Study Examines Use of Teledermatology for Inpatient Dermatology Consultations

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Misha Rosenbach, M.D., call Kim Menard at 215-662-6183 or email kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu. To contact commentary author Lindy P. Fox, M.D., call Elizabeth Fernandez at 415-514-1592 or email elizabeth.fernandez@ucsf.edu. An author interview will be available February 19 on the JAMA Dermatology…

Study Examines Legislative Challenges to School Immunization Mandates

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact Saad B. Omer, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., call Melva Robertson at 404-727-5692 or email melva.robertson@emory.edu. Chicago – From 2009-2012, 36 bills introduced in 18 states sought to modify school immunization mandates, with the majority seeking to expand exemptions although none of the…

Hospital Readmission Rate Varies Following Care at Rehabilitation Facility

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, Ph.D., call Molly Dannenmaier at 409-772-8790 or email mjdannen@utmb.edu; or Mechal Weiss at 212-642-7731, mechal.weiss@edelman.com.  Chicago – Among rehabilitation facilities providing services to Medicare fee-for-service patients, 30-day hospital readmission rates vary, from about 6 percent for patients with…

Preterm Infants More Likely to Have Elevated Insulin Levels in Early Childhood

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Xiaobin Wang, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D., call Tim Parsons at 410-955-7619 or email tmparson@jhsph.edu. To contact editorial author Mark Hanson, D.Phil., F.R.C.O.G., email M.Hanson@soton.ac.uk. Chicago – Researchers have found that preterm infants are more likely to have elevated insulin levels…

Fewer Doses of HPV Vaccine Still Results in Reduced Risk of STD

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Lisen Arnheim-Dahlström, Ph.D., email lisen.arnheim.dahlstrom@ki.se. Chicago – Although maximum reduction in the risk of genital warts (condylomata) was seen after 3 doses of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, receipt of 2 vaccine doses was associated with considerable reduction in risk,…

Study Finds Small Increased Risk of Kidney Disease Following Kidney Donation

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Dorry L. Segev, M.D., Ph.D., call Stephanie Desmon at 410-955-8665 or email sdesmon1@jhmi.edu. To contact editorial co-author John S. Gill, M.D., call Brian Kladko at 604-827-3301 or email brian.kladko@ubc.ca.   Chicago – An analysis of nearly 100,000 kidney donors…

School Lesson Plans on Healthy Living Helps Reduce Waist Size in Some Students

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact author Jonathan M. McGavock, Ph.D., call Ilana Simon at 204-789-3427 or email ilana.simon@med.umanitoba.ca.   JAMA Pediatrics Study Highlight   Elementary school lesson plans focused on healthy eating and physical activity delivered by older children to younger students appear effective at reducing…

Importance of Sex Associated with Maintaining Sexual Activity for Midlife Women

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact author Holly N. Thomas, M.D., call Andréa Stanford at 412-647-6190 or email stanfordac@upmc.edu.   JAMA Internal Medicine Study Highlight   Midlife women who placed greater importance on sex maintained more sexual activity, according to a study published in a research letter…

Improving Post-hospital Outcomes with Community Health Worker Intervention

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact author Shreya Kangovi, M.D., M.S., call Katie Delach at 215 349-5964 or email katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu. Please visit our For the Media site (http://media.jamanetwork.com) for a related commentary.     JAMA Internal Medicine Study Highlight   Hospitalized patients with low-socioeconomic status were more…

Study Examines Corrective Nasal Surgery in Younger Patients

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Fred G. Fedok, M.D., call Matthew Solovey at 717-531-8606 or email msolovey@hmc.psu.edu.   JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery Study Highlights   Nasal corrective surgery can be safely performed on children who have nasal cavity blockage or deformity prior to adolescence,…

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Did Not Relieve, Resolve GERD Symptoms

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Matthew J. Martin, M.D., Madigan Army Medical Center, call Madigan Public Affairs at 253-968-1901.   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   Compared with gastric bypass (GB) surgery, the weight-loss surgery using laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) did not relieve or resolve…

Non-Invasive Measure of Heart Tissue Scarring May Be Useful For Determining Patients Most Suitable For Procedure for Irregular Heart Beat

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact Nassir F. Marrouche, M.D., call Phil Sahm at 801-581-2517 or email phil.sahm@hsc.utah.edu. Chicago – Scarring of tissue in the upper chamber of the heart (atrium) was associated with recurrent rhythm disorder after treatment, according to a study in the February 5…

Pre-Term Infants with Severe Retinopathy More Likely to Have Non-Visual Disabilities at Age 5

