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Weight gain linked to increased atrial fibrillation risk

Weight gain linked to increased atrial fibrillation risk

For every five unit increase in body mass index there were greater excess risks of incident atrial fibrillation in cohort and case-control studies.

Eating less fruits and veggies may increase hip fracture risk

Eating less fruits and veggies may increase hip fracture risk

Patients who ate five servings of fruits and vegetables had a lower rate of hip fracture.

Metformin may lower open-angle glaucoma risk

Metformin may lower open-angle glaucoma risk

Patients taking the highest amount of metformin had a 25% reduced risk of developing OAG compared with those not taking the medication.

Vegan diet may improve diabetic neuropathy pain

Vegan diet may improve diabetic neuropathy pain

The vegan group had lost 15 pounds, on average, versus about one pound in the comparison group.

Pennsylvania sees dramatic drop in medical malpractice lawsuits

Pennsylvania sees dramatic drop in medical malpractice lawsuits

In 2014, only 1,463 new cases were filed, which is a 46% decline since 2000 to 2002.

Larger practices use similar selection of EHR systems

Larger practices use similar selection of EHR systems

Sixty percent of responses from clinicians in large practices were from users of 10 EHR products.

A return to sports after scoliosis surgery

A return to sports after scoliosis surgery

Return to running, noncontact/contact sports, and collision sports by three, six, 12 months, respectively.

Top 5 primary care physician assistant, nurse practitioner procedures

Top 5 primary care physician assistant, nurse practitioner procedures

Elucidating most commonly performed clinical procedures can better inform education and training.

Raw tuna may be to blame in Salmonella outbreak

Raw tuna may be to blame in Salmonella outbreak

At least 53 people in nine states have fallen ill, while 10 have been hospitalized, CDC officials report.

Resistance Training Improved Sexual Function, Other Markers For Women With PCOS

Resistance Training Improved Sexual Function, Other Markers For Women With PCOS

Significant improvements in total FSFI score and in desire, excitement, lubrication domains.

How to get the most out of physician assistant clinical rotations

How to get the most out of physician assistant clinical rotations

Resources are available to supplement the general medicine knowledge physician assistants already have when starting clinical rotations.

Patient education essential for improving asthma control

Patient education essential for improving asthma control

Consider designating dedicated clinic personal to educate patients about proper inhaler use.

Five variables influence heart failure readmission risk

Five variables influence heart failure readmission risk

Risk prediction model could help determine patients at greater risk for 30-day readmission.

Science course performance may predict PANCE success

Science course performance may predict PANCE success

Identifying factors that predict PANCE passage can improve physician assistant program quality and graduate success.

Protecting against unethical and fraudulent medical billing

Protecting against unethical and fraudulent medical billing

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners can be held liable for billing fraud on their NPI.

AAPA sets sights on hospice care, improving mentorship in 2015

AAPA sets sights on hospice care, improving mentorship in 2015

Passing HR 1202 will allow physician assistants to provide hospice care.

Clinical simulation useful in physician assistant education

Clinical simulation useful in physician assistant education

Widespread plans among programs to increase use of simulation suggest that faculty find it beneficial.

Defining physician assistant practice autonomy

Defining physician assistant practice autonomy

Practice autonomy increases with physician assistants' experience level and correlates with subspecialty.

Physician assistant programs face shortage of clinical rotation sites

Physician assistant programs face shortage of clinical rotation sites

As the number of physician assistant programs expands, the competition for rotation sites is expected to intensify.

Treatment Found To Be Safe For Weight Loss in Obesity

Treatment Found To Be Safe For Weight Loss in Obesity

Tolerable at doses of 0.6 and 1.2 mg; more adverse events with dose of 2.4 mg.

Expanding physician assistant oral health curricula could help bridge gaps in care

Expanding physician assistant oral health curricula could help bridge gaps in care

Better integrating oral health into PA training has the potential to improve oral health outcomes.

Effectively advocating for full physician assistant practice authority

Effectively advocating for full physician assistant practice authority

Provide congressional representatives with clear, concise information to effectively advocate for expanded practice authority.

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners cite obstacles to achieving academic rank

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners cite obstacles to achieving academic rank

Strategies needed to make academic rank more attainable for physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

Follow SPIKES protocol to deliver difficult diagnoses

Follow SPIKES protocol to deliver difficult diagnoses

A six-point protocol for giving patients bad news helps ensure a better experience.

Awareness of physician assistant profession improving in 2015

Awareness of physician assistant profession improving in 2015

Advocacy and public awareness efforts in 2015 have helped spotlight the vital contributions physician assistants bring to the health care system.

CDC: Smoking Rates Dropping in Many States

CDC: Smoking Rates Dropping in Many States

But some people are using alternative tobacco products in addition to cigarettes.

