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Trends in U.S. Health Care

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: September 2017 - Volume 117 - Issue 9 - p 17
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000524534.88168.00
In the News

* Heart failure. Hospitalization rates for heart failure decreased 26% for men and 36% for women from 2002 to 2013, according to a report in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes: http://bit.ly/2v2dRNW.

* Indoor tanning bed use. The use of indoor tanning beds by adults fell from 5.5% of U.S. adults in 2010 to 3.5% in 2015: http://bit.ly/2uNt7xj.

* Opioid prescribing. Although opioid prescribing has decreased each year from 2010 through 2015, it is still three times what it was in 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://bit.ly/2uOOmMh.

* Underage binge drinking. According to a report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, underage binge drinking decreased from 2010–2012 to 2012–2014 in the District of Columbia and 18 states, although the remaining states saw no change: http://bit.ly/2s48wjs.

* Vaccination.

* A recent study linked clusters of pertussis outbreaks to areas with nonmedical vaccine exemptions. The authors suggest states allowing such exemptions should reconsider that policy: http://bit.ly/2uDaThC.

* The percentage of pregnant women receiving the Tdap vaccine increased from 42% to 49% between 2015 and 2016, according to the CDC. Recommendations from providers were deemed useful in increasing vaccination rates: http://bit.ly/2sffcwW.

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