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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
The drugs most commonly involved in drug overdose deaths during 2011 to 2016 include fentanyl

CDC Identifies Drugs Frequently Involved in Drug Overdose Deaths

Oxycodone, heroin, and fentanyl ranked first in 2011, 2012-2015, 2016; cocaine ranked second or third
Antipsychotic use is associated with an increased risk for unexpected death among children and youths

Antipsychotics Up Risk for Unexpected Death in Youths

Risk for unexpected deaths increased in higher-dose antipsychotic group versus control group
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 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
Later-born siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have elevated risk of being diagnosed with the same or the other disorder

Risk Up for Later-Born Siblings of Children With ASD, ADHD

Odds of both ASD and ADHD increased for later-born siblings of children with either diagnosis
Stress related to use of health information technology is common and predictive of burnout among physicians

HIT-Related Stress Linked to Burnout Among Physicians

Odds of burnout up with report of poor/marginal time for documentation, time spent on EHR at home
Smoking tobacco is a risk factor for cognitive dysfunction in patients with fibromyalgia

Smoking Linked to Cognitive Dysfunction in Fibromyalgia

In adjusted analysis, smoking tied to worse symptom severity, sleep problems, anxiety, depression