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact Barbara Schmidt, M.D., M.Sc., call Alison Fraser at 267-426-6054 or email FraserA1@email.chop.edu. Chicago – In a group of very low-birth-weight infants, severe retinopathy of prematurity was associated with nonvisual disabilities at age 5 years, according to a study in the February…

Pattern of Higher Blood Pressure in Early Adulthood Helps Predict Risk of Atherosclerosis in Middle-Age

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact Norrina B. Allen, Ph.D., M.P.H., call Marla Paul at 312-503-8928 or email marla-paul@northwestern.edu. To contact editorial co-author George L. Bakris, M.D., call John Easton at 773-795-5225 or email john.easton@uchospitals.edu. Chicago – In an analysis of blood pressure patterns over a 25-year…

Case Report on Genetic Diagnosis of Fatal Disorder in Embryos Before Pregnancy

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, February 3, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Ilan Tur-Kaspa, M.D., call 312-493-3068 or email iturkaspa@gmail.com or DrTK@infertilityIHR.com and for corresponding author Murali Doraiswamy, M.B.B.S., F.  R.C.P., call Rachel Harrison at 919-419-5069 or email rachel.harrison@duke.edu.   JAMA Neurology Study Highlights   Genetic testing of embryos for a…

Intensive Blood Pressure Lowering Not Associated with Less Risk for Cognitive Decline in Patients with Diabetes

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact author Jeff D. Williamson, M.D., M.H.S., call Bonnie Davis at 336.716.4977 or email bdavis@wakehealth.edu. Please visit our For the Media site (http://media.jamanetwork.com) for a related commentary. An author audio interview also will be available when the embargo lifts on the JAMA…

Study Examines Consumption of Added Sugar, Death for Cardiovascular Disease

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact author Quanhe Yang, Ph.D., call Karen Hunter at 404-639-3286 or email ksh7@cdc.gov. To contact commentary author Laura A. Schmidt, Ph.D., call Laura Kurtzman at 415-502-6397 or email laura.kurtzman@ucsf.edu.   CHICAGO – Many U.S. adults consume more added sugar (added in processing…

Postmenopausal Hormones Containing Estrogen May Reduce Glaucoma Risk

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Joshua D. Stein, M.D., M.S., call Betsy Nisbet at 734-647-5586 or email bsnisbet@umich.edu.   CHICAGO – Using postmenopausal hormones (PMH) containing estrogen may reduce a woman’s risk for primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), a common form of the disease related…

Adult Tonsillectomy Safe With Low Mortality, Complication Rates

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Benjamin L. Judson, M.D., call Helen Dodson at 203- 436-3984 or email helen.dodson@yale.edu.   JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Study Highlights   Getting your tonsils removed as an adult is a safe procedure with low mortality and complication rates,…

Study Examines International Prevalence of Indoor Tanning

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Eleni Linos, M.D., Dr.PH, call Elizabeth Fernandez at 415-514-1592 or email Elizabeth.Fernandez@ucsf.edu.     JAMA Dermatology Study Highlights   Exposure to indoor tanning is common in Western countries, especially among young people, which is a public health issue because…

Remission of Pediatric Anxiety Disorders More Likely With Response to Treatment

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact author Golda Ginsburg, Ph.D., call Ekaterina Pesheva at 410-502-9433 or email epeshev1@jhmi.edu.   JAMA Psychiatry Study Highlights   Youths who responded to treatment during the acute phase of a pediatric anxiety disorder in a clinical trial were more likely than those…

Byproduct of Pesticide DDT in Blood Associated with Increased Alzheimer Risk

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact author Jason R. Richardson, Ph.D., call Robin Lally at 848-932-0557 or email rlally@ucm.rutgers.edu. Please visit our For the Media website (http://media.jamanetwork.com/) for a related editorial.   JAMA Neurology Study Highlights   An increased risk for Alzheimer disease (AD) appears to be…

Study Examines Outcomes, Volume of Geriatric Trauma Cases

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Kazuhide Matsushima, M.D., call Leslie Ridgeway at 323-442-2823 or email lridgewa@usc.edu. A podcast with David I. Soybel, M.D., will be available when the embargo lifts on the journal website: http://bit.ly/1dDjZYQ.   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   Older trauma patients…

Oral History Examines Origins, Development and Future of Evidence-Based Medicine

EMBARGOED FOR EARLY RELEASE: 8 A.M. (CT) TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact Richard Smith, M.B.Ch.B., C.B.E., email richardswsmith@yahoo.co.uk.   Chicago – A video of individuals who gave birth to the evidence-based medicine movement features valuable oral histories of the movement, according to an editorial in the January 22/29 issue of JAMA. Evidence-based…

