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The Lancet: Small cash incentives dramatically improve hepatitis B vaccination … – Science Codex

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Small financial incentives, totalling as little as £30, can dramatically increase the likelihood of people who inject drugs completing a course of hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination, according to new research published in The Lancet. Researchers in the UK found that people undergoing treatment for heroin addiction who received a maximum total of £30 supermarket vouchers in equal or graduated instalments in return for full compliance with a regimen of…

‘WhatsAppitis’ makes its way into Lancet journal – The Asian Age

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

For all those people addicted to WhatsApp, a new study says the cellphone messaging application actually makes you ill. Published by Spanish physician Ines M. Fernandez-Guerrero in the March edition of the prestigious Lancet journal, the case study on her 34-year-old pregnant patient terms this new disease as “WhatsAppitis”. Dr Guerrero’s patient had developed “bilateral wrist pain” on “waking up one morning”. There was “no history of trauma” and the…

‘WhatsAppitis’ makes its way into Lancet – The Asian Age

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

For all those people addicted to WhatsApp, a new study says the cellphone messaging application actually makes you ill. Published by Spanish physician Ines M. Fernandez-Guerrero in the March edition of the prestigious Lancet journal, the case study on her 34-year-old pregnant patient terms this new disease as “WhatsAppitis”. Dr Guerrero’s patient had developed “bilateral wrist pain” on “waking up one morning”. There was “no history of trauma” and the…

Could controversial Canadian mammography study spark new thinking in the US? – Science Codex

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A recent report from the Canadian National Breast Screening Study (CNBSS) concluded that mammography screening does not reduce deaths from breast cancer. The findings refueled the heated debate that began in 2009 when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended biennial mammography screening for women ages 50 to 74 and individualized screening for younger women. Two new commentaries being published in Annals of Internal Medicine discuss the findings of the…

POISE-2: Aspirin, Clonidine Don’t Protect in Noncardiac Surgery – Medscape

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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Lancet Releases ‘Tuberculosis 2014′ Series – Kaiser Family Foundation

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lancet Releases ‘Tuberculosis 2014′ Series Mar 24, 2014 In recognition of World TB Day, The Lancet published Tuberculosis 2014, a series featuring papers from The Lancet Infectious Diseases and The Lancet Respiratory Medicine “discussing topics ranging from host-directed therapies and vaccines, extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis, and new anti-tuberculosis drugs, [and] highlighting not only past successes, but also the challenges that need to be met to win the battle against tuberculosis” (3/24).

Embargoed news from Annals of Internal Medicine – Science Codex

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

1. USPSTF finds insufficient evidence to recommend routine screening for cognitive decline The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) found insufficient evidence to recommend routine screening for cognitive decline in older adults in the primary care setting (http://www.annals.org/article.aspx?doi=10.7326/M14-0496). Dementia affects up to 5.5 million Americans and its prevalence increases with age. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a decline in cognitive function that is not severe enough to interfere with…

The Lancet journals: World TB Day media alert – Science Codex

Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2014

To mark the Stop TB Partnerships’ World TB Day on Monday 24 March 2014, The Lancet journals will publish a special new collection of Reviews, Comment, and Articles to cast light, and the world’s attention, on tuberculosis, in the hope of raising this disease higher up the agendas of international communities. The new publications discuss topics ranging from extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis, to the role of advocacy in tuberculosis, and new…

The Lancet: Statin may slow untreatable, progressive stage of multiple sclerosis – Eureka! Science News

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Results of a phase 2 study published in The Lancet suggest that simvastatin, a cheap cholesterol lowering drug, might be a potential treatment option for the secondary progressive, or chronic, stage of multiple sclerosis (MS), which is currently untreatable. Findings from the MS-STAT trial showed that a high, daily dose of simvastatin was safe, well tolerated, and slowed brain atrophy (shrinkage) by 43% over two years compared with placebo. Longitudinal…

