A single dose of an investigational influenza drug was able to reduce
the duration of fever and viral shedding, researchers said. In a combined analysis of two randomized placebo-controlled trials, the
neuraminidase inhibitor peramivir (Rapivab), given by injection within
48 hours of symptom onset, also lowered the amount of virus in the
blood, according to Rich Whitley, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. But while the drug reduced the time to resolution of symptoms - the
primary endpoint of the trials - the difference from placebo was not
Is oral zinc associated with a shorter duration, decreased
severity, and reduced incidence of the common cold compared with placebo?
When initiated within 24 hours of symptom onset, oral zinc is
associated with a shorter duration of the common cold in healthy people.
However, there is no association between oral zinc and symptom
severity, and the prevalence of adverse effects with zinc lozenges is
high. Given the high heterogeneity of data, these results should be
interpreted with caution. Used prophylactically, oral zinc is associated
with a reduced cold incidence in children. Prophylactic use has not
been studied in adults.
ICD-10 is a set of diagnostic and procedural
codes that is much more complex than
ICD-9, which is currently used. The switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is being called one of the largest transformations in recent years for
the healthcare industry. This week, Congress passed and President Obama signed
a bill that would, among other things, delay the transition by at least a year. The new implementation date will
sooner than October 1, 2015. Many organizations, including the AAUCM, had been
working diligently to be ready for ICD-10 by October of this year.
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