Estimates of Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence May Be Lower Under Revised Diagnostic Criteria

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact author Matthew J. Maenner, Ph.D., call the CDC Newsroom 404-639-3286 or email media@cdc.gov.   JAMA Psychiatry Study Highlights   Estimates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) prevalence may drop under recently revised diagnostic criteria in the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental…

Biomarkers in Blood Show Potential As Early Detection Method of Pancreatic Cancer

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Julia S. Johansen, M.D., D.M.Sc., email julia.johansen@post3.tele.dk. To contact editorial co-author Donald J. Buchsbaum, Ph.D., email Beena Thannickal at beenat@uab.edu. Chicago – Researchers have identified diagnostic microRNA panels in whole blood that had the ability to distinguish, to some…

Mediterranean Diet Associated With Lower Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Miguel A. Martinez-Gonzalez, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., email mamartinez@unav.es.   Chicago – A multicenter study that previously reported a reduction in heart attack and stroke with a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or with nuts now also reports…

Many Cardiovascular Devices Approved by Process That Often Does Not Require New Clinical Data

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Aaron S. Kesselheim, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., call Jessica Maki at 617-525-6373 or email jmaki3@partners.org.   Chicago – Many cardiac implantable electronic device models currently in use were approved via a Food and Drug Administration review process in which the…

Study Examines Reasons for Delay, Denial of New Drugs by FDA

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact Leonard V. Sacks, M.B.B.Ch., call Sandy Walsh at 301-796-4669 or email sandy.walsh@fda.hhs.gov. Chicago – Several potentially preventable deficiencies, including failure to select optimal drug doses and suitable outcome measures for a study, accounted for significant delays in the approval of new…

Wide Variation Found in Quality of Evidence Used By FDA For Approval of New Drugs

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Joseph S. Ross, M.D., M.H.S., call Karen Peart at 203-432-1326 or email karen.peart@yale.edu. To contact editorial co-author Steven N. Goodman, M.D., M.H.S., Ph.D., call Ruthann Richter at 650-725-8047 or email richter1@stanford.edu. Chicago – Clinical trials used by the Food…

Vitamin D Status Associated With Multiple Sclerosis Activity, Progression

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact author Alberto Ascherio, M.D., Dr.P.H., call Karen Feldscher at 617-432-8439 or email kfeldsch@hsph.harvard.edu.   JAMA Neurology Study Highlights   Vitamin D status appears to be associated with reduced disease activity in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and a slower rate of…

Traumatic Brain Injury Linked with Increased Risk for Premature Death

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact author Seena Fazel, M.D., email seena.fazel@psych.ox.ac.uk. Please visit our For the Media website (http://media.jamanetwork.com/) for a related editorial.   JAMA Psychiatry Study Highlights   Patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) have a higher risk of premature death, particularly from suicides, injuries…

Middle-School Girls Continue to Play Soccer with Concussion Symptoms

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact author John W. O’ Kane, MD., call Leila Gray at 206-685-0381 or email leilag@uw.edu.   JAMA Pediatrics Study Highlights   Concussions are common among middle-school girls who play soccer, and most continue to play with symptoms, according to a study by…

Patients With Mild Hyperglycemia and Genetic Mutation Have Low Prevalence of Vascular Complications

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Andrew T. Hattersley, D.M., email a.t.hattersley@exeter.ac.uk. To contact editorial author Jose C. Florez, M.D., Ph.D., call Mike Morrison at 617-724-6425 or email mdmorrison@partners.org. Chicago – Despite having mild hyperglycemia for approximately 50 years, patients with a mutation in the…

Follow-up Tests Improve Colorectal Cancer Recurrence Detection

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author John N. Primrose, M.D., F.R.C.S., email j.n.primrose@soton.ac.uk. Chicago – Among patients who had undergone curative surgery for primary colorectal cancer, the screening methods of computed tomography and carcinoembryonic antigen each provided an improved rate of surgical treatment of cancer…

Study Examines Probiotic Use in Preventing Gastrointestinal Disorders in Infants

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Flavia Indrio, M.D., email f.indrio@neonatologia.uniba.it. Please visit our For the Media website (http://media.jamanetwork.com/) for a related editorial.   JAMA Pediatrics Study Highlights   Giving an infant a probiotic during the first three months of life appears to reduce the onset…

Most Students Exposed to School-Based Food Commercialism

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Yvonne M. Terry-McElrath, M.S.A., call Mary Masson at 734-764-2220 or email mfmasson@umich.edu.  Please visit our For the Media website (http://media.jamanetwork.com/) for a related editorial. JAMA Pediatrics Study Highlights   Most students in elementary, middle and high schools are exposed to…

