Veterinarian Jim Holcomb of Hill Country Animal Hospital in Austin, Texas, said rattlesnakes are beginning to come out of hibernation, a time when they are more likely to bite. Pet owners who live in areas where bites may occur can ask a veterinarian about a vaccine that helps dogs recover after they are bitten by a venomous snake.
Veterinarians in the UK and the US have raised concerns about health issues caused when cats and dogs are bred to have short snouts, and the growing trend of breeding brachycephalic rabbits has provoked a similar outcry. The rabbits may experience dental problems, eye issues, infections and even brain abnormalities as a result of the malformation, says AVMA spokeswoman Sharon Granskog, so the AVMA encourages dialogue between veterinarians and breeders to ensure animal welfare is prioritized.
People with diabetes had significantly reduced numbers of small blood vessels around the heart, increasing their risk of heart attack, compared with those without diabetes, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. German researchers experimented on animals and used genetic therapy to stimulate the growth of pericytes, which helped with the growth of functional and lasting blood vessels.
A study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism showed that women with increased pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A concentrations had a lower risk of developing gestational diabetes and had reduced insulin resistance at week 28, compared with those with lower concentrations of plasma protein-A. UK researchers analyzed serum samples from 821 pregnant women and found that pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A was negatively associated with both week 28 fasting glucose concentrations and 60-minute glucose concentrations.
In the uncertainty following the withdrawal of House Republicans' attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, some White House officials and lawmakers suggested the door could be open for a bipartisan effort to address health care. "With the demise of the House bill, there's a real window of opportunity for a bipartisan approach to health care," said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.
The third version of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standards framework has been released by Health Level Seven International. "We expect that the FHIR specification will continue to evolve in the future as we [respond] to the interoperability needs of the robust FHIR implementation community," an HL7 blog post said.
Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, CPSI and Epic are among the top inpatient EHR vendors based on the number of hospitals that have implemented EHR systems, according to data from Definitive Healthcare. Also included in the list are McKesson, MEDHOST, Meditech, NextGen Healthcare and NTT Data.
The American College of Physicians published a position paper in the Journal of General Internal Medicine that voices concerns about how EHR development has failed to focus on capturing physician feedback and accurate patient data. The paper said EHRs should be involved in clinical reasoning for all patient encounters and help facilitate patient care, and that clinicians should ensure confidentiality of EHR data.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is requesting "scientific information submissions" that provide evidence that telehealth improves clinical and economic outcomes in acute and chronic care and whether these outcomes vary across telehealth consultation characteristics. The agency aims to promote effective telehealth use and remove barriers to its adoption, it said in a report.
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