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June 2013 Briefing - OBGYN & Women's Health

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in OBGYN & Women's Health for June 2013. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

CDC: One Percent Decrease in Number of Births in 2011

FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- In 2011 there was a 1 percent decrease in the number of U.S. births, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Marine n-3 PUFA Inversely Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- Marine n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (n-3-PUFA) intake is inversely associated with the risk of breast cancer, according to a review published online June 27 in BMJ.

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Avoidable Health Care Costs Exceed $200 Billion in 2012

FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- In 2012, avoidable health care costs in the United States exceeded $200 billion, according to a report published by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

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Bipartisan Recommendations Can Strengthen Health System

THURSDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- Leaders of the Bipartisan Policy Center Health Care Cost Containment Initiative have developed a series of recommendations to strengthen the U.S. health care system, according to a sounding board piece published online June 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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ACOG Considers Early Pregnancy Within Scope of Gynecology Care

THURSDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) considers early pregnancy care to be within the realm of gynecology and gynecologic practice, according to a Committee Opinion published in the July issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Adults With Chronic Conditions Earn C+ for Meds Adherence

WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- On average, adults with chronic conditions earn a C+ for medication adherence, according to a report published June 25 by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

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Hospital Teaching Intensity Affects Readmission Rates

WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital teaching intensity significantly affects readmission rates for the most common inpatient diagnoses, particularly for safety-net hospitals, according to a study published in the July issue of Medical Care.

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HHS Launches Insurance Marketplace Website, Call Center

WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched the Health Insurance Marketplace education effort, with a consumer-focused website and a consumer call center, to help Americans prepare for enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

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8.5 Million Enrollees to Receive Health Insurance Rebates

WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- About 8.5 million enrollees will receive a rebate of about $100 per family as part of the Affordable Care Act "80/20" rule, according to a report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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ACOG Updates Uterine Bleeding Recommendations

WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Updated patient management guidelines for the treatment of patients with abnormal uterine bleeding associated with ovulatory dysfunction (AUB-O) have been released in a practice bulletin published in the July issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Prenatal Smoke Exposure Impacts Reward Processing

TUESDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- Adolescents prenatally exposed to maternal cigarette smoking exhibit weaker brain response to anticipatory rewards than their nonexposed peers, according to a study published online June 19 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Drop in HPV Prevalence in 14- to 19-Year Olds in Vaccine Era

TUESDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of vaccine-type human papillomavirus (HPV) among 14- to 19-year old females decreased within four years of introduction of vaccination into routine immunization schedules in late 2006, according to research published online June 19 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

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Growing Mismatch in Med School Graduates, GME Places

TUESDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- Although the number of medical school enrollees and graduates is increasing, the number of U.S. graduate medical education (GME) programs has not increased at the same rate, and consequently physician shortages are likely to become more apparent, according to a perspective piece published online June 19 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Publicly Reported Mortality Predicts Hospital Performance

TUESDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital performance on publicly reported medical conditions is indicative of overall hospital mortality rates, according to a study published online June 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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USPSTF Endorses HCV Screen for High-Risk, Baby Boomers

MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening high-risk individuals for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, and recommends a one-time screening for all adults born from 1945 to 1965, according to a recommendation statement published in the June 24 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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AH: Most Acute Care Costs Not Avoidable for High-Cost Patients

MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- For high-cost Medicare beneficiaries, only a small percentage of costs are related to preventable emergency department visits and hospitalizations, according to a study published online June 24 in the Journal of the American Medical Association to coincide with presentation at the Annual Research Meeting of AcademyHealth, held from June 23 to 25 in Baltimore.

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No Long-Term Cognitive Consequences Noted for HRT

MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- For postmenopausal women aged 50 to 55 years, conjugated equine estrogen (CEE)-based hormone therapy has no long-term impact on cognition, according to research published online June 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Survival of England's National Health Service Questioned

MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- Recent criticism of England's National Health Service (NHS) has called its survival into question, according to a perspective piece published online June 19 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Guide Issued for Tying Primary Care to Regional Organizations

MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has developed a new guide to help primary care practices to assess readiness for connecting electronic health records (EHRs) to regional health information organizations (RHIOs).

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FDA Approves Plan B for All Females of Childbearing Age

FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- The Plan B "emergency" contraceptive (levonorgestrel) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for any female of childbearing potential.

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Prenatal Iron Intake Beneficial for Moms and Babies

FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Daily use of prenatal iron is associated with increased maternal mean hemoglobin and increased birth weight, according to research published online June 21 in BMJ.

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AMA Awards Grants for Medical Education Innovation

FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) has awarded funding to 11 U.S. medical schools in response to their proposals regarding educational innovations aimed at transforming how future physicians are trained.