Focus on setting personal goals to inspire difficult health changes

Focus on setting personal goals to inspire difficult health changes

Sneak interventions into any patient encounter using motivational interviewing techniques.

AAPA Award winners play critical role in improving health care

AAPA Award winners play critical role in improving health care

Five physician assistants were lauded for their exemplary commitment to advancing the PA profession by the AAPA.

Educate patients on SGLT2 inhibitors about yeast infection risk

Educate patients on SGLT2 inhibitors about yeast infection risk

Patients with diabetes who are prescribed sodium glucose co-transporter type 2 inhibitors are at increased risk for developing a mycotic infection.

HEP Score useful for predicting heparin-induced thrombocytopenia

HEP Score useful for predicting heparin-induced thrombocytopenia

A novel pre-test probability model may help clinicians detect HIT earlier.

Team discussions may help reduce medical errors

Team discussions may help reduce medical errors

Determining what types of collaboration improve clinical outcomes key in structuring interprofessional education training programs.

The Fittest City In The Nation Is...

The Fittest City In The Nation Is...

Washington D.C. is followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul and San Diego as places that encourage exercise.

Scoliosis Screening In Schools Shows Sustained Effectiveness

Scoliosis Screening In Schools Shows Sustained Effectiveness

Across five consecutive years increase in prevalence and sensitivity for curves of 20 degrees or more.

More Than A Third Of Americans Have Metabolic Syndrome

More Than A Third Of Americans Have Metabolic Syndrome

Age a strong influencer; almost 50% 60 and older have the condition.

Report: Avoid cesarean delivery when possible

Report: Avoid cesarean delivery when possible

Cesarean delivery linked to more complications and lower chances of vaginal delivery for subsequent births.

Routine admission may not be beneficial for adults with chest pain

Routine admission may not be beneficial for adults with chest pain

Vast majority who have normal cardiac test results are in no immediate danger, researchers say.

Mediterranean diet not associated with rheumatoid arthritis risk

Mediterranean diet not associated with rheumatoid arthritis risk

No significant association between Mediterranean diet and risk of rheumatoid arthritis in two large cohorts of U.S. women.

Shift work may pose threat to metabolic health

Shift work may pose threat to metabolic health

Excess weight and sleep issues are more common among those with changing schedules.

Acne history linked with increased melanoma risk

Acne history linked with increased melanoma risk

After adjustment for known risk factors, increased relative risk for women with history of acne.

Primary care prostate cancer screening practices have changed

Primary care prostate cancer screening practices have changed

Primary care screening patterns have changed as a result of the USPSTF recommendation.

Exercise may help older men live longer

Exercise may help older men live longer

Study links activity in older men to longer lives.

CDC: Beware of norovirus in untreated swimming water

CDC: Beware of norovirus in untreated swimming water

Safe hygiene practices can prevent norovirus outbreaks, according to the CDC.

Electronic health records pose increasing medical malpractice risk

Electronic health records pose increasing medical malpractice risk

Although electronic health records (EHRs) issues were only involved in 1% of a sample of lawsuits from 2007 to 2013, the frequency of EHR-related lawsuits doubled between 2013 and 2014.

One in 10 kids receive attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder diagnosis

One in 10 kids receive attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder diagnosis

The number of children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder was lowest among those without health insurance.

Iron deficiency may impact metabolic pathways

Iron deficiency may impact metabolic pathways

Iron treatment correlated with significant increases in serum folate and vitamin B12 from baseline.

Grip strength may indicate increased heart disease, mortality risk

Grip strength may indicate increased heart disease, mortality risk

Every 11-pound drop in grip strength was also associated with a 9% increased risk of stroke and a 7% higher risk of myocardial infarction.

Paying smokers to quit effective cessation strategy

Paying smokers to quit effective cessation strategy

Deposit programs were twice as effective as the rewards programs, and five times more effective than simply receiving free smoking aids.

Updated guidelines for hepatitis B screening among patients with cancer

Updated guidelines for hepatitis B screening among patients with cancer

HBV screening is not supported for patients who have neither HBV risk factors nor anticipate cancer therapy associated with a high risk of reactivation.

Pollen-derived adenosine key in ragweed allergy

Pollen-derived adenosine key in ragweed allergy

Adenosine found to aggravate ragweed-induced allergic lung inflammation

Phase 1 trial results favorable for new psoriasis drug

Phase 1 trial results favorable for new psoriasis drug

The rate of reported adverse events was comparable in both the treatment and placebo groups.

Paternal age linked to increased cancer risk

Paternal age linked to increased cancer risk

There was no association between having an older mother and increased risk of these cancers.

Missouri enacts caps on medical malpractice damage

Missouri enacts caps on medical malpractice damage

The new legislation, which caps non-economic damages at $400,000, comes three years after a similar law was struck down in the state's supreme court.

