Top stories in health and medicine, February 23, 2015

medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. U.S. Still Poorly Prepared to Treat Obesity. Health professionals are poorly prepared to treat obesity, and they have biases and unfounded assumptions about the disease.
  2. Fibromyalgia: Need to Nap Increases as Symptoms Worsen. Daytime napping is associated with greater symptom severity in patients with fibromyalgia, supporting the notion that people nap in the daytime in order to cope with the condition.
  3. States Improve Response to Measles Outbreaks. In 2008, it took doctors at an Arizona hospital 3 days to diagnose measles in a European patient who was admitted with respiratory problems and a rash. By the time the outbreak was contained, 14 people statewide had developed measles and more than 7,000 healthcare workers and patients had been exposed.
  4. A Drug Safety Call to Arms. Last week, the Institute for Safe Medical Practices (ISMP) published an alarming report exposing the dirty secret about drug safety in America.

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