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National health care spending slowed in 2017

2017 Saw Slowing in National Health Care Spending

Slower growth in health care spending mainly due to use and intensity of goods and services
Consumers should not use two electronic cigarette liquids that contain erectile dysfunction drugs because they may pose health risks

FDA: Some E-Cigarette Liquids Contain Erectile Dysfunction Meds

Sildenafil and tadalafil not approved to be sold over the counter and are being sold illegally
Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is down with just days left to sign up

Enrollment Under the Affordable Care Act Down From Last Year

In most states, Saturday is the sign-up deadline for coverage beginning Jan. 1
An expert consensus decision pathway has been developed for tobacco cessation treatment; the report was published online Dec. 5 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Consensus Decision Pathway Developed for Tobacco Cessation

Patients who use tobacco should be offered brief intervention, including prescriptions, behavioral support
After extensive adjustment for confounders

Flu Vaccine Linked to Reduced Risk for Death in Heart Failure

After adjustment for confounders, vaccine linked to lower all-cause, cardiovascular death
After implementation of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education diversity accreditation standards

U.S. Medical Schools See Increase in Diversity

More female, black, and Hispanic matriculants seen after diversity accreditation standards implemented
Policies for paid childbearing or family leave for residents are lacking at top-ranking medical schools and may be exacerbated by lack of direction from specialty boards

Paid Childbearing Policies Lacking for Residents

Policies optimizing competing goals and defining training competency needed
Less than an hour a week of resistance exercise is associated with decreased risks for cardiovascular disease-related events and all-cause mortality

Less Than One Hour of Resistance Training Weekly Tied to Lower CVD Risk

No further risk reduction for CVD morbidity, all-cause mortality seen for ≥60 minutes/week
Patients with cardiac arrest from the poorest neighborhoods have longer emergency medical service times

EMS Times Longer for Patients From Poorest Neighborhoods

Total EMS time for cardiac arrest was longer for patients in lowest ZIP code income quartile
Transplant patients with hearts from donors with hepatitis C virus infection and obese donors have similar survival rates as patients with other donor hearts

Survival Similar With Donor Hearts From Hepatitis C+ Donors

Second study shows no significant difference in patients' survival based on donor BMI