Maryland passes nurse practitioner full-practice authority law

Maryland passes nurse practitioner full-practice authority law

Governor Hogan signed the bill (HB 999/SB 723) into law on May 12, making Maryland the 21st full-practice authority state in the United States.

High albuterol inhaler costs linked to chlorofluorocarbon ban

High albuterol inhaler costs linked to chlorofluorocarbon ban

An FDA ban on chlorofluorocarbon increased the cost of albuterol inhalers, which before the ban, contained chlorofluorocarbon.

Can a video game provide health benefits?

Can a video game provide health benefits?

Equivalent health benefits were seen for active video games and laboratory-based exercise or field-based physical activity.

Reminder system improves human papillomavirus vaccine adherence

Reminder system improves human papillomavirus vaccine adherence

The prompted cohort was significantly more likely to complete the vaccine series in a timely manner compared with the unprompted cohort.

Obese patients taking warfarin may have higher bleeding risk

Obese patients taking warfarin may have higher bleeding risk

The heavier someone was, the greater their risk of bleeding while taking warfarin.

Many women unaware of female-specific stroke warning signs

Many women unaware of female-specific stroke warning signs

Only one in 10 women were aware that hiccups that occur with unusual chest pain is an early warning sign of stroke in women.

Measles depletes immune system up to three years post-infection

Measles depletes immune system up to three years post-infection

Children's immune systems appeared to be weakened for as long as 28 months following a measles infection, during which time they were at increased risk for death from a viral or bacterial disease

Vitamin D aids weight loss in obese, overweight patients

Vitamin D aids weight loss in obese, overweight patients

A significantly greater weight decrease was observed in patients assigned to receive vitamin D compared with patients who had no supplementation.

Therapeutic silencing of IL-23 may treat psoriasis

Therapeutic silencing of IL-23 may treat psoriasis

These study findings confirm that the therapeutic silencing of IL-23 is a potential target for psoriasis prevention and management.

Clostridium difficile infections most prevalent in Northeast

Clostridium difficile infections most prevalent in Northeast

C. difficile costs as much as $4.8 billion in estimated extra health care costs per year.

Pre-ACA, how much were uninsured patients paying for primary care visits?

Pre-ACA, how much were uninsured patients paying for primary care visits?

Prices were significantly lower at family practice offices versus internists, in offices participating in Medicare managed care plans, and in federally qualified health centers.

How has the Affordable Care Act impacted insurance enrollment rates?

How has the Affordable Care Act impacted insurance enrollment rates?

But many Americans still can't afford medical care

Many foods marketed to kids do not meet federal nutrition guidelines

Many foods marketed to kids do not meet federal nutrition guidelines

Of the 407 listed products, 53% did not meet the CDC's Interagency Working Group's nutrition recommendations.

Overweight patients with type 2 diabetes may have lower mortality risk

Overweight patients with type 2 diabetes may have lower mortality risk

Although overweight patients were more likely to develop heart disease, overweight patients, however, were less likely to die, compared with obese and normal-weight individuals.

Fecal transplantation effective treatment for Clostridium difficile infection

Fecal transplantation effective treatment for Clostridium difficile infection

In recurrent infections caused by C. difficile, the intervention is successful 85% of the time.

Tdap vaccine effectiveness may wane over time in preteens

Tdap vaccine effectiveness may wane over time in preteens

The CDC does not recommend any shift in vaccine protocols at this time.

Unsupervised home births rise in popularity

Unsupervised home births rise in popularity

Guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) state that hospital and birthing center births are safer.

One fewer sugary drink a day cuts diabetes risk

One fewer sugary drink a day cuts diabetes risk

Drinking water, unsweetened tea or coffee instead lowered risk by 25%.

Raplixa approved to help control surgical bleeding

Raplixa approved to help control surgical bleeding

Spray-dried fibrin sealant promotes clotting when other methods are "ineffective or impractical."

Walking two minutes per hour may reverse negative effects of sitting

Walking two minutes per hour may reverse negative effects of sitting

Trading two minutes of sitting for two minutes of light-intensity activity each hour lowered the risk of premature death by 33%.

Some pregnant women may think e-cigarettes are safe

Some pregnant women may think e-cigarettes are safe

Nearly three-quarters of the women who had tried e-cigarettes believed they were less harmful than tobacco.

What providers need to know about the Apple Watch

What providers need to know about the Apple Watch

Some companies and organizations see the potential of the Apple Watch as a useful device for clinicians in communication with patients and colleagues, plus quick access to patient records.

Certain gut microbes may be linked to obesity risk

Certain gut microbes may be linked to obesity risk

More than two dozen of metabolites were highly correlated with diet, and about half the molecules had not previously been linked to obesity risk.

