The Senate Finance Committee voted 15-12 to advance Alex Azar's nomination as HHS secretary. The former Eli Lilly and Co. executive now faces a vote in the full Senate, where confirmation is expected.
Youths who smoked cigarettes in early adolescence or those who used marijuana in early and late adolescence were more likely to have psychotic experiences such as delusions, hallucinations and thought interferences at age 18, compared with those who didn't use either substance, researchers reported in JAMA Psychiatry. The findings showed that only the association between marijuana use and subsequent psychosis remained strong after adjusting for other factors, while evidence linking early psychotic experiences to increased cigarette or marijuana use was limited.
The CMS has proposed a new policy to fight the opioid abuse epidemic by preventing at-risk Medicare beneficiaries from obtaining prescription drugs from multiple physicians or pharmacies. Locking certain beneficiaries in to a single prescriber for Medicare Part D benefits will improve care coordination while maintaining access to necessary painkillers and make it easier to track billing patterns, CMS official Kimberly Brandt said at a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday.
Physical therapist Heather Henry says evidence does not support the idea that people who have muscle soreness after a workout, which can be caused by microscopic tears in muscle fibers, get stronger than those without pain. Henry says a better way to evaluate a workout is through physical measures, such as heart rate, speed and endurance, over time.
This activity will cover data presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Session 2017. The expert faculty discuss the role of PCSK9 inhibitors for the treatment of dyslipidemia, including achieving LDL-C goals, cardiovascular risk reduction and managing special patient populations. The faculty will discuss different approaches of how to implement newer therapies into individualized treatment plans. Upon completing this activity, you may receive up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Begin this activity!
Stray dogs and cats shed Toxocara roundworm eggs when they defecate in yards, playgrounds and sandboxes, and children playing in those areas can inadvertently swallow the eggs, which hatch and release larvae into the body and possibly the brain. The CDC estimates that some 16 million people have been exposed to Toxocara, but studies show that pets that receive regular care from a veterinarian rarely carry the parasite.
Researchers estimate that wild bottlenose dolphins burn 16,500 to 33,000 calories a day and need to eat 22 to 55 pounds of fish each day to survive, depending on activity levels and the temperature of the ocean. The findings, published in Royal Society Open Science, can be used by fisheries managers to set quotas.
Researchers analyzed data from the Pittsburgh Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications study involving 658 adults with childhood-onset type 1 diabetes and found that while the number of patients meeting A1C recommendations set by the American Diabetes Association increased from 9.7% to 25.6%, there was a decrease in adults meeting LDL cholesterol targets, from 65.7% to 39.7%, over about 25 years. The findings in the Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications also revealed that most patients met ADA guidelines for triglycerides, and those meeting blood pressure guidelines dipped slightly from 89.7% to 87.4%.
A study in the Joint Commission Journal of Quality and Patient Safety found surveys of care teams after unexpected patient deaths provided valuable information on advance directives, goals of care, care coordination and clinician distress. The surveys also showed clinicians overestimated the preventability of death by almost tenfold.
AHIP, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and four other health care provider organizations are working to streamline prior authorizations to improve access to timely and affordable care while reducing administrative burdens. The groups agreed to reduce the number of providers subject to prior authorization rules, improve communication, and regularly review services and medications that require prior authorization.
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