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Archive for February, 2010

IOM Publishes Report on Hypertension

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

In a new report published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), it is recommended that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local health jurisdictions, focus on population-based strategies that can reach large numbers of people and improve the well-being of entire communities in dealing with hypertension. Behavioral and lifestyle interventions, i.e. reducing sodium intake, increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables and increasing physical activity are among the best examples. The report also highlights the need to improve providers’ adherence to the treatment guidelines for hypertension, especially in the elderly population, and to encourage patients to take medication consistently by reducing or eliminating the cost of antihypertensive medication. 

For information about the report, go to http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/A-Population-Based-Policy-and-Systems-Change-Approach-to-Prevent-and-Control-Hypertension.aspx

Initiative Released by FDA

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced an initiative to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure from computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine studies and fluoroscopy procedures. The FDA stated that the initiative will promote the safe use of medical imaging devices, support informed clinical decision-making and increase patient awareness of their own exposure. The agency intends to require manufacturers of CT and fluoroscopic devices to incorporate safeguards into the design of their machines and provide appropriate training to support safe use by practitioners, and has scheduled a public meeting on March 30-31 to solicit input on those requirements. It also is working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to incorporate quality assurance practices into the mandatory accreditation and conditions of participation survey processes for imaging facilities and hospitals.

More information is available at http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm200085.htm