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8/31/2015

Women are less likely to undergo angioplasty after a heart attack, and when they are treated, they are more likely to die than men, according to research to be presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress. Women may be at higher risk, but the researchers said physician attitudes likely also play a role. Survival among female patients was 18%, compared with 26% among male patients, while 26% of women were treated with angioplasty, compared with 36% of men.

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8/31/2015

Parents can help their children make healthier choices at restaurants if they bypass the children's menu and go for an appetizer or split an adult entree with them, said registered dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman. Some ethnic dishes may be healthier than traditional children's meals, Freuman said, and ordering a vegetable side dish with a kids-menu entree can demonstrate how to balance a meal.

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8/31/2015

Eighty-seven percent of 29,286 test claims submitted by about 1,200 participants during ICD-10 end-to-end testing held July 20-24 were accepted, the CMS reports. Invalid use of ICD-10 codes prompted rejection of 1.8% of the claims, while invalid use of ICD-9 codes resulted in the rejection of 2.6% of claims.

8/31/2015

Researchers at the Duke University Canine Cognition Center found that training and the tone used when giving commands to dogs should be tailored to the animal's temperament. Excitable dogs perform best when spoken to in a calm voice, while more easygoing dogs do better with a little excitement in the command tone. The researchers noted that dogs' responses were consistent with the Yerkes-Dodson psychological principle, which says too much or too little emotion will lead to inaction.

8/31/2015

Some type 2 diabetes patients may experience severe joint pain from dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors such as sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin and alogliptin, according to the FDA, which has already added a warning to all labels of drugs under this class. The FDA said patients shouldn't stop taking the drug, "but should contact their health care professional right away if they experience severe and persistent joint pain."

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HealthDay News
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8/31/2015

A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that severely obese pregnant women had a stillbirth rate of 17 per 1,000 births, compared with 8 per 1,000 births among lean women. Researchers evaluated data of more than 650 stillbirths between 2003 and 2010 and found obese women were at an increased likelihood of having high blood pressure, fetal abnormalities, placental diseases and umbilical cord abnormalities.

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8/31/2015

HHS reported that it will not stop using Yammer despite security risks reported by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General. An HHS spokesperson said that unlike the VA, HHS is using the paid version of the enterprise social network that has better administrative and security features than the free version used at the VA. "We have taken several steps to help ensure this tool is used properly and continue to evaluate how we use Yammer. We have enabled an active HHS-wide identity and access management system to ensure only current HHS employees with proper network credentials can use the site," the HHS spokesperson said via e-mail.

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MedCityNews.com
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8/31/2015

The CMS is taking steps to oversee the Oct. 1 ICD-10 transition. At a provider call on Thursday, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said an ICD-10 Coordination Center in Baltimore will open at the end of September. Slavitt also said William Rogers, director of the Physicians Regulatory Issues Team at the CMS, has been appointed as the agency's ICD-10 ombudsman.

8/31/2015

The CMS said that Medicaid and Medicare EHR incentive payments totaled $31.34 billion to 543,524 eligible hospitals and professionals as of July. The number of active registrations for hospitals and professionals was up 2.7% from February.

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8/31/2015

U.K. researchers found that children who slept less than 11 hours each night were more tempted by food and had a higher body mass index than those who slept 11 hours or more. The findings in the International Journal of Obesity were based on 1,008 5-year-old children.

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Reuters
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