Researchers found that nonadherence to dual antiplatelet therapy was associated with increased risk for major adverse cardiovascular events in patients with anemia who had experienced percutaneous coronary intervention. The study in the Journal of Hepatology found that provider-recommended discontinuation was not associated with higher risk.
The CDC confirmed that a young girl from Delaware was bitten on the face by a kissing bug, or Triatoma sanguisuga, which can carry the parasite that causes Chagas' disease. Last fall, the CDC warned that the insect was moving north from Central and South America and had been found in states as far north as Pennsylvania.
Pediatric Sepsis Week, begun by nonprofit Sepsis Alliance, is being observed through Saturday. The initiative aims to promote awareness about sepsis and its symptoms as well as to provide more information for health care providers to improve detection and treatment of children with the potentially fatal condition.
Indigenous social workers in British Columbia say they feel caught in the middle by government child welfare policies that some criticize for alleged bias against native cultures. "A lot of clients didn't understand that this is a job I had to do, and I'm bound by an act and by legislation -- there are times where I absolutely did not agree," said an anonymous caseworker.
Social workers provide the link between physicians and mental health providers in Alabama's innovative Collaborative Care Clinic. In the partnership between Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and St. Vincent's Health System, screenings for anxiety, depression and other behavioral conditions are required at primary care visits.
Social and behavioral needs of patients with diabetes are addressed along with their physical condition at a clinic in Boston that's part of a federal Health Resources and Services Administration initiative aimed at vulnerable populations. The Dimock Center connects clients with high blood sugar to a social worker, a dietitian, an endocrine specialist and a pharmacist.
The social work profession should take steps to diversify a predominantly white female labor pool demographic, in turn perpetuating bias against a clientele that is mainly composed of people of color, writes social work graduate student Raekwon Burton. The African-American youth worker cites several studies supporting his contention that discrimination undermines trust and service quality.
The Connecticut Senate is considering a bill to protect the jobs and firearm possession rights of police officers who seek psychiatric care. Among the bill's provisions is a measure that would exempt officers from a firearm-possession hiatus that is currently imposed on individuals leaving a mental hospital discharge.
In an attempt to keep more children seeking psychiatric care with their families, West Virginia wants the federal government to allow it to bill Medicaid for an array of new behavioral services to children. The Justice Department informed the state four years ago that it was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by treating too many children in residential institutions and out of state.
An app designed to reduce children's anxiety about dental care lets dentists offer children a virtual tour of their office, guided by a child-size avatar. Two Minnesota dental practices are trying the app, and the developers are collecting data before seeking commercialization funds and rolling it out to more practices.