Hospital Quality Associated With Racial Disparities in Cardiac Surgery

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Justin B. Dimick, M.D., M.P.H., call Shantell Kirkendoll at 734-764-2220 or email smkirk@med.umich.edu.   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   Hospital quality was associated with racial disparities in outcomes after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery in a study by…

Study Examines Prevalence of Smoking Among Health Care Professionals

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact Linda Sarna, Ph.D., R.N., call Laura Perry at 818-212-6226 or email Lperry@sonnet.ucla.edu.   Chicago – A survey of health care professionals finds that in 2010-2011, current smoking among this group, except for licensed practical nurses, was lower than the general population,…

Longer-Term Use of Smoking Cessation Medication Effective Among Patients With Mental Illness

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact A. Eden Evins, M.D., M.P.H., email Kristen Chadwick at kschadwick@partners.org. Chicago – Among smokers with schizophrenia or bipolar disease who achieved initial smoking abstinence with a standard 12-week course of the smoking cessation drug varenicline, an additional 40 weeks of treatment…

Combination Therapy Shows Short-Term Benefit, But Does Not Improve Ability to Quit Smoking After One Year

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact Jon O. Ebbert, M.D., M.Sc., call Kelley Luckstein at 507-284-5005 or email luckstein.kelley@mayo.edu. Chicago – Among cigarette smokers, the combined use of the smoking cessation medications varenicline and bupropion, compared with varenicline alone, resulted in better rates of smoking abstinence at…

Adults With Mental Illness Have Lower Rate of Decline in Smoking

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact Benjamin Lê Cook, Ph.D., M.P.H., call David Cecere at 617-591-4044 or email dcecere@challiance.org. Chicago – In recent years, the decline in smoking among individuals with mental illness was significantly less than among those without mental illness, although the rates of quitting…

Overall Prevalence of Smoking Has Decreased Globally, Although Number of Smokers, Cigarettes Consumed, Has Increased

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Christopher J.L. Murray, M.D., D.Phil., call Rhonda Stewart at 206-897-2863 or email stewartr@uw.edu. Chicago – Since 1980, the global prevalence of daily tobacco smoking has declined by an estimated 25 percent for men and 42 percent for women, although…

Study Estimates Tobacco Control in U.S. Has Saved 8 Million Lives In Last 50 Years

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact Theodore R. Holford, Ph.D., call Helen Dodson at 203-436-3984 or email helen.dodson@yale.edu. Chicago – Researchers estimate that tobacco control in the U.S. since 1964 has been associated with the avoidance of an estimated 8 million premature smoking-attributable deaths, with the beneficiaries…

Study Examines Meditation Programs of Psychological Well-Being

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact author Madhav Goyal, M.D., M.P.H., call Stephanie Desmon at 410-955-8665 or email sdesmon1@jhmi.edu.   JAMA Internal Medicine Study Highlight   Mindfulness meditation programs may help reduce anxiety, depression and pain in some individuals, according to a review of medical literature by…

Inverse Association Between Alcohol Consumption, Multiple Sclerosis

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Anna Karin Hedstrӧm, M.D., email anna.hedstrom@ki.se.   JAMA Neurology Study Highlights   Drinking alcohol appears to have a dose-dependent inverse (opposite) association with the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) and researchers suggest their findings give no support to advising…

Quitting Smoking Decreases Risk of Developing Cataract

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact study author Birgitta Ejdervik Lindblad, M.D., Ph.D., email birgitta.ejdervik.lindblad@swipnet.se.   CHICAGO – Quitting smoking appears to decrease the risk of developing cataracts, according to a report published by JAMA Ophthalmology, a JAMA Network publication.   Smoking is a risk factor for…

Health Care Costs Higher for Former, Current Smokers in Year After Surgery

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact author David O. Warner, M.D., call Bryan Anderson at 507-284-5005 or email newsbureau@mayo.edu. JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   Health care costs in the first year after an inpatient surgical procedure are higher for former and current smokers compared with patients who…

Hypothyroidism Not Associated With Mild Cognitive Impairment in Study

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Ajay K. Parsaik, M.D., call Deborah M. Lake at 713-500-3030 or email Deborah.M.Lake@uth.tmc.edu. CHICAGO – Hypothyroidism was not associated with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in a study of older patients, according to a report published by JAMA Neurology, a JAMA…

One-Third of Adolescents Do Not Discuss Sexuality Issues During Annual Health Visits

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Stewart C. Alexander, Ph.D., call Rachel Harrison at 919-419-5069 or email rachel.harrison@duke.edu. To contact editorial author Bradley O. Boekeloo, Sc.M., Ph.D., call Kelly Blake at 301-405-9418 or email kellyb@umd.edu. CHICAGO – A third of adolescents have annual visits with their…

