New CDC Report on Influenza, Plus a Quiz for Clinicians

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a new surveillance report for the week ending January 17, 2015 on influenza-related mortality, hospitalizations, and outpatient illness, as well as the geographic spread.

Labeling Update for Xarelto

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has approved an update to the prescribing information for Xarelto (rivaroxaban; Janssen).

Weak Evidence for Seizure Med in Treating Neuropathic Pain

Antiepileptic medications like zonisamide have sometimes used in pain management, but a new review suggests that there is no evidence to support its efficacy in treating various neuropathic pain conditions.

Video-Based Tx May Benefit Babies at Risk for Autism

Therapy involving "video feedback" - where parents watch videos of their interactions with their baby - might help prevent infants at risk for autism from developing the disorder.

Recommended Activity Goals May Be Unrealistic, Discouraging for Many

Current targets call for 150 minutes of weekly exercise - or 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week - to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Although these standards don't need to be abandoned, they shouldn't be the primary message about exercise for inactive people, experts argue.

5% of Seniors Discharged From ER Admitted Within Days

Nearly 5 percent of older Medicare beneficiaries seen in the emergency department have a hospital inpatient admission within seven days after discharge.

Depressive Symptoms in Diabetes Could Be Cut with Self-Management Program

For patients with diabetes, a self-management-oriented group program (Diabetes Motivation Strengthening [DIAMOS]) is associated with reductions in depressive symptoms.

Leukemia Txs Top ASCO's Clinical Cancer Advances in 2015 List

The biggest clinical cancer advances for 2015 have been identified in an annual report from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Misuse of Prophylactic Antimicrobials in Urologic Surgery Common

Utilization patterns indicate that antimicrobial prophylaxis is overused for urological surgeries in the community practice setting.

In Obese Moms, Optimal Gestational Weight Gain May Vary

For some obese women, gestational weight gain (GWG) below that recommended in the current guidelines may be advised to reduce the risk of certain adverse pregnancy outcomes.