China halves TB rate in 20 years: Lancet – SBS

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

China has more than halved its tuberculosis rate in 20 years by scaling up steps to ensure patients take their antibiotics, The Lancet reports. The tally of new infections fell from 170 people per 100,000 of the population in 1990 to 59 per 100,000 in 2010 – a target reached five years ahead of schedule. A study attributes the success to China broadening access to a treatment called DOTS (for…

Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for March 18, 2014 – Science Codex

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

1. Evidence does not support guidelines on fatty acid consumption to reduce coronary risk Current evidence does not support nutritional guidelines that advocate high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats, according to an article being published in Annals of Internal Medicine. For cardiovascular health, nutritional guidelines generally encourage low consumption of saturated fats, high consumption of w-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, and avoidance of trans…

The Lancet: China halves tuberculosis prevalence in just 20 years – Science Codex

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Over the last 20 years, China has more than halved its tuberculosis (TB) prevalence, with rates falling from 170 to 59 per 100 000 population. This unrivalled success has been driven by a massive scale-up of the directly observed, short-course (DOTS) strategy, from half the population in the 1990s to the entire country after 2000, according to findings from a 20-year-long analysis of national survey data, published in The Lancet….

Only 1% of sexual violence victims in India report crime: Lancet – The Hindu

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sexual violence affects as many as 27.5 million women in India, though only one per cent of the victims report the crime to police, says a report in the latest edition of British medical journal, The Lancet. According to the report, rape incidents in India are receiving extensive media coverage in the aftermath of the December 16, 2012 gang rape and murder case and the recent gang rape of a…

Lancet report on nurse staffing and education levels – Dublin City University

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Lancet reported today the results of a study in 9 European countries documenting that hospital nurse staffing and the proportion of nurses with bachelor’s education are associated with significantly fewer deaths after common surgery.   A team of researchers led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in the U.S. and Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, and including Prof Anne Scott and her team from Dublin City University, found…

Overworked nurses linked to higher death rates: Lancet – Straits Times

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

PARIS (AFP) – Investigations in nine European countries have given statistical backing to claims that patients’ lives may be at risk when nurses are overworked, specialists said on Wednesday. Published in The Lancet, the study touches on a sensitive topic in countries where health budgets are under strain. Researchers looked at survival rates after surgery in 300 hospitals, and matched these against the workload and education of their nurses. They…

Lancet study links fluoride to neurotoxins – Windsor Star (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Twelve months after Windsor city council removed fluoride from our water systems, fluoride has been newly classified as a developmental neurotoxin by medical experts. The March 2014 journal, Lancet Neurology, compared fluoride to lead, arsenic, methyl mercury and other chemical toxins. The study authors are Dr. Philippe Grandjean of the Harvard School of Public Health and Dr. Philip Landrigan of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, N.Y. The…

Pro-Medicaid Arizona GOP legislators outraising rivals – azcentral.com

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

PHOENIX — Republican legislators who have received backlash from fellow conservatives for approving the state’s expansion of Medicaid easily out-fundraised their colleagues and rivals last year, according to the latest figures reported by the Arizona Capitol Times. The newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1ayAjPx ) some Republican incumbent lawmakers generated thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the health-care industry. Campaign finance documents show most GOP lawmakers who backed the expansion collected…

Durham woman receives four Medicaid cards intended for others – WRAL.com

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

Durham, N.C. — A month after the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said it mistakenly mailed nearly 49,000 Medicaid cards for children to the wrong people, a Durham woman says she recently received four envelopes – including one that wasn’t sealed – mailed to her address. “It was a Medicaid card, so I figured these are all Medicaid cards that some family needs, but they’re at my…

Accenture, hired to help fix HealthCare.gov, has had a series of stumbles – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

Federal officials have also on occasion criticized the company’s integrity. The U.S. Postal Service Inspector General’s Office wrote in June that Accenture had “demonstrated an absence of business ethics” and said that the agency should consider terminating the firm’s more than $200 million in contracts. The office cited in part a 2011 settlement with the Justice Department in which Accenture paid $63 million to resolve alle­gations of what the government called “kickbacks”…