Study Identifies Factors Associated With Pain One Year After Breast Cancer Surgery

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Tuomo J. Meretoja, M.D., Ph.D., email tuomo.meretoja@fimnet.fi.   Chicago – In a study that included more than 800 women who had undergone surgery for breast cancer, the majority reported some level of pain 12 months after surgery, and factors associated with…

Use of Vitamin E By Patients With Mild to Moderate Alzheimer Disease Slows Functional Decline

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Maurice W. Dysken, M.D., call Ralph Heussner at 612-467-3012 or email Ralph.Heussner@va.gov. To contact editorial co-author Denis A. Evans, M.D., email Deb Song at Deb_Song@rush.edu.   Chicago – Among patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer disease, a daily dosage of 2,000…

Study Examines Minority Physicians’ Role in Care of Underserved Patients

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Lyndonna M. Marrast, M.D., call David Cecere at 617-591-4044 or email dcecere@challiance.org.   JAMA Internal Medicine Study Highlight   Nonwhite physicians cared for 53.5 percent of minority patients and 70.4 percent of non-English speaking patients in an analysis of medical…

Study Examines Locations of Substance Abuse Facilities that Accept Medicaid

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Janet R. Cummings, Ph.D., call Melva Robertson at 404-727-5692 or email melva.robertson@emory.edu.   JAMA Psychiatry Study Highlights   Approximately 60 percent of U.S. counties have at least one outpatient substance use disorder (SUD) facility that accepts Medicaid, although the number…

Thicker Brain Sections Appear Associated with Belief of Importance of Religion

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D., call Rachel Yarmolinsky at 646-774-5353 or email yarmoli@nyspi.columbia.edu.   JAMA Psychiatry Study Highlights   The importance of religion or spirituality to a person appears to be associated with the thickness of certain brain regions, according to…

Registered Tanning Salons More Common Than Other Businesses in Florida

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., call Lisa Worley at 305-243-5184 or email lworley2@med.miami.edu.   JAMA Dermatology Study Highlights   In Florida, there is one tanning salon for every 15,113 people and 1.16 tanning facilities for every 50 squares miles,…

Increase in Consultations for Medicare Patients Before Cataract Surgery

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Stephan R. Thilen, M.D., M.S., call Leila Gray at 206-685-0381 or email leilag@uw.edu, or call Susan Gregg at 206-616-6730 or email sghanson@uw.edu. To contact commentary author Lee A. Fleisher, M.D., call Lee-Ann Landis at 215-349-5660 or email lee-ann.landis@uphs.penn.edu. CHICAGO –…

Children at Lower Risk for Peanut, Tree Nut Allergies if Moms Ate More Nuts While Pregnant

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Michael C. Young, M.D., call Meghan Weber at 617-919-3656 or email meghan.weber@childrens.harvard.edu. To contact editorial author Ruchi Gupta, M.D., M.P.H., call Marla Paul at 312-503-8928 or email marla-paul@northwestern.edu, or email r-gupta@northwestern.edu. CHICAGO – Children appear to be less at…

Study Examines Inosine to Increase Urate Levels in Patients with Parkinson Disease

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Michael A. Schwarzschild, M.D., Ph.D., call Mike Morrison at 617-724-6425 or email mdmorrison@partners.org. CHICAGO – The drug inosine appears to be a safe and effective way to raise blood and cerebrospinal fluid urate levels in patients with early Parkinson…

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agent Slows Rate of Progression of Neurodegenerative Disease

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact John L. Berk, M.D., call Jenny Eriksen Leary at 617-638-6841 or email jenny.eriksen@bmc.org. Chicago – Among patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy, a lethal, genetic neurodegenerative disease, use of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent diflunisal compared with placebo for 2 years reduced the…

Use of Antidepressant Does Not Improve Symptoms From Stomach Disorder

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Henry P. Parkman, M.D., call Kathleen Duffy at 267-800-4359 or email Kathleen.Duffy@tuhs.temple.edu. Chicago – Among patients with idiopathic (of unknown cause) gastroparesis, use of the antidepressant nortriptyline compared with placebo for 15 weeks did not result in improvement in overall symptoms,…

Proportion of Opioid Treatment Programs Offering On-Site Testing For HIV and STIs Declines Substantially

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Chinazo O. Cunningham, M.D., M.S., call Kim Newman at 718-430-3101 or email Sciencenews@einstein.yu.edu. Chicago – A survey of opioid treatment programs finds that the proportion offering on-site testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) declined substantially between…