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Young Children With Depressed Moms Benefit From Group Care

FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Regulated early child care services reduce the risk for internalizing problems among children of mothers with elevated maternal depressive symptoms (MDSs), according to research published online June 19 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Gene Patenting Ruling Unlikely to Really Impact Oncology Care

FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- The Supreme Court decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad is not likely to have much immediate impact the practice of oncology, according to a special communication published online June 13 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Study Presents Mechanisms of Estrogen's Benefit on UTI

FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Estrogen treatment induces the production of antimicrobial peptides and physically strengthens urinary tract tissue, providing support for its beneficial effect on urinary tract infections (UTIs), according to a study published in the June 19 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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Prenatal Smoke Exposure Linked to Hearing Loss in Teens

FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Secondhand smoke exposure in utero is associated with higher pure-tone hearing thresholds and an increased likelihood of unilateral low-frequency sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) among adolescents, according to a study published online June 20 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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AHRQ Offers Strategies to Prevent Adverse Drug Events

FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Strategies to prevent adverse drug events (ADEs) have been recommended and published in a report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

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Obesity Is a Disease, Says American Medical Association

THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association has adopted policy that recognizes obesity as a disease, a step that the association hopes will help focus more attention on treatment and prevention efforts, and that some suggest may lead to greater acceptance by insurance providers to cover treatment.

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HPV Antibodies Signal Higher Risk for Oropharyngeal Cancer

THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- In plasma samples obtained prior to diagnosis, the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 E6 antibodies was more likely to be detected in patients with oropharyngeal cancer than in controls, according to research published online June 17 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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ACOG Recommends Screening Women for Elder Abuse

THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- Elder abuse is a prevalent issue and needs to be screened for in women aged 60 years and older during preventive health care visits, according to a Committee Opinion published in the July issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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CMS Implementing Physician Quality Reporting System

THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- To promote the reporting of quality information by eligible professionals, the Physician Quality Reporting System is being implemented, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Practices Are Not Prepared for Implementation of ICD-10

THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- Physician practices have made little progress in preparing for implementation of the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), according to a report published by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

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CDC Releases Modified Contraception Recommendations

THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued modified recommendations for health care providers regarding the safe and effective use of contraceptive methods; the report, "U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use 2013," has been published in the June 14 early-release issue of the CDC's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.

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Flu Shot Averted About 13 Million Illnesses Over Six Years

THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- Influenza vaccination likely prevented over 13 million illnesses and more than 100,000 hospitalizations from 2005 to 2011, according to a study published online June 19 in PLOS ONE.

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Secondhand Smoke Exposure Tied to Increased Diabetes Risk

WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Secondhand smoke exposure, in childhood or adulthood, is associated with an increased rate of type 2 diabetes in women, according to a study published online June 11 in Diabetes Care.

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Potential of Mobile Remote-Presence Devices Discussed

WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Mobile remote-presence devices have the potential to increase access to and improve delivery of health care in the developed and developing world, according to an innovations report published online June 17 in CMAJ, the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Depression in Women Tied to Diabetes, Cardiac Risk Factors

WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Depressive symptoms and antidepressant use correlate with body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, and biomarkers of glucose dysregulation and inflammation, according to a study published online June 13 in the American Journal of Public Health.

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EHR Implementation First Step Toward Quality Improvement

WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) is a first step toward quality improvement and should be accompanied by use of new payment models to allow physicians to see a return on their investments, according to Farzad Mostashari, M.D., of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, who was recently interviewed by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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New Rule Proposes Insurance Program Integrity Guidelines

WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- A new proposed rule, which provides program integrity guidelines for Affordable Insurance Exchanges, or Health Insurance Marketplaces (Marketplaces), has been released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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State-Based Health Care Price Websites Lacking

TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- State-based, patient-oriented websites reporting health care prices need to be improved, according to a research letter published in the June 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Internet Grocery Service Seems Feasible in Urban Food Deserts

TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- An Internet grocery service (IGS) seems to be a feasible approach for increasing food access in an urban food desert, according to a pilot study published online May 8 in Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Rates of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Vary by State

TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity, age, race/ethnicity, hospital characteristics, and insurance type may contribute to the variability in rates of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) between states, according to research published in the May issue of Diabetes Care.

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Study Links Autism to Perinatal Exposure to Air Pollutants

TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- Perinatal exposure to air pollutants is associated with increased odds of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with stronger correlations seen for boys than girls, according to a study published online June 18 in Environmental Health Perspectives.

