; using the American Diabetes Association (ADA)… Read more »

iMedical Apps: CoherentRx for Asthma Patient Education

• by Douglas Maurer DO, MPH February 21, 2017 Asthma is one of the most common chronic conditions in children and adults with a prevalence of over 8% in U.S. children and 7% in adults. This translates to over 7 million children in the U.S. who have asthma and over 26 million people total. In 2007,… Read more »

Everyday Exposure to EM Fields Can Disrupt Pacemakers

Lower sensitivity and bipolar sensing recommended • by Nicole Lou Reporter, MedPage Today/CRTonline.org February 27, 2017 Like implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) before them, pacemakers were found to be susceptible to interference from electromagnetic fields emitted from personal electronics, household appliances, and power lines, German researchers reported. In the study by Andreas Napp, MD, of RWTH Aachen University… Read more »

Time to Stand Against the No-Sitting Hysteria? (CNN)

After adjusting for other risk factors, sitting per se appears benign • by MedPage Today Staff February 21, 2017 Chances are good you’ve heard, “Sitting is the new smoking.” The catchy phrase has spurred many office workers to stand at their desks. However, the evidence for it looks increasingly shaky, a report on CNN indicated. In… Read more »

ACP: Non-Drug Tx Preferred for Low Back Pain – Try exercise, mindfulness, acupuncture or yoga before NSAIDs

by Nicole Lou Reporter, MedPage Today/CRTonline.org February 13, 2017 For patients with low back pain, providers should consider alternatives to drugs as first-line therapy, according to an updated clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP). Moderate-quality evidence in the literature shows that chronic pain can be eased with exercise, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, acupuncture,… Read more »

David Shulkin wins bipartisan approval, confirmed as VA secretary

by Ilene MacDonald | FierceHealth Feb 14, 2017 11:16am The Senate Monday night unanimously voted to confirm David Shulkin, M.D., as secretary of Veterans Affairs. In a rare display of bipartisan support for one of President Donald Trump’s cabinet members, the Senate voted 100-0 in favor of his confirmation. Shulkin served as the Department of… Read more »

The importance of shared decision-making in the ER

by Ilene MacDonald | FierceHealthcare Feb 7, 2017 12:05pm Shared decision-making, the cornerstone of patient-centered care, often takes place in non-emergency care settings where patients have the luxury of more time to talk to their clinicians and consider all their options. But these discussions should also take place in busy, chaotic emergency departments, wrote two… Read more »

New Year, New Vaccination Guidelines – CDC and AAP committees offer updates for flu shots, HPV, and others

by Molly Walker Staff Writer, MedPage Today February 06, 2017 • The live attenuated influenza vaccine (FluMist) is not recommended for either adults or children during the 2016-2017 flu season. • Note that regarding potential HPV vaccine hesitancy and to improve vaccine uptake among adolescents, one strategy for pediatricians would be to emphasize that HPV immunization prevents… Read more »