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1/24/2020

About 40% of people newly diagnosed with cancer who were offered access to view their online medical records did so, while 18% did not view their records, according to an ONC report. About 29% of people previously diagnosed with cancer were both offered access to and viewed their EHR, while the same percentage of previously diagnosed people were offered access but did not take advantage of it.

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1/24/2020

The World Health Organization said Thursday that it's too early to designate the emerging coronavirus spreading in Wuhan, China, as a public health emergency of international concern due to the small number of cases outside the country and the Chinese government's efforts to stop the virus from spreading. "Make no mistake. This is an emergency in China, but it has not yet become a global health emergency," said WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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1/24/2020

Lindsay Carraway, who has schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, says she uses art -- and her upcoming exhibition -- as a way to heal "because you can be your own destruction." "It's cathartic to get emotional distress out somehow," says licensed clinical social worker Kelly Smith.

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1/24/2020

The FDA warns that GE Healthcare's Clinical Information Central Stations and Telemetry Servers are vulnerable to attacks that could interfere with the monitoring of patients' vital signs. GE is working on software updates with security enhancements.

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1/24/2020

The CMS said it plans to combine and standardize the eight existing Compare sites into a single tool called "Medicare Care Compare" this spring. In a blog post, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the move will permit "users to access the same information through a single point of entry and simplified navigation to find the information that is currently divided in places like Nursing Home Compare and Hospital Compare."

1/24/2020

A survey by Cigna suggests that almost two-thirds of new hires feel isolated at work, and a majority of senior leaders say they feel alone at work. "If we think about the way to mitigate this -- which is having coffee, having lunch with your co-workers -- that's not a typical workplace culture for a lot of senior executives," says Cigna Chief Medical Officer Douglas Nemecek.

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CNBC
1/24/2020

More states are looking to expand free student meals to address issues such as lunch-shaming, unpaid meal debt and the proposed changes in federal regulations on nutrition program eligibility. Vermont is considering legislation to make school meals free for all students and Oregon last year expanded access to free meals, while on the federal level, the Universal School Meals Program Act would prohibit schools in the National School Lunch Program from denying any student a breakfast or lunch.

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1/24/2020

A study published in Diabetes Care found dysfunction of insulin-producing beta cells to be an early event in the onset of prediabetes among children and was associated with the presence of genetic factors tied to type 2 diabetes in adults. Based on data from 300 healthy children from the UK, the study also showed that weight gain during puberty increases the likelihood of prediabetes progressing to diabetes, highlighting the importance of a healthy lifestyle and diet during childhood to curb the risk of diabetes, researchers said.

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News Medical
1/24/2020

Prediabetes may increase the likelihood of adverse cardiovascular events like heart failure by 38% and may also heighten the risk of proteinuria progression among people with chronic kidney disease, compared with those with normoglycemia, according to a study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. However, the findings, based on 3,701 adults, also showed that prediabetes was not tied to a drop in eGFR or development of end-stage renal disease.

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1/24/2020

Nutrition is a key determinant of health and an important part of patient transitions and post-acute care, but it still has a low priority in training and practice for most providers and malnutrition remains an under-recognized problem, write experts from Avalere Health and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Providing a foundation for the best post-discharge nutrition care will require hospital and primary care leadership, EHR integration, better insurance coverage for post-discharge nutrition care, making nutrition part of discharge planning, and educating physicians about nutrition and malnutrition.

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