Health Care Safety Index – September 2015

Here are healthcare safety issues that have appeared in the news and medical journals throughout the last 30 days or so:

A study published in Pediatrics indicated alcohol abuse is more prevalent in adolescent girls who have less parental supervision.

A study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity demonstrated a link between increased screen time and poor grades. Children who spend more than the average 4 hours a day on screen time (TV, computers, internet and games) have poorer academic performance.

An article published in the Lancent Psychiatry concluded that teenagers identifying with the goth subculture are more at risk for depression and self-harm.

Eletroacupuncture was found to be helpful in diminishing hot flashes associated treatment of breast cancer in an article published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The American Journal of Public Health published an article discussing the annual probability of attaining normal weight for obese people. The probability is 1 in 210 for men and 1 in 124 for women who are obese. Meanwhile the probability decreases to 1 in 1290 for men and 1 in 677 for women in people suffering from morbid obesity.

According to a study published in JAMA there is an association between electronic cigarette use and subsequent tobacco smoking.

The Infectious Disease Society of America published clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of native vertebral osteomyelitis in adults.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released recommendations for the prevention and control of influenza for this year’s flu season. Vaccination was recommended for everyone over 6 months of age. Different influenza A H3N2 and influenza B antigens than were used last year were recommended.

An article published in Pediatrics demonstrated a relationship between antibiotic use and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

The American College of Physicians issued a position paper regarding the integration of behavioral health care into the practice of internal medicine.

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