Adding Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Treatment of Pediatric Migraine Improves Relief of Symptoms

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Scott W. Powers, Ph.D., call Jim Feuer at 513-636-4656 or email Jim.Feuer@cchmc.org. To contact editorial author Mark Connelly, Ph.D., call Jessica Salazar at 816-346-1346 or email jmsalazar@cmh.edu. Chicago – Among children and adolescents with chronic migraine, the use of cognitive behavioral…

Multi-Component Therapy Shown Beneficial in Treating PTSD in Adolescent Girls

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Edna B. Foa, Ph.D., call Steve Graff at 215-349-5653 or email Stephen.Graff@uphs.upenn.edu. To contact Sean Perrin, Ph.D., email sean.perrin@psy.lu.se. Chicago – Adolescents girls with sexual abuse-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experienced greater benefit from prolonged exposure therapy (a type of therapy…

Study Suggests Patients with Diabetic Macular Edema Not Getting Prompt Care

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact study author Neil M. Bressler, M.D., call JAMA Network media relations at 312-464-5262 or email mediarelations@jamanetwork.org.   CHICAGO – Less than half of adults with diabetic macular edema (DME, a thickening of the center of the retina that can cause blindness)…

New Guidelines for Management of High Blood Pressure Released

EMBARGOED FOR EARLY RELEASE: 10 A.M. (CT) WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Paul A. James, M.D., call Molly Rossiter at 319-356-7127 or email molly-rossiter@uiowa.edu. Chicago – A new guideline for the management of high blood pressure, developed by an expert panel and containing nine recommendations and a treatment algorithm (flow…

Study Examines Safety, Effectiveness of Weight-Loss Bariatric Surgery

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Su-Hsin Chang, Ph.D., call Judy Martin at 314-286-0105 or email martinju@wustl.edu.     JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   Bariatric surgery helps patients lose weight and get rid of obesity-related diseases, although the risk of complications, reoperation and death remain, according…

Nonsurgical Treatment of Periodontitis For Persons With Diabetes Does Not Improve Glycemic Control

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Steven P. Engebretson, D.M.D., M.S., M.S., call Elyse Bloom at 212-998-9910 or email dental.communications@nyu.edu. Chicago – For persons with type 2 diabetes and chronic periodontitis, nonsurgical periodontal treatment did not result in improved glycemic control, according to a study appearing in…

Study Assesses Amount, Patterns of Sedentary Behavior of Older Women

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Eric J. Shiroma, M.Ed., M.S., call Jessica Maki at 617-525-6373 or email jmaki3@partners.org. Chicago – Among 7,000 older women who wore an accelerometer to measure their movement, about two-thirds of their waking time was spent in sedentary behavior, most of which…

Medical Communication Companies Receive Substantial Support From Drug and Device Companies

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Sheila M. Rothman, Ph.D., call Whitney Adair at 212-342-5268 or email smr4@columbia.edu or wa2187@columbia.edu. To contact editorial co-author Steven Woloshin, M.D., M.S., call Mike Barwell at 603-653-1984 or email Michael.r.barwell@hitchcock.org. Chicago – Eighteen medical communication companies (MCCs) received about $100 million…

Study Analyzes Diabetes Drug Metformin as Obesity Treatment for Children

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Marian S. McDonagh, Pharm. D., call Tamara Hargens-Bradley at 503-484-8231 or email hargenst@ohsu.edu.   JAMA Pediatrics Study Highlights   Treatment with the diabetes drug metformin appears to be associated with a modest reduction in body mass index (BMI) in obese…

Antihypertensives Appear Associated With Lower Risk for Dialysis in Patients with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Chih-Cheng Hsu, M.D., Dr. PH., email cch@nhri.org.tw. To contact corresponding commentary author Chi-yuan Hsu, M.D., M.Sc., call Pete Farley at 415-502-4608 or email peter.farley@ucsf.edu. CHICAGO – Patients with stable hypertension and the most advanced stage of chronic kidney disease…

Psychiatrists Less Likely to Accept Insurance Than Other Physicians

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Tara F. Bishop, M.D., M.P.H., call Sarah Smith at 646-317-7409 or email sas2072@med.cornell.edu. Psychiatrists Less Likely to Accept Insurance Than Other Physicians Insurance acceptance rates are lower for psychiatrists than for other types of physicians, according to a study by…

Traumatic Brain Injury Associated with PTSD Symptoms in Marines

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Dewleen G. Baker, M.D., call Scott LaFee at 619-543-5232 or email slafee@ucsd.edu. Traumatic Brain Injury Associated with PTSD Symptoms in Marines Traumatic brain injury (TBI) during a recent deployment was associated with postdeployment posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms (PTSD) among…

