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About 17 percent of patients with diabetes report experiencing hypoglycemia when fasting for lab tests

Fasting-Evoked Hypoglycemia in Diabetes Is Prevalent

17.1 percent of patients reported having experienced one or more events in previous year
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
Both short and long sleep duration and poor sleep quality are associated with increased odds of recurrent falls in women

Sleep Length, Quality Linked to Risk for Falls, Fractures

Women with less than five, more than 10 hours of sleep, poor sleep quality at increased risk for falls
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
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
Free flap breast reconstruction is a viable and safe procedure in elderly patients

Free Flap Breast Reconstruction Safe in Elderly Patients

Older women want breast reconstruction at rates similar to those of nonelderly breast cancer patients
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
Intellectual engagement is associated with level of cognitive performance in later life but does not influence the trajectory of age-related decline in cognitive performance

Intellectual Engagement Linked to Cognitive Performance Later

Engagement does not influence the trajectory of age-related decline in cognitive performance