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Top Primary Care Stories: February 2016

Top Primary Care Stories: February 2016

  • Round up of stories from around the Web for February, 2016.

  • Origins of Zika. The Zika virus had been on the move in Brazil for more than a year before the first cases of microcephaly in infants appeared. In 2014, a stream of patients with an odd viral syndrome--flat pinkish rash, bloodshot eyes, fever, joint pain, and headaches—flowed into hospitals. None were desperately ill and physicians thought it might be “some kind of light dengue.” New York Times, February 7, 2016

  • PPIs Associated with Dementia Risk. Researchers from the German Center for Neurogdegenerative Diseases in Bonn reported that long-term use of proton pump inhibitors was significantly associated with later diagnoses of dementia in adults aged ≥75 years. The risk of incident dementia decreased with age, from 69% (ages 75-79y) to 32% (aged ≥85y). Risk was similar among the 3 most popular PPIs: omeprazole, pantoprazole, esomeprazole. JAMA Neurology, February 2016

  • Law limits Doctors’ Gun Speech. In Florida, a pediatrician can ask parents many questions about a child’s safety and well-being: “What are her typical diet/sleep patterns? Is there a backyard pool? Other relatives in the house?” But the question about whether there is a gun in the home is off limits; a 2011 law bans routine questions about guns in physician’s office. It is the only law of its kind in the country, but 12 states have considered similar legislation. Modern Healthcare, February 27, 2016

  • Patients Don’t Share Genetic Test Results. Among people who bought direct-to-consumer personal genomic tests, two-thirds said they planned to share results with their primary care provider; at 6-month follow-up, only 27% had done so. Reasons for not sharing included feeling results weren’t important enough and that there wasn’t enough time. Survey results also include patient perception of PCP engagement/interest and lack thereof. Authors believe more people will share over time as results become more relevant and actionable. Annals of Internal Medicine, February 2016

  • Life-expectancy Gap Gets Wider. It’s not a huge surprise that the rich tend to outlive those of meager means. But a report from the Brookings Institution that parses the implications for Social Security calls attention to a rapidly widening life-expectancy gap between the more and less affluent. The difference in life span after age 50 between richest and poorest has more than doubled since the 1970s. Public health experts suggest that steep declines in smoking among the more affluent and educated could partially explain the widening difference. New York Times, February 13, 2016

  • When Black Holes Collide. According to astronomers, the recent detection of gravitational waves—ripples in the space-time continuum created when 2 black holes collide—opens a vital new window on the universe; this could include the potential to one day witness the “big bang” that created it 13.8 billion years ago. The discovery fulfills a prediction made by Albert Einstein more than a century ago and will allow scientists to understand the dark matter of the universe, undetectable with light alone. The Guardian, February 11, 2016

We have asked our editorial advisory board members to send us a story each month in 2016 that they find of particular interest. The content could have scientific, medical, or simply human-interest value. We curated their entires, added a few of our own, and the January result is the short slide show above. 

Here's a wrap up of randomly selected medical stories that have been making the headlines this month. - See more at: http://www.consultantlive.com/articles/6-top-primary-care-stories-month#...

Did you miss any of these headlines? Find links to the sources below.

- See more at: http://www.consultantlive.com/articles/7-top-primary-care-stories-month#...

We have asked our editorial advisory board members to send us a story each month in 2016 that they find of particular interest. The content could have scientific, medical, or simply human-interest value. We curated their entires, added a few of our own, and the February result is the short slide show above.


For more information on these stories, follow links below:

Origins of Zika
How a Medical Mystery in Brazil Led Doctors to Zika

PPIs Associated with Dementia Risk
Association of proton pump inhibitors with risk of dementia

Law Limits Doctors’ Gun Speech
Battle rages over Florida law limiting doctors' gun speech

Life-expectancy Gap Gets Wider
What Growing Life Expectancy Gaps Mean for the Promise of Social Security (Brookings) 
Disparity in Life Spans of the Rich and the Poor Is Growing (NYT)

Patients Don’t Share Genetic Test Results 
Consumer Perceptions of Interactions With Primary Care Providers After Direct-to-Consumer Personal Genomic Testing
Medpage Today Video Interveiw

When black holes collide
Gravitational waves: breakthrough discovery after a century of expectation

 

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