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Saturday, April 19, 2014

4/19/14 Health News: FOOD-SAFETY TIPS FOR EASTER EGGS ♦ Anti-vaccine Movement is Giving Diseases a 2nd Life ♦ Overweight/Obese Youth May Not Receive Needed Lab Screening

Easter Sunday is coming right up, so here are some important food-safety tips to remember this time of year when you’re decorating, cooking and/or hiding Easter eggs: Be sure and inspect the eggs before purchasing them, making sure they are not dirty or cracked. Dangerous bacteria may enter a cracked egg. Store eggs in their... Continue Reading   

Anti-vaccine Movement is Giving Diseases a 2nd Life
Recent measles outbreaks in New York, California and Texas are examples of what could happen on a larger scale if vaccination rates dropped, says Anne Schuchat, the CDC's director of immunizations and respiratory diseases. Officials declared measles, which causes itchy rashes and fevers, eradicated in the United States in 2000. Yet this year, the disease is on track to infect three times as many people as in 2009. That's because in most cases people who have not been vaccinated are getting infected by others traveling into the United States. Then, Schuchat says, the infected spread it in their communities.Continue Reading

Patients Nationwide Now Have Direct Access to Lab Test Results Through Quest Diagnostics
Quest Diagnostics has launched MyQuest by Care360 at, a secure patient portal that enables patients to view copies of their lab test reports from Quest Diagnostics. Quest Diagnostics provides direct patient access to lab information through a range of free channels which include a patient portal and mobile health app as well as traditional mail, fax and email. Quest has provided several channels for patients to request and receive their lab reports in select states where direct patient access had been allowed prior to the new federal rule.Continue Reading

Overweight/Obese Youth May Not Receive Needed Lab Screening

Maryland Medicaid/Children's Health Program providers are inadequately coding diagnoses of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents, according to a CDC study published in the April 11 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Furthermore, at-risk overweight and obese children and adolescents are not receiving recommended laboratory screening tests for obesity-related conditions.Source:Continue Reading

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