Antipsychotics may increase diabetes risk in children

Antipsychotics may increase diabetes risk in children

Antipsychotic medications increase a child's risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 50%.

Smoking exposure in children

Smoking exposure in children

Exposing children to secondhand smoke may increase their risk for heart disease later in life.

Discussion urged with statins

Discussion urged with statins

Clinicians should clearly explain the risks and benefits to patients beginning statin therapy.

Treating hypertension in patients with coronary heart disease

Treating hypertension in patients with coronary heart disease

Clinicians should help patients with CAD lower their blood pressure to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Investigational meningococcal vaccine may protect patients during outbreak

Investigational meningococcal vaccine may protect patients during outbreak

In the target population, 89.1% coverage with the two-dose vaccination series was obtained through May 14, 2014.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may increase sudden cardiac death risk

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may increase sudden cardiac death risk

The risk was found to be even higher at 5 years after diagnosis

High salt intake may not lead to adverse effects on blood pressure in teen girls

High salt intake may not lead to adverse effects on blood pressure in teen girls

Higher potassium intakes were inversely associated with blood pressure change throughout adolescence.

Hyperglycemic crisis episodes up mortality risk in seniors

Hyperglycemic crisis episodes up mortality risk in seniors

Independent mortality predictors included older age, male sex, renal disease, stroke, cancer, COPD, and congestive heart failure.

Experimental microneedle patch may be game changer for vaccine delivery

Experimental microneedle patch may be game changer for vaccine delivery

A recently completed study on the patch found that it produced a strong immune response to the measles virus in rhesus macaques with no adverse effects or health issues.

Even one hour of TV a day boosts kids' obesity risk

Even one hour of TV a day boosts kids' obesity risk

Kids who watched more than one hour of television were more likely to be at unhealthy weights compared with those who watched less.

Pediatric diabetic ketoacidosis incidence may be on the rise

Pediatric diabetic ketoacidosis incidence may be on the rise

The incidence of diabetic ketoacidosis in children in Colorado at the time of type 1 diabetes diagnosis increased by 55% from 1998 to 2012.

Increases in glycemic load tied to long-term weight gain

Increases in glycemic load tied to long-term weight gain

In general, adult patients gained more weight as the glycemic load in their diets rose.

American Diabetes Association releases diabetes guidelines for primary-care providers

American Diabetes Association releases diabetes guidelines for primary-care providers

The report focuses on diabetes care concepts, which include patient centeredness, diabetes across the life span, and advocacy for patients with diabetes.

Colorectal cancer screening for seniors often inappropriate

Colorectal cancer screening for seniors often inappropriate

Colorectal cancer screening was higher in 2010 than in 2008 (58.9% versus 53.7%) and correlated with longer life expectancy and younger age.

Exercise won't make up for poor diet

Exercise won't make up for poor diet

The most effective intervention for reducing the features of metabolic syndrome is dietary carbohydrate restriction.

Antibiotic shortages may catch providers off guard

Antibiotic shortages may catch providers off guard

Many of the drug shortages were of broad-spectrum antibiotics.

VNN1 gene may be potential biomarker for childhood asthma

VNN1 gene may be potential biomarker for childhood asthma

The activity of a gene called vanin-1 (VNN1) affected whether they were good or poor responders to corticosteroid treatment.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy as effective as antidepressants

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy as effective as antidepressants

Results of the study indicate that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is as effective as antidepressants for preventing recurring depression .

ACP urges FDA to ban e-cigarette flavorings, ads

ACP urges FDA to ban e-cigarette flavorings, ads

Calling for a ban on television advertisements for e-cigarettes follows the American College's continuing policy supporting bans on all tobacco advertising.

More evidence debunks measles vaccine, autism link

More evidence debunks measles vaccine, autism link

Finding held true even for children at risk for the developmental disorder

FDA recalls Queso Fresco cheese for Staphylococcus aureus contamination

FDA recalls Queso Fresco cheese for Staphylococcus aureus contamination

To date, no illnesses are known by the Department of Agriculture and Markets to be associated with this product.

Exercise with calorie reduction benefits glucoregulation

Exercise with calorie reduction benefits glucoregulation

Weight losses were similar in all groups, but insulin sensitivity index values increased two-fold more in the calorie reduction and exercise group.

New adult congenital heart disease guidelines released

New adult congenital heart disease guidelines released

Adult patients diagnosed with congenital heart failure need to seek routine follow-up care.

Feds revisit mammography guidelines

Feds revisit mammography guidelines

Women in their 40s should make a decision whether or not to receive mammograms every two years after talking about their individual risk factors with their providers.

Long-term aspirin use may lower gastrointestinal cancer risk

Long-term aspirin use may lower gastrointestinal cancer risk

The reduced risk was largely due to fewer cases of gastrointestinal cancers, including colon cancer, rectal cancer, and esophageal cancer.