A Canadian study, reported in JAMA Psychiatry, found that cannabis use by adolescents was associated with elevated reporting of psychosis symptoms in the following year. The findings were based on self-reporting by 3,720 students in the Montreal area.
ISACA surveyed 2,366 cybersecurity and information security professionals across various industries worldwide, including health care, and found that half reported an increase in cyberattacks this year, compared with last year, while ransomware attacks reportedly dropped by 17 percentage points from year to year. Ninety-six percent of respondents indicated that their organizations do not have a cryptocurrency supply for making ransom payments to hackers, and 92% said they don't think their organizations would pay a ransom, the report found.
ONC Authorized Certification Bodies Gaming Laboratories International and Drummond Group awarded the ONC 2015 Edition health IT certification to ChartLogic and Streamline. ChartLogic received the certification for its ambulatory EHR solution after all users taking part in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System successfully attested for federal incentive payments last year, while Streamline's SmartCare 5.0 health IT module was recognized for providing the functionality needed for eligible hospitals and providers to achieve meaningful use requirements.
A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging showed that machine learning models that use EHR information and image data produced "significantly higher" accuracy in predicting mortality among patients who underwent echocardiography, compared with a linear logistic regression method. Researchers used a cohort of 171,510 patients and found that machine learning models achieved 96% of the maximum prediction accuracy using just 10 variables, six of which were from echocardiography interpretations.
Data from the Agency for Health Research and Quality showed that from 2011 to 2015, employees treated for migraines had health costs about $2,000 higher, on average, than those who did not experience the headaches, and took 2.2 more sick days each year, according to a study by the Integrated Benefits Institute. "Migraine is important for employers to address because of its negative impact on productivity," said Brian Gifford, IBI's director of research and analytics.
BankUnited's Bank On Wellness program has a 70% employee engagement rate, and Employee Wellness Program manager Jeanette Martin says the effort began by reaching out to top management for guidance and support, and working with the company's insurer to better understand the main health issues employees experience. Martin said the program has a clear goal, to improve employee health, and uses incentives and fun initiatives to encourage participation.
Research published in Nature Scientific Reports that analyzed
cardiovascular risk biomarkers suggests people should engage in exercise and sit less on a daily basis. Dr. David Katz commented that the benefits of exercise and less sitting are complementary, and while either alone is better than nothing, doing both is best.
Babies whose mothers received Tdap immunization during pregnancy had a 43% lower rate of pertussis and 68% reduced prevalence of inpatient-only pertussis, compared with those whose mothers weren't vaccinated during or after pregnancy, researchers reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. However, the findings didn't show reduced odds of pertussis among those whose mothers received Tdap vaccination before 27 weeks' gestation.
Osteoarthritis patients have an estimated 23% higher risk of cardiovascular disease than the general population, and most of the increased risk is tied to the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, according to research presented at the European League Against Rheumatism Congress 2018. These patients had a 42% higher risk for congestive heart failure, a 17% greater likelihood of ischemic heart disease and a 14% higher risk of stroke.
Researchers found that longer sleep duration and better sleep efficiency positively correlate with lower metabolic risk scores for homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance, HDL cholesterol, fat mass, waist circumference, systolic blood pressure and log-transformed triglycerides among adolescents. The findings, based on 829 adolescents, were published in Pediatrics.