Study Examines Drug Labeling and Exposure in Infants

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Matthew M. Laughon, M.D., M.P.H., call Danielle M. Bates at 919-843-9714 or email danielle_bates@med.unc.edu.   JAMA Pediatrics Study Highlights   Federal legislation encouraging the study of drugs in pediatric patients has resulted in very few labeling changes that include…

Cardiovascular Complications, Hypoglycemia Common in Older Patients with Diabetes

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Elbert S. Huang, M.D., M.P.H., call Matt Wood at 773-702-5894 or email matthew.wood@uchospitals.edu. CHICAGO – Cardiovascular complications and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) were common nonfatal complications in adults 60 years of age and older with diabetes, according to a study…

Study Suggests Overdiagnosis in Screening for Lung Cancer with Low-Dose CT

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Edward F. Patz, Jr., M.D., call Sarah Avery at 919-660-1306 or email sarah.avery@duke.edu. CHICAGO – More than 18 percent of all lung cancers detected by low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) appeared to represent an overdiagnosis, according to a study published by…

Acid-Suppressing Medications Associated with Vitamin B12 Deficiency

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Douglas A. Corley, M.D., Ph.D., call Janet Byron at 510-891-3115 or email Janet.L.Byron@kp.org. Chicago – Use for 2 or more years of proton pump inhibitors and histamine 2 receptor antagonists (two types of acid-inhibiting medications) was associated with a…

Use of CPAP for Sleep Apnea Reduces Blood Pressure for Patients With Difficult to Treat Hypertension

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Miguel-Angel Martinez-Garcia, M.D., Ph.D., email mianmartinezgarcia@gmail.com. Chicago – Among patients with obstructive sleep apnea and hypertension that requires 3 or more medications to control, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment for 12 weeks resulted in a decrease in 24-hour average and…

Study Summarizes National Report on Elimination of Measles, Rubella

Editor’s Note: This article is being released in conjunction with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention media briefing on measles and global health security.   EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 11 A.M. (CT), THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013   Media Advisory: To contact author Mark J. Papania, M.D., M.P.H., call Jason McDonald at 404-639-7700 or email gnf0@cdc.gov….

Eye Care Rates Low Among Patients at Public Safety-Net Hospital Clinic

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact study author Paul A. MacLennan, Ph.D., call Bob Shepard at 205-934-8934 or email bshep@uab.edu.   JAMA Ophthalmology Study Highlights   Eye care rates were low among poor, mostly black patients with diabetes seen at a large, public safety-net hospital, according to…

Youth Suicide Attempts Associated with Mental Health Problems Later in Life

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Terrie E. Moffitt, Ph.D., call Karl Leif Bates at 919-681-8054 or email karl.bates@duke.edu.   JAMA Psychiatry Study Highlights   People who attempt suicide under age 24 appear to have an increased risk of developing mental health and social problems…

Clinical Trial Tests Insecticide-Treated Underwear to Ward off Body Lice in Shelters

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Philippe Brouqui, M.D., Ph.D., email philippe.brouqui@univ-amu.fr.     JAMA Dermatology Study Highlights   Providing insecticide-treated underwear to people in homeless shelters was effective in eliminating body lice infestations, but the effect did not last and resistance to insecticide resistance increased,…

Simulation-Based Communication Training Does Not Improve Quality of End-of-Life Care

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact J. Randall Curtis, M.D., M.P.H., call Elizabeth Hunter at 206-616-3192 or email elh415@uw.edu. To contact editorial co-author Abraham Verghese, M.D., call Margarita Gallardo at 650-723-7897 or email mjgallardo@stanford.edu. Chicago – Among internal medicine and nurse practitioner trainees, simulation-based communication skills training…

Attending Clinical and Tutorial-Based Activities By Medical Students Associated With Better Overall Examination Scores

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Richard P. Deane, M.B., B.Ch., email deaneri@tcd.ie. Chicago – Among fourth-year medical students completing an 8-week obstetrics/gynecology clinical rotation, there was a positive association between attendance at clinical and tutorial-based activities and overall examination scores, according to a study appearing in…

Study Examines Incidence, Trend of Substance Use Disorder Among Medical Residents

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact David O. Warner, M.D., call Bryan Anderson at 507-284-5005 or email Anderson.bryan@mayo.edu. Chicago – Among anesthesiology residents entering primary training from 1975 to 2009, 0.86 percent had a confirmed substance use disorder during training, with the incidence of this disorder increasing…

Diversity Initiatives Do Not Appear to Increase Representation of Minorities on Faculty of Medical Schools

