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What's New in the Healthwise® Knowledgebase

Version 11.0

August 2016

What's New in the Healthwise Knowledgebase lists new documents, noteworthy enhancements to existing documents, and medically significant changes to existing documents. We do not list every change, such as editorial changes, made for this release. Refer to Tech Docs for a complete list of new and updated documents.

  • New Health and Disease Topics
  • New NCI Topics
  • New Medication Topics
  • New Aisle 7 (CAM) Content
  • CDC Vaccination Information Statements and Immunization Schedules
  • Decision Point Updates
  • Health and Disease Topic Updates
  • NCI Topic Updates
  • Medication Topic Updates
  • Aisle 7 (CAM) Content Updates
  • Topic Title Changes and Topic Replacements
  • Medical Guideline Review
  • What's Next

New Health and Disease Topics

  • COPD: Help for Caregivers: This new topic describes how to help a loved one who has COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). It includes tips on how to be a good caregiver and how to help a loved one quit smoking, conserve energy when doing tasks, and eat well and not lose weight. It also gives ideas for how caregivers can care for and make time for themselves.
  • Difference Between the Flu and a Cold: This new topic describes the difference between the flu and a cold.
  • Drug Withdrawal in Newborns (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome): This new topic describes drug withdrawal in newborns (neonatal abstinence syndrome), including what happens during withdrawal from drugs in newborns, what a woman can do if she is pregnant and has used drugs, how drug withdrawal in newborns is treated, and how a woman can care for her baby at home.
  • Hyperparathyroidism: This new topic explains what hyperparathyroidism is, what causes it, and how it affects the bones, kidneys, and brain. It describes how it is diagnosed, how it is treated, and what questions to ask a doctor about treatment choices.
  • Milk Oversupply: This new topic describes milk oversupply, which happens when a mother makes more milk than her baby uses. The topic includes symptoms and treatment options.
  • Thrombocytopenia: This new topic describes the causes, symptoms, and treatment of thrombocytopenia.
  • Yeast Skin Infection: This new topic explains what yeast skin infection is, how it can grow in skin-to-skin areas, and how it is diagnosed and treated.
  • Your Medicare Yearly Wellness Visit: This new topic informs and empowers Medicare Part B patients to use the Medicare annual wellness visit in collaboration with their doctor.

New NCI Topics

Refer to Tech Docs for a complete list of new National Cancer Institute content.

New Medication Topics

Medication topics from Cerner Multum, Inc., are not included in all systems. Added topics may include new information and/or the addition of new drug names. Refer to Tech Docs for a complete list of new titles.

New Aisle 7 (CAM) Content

Refer to Tech Docs for a complete list of new Aisle 7 (CAM) content.

CDC Vaccination Information Statements and Immunization Schedules

CDC Vaccine Information Statements

There are no new Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) for Version 11.0.

We replaced the previous version of these VISs with the latest version provided by the CDC:

CDC immunization schedules

We replaced the previous version of this immunization schedule with the latest version provided by the CDC:

Decision Point Updates

We continually monitor changes in medicine to ensure our topics are accurate and up-to-date. In the following documents, we made medically significant revisions, added new medical information, or removed outdated medical information. While medically significant changes are listed here, documents that have minor revisions, such as editorial or consistency changes, are not listed.

  • Prostate Cancer Screening: Should I Have a PSA Test?: In "What is prostate cancer?" we now say that when prostate cancer is found before it has spread outside the prostate gland, a man's options include active surveillance, surgery to remove the prostate, or radiation.
  • Prostate Cancer: Should I Choose Active Surveillance?: In "Your options," we now say that this decision aid is for men who have low-risk localized prostate cancer and for some men who have medium-risk localized prostate cancer. In the "Key points," we say that men with low-risk localized prostate cancer and some men with medium-risk localized prostate cancer have a very low risk of dying from prostate cancer. In "What is localized prostate cancer?" we now say that some men with medium-risk localized prostate cancer have the option of choosing active surveillance.
  • Prostate Cancer: Should I Have Radiation or Surgery for Localized Prostate Cancer?: In "Why is it important to know the risk level of your cancer?" we now say that some men with medium-risk localized prostate cancer may be able to choose active surveillance.

Health and Disease Topic Updates

We continually monitor changes in medicine to ensure that our topics are accurate and up-to-date. In the following documents, we made medically significant revisions, added new medical information, or removed outdated medical information. While medically significant changes are listed here, documents that have minor revisions, such as editorial or consistency changes, are not listed.

In the following documents we deleted that compression stockings prevent post-thrombotic syndrome. We revised the information based on the American College of Chest Physicians CHEST guideline and expert panel report on antithrombotic therapy for VTE disease.

In the following documents, we added a statement on screening for depression during prenatal visits. This is based on recent guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Task Forces Services recommending screening for depression in pregnant and postpartum women.

In the following topics, we removed the general restrictions on dietary cholesterol and eggs for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. This change was based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015–2020.

In the following topics, we updated the intervals for blood pressure screening and content on confirmatory testing to reflect the 2015 statement from U.S. Preventive Services Task Force:

NCI Topic Updates

Refer to Tech Docs for a complete list of updated National Cancer Institute content.

Medication Topic Updates

Medication topics from Cerner Multum, Inc. are not included in all systems. Updates may include new information and/or the addition of new drug names. Refer to Tech Docs for a complete list of updated titles.

Aisle 7 (CAM) Content Updates

Refer to Tech Docs for a complete list of updated Aisle 7 (CAM) content.

Topic Title Changes and Topic Replacements

Topic title changes

Topic replacements

We archived the following searchable topics, and we name the replacement topics below. Refer to Tech Docs for a complete list of archived documents.

Medical Guideline Review

To ensure the medical accuracy and consistency of Healthwise consumer health content, our medical content specialists, physicians, and librarians regularly review medical guidelines and association statements, gold-standard journals, news, and evidence-based publications and databases.

The medical guidelines listed below are examples of updated guidelines we reviewed for this release.

  • American College of Chest Physicians (2016). Antithrombotic therapy for VTE disease: CHEST guideline and expert panel report.
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2016). Cervical cancer screening and prevention.
  • American Geriatrics Society (2015). Updated Beers criteria for potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults.
  • Endocrine Society (2015). Treatment of Cushing's syndrome.
  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2016). Screening for depression in adults.

What's Next

New topics

The following topics are a sample of the topics that are being developed. They are expected to release within the next six months.

  • Aphasia
  • Cervical insufficiency
  • Low amniotic fluid
  • Lowering your health care costs
  • Lumbar spondylosis

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