Monthly Archives: October 2017

Learning Module Improves Community Hospital Anaphylaxis IQ

Proper dosing, administration of epinephrine most commonly missed by Molly Walker, Staff Writer, MedPage Today October 30, 2017 Action Points • Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. BOSTON — Provider education on… Read more »

Patients Who Claim Penicillin Allergy Often Aren’t Allergic

Penicillin skin test feasible in ‘real-world’ office setting, researchers say by Molly Walker, Staff Writer, MedPage Today October 30, 2017 Action Points • Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. BOSTON — A… Read more »

New Cards Mean New Medicare Scams

The FTC warns seniors to hang up if they receive calls from individuals claiming to be from Medicare and asking for Social Security or bank information. Debra Shute, October 25, 2017 New Medicare cards will be mailed out automatically, starting April of 2018, and are free to all 57 million Americans on Medicare, the Federal… Read more »

6 Tips for Preventing ED Falls

As simple as encouraging patients to use the call button by Laura Kinsella, BSN, RN, CEN October 29, 2017 The emergency department (ED) presents a set of unique challenges for patient care, not the least of which is unstable patients who are at great risk for falls. I once heard a nurse educator proclaim: “Everyone… Read more »

Flu Vax May Improve Outcomes in Other Illnesses

Vaccinated patients hospitalized with flu had lower risk of AKI development by Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today October 29, 2017 Action Points • Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. TORONTO… Read more »

Gout Equals Diabetes in Stroke Risk

Gout is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease but not for MI and stroke by Leo Robert, Rheumatology Network October 28, 2017 Gout is a risk equivalent to diabetes for incident stroke, but that is not the case for incident myocardial infarction (MI). Having both gout and diabetes confers incremental risk for both incident… Read more »

Combined Adequate Vitamin K and D Could Improve Knee OA

Post-hoc analysis of trial data suggests benefit by Diana Swift, Contributing Writer October 27, 2017 Action Points • Note that this observational study suggested worse physical performance in osteoarthritis among those with insufficient vitamin K and D levels. • Whether this is causative remains up for debate — low vitamin levels may be a marker of poor… Read more »

CDC recommends new shingles vaccine to replace older one

By Susan Scutti, CNN Thu October 26, 2017 (CNN) A new adult vaccine has received a double thumbs-up from the American federal health system. On the heels of Friday’s Food and Drug Administration approval of Shingrix, a new vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline for the prevention of shingles, a federal committee of immunization experts voted Wednesday to… Read more »

Unlabeled Ingredients in ‘Herbal’ Supplements Seen Causing Liver Injury

Common culprits: body-building, weight-loss products by Joyce Frieden, News Editor, MedPage Today October 24, 2017 WASHINGTON — Herbal products and supplements are frequently mislabeled and may contain unlisted ingredients that are harmful to the liver, researchers said here. Of 272 herbal dietary supplements analyzed, 51% had inaccurate labels in which some or all of the… Read more »