A Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Taps eClinicalWorks Health IT to Boost Population Health:  An FQHC in Connecticut increased HIV screenings by 11 percent after adopting population health modules from health IT vendor eClinicalWorks

HIV screenings rise after health center deploys analytics tool: The use of a Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set analytics solution led to better efficiency and compliance at the Connecticut Institute for Communities, which implemented the system shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic started. HIV screenings have increased by 11% since the federal qualified health center started using the tool.

CDC now encouraging doctors to consider more blood testing for “forever chemicals”:  Known as PFAS, the chemicals are found in myriad consumer products

Center for Disease Control: CDC urges physician to talk with patients about PFAS: New CDC guidance suggests that physicians consider more patient communication and blood testing for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), or “forever chemicals,” found in many consumer products. Dr. Aaron Bernstein of the National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry estimates that more than 90% of the nation’s population has been exposed to PFAS, whose potential health risks include higher cholesterol, lower infant birth weight, some cancers, pregnancy complications and elevated liver enzymes.

World risks missing deadline for pandemic accord, says WHO chief

WHO urges pandemic deal as “zombie virus” threat looms: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has voiced alarm over the number of countries set to miss a May deadline for committing to a global accord on fighting pandemics, warning that “future generations may not forgive us” for failing to act against global disease threats. Separately, scientists are warning that climate change could release ancient viruses trapped in the Arctic permafrost, a pandemic threat they warn is being overlooked

Nearly 1 in 10 teens worldwide have used ineffective and potentially harmful weight-loss products, study estimates

Teen use of OTC weight-loss products a growing concern: About 9% of adolescents worldwide have used over-the-counter drugs, supplements or other products that claim to aid weight loss, researchers reported in JAMA Network Open. Six (6) percent of teens had used diet pills, 4% had taken laxatives and 2% had used diuretics in an effort to lose weight. Past research has tied the use of such products to mental health issues, substance use and eating disorders in teens.

Duke breakthrough:  Transplanted parts of heart are growing along with child:  A year after doctors at Duke Health transplanted some valves and arteries into the heart of a sick child, they announced success on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association

Partial transplant offers hope for children with heart disease: In 2022, surgeons transplanted living heart valves and arteries into a 17-day-old baby with truncus arteriosus, and the tissues have grown with the child, potentially eliminating the need for future surgeries, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA). The procedure requires less immunosuppressant medication and could double the number of hearts available for children with heart disease, according to first author Joseph Turek, Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Duke Children’s Hospital.

The woman behind the pap smear

Co-developer of Pap smear never got paid or acknowledged: Development of the Pap test for cervical cancer has long been credited to George Papanicolaou; however, his wife, Mary, made his discoveries possible, although she was neither paid nor, until recently, credited. Mary not only provided, processed, stained and organized her own daily vaginal samples, she also recruited other women to donate samples that were vital to the identification of precancerous cells.

Center for Disease Control (CDC):  Long COVID affecting millions of Americans

About 6.9% of adults in the US, or around 18 million Americans, and 1.5% of children, or roughly 1 million kids, reported ever having long COVID, while about 8.8 million adults and about 360,000 children said they are currently suffering from the condition, according to data published by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Data showed women, residents of rural areas, adults ages 35 to 49 and Hispanic people were more likely to have had long COVID-19 compared with their counterparts.

Scientists find new protein linked to early-onset dementia

Researchers link new-found protein to early dementia: A novel protein known as TAF15 has been added to the list of proteins known to aggregate in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions. Researchers reported in the journal Nature that TAF15 forms aggregated structures in patients who have frontotemporal dementia, which normally develops at an earlier age than Alzheimer’s disease. The findings could serve as a basis for diagnostic and treatment advancements.