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2/15/2019

HHS unveiled a payment model that will reimburse ambulance services for transporting patients to facilities such as urgent care centers or physician's offices instead of emergency departments, as well as enabling them to work with a health care provider to use telemedicine for onsite care. The model, called Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport, or ET3, is designed to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and is expected to run for five years starting next year.

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2/15/2019

The flu vaccine yielded 47% overall efficacy among all age groups this season and 61% overall efficacy among youths ages 6 months to 17 years, as well as 46% efficacy against the dominant strain, compared with 25% efficacy of last year's vaccine against the dominant strain of the season, CDC researchers reported in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Another CDC study in MMWR also showed that flu activity has "low severity" so far this season.

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2/15/2019

Using social media such as Twitter to engage in debate over her field is both necessary and prone to self-defeating brusqueness, UK social worker Sophie Ayers writes. Avoid divisive language and be open to all sides of issues, she urges.

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2/15/2019

More than 3,000 equine influenza cases have been reported in Nigeria recently, and the World Organization for Animal Health suggests that the outbreak is being fueled by the global movement of donkeys being traded for their skins. Donkeys in Mali and Ghana have also developed signs of the highly contagious virus, according to the Donkey Sanctuary charity.

2/15/2019

When animals nuzzle or groom each other, snuggle together, stand watch against predators or work as a team, they are demonstrating something that humans relate to, says Patrick Abbot, an associate professor of biological sciences at Vanderbilt University who studies animal behavior. Though such behavior may be a means of survival, when puppies play and cooperate, they release oxytocin, which generates feelings of warmth and affection, and "we would call that love," Abbot says.

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2/15/2019

A study published in the journal Stroke linked consumption of more than one artificially sweetened drink per day to a higher risk of stroke, heart attack and early death for women ages 50 and older. The study did not show a causal effect, and researchers said risks were highest for black women and those who were obese or did not have a history of heart disease or diabetes.

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2/15/2019

Adults with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease but without obesity were at an increased risk of developing diabetes, according to findings in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases. South Korean researchers used a cohort of 70,303 adults with a body mass index of less than 25 kg/m2, ages at least 20, and found that men in the highest quartile of liver fibrosis and insulin resistance were at a higher risk of diabetes.

2/15/2019

Chinese researchers recruited 71,783 adults with type 2 diabetes and found that those who used pioglitazone had a 39% lower risk for myocardial infarction and a nonsignificant reduction in heart failure risk, compared with nonusers of pioglitazone. The findings in the Journal of Diabetes revealed that the pioglitazone group also had lower incidence rates for MI, heart failure and stroke than the non-pioglitazone group.

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2/15/2019

A study to be presented at the American Diabetes Association's 79th Scientific Sessions showed that linagliptin was noninferior in terms of time to first occurrence of nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke or cardiovascular death over an average of six years, compared with glimepiride. Researchers evaluated data from the CAROLINA study involving 6,033 type 2 diabetes patients at high CV risk or established CV disease who received 5 mg linagliptin once daily and found that linagliptin's overall safety profile in the study was consistent with previous findings.

2/15/2019

Surescripts is focused on interoperability, through e-prescribing and a record locator and exchange to allow electronic queries for health records from other providers. CEO Tom Skelton said, however, that patient access to health data and interoperability are different, and access needs to be accomplished as soon as possible, while interoperability will take longer.

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