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More Americans are getting health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act

Management, Treatment of Chronic Disease Up With ACA

Higher numbers of insured leading to more treatment of hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes
At hospitals with the lowest volume of immunosuppressed patients with sepsis

Case Volume Affects Mortality for Immunosuppressed With Sepsis

Risk of death from sepsis up at hospitals with lowest volume of immunosuppressed patients with sepsis
Practice names and logos should be carefully designed to emphasize what is unique about a practice

Practice Names, Logos Should Be Carefully Designed

The logo should be simple and easy to identify, should send a message about the medical practice
Moderate alcohol consumption is associated with reduced risk of heart failure but not atrial fibrillation

Moderate Alcohol Consumption Tied to Lower Heart Failure Risk

But no link between alcohol intake, onset of atrial fibrillation over median of eight years' follow-up
Smoking cigarettes can leave a lasting imprint on human DNA

Smoking Appears to Have Broad, Long-Lasting Impact on DNA

Changes related to disease found in more than 7,000 genes, though many 'recover' five years after quitting
Filtered cigarettes might be even more unhealthy than unfiltered ones

Filtered Cigarettes May Up Rates of Lung Adenocarcinoma

Design of cigarette filters with ventilation implicated in rising rates
High-flow oxygen therapy may be more effective than standard oxygen therapy in preventing care escalation among infants with bronchiolitis treated outside an intensive care unit

High-Flow O2 Therapy Feasible for Infants With Bronchiolitis

Tied to lower rate of care escalation than standard oxygen therapy in infants treated outside ICU
New recommendations have been developed for antithrombotic therapy for venous thromboembolism. The Antithrombotic Therapy for VTE Disease: CHEST Guideline was published online Jan. 7 in CHEST.

Recommendations Developed for Antithrombotic Tx in VTE

Guidelines updated for 12 topics; new recommendations address three new topics
Medical licensure application questions regarding mental health contribute to physicians' reluctance to seek help for mental health

Medical License Questions Sway Doctors’ Mental Health Help

Asking only about current mental health may encourage help-seeking behavior
Less than 20 percent of progress note content is entered manually by medical students

Inpatient Progress Note Content Often Cut and Pasted

About half of the content is pasted from elsewhere by medical students, residents, hospitalists