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Unauthorized Immigrants Make Up 1.4% U.S. Medical Spending

TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- Unauthorized immigrants have substantially lower health care expenditures than legal residents, naturalized citizens, and U.S. natives, according to a study published online June 12 in Health Affairs.

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About 15 Percent of People Currently Uninsured in U.S.

TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- In 2012, nearly 15 percent of U.S. people of all ages were currently uninsured, according to a data brief published online June 18 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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FDA Discusses Cybersecurity for Medical Devices, Hospitals

MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Medical device manufacturers and health care facilities should ensure appropriate safeguards are in place to reduce the potential harms that may result from cyberattacks, according to a safety communication issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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FDA Approves New Silicone Breast Implants

MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- MemoryShape breast implants have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for breast augmentation in women 22 and older, and for breast reconstruction, the FDA said Friday.

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Weight Loss Improves Sexual Function in Diabetes

FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Among obese women with type 2 diabetes and sexual dysfunction, weight loss significantly improves sexual function, according to a study published online June 11 in Diabetes Care.

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Only a Quarter of New Doctors Choose Primary Care

FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Only about a quarter of newly graduated physicians work in primary care and only about 5 percent practice in rural areas, despite public funding of graduate medical education (GME), according to research published online June 7 in Academic Medicine.

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Father-Child Relationship Linked to Marital Quality

FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Father-child relationship quality has a strong effect on both spouses' marital quality, according to a study published online March 8 in the Journal of Family Issues.

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Thyroid Disease-Pregnancy Complications Link Explored

FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Thyroid diseases are associated with obstetric and labor and delivery complications, but further study is needed to determine if better management of disease during pregnancy is in order, or if it is an intrinsic aspect of thyroid disease that causes poor pregnancy outcomes, according to research published online June 6 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Radiation + Tamoxifen Lowers Risk of Locoregional Recurrence

FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Over the long term, treatment with radiation plus tamoxifen for early-stage breast cancer leads to a small benefit in locoregional recurrence, but not in an advantage for overall survival, distant disease-free survival, or breast preservation, according to a study published online May 20 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Diet Rich in Unsaturated Fat May Up Insulin Sensitivity

FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- A diet rich in unsaturated fat may increase insulin sensitivity in individuals who are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, according to research published in the May issue of Diabetes Care.

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New Treatments Outperforming Placebo Becoming Less Common

FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- The efficacy of new medical treatments compared with placebo has sharply declined over the last few decades, suggesting that comparative effectiveness studies are needed, according to a study published in the June issue of Health Affairs.

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Survey Examines Physician Satisfaction With EHRs

THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- About three-quarters of physicians report that their practice either has a fully implemented electronic health record (EHR), uses a hospital or corporate EHR, or is in the process of implementing an EHR, according to a technology survey published by Physicians Practice.

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Metformin Doesn't Reduce Gestational Diabetes With PCOS

THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- Metformin does not reduce the occurrence of gestational diabetes (GD) among pregnant women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) treated with metformin throughout pregnancy, according to a small study published in the June issue of Diabetes Care.

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Exercise Improves Metabolic Syndrome Post-Menopause

THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise training is associated with improvements in components of metabolic syndrome (MetS) among postmenopausal women, according to a study published in the June 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Hands-Free, Speech-to-Text Action Ups Distraction in Driving

WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- In-vehicle activities such as listening to the radio are associated with a small level of distraction, whereas speech-to-text action correlates with relatively high levels of cognitive distraction while driving, according to a report published June 12 by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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Short Post-Meal Walks Control Postprandial Hyperglycemia

WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- For older people, short bouts of post-meal walking seem effective for controlling postprandial hyperglycemia, according to a study published online June 11 in Diabetes Care.

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Screening Has Not Affected Breast CA Mortality in England

WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Mammographic screening, introduced in England in 1988, has not had a significant impact on breast cancer mortality, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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Fertility Preservation Guidelines for Cancer Patients Reviewed

WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- No major, substantive revisions were necessary, but clarifications were added to update the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) guidelines on fertility preservation for children and adults with cancer, according to a report published online May 28 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Use of EHRs Can Enhance Doc-Patient Communication

WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic health records (EHRs) can be used during clinical encounters to enhance the physician-patient relationship, encouraging communication during the clinical encounter, according to a viewpoint published in the June 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Overweight and Obesity Linked to Risk of Preterm Delivery

TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal overweight and obesity, as measured by body mass index (BMI) in early pregnancy, is associated with increased risks of preterm delivery, especially extremely preterm delivery, according to a study published in the June 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Biomarker May Predict Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Increased plasma concentrations of soluble (pro)renin receptor during the first trimester of pregnancy may predict the development of gestational diabetes mellitus, according to research published in the June issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Trans Fats Down in Two-Thirds of Food Products, 2007 to 2011

TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Manufacturers have slowed in their reformulations of food products to reduce trans fatty acids (TFA), according to a study published online May 23 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Doctors Do Not Spend Enough Time Planning Their Finances

TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians do not spend enough time reviewing their finances, and half are behind in their retirement planning, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA) Insurance Agency.

