Senate Republicans are looking to reach consensus on coverage of pre-existing conditions, with some conservatives preferring to repeal Affordable Care Act provisions governing pre-existing conditions and institute an opt-in approach for states that want to keep the provisions. Other ideas include an opt-out approach, requiring automatic coverage enrollment before states can obtain waivers or leaving many of the ACA provisions in place.
A study in Psychological Medicine found no link between cat exposure and psychosis, debunking previous studies suggesting Toxoplasma gondii exposure may be associated with psychosis in humans. T. gondii may be shed in cat feces, where immunocompromised people and pregnant women could pick up the parasite, but there is no evidence to support the idea that the parasite causes mental health issues.
As Memorial Day approaches, we honor the brave men, women, and service animals who have given their lives for our country. We also recognize the thousands of veterans and war dogs who have returned from the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan with physical and psychological injuries.
Read FBR's latest blog post to see how these wounded heroes have access to a better quality of life than those in decades past, thanks to medical advancements made possible by animal research. Looking to the future, learn about the latest science and exciting new discoveries that may, for example, one day allow paralyzed veterans and service animals to walk again.
Data from a meta-analysis presented at the Digestive Disease Week meeting showed positive outcomes from the use of GI Dynamics' EndoBarrier device in patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity. Use of the gut sleeve led to a 1.3% average A1C reduction after an average implantation of 8.4 months, as well as an average BMI reduction of 4.2kg/m2 and an average weight loss of 14.2%; A1C levels were also maintained at 1% lower than baseline six months after implant removal.
Swedish and Spanish researchers found that newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients experienced an increase in the growth of beneficial gut bacteria akkermansia and bifidobacterium four months after taking metformin, compared with those on placebo. The findings in the journal Nature suggest that people with type 2 diabetes might benefit from eating foods that help promote good gut bacteria, researchers said.
A 41-patient study in Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation compared contrast-enhanced ultrasound and color Doppler imaging for follow-up care among patients who received endovascular aortic repairs for abdominal aortic aneurysms. Using contrast-enhanced ultrasound as the standard, the study team found that color Doppler has a specificity of 92% and a sensitivity of 32%.
Screening rates for diabetic retinopathy increased from about 25% to 40% among rural and underserved patients of primary care clinics that added a telehealth program, according to a study in JAMA Ophthalmology. Researchers followed 1,661 adults participating in the North Carolina Diabetic Retinopathy Telemedicine Network.
A report from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General found that clinicians across 28 facilities often failed to document follow-up activities, required treatment plans and other suicide prevention protocols in EHRs. Eleven percent of EHRs for high-risk patients lacked suicide prevention plans.
The ONC is slated to receive $38 million under President Donald Trump's proposed budget for 2018, a 37% reduction from the $60 million it received in previous years. The budget document states the ONC's main priorities are EHR usability and health data interoperability, and it directs the agency to decrease support for the Consumer e-Health and National Learning Consortium programs.
The HHS received $387,200 from St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York as part of a settlement resolving alleged HIPAA violations, and the provider also agreed to a corrective action plan regarding its protected health information usage and disclosure procedures and policies. A staff member at the hospital's Spencer Cox Center for Health faxed a patient's PHI to the patient's employer, rather than sending it to the patient's personal post office box, according to an investigation by the HHS Office for Civil Rights.
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