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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Health News: Smoking in pregnancy 'affects boys' fitness in later life' ♦ Over testing for diabetes patients reaps negative rewards ♦ Less than half of US hospitals require flu shots for staff


Combining adult stem cells with hormone may speed bone fracture healing A combination of adult stem cells and parathyroid hormone significantly increased new bone formation in laboratory animals and may speed the healing process for human bone fractures caused by osteoporosis.
Less than half of US hospitals require flu shots for staff, despite risk to patients Within weeks, flu will start spreading. Multiple national recommendations urge all healthcare workers to get the influenza vaccination, to reduce the chances they will pass the virus on to their patients. But a new study finds that more than half of hospitals still don't require this.
Smoking in pregnancy 'affects boys' fitness in later life' Mothers who smoke are putting more than their own health at risk.
Over testing for diabetes patients reaps negative rewards A national trend toward overtesting glycated hemoglobin levels in adult patients with type 2 diabetes has been uncovered by a recent study. Overtesting causes redundancy and waste says the study team, adding unnecessary costs and time burden for patients and providers. In addition, excessive testing can result in overtreatment with hypoglycemic drugs, adding additional cost and potential health complications.

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