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12/3/2021

CDC researchers analyzed data from 11 states and found that 1 in 44 8-year-olds had been diagnosed with autism in 2018, compared with 1 in 54 in 2016. Another CDC report found children had 50% higher odds of being diagnosed with autism by age 4 in 2018 than in 2014, suggesting that "[t]here is some progress being made and the earlier kids get identified, the earlier they can access services that they might need to improve their developmental outcome," CDC researcher Kelly Shaw said.

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The Associated Press
12/3/2021

Leadership is a craft that deserves the same attention as other skills, according to Amber Guild, CEO of the Grey New York marketing firm, and she notes that leaders who deliver on promises to leverage diversity in staffing and leadership stand to benefit. Guild encourages professionals to respectfully urge their executive teams to better understand diversity and how to create inclusive cultures that she says will result in "more innovation, creativity and positive business results."

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LinkedIn
12/3/2021

Individuals with overweight who consumed a high-fiber diet with whole-grain rye products lost around a kilogram more of body fat than those who consumed refined wheat products, and overall weight loss was higher in the group that ate more whole grains. However, there was substantial variation within the groups, according the authors of the 242-person study, which was published in Clinical Nutrition ESPEN.

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Diabetes (UK)
12/3/2021

The Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in at least five states and has probably been circulating in the US for some time, but logistical problems, the lack of a systematic approach to surveillance and a fragmented health care system impede scientists' ability to track the virus in real time. Genomic sequencing takes only 24 to 48 hours, but patient samples are gathered and shipped to testing labs in batches, so the data generated is weeks old in some cases.

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SARS
12/3/2021

Sensitivity to out-of-pocket costs may be a factor in whether patients choose in-person care or video visits for nonemergency care, according to a study in JAMA Network Open. A survey of 2,080 adults found broad willingness to use telehealth but a preference for in-person care, and many chose the lower-cost option of the two when presented with different cost scenarios.

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mHealth Intelligence
12/3/2021

In May 2020, a team of nurses in the intensive care unit at The Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center began fitting their COVID-19 patients who also had high blood glucose levels with continuous glucose monitors to allow remote monitoring and administration of insulin. Bedside blood glucose testing has since fallen by 71%, conserving personal protective equipment and placing less strain on patients and staff, and the team was the unanimous winner of this year's American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Prize.

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Wexner Medical Center
12/3/2021

CVS Health signed a 5-year deal with Microsoft for cloud computing services, access to Microsoft's Teams videoconferencing platform, Azure task automation technology and development of more customized care based on CVS customer and insurance subscriber data. Possible developments include mobile alerts, such as nudges to schedule recommended health screenings, adhere to prescriptions or purchase over-the-counter health products.

12/3/2021

A new Google feature allows health care professionals to note languages spoken in their office as part of their online listing. Another new feature enables users to filter search results to display only clinicians who accept Medicare.

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The Verge
12/3/2021

The HHS Office for Civil Rights recently settled five HIPAA right-of-access cases, including assessing a $100,000 civil penalty on a New York cardiovascular disease and internal medicine physician who refused to cooperate or provide requested data. A residential eating disorder treatment facility was fined $160,000 for failing to provide patient records after multiple requests.

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Health IT Security
12/3/2021

The World Federation of Neurology announced the Brain Health Initiative, an international campaign to raise awareness about brain health and related conditions. Under the initiative, physicians, health institutions, patients, caregivers and other stakeholders will partner to increase public knowledge through advocacy and educational materials.