Health

Outcomes of hep C screening intervention examined

A multicomponent intervention can improve hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening, although there is considerable variation by practice, according to a study published online Dec. 3 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Pediatrics

2009-2015 saw breastfeeding up for most races/ethnicities

(HealthDay)—From 2009 to 2015, there was improvement in breastfeeding rates in most race/ethnicity groups, although disparities between black and white infants widened, according to a study published online Oct. 14 in JAMA ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Examining ball pits as a playground for pathogenic germs

Beware the ball pit. Ball pits used in children's physical therapy—similar to those made popular by restaurants catering to families—may contribute to germ transmission between patients, according to new research published ...

Cardiology

Variation in revascularization for asymptomatic SIHD unexplained

(HealthDay)—For asymptomatic patients with stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD) and coronary artery disease (CAD), there is considerable variation in revascularization practice that is not explained by known factors, according ...

Medications

Drug overdose mortality rates highest in US

(HealthDay)—In 2015, the United States had higher drug overdose mortality rates than those of many other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development member countries, according to a research letter published ...

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