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact James Guevara, M.D., M.P.H., call Dana Weidig at 267-426-6092 or email weidigd@email.chop.edu. Chicago – From 2000 to 2010, the presence of a minority faculty development program at U.S. medical schools was not associated with greater underrepresented minority faculty representation, recruitment, or…

Multifaceted Program to Improve Patient Continuity of Care in Hospitals Associated With Reduction in Medical Errors

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Amy J. Starmer, M.D., M.P.H., call Meghan Weber at 617-919-3110 or email Meghan.Weber@childrens.harvard.edu. To contact editorial author Leora Horwitz, M.D., M.H.S., call Helen Dodson at 203-436-3984 or email helen.dodson@yale.edu. Chicago – Implementation of a multifaceted program to improve patient handoffs (change…

Positive Effects in Children After Home Visits by Nurses, Paraprofessionals

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author David L. Olds, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado Denver, call Mark Couch at 303-724-5377 or email mark.couch@ucdenver.edu. CHICAGO – Home visits by nurses and paraprofessionals to children of low-income women had some positive benefits for the children on cognitive…

Study Examines Delivery of Outpatient Mental Health Treatment

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Mark Olfson, M.D., M.P.H., call Dacia Morris at 646-774-8724 or email morrisd@pi.cpmc.columbia.edu.   JAMA Psychiatry Study Highlights   Visits to physicians that resulted in a mental health diagnosis increased at a faster rate for young people than adults in a…

Prevalence of Undiagnosed HIV Infection Low Among State Prison Entrants

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact David Alain Wohl, M.D., call Lisa Chensvold at 919-843-5719 or email lisa_chensvold@med.unc.edu. Chicago – An analysis indicates that the prevalence of undiagnosed human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection among state prison entrants in North Carolina was low, at 0.09 percent, according to…

Study Finds No Increased Risk of Retinal Detachment With Use of Certain Antibiotics

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Bjorn Pasternak, M.D., Ph.D., email bjp@ssi.dk. To contact editorial author Allan S. Brett, M.D., call Jeff Stensland at 803-777-3686 or email stenslan@mailbox.sc.edu. Chicago – In contrast to findings of a recent study, researchers in Denmark did not find an association between…

Induced Hypothermia Does Not Improve Outcomes for Patients With Severe Bacterial Meningitis; May Be Harmful

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Bruno Mourvillier, M.D., email bruno.mourvillier@bch.aphp.fr. Chicago – In a study of adults with severe bacterial meningitis, therapeutic hypothermia (reduction of body temperature) did not improve outcomes, and it may even have been harmful, according to a study appearing in the November…

Drug Improves Remission of Crohn Disease Among Children and Adolescents

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Marzia Lazzerini, Ph.D., email lazzerini@burlo.trieste.it. Chicago – Among children and adolescents with Crohn disease not responding to treatment, use of the drug thalidomide resulted in improved clinical remission after 8 weeks of treatment compared with placebo, according to a study appearing…

Micronutrient Supplements Reduce Risk of HIV Disease Progression and Illness

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Marianna K. Baum, Ph.D., call Maydel Santana-Bravo at 305-348-1555 or email santanam@fiu.edu. Chicago – Long-term (24-month) supplementation with multivitamins plus selenium for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients in Botswana in the early stages of disease who had not received antiretroviral therapy…

Study Examines Barriers to Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Among Teens

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Dawn M. Holman, M.P.H., call Brittany Raines at 403-639-3286 or email media@cdc.gov. CHICAGO – Barriers to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among adolescents in the U.S. range from financial concerns and parental attitudes to social influences and concerns about the vaccination’s…

Findings Not Supportive of Using Women-Specific Chest Pain Symptoms in Early Diagnosis of Heart Attack

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Christian Mueller, M.D., email christian.mueller@usb.ch. To contact commentary author Louise Pilote, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., call Julie Robert at 514-934-1934 Ext. 71381 or email julie.robert@muhc.mcgill.ca. CHICAGO – Using chest pain characteristics (CPCs) specific to women in the early diagnosis of…

Study Examines Parental Perspectives on Adolescent Hearing Loss Risk

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Deepa L. Sekhar, M.D., M.Sc., call Matthew G. Solovey at 717-531-0003 Ext. 287127 or email msolovey@hmc.psu.edu.   JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Study Highlights   Despite the rising prevalence of acquired adolescent hearing loss, parents lack education on prevention…

Study Examines Regional Spending on Vascular Care and Amputation Rate

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Philip P. Goodney, M.D., M.S., call Michael Barwell at 603-653-1984 or email michael.r.barwell@hitchcock.org.   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can cause critical limb ischemia that is treated with amputation, and while there is much spending on…