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Most Doctors Feel They Are Under-Using Mobile Apps

TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Most physicians feel they are not maximizing use of mobile applications, and would utilize additional electronic health record (EHR) functionalities if they were available, according to poll conducted by Black Book Market Research.

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Patients Trust Primary Care Docs, Regardless of PCP BMI

MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- Patients report high levels of trust in their primary care providers (PCPs), but they are more likely to trust dietary advice from overweight than normal-weight PCPs, according to a study published online June 4 in Preventive Medicine.

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Oncologists, PCPs Differ in Cancer Follow-Up Concerns

MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- Medical oncologists (MOs) and primary care physicians (PCPs) report different barriers/concerns in cancer follow-up care to be problematic, according to research published online May 20 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Marriages That Start Online May Be More Successful

FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Those who meet their spouse online may have slightly better outcomes in marriage than those who meet through traditional means, according to a study published online June 3 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Background MRI Enhancement Up in Premenopausal Breast Cancer

FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Quantitative measurement of background enhancement (BE) on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is significantly higher in premenopausal women with breast cancer compared to postmenopausal women with breast cancer, according to a pilot study published in the June issue of Radiology.

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Women Being Recruited to Join Specific Cancer Registry

FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Women, with and without cancer, are being recruited to join a cancer registry in an effort to better understand and more effectively treat cancers that primarily affect women, according to a Cedars-Sinai initiative.

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HHS: Marketplaces Open New Insurance Options for Consumers

THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Health Insurance Marketplaces, due to be introduced in October 2013, will increase the coverage options for many consumers, according to a memo released by the U.S. Department of Human & Health Services.

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Weather Differentially Affects Women With Fibromyalgia

THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Female patients with fibromyalgia appear to be differentially sensitive to certain weather conditions rather than subject to a uniform influence of weather on daily pain and fatigue, according to a study published online June 4 in Arthritis Care & Research.

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One-Third of Women Willing to Delay Rx for Suspected UTI

WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- When asked to by their doctor, more than a third of women with urinary tract infection symptoms are willing to delay antibiotic treatment, according to a study published online May 31 in BMC Family Practice.

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Shared-Care Model Improves Professional Satisfaction

WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Shifting primary care practice toward a shared-care model for work distribution and responsibility can improve professional satisfaction, according to research published in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Few Physicians Meeting Meaningful Use in Early 2012

WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- In early 2012, few physicians met meaningful use criteria, and using electronic health records (EHRs) for patient panel management was difficult, according to research published in the June 5 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Twitter Analysis Can Inform Vaccination Campaigns

WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Analysis of Twitter posts can help explain patient knowledge and inform directions for educational vaccination campaigns, according to a brief report published in the June issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

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Profitability Index Checks Financial Health of Practices

WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- An overall downward trend in profitability has been identified based on a practice profitability index, developed to assess the financial health of U.S. physician practices, according to a report published by CareCloud.

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Roux-en-Y Bypass Ups Glycemic Control, Weight Loss in Diabetes

TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- For obese patients with diabetes, gastric bypass is associated with improved control of comorbid risk factors and weight loss in the short term, according to research published in the June 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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CDC: Small Drop in Those With Difficulty Paying Medical Bills

TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a slight decrease in the percentage of individuals aged younger than 65 years who are in a family with difficulty paying their medical bills, according to a June data brief issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Final Rules on Employment Wellness Programs Released

TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- The final rules on employment-based wellness programs, which support workplace health promotion and prevention as a way of limiting health care costs and reducing the burden of chronic disease, have been released by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

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Vegetarian Dietary Patterns Tied to Lower All-Cause Death

MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with non-vegetarians, vegetarians have reduced all-cause mortality, according to a study published online June 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Daily Sunscreen Use During Middle-Age Slows Skin Aging

MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- Daily sunscreen use can slow skin aging in middle-aged adults, according to a study published in the June 4 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Independent Payment Advisory Board's Future Questioned

MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- Established as a part of the efforts of Affordable Care Act (ACA) to contain health care costs, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) has been surrounded by controversy, and still has no members, according to a perspective piece published online May 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Health of Nation Reviewed With Focus on Emergency Care

MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- Recent trends in the health of the nation are described, with particular focus on emergency care, in the 36th annual report published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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