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Serious Concerns about Measles 

The global spike in highly contagious measles presents more concerns than initially thought. Childhood measles can have long-term impact into adulthood. For example, if you had measles as a child and become a smoker with asthma, the long-term impact is contribution to breathing problems - post-bronchodilator airflow obstruction in middle-aged adults, according to findings from the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study (TAHS).

That problem compounds the even more serious concern that this preventable disease kills more than 100,000 people each year. The good news is that more people are getting vaccinated as the facts come out about the seriousness and the value of immunization. Healthcare providers need to continue to present the facts and help get the word out.

Posted on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 10:46AM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

Non-Profit Steps Up After Budget Maneuvers Kill National Clinical Guidelines Clearinghouse

As a budget cut, the Nathional Healthcare Clinical Guidelines Clearinghouse was shut down in 2018. The clearinghouse maintained thousands of clinical practice guidelines and guideline summaries provided free of charge to help guide best practices for healthcare in the US. A new non-profit association, the Alliance for the Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines (AiCPG), just announced the launch of a clearinghouse that will fill the void left by the defunded Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC).

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 9:35AM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

England Boldly Refocuses and Funds New Neonatal Care Efforts

The govenrment in England has allocated funds to improve maternal and neonatal health services to the tune of £20.5 billion every year by 2023/24. Their ambitious goals are to reduce by 50% - stillbirths, maternal and infant deaths, and serious brain injuries in newborn babies by 2025. They plan to:

  • Increase staff (neonatal nurses and specialists).
  • Launch a pilot to digitize maternity records to enhance info that will support women’s maternity care by the end of 2019
  • Provide better NICU accommodations and support from dedicated care co-ordinators (2021 to 2022)
  • Offer wider availability of physical therapy for the 1 in 3 women who experience incontinence after childbirth
  • Ask for accredited, evidence breast feeding programs at every maternity service - to be implemented 2019 -2020 (eg, UNICEF Baby Friendly)
Posted on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:21AM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

Include a diet soda question on patient history?

Should a medical provider’s health assessment include a question about a patient’s diet soda consumption? According to a recent study by Eva Fenwick, PhD, published in Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2018;46:767-776, people who drank more than four cans of diet soda per week had twice the risk of proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Eye issues related to soft drinks were not correlated to the sugary ones. 

Author Fenwick is a clinical research fellow at the Singapore Eye Research Institute and an assistant professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore.

Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 3:13PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

"Top Five Story" for 2018 includes study on reduced preterm births

Preterm birth often results in neonatal morbidity and mortality. Preterm birth is considered birth before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy. With approximately 10% of births occurring short of this timeline, the US has been working to lower the rate for many years. The estimate for annual perinatal deaths due to preterm birth is more than 1 million, globally. A recent study concluded that “cervical cerclage and vaginal progesterone should be considered to prevent preterm birth in singleton pregnancies with shortened cervix and previous history of preterm birth.” The study was published in the July 2018 Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and was chosen for the Five Top Stories in Women’s Health in 2018 by Medscape.

Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 2:00PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment