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CRC Screening Among Older Adults Often Inappropriate
Screening seen in more than half of adults aged 75 and older, with less than 10-year life expectancy
Friday, April 24, 2015

Concomitant Metformin, GERD Meds Up Vitamin B12 Depletion
Concomitant use of these medications may result in B12 deficiency-induced neuropathy
Thursday, April 23, 2015

EHR Data Mining Helps With Quality Improvement
Data mining tools, including health maintenance alerts, reports, are available in EHR products
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

EHR Decision Support Ups Radiologic Test Appropriateness
Harms of computerized clinical decision-support capabilities of EHR rarely assessed
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Guidance Offered for Managing Conflict With Patients
Good communication is crucial for managing encounters when denying a patient request
Monday, April 20, 2015

AACR: Regular Aspirin Use Linked to Lower GI Cancer Risk
Greatest benefit from aspirin required taking it for at least 16 years
Monday, April 20, 2015

Medicare Spending Down in Year One of Pioneer ACO
Total adjusted per-beneficiary spending down in ACO group versus control group
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ethical Implications for Looking Up Applicants on Facebook
Misinterpretation of content, implicit bias could undermine fair appraisal for applicants
Thursday, April 16, 2015

AMA Announces End of Sustainable Growth Rate Formula
Legislation includes provisions such as simplification of reporting programs, incentive payments
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Statin Use Inversely Linked to Pancreatic Cancer Risk
Risk reduction appears sex specific, with significant reduction seen for men, but not women
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Survey Looks at Patient Attitudes Regarding Informed Consent
Most respondents want to be asked for permission to participate in studies assessing medical practice
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Concomitant, Sequential Tx Similar for H. pylori Eradication
Second study shows hybrid tx has equivalent efficacy to concomitant tx, fewer adverse effects
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Security Breaches of Health Records Up Over Past Decade
Researchers call for enhanced security as more patient information is stored online
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Placebo Response May Depend on Individual DNA
But more questions than answers exist at this point
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Art Program Hones Med Students' Visual Observation Skills
Students become better at observation and appreciate the importance of communication
Friday, April 10, 2015

Many Doctors Haven't Started Dealing With ICD-10 Revision
Tips to ease transition include contacting vendors and health plans, improving documentation
Friday, April 10, 2015

Medical Debt Burden Higher in Texas, Florida
California and New York fully expanded Medicaid coverage under ACA, but Texas and Florida did not
Friday, April 10, 2015

Two New Strategies Show Promise in Treating Crohn's Dz
Stem cells, fecal transplants show promise but more research needed
Friday, April 10, 2015

Pharmacists Raise Concerns for Patient Access to Generic Drugs
Survey shows it takes one month or longer for PBMs to fix maximum allowed costs underpayments
Thursday, April 09, 2015

Model Predicts Cardiac Death After Life Support Withdrawal
Brain death not accepted by Chinese, so model IDs those for organ donation
Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Article Highlights Legal Issues Linked to Physician Extenders
Understanding legal issues allows effective use of PEs, who can be beneficial in health care
Friday, April 03, 2015

CDC: Multidrug-Resistant Shigellosis Spreading in U.S.
Strain of Shigella is easily transmitted and causes tough-to-treat diarrhea, CDC says
Thursday, April 02, 2015

Women Overweight in Youth May Face Higher CRC Risk
Supports evidence that body size in childhood may influence cancer risk decades later
Thursday, April 02, 2015

Patients May Be Modifying Meds Due to Trouble Swallowing
Some consumers do not consult health professionals if they experience problems, before modifying meds
Thursday, April 02, 2015

Metformin Use Associated With Less CRC Risk in U.S. Population
Reduction in odds of colorectal cancer, even after adjustment for health care use
Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Plasma B12 Levels Tied to Anorexia Nervosa Severity
Vitamin levels might be an early marker of liver dysfunction, psychopathology
Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Mobile Health App Use Continuing to Increase
More than one-third of doctors recommended mobile health apps to their patients in past year
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Small, Steady Decline in Cancer Rates in U.S. Over Past Decade
Annual report shows progress in battle against cancer
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Three Alcoholic Drinks Daily Can Up Risk of Liver Cancer
Expert panel looked at data on over eight million people to come up with risk factors for the disease
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Electronic Solutions Underway for Rx Prior Authorizations
Two technology companies offering solutions that embed electronic PA in e-prescribing process
Friday, March 20, 2015

More Than 16 Million Americans Have Gained Coverage Under ACA
White House announces historic drop in number of uninsured Americans
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Coalition Calls for Increased Colorectal Cancer Screening
Coalition aims for 80 percent participation by 2018
Friday, March 13, 2015

Getting Heard May Be Key to Getting New Job
Pitch for job was more convincing when evaluators heard it than when they read it
Friday, March 13, 2015

FDA Updates Recs for Cleaning of Reusable Med Devices
Updated rules in response to contaminated duodenoscopes
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Clinical Trial Data Often Not Reported in Timely Manner
Delays in filing findings on new treatments mean patients aren't informed, researcher says
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Physicians Should Plan Exit Strategy in Advance
Planning 3 to 5 years in advance recommended; practice can be transitioned rather than closed
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Limited Evidence Supporting Herbal Meds in GI Disorders
Lack of evidence for adherence to good manufacturing practice guidelines
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Vegetarian Diet Tied to Reduced Risk of Colorectal Cancer
Benefits greatest for fish eaters, researchers say
Monday, March 09, 2015

Educational Intervention Can Cut Inappropriate PPI Prescriptions
Increase in proportion of PPIs discontinued at hospital discharge after intervention implementation
Monday, March 09, 2015

National Hospital Rating Systems Rarely in Agreement
None of the hospitals rated as high performer on all four national rating systems
Friday, March 06, 2015

FDA Launches First App to Identify Drug Shortages
App IDs shortages, resolved shortages, product discontinuation; can be used to report shortages
Thursday, March 05, 2015

Acetaminophen Risks May Be Underestimated
Researchers call for a new systematic review of acetaminophen's effectiveness and safety
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Tracking Growth Can Facilitate Earlier ID of Celiac in Children
Growth failure remains an early and common feature in patients with celiac disease
Monday, March 02, 2015

High Prevalence of HCV in Baby Boomers Presenting to ER
Unrecognized HCV more likely among males, African-Americans, under/uninsured patients
Monday, March 02, 2015

Hospital Design Has Little Effect on Patient Satisfaction
Aesthetics aren't as important as care from doctors, nurses, and staff, researchers note
Monday, March 02, 2015

AMA: Key Steps for Minimizing Liability Risk in Telemedicine
Include defining minimum requirement necessary for establishing doctor-patient relationship
Friday, February 27, 2015

CDC: Routine Procedures Lead to Two Cases of HCV Transmission
In both cases, there were breaches in safety rules, CDC reports
Friday, February 27, 2015

CDC: In U.S., Half Million C. Difficile Infections in 2011
29,000 died within a month of diagnosis
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Proton Pump Inhibitor Use Not Linked to Cardiac Arrhythmia
In adjusted analyses, no increased risk of arrhythmia with PPI use for critically ill patients
Monday, February 23, 2015

Patients Say Cost Matters Greatly in Choosing Doctor
Reasons to leave include unprofessional staff, difficulty getting scheduled, long wait to see doctor
Friday, February 20, 2015

Duodenoscopes Infected With CRE at UCLA Med Center
Endoscopes blamed for spread of potentially deadly bacteria
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Doctors, Pharmacists Least Likely Health Pros to Divorce
But women physicians 1.5 times more likely than male counterparts
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fear of Discrimination Keeps Many LGBT Med Students Silent
Thirty percent of LGBT surveyed said they didn't reveal sexual identity in medical school
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Article Emphasizes Importance of Apology in Medical Error
Apology laws unnecessary if physicians understand the importance of offering accountability
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wide Variation in Hospital Tx Patterns for Metastatic CRC
Use of metastatic site surgery, multiagent chemo increases as hospitals' volume of services increases
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

High Deductible Plans Factor Into Physician-Patient Relationship
Physicians may want to be proactive by detailing costs and options for patients
Monday, February 16, 2015

Certain Macrolides Linked With Higher Risk of Pyloric Stenosis
Risk, though small, appears highest when medications given in first six weeks
Monday, February 16, 2015

Patients Tend to Prefer Formal Physician Attire
Patient preferences influenced by age, geographic location, context of care
Friday, February 13, 2015

Hepatitis B Screening Endorsed Pre-Immunosuppressive Tx
Antiviral tx recommended to prevent reactivation for those found to be hepatitis B surface antigen-positive
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Americans' Complementary Health Approaches Changing
Yoga practice and fish oil use up, some other supplement use down
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Health Benefits of Moderate Drinking May Be Overestimated
Not all factors considered in previous studies, researchers say
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Research Misconduct ID'd by FDA Often Unreported in Literature
Only three of 78 published studies mentioned issues of concern uncovered by FDA
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Confidence Not Accurate Measure of Prescribing Competence
Fourth-year medical students show lack of insight into their own prescribing strengths and weaknesses
Monday, February 09, 2015

Review: Some Nonpharmacologic Tx Effective in Peds GI Disorders
Improvements with hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, probiotics in AP-FGIDs
Monday, February 09, 2015

Motivational Interviewing Can Help Reach Nonadherent Patients
Although working with patients to set personal goals may take more time, the investment pays off
Friday, February 06, 2015

Perspective on Dr. Davidson: 'Be Like Mike'
Michael Davidson took on highest risk patients, sought to extend lives in cases deemed 'hopeless'
Thursday, February 05, 2015

AICR: Awareness of Key Cancer Risk Factors Alarmingly Low
Many worry about unproven factors like food additives; less about exercise and obesity
Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Patient Engagement Can Cut Costs, Improve Outcomes
Initiatives can decrease hospital visits, cut morbidity and mortality, up treatment adherence
Monday, February 02, 2015

Colorectal Cancer Rates on Rise in Young Americans
Still, only 10 percent of cases occur in younger group, researchers find
Friday, January 30, 2015

Decreasing Serum Sodium Ups Liver Transplant Survival
Survival benefit for patients with MELD >11; no benefit seen for patients with MELD scores of ≤11
Friday, January 30, 2015

CDC: ~8 Percent of U.S. Adults Nonadherent Due to Rx Costs
Patients skipping doses, taking less medication or delaying filling prescriptions
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hepatitis A Hospitalizations Down From 2002 to 2011
Increase in age of those hospitalized, and in percent of hospitalizations covered by Medicare
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Benefits Package Important for Attracting, Retaining Staff
Key benefit options include vacation days, sick leave, attendance bonuses, paid time off
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chlorhexidine Bathing Doesn't Cut Health Care-Linked Infections
No difference in primary outcome for bathing with chlorhexidine versus nonantimicrobial cloth
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Glucose Breath Test Positivity Up in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Positive rate significantly higher in patients with Crohn's disease; positivity linked to GI symptom
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

FDA Approves Generic Form of Nexium
To treat gastroesophageal reflux disease in adults and children ages 1 and older
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

May Be Room for Improvement in U/S Transducer Hygiene
Research indicates some institutions use cover materials of unacceptable permeability
Friday, January 23, 2015

ASCO Reports Biggest Clinical Cancer Advances for 2015
The advance of the year is approval of four new therapies for treatment of CLL
Friday, January 23, 2015

Overuse of Abx for Travelers' Diarrhea Creating Superbugs
Researchers recommend caution when using antibiotics to treat digestive ills while abroad
Thursday, January 22, 2015

NSAIDs Up Odds of Anastomotic Leak Post-Colorectal Resection
Findings show increased odds for patients undergoing nonelective colorectal resection
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Physicians Rank the Best EHR Systems of 2014
EHRs ranked in five performance areas, including quality of care, patient portal, technical support
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Electronic Alert Cuts Proportion of IV Proton Pump Inhibitors
Significant reduction in proton pump inhibitor use, associated institutional costs
Monday, January 19, 2015

Age at Gluten Introduction Not Linked to Risk of Celiac Disease
Risk of tissue transglutaminase autoantibodies, celiac disease up in Swedish versus U.S. children
Monday, January 19, 2015

Unhealthy Dietary Behaviors Linked to Functional Dyspepsia
Risk factors for refractory FD include skipping meals, eating extra meals, preference for sweet foods
Friday, January 16, 2015

Impact of Medical Scribes on EHR Advancement Discussed
Use of medical scribes should not be replacement for improvement of EHRs
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Working Long Hours? Beware Risky Alcohol Consumption
Researchers find link between long hours on the job and excess alcohol consumption
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rotavirus Vaccine Effective in Reduction of Morbidity
Widespread vaccination against rotavirus cuts children's rates of infection
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Guidelines Presented for Clinical Documentation in 21st Century
Recommendations provided for clinicians, provider institutions, government regulators, payers
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ASCO: Vitamin D Tied to Colon Cancer Progression, Survival
Certain types of cancer patients tended to have lower vitamin D levels
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Many Patients With HCV 'Lost' in U.S. Health Care System
Patients lost at each stage, from screening to disease confirmation to care and treatment
Monday, January 12, 2015

CDC: Occupationally Acquired HIV Now Rare
Few confirmed cases reported in the United States health care workers since the late 1990s
Friday, January 09, 2015

Low Risk of Statin-Linked Hepatic Injury in Liver Disease
Similar incidence for different statins; significantly increased risk of injury for high-dose atorvastatin
Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Mandatory Gastro Consult Boosts Care in Decompensated Cirrhosis
Significantly higher quality indicator score for mandatory consultation group versus usual care
Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Diet Advice for CA Prevention: More Veggies, Less Alcohol
Research supports recent expert guidelines on an anti-cancer lifestyle
Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Ebola, ACA, VA Scandal Top U.S. Health News for 2014
Enterovirus illnesses, surge in e-cigarette use also made headlines this year
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Rebleeds Common Post-Capsule Endoscopy for Obscure GI Bleeds
Close follow-up may be needed even after negative capsule endoscopy for obscure GI bleeding
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2015 Medicare Fee Schedule Offers Payment for Chronic Care
Code pays for clinical staff time for developing, implementing care plan for chronic conditions
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Digital Self-Scheduling Set to Increase Considerably by 2019
By the end of 2019, 64 percent of patients expected to book appointments online
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Consider False-Positives When Test Results Don't Add Up
Misdiagnosis may lead to unnecessary treatments and psychological harm for the patient
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Support for Electronic Health Information Varies With Use
Most support for research use when consent is obtained; least for marketing use without consent
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Screening Performance Differs With Distinct Fecal Test Brands
Significant differences in positive predictive value for cancer detection, rates of interval cancer
Monday, December 15, 2014

Post-Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss May Ease Knee Pain
Systematic review shows benefits in morbidly obese, but high-quality studies are needed
Friday, December 12, 2014

Too Much TV Time May Lower Colorectal CA Survival Odds
Researchers also found exercising seven hours or more a week boosted chances of living longer
Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Hep B Screening Urged for Those Undergoing Chemo, Immune Tx
To prevent reactivation, antiviral therapy recommended for patients who are HBsAg positive
Monday, December 01, 2014

Health Care Organizations See Value of Telemedicine
Almost all health care leaders see importance of development of telemedicine services
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Disruption of Gut Microbiome
Researchers suggest class of meds upsets healthy balance of bacteria in the gut
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rx for Better Health Care: Kindness and Compassion
Data suggest that gentler, thoughtful approach helps boost patient outcomes
Monday, November 24, 2014

AMA: Gender Inequality Still Exists in Medicine
Article describes challenges for women in medicine, highlights things that need to be changed
Friday, November 21, 2014

Effect of Interventions to Improve Meds Adherence Vary
Characteristics and effects of interventions vary; few trials show improved adherence and clinical outcome
Friday, November 21, 2014

Triple Aim Should Be Expanded to Address Physician Burnout
Provider burnout linked to lower patient satisfaction, reduced health outcomes; may increase costs
Friday, November 14, 2014

U.S. Prices Soaring for Some Generic Drugs
Supply and manufacturing problems, plus fewer companies in the market among causes
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Many U.S. Doctors Wary of Genetic Testing
Cost, uncertainty about best treatment course may be concerns
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fewer U.S. Hospitalizations for Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A vaccinations for adults with chronic liver disease may help prevent infection
Monday, November 10, 2014

Want to Be a Leader? Cultivate a Healthy Look
The appearance of fitness trumps a look of intelligence, researchers say
Friday, November 07, 2014

Better Physician Communication at Shift Change Reduces Errors
Detailed 'handoff package' helps remind physicians about patient needs
Friday, November 07, 2014

Colorectal Cancer on the Rise for U.S. Adults Under 50
Reasons behind trend unclear, and it's happening even as rates decline among older Americans
Thursday, November 06, 2014

TOS: Weight-Loss Tx Advised for 140 Million U.S. Adults
Of those recommended for behavioral and drug tx, 32 million could be considered for bariatric surgery
Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Repeated FITs May Be Equivalent Alternative to Colonoscopy
Annual FIT IDs all colorectal cancer, equivalent number of advanced neoplasias
Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Opening Visitation Access Boosts Patient, Family Experience
Patients and families feel more informed; improvement in staff attitude toward visitors
Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Vegetable Intake Reduces Risk of Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Reduction in summary relative risk with increased vegetable, but not fruit, intake
Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Long-Term Shift Work May Drain the Brain
Rotating shifts for more than 10 years seem to have the biggest impact, researchers say
Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Sofosbuvir Plus Ledipasvir Seems Effective for HCV Genotype 1
Early findings show promise for treatment after relapse with sofosbuvir plus ribavirin
Monday, November 03, 2014

AMA: Absence of Health Insurer Competition in Many Areas
Significant absence of health insurer competition in 72 percent of the metropolitan areas studied
Monday, November 03, 2014

CT Findings ID Tx Effectiveness in Small-Bowel Obstruction
Number of beak signs, presence of anterior parietal adhesion tied to effectiveness of nonsurgical tx
Monday, November 03, 2014

Fewer Malpractice Claims Paid in the United States
Award amounts also declining, according to new study
Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMA Code of Ethics Offers Guidance for Physicians
Code and physician-authored articles offer guidance for dealing with public health emergencies
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Would Alternative Payment Plan Cut Medical Bills?
Research favors 'global budget' approach over fee-for-service system
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Voters' Views on Affordable Care Act Split Along Party Lines
Health care is third most important issue to Americans in fall elections, according to polls
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Less Competition Among Docs = Higher Medical Costs
Average prices may be 5 percent more in some areas
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Maintenance Opioid Agonist Tx Linked to Lower HCV Incidence
Maintenance therapy tied to lower incidence of hepatitis C virus in young adult injection drug users
Monday, October 27, 2014

New York, New Jersey Ease Ebola Quarantines
Health care workers returning from West Africa can now spend confinement at home
Monday, October 27, 2014

CDC Issues Revised Interim U.S. Guidance on Ebola
Revised guidance offered for the monitoring and movement of people with exposure to Ebola virus
Monday, October 27, 2014

Knowing Genetic Risk of Cancer Doesn't Change Behavior
Those who know they have greater risk of colorectal cancer found no more likely to be screened
Monday, October 27, 2014

Sleep Duration Linked to Ulcerative Colitis Risk
Getting too much, too little may raise chances of inflammatory bowel condition
Friday, October 24, 2014

Risk-Adjusted Readmission Rates Similar After Colorectal Sx
Little variation in hospital readmission rates after adjustment for patient characteristics, comorbidities
Friday, October 24, 2014

New York City Health Officials Confirm First Ebola Case
Doctor worked with Doctors Without Borders, had just returned from Guinea in West Africa
Friday, October 24, 2014

Airborne Transmission of Ebola Highly Unlikely
No threat foreseen from public sniffles, coughs
Friday, October 24, 2014

Coworker Response 'Crucial' in Workplace Bullying Resolution
Coworker response plays role in narrative development
Thursday, October 23, 2014

U.S. Ranks Last Among Wealthy Nations in Health Care Access
Survey conducted prior to implementation of Affordable Care Act, however
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Recalled Supplements Linger on U.S. Store Shelves
Researchers say many products with banned substances for sale six months later
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

U.S. Residents Back From Ebola-Affected Areas to Be Tracked
Travelers will have to take own temperatures, report to local health officials for 21-day incubation period
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Americans Report Distrust of Medical Profession
But many happy with their own doctors, research indicates
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Drug Coupons Shrink Patients' Costs Considerably
May undermine benefit managers' attempts to select cost-effective drugs
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

APIC Provides Resources for Ebola Management
Resources include tools for correct use of personal protective equipment, guidance webinar
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hospital Conversion to For-Profit Status Ups Financial Margins
No differences seen in quality metrics or mortality rates for converting hospitals, controls
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Price Transparency Platform Linked to Lower Claims Payments
Use of price transparency information linked to lower payments for common medical services
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CDC: 'Think Ebola' and 'Care Carefully'
Reminder issued along with updated preventive gear guidelines
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Unplanned Hospitalizations With GI Cancer Patients Common
Top reasons include electrolyte disorders, intestinal obstruction, pneumonia
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Viewpoint: Getting United States Prepared for Ebola Outbreak
Controlling Ebola in West Africa represents best way of minimizing international spread
Monday, October 20, 2014

ACG: Yoga May Benefit Kids With Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Trends toward improvement in health-related quality of life and self-efficacy with yoga program
Monday, October 20, 2014

ACG: Recent Increase in Incidence of Young-Onset CRC
Disease is more likely to be detected among minorities, and has a more aggressive pathology
Monday, October 20, 2014

ACG: Drug-Induced Liver Injury Mainly Due to Antimicrobials
Drug-induced liver injury leads to death or liver transplant in 9.9 percent of patients
Monday, October 20, 2014

Volume of Patient-to-Doc E-mails Up From 2001 to 2010
Volume of e-mails nearly tripled, but number of messages per 100 patients stabilized from '05 to '10
Friday, October 17, 2014

Obama Appoints Ron Klain As 'Ebola Czar'
U.S. health officials reiterate opposition to ban on travelers from West Africa
Friday, October 17, 2014

Simulation-Based Training Improves Endoscopy Execution
Improvement seen in both test settings and clinical practice
Friday, October 17, 2014

Many Docs Believe Mobile Health Apps Can Improve Patient Care
Most apps related to diet and fitness, do not require published evidence on clinical effectiveness
Friday, October 17, 2014

Specialized Care Centers May Be Needed to Contain Ebola
Conventional U.S. medical centers not prepared to manage Ebola patients
Friday, October 17, 2014

Limiting Malpractice Claims May Not Curb Costly Medical Tests
ER charges haven't declined in three states with legislative reforms
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ebola Workshop Scheduled for Nov. 3 in Washington, D.C.
Experts and policymakers will discuss the public health response to Ebola virus disease in the U.S.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Change in Doc, Public Attitudes Needed to Cut Overtreatment
Reform of malpractice laws, inclusion of patients in medical decision making could be helpful
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

IBD Linked to Worse Prognosis After Myocardial Infarction
IBD flares linked to increased risks of recurrent MI, all-cause mortality, composite outcome
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nearly 1 in 20 Cancer Patients Die Within Month of Surgery
Lack of access to quality care a major factor in these deaths, researchers say
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CDC Takes Steps Toward Hospital Preparedness for Ebola
CDC providing opportunities for U.S. health care providers to receive additional training
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Second Health Care Worker in Dallas Tests Positive for Ebola
Unidentified woman reported fever Tuesday, was isolated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Obesity Appears to Speed Aging of the Liver
Heavier people might be more prone to liver cancer, insulin problems, researchers say
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Health Officials Reviewing Ebola Procedures at Dallas Hospital
CDC will be 'doubling down' on education and training for all U.S. hospitals
Monday, October 13, 2014

Combining Healthy Habits Equals Greater Reduction in CRC Risk
Men in particular would benefit from five lifestyle practices, researchers say
Monday, October 13, 2014

Texas Hospital Worker Tests Positive for Ebola
CDC cites possible lapse in infection-control procedures
Monday, October 13, 2014

Even Decaf Coffee May Help Protect the Liver
New study echoes prior findings and suggests caffeine isn't the key ingredient in the effect
Friday, October 10, 2014

FDA: Akynzeo Approved for Chemo-Related Nausea/Vomiting
Akynzeo contains new anti-nausea drug, netupitant, and previously approved palonosetron
Friday, October 10, 2014

Specialty Drugs May Be Worth the Higher Costs
Greater benefits offered by specialty drugs may offset the difference in costs over traditional drugs
Friday, October 10, 2014

Americans Increasingly Anxious About Ebola
Harris Poll/HealthDay survey finds more people viewing virus as 'major threat' to the United States
Friday, October 10, 2014

Reducing Residency Work Hours Doesn't Affect Patient Outcomes
Findings based on patients' mortality, length-of-stay under junior, senior physicians
Thursday, October 09, 2014

Five Major U.S. Airports to Screen Travelers for Ebola
Move should handle 94 percent of those arriving from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone
Thursday, October 09, 2014

Risk of Upper GI Bleeding Varies for Drug Combinations
Findings may help clinicians in tailoring therapy to minimize UGIB adverse events
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

CDC: U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record High of Nearly 79 Years
Lifestyle changes cited as reason for gains
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Laxative Type Might Influence Colorectal Cancer Risk
Fiber-based formulations seem to lower the odds for the disease, non-fiber products seem to raise them
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Dallas Ebola Patient Has Died, Hospital Officials Confirm
CDC begins screening at five U.S. airports for all people entering from Ebola-affected countries
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

AAFP Urges Docs to Check Accuracy of Open Payments Data
First set of data released Sept. 30 by CMS Open Payments transparency program
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Tips Provided for Maximizing Use of Patient Portals
Portals should meet patient priorities; portals should be promoted at each patient encounter
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Despite Proper Cleaning, Endoscopes May Pass on E. coli
Different sterilization technique could prevent this complication
Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Obama Considers Tighter Ebola Screening for Travelers
And calls on other nations to do more to help control the deadly epidemic
Tuesday, October 07, 2014

CDC Team Assisting Ebola Response in Dallas
Investigation of first U.S. Ebola case underway; CDC issues reminders to providers
Monday, October 06, 2014

Impact of Physician Payments Sunshine Act Discussed
Manufacturers and providers concerned about reporting burden; patient interpretation of data
Monday, October 06, 2014

Physician Payments Found Not to Favor Procedures
Findings based on analysis of relative value units for procedures, management
Friday, October 03, 2014

Medical Errors Should Be Used to Improve Patient Care
Doc says understanding that mistakes happen can help physicians determine processes to improve
Thursday, October 02, 2014

Infant's Early Diet Doesn't Change Celiac Disease Risk
Breastfeeding, waiting to introduce foods with gluten doesn't prevent autoimmune disorder
Thursday, October 02, 2014

Providers Received Billions From Drug/Device Companies
Doctors, hospitals received billions of dollars from drug, device makers in second half of 2013
Thursday, October 02, 2014

Burnout on the Job Isn't Just About the Work
Individual factors explain considerable proportion of mental distress, depression, emotional exhaustion
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Obesity Tied to Higher Cancer Risk for CRC Survivors
Higher obesity-driven risk identified for kidney, pancreatic, esophageal, endometrial cancers
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

CDC Confirms First Patient Diagnosed With Ebola in U.S.
Unidentified man at Dallas hospital developed symptoms days after flying from West Africa
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Low Professional Liability for No Esophageal Cancer Screening
Risks of claims arising from acts of commission, omission are similarly low
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Antibiotic Use Before Age 2 Might Raise Obesity Risk
Researchers suspect broad-spectrum versions change make-up of microbes in gut
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

'Just-in-Time' Methodology Can Reduce Patient Waiting Times
Improves patient flow through clinic without reducing patient/physician interaction time
Monday, September 29, 2014

AACR: Obese in Adolescence, Colon Cancer in Later Life?
Study doesn't prove cause-and-effect, but suggests the need for healthy habits in childhood
Monday, September 29, 2014

Daytime Cholecystectomy May Be Better for Acute Cholecystitis
Night surgeries linked to more invasive procedures
Monday, September 29, 2014

Experiences Trump Things, Even Before Purchase
Researchers say anticipation of purchase is of value, more so for experiential vs material
Friday, September 26, 2014

Oral Sodium Phosphate Doesn't Up Acute Kidney Injury
No increased risk of acute kidney injury with pre-colonoscopy OSP versus polyethylene glycol
Friday, September 26, 2014

Meta-Analysis: Anti-TNF Therapy Deemed Safe for Children
Rate of serious infections lower than expected for steroid-treated children, anti-TNF-treated adults
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Can Media Multitasking Alter Your Brain?
The more wired you are, the less dense your gray matter, study suggests
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Most Doctors Are Over-Extended or at Full Capacity
Only 19 percent have time to see more patients; many docs want to cut patient access to services
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Report Identifies Game Changers for U.S. Health Care
Recent innovations, developments may transform direction of patient care in next decade
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Generic Discount Drug Program Use Has Increased Over Time
Use more likely among elderly, sicker, uninsured groups, and those in rural areas, central regions
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FDA Warns Doctors of Danger From 'Fake' Drugs
Health care providers ordering meds should view 'too good to be true' offers with suspicion, agency says
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NIH Adds $10M to Encourage Gender Balance in Clinical Trials
Strategic investments help incorporate gender into existing funded studies, health officials say
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pancreatic Cancer Risk Not Higher With Diabetes Rx DPP-4i
Findings based on comparison to sulfonylureas and thiazolidinediones
Monday, September 22, 2014

Systemwide Changes Needed to Restrain Health Care Spending
Access to tools and information will allow families to make better, more informed medical choices
Friday, September 19, 2014

Recent Increase in Liver Injury From Herbs, Supplements
Liver injury from nonbodybuilding supplements more severe than from bodybuilding supplements, meds
Friday, September 19, 2014

Presence of Peers Ups Health Workers' Hand Hygiene
But, as social environment becomes more crowded, marginal returns diminish
Friday, September 19, 2014

Strategies Can Help Docs Lower Their Tax Burden
Seven strategies include contributions to health savings, of securities, and to retirement plans
Thursday, September 18, 2014

CDC: Almost Everyone Needs a Flu Shot
Vaccine recommended for everyone 6 months and older, including pregnant women
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Internists Report Considerable EMR-Linked Time Loss
Attending physicians report 48 minutes time loss per clinic day, while trainees report 18 minutes
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Artificial Sweeteners May Raise Blood Glucose Levels
Research includes mouse and human studies
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FDA Approves Movantik for Opioid-Induced Constipation
Manufacturer required to do further study to evaluate the drug's cardiovascular safety
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

AACR: Targeted Drugs Among Successes Against Cancer
But aging population and increasing obesity threaten progress
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Over a Quarter of Hospital Orders Classified As Defensive
Most defensive costs due to potentially unnecessary hospitalization
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Role of Patient As Consumer Requires Market Changes
As consumers take on more costs of care, access to data for informed decisions deemed crucial
Monday, September 15, 2014

Errata Frequently Seen in Medical Literature
Errata in 4.2 per 100 original and review articles; major errata in 24.2 percent of articles with errata
Monday, September 15, 2014

Factors ID'd for CRC Risk Stratification With Positive FIT
Fecal hemoglobin concentration, sex, age can classify risk of advanced colorectal neoplasia
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fear About Disease Progression Prompts ER Returns
Patients also cite perceived inability to access timely follow-up care as motivator for return to ER
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Reanalyses of RCTs Can Lead to Different Conclusions
Thirty-five percent of published reanalyses led to changes in findings that implied different conclusions
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Meta-Analysis: Prediabetes Linked to Increased Cancer Risk
Increased risk of cancer overall; highest risks for liver, endometrial, stomach/colorectal cancer
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

For Some, Health Insurance More Costly Than Uninsured Penalty
Young people with low incomes often pay as much as or more than older individuals for bronze plans
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Report Explores Patients' Portal Preferences
Most requested features include making appointments, viewing test results, checking prescriptions
Monday, September 08, 2014

Health Care Spending Expected to Rise in 2014 Through 2023
Insurance coverage under ACA, aging, economic growth driving future spending increases
Monday, September 08, 2014

Blog: Seven Most Common Physician Social Media Misses
Author writes that doctors can and should take advantage of social media marketing opportunities
Thursday, September 04, 2014

Vagal Nerve Block Therapy in Morbid Obesity Explored
Second study describes trends in bariatric surgery procedures from 2006 to 2013
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Gluten-Free Diet Benefits Asymptomatic EmA+ Adults
Findings among asymptomatic adults seropositive for endomysial antibodies
Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Report Highlights Progress, Challenges in Health IT
Progress made toward widespread adoption of EHRs; barriers to adoption of advanced EHR use
Friday, August 29, 2014

AMGA: Physician Turnover Still High in 2013
More physicians retiring; retirement as a reason for separation increased to 18 percent
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lupin in Gluten-Free Food May Trigger Allergies
Lupin, a legume belonging to same family as peanuts, is increasingly being used in gluten-free food
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Preventive Bundle Cuts Colorectal Surgical Site Infections
Implementation of bundle linked to reduction in superficial SSIs, postoperative sepsis
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cancer Patients With Depression Often Untreated
Studies show integrated program effective for depression in patients with cancer, lung cancer
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Team Approach Improves Practice Efficiency
For team-based care to succeed, physicians must be willing to delegate
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

U.S. to Tighten Access to Certain Narcotic Painkillers
Drugs containing hydrocodone, which include Vicodin, would be affected
Friday, August 22, 2014

FDA: New Colorectal Cancer Screening Test Approved
Noninvasive Cologuard test has shown more than 90 percent accuracy in clinical trials
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

EHR Adoption Increasing, But Stage 2 Criteria Often Not Met
Second study shows most office physicians have EHR, but gaps persist in adoption
Monday, August 11, 2014

Issues to Consider With Integration of Telemedicine
Doctors need to invest in appropriate equipment, consider operation issues, legal issues
Friday, August 08, 2014

Diagnostic Algorithm for Appendicitis Cuts Pediatric CT Use
Algorithm has reduced use of CT, without impacting diagnostic accuracy
Thursday, August 07, 2014

VA Health Care Reform Bill Signed Into Law
To provide easier access to care, make it easier to fire senior VA officials who perform poorly
Thursday, August 07, 2014

Statin Use After CRC Diagnosis Reduces Mortality Risk
In fully adjusted models, statin use linked to reduction in cancer-specific, all-cause mortality
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Hepatitis C Could Become Rare Disease in 20 Years
Newer medications, better screening would fuel the trend
Monday, August 04, 2014

CMS Recognizes Telehealth in New Physician Fee Schedule
Proposal includes code for chronic care management reimbursement, telehealth
Friday, August 01, 2014

Slow Progress Toward Meaningful Use Stage 2
As of July 1, 2014, 972 of 2,823 eligible providers and 10 of 128 hospitals have attested to MU2
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

HCV Genotype 1 Is Most Prevalent Globally
Genotypes 4, 5 are more prevalent in lower-income countries
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Treatment Options Promising for Hepatitis C Virus
Two studies demonstrate efficacy of daclatasvir plus asunaprevir and simeprevir plus sofosbuvir
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Access for Pharmaceutical Sales Reps Continuing to Decline
Decrease in overall access to physicians, even in previously rep-friendly specialties
Monday, July 28, 2014

Low Yield for Repeat Colonoscopy in Some Patients
Little benefit for repeat colonoscopy within 10 years in patients with no polyps on initial exam
Monday, July 28, 2014

Post-Op Recovery Program Aids Community Hospital Outcomes
Improvements in colorectal outcomes independent of laparoscopy, cancer diagnosis
Friday, July 25, 2014

Dietary Elimination Effective for Eosinophilic Esophagitis
No clinical, endoscopic, histologic factors predict dietary therapy response
Friday, July 25, 2014

Number of Uninsured Down After ACA Open Enrollment
Decrease in number of uninsured; gain in coverage leads to improvements in access
Thursday, July 24, 2014

American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donations
'Emergency situation' could arise in weeks if shortages continue
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Physician Offices Investing in Patient Portals for EHRs
More resources being spent on patient portals than other EHR applications
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

National Survey Finds Most U.S. Physicians Are Satisfied
Satisfied physicians more likely to report positive trends, encourage young people to become doctors
Monday, July 21, 2014

Seriously Ill Patients Have Limited Facial Expression
In the emergency room setting, facial expressions may help in assessment of cardiopulmonary disease
Friday, July 18, 2014

Increasing Flow of Information Has Impact on Patient Consent
Issues that are being raised include opt-in versus opt-out policies, dealing with sensitive data
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

ACOs Require Overhaul to Health Care Delivery System
Successful ACOs involve physicians, hospitals, outpatient facilities; address nonclinical factors
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Recommendations Made for Partnering Patients in Health Care
Changes needed in content and conduct of health professions education, education organizations
Thursday, July 03, 2014

Tips Offered for Improving Practice Financial Management
Tips include establishment of clear financial policies for practice; education of patients
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Risk of Celiac, Autoimmunity High With DR3-DQ2 Haplotype
Findings among those developing disease, autoimmunity in early childhood
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Health Care Expenditure Has Slowed in United States
Health sector prices explain much of difference between U.S., other high-spending countries
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

CDC: Antibiotic Resistance in Foodborne Illness a Mixed Bag
Report found reduced resistance to treatments with some bugs, more resistance among others
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

ACA Offers Opportunities for Prevention, Public Health
In addition to increasing health insurance coverage, law promotes use of clinical preventive services
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Complications Only Account for Some Variation in Hospital LOS
Much of variation in LOS after colorectal resection is not due to patient illness or complications
Monday, June 30, 2014

Noroviruses Causes One-Fifth of Worldwide Gastroenteritis
Norovirus more common in outpatient, community settings versus inpatient
Monday, June 30, 2014

UnitedHealth Cutting More Docs From Medicare Advantage
New cuts seen in at least five states and affecting up to 10 percent of physicians
Friday, June 27, 2014

Court: Patients Responsible for Outcomes of Risky Behavior
Colorado Supreme Court says doctors not liable for outcomes tied to patient's risky behavior
Friday, June 27, 2014

Regular Aspirin Use Linked to Drop in Pancreatic Cancer Risk
Risk decreases for each year of use and for increasing years in the past that aspirin use started
Friday, June 27, 2014

Tips Offered for Improving Practice Productivity
Steps include workflow map, effective delegation, establishing patient portal, motivating staff
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wikipedia Drug Entries Often Not Up-to-Date
Digital media provides opportunities to ensure public has accurate drug safety information
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Medicaid Backlog May Have Financial Ramifications
Docs might have to wait longer for Medicaid reimbursement, may incur costs for those denied cover
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CMS Launches Initiative to Assist Newly Insured
National initiative will help people answer questions about health coverage; take advantage of services
Monday, June 23, 2014

Complex Electronic Record Safety Issues Surface Long After Launch
Monitoring needed to detect, prevent mix of human, technological errors
Monday, June 23, 2014

Reminders Up Colorectal Screening Rates for Vulnerable
Multifaceted intervention relied upon letters, telephone calls, text messages
Thursday, June 19, 2014

NCHS: Insurance Coverage Expands, Gaps Remain
Federal reports capture nation's pre-ACA health status and health-care coverage
Thursday, June 19, 2014

TNF-α Antagonists Exposure Doesn't Up Cancer Risk in IBD
No increased risk of cancer or excess of site-specific cancers in fully adjusted models
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Clinical Guidelines Issued for Drug-Induced Liver Injury
Cases due to herbal/dietary supplements up, especially for body building, weight loss
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ACA May Mean Healthier Young Adults, Study Suggests
Coverage through parent's plan might also protect against medical costs, researchers say
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Recombinant Glutenase Cuts Gluten-Induced Mucosal Injury
Patients receiving ALV003 had little deterioration on duodenal biopsy after 2-g gluten challenge
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Prolonged Sitting Ups Risk of Developing Certain Cancers
Sedentary behaviors may be a risk factor for cancers of the colon, endometrium, and lung
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Physician Leadership, Ownership Dominates ACOs
Results from the first national survey of accountable care organizations
Monday, June 16, 2014

Clinicians Often Fail to Empathize After Adverse Event
Training needed to ensure capacity to express empathy, without admitting fault
Monday, June 16, 2014

U.S. Health Care System Ranked Last Again: Report
Countries with nationalized health systems outperform the United States in all measures
Monday, June 16, 2014

HHS Inspector General Finds Big Problem With Medicare Coding
Nearly 42 percent of claims for evaluation and management are coded incorrectly
Friday, June 13, 2014

Researchers Hesitant to Use Social Media to Show Findings
Use of the medium remains low in part because of lack of knowledge
Friday, June 13, 2014

Data From EHRs Should Be Used to Improve Patient Care
Ways to utilize data include use of EHR reminders, customized health maintenance alerts
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dietary Interventions Effective for Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Elemental diets most effective, producing histologic remission for > 90 percent of cases
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Medicare Will Cover Primary Care-Ordered HCV Testing
Testing will include single screening for adults born from 1945 to 1965, repeat testing for high-risk
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Suboptimal Usage of Proton Pump Inhibitors Common
Better symptom control for GERD patients with GI prescription versus over-the-counter consumers
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bariatric Surgery Benefits Diabetes Over Long Term
Improvements seen in diabetes remission rates, diabetes-related complications
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Millions Will Not Have to Pay ACA Tax Penalties: Report
More uninsured will qualify for exemptions in 2016 than earlier estimates showed, experts say
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Colorectal Cancer Incidence Down With Higher Screening Rates
An estimated 550,000 cases of colorectal cancer have been prevented in U.S. over the past three decades
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Rotavirus Vaccination Cuts Diarrhea Health Care Utilization
Continued decline in diarrhea-associated health care utilization, costs in U.S. children
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Incentives May Lead to Greater Support for Practice Goals
Employees may be more motivated with frequent financial incentives
Monday, June 09, 2014

Veterans Affected by Scandal May Seek Private Care
Physician shortage seen as contributing factor to VA waiting list scandal
Friday, June 06, 2014

Many 'Inconsistencies' in ACA Sign-Ups: Report
Discrepancies for more than a quarter of eight million people who have signed up for coverage
Thursday, June 05, 2014

Gastric Bypass Sx May Be Best Strategy for Obese T2DM Patients
Research suggests greater success in weight loss, DM remission compared to lifestyle changes
Thursday, June 05, 2014

Naloxegol Found Effective for Opioid-Induced Constipation
Response rate up for intention-to-treat population, those with inadequate response to laxatives
Thursday, June 05, 2014

Claim Denials Expected to Increase
Training needed to avoid common mistakes leading to claim denials
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Number of Cancer Survivors Projected to Grow in the U.S.
By 2024, an estimated 19 million Americans will have a history of cancer
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Most Physicians Would Forgo Aggressive Treatment
Physicians recommend aggressive treatments for patients but would opt out themselves
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

ASCO: Fish, Exercise May Help Thwart Colon Cancer's Return
Healthy habits can also improve cancer prognosis, researcher says
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

EHRs Can Be Used to Boost Practice Revenue
Return on investment can be realized by participating in alternative delivery models
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Colonoscopy Is Indicated in Unscreened Elderly Patients
Colorectal cancer screening should be considered in unscreened patients older than 75 years
Monday, June 02, 2014

Global Prevalence of Obesity Increased From 1980 to 2013
Increase in prevalence in adults, and in children and teens in developed and developing countries
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Incidence of Some Cancers Associated With Income
Socioeconomic status should be considered in cancer surveillance
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Docs Must Consider Legal Issues Relating to Text Messaging
Information sent by text message should be included in medical records, accorded privacy
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Prophylaxis Strategy Prevents Perinatal HBV Transmission
Prenatal hepatitis B virus screening followed by postnatal prophylaxis is highly effective
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Most Wikipedia Health Articles Contain Errors
Ninety percent of health articles on Wikipedia contain errors, new study finds
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Higher-Than-Expected Medicaid Enrollment Concerns States
Millions signing up for Medicaid to comply with federal health care law
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

USPSTF Advises Hep B Screening for High-Risk Individuals
In high-risk populations, vaccination correlates with reduction in risk
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ASM: Many Healthy Humans Infected With Varied HPV Strains
Almost 70 percent of healthy humans infected with more than 100 strains
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

CDC: Online Reviews Helpful in ID'ing Foodborne Outbreaks
Follow-up of online reviews IDs restaurants with food handling deficiencies
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Workflow Changes Can Remove Practice Hassles
By delegating and defining workflow, physicians can focus on patients
Friday, May 23, 2014

Doctors' Use of Electronic Health Records More Than Doubles
Government programs to defray costs help physicians install these electronic systems, per report
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

'Handshake-Free Zones' May Be Coming to Health Care Settings
While perceived as an ingrained interpersonal gesture, it spreads germs
Friday, May 16, 2014

Frequent Snacking Worse for the Liver Than Larger Meals
Frequent meals increase intrahepatic triglyceride content, as well as abdominal fat
Friday, May 16, 2014

Tailored Intervention Does Not Up CRC Screening Rates
Interactive multimedia computer program does increase behaviors associated with screening
Friday, May 16, 2014

CDC: Prescription Drug Use Continues to Climb in U.S.
Report indicates most common medications are for heart disease and high cholesterol
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Frailty Score Predicts Surgical Outcomes in the Elderly
Score includes comprehensive geriatric assessment features and is better than conventional measures
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wasteful Medicare Spending Topped $1.9 Billion in One Year
Analysis using 2009 data looked at 26 common but often unnecessary tests and procedures
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Direct Pay Reduces Practices' Administration Hassles, Costs
Patients' payment of retainer fee guarantees increased access, higher level of service
Monday, May 12, 2014

Specialty Care Shortage Leads to Lower Perceived Need for It
Those with high, low access to specialty care have no differences in disease burden
Friday, May 09, 2014

Physicians Have Multiple EHR Documentation Strategies
Pros and cons seen with typing, scribe, voice recognition software, and later transcribing notes
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Most Docs Believe Patients Get Too Many Medical Tests
But, half of physicians have ordered unneeded tests for patients who insist, survey found
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Insurers: Sizeable Majority Has Paid ACA Premiums
Companies report health-plan payment rates ranging from 70 to 90 percent
Thursday, May 08, 2014

High Prevalence of Anal HPV in Men Who Have Sex With Men
HIV-positive men more likely to have any HPV, high-risk HPV, be infected with multiple HR HPV types
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Cutting Six Risk Factors Could Prevent 37 Million Deaths
These modifiable risk factors can cut chronic disease deaths over the next 15 years
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Massachusetts Health Care Reform Cut Mortality
Biggest changes seen in counties with lower incomes, higher pre-reform uninsured rate
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Number of U.S. Elderly Will Double by 2050
Aging baby boomers will strain country's health care system, Census Bureau says
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

DDW: Gastroenterologists Missing Chances to Shift to Generic Meds
Most docs underestimate the cost savings linked to store-brand tx for GERD, chronic constipation
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Low Vitamin D Levels Tied to Increased Cancer Risk in IBD
Increased risk of cancer for patients with vitamin D deficiency versus sufficiency
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Repeat Data Breaches Among Health Care Orgs Down
Survey respondents believe accountable care organization participation may pose risk
Friday, May 02, 2014

Highest Rates of Preventable Deaths in Southeastern States
Modifiable risk factors could help combat scourges like heart disease, cancer, CDC says
Friday, May 02, 2014

White House Report Confirms Eight Million ACA Enrollees
GOP analysis says only two-thirds of those signed up through have paid premiums
Friday, May 02, 2014

WHO: Drug-Resistant Bacteria Now Found Worldwide
Urgent need to develop new drugs to fight bacteria
Thursday, May 01, 2014

Alcohol + Tobacco Combo Markedly Ups Esophageal CA Risk
Synergistic effect of alcohol and tobacco almost doubles the risk
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Aspirin Use Cuts CRC Risk With High 15-PGDH Expression
Lower risk seen with high, but not low 15-PGDH expression in normal colon mucosa
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Physician Groups Find Fault With Medicare Payment Data Release
Biggest complaint is a lack of context with which to interpret the data
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Educational Changes Suggested for Patient-Centered Medicine
Specific steps include incorporation of patients into ward rounds; consideration of patient perspective
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Irritable Bowel Ups Likelihood of Celiac Disease in Children
Rome III classification of abdominal pain-related disorders may ID those needing celiac screening
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Type of Attending Doc Affects Feeding Tube Rates in Elderly
Specialist on care team raises rates of feeding tube insertion in elderly, demented patients
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Task Force Recommends Ways to Improve Price Transparency
Tools include giving price estimates, guidance on out-of-pocket expenses, other relevant information
Monday, April 21, 2014

AMA Examines Economic Impact of Physicians
Each physician contributes $2.2 million in economic output, supports 13.84 jobs on average
Friday, April 18, 2014

White House: 8 Million People Signed Up for Health Insurance
35 percent of registrants are younger than 35 years old, administration officials say
Friday, April 18, 2014

Salmonella Cases Dip but Food Poisoning Rates Remain High
New CDC report finds certain contaminants, such as Vibrio and E. coli, on the rise
Friday, April 18, 2014

One in 20 U.S. Adults a Victim of Diagnostic Errors
Errors include missed opportunities for a timely, correct diagnosis based on available evidence
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Continued Reliance on Windows XP May Threaten Data Security
Continued security of patient data needed following Microsoft's termination of XP support
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Patients Paying Much More for Specialty Drugs
Many Americans paying less for Rx, but some having to deal with sharp rises in cost of specialty meds
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Health Secretary to Confront Health Care Reform Hurdles
Obama's nominee, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, will seek to burnish ACA's image amid mid-term election fray
Monday, April 14, 2014

CRC Resection Morbidity, Mortality Still Higher for Elderly
Higher hospital charge and increased length of stay for patients aged 80 years and older post-resection
Monday, April 14, 2014

Chronic Pancreatitis Ups Risk of Cancer Death
People with chronic pancreatitis also have higher incidence of other comorbidities
Friday, April 11, 2014

Sebelius Stepping Down As HHS Secretary
Tenure was marred by troubled introduction of Affordable Care Act
Friday, April 11, 2014

ILC: Interferon-Free Combo Has >95% Virologic Response
Findings among HCV genotype 1 patients previously treated with peginterferon-ribavirin
Thursday, April 10, 2014

AACR: Coffee Consumption Linked to Lower Liver Cancer Risk
Findings in a large study consistent across ethnic groups
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

AACR: High BMI Prediagnosis May Lead to Poor CRC Outcomes
High BMI overrides survival advantage associated with microsatellite instability-high tumor
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Fewer Americans Overwhelmed by Medical Bills
Reduced use of medical care, early health care reforms may be easing financial worries
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

More Justification Needed for Choosing Wisely Selections
Of the 25 societies evaluated, 60 percent had at least one service included because of higher costs
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Ups Risk of Barrett's Esophagus
Increasing severity of OSA associated with increasing risk of Barrett's esophagus
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Some Doctors Paid at Least $3 Million Each by Medicare
In total, Medicare paid individual physicians nearly $64 billion in 2012
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Hypernatremia Linked to Post-Liver Transplant Mortality
However, pre-transplant hyponatremia does not affect in-hospital mortality or 90-day survival
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Drinking Coffee Cuts Risk of Liver Cirrhosis Mortality
Coffee appears to have a protective effect against mortality related to non-viral hepatitis
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Newly Eligible for Expanded Medicaid Are Healthier
Findings based on comparisons between newly eligible under ACA and pre-ACA enrollees
Monday, April 07, 2014

Higher Risk of Adverse Perinatal Outcomes With Maternal IBD
Association between IBD and adverse perinatal outcome found to vary by IBD subtype
Monday, April 07, 2014

AMA Provides Resources to Aid Physicians' Collections
Resources help address physicians' financial risk during the ACA's 90-day premium grace period
Friday, April 04, 2014

Adenoma Detection Rate Linked to Interval Cancer Risk
Adenoma detection rate is inversely associated with risk of interval colorectal cancer
Friday, April 04, 2014

Probiotic Not Found Beneficial for Infants With Colic
No benefit seen for Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 use in breastfed, formula fed infants
Thursday, April 03, 2014

Half of Uninsured Don't Intend to Sign Up for Health Coverage
Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows most respondents unaware of March 31 deadline
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Excellent Long-Term Outcomes Seen Following Esophagectomy
Good nutritional status, quality of life, satisfaction with eating at 10+ years post-esophagectomy
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

CMS: Medicare Beneficiaries Saved $3.9B on Meds in 2013
In addition to savings on prescription drugs, preventive service use up for Medicare beneficiaries
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Nearly One-Third of Initial Prescriptions Remain Unfilled
Primary prescription nonadherence is common among primary care patients
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

CDC: Invasive Cancer Diagnoses Down Slightly in 2010
Majority of states still have not reached 2020 targets for reduced cancer incidence
Friday, March 28, 2014

NCHS Estimates Health Insurance Coverage for 2013
At time of interview, 14.5 percent uninsured; 10.8 percent uninsured for more than one year
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Interactive Phone Messages May Promote Cancer Screening
Underserved Latina patients in need of such screenings were receptive to promotion tool
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

1 in 25 Inpatients Has Health Care-Associated Infection Daily
Common device-associated infections seem to be decreasing, accounting for 25 percent of infections
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

White House Extends Affordable Care Act Enrollment Deadline
Applicants need to check a box on website to gain added time, report says
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Americans Seem Unprepared for Health Insurance Exchanges
Half the population do not know about exchanges; 42 percent unable to correctly describe deductible
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Practices Can Take Steps to Improve Care Transitions
Financial incentives exist, including reimbursement and avoiding hospital readmissions
Friday, March 21, 2014

Rx Expenditures Expected to Rise in 2014
2013 pharmaceutical spending slowed 0.7 percent, compared to 2012
Monday, March 17, 2014

Insurers Must Offer Same-Sex Couples Spousal Benefits
Insurers must offer same-sex couples same spousal benefits as heterosexual couples
Monday, March 17, 2014

Improving EHR Interoperability Is a National Priority: HHS
Interoperability necessary to achieve the benefits of EHR infrastructure adoption
Friday, March 14, 2014

CDC: Most Alcohol-Linked Deaths Occur Among Working-Age Adults
States lose thousands of people in their prime years, report finds
Friday, March 14, 2014

IOM Recommends Definitions for 'Gulf War' Multisymptom Illness
CDC and Kansas definitions recommended for identifying cases among Gulf War Veterans
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Discrepancies ID'd in Studies on, Journals
Nearly all clinical trials have at least one discrepancy in cohort, intervention, or results
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Medicare Drug Plan Changes Withdrawn by White House
Proposal met heavy resistance from patient groups
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

White House: More Than Four Million Have Signed Up for ACA
Enrollment period for coverage in 2014 ends March 31 for most Americans
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

High-Fiber Diet Cuts Risk of Colorectal Adenoma
Subgroup analysis links high intake of fruit and cereal, but not vegetable, fiber with reduced risk
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Keeping Salaries Secret Harms Worker Performance
Secret salaries decrease employees' perception that performance increase is tied to pay increase
Monday, March 10, 2014

Consultant Offers Tips for Evaluating Staff Pay
Geographic factors, professional determinations, and state labor laws all factor into discussions
Monday, March 10, 2014

Outpatient Abx Culprit in Most Childhood C. Difficile Cases
Nearly three-quarters of C. difficile cases associated with Rx written at doctor visits
Friday, March 07, 2014

AMA Grants Curriculum Efforts to Address Health Disparities
Initiatives focus on underserved populations, workforce diversity, and population health
Friday, March 07, 2014

Relative Value Units Useful In Evaluating Practice Finances
RVU calculations can help determine physician compensation, benchmark reimbursement
Thursday, March 06, 2014

Value-Based Insurance Plans Can Up Rx Adherence
Along with lower cost sharing, plans target high-risk patients, use mail-order drugs
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Gap in Regulatory Coverage Affects 5 to 16 Percent of Trials
Nineteen to 24 percent of trials are overlap trials, which study drugs, devices and have federal funding
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

WHO Program Improves U.S. Medical Facility Hand Hygiene
Higher hand hygiene score with higher staffing ratio of infection preventionists
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

CDC: Antibiotics Often Prescribed During Hospitalization
Antibiotic prescribing could potentially be improved in 37.2 percent of the most common scenarios
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Nurses Can Perform Colonoscopies As Well As Docs
Employing nurses for colonoscopies in a supervised setting can substantially reduce costs
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Women-Specific Research Is Still Inadequate
Women underrepresented in research; many studies fail to report sex-specific outcomes
Monday, March 03, 2014

Patient Activation Predicts Bowel Preparation Quality
Low patient activation, but not limited health literacy independent predictor of preparation quality
Monday, March 03, 2014

CMS: No More Delays to ICD-10 Implementation Deadline
CMS Administrator claims CMS will be ready for ICD-10 conversion by October deadline
Monday, March 03, 2014

Going Live With EHR Leads to Frustrations, Productivity Hit
Medical Economics offers some real-world suggestions, best practices to minimize stress
Friday, February 28, 2014

Hospital Size, Market Share Affect Inpatient Care Prices
Higher-price hospitals generally score well on reputational indicators
Friday, February 28, 2014

Stethoscopes Contaminated After Single Physical Exam
Contamination level of stethoscope similar to parts of physician's dominant hand
Friday, February 28, 2014

Doctors Pleased With Congress' Medicare Payment Agreement
Repeal of SGR marks transition to value and quality-based reimbursement
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

More Than Seven Million Patient Record Breaches in 2013
Breaches of protected health information up 137.7 percent; most breaches due to theft
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Quality Measures Data Added to Physician Compare Website
Measures include controlling blood glucose and blood pressure in patients with diabetes
Monday, February 24, 2014

Obese Patients Affected by Perceived Judgment of Doctor
Those who feel judged are more likely to attempt weight loss, but not more likely to be successful
Monday, February 24, 2014

FDA to Step Up Oversight of Indian Drug Makers
More inspectors planned as India emerges as growing source of pharmaceuticals
Monday, February 24, 2014

Unfilled Hospital Openings for Doctors Growing, Survey Finds
Shortages in hospitals also seen for advanced practitioners and nurses
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Before Implementation, Full EHR Cost Needs Consideration
Costs of training, facilities, infrastructure and variables affecting these categories must be ID'd
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

'Talking' Medical Devices, Apps Continue to Evolve
Can help people manage their conditions, function in emergencies, keep doctors informed
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Online Ratings Do Affect Patient Choice of Physician
Whether or not physician accepts insurance plan remains top decider in selecting physician
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Direct-to-Consumer Genomic Testing Concerns Explored
Concerns include lack of evidence for association studies being appropriate as screening tests
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Non-Traditional Office Hours Can Reap Big Financial Benefits
Once practice overhead costs are met, patients seen in extended hours increase profitability
Monday, February 17, 2014

AAFP: Telemedicine Can Help With Increased Demand for Docs
Telemedicine can save time for patients, reduce ER visits, allow docs to see more patients
Monday, February 17, 2014

CMS Extends 2013 Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline
Deadline extended, allowing providers to submit data for 2013 reporting year through March 31, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Congress Agrees on Legislation to Replace SGR Formula
New legislation emphasizes quality over quantity, with merit-based incentives
Thursday, February 13, 2014

ICD-10 Implementation Likely to Be Financial Disaster
Letter from AMA to HHS voices concerns over higher-than-expected costs of implementation
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Nears 3.3 Million
About one-quarter of those signed up are now young adults, report shows
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Mid-Sized Companies Get Extra Year to Comply With ACA
Government sets up new deadlines for three sizes of companies
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Guidelines Issued for Managing Hospital Medicine Groups
Assessment guide comprises 10 principles and 47 characteristics for effective HMG management
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

USPSTF Recommends Hepatitis B Screening for High-Risk Adults
Recommendation based on accuracy of screening test, effectiveness of antiviral treatment
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Residents Concerned About Lack of Time With Patients
Most residents agree that care coordination could improve chronic disease management
Monday, February 10, 2014

New Rule Allows Patients to Access Laboratory Test Results
Final rule allows patient or personal representative to access results directly from the laboratory
Monday, February 10, 2014

Obese Men More Likely to Have Colon Polyps
Obese individuals have increased odds of having three or more polyps, tubular adenomas
Monday, February 10, 2014

Uneven Effects for Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol
Moderate drinkers little affected by pricing, with greatest effects seen for harmful drinkers
Monday, February 10, 2014

Gaps Exist in Patient-Centered Quality of CRC Care at VA
Quality of coordination of care predicts receipt of wanted help for symptoms
Friday, February 07, 2014

ICD-10 Transition May Impact Practice Cash Flow
Organizations may not yet understand the impact that ICD-10 will have on their businesses
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Choosing Wisely Tips Should Prompt Doc-Patient Discussion
Recommendations can form a starting point for conversations about cost, appropriate testing
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

EHR Use During Patient Visit May Mean Missed Non-Verbal Cues
Physician-patient eye gaze patterns differ with use of electronic health records versus paper charts
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

CVS Caremark to Stop Selling Tobacco Products
Says sale of cigarettes is inconsistent with a pharmacy's mission
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Dietary Counseling Has Little Effect After Gastric Bypass
Nutrient intake improves but remains inadequate in many patients
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Patients Are 'Myth'-Informed About Their Risk of Cancer
Seventeen percent of Americans think that there is nothing people can do to change their risk
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

First- and Second-Generation Family Hx Adequate in Oncology
Related study shows low rates of complete cancer family history documentation, referral
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Online Medical Records Trump Colleagues As Docs' Info Source
Doctors are exposed to online medical records, prescribing software more than 200 times/year
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

High Overall CRC Diagnostic Accuracy for Home Stool Test
High diagnostic accuracy and specificity, moderate sensitivity for fecal immunochemical test
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Health Reform Differs Across States: Report
Five states play no role in federal marketplace, Medicaid expansion, or insurance reform
Monday, February 03, 2014

Osteoporosis/Osteopenia Prevalent in Chronic Pancreatitis
Nearly two-thirds of patients with chronic pancreatitis have either osteoporosis or osteopenia
Friday, January 31, 2014

Melanoma Risk Up in IBD Independent of Biologic Therapy
Meta-analysis based on cohort studies finds link between IBD and increased risk of melanoma
Friday, January 31, 2014

Improving Infection Control Could Mean No More White Coats
Infection control experts issue guidance on health professionals' attire
Thursday, January 30, 2014

ASA: Patient Involvement Ups Surgical Safety Compliance
Patient awareness of a surgical safety checklist increases compliance
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Businesses Urge Change to ACA's Insurance Mandate
House panel members spar over claim that provision of health-reform law is a 'job killer'
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Insurance Eligibility Headaches Expected With ACA
Practices expected to face influx of newly insured patients, possibly without insurance ID cards
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Quinoa Consumption Seems Safe for Celiac Patients
Intake of 50 g quinoa daily for six weeks well tolerated; positive histologic, serological trends
Monday, January 27, 2014

'War on Cancer' Has Made Progress
Gains in cancer survival offset by higher cancer incidence tied to declines in noncancer mortality
Friday, January 24, 2014

Editorial Discusses Ultrasound in Point-of-Care Diagnostics
Ultrasound being used in multiple specialties; also beneficial for resource-limited areas
Friday, January 24, 2014

Medical Staff Performance Goals Should Be Clear, Attainable
Staff performance reviews should involve public praise, private reprimand
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Legitimacy of Publishing Pharma-Funded Research Queried
Researchers present arguments for and against stopping publication of industry-funded research
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Interhospital Transfer Less Likely for Uninsured Patients
Also, women significantly less likely than men to be transferred to another acute care hospital
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ACA Impact on Primary Practice May Depend on Location
Practices in states with expanded Medicaid may see more new, chronically ill patients
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Researchers Examine FDA Decision Making Processes
Analyses show variation in quality-of-evidence; reliance on premarket approval; reasons for delays
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

More Federal Funding of Health Centers Mitigates Access Issues
Findings among low-income, uninsured adults from 2002 to 2007
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Medication Synchronization Program Ups Adherence
Community pharmacy-based program projects increase of 20 med fills per patient per year
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Initiative Improves Timeliness of Pediatric Endoscopies
Quality improvement initiative in a children's hospital significantly reduced total delays
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Multiple Medications Increase Odds of Hospital Admission
Link modified by number of long-term conditions, with reduced effect for multiple conditions
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

One-Fifth of Hospitalizations in Advanced GI Cancer Avoidable
Higher 90-day mortality seen after avoidable versus non-avoidable hospitalizations
Friday, January 17, 2014

State Insurance Marketplaces Boost Outreach Efforts
Educating the uninsured, especially young adults, is a priority, executives say
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Reliable Emotion Words ID'd to Assess Patient Experience
Word set can be used in experience-based design questionnaires for patient care
Thursday, January 16, 2014

NCPA: Access to Controlled Substances Often Delayed
Most pharmacists report three or more delays in past 18 months, usually lasting at least one week
Thursday, January 16, 2014

FDA Warns Against Rx With High Levels of Acetaminophen
Agency recommends that physicians cease prescriptions of drugs in excess of 325 mg
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

L. reuteri Prophylaxis Found Beneficial for Term Newborns
Reduction seen in functional gastrointestinal disorder symptoms and associated costs
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Intensive Monitoring Ups Surgical Treatment of CRC Recurrence
But no mortality reduction seen with intensive CEA screening, CT imaging, or both
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Risk of Intussusception Still Up After New Rotavirus Vaccination
However, two studies show that risk is lower than that seen with previous vaccines
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

More Than Two Million People Have Signed Up for ACA Coverage
Nearly one in four are young adults, a demographic key to the program's success
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wednesday Is Deadline for Feb. 1 Coverage Under ACA
Uninsured Americans can still sign up for 2014 coverage through March 31
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

CMS: New Rule Proposed for Contract Year 2015
Rule will strengthen protections, up health care quality, cut costs in Medicare Advantage, Part D
Monday, January 13, 2014

ACP Introduces Free 'High Value Care' Case Studies
Five topics in interactive case studies include avoiding unnecessary testing, safe prescribing
Friday, January 10, 2014

Female Conveners Up Number of Women at Scientific Symposia
Number of invited female speakers increases by 72 percent compared with all-male conveners
Friday, January 10, 2014

CMS: Low Growth for National Health Expenditures in 2012
Low growth in private health insurance spending, Medicare and Medicaid spending
Friday, January 10, 2014

EHR Use Linked to Doc-Reported Enhanced Patient Care
Use of EHRs that meet Meaningful Use criteria, longer EHR experience linked to reported benefits
Friday, January 10, 2014

Administrative Demands Hurt Patient-Doctor Relationship
Extensive charting, preauthorizations, high volumes all cut time doctors spend with patients
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Smoking Rates Still Low for Most Health Care Professionals
Pattern persists with rates lowest in physicians (2 percent), highest in LPNs (25 percent)
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Non-White Physicians Provide Disproportionate Minority Care
Non-white physicians care for more than half of minority patients, non-English speakers
Monday, January 06, 2014

CDC Addresses Burden, Threat of Antibiotic Resistance
One of most urgent threats is C. difficile; causes a minimum of 250,000 illnesses per year
Monday, January 06, 2014

AMA Details Top Five Federal Issues for 2014
Issues include repeal of SGR, full implementation of ACA, roll out of ICD-10 code set
Monday, January 06, 2014

Over 100 New Accountable Care Organizations Formed
New ACOs will provide high-quality coordinated care access for ~1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries
Friday, January 03, 2014

Combination Protocol Accurately Diagnoses Appendicitis in Kids
High sensitivity, specificity with Samuel's pediatric appendicitis score, selective ultrasonography
Friday, January 03, 2014

CDC: Updated Guidance for HBV Vaccination for Health Workers
All should be vaccinated and undergo serologic testing
Thursday, January 02, 2014

C. difficile Is Carried on Hands of Health Care Workers
After routine care of infected patients, about a quarter of health care workers had contaminated hands
Thursday, January 02, 2014

Patient Experience of Service Quality Predicts CRC Survival
Being completely satisfied linked to lower mortality even after multivariate adjustment
Thursday, January 02, 2014

Troubled Launch of ACA Tops Health News for 2013
Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy, new heart care guidelines also made headlines
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Extra Steps Urged for Regulating Compounding Pharmacies
Drug Quality and Security Act is a start, but leaves several gaps that need filling
Monday, December 30, 2013

Nortriptyline Doesn't Provide Gastroparesis Symptom Relief
Findings based on 15-week trial comparing nortriptyline to placebo for idiopathic gastroparesis
Monday, December 30, 2013

Surge in Federal Health Insurance Exchange Enrollments
More than one million people have signed up for coverage under Affordable Care Act
Monday, December 30, 2013

Physician Pay Increasingly Tied to Quality Metrics
Trend expected to accelerate as reimbursement shifts towards performance-based pay
Thursday, December 26, 2013

ACA Success Hinges on Young Adult Enrollment
Uncertainty lingers on the willingness, ability of young adults to enroll in marketplaces, Medicaid
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Impact of Planned Medicaid Expansion Discussed
Could help close substantial gaps in U.S. health care safety net if all states elect to expand
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Toxic Employees Are Damaging to Medical Practices
Performance reviews allow managers to discuss toxic behaviors and demand improvement
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Public Tends to Follow Celebrities Even on Medical Issues
Health care providers need to take phenomenon seriously and counter bogus advice
Monday, December 23, 2013

Free Preventive Services for >25 Million Medicare Beneficiaries
Due to ACA, >25.4 million Original beneficiaries received at least one free preventive service in 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013

High Patient Satisfaction With Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Positive reports of patient-centered measures correlate with reports of high-quality care
Friday, December 20, 2013

New Rule May Exempt Many From Health Plan Penalty
People in cancelled policies can buy coverage under last-minute revision to ACA
Friday, December 20, 2013

Antiviral Treatment Benefits Patients With Diabetes
HCV treatment may lower risk of end-stage renal disease, stroke, acute coronary syndrome
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Few Residency Programs Teach Cost-Conscious Medicine
Despite perceived role in limiting increasing health care costs, few residents know costs of tests
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

CDC Highlights Achievements of 2013, Goals for 2014
Top achievements include getting >100,000 smokers to quit; cut in health care facility-linked infections
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Funding for Medical Communication Firms Analyzed
May receive substantial support from pharmaceutical, medical device companies
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

GlaxoSmithKline to End Payments to Prescribing Doctors
Pharmaceutical giant first drug maker to adopt such a policy, report says
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Physician Access Challenges Up for Those With Public Insurance
Second study notes that 14.6 percent of people in U.S. were uninsured in first half of 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

FDA Questions Effectiveness, Safety of Antibacterial Soap
Proposed rule requires manufacturers to submit trial data showing benefit versus regular soap
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Many Physicians Will Stop Practicing Due to ACA
Nearly three-quarters believe that ACA will negatively impact compensation
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Comorbidity Strongly Influences Survival in Cancer Patients
Still, death rates from cancer continue to decline in the United States
Monday, December 16, 2013

Bills for SGR Repeal Pass Senate, House Committees
Near unanimous bipartisan votes from Senate Finance, House Ways and Means Committees
Monday, December 16, 2013

Determinants of Patient Loyalty to Provider Identified
More than 15 percent of patients at high risk for leaving their current physician, practice
Monday, December 16, 2013

New Rule Tweaks Affordable Care Act Deadline
Insurers pressed for flexibility on premium payments, coverage
Friday, December 13, 2013

Support for Ultrasound First in Pediatric Appendicitis Diagnosis
Limiting CT use not associated with increased complicated appendicitis diagnoses, longer stays
Friday, December 13, 2013

ASCO Report Highlights Progress Against Cancer in Last Year
Report features 76 studies; highlights new approaches to cancer care, new treatments
Friday, December 13, 2013

Study Quantifies Male Dominance in Scientific Production
Women account for <30 percent of fractionalized authorships; similar pattern in first authorships
Friday, December 13, 2013

Racial Disparities in Pediatric Liver Transplant Outcomes
Rates of graft failure, mortality higher among minority groups than whites, even after adjustment
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Risk of Developing Diverticulitis Lower Than Thought
Risk of progression from diverticulosis decreases with increasing age at diagnosis
Thursday, December 12, 2013

CDC: Health Insurance Among Young Increased After ACA
Extension of dependent health coverage in 2010 has increased private coverage, decreased gaps
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

CMS Finalizes 2014 Physician Payment Rates, Policies
Include provision to support care management outside of routine office interaction
Monday, December 09, 2013

Issues Surround Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program
Issues include methodology for determining expected readmission rates, computing penalties
Friday, December 06, 2013

Final Rule Aims to Lower Costs, Simplify Outpatient Payments
CMS introducing single outpatient visit code; payments will be packaged into single payment
Friday, December 06, 2013

Handoff Program Cuts Medical Errors, Adverse Events
Multifaceted program at children's hospital also increases physician time spent at patient bedside
Thursday, December 05, 2013

AMA's RUC Committee to Work on Improving Transparency
New means to be used to survey physicians to better determine value of procedures
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Health Reform in Mass. Didn't Change ICU Utilization
Health care reform in Massachusetts did correlate with reduction in ICU patients without insurance
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Investment Program Can Cut Global Health Disparities by 2035
Framework focuses on reducing maternal, child, infectious deaths; 10 million deaths averted by 2035
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

FDA Starts Regulating Compounding Pharmacies
New process designed to make specialty drugs safer for patients
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Volunteering Overseas Revives Physicians' Outlooks
Volunteer experiences often boost personal fulfillment, professional esteem
Monday, December 02, 2013

Practices Should Start Preparing for Transition to ICD-10
Point-person should be appointed within practice; staff training also recommended
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Family Doc Finds Mid-Level Providers Increase Revenue
Case study describes substantial increase in doctor take-home pay with addition of mid-levels
Monday, November 25, 2013

American Medical Groups Protesting Physician Cuts
Action follows mass cancellations of physicians in Medicare Advantage plans in many states
Monday, November 25, 2013

White House Extends Enrollment Deadline for Health Insurance
And website capacity to double by end of month, Obama adviser pledges
Friday, November 22, 2013

CDC Report: Health Disparities Persist in America
CDC finds race, sex, education, location, and wealth among key factors in these inequalities
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Health Care Frustration Higher in U.S. Than Other Countries
Majority of U.S. adults feel that the health care system needs to undergo fundamental changes
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Obama Nominates Health Care Law Backer to Be Surgeon General
Vivek Murthy, M.D., was an early supporter and advocate for the Affordable Care Act
Friday, November 15, 2013

ASCO Concurs With Cancer Care Ontario for CRC Follow-Up
Surveillance should be planned according to presumed risk of recurrence, patients' functional status
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Obama: You Can Keep Your Health Plan (for a Year)
Proposed change comes amid intense bipartisan pressure for a health-law fix
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Health Care Enrollments Fall Far Short of White House Estimates
Fewer than 27,000 people signed up for insurance through federal exchange in October, officials report
Thursday, November 14, 2013

No Promises on Nov. 30 ACA Website Fix: U.S. Tech Chief
Pressure mounts for solutions to health-law problems as deadline nears
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Campaign Ups Colon Cancer Screening in Rural Community
A multicomponent intervention spurred a small increase in screening rates
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Population Aging Crisis May Have Been Overestimated
Decrease in dependency with threshold as remaining life expectancy of ≤15 years
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Many Would Give Health Plans Private Info to Save Money: Poll
Experts question whether people responding to Harris/HealthDay poll understand broader impact
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Initial Health-Plan Enrollment Falls Below Expectations
Early reports find federal and state insurance exchanges attracted low numbers
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Many Americans Want Docs to Help Explain Genetic Tests
Even though some companies offer testing directly to the consumer
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Analysis Describes Economic Anatomy of U.S. Health Care
Despite increased resources for U.S. health care, health metrics show U.S. trailing peer nations
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Obama 'Sorry' Some People Losing Health Coverage
Website repairs continue amid continued scrutiny of Affordable Care Act
Friday, November 08, 2013

Telemedicine Represents Enhanced Care Model
Uses technology to provide better health care and more reach, but legal and other concerns exist
Thursday, November 07, 2013

FDA to Ban Trans Fats in Foods
Trans fats linked to cardiovascular health
Thursday, November 07, 2013

For Hospitalized Adults, Light Inversely Tied to Fatigue, Mood
Pain level positively associated with fatigue, but not directly linked to light exposure
Thursday, November 07, 2013

Amount of Care Similar for Rural, Urban Medicare Users
No difference in amount of health care received or satisfaction with access to care within regions
Thursday, November 07, 2013

Sebelius on Exchange Website: 'Delay Is Not an Option'
'A couple of hundred' fixes required, she tells Senate committee
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

CDC Suggests Ways to Increase CRC Screening Rates
Includes offering all test options; matching patients with test they are most likely to complete
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Senators Seek Answers on Health Marketplace Woes
Medicare chief says is secure, site operations are improving
Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Six People Signed Up on Day One of Federal Exchange Website
By the end of the second day, 248 people had enrolled for coverage, reports say
Friday, November 01, 2013

FDA Announces Moves to Avert Drug Shortages
The FDA's strategic plan for drug shortages involves two major strategies
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Top 100 EHR Systems Sorted by Company Revenue
Some companies offer information about their product and services, but most vendors do not
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sebelius: 'Hold Me Accountable' for Website 'Debacle'
HHS Secretary insists the troubled online registration site will be fixed by end of November
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Expedited Review Speeds Approval of New Drugs by FDA
But, drugs are tested in fewer patients, and many questions about safety remain
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

2013 Health Care Quality Report Shows Some Improvements
Medicaid patients are happy with their care; antibiotic overuse still a concern
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Consultant Offers Tips for Training Staff to Use EHR System
Six tips focus on choosing a team, developing a plan, and scheduling regular training and testing
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Health Agency Chief Apologizes for Federal Website Woes
Head of CMS insists will be much improved within a month
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

CRC Risk Up With Family Hx of Adenoma, Advanced Adenoma
Screening according to guidelines could miss 10 percent of CRCs diagnosed in relatives
Monday, October 28, 2013

Most Negative Online Posts Aren't Defamation
Physicians should try to reach out to unhappy posters to fix the problem
Friday, October 25, 2013

Coffee Consumption Linked to Reduced Risk of Liver Cancer
Meta-analysis pooled the results of 16 studies
Friday, October 25, 2013

Many Interns Don't Practice Etiquette-Based Communication
Interns overestimate the extent to which they introduce themselves and their role, sit with patient
Friday, October 25, 2013

Physicians Should Motivate and Retain Top Employees
Article notes that superstar employees are hard to replace
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Penalty Delayed As Federal Exchange Comes Under Fire
Lawmakers demand answers on foul-up
Thursday, October 24, 2013

ADHD Linked to Defecation Disorders in Children
Children with ADHD significantly more likely to have visits for constipation, fecal incontinence
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Scribes Can Be Beneficial in Medical Practices
Ensure accurate documentation of provider dictates, allowing providers to focus on patient care
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bottle Feeding Ups Risk of Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis
Association does not differ by sex, maternal smoking, but is modified by maternal age, parity
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Few Patients Told About Risks of Overdiagnosis Pre-Screening
Most want to be told of screening harms, but only 9.5 percent informed about overdiagnosis, overtx
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Research Backlog at NIH Due to Shutdown
Labs suffered loss of momentum with their research; grant applications pushed back to November
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Obama: 'No Excuse' for Troubled Website
But he insists that the health-reform law that created the site is good for the country
Monday, October 21, 2013

Seniors Rarely Consider Switching Medicare Plan, Provider
Despite reporting high satisfaction 59 percent cut spending for unexpected health care costs
Monday, October 21, 2013

Small Businesses Weigh Health Insurance Options
Most features of exchanges rated favorably, but prices for premiums are critical issue
Monday, October 21, 2013

Eye Contact Affects Patients' Perception of Clinician Empathy
Social touch during clinical encounter also important
Friday, October 18, 2013

Physician Wait Times Analyzed by Specialty in Massachusetts
Wait times have been stable or shorter for many specialties
Friday, October 18, 2013

In Buying Exchange Insurance, It Helps to Have Help
New online marketplaces don't do enough to let consumers weigh their options, experts say
Friday, October 18, 2013

'Coverage Gap' Likely to Affect 5.2 Million Uninsured Adults
Nationally, about 27 percent of uninsured adults in states without Medicaid expansion will be affected
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sebelius: Exchange Launch 'Rockier Than We Would Have Liked'
HHS secretary said improvements under way at website
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Steps Given to Minimize Burden of Prior Authorizations
Use payer's website, not phone; designated staff within practice should handle authorizations
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Gastric, Esophageal Cancer Risk Linked to Teen Overweight
Socioeconomic status, immigrants' country of origin tied to noncardia gastric cancer risk
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Medicare, Medicaid Will Be Affected by Federal Debt Default
Failure to raise debt ceiling by Oct. 17 will impact nation's health care programs
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

ACG: IBD Ups Risk of Certain Arterial Thromboembolic Events
Meta-analysis shows increased risk of cerebrovascular accident, ischemic heart disease
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Nonprofit U.S. Hospital CEO Compensation Varies Widely
Compensation tied to hospital technology deployment and patient satisfaction
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

ACG: Physical Activity Linked to Lower Risk of Esophageal Cancer
Meta-analysis shows decreased risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma, not squamous cell cancer
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

CBT Equal to Intensive Medical Care for Peds Abdominal Pain
No significant difference in effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy, intensive medical care
Monday, October 14, 2013

Hospital Care Quality Varies by Insurance Coverage
Medicare patients appear most vulnerable to receiving inferior care
Monday, October 14, 2013

Study Discusses How to Create Value in Insurance Marketplaces
Accrediting bodies play role in performance measures, setting standards, providing feedback
Monday, October 14, 2013

Regional Variation Seen in Medicare ACO Formation
Measures of underlying provider integration may drive accountable care organization formation
Friday, October 11, 2013

'Cyberchondria' Worse in Those Troubled by Uncertainty
For those with fear of uncertainty, greater Internet searching leads to greater health anxiety
Friday, October 11, 2013

Consumers Frustrated With First Days of ACA Exchanges
Three-quarters of those who tried to sign up for insurance reported problems
Friday, October 11, 2013

State-Run Health Exchanges Off to Smoother Start
Experts say that local insurance marketplaces are smaller so problems can be fixed faster
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Peer Review of Bariatric Surgical Skill Level Studied
Increased complications, higher mortality, longer operations, more reoperations for lowest skill quartile
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Antibiotic Resistance Ups Salmonella Hospitalizations
Furloughed agency workers called back to aid investigation into California chicken farm
Thursday, October 10, 2013

AAFP Urges Congress to End Federal Government Shutdown
Shutdown is putting health of public at risk, with no impact on ACA funding
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Insufficient Evidence to Support Probiotics for Crying Infants
Although, L. reuteri may be effective for crying in colicky, exclusively breastfed infants
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

ACS: Laparoscopic Colon Cancer Resection Benefits Elderly
Laparoscopic procedure linked with lower risk of discharge to a nursing facility
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Greater Potential for Health Gains From Delayed Aging
Yet most medical research remains focused on fighting individual diseases
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Patterns of Health Insurance Coverage Vary by State
States can tailor outreach efforts for coverage expansion to match the needs of their uninsured
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Patient Satisfaction Is Poor Measure of Hospital Quality
And busier hospitals tend to perform better
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Confusion Still Surrounds ACA Health Insurance Exchanges
However, Gallup poll suggests most will get insurance by December rather than pay a fine
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Both Patients and Doctors Tend to Be Creatures of Habit
Physicians can be reluctant to go against established grain
Monday, October 07, 2013

Design and Software Problems Plague Health Exchanges
Efforts to improve the federal registration website are under way, officials say
Monday, October 07, 2013

Senators Request Delay in Transition to Meaningful Use 2
Noting that many providers and EHR vendors are not ready, senators ask for one-year delay
Monday, October 07, 2013

U.S. Health Exchange Website Faced Intermittent Shutdowns offline after 1 a.m. ET a few hours each night this past weekend
Monday, October 07, 2013

Majority of Physicians Concerned About Future of Medicine
But most surveyed doctors also report being satisfied with practice of medicine
Friday, October 04, 2013

Number of EMR Functions Linked to Physician Stress
Physicians with moderate versus low number of EMR functions report more stress, less satisfaction
Friday, October 04, 2013

Patient Portal Market Earned $279.8 Million in 2012
In the next five years, market is expected to reach $898.4, mainly driven by stage 2 meaningful use
Friday, October 04, 2013

Impact of Shutdown on Docs, Patients Discussed
Meaningful use incentives unlikely to be affected; Medicare reimbursements will continue in short term
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Glitches Still Dog Online Health Exchanges
Officials work to correct problems, speed up capacity
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Fallout From Increase in High-Deductible Plans Examined
Increase likely with ACA implementation; research will aid creation of more sophisticated system
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Demand for Doctors Remained High in 2012
Physician recruiters from 156 organizations conducted nearly 5,000 active searches in 2012
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Expanding Scope of Nurse Practitioners Practice Discussed
Non-physician practitioners can ease burden on physicians; valuable in team-based care model
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Government Shutdown Impacting Health Care Agencies
Activities that relate to safety of human life and protection of property will not be affected
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Technical Problems Still Vex Day 2 of ACA Exchange Rollout
Federal officials remind consumers that enrollment runs through March 31, 2014
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

AMA: More Than Half of Doctors Self-Employed in 2012
Less than one-quarter work in practices that are at least partially owned by hospitals
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Technological Advances in Health Care for Google, Apple
Google launches company that will research health and wellness, with Apple chairman as CEO
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Technical Glitches Mar Affordable Care Act Exchange Debut
Consumers are reminded that insurance enrollment runs through March 31, 2014
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Opioid Use Often Continues After Bariatric Surgery
For chronic opioid users, dose often increases after surgery
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

ECC: Diabetes May Lead to More Breast, Colorectal Cancer
Diabetes status also tied to increased cancer-specific mortality
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Poor Performance Triggering EMR Switch for Small Practices
Small physicians practices leaving vendors as software systems fail to meet expectations
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Many Health Care Professionals Oppose ACA Proposals
Despite recognizing benefits, 56 percent oppose most, if not all, proposals in law
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Affordable Care Act Exchanges Are Up and Running
'Obamacare' marketplaces open amid some technical problems and a government shutdown
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

More Primary Care Visits, Less Colorectal Cancer Incidence
Findings among Medicare patients; increased visits also tied to lower mortality
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Lower National Health Spending Due to Slow Economy
Over the period of 2012 to 2022, national health spending expected to grow at 5.8 percent annually
Monday, September 30, 2013

Only One-Third of Voters Think Congress Should Delay ACA
About half of voters will blame the Republicans 'a lot' if the government shuts down
Monday, September 30, 2013

Medicare, Medicaid Will Still Run If Government Shuts Down
But other programs could be curtailed, according to contingency plans
Monday, September 30, 2013

DOL Clarifies Employer Health Insurance Notification Duty
Companies should provide notification to employees by Oct. 1, but no fines for failing to do so
Monday, September 30, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: ACA Impact on Medicare Recipients Unclear
Seniors may not grasp effects of health care reform
Friday, September 27, 2013

Health Worker Roles Impacted When 'Undervalued' by Patients
Frustrations can affect both performance and pay
Friday, September 27, 2013

Practical Tips Offered for Medical Employee Satisfaction
Training, respect, and reward go a long way
Friday, September 27, 2013

Sutures Not Superior to Staples for Closure in GI Surgery
Rate of wound complications similar with subcuticular sutures or staples for skin closure
Friday, September 27, 2013

CDC: Flu Shot Coverage of Health Care Personnel Increasing
CDC finds that easy access to vaccination appears to be a motivator
Thursday, September 26, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Medicaid Expansion Will Up Coverage
Many will benefit, but some will still fall through the cracks
Thursday, September 26, 2013

More Options, Lower Premiums With Insurance Exchanges
HHS report finds health insurance premiums will be even less than expected
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Exchanges Offer Options for the Uninsured
Tax credits will benefit low and moderate earners
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

ACP Provides Overview of Health Insurance Marketplaces
Ahead of enrollment, overview discusses implications for patients and physicians
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Long-Term Metabolic Effects Seen With Bariatric Surgery
Shorter duration of diabetes and higher long-term weight loss predict diabetes remission
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Health Care Reform a Mixed Bag for Workers
Those with job-based coverage can expect some changes
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Marriage Shown to Provide Cancer Survival Benefit
Married patients less likely to present with metastatic disease, die from their cancer
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

FDA Gives Final Guidance on Mobile Medical App Oversight
Oversight will be focused on medical apps that could potentially pose greater risk to patients
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

FDA Issues Final Rule for Device Identification System
The unique device identification system will improve patient safety, catalogue every device
Monday, September 23, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Young People Likely to Be Key to Success
However, only about one-quarter of young adults are aware of health insurance exchanges
Monday, September 23, 2013

HFES: Multi-Tasking Can Impair Diagnostic Performance
Performing concurrent complex memorization task has negative impact of diagnostic performance
Monday, September 23, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Health Care Exchanges Going Into Effect
Coverage could start as early as January 2014
Monday, September 23, 2013

Lawyers File Most Isotretinoin Adverse Drug Reports
Findings based on inflammatory bowel disease reports tied to isotretinoin filed with the FDA
Friday, September 20, 2013

Little Correlation Between Care Quality, Patient Experience
Strongest correlations with clinical quality were seen for patient assessments of access
Friday, September 20, 2013

Millions Are Harmed by Unsafe Medical Care Each Year
About two-thirds of adverse events occur in low-income and middle-income countries
Thursday, September 19, 2013

EHR Systems Meeting Meaningful Use Criteria Beneficial
Most systems meet criteria; linked to time savings, reports of enhanced confidentiality
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Enhanced Care Program Set Up at Six Mayo Clinic Hospitals
Program supplements usual care with computerized system that monitors patient's condition
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

More Than 1.6 Million Americans Expected to Get Cancer in 2013
Despite increased number of survivors due to progress in research, >500,000 expected to die
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

About Half of Health Care Providers Are 'Digital Omnivores'
Use tablet, smartphone, and laptop/desktop; prefer mobile devices for all tasks
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

'Meaningful Use' Achievement Not Uniform Across Hospitals
Critical-access, smaller, publicly-owned or nonprofit hospitals most at risk for 2015 penalties
Monday, September 09, 2013

Male-Female Physician Earnings Gap Has Persisted for 20 Years
No significant difference in the adjusted earnings of female physicians relative to males since 1987
Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Docs' Confidence in Diagnosis Unrelated to Diagnostic Accuracy
Vignette study shows little difference in confidence for cases diagnosed correctly, incorrectly
Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Workaholics Have Poorer Physical and Mental Health
Working more than 50 hours per week linked to reduced physical and mental well-being
Monday, September 02, 2013

Employer-Based Health Insurance Premiums Rose Modestly in 2013
Smaller firms and those with many lower-wage workers asking beneficiary to pay more
Monday, September 02, 2013

Diabetes Apps Among Top 10 Doctors Recommend to Patients
Other apps include ones assessing cardiac risk, monitoring IBS symptoms, locating nearby hospitals
Friday, August 30, 2013

Final Rules Issued for Individual Shared Responsibility Mandate
Individual mandate starting in 2014; individuals expected to carry health insurance or get fined
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Severe Gastroenteritis Down in Older Children and Adults
Implementation of infant rotavirus vaccination in the U.S. in 2006 has reduced the burden of disease
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Health Care Savings With Early Accountable Care Organizations
Reduced spending for elderly Medicare beneficiaries, but not necessarily improved quality
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Implications, Solutions for U.S. Health Disparities Discussed
Considerable disparities linked to geographic location, demographics; many can be prevented
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Expansion of Pharmacists' Practice Will Benefit Patients
Ethical, legal, financial, professional implications for docs; communication key during transition
Monday, August 19, 2013

HHS Awards $67 Million to Marketplace Navigators
Navigators will need to complete initial and ongoing training, renew certification annually
Monday, August 19, 2013

Healthy Diet May Reduce Pancreatic Cancer Risk
Findings based on self-rated diet quality in national food frequency survey
Friday, August 16, 2013

U.S. Liver-Related Deaths Underestimated for Decades
Hepatorenal syndrome, viral hepatitis, hepatobiliary cancers added to definition of liver mortality
Friday, August 16, 2013

IOM Describes Themes Relating to Patients' Role in Health Care
Sessions describe their roles in informed care decisions, knowledge generation, value improvement
Friday, August 16, 2013

CDC Says U.S. Has Improved in Detection of Hep C Infection
Many patients, however, are tested only when symptoms arise
Friday, August 16, 2013

Involved Patients Have Better Health Care Experiences
Patient knowledge, skills, and confidence influences response from the provider
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Doctors Pessimistic About Future of U.S. Health Care
Physician unsure that benefits of EMRs outweigh costs, have little confidence in transition to ICD-10
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Perceived Doc Verbal Abuse Impairs Nurses' Work Attitude
Link between verbal abuse and job satisfaction, organizational commitment, intent to stay
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Initiative Announced for Patient-Doc Collaboration
Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare will include patient organizations, docs, nurse, PA
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

U.S. Hospitals Up Exchange of Electronic Health Information
Exchange of clinical care summaries and medication lists remains limited
Monday, August 12, 2013

Medical Center Farmers Market Aids in Medical Home Goals
Medical center-based farmers market can contribute to patient-centered care
Monday, August 12, 2013

Childhood Functional Stomach Pain Ups Risk for Later Anxiety
Even if abdominal pain resolves, vulnerability to anxiety persists into adolescence, early adulthood
Monday, August 12, 2013

ASA: Working Moms Experience More Stresses Than Dads
For mothers, job-linked concerns spill over into free time; thinking about family matters tied to stress
Monday, August 12, 2013

Guidelines for Post-HIV Exposure Management Updated
Exposed personnel should be provided with close follow-up, including counseling, HIV testing
Monday, August 12, 2013

Physicians' Malpractice Concerns Predict More Testing
Changing defensive practices must target physicians' underlying malpractice concerns
Friday, August 09, 2013

Gut Microbiota Less Diverse in Infants Born by C-Section
Differences in intestinal microbiota of infant persist at age 2 years for cesarean versus vaginal delivery
Friday, August 09, 2013

Positive Diagnostic Strategy Non-Inferior to Exclusion in IBS
For patients' health-related quality of life, blood cell count and C-reactive protein non-inferior
Friday, August 09, 2013

Probiotic Preparation Doesn't Cut Antibiotic-Linked Diarrhea
Multi-strain preparation of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria not effective in older inpatients
Thursday, August 08, 2013

Impaired Sleep Ups Risk of Relapse in Crohn's Disease
Increased risk of relapse seen in patients with Crohn's disease, but not ulcerative colitis
Thursday, August 08, 2013

AMA, AHA Call for Realignment of Meaningful Use Stage 2
Letter to HHS expresses concern about readiness for stage 2; urges flexibility in adoption
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Invitation to CRC Screening Ups Participation in Underserved
Significantly higher participation rates for fecal immunochemical test versus colonoscopy
Monday, August 05, 2013

Repeat Gallstone Pancreatitis High Without Intervention
Significant reduction of recurrence risk seen with endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
Monday, August 05, 2013

Participation Increases in Online CME Activities
In 2012, 82 percent of accredited CME activities did not receive commercial support
Monday, August 05, 2013

FDA Standardizes 'Gluten-Free' for Food Labeling
Foods with claims of no gluten, free of gluten, and without gluten must meet definition of gluten-free
Monday, August 05, 2013

Obesity Markers Linked to Cancer Risk in Barrett's Esophagus
Increased leptin levels, insulin resistance linked to increased esophageal adenocarcinoma risk
Monday, August 05, 2013

ASID: Doctors May Be to Blame for Antimicrobial Resistance
Five experts discuss the roles of animals, airlines, doctors, drug companies, nursing homes
Thursday, August 01, 2013

Lung-Protective Ventilation Ups Outcomes Post-Abdominal Op
Improved clinical outcomes, shorter length of stay versus non-protective mechanical ventilation
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Health 'Mutual Accountability' Pilot Program Launching
MedEncentive's health outcomes/costs improvement program to be tested over three years in Oklahoma
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Reversal of Medical Practices Common Over Past Decade
Over 40 percent of studies that tested current practice led to medical reversal
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

High H. pylori Cure Rate for Nonbismuth Quadruple Tx
Hybrid, concurrent optimized strategies achieve ≥90 percent cure rate in high resistance settings
Monday, July 29, 2013

CDC: U.S. Patients Suffering Tropical Infection
CDC investigating possible causes of cyclosporiasis outbreak
Thursday, July 25, 2013

IOM Confirms Geographic Variation in Health Spending
Geographically-based value index unlikely to be beneficial; decision making occurs at individual level
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Docs Need to Follow Patients' Lead, Embrace Social Media
As more patients discuss, manage their health care online, doctors need to make use of social media
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

U.S. Physicians Not Supportive of Changes in Payment Models
Although docs agree on need to reduce costs, most don't want to eliminate fee-for-service approach
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pros and Cons of Electronic Cigarette Regulation Discussed
Two editorials discuss implications of regulations of ECs as medicinal devices in U.S., Europe
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tablets Help Physicians Keep Up With Medical Research
Smartphones mainly used to access drug information, to access research, communicate
Monday, July 22, 2013

Premiums Expected to Be About 20 Percent Lower in 2014
Proposed premiums for 2014 lower than expected for individual market and small group market
Monday, July 22, 2013

Dietary Fiber Intake Linked to Reduced Gastric Cancer Risk
Meta-analysis shows lower odds of gastric cancer for highest versus lowest intake of dietary fiber
Monday, July 22, 2013

Missed Diagnoses, Med Errors Most Common Malpractice Claims
Missed diagnosis represents 26 to 63 percent of all primary care claims across included studies
Friday, July 19, 2013

Newer Anticoagulants Linked to Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Risk highest for venous thrombosis or acute coronary syndrome
Friday, July 19, 2013

Top Challenges for Docs Include Financial Management
Challenges include shifting reimbursement models, insufficient time with patients, ACA effects
Friday, July 19, 2013

Low-Dose Aspirin May Reduce Women's Colorectal Cancer Risk
However, taking alternate-day aspirin does increase GI bleeding, ulcers
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Financial Incentives Can Drive Health IT Adoption
Financial incentives increased e-prescribing use even among existing users
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Gastric Surgery in Diabetes Changes Stimulus Response
Surgery improves glucose tolerance but worsens endogenous glucose production
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Could Benefit Docs
However, proposed implementation of sustainable growth rate formula threatens primary care
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Acid Reflux Medications May Constrict Blood Vessels
This mechanism may explain an increased risk of cardiovascular events in people taking PPIs
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Telephone Intervention Ups Colorectal Cancer Screening
Increases in screening for Medicaid managed care organization-insured women, overdue for screen
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

EHRs May Slow Growth in Ambulatory Health Care Costs
Among projected savings are significant decreases in ambulatory radiology costs
Monday, July 15, 2013

Liver Failure Via Acetaminophen OD Tied to Worse Outcomes
Lower quality of life than other liver failure patients may be due to psychiatric, substance abuse disorders
Monday, July 15, 2013

Index CRC Tumor Site Impacts Increased CA Risk for Survivors
Risk pronounced for those with index colorectal cancer located in transverse to descending colon
Monday, July 15, 2013

CMS Proposes New Rule for Outpatient Payment Policies
Rule would expand categories of related items and services for outpatient prospective payment system
Monday, July 15, 2013

Physicians Frustrated by Third-Party Interference
Frustrations vary for those employed in hospitals/institutions or in practice, partners
Friday, July 12, 2013

AMA Offers Guidance for Improving EHR Effectiveness
Policies established to help docs navigate patient communication while using electronic devices
Friday, July 12, 2013

Grants of $150 Million for Community Health Centers
Walgreen Co. to distribute brochures to inform consumers about health law, obtaining coverage
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Health Searches May Be Leaked to Third Parties
Third-party tracking generally not present on government or physician-oriented sites
Thursday, July 11, 2013

U.S. Adults Value Health Care Provider Skill Evaluation
Most adults feel health care providers who treat them should adhere to a recertification program
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Docs Don't Often Talk to Patients About Dietary Supplements
Primary care docs discuss dietary supplements with patients in about one-quarter of visits
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Low-Income Patients Prefer Hospital to Outpatient Care
Urban patients cite lower cost, ease of access, and better care as reasons for using hospital care
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donors
Blood donations down about 10 percent in June; 50,000 fewer donations than expected
Thursday, July 11, 2013

In 2010, Blood Transfusion Most Frequent Hospital Procedure
Accounting for 11 percent of hospital stays with a procedure; common in all ages except infants
Thursday, July 11, 2013

One in Five U.S. Adults Will Have Trouble Paying Medical Bills
In 2013, 10 million adults with year-round health insurance expected to have bills they can't pay
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tablets More Useful Than Smartphones for Docs Using EHRs
Fifty-one percent of tablet users access EHRs, compared with 7 percent of smartphone users
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Health Insurance Marketplaces Not Required to Verify Claims
Due to legislative and operational barriers, they can rely on self-reported information
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Improvement Needed in Drug Post-Marketing Studies
Many studies have not yet been started and studies with delays have doubled
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Digital Divide Plagues Underserved Areas
Lower adoption of EHRs seen in underserved areas across the United States
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Adoption of Electronic Health Records Is Progressing
In 2012, 44 percent of hospitals have an EHR; 42 percent implement stage 1 meaningful use
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Black Men Less Likely to Have Advanced Neoplasia at Screening
However, blacks more likely to be diagnosed with and die of colorectal cancer
Monday, July 08, 2013

Practices Are Not Ready for Implementation of ICD-10
Only 4.8 percent of practices report significant progress or are ready for implementation
Monday, July 08, 2013

Obama Administration: ACA's Employer Mandate Delayed
Major news out of the White House: the delay of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Red Meat Intake Prediagnosis Ups Risk of Death in Colorectal Cancer
Intake of red, processed meat before diagnosis tied to increased risk of death from all causes, CVD
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Avoidable Health Care Costs Exceed $200 Billion in 2012
Progress being made, with increases in meds adherence, use of generics, drop in antibiotics Rx
Friday, June 28, 2013

Bipartisan Recommendations Can Strengthen Health System
Recommendations related to Medicare, tax policy reform, preventive care, empowering states
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Adults With Chronic Conditions Earn C+ for Meds Adherence
Twenty-four percent completely adherent; about half have two or more non-adherent behaviors
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

HHS Launches Insurance Marketplace Website, Call Center
Initiatives form part of consumer-focused education effort to help prepare for enrollment
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

8.5 Million Enrollees to Receive Health Insurance Rebates
Rebates averaging $100 per family to be paid as part of ACA '80/20' rule
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Publicly Reported Mortality Predicts Hospital Performance
Hospitals with high performance on publicly reported index conditions have lower overall death rate
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

USPSTF Endorses HCV Screen for High-Risk, Baby Boomers
In addition to screening high-risk adults, one-time screening recommended for those born 1945-65
Monday, June 24, 2013

Guide Issued for Tying Primary Care to Regional Organizations
AHRQ guide will help assess readiness for linking EHRs to regional health information organizations
Monday, June 24, 2013

Survival of England's National Health Service Questioned
Financial austerity, administrative reorganization, report of shortcomings have caused turmoil in NHS
Monday, June 24, 2013

AHRQ Offers Strategies to Prevent Adverse Drug Events
Strategies provided for stages of ordering, transcribing, dispensing, administration of meds
Friday, June 21, 2013

Screening Colonoscopy-ID'd CA Tied to Improved Outcomes
Even after controlling for baseline stage, improved death rate and survival seen with colonoscopy
Friday, June 21, 2013

CMS Implementing Physician Quality Reporting System
System offers incentives to physicians and practices that submit data on quality measures
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Obesity Is a Disease, Says American Medical Association
New designation may intensify focus on prevention and treatment
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Practices Are Not Prepared for Implementation of ICD-10
Problems include lack of response from vendors, lags in internal software testing, external testing
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Person-to-Person Transmission of MERS-CoV Identified
Person-to-person transmission noted in 21 of 23 cases of health care-associated infections
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Potential of Mobile Remote-Presence Devices Discussed
Potential to increase access to and delivery of health care in developed, developing world
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

EHR Implementation First Step Toward Quality Improvement
Farzad Mostashari urges physicians to redesign care flow to maximize productivity of EHRs
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New Rule Proposes Insurance Program Integrity Guidelines
Rule focuses on integrity of state Marketplaces; aims to safeguard federal funds, protect consumers
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

State-Based Health Care Price Websites Lacking
Greater focus needed on pricing for predictable, non-urgent services subject to deductibles
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

About 15 Percent of People Currently Uninsured in U.S.
In 2012, 6.6 percent of children, 26.4 percent of 19- to 25-year-olds uninsured at time of interview
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Unauthorized Immigrants Make Up 1.4% U.S. Medical Spending
Infectious disease services, participation in insurance marketplaces may aid access to care
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

FDA Discusses Cybersecurity for Medical Devices, Hospitals
Medical device manufacturers and health care facilities should take appropriate preventive action
Monday, June 17, 2013

Obesity Linked to Higher Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Men
BMI ≥30 kg/m² also associated with increased risk of incident colorectal adenomas in men
Friday, June 14, 2013

New Treatments Outperforming Placebo Becoming Less Common
Comparative effectiveness studies may be needed
Friday, June 14, 2013

Survey Examines Physician Satisfaction With EHRs
About one-quarter of practices have no EHR; more than half of adopters report increased efficiency
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Use of EHRs Can Enhance Doc-Patient Communication
EHR use during clinical encounters can invite patients into participatory model of care
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Most Doctors Feel They Are Under-Using Mobile Apps
Most favor iPhones, tablets/iPads; most would use additional functionalities if they were available
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

APIC: CDC Develops Toolkit to Assist With Patient Notification
Toolkit includes resources to help notify patients after potential exposure to infectious organisms
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

APIC: Manual Cleaning of Endoscopes Ineffective
Duodenoscopes and gastroscopes have highest failure rate
Monday, June 10, 2013

Symptomatic At-Risk Celiac Screening Remains Best
Universal versus symptomatic screening yielded similar lifetime costs, quality of life
Friday, June 07, 2013

CDC: Multistate Hepatitis A Virus Outbreak Reported
Illness possibly related to "Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend" frozen berry, pomegranate mix
Thursday, June 06, 2013

HHS: Marketplaces Open New Insurance Options for Consumers
New health insurance choices will be available in most states via Health Insurance Marketplaces
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Statins May Lower Esophageal Cancer Risk
Findings include consistent benefit among high-risk patients with Barrett's esophagus
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Few Physicians Meeting Meaningful Use in Early 2012
Managing patient populations with electronic systems not easy for many physicians
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

CDC: Small Drop in Those With Difficulty Paying Medical Bills
Decrease in adults (<65 years) and children in families with difficulty paying medical bills
Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Health of Nation Reviewed With Focus on Emergency Care
Twenty percent of people reported visiting emergency department at least once in last year
Monday, June 03, 2013

Patients Who Share in Care Decisions May Up Costs of Care
Hospitalized patients who preferred to be involved in care decisions had longer stays and higher costs
Thursday, May 30, 2013

One-Third of Medical Students Have Implicit Anti-Fat Bias
Most are unaware of their significant implicit bias, although it could affect quality of care
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Odds of Mortality Up With Elective Surgery on Friday, Weekend
Significantly increased risk of mortality within 30 days for Friday, weekend versus Monday surgery
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Doc Passengers Assist in Half of In-Flight Medical Emergencies
Most common in-flight medical problems syncope, respiratory symptoms, nausea and vomiting
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Transparency Key to Improving Value Care for Patients
Data on price, utilization, and quality should be made publicly available to ensure greater value
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Billions Can Be Saved With Pharmacy Benefit Management
Strategies include use of generic drugs, affordable brands, negotiation of pharmacy dispensing fee
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Modified Genes Present After Maternal Bariatric Surgery
Modifications consistent with reduced cardiometabolic risk
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Intervention to Improve Colon Cancer Screening Ineffective
Implementation of quality improvement intervention not necessarily linked to improved screening
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

HHS: End-of-2013 Targets for EHR Use Already Reached
>50 percent of doctor offices, 80 percent of eligible hospitals using electronic health records
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Docs Anticipating Changes Ahead As ACA Progresses
Most expect ACA to continue as planned; expect further integration for themselves, hospitals
Monday, May 27, 2013

About One in Four Uninsured Could Be Excluded From ACA
Twenty-seven percent of those eligible for assistance tax credits do not have checking account
Friday, May 24, 2013

Data Support Basing Health Decisions on Both Benefit, Cost
Health care cost varies from $2 to $224 per month of health status-adjusted life expectancy
Friday, May 24, 2013

Frequent Heartburn Linked to Cancer of Pharynx and Larynx
Antacid use may lower risk
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Fecal Microbiota Tx Feasible for Recurrent C. difficile in HIV
Observation from two patients shows no further recurrence of C. difficile after fecal transplant
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Systematic Screening of Med Adherence Will ID Barriers
Tailored interventions will be feasible following systematic monitoring of adherence
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

DDW: Weight Loss Improves GERD Symptoms
But regaining even small amounts of weight worsens symptoms
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

DDW: Full-Spectrum Beats Forward-Viewing Colonoscopy
Increased polyp and adenoma detection rates with use of full-spectrum endoscopy colonoscope
Monday, May 20, 2013

DDW: Vitamin D May Be Beneficial in Crohn's Disease
Improvements in muscle strength, fatigue, quality of life for patients with stable Crohn's
Monday, May 20, 2013

Digital Divide Exists With Physician EHR Adoption
Adopters found to be optimistic about IT's potential, while non-adopters remain skeptical
Monday, May 20, 2013

Changes in Organ Allocation Helped Kids in Past Decade
From 2001 to 2010, increase seen in pediatric transplantation, decrease in wait-list deaths
Monday, May 20, 2013

New FDA Survey to Assess Doc Attitudes on DTC Advertising
New survey will examine attitudes among non-physicians, including nurses, physician assistants
Monday, May 13, 2013

User Satisfaction With Electronic Health Records Down
Twelve percent decrease in user satisfaction since 2010; increase in very dissatisfied users
Friday, May 10, 2013

Poor Service, Bedside Manner Top Patients' Online Complaints
Review of 'rate-your-doctor' websites reveals patients' most common gripes
Friday, May 10, 2013

Smartphones, Smartphone Apps Increasingly Used by Docs
Two reports show use of smartphones and apps for professional purposes is increasing
Thursday, May 09, 2013

HHS Releases Data on Inpatient Charges for Hospital Services
HHS is also providing funding to data centers to collate, analyze, publish data to assist consumers
Thursday, May 09, 2013

Only Half Newly Reported HCV Cases Receiving Follow-Up Test
HCV antibody positivity and HCV RNA positivity more likely among those born from 1945 to 1965
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Application for Health Coverage Has Been Simplified, Shortened
First-time consumers will be able to complete one three-page application, see all available options
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Patients Most Annoyed by Long Waits, Unclear Test Results
Survey regarding doctor's office grievances identifies patients' top pet peeves
Friday, May 03, 2013

For Living Donor, Liver Transplant Mortality Rate at 0.2 Percent
Higher experience tied to lower rates of aborted hepatectomies and near-miss events in donors
Friday, May 03, 2013

Medicaid Coverage Doesn't Lead to Better Physical Health
After two years, no reductions noted in measured BP, cholesterol, or glycated hemoglobin levels
Thursday, May 02, 2013

Health Industry Payment Details to Be Publicly Available
New CMS website will detail financial ties between drug, device manufacturers and docs, hospitals
Thursday, May 02, 2013

Female Smokers More Susceptible to Colon Cancer
Female smokers have significantly increased risk, particularly for proximal colon cancer
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Renewed Efforts From AAFP to Repeal OTC Provision in ACA
Provision will increase costs to health care system; add to burden on physician offices
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Comprehensive Discussion With Docs Ups Cancer Screening
Odds of screening up with more comprehensive discussion, greater perceived benefits of screening
Monday, April 29, 2013

FDA Announces New Network to Focus Exclusively on Patients
Interactive tool designed to educate patients and advocates about processes of drug development
Monday, April 29, 2013

Medical Interns Spending Less Time With Patients
More time being spent at a computer since work hours were limited in 2011
Friday, April 26, 2013

Saturday Marks Sixth Annual Rx Drug Take-Back Day
Collection sites will be available around the country
Friday, April 26, 2013

Physicians Less Empathetic in Talking to Heavy Patients
Patient weight plays no role in quantity of physicians' biomedical communications
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Analgesics in Endurance Events Can Have Serious Adverse Effects
GI, kidney, and cardiovascular adverse events may increase with analgesic dose
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Diagnostic Errors Are the Leading Type of Malpractice Claim
Diagnosis-related payments from 1986 to 2010 totaled $38.8 billion
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

TEDMED: Get the Joy Back Into Health and Wellness
Surgeon General talks about importance of bringing joy back into movement and medicine
Monday, April 22, 2013

TEDMED: Patients Can Become Leaders on the Health Team
Communities can raise their own leaders; may be key approach to change at community level
Monday, April 22, 2013

Patient-Centered Decision Making Ups Health Outcomes
Health care outcomes improved for 71 percent of contextual factors that were addressed by PCDM
Friday, April 19, 2013

Family-Centered Teaching Rounds Good for Patients, Students
Higher patient satisfaction with exam room presentations; many residents have concerns
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Relative Proportion of MRSA Increasing in S. aureus Isolates
Methicillin-sensitive S. aureus becoming more resistant to antibiotics
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Community Benefit Spending Varies for Tax-Exempt Hospitals
Most spent on charity care, patient services; less spent on community health improvement
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Transgastric Appendicectomy Is Feasible for Select Patients
No problems with gastric access, damage to neighboring organs or other complications
Friday, April 12, 2013

ACS: Room for Improvement in Cancer Prevention, Detection
American Cancer Society stresses need to cut tobacco use, obesity; expand screening test use
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Speech Details Practices to Improve U.S. Health Systems
Mayo Clinic CEO outlines key steps to create high-quality, low-cost care in America
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Study Assesses Work Force Burden of Ulcerative Colitis
Patients with ulcerative colitis have more sick days; colectomy does not fully restore work ability
Monday, April 01, 2013

Many Uninsured Vets Will Be Eligible for Medicaid Under ACA
But most of uninsured will have new coverage options only if their state expands Medicaid
Friday, March 29, 2013

Using Internet Search Logs Can Help Identify Drug Interactions
Tool may alert authorities to potential problems and aid in surveillance of adverse events
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Study: Primary Care Extension Program Should Be Funded
Authors say PCEP important to improving public health, translating research into practice
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Regional Variation Noted in Prevalence of Delayed Care
Populations in counties with high prevalence likely to be Hispanic, have low income, chronic disease
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Inpatient Deaths Fell by 8 Percent in Last Decade
But total number of hospitalizations increased by 11 percent
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

AHA: Active Docs More Likely to Advise Patients to Be Active
Review sees link between health care providers' physical activity level, counseling offered
Friday, March 22, 2013

Mobility Impaired May Have Difficulty Accessing Docs
Inability to transfer patient from wheelchair to examination bed most commonly reported issue
Friday, March 22, 2013

Impact of Budget Sequestration on Health Care Discussed
Cuts will not be equal: Medicaid protected; 2 percent cut for Medicare; 8.2 percent cut for NIH
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Can Also Reduce Cancer Risk
Adherence to six or seven ideal health metrics linked to 51 percent lower risk of cancer
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Effect of Immigration Status on Medicaid Eligibility Discussed
Seventeen percent of low-income, uninsured nonelderly are unauthorized or recently legal
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

ER Discharge Dx/Disposition Discordant With Chief Complaint
Presenting complaints don't differ amongst patients needing primary care, urgent care, hospital admission
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures Common at 2011 AAOS Meeting
All featured symposia at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons disclosed conflicts
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Final Rule in Notice of Benefit, Payment Parameters Issued
Rule expands on existing standards for risk adjustment, reinsurance, risk corridors
Friday, March 15, 2013

Pharmaceutical Companies Are Reducing Promotional Spending
Much less spent to promote biologics compared with small molecule drugs, study finds
Friday, March 15, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges Will Mainly Be Run by Feds
Federal government will establish exchanges for 26 states; state-run exchanges for 17 states, D.C.
Friday, March 15, 2013

Preventive Measures Not Enough to Combat C. difficile
Most facilities have introduced stronger measures, but less than half report decrease in CDI rates
Thursday, March 14, 2013

$120 Million to Be Sequestered From Health Centers in 2013
Losses likely to be more severe for health centers that are especially grant dependent
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Many Elderly Consider Cancer Screening Obligatory
Related study shows that screening colonoscopy is often given inappropriately in the elderly
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak Traced to Frogs
Outbreak of predominantly pediatric Salmonella in United States linked to African dwarf frogs
Monday, March 11, 2013

ACC: Gastric Artery Embolization Viable in Humans
First-in-man study shows weight loss and decrease in BMI up to six months post-procedure
Friday, March 08, 2013

Lowering CT Tube Voltage for Colonography Beneficial
Reduces radiation dose while minimally reducing image quality
Thursday, March 07, 2013

Clinical Trials Published Almost Two Years After Completion
Funding source, number of participants, and journal impact factor all affect time to publication
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Most Docs Report Information Overload in EHR-Setting
Docs who report information overload more likely to have missed results leading to delayed care
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Diagnostic Testing Does Little to Reassure Patients
Physicians overestimate value in cases where there is a low risk of serious illness
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

U.K. Health Performance Worse Than Comparable Countries
Tobacco, high blood pressure, high BMI leading risk factors for disability-adjusted life-years
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Screening May Reduce Risk for Late-Stage CRC by 70 Percent
Second study shows use of electronic health records increases uptake of CRC screening
Monday, March 04, 2013

Panel Recommends 10 Patient Safety Strategies
Ten strategies strongly encouraged for adoption; a further 12 strategies encouraged
Monday, March 04, 2013

CMS Reports on Progress Toward Improved Health Care
Progress includes slowing of growth in health care spending, decrease in readmissions
Monday, March 04, 2013

Computerized Provider Order Entry System Cuts Rx Errors
Given effect size, CPOE use, estimated reduction of 12.5 percent in medication errors each year
Monday, March 04, 2013

Personalized Patient-Risk Info Enhances Informed Choice
Patients better able to make decisions about being screened for breast, colorectal cancer
Friday, March 01, 2013

Sequestration to Impact Health Care-Related Programs
Medicare providers and medical researchers brace for cuts from fiscal impasse
Friday, March 01, 2013

Glucagonlike Peptide 1-Based Tx Increases Pancreatitis Risk
Findings among adults with type 2 diabetes taking exenatide, sitagliptin phosphate
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Isotretinoin Not Linked to Increased Risk of IBD
Case-control study and meta-analysis show no increased risk of ulcerative colitis, Crohn's
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Obesity, Physical Activity Linked to Risk in Subset of Colorectal CA
Obesity, physical activity significantly linked to risk of CTNNB1-negative colorectal cancer
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

HIV-HCV Coinfection Speeds HCV-Related Liver Fibrosis
Liver fibrosis in coinfected patients similar to that of person almost one decade older without HIV
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bariatric Surgery Outcomes No Better at Centers of Excellence
CMS policy restricting coverage to hospitals designated as COE not tied to improved outcomes
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Preparation Underway for Implementation of ACA in 2014
Medicaid and CHIP are still main source of insurance coverage for children, pregnant women
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bariatric Surgery Does Not Appear to Cut Health Care Costs
Over a six-year period, costs are not significantly lower for patients undergoing bariatric surgery
Monday, February 25, 2013

CDC: 1.5 Million New Cancers Diagnosed Annually
Four cancers (prostate, breast, colorectal, lung) account for more than 50 percent of new cases
Friday, February 22, 2013

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits Expanded
New rule from HHS outlines standards for essential health benefits
Friday, February 22, 2013

CMS Proposes Payment and Policy Updates for 2014
Suggested changes will increase value and protection for beneficiaries
Thursday, February 21, 2013

Faster Adoption of Electronic Health Records Needed
Penalties under 2009 law start in 2015
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Multimodality Approach Needed to Reengineer Health Care
Rethinking, redesign, and application of necessary tools suggested for health care value reform
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

CMS: Unnecessary Medicare Regulations to Be Reformed
Proposed rule aims to increase ability of health care professionals to improve patient care
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Patient Care
Modeling shows that computers can improve medical decisions and outcomes at lower costs
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Celiac Disease Down for Swedish Youth Born in 1997 Versus 1993
Infant feeding patterns, including introduction to gluten during breastfeeding, linked to prevalence
Monday, February 18, 2013

Health Care-Associated Infections Decreased in 2011
Largest drop in central line-associated bloodstream infections; surgical site infections also down
Friday, February 15, 2013

Alcohol Contributes to About 3.5 Percent of Cancer Deaths
Breast cancer most attributable to alcohol in women; upper airway, esophageal cancer in men
Friday, February 15, 2013

CDC: Consumers in Five States Sickened by Ground Beef
Two companies identified as source of Salmonella Typhimurium-infected product
Thursday, February 14, 2013

IOM Urges International Action to Eradicate Fake Drugs
Falsified and substandard meds are ineffective; may trigger resistance and cause illness, death
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Psychological, Sexual Impact of Female Breadwinners Explored
Men who are outearned by their wives more likely to use erectile dysfunction medications
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Oregon Experiment Will Provide Insight Into ACO-Based Reform
Program centered on coordinated care organization highlights challenges of contracting with ACOs
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges Are Top Priority on U.S. Agenda
Fifty-five percent view establishment of insurance exchange as top policy priority for their state
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Study IDs Factors Associated With H. Pylori Eradication
Geographic site, demographics, adherence seem to be as important as antibiotic regimen
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Delivery Mode, Infant Diet Affect Gut Microbiota
Wide variance seen in profiles of fecal microbiota in healthy 4 month old infants
Monday, February 11, 2013

Increasing Patient Activation Tied to Lower Health Care Costs
Having a higher score on the Patient Activation Measure linked to improved outcomes, lower costs
Monday, February 11, 2013

Statin Use Linked to Reduced Risk of Hepatocellular Cancer
Findings strongest in Asian populations, but also noted in Western populations
Monday, February 11, 2013

Electroacupuncture Reduces Duration of Post-Op Ileus
After laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer, electroacupuncture also shortens hospital stay
Friday, February 08, 2013

Anesthesia Assistance Used in 8.7 Percent of Colonoscopies
Anesthesia assistance use varies widely among regions; not linked to patient risk, outcomes
Friday, February 08, 2013

Albumin Improves Bacterial Peritonitis Outcomes
Four trials included in review show less renal impairment, mortality with albumin infusions
Thursday, February 07, 2013

Cancer Mortality Decreasing for African-American Men, Women
Despite progress, five-year survival still lower for African-Americans at each stage of diagnosis
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Stopping Aspirin Therapy After GI Bleed Ups Cardiovascular Risk
Risk of death or acute CV event is seven-fold higher for those who discontinue aspirin therapy
Monday, February 04, 2013

Knowing Cost of Imaging Tests Doesn't Cut Utilization
Provider cost transparency alone does not significantly impact use of inpatient imaging
Friday, February 01, 2013

Peds Rotavirus Vaccine Offers Indirect Protection for Adults
About 50 percent drop in rotavirus prevalence for unvaccinated adults during peak disease season
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Physicians Commonly Report Unsafe Hospital Workloads
Findings from an online survey of hospitalists show excess workload affects patient outcome
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Brain Scans Show Doctors Empathize With Patients
Regions associated with pain relief and reward activated
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

CDC: 1,527 Foodborne Disease Outbreaks in 2009 to 2010
Norovirus, Salmonella are most common single-laboratory-confirmed etiologic agents
Friday, January 25, 2013

CDC: Novel Norovirus Replacing Former Dominant Strain
Health care providers urged to be vigilant
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Scoring System IDs Patients at Risk for Nosocomial GI Bleed
Score, based on multiple factors, identifies high-risk group that may benefit from acid suppression
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Surgeon Volume, Prognosis Post-Esophageal Cancer Op Linked
Surgeon, but not hospital, volume influences prognosis after esophageal cancer surgery
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Physician Education Ups Communication for New Meds
Patients rate the new medication information transfer higher for docs in intervention group
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Care Transition Initiative Decreases Rehospitalizations
However, no significant reduction in 30-day rehospitalization as percent of hospital discharges
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Large Teaching Hospitals Face More Readmission Penalties
After adjustment, likelihood of being penalized highest for safety-net hospitals
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Physical Activity Cuts Mortality in Colorectal Cancer Survivors
While increased sedentary time is associated with increased all-cause mortality
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Increase in Proportion of Livers Not Used for Transplantation
Donation after cardiac death, older donor age, greater BMI, and increased diabetes to blame
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ulcerative Colitis, Not Crohn's, Deaths Down From 1982
In Denmark, death from ulcerative colitis down, but Crohn's-linked mortality persistently higher
Monday, January 21, 2013

About 10 Percent of Neoplastic Polyps Incompletely Resected
Incomplete resection rate higher for larger polyps and sessile serrated adenomas/polyps
Friday, January 18, 2013

Efforts Failed to Up Primary Care, Rural Resident Training
Net growth in primary care training, but outpaced by growth in non-primary care training
Friday, January 18, 2013

Donor Fecal Infusion Effective for C. difficile Infection
Fecal infusion more effective for recurrent infection than vancomycin with, without bowel lavage
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Even Brief Interruptions Dramatically Increase Errors
Error rate doubled or tripled in response to brief interruptions of only 2.8 to 4.4 seconds
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Family Docs Are Early Adopters of Electronic Health Records
Sixty-eight percent currently use EHR systems; likely to surpass 80 percent by 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

No Gastric Volume Monitoring Is Not Inferior Strategy
Findings suggest similar rates of ventilator-linked pneumonia with, without gastric monitoring
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Certain Online Behaviors of Docs Warrant Investigation
Consensus in seven of ten vignettes; outcome less clear for other doc online behavior scenarios
Monday, January 14, 2013

Top Five Issues for Docs and Patients Identified for 2013
Issues include access to care, physician shortages, preparation for 30 million new patients
Monday, January 14, 2013

National U.S. Health Care Spending Relatively Stable
But during 2011, personal health care spending growth accelerated
Friday, January 11, 2013

10-Year Lag in Survival Benefit After Cancer Screening
Breast, colorectal cancer screening should be used in those with at least 10-year life expectancy
Thursday, January 10, 2013

SPIRIT 2013 Clinical Trial Protocol Guidelines Issued
Thirty-three-item SPIRIT checklist will serve as guideline for the minimum content of clinical trial
Thursday, January 10, 2013

Multiple Stressors Contribute to Readmission Within 30 Days
Sleep deprivation, poor nutrition, pain and discomfort contribute to post-hospital syndrome
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Health Care Use Dropped Among All During Recession
Little evidence of racial or ethnic disparities, except for fewer physician visits for Hispanics
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Shared Savings May Promote Care Coordination Entity Use
Sharing savings with dually eligible patients may foster enrollment in coordinated care entities
Monday, January 07, 2013

FDA Proposes New Food Safety Standards
Measures intended to prevent foodborne illness and strengthen produce safety
Friday, January 04, 2013

Program Benefits Children With Functional Abdominal Pain
Short intervention with social learning and cognitive therapy still effective a year later
Friday, January 04, 2013

Association Between Health Care Cost, Quality Inconsistent
Review of 61 studies shows inconsistent evidence for the direction of the association
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Restrictive Transfusion Strategy Safe for Acute GI Bleeding
Reduces risk of further bleeding, complication rate; increases survival versus liberal strategy
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Interferon-Free Therapies for Hep C Virus Look Promising
Sofosbuvir plus ribavirin and ABT-450/ritonavir, ABT-333, ribavirin combos seem effective
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Fulyzaq Approved for ART-Related Diarrhea in HIV/AIDS
Not for HIV/AIDS patients with diarrhea due to infection or gastrointestinal disorder
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

House Joins Senate to Avert Medicare Cuts
U.S. health care could be significantly affected by failure to reach 'fiscal cliff' agreement
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Recent U.S. Food-Linked Listeriosis Outbreaks Shorter
Twenty-four outbreaks reported from 1998 to 2008; earlier outbreaks generally longer, larger
Friday, December 28, 2012

Sustained Virological Response Lowers Mortality Risk in Hep C
All-cause, liver-related mortality down with SVR for patients with chronic hepatitis C, hepatic fibrosis
Friday, December 28, 2012

Cancer Screening Goals Not Being Met by General Population
Cancer survivors meet U.S. Healthy People 2010 goals for all screening except cervical cancer
Thursday, December 27, 2012

Vertex Announces Boxed Warning on Hepatitis C Drug
Decision prompted by reports of fatal cases of serious skin reactions with telaprevir treatment
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

U.K. Criteria May Better Stratify for Colorectal Neoplasia Risk
May better identify high-risk patients warranting a one-year clearing colonoscopy
Monday, December 17, 2012

Snack Foods Linked to Colorectal Cancer Risk in Lynch Syndrome
Diet high in fried foods and sodas associated with higher risk of early colon cancer
Monday, December 17, 2012

Health Care Satisfaction Rated As High by Unacculturated Hispanics
Unacculturated or biculturated Hispanics give higher ratings for health care experiences
Monday, December 17, 2012

Tenofovir Effectively Treats Adolescents With Chronic HBV
Once-daily tenofovir treatment is effective and well tolerated, regardless of prior treatment
Friday, December 14, 2012

HCV-Related Transplants Most Needed By Those Born 1941-60
Demand for liver transplants driven by HCV-associated hepatocellular carcinoma
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Teduglutide Seems Effective, Safe for Short Bowel Syndrome
Leads to a significant reduction in parenteral support compared with placebo
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

NSAIDs Exacerbate Exercise-Induced Small Intestinal Injury
NSAIDs induce gut barrier dysfunction in healthy athletes; extent of injury tied to barrier dysfunction
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Liver Transplant Outcomes No Worse With Echo Abnormalities
Intracardiac shunts or pulmonary hypertension on echocardiogram don't affect mortality
Friday, December 07, 2012

Health Care Law Boosts Savings on Meds for Medicare Recipients
Savings on prescription drugs has reached $5.1 billion; for more than 5.8 million beneficiaries
Friday, December 07, 2012

Breath Test Shows Potential for Detecting Colorectal Cancer
Accuracy of more than 75 percent for pattern of 15 volatile organic compounds in exhaled breath
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Increasing Number of Workers in Self-Insured Health Plans
In 2011, 58.5 percent with health coverage self-insured; increase driven by large employers
Monday, December 03, 2012

Aspirin Use Cuts Risk of Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Nonaspirin NSAIDs, aspirin cut death due to chronic liver disease
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Political Leaders Face Voter Opposition to Medicare Cuts
Voter poll analysis portends conflict in ACA implementation
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Doc Earnings Growth Lags Behind Other Health Professionals
Adjusted physician earnings dropped by 1.6 percent from 1996-2000 to 2006-2010
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

USPSTF: Consider Screening Baby Boomers for Hepatitis C Infection
Class C recommendation issued in newly updated statement
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Growing Number of Drugs Possibly Inhibited by Grapefruit
All drugs orally administered; have low-to-intermediate bioavailability; metabolized by CYP3A4
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Obama Administration Moving Forward With Health Care Law
From 2014, insurance companies prohibited from discrimination based on pre-existing conditions
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Repeat Testing Common Among Medicare Beneficiaries
Significant correlation between proportion of population tested, proportion of tests repeated
Monday, November 19, 2012

Mental Illness, Job Stress Both Factors in Physician Suicides
Docs more likely to have antipsychotics, barbiturates, not antidepressants on toxicology testing
Friday, November 16, 2012

High Glycemic Load Linked to Worse Colon Cancer Survival
Glycemic load tied to worse survival in obese, overweight; link also seen for carbohydrate intake
Thursday, November 08, 2012

QoL Up for Live Liver Donors Versus General Population
Correlates of reduced health-related quality of life include length of recovery, comorbidity
Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Racial/Ethnic Discrepancies in HIV/HCV Liver-Related Mortality
African-American women co-infected with HIV/HCV have lower liver-related, not all-cause mortality
Monday, November 05, 2012

Patch Testing Can ID Food, Additives That Contribute to IBS
Symptom improvement noted in some who avoided the food/food additives to which they reacted
Thursday, November 01, 2012

U.S. Medicare Spending on Elderly Has Outpaced Canada's
Growth three times faster in the U.S., while Canada offers more comprehensive benefits
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Buspirone Improves Symptoms in Functional Dyspepsia
Reduces symptom severity, slows liquid gastric emptying, and enhances gastric accommodation
Monday, October 29, 2012

Burden of Gastrointestinal Disease in U.S. Substantial
Abdominal pain is most common symptom prompting a visit; reflux most common diagnosis
Monday, October 29, 2012

Meta-Analysis: Antivirals Reduce Risk of Liver Cancer in Hep C
Meta-analysis shows preventive effect more pronounced for virological responders
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Intestinal Bacteria Profile Altered in Pediatric Crohn's
Levels of some species correlate with disease severity
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Aspirin Improves Survival for CRC With PIK3CA Mutation
Use of aspirin after diagnosis ups cancer-specific, overall survival for patients with mutated PIK3CA
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Decrease in CRC Resections Tied to Medicare-Covered Screening
Medicare payment for screening colonoscopy in 2001 linked to decreases in proximal resection
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Genuine Very Large Effects in Trials Rare in Medicine
Very large effects typically seen in small trials and diminish subsequently; seldom address mortality
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

TNF Inhibitor Use Doesn't Up Short-Term Cancer Incidence
In rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, or psoriatic arthritis
Monday, October 22, 2012

ACG: Death Rate From Upper GI Bleeding Decreasing
But overall economic burden increased over past two decades to $7.6 billion in 2009
Monday, October 22, 2012

Common Liver Tests Can Predict Liver Cancer Risk
Transaminase levels predict HCC risk in general population; better discrimination than HCV/HBV
Friday, October 19, 2012

AACR: Hay Fever, Asthma Tied to Lower Colorectal Cancer Death
Having both conditions linked to modestly lower risk of death; no significant effect on CRC incidence
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Increased Substance Use Seen After Weight Loss Surgery
Frequency of alcohol use up 24 months after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

B-Vitamin Supplement Doesn't Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk
Combination of folic acid plus vitamins B6, B12 doesn't lower adenoma risk for high-risk women
Monday, October 15, 2012

Coffee Speeds Time to First Bowel Action Post Colectomy
Nonsignificant trend seen toward quicker tolerance of solid food, time to first flatus
Monday, October 15, 2012

Gastro Illness in Infancy Linked to Islet Autoimmunity
Link observed in infants exposed to wheat or barley before 4 months or ≥7 months of age
Friday, October 12, 2012

Prior Alcohol Consumption Does Not Impair HCV Treatment
Pretreatment drinking patterns, total alcohol intake unrelated to sustained virological response
Thursday, October 11, 2012

CT Use Up for Children With Abdominal Pain Seen in ER
From 1998-2008, no change in ultrasound/X-ray use, appendicitis diagnosis, hospital admission
Monday, October 08, 2012

Pre-Op Factors Predict Post-Gastric Op Glycemic Response
Independent predictors include diabetes duration, BMI, fasting C-peptide concentrations
Monday, October 08, 2012

Anal Cancer Increase Linked to HIV Infection Only in Men
Increased annual incidence in women is not influenced by HIV infection
Friday, October 05, 2012

HCV Treatment in Prison Could Be Key Public Health Measure
Incarcerated patients as likely to receive treatment, achieve SVR as non-incarcerated
Friday, October 05, 2012

Limiting the Problem of Missing Data Urged for Clinical Trials
Special report: analysis methods can not compensate for missing data, simple fixes ruled out
Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Observation Units Could Save $3.1 Billion Nationally Per Year
Hospital observation units could save $1,572 per patient; $4.6 million annually per hospital
Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Patients Benefit From Access to Physician Notes
Patients frequently access visit notes; almost all patients want open note policy to continue
Monday, October 01, 2012

Higher Risk of Esophageal, Stomach Cancer With AIDS
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma rates down but carcinoma rates fairly constant from 1980 to 2007
Monday, October 01, 2012

History of Sexual Abuse Slows Response to Bariatric Surgery
Systematic review suggests less initial weight loss, but increased weight loss seen over time
Friday, September 28, 2012

Childhood Antibiotic Exposure Linked to Development of IBD
Earlier exposure during childhood tied to even greater risk of inflammatory bowel disease
Monday, September 24, 2012

Higher Dietary Fructose Tied to Lower Liver Energy Stores
Elevated uric acid levels associated with more severe hepatic ATP depletion with fructose intake
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Alcohol-Related Esophageal Cancer Risk Is Reversible
Meta-analysis shows that risk from former drinking diminishes in 16.5 years
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Resuming Warfarin After GI Bleed Cuts Mortality
Benefits of lower risk of thrombosis and death outweigh risks of new gastrointestinal bleed
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review: Inflammation's Role in Obesity-Colorectal Cancer Link
Immunological and metabolic profiles of obese adipose tissue differ from those of lean adipose tissue
Thursday, September 13, 2012

Not All Docs/Nurses Want to Be Asked About Hand Hygiene
Few were asked in the past month; more than a quarter do not want patients to remind them
Friday, September 07, 2012

Fructose and Sugar Substitutes Alter Gut Microbiota
Changes in host-microbe interactions may lead to development of metabolic disorders and obesity
Friday, August 31, 2012

New Drug Approved for Irritable Bowel, Chronic Constipation
Linzess sanctioned for cases that don't respond to conventional treatment
Thursday, August 30, 2012

GI Pathogen at Lake Linked to Human Fecal Contamination
Arcobacter tied to human fecal contamination; correlates with Lake Erie beach advisories
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Prolonged Dexamethasone Cuts Delayed Nausea After Chemo
Adding dexamethasone to prochlorperazine on days two and three reduces delayed nausea after chemo
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Post-Polyp Detection, CRC Risk ID'd by Colonoscopy Factors
Colonoscopy-related factors more important than polyp features for predicting CRC occurrence
Monday, August 20, 2012

2012 Indicators of Well-Being for Older Americans Issued
Indicators of population, economics, health status, health risks, and health care described
Monday, August 20, 2012

Prevalence of TB, Hepatitis C, HIV High Among Homeless
Review finds significant heterogeneity in prevalence estimates between different studies
Monday, August 20, 2012

Pegylated Interferon Affects Growth, BMI in Children
Effects on weight-for-age and BMI generally reversible with cessation of therapy
Thursday, August 16, 2012

Immune Response to Hep A Vaccine Persists in Children
Two-dose shot-induced seropositivity persists for 10+ years, irrespective of maternal anti-HAV status
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Poor Follow-Up of Hospital Tests Often Due to Late Orders
Tests performed on day of discharge represent 6.8 percent of all tests, 46.8 percent of missed results
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Risk of Liver Injury Up With Certain Fluoroquinolones
Moxifloxacin and levofloxacin approximately double risk of acute liver injury in older people
Monday, August 13, 2012

Bariatric Surgery Cuts MI Incidence in Obese With T2DM
No effect on stroke incidence seen for obese with type 2 diabetes undergoing bariatric surgery
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Donor Obesity Ups Risk of Poor Pediatric Transplant Outcome
Severe obesity in donor increases risk of graft loss, mortality in pediatric liver transplant recipients
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Celiac Disease Prevalence Is Less Than 1 Percent in the U.S.
Most cases of celiac disease are undiagnosed; few on gluten-free diet are clinically diagnosed
Monday, August 06, 2012

Clinicians Can Unintentionally Prompt Nocebo Effect
Negative expectations, being informed about complications up likelihood of adverse effects
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Hypertension Ups Retinopathy Risk With HCV Treatment
Screening for PegIFNα-associated retinopathy deemed cost-effective
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Varied Mutation Prevalence in Multiple Colorectal Adenomas
For patients with multiple colorectal adenomas, prevalence of APC, MUTYH mutations varies
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Celiac Disease Linked to Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Higher incidence of LPDs in celiac disease patients, particularly those diagnosed late in life
Thursday, July 26, 2012

Selenium, Vitamins C, E May Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk
Food diary data suggest higher antioxidant intake may cut pancreatic cancer risk by two-thirds
Thursday, July 26, 2012

Vitamin E Intake Inversely Linked to Liver Cancer Risk
Vitamin E from diet or supplements may reduce the risk of developing liver cancer
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Study Supports Longer Scope Intervals Post-Polypectomy
Significant risk reduction within five years for both genders, all ages, those with high-risk polyps
Monday, July 23, 2012

Vitamin B12 Improves Viral Response in Chronic Hepatitis C
Effect more pronounced in patients infected with HCV genotype 1 or high baseline viral load
Friday, July 20, 2012

Poorer Patient Experience at Safety-Net Hospitals
Worse performance on nearly every measure of patient experience; discrepancy persisted over time
Thursday, July 19, 2012

~12,000 Preventable Deaths in English Hospitals Annually
Main causes are poor clinical monitoring, diagnostic errors, and inadequate drug/fluid management
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Social Network Analysis IDs Informal Physician Networks
Geographic variation in network characteristics; similar physician, patient features within networks
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Factors Influencing Hepatitis C RNA Levels in Drug Users ID'd
Factors include age, gender, racial ancestry, HIV-1 infection, HCV genotype, and IL28B genotype
Monday, July 16, 2012

Shorter Scope Interval Supported for Better CA Stage at Diagnosis
Risk of higher stage at diagnosis up for those with interval of four or five versus one to three years
Monday, July 16, 2012

Chemo Combo Promising for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors
Greater benefit with temozolomide, bevacizumab for patients with pancreatic versus carcinoid NETs
Friday, July 13, 2012

Study Supports Chemo After Periampullary Cancer Surgery
Benefit only seen after adjusting for prognostic variables, not in primary analysis
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

GI Cancer Resection OK With Mild Cirrhotic Liver Dysfunction
For patients with cirrhosis, moderate-to-severe liver dysfunction linked to post-op mortality
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Nonnutritive Sweetener Role in Cutting Sugar Intake Explored
Potentially useful, as long as they don't lead to compensatory increase in energy intake
Monday, July 09, 2012

Gastrointestinal Perforation Rare in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Main risk factors for GI perforations include age, history of diverticulitis, glucocorticoid use
Friday, July 06, 2012

Dose-Escalated Cetuximab Tolerated in Colorectal Cancer
Possible improved response and disease control rates in irinotecan-refractory metastatic CRC
Thursday, July 05, 2012

Vegetable Consumption Lowers Risk of Acute Pancreatitis
Fruit consumption does not significantly lower the risk of non-gallstone-related acute pancreatitis
Friday, June 29, 2012

Fluticasone Improves Histologic Eosinophilia in Esophagitis
Aerosolized fluticasone improves eosinophilia but not dysphagia in eosinophilic esophagitis
Friday, June 29, 2012

Aspirin Use Linked to Reduced Risk of Barrett's Esophagus
Current aspirin users have a 44 percent lower risk of being diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law
'Individual-mandate' insurance requirement deemed constitutional
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Duplicate Payments by Federal Government Increasing
Dually enrolled patients in the VA and Medicare account for substantial, duplicate costs
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Early Vaccinations Not Linked to Celiac Disease in Sweden
Changes in vaccinations don't account for epidemic; BCG vaccine linked to reduced risk
Monday, June 25, 2012

Reduced Efficacy for CRC Screenings Done by Non-GI Docs
Efficacy and cost-effectiveness up when colonoscopy performed by gastroenterologist
Friday, June 22, 2012

Half of Residents Report Working While Sick
Most frequent reasons for presenteeism include feeling obligation to colleagues and to patient care
Thursday, June 21, 2012

AACR: UV Radiation Linked to Risk of Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer risk reduced by about half for those with the most versus least sun-sensitive skin
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

ASMBS: Bariatric Surgery Helps Resolve Diabetic Nephropathy
Remission of diabetic nephropathy for 55 percent of patients five years after bariatric surgery
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Research Suggests Flavocoxid Causes Acute Liver Injury
Injury seen as mixed hepatocellular-cholestatic hepatitis beginning within one to three months of use
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

ASMBS: Alcohol Use Disorder Up Post-Bariatric Surgery
Increase in second year post-surgery; linked to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, male sex, younger age
Monday, June 18, 2012

Pregnancy Deemed Feasible After Liver Transplant
Rates of obstetric complications higher than average; better than kidney transplant recipients
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fecal Incontinence Costs ~$4,000 Per Patient Annually
Annual costs similar to those for treating urinary incontinence
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Many PCPs Recommend Colorectal Cancer Screening in Elderly
Comorbidities may affect screening modality, but many docs recommend non-beneficial screening
Monday, June 11, 2012

Elimination Diet Can Treat Eosinophilic Esophagitis in Adults
Study finds patients respond well to six weeks of a six-food elimination diet
Friday, June 08, 2012

Prevalence, Predictors of Interval Colorectal Cancer ID'd
Both procedural and biologic factors contribute to development of interval colorectal cancers
Friday, June 08, 2012

Rule Combo Accurately Predicts Organ Failure in Pancreatitis
Existing scoring systems moderately accurate; 12-rule system more accurate, but cumbersome to use
Thursday, June 07, 2012

NAFLD Independently Linked to Cardiovascular Disease
But no significant association between nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and cardiovascular mortality
Thursday, June 07, 2012

Aspirin Ups Risk of Bleeding in All But Diabetes Patients
Patients with diabetes have increased risk of major bleeding, independent of aspirin use
Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Many Patients Keep Using PPIs After Negative GERD Test
Nearly half of patients keep using proton pump inhibitors; most don't recall being told to stop
Tuesday, June 05, 2012

ASCO: Continuing Avastin With 2nd-Line Chemo Ups Survival
Findings in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer treated with first-line chemo plus Avastin
Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Pancreatectomy OK Without Downstaging From Therapy
Radiographic downstaging rare even after neoadjuvant therapy in pancreatic cancer patients
Friday, May 25, 2012

DDW: Pancreatic CA Shot Added to Standard Therapy Ups Survival
In a related study, 4D-elastic light scattering fingerprinting probe detects pancreatic cancer
Thursday, May 24, 2012

DDW: Diabetes Linked to Higher Adenoma Detection in 40s
Patients aged 40 to 49 with diabetes have similar rates to 50- to 59-year-olds without diabetes
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Regorafenib Active in Metastatic GI Stromal Tumors
Significant activity for patients with advanced GIST after failure of imatinib and sunitinib
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DDW: Patients Prefer Colonoscopy to CT Colonography
Second study shows tolerability of bowel preparation linked to polyp and adenoma detection
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

DDW: Maltodextrin Found to Enhance Biofilms in Crohn's
Sugar substitute promotes biofilm formation as well as stickier and more adherent biofilms
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

DDW: Estrogens Tied to Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Studies show HRT increases risk of ulcerative colitis, oral contraceptives up risk of Crohn's
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

DDW: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Tied to Lower CRC Incidence
Screening linked to reduced incidence in proximal and distal CRC, reduced mortality for distal CRC
Monday, May 21, 2012

DDW: New Endoscopic GI Bypass Described in Porcine Model
Self-assembling magnets hold promise for rapid bypass procedure using only conscious sedation
Monday, May 21, 2012

PEG Tubes Linked to Increased Risk of New Pressure Ulcers
And existing pressure ulcers less likely to heal for nursing home residents with cognitive impairment
Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sex Influences Survival in Esophageal Cancer
Better esophageal cancer-specific survival for women with locoregional, metastatic cancer
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

CT Colonography Accurate for 10 mm Adenomas
Less accurate for smaller lesions; better patient scores for comfort, exam preparation
Monday, May 14, 2012

New Technique Removes Inoperable Abdominal Tumors
Multivisceral ex vivo surgical procedure used to remove unresectable tumors in three patients
Friday, May 11, 2012

ECO: Gut Microbiota, Protein Intake Affect Child Obesity
Concentrations of Bacteroides bacteria, low protein intake may lead to child obesity
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Review: Physical Activity Cuts Mortality for Cancer Survivors
Consistent evidence for benefit of exercise on all-cause, breast and colon cancer-specific mortality
Wednesday, May 09, 2012

ACOG: Menstrual Dysfunction Improved Post-Bariatric Surgery
Marked improvement in menstrual dysfunction and signs of hyperandrogenism
Monday, May 07, 2012

FISH + Cytology Beats Cytology Alone for Neoplasia Detection
More sensitive detection in samples from endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration
Friday, May 04, 2012

CMS Policy Helping Hospitals to Prevent Targeted Infections
Despite positive impact, less time spent on nontargeted infections, especially in large hospitals
Friday, May 04, 2012

Many COPD Comorbidities Independently Tied to Mortality
Twelve comorbidities include cancers and cardiovascular problems
Friday, May 04, 2012

Endotoxemia Influenced by Diet Type
Western-style diet induces 71 percent increase, versus 31 percent decrease with prudent-diet
Thursday, May 03, 2012

No Adverse Effect of Weekend, Nighttime Liver Transplants
Patient and graft survival not significantly different from daytime, weekday procedures
Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Methodological Heterogeneity Seen in Clinical Trials
Trials registered with from 2007 to 2010 mainly small, single-center
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Index Identifies Clot Risk in Outpatient Surgery Patients
High-risk outpatient surgery patients have blood clot rates of 1.18 percent
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Persistent Constipation Rates May Be Lower Than Reported
Similar symptoms seen for patients with persistent and nonpersistent chronic constipation
Friday, April 27, 2012

Heart Surgery Safe for Compensated Cirrhosis Patients
No increased risk of perioperative complications in patients with Child-Pugh score less than 8
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Adjuvant Therapy Shows Promise in Biliary Tract Cancer
Nonsignificant improvement in unselected patients, but significant benefit for high-risk patients
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thiazolidinediones Tied to Lower Cancer Risk in Diabetes Patients
Pioglitazone, rosiglitazone linked to lower liver cancer risk; rosiglitazone tied to lower CRC risk
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Erosive, but Not Nonerosive, GERD Ups Esophageal CA Risk
Overall risk remains low; no increased risk for patients with nonerosive reflux
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bariatric Surgery Effective Therapy for Diabetes in Obese
Most patients experience diabetes remission, improvements in hypertension, dyslipedemia
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lower Small-Bowel Obstruction Risk With Laparoscopy
Laparoscopic procedures associated with at least a four-fold lower incidence of small-bowel obstruction
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Albendazole Cuts Enteric Parasite Prevalence in Refugees
Presumptive predeparture single-dose albendazole reduces intestinal nematodes in refugees
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Low Gastroprotective Drug Adherence Ups Upper GI Events
Increased risk of events in patients taking coxibs with low adherence to gastroprotective agents
Monday, April 16, 2012

Indomethacin Cuts Incidence of Post-ERCP Pancreatitis
Single dose of indomethacin effective after endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

More Gastro Events in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Upper and lower gastrointestinal events linked with increased mortality among patients with RA
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Smoking Found to Be a Risk Factor for Barrett's Esophagus
Patients with Barrett's more likely to have ever smoked; risk up with increasing pack-years
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Radiation Exposure High for Patients With GI Disorders
High levels of annual, total exposure in patients with Crohn's, organic and functional disorders
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Early Response Is an Indicator for Rectal Cancer Survival
Neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy response correlates with recurrence-free survival
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Strategy of Offering Choice of CRC Screening Ups Adherence
Significant variation noted in overall and strategy-specific adherence between racial/ethnic groups
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Somatic Mutations in Two Genes ID'd in Stomach Cancer
Mutations seen in FAT4 and ARID1A; involved in cell adhesion and chromatin remodeling
Monday, April 09, 2012

Treating Hepatic Encephalopathy Reduces Costs Due to MVAs
Diagnosis and lactulose treatment linked to reduced motor vehicle accident-related costs
Friday, April 06, 2012

Wire Grill Brush Bristles Pose Unexpected Danger
Should be considered for patients presenting with odynophagia or abdominal pain after grilled food
Friday, April 06, 2012

Endodermal Progenitor Cells Generate Into Multiple Cell Types
Derived from embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells, endodermal progenitor cells are not tumorigenic
Friday, April 06, 2012

Antibiotics Safe and Effective to Treat Appendicitis
Meta-analysis indicates initial treatment with antibiotics may reduce the need for appendectomy
Friday, April 06, 2012

Esophageal Cancer Surgery Has Lasting Effects on QoL
Major postoperative complications predictive of parameters of poor health-related quality of life
Thursday, April 05, 2012

Medical Malpractice Claims Incur Substantial Defense Costs
Costs higher for claims resulting in indemnity payments; significant variation by specialty
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Cetuximab With Chemo Doesn't Improve Colon Cancer Outcome
For stage III resected colon cancer, disease-free survival no better than with mFOLFOX6 alone
Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Liver Cancer Patients Less Likely to Die on Transplant List
Non-HCC patients have higher mortality risk; suggests need for revaluation of organ allocation
Friday, March 30, 2012

Adherence to Cancer Surveillance Guidelines Varies
Variable adherence to recommended and non-recommended testing for breast, CRC survivors
Friday, March 30, 2012

Insulin Resistance Increases Risk of Colorectal Adenomas
Significant interaction between HOMA-IR and gender; correlation mainly seen in men
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

ACC: Bariatric Surgery Improves Glycemic Control in Diabetes
Significantly more patients achieve glycemic control with surgery plus medical therapy than with medication alone
Monday, March 26, 2012

Health Care Team Members Key for Antimicrobial Stewardship
Epidemiologists, preventionists help stop infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Regular Aspirin Use Can Lower Cancer Risk, Studies Confirm
Lowers risk of esophageal, gastric, biliary, and breast cancer; reduces distant metastases
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Anesthesia During Endoscopy, Colonoscopy on the Rise
Increase among Medicare, commercially-insured patients; services mainly used in low-risk patients
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Poorer Health Literacy Linked to Increased Mortality
About one-third of older adults in England have medium or low functional health literacy
Friday, March 16, 2012

Analgesic Use After Surgery Linked to Long-Term Use
Prescription of opioids, NSAIDs within seven days of low-risk surgery increases risk of long-term use
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Deaths From Gastroenteritis Double Over Recent Decade
C. difficile and norovirus are the leading causes of gastroenteritis; elderly most affected
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Higher Spending by Hospitals Improves Outcomes
Lower mortality, readmission for acute patients admitted to hospital in highest tercile of spending
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Financial Hardship Common Among Colon Cancer Patients
Even among those who have health insurance, financial hardship affects nearly 40 percent
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

U.S. Mortality Rates Dropped 60 Percent From 1935 to 2010
For every year, heart disease, cancer, and stroke are among the five leading causes of death
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Flu Vaccine Up Among Medical Staff When They Believe It Works
Hospital health care workers more likely to get vaccinated when committed to preventing flu
Friday, March 09, 2012

Surrogates Tend to Misinterpret Poor Prognosis Information
Statements about low risk of death interpreted accurately; poor prognosis viewed optimistically
Friday, March 09, 2012

Buprenorphine Maintenance Therapy Not Recommended
Abstinence-based therapy recommended instead for opioid-addicted health care professionals
Thursday, March 08, 2012

Financial Burden of Medical Care Affects One in Three
More than one in five poor or near-poor adults younger than 65 have bills they are unable to pay
Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Electronic Test Result Access Does Not Reduce Test Ordering
Office-based physician access to computerized images may up image ordering by 40 to 70 percent
Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Gastroesophageal Reflux Linked to Tooth Surface Loss
Patients with GERD have significantly higher volume loss per tooth than controls
Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Ultrasound IDs Post-Transplant Recurrent Hep C Cirrhosis
Transient elastography detects cirrhosis from recurrent HCV; less accurate for chronic infection
Monday, March 05, 2012

Drug Relieves Opioid-Induced Constipation in Critically Ill
Methylnaltrexone improves bowel function compared with conventional rescue laxatives
Monday, March 05, 2012

Fecal Transplant Feasible for Recurrent C. difficile Infection
Recurrent C. difficile infection treatable using fecal transplant through colonoscopy
Friday, March 02, 2012

Bariatric Surgery Risks Up in Patients With Kidney Disease
Approximately 30 percent increase in complications with each higher chronic kidney disease stage
Friday, March 02, 2012

Hypoferremia Predicts Treatment Response to IFN-α
Induction of hepcidin, subsequent drop in serum iron may be marker of treatment efficacy in hep C
Thursday, March 01, 2012

FDA Approves Label Changes for Statins
Cognitive and blood sugar side effects added; recommendation of routine liver monitoring dropped
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Heartburn Controlled With Step Down to Once Daily Therapy
Once-daily dexlansoprazole improves quality of life for gastrosophageal reflux disease patients
Monday, February 27, 2012

Model Predicts Death Due to Acetaminophen Overdose
Mathematical model estimates overdose amount, time elapsed; predicts outcome in acute liver failure
Friday, February 24, 2012

Complications Seen in 40 Percent of Living Liver Donors
Most complications are grade 1 and 2; 95 percent resolve within one year
Friday, February 24, 2012

Virtual Colonoscopy Useful in Screening Older Adults
Similar sensitivity, specificity for detecting larger colorectal neoplasias regardless of age
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bisphosphonate Use Linked to Reduced Colorectal Cancer Risk
On analysis of specific bisphosphonates, effect significant only for risedronic acid
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Colonoscopic Removal of Adenomas Cuts CRC Mortality
And, more adenomatous polyps identified with colonoscopy than fecal immunochemical testing
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pharmacist-Led Intervention Reduces Medical Errors
Intervention includes feedback, educational outreach, dedicated support and is cost-effective
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

By 2007, Hep C Superseded HIV As Cause of Death in U.S.
Second study shows that birth cohort screening for hepatitis C is cost-effective
Monday, February 20, 2012

Caffeine Reduces Fibrosis Risk in Nonalcoholic Liver Disease
Coffee caffeine intake negatively associated with hepatic fibrosis in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis
Wednesday, February 08, 2012

No Increase in Intussusception After RV5 Rotavirus Vaccine
For infants aged 4 to 34 weeks, no increase in seven- or 30-day risk window after vaccination
Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Reduced Caloric Nourishment Doesn't Reduce Ventilator Use
No improvement in survival or infections with less calories in the critically ill with feeding tubes
Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Exercise Test May Predict Post-Liver Transplant Survival
Pre-op submaximal cardiopulmonary exercise testing predicts 90-day post-transplant survival
Monday, February 06, 2012

High Alcohol Intake, Family History Impact Colon CA Risk
Daily drinking raises colon cancer risk, especially if there is a family history of colorectal cancer
Friday, February 03, 2012

Patients With IBD Experience More Travel-Related Illness
But only when visiting industrialized, not developing, countries.
Friday, February 03, 2012

Smoking Increases Progression Risk in Barrett's Esophagus
Risk of progression to esophageal cancer or high-grade dysplasia two-fold higher in smokers
Friday, February 03, 2012

Live Liver Donation Doesn't Impact Long-Term Mortality
Risk of early death 1.7 per 1,000 donors, but long-term mortality similar to healthy controls
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Repeat Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Increases Detection of CRC
Rescreening increases yield of colorectal cancer or advanced adenomas by 32 percent
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Proton Pump Inhibitor Use Ups Hip Fracture Risk for Women
More than 50 percent increased risk for postmenopausal current or former smokers
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Polypectomy Outcomes Similar to Surgical Resection
For management of malignant colonic polyps in patients with comparable clinical characteristics
Friday, January 27, 2012

Not Enough Americans Being Screened for Cancer
Rates short of Healthy People 2020 targets for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mutations in IDH1/2 Seen in Intrahepatic Bile Duct Cancers
Mutations found in about a quarter of cholangiocarcinomas of intrahepatic origin
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sex Differences Exist in Disease-Linked Pain Intensity
Women report higher pain intensity in musculoskeletal and other disorders
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Oxaliplatin Improves Survival for Colorectal Cancer Patients
Improvements found in community settings, even amongst older and minority populations
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Overuse of Health Care Services Understudied
Research limited primarily to unnecessary antibiotic use and a few cardiovascular procedures
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Unemployed Have Poorer Mental and Physical Health
And are less likely to receive needed medical care and prescriptions
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lansoprazole Does Not Improve Asthma Control in Children
Treatment with lansoprazole associated with increased number of respiratory infections
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

HealthGrades IDs Notable Hospitals for Clinical Excellence
If all hospitals performed at this level, thousands of Medicare deaths, complications could be averted
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Statins May Reduce Risk for HCC in Hep B-Infected Patients
Hepatocellular cancer risk reduced in a dose-dependent manner in hepatitis B-infected patients
Monday, January 23, 2012

Gender, Family, Ambivalence Impact Live Liver Donation
Ambivalence affects motivation for donating, decision to be tested, and post-donation concerns
Monday, January 23, 2012

Chronic Hepatitis C May Benefit From New Antivirals
Phase 2a study indicates virologic response with daclatasvir, asunaprevir treatment
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bevacizumab Combo Improves Colorectal Cancer Survival
Survival benefits greater with irinotecan-based chemo; but more adverse effects with bevacizumab
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Liver Transplant Stabilizes Lung Function in Cystic Fibrosis
For selected patients with cystic fibrosis liver disease, transplant preserves nutritional status
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cirrhosis Ups Disability, Health Care Utilization in Seniors
Individuals with cirrhosis receive more informal caregiving at an annual cost of $4,700 per person
Friday, January 13, 2012

U.S. Health Care Expenditure Still Unevenly Distributed
In 2008 and 2009, 1 percent of population account for ~20 percent of spending
Friday, January 13, 2012

Lower Rate of IBD for Women Living in Sunnier Climates
Residence at age 30 correlates strongly with risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease
Friday, January 13, 2012

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Increasing in U.S., Europe
Incidence and prevalence of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease highest in Europe, North America
Friday, January 13, 2012

CDC: 2010 Saw Decrease in Age-Adjusted Death Rates
Homicide no longer in top 15 causes of death; replaced by pneumonitis due to solids and liquids
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dementia Associated With More Hospital Admissions
Admission rate up for all-cause, ambulatory care-sensitive conditions for those with dementia
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Post-Op QOL Poor in Some Esophageal Cancer Survivors
Research needed on improving long-term quality of life after surgery for esophageal cancer
Monday, January 09, 2012

HCV Antivirals Cost-Effective for Injecting Drug Users
Model shows antiviral treatment cost-effective when baseline prevalence is less than 60 percent
Friday, January 06, 2012

In-Hospital, 30-Day Standardized Mortality Measures Differ
In-hospital risk-standardized mortality rates vary between hospitals; linked with length of stay
Thursday, January 05, 2012

Cancer-Related Mortality Continues to Decrease
From 1999 to 2008, overall annual decrease of 1.6 percent in men, 1.8 percent in women
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Psych Symptoms Affect Key Subset With Celiac Disease
Despite gluten-free diet adherence, some women report symptoms of depression, disordered eating
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Anesthesia Boosts Colonoscopy Price Tag
In asymptomatic adults having colonoscopy, use of anesthesia significantly raises price
Thursday, December 29, 2011

Perceptions of Inappropriate Care Prevalent Among ICU Staff
For ICU staff in Europe, Israel, perceptions independently linked to higher intent to leave job
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Norway Shows Rise in Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Symptoms
Sex and age associated with incidence and spontaneous symptom remission
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Aflibercept Shows Clinical Activity for Malignant Ascites
Ups time to paracentesis in advanced chemo-resistant ovarian cancer with recurrent ascites
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Physician Opinions on Benefits of Open Visit Notes Vary
And, 79 percent of patients are interested in sharing their personal health record information
Monday, December 19, 2011

Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy Tied to Increased Cancer Risk
Significantly increased risk seen for cancers of the brain, endometrium, ovary, and colon
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Routine Cancer Screening Common in Elderly Aged 75 Up
Recommendation for specific tests by physicians is the largest predictor of screening
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Peritoneal Carcinomatosis Tied to Poor Survival in CRC
Linked to poor overall, progression-free survival versus other manifestations of metastatic CRC
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hispanic Race, Obesity Tied to Pediatric Gallbladder Disease
Hemolytic disease is no longer predominant risk factor for pediatric gallbladder disease
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Infection Prevention Up in VA, Non-Federal Hospitals
But catheter-associated urinary tract infection prevention practices remain low
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Microbial Diversity ID'd in Gut of Low Birth Weight Infants
Gut-associated microbiome includes fungi, bacteria, molds, parasites, viruses, roundworms
Friday, December 09, 2011

Factors Affecting Micro-RNA Detection Accuracy Identified
Include variations in plasma samples, collection method, anticoagulant used, inhibitors in plasma
Friday, December 09, 2011

Bowel Screening Detects Early Cancer in Majority of Patients
Proportion of left-sided colon cancers is higher than expected in the first round of screening
Friday, December 09, 2011

Intranasal Vaccine Effective Against Norwalk Virus Illness
Two doses of norovirus virus-like particle vaccine protects against gastroenteritis, infection
Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Randomized Controlled HCC Screening Trial Not Feasible
And, US screening every three versus six months does not improve small liver cancer detection rate
Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Transplant Patients Want a Role in Liver Quality Decisions
Patients want organs with low risk of failure, but risk tolerance influenced by presentation
Tuesday, December 06, 2011

C. difficile Infection Ups Duration of Hospital Stay
In survival analysis, median length of stay is increased by six days in patients with C. difficile
Monday, December 05, 2011

Medical Students Fail to ID Hand Hygiene Indications
Preclinical phase medical students lack knowledge about hand disinfection indications
Monday, December 05, 2011

High Incidence of Adverse Upper GI Events in MI Patients
Major adverse upper gastrointestinal events high in those undergoing PCI, receiving antiplatelets
Monday, December 05, 2011

Green Tea Polyphenol Inhibits HCV Entry Into Hepatocytes
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate blocks infection of cells by extracellular virions, cell-to-cell spread
Monday, December 05, 2011

Serum Glucose Levels Tied to Colorectal Cancer Risk in Women
No association found between serum insulin, homeostasis model assessment and cancer risk
Friday, December 02, 2011

Satisfaction With Care Scale Validated for Patients With IBS
Convergent and discriminant validity established with the IBS Satisfaction With Care Scale
Thursday, December 01, 2011

IL-2 Tied to Regulatory T-Cell Expansion in Graft-Versus-Host
And, IL-2 associated with Treg recovery and clinical improvement in HCV-induced vasculitis
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

U.S. Patients Highly Satisfied With Outpatient Medical Care
Patient satisfaction scores tied to waiting time, time spent with provider, and age category
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NSAID, Statin Use Cuts Cancer Risk in Barrett's Esophagus
NSAIDs, statins each reduce neoplastic progression risk; additive benefit with combined use
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Opioid Rx for Chronic Abdominal Pain Up Over Last Decade
Most commonly prescribed to 25- to 40-year-olds; least commonly to uninsured, African-Americans
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

High-Performing Docs Learn Equally From Success, Failure
High performers learn from successes, failures; low performers have asymmetric learning rates
Monday, November 28, 2011

Substance Abuse Health Programs Benefit Surgeons
Recovery, completion, and extension of monitoring period similar for surgeons, non-surgeons
Friday, November 25, 2011

Staggered Acetaminophen Overdose Tied to Poor Outcome
Delayed presentation after overdose associated with death/liver transplantation
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black Patients Have Worse Diverticulitis Surgery Outcomes
Blacks undergoing diverticulitis surgery have more emergency procedures, higher mortality risk
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

BMI Predicts 30-Day Post-Surgery Mortality Risk
BMI of less than 23.1 tied to the highest 30-day mortality risk, irrespective of surgery type
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Oliguria in Bariatric Surgery Not Tied to Intra-Op Fluids
Oliguria in laparoscopic bariatric surgery persists regardless of intra-op fluid administered
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Plasma MicroRNA Panel ID'd for Diagnosing Hepatocellular Cancer
Panel differentiates HCC from chronic hepatitis B, cirrhosis, and from healthy samples
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Adverse Effects of Pediatric Acupuncture Usually Mild
Mild adverse effects include pain, bruising, bleeding, and worsening of symptoms
Monday, November 21, 2011

Nonpunitive Method Improves Medical Error Reporting
Most common errors: misfiled or incorrectly entered patient info
Monday, November 21, 2011

Hospital Readmission Common Post-Colorectal Surgery
With 30- and 90-day readmission rates of 11.4 and 23.3 percent, respectively
Friday, November 18, 2011

Patients Without Insurance Have Shorter Hospital Stays
Uninsured have shorter stays for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions, or non-ACSCs
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Extended TNM Colon Cancer Staging Ups Prognostic Accuracy
Extended staging includes tumor grade, number of collected metastatic lymph nodes, age, gender
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

CRC Screening Participation Up With CT Colonography
But, diagnostic yield of advanced neoplasia among participants higher with colonoscopy
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Anterior Cervical Surgery Ups GERD Incidence, Severity
Anterior cervical decompression, fusion surgery patients require an average 1.2 antacid doses
Friday, November 11, 2011

Evidence Shows Certain Dietary Fiber Intake Lowers CRC Risk
High dietary fiber intake, particularly cereals and whole grains, reduces risk of colorectal cancer
Friday, November 11, 2011

About 15,000 Intentional Poisoning ER Visits in 2009
Alcohol and drug combinations involved in 60 percent of these emergency department visits
Friday, November 11, 2011

Half of U.S. Adult Smokers Tried to Quit Last Year
Cessation services, however, tend to be under-utilized
Thursday, November 10, 2011

FDA: Manufacturer Recalls Operating Room Tables
Recall based on reports of patient injury
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Glove Use Linked to Reduced Hand Hygiene Compliance
Gloves often worn when not indicated, and not worn when indicated
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Alcoholic Hepatitis Combo Meds Don't Help Six-Month Survival
But early liver transplant improves survival in medically unresponsive severe alcoholic hepatitis
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Adjuvant Bevacizumab Feasible in Ovarian Cancer
Progression-free survival similar to IP, IV therapy; higher risk of bowel perforation/obstruction
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Wait-and-See Policy Feasible for Some With Rectal Cancer
Using strict selection criteria and follow-up, wait-and-see results in promising outcomes
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Great Achievement at Young Age Function of Time, Not Field
Age dynamics tied to proportion of theoretical work, age of attainment of foundation knowledge
Monday, November 07, 2011

Lab Variables Predict Clinical Outcomes in Hepatitis C
Baseline and change in platelet count, AST/ALT ratio, bilirubin, albumin values found predictive
Monday, November 07, 2011

Renin-Angiotensin Systems Tied to Obesity
SRAS overactivated in animal, human obesity; RAS blockade improves insulin sensitivity
Friday, November 04, 2011

FDA Enhancing Surveillance for Anti-TNF Malignancy
Physicians requested to be alert, report cases of hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma
Friday, November 04, 2011

Hepatitis C Birth Cohort Screening is Cost-Effective
Screening cost-effective to identify infected individuals born between 1945 and 1965
Friday, November 04, 2011

Receptionists Contribute to Safety of Repeat Prescriptions
Clinicians often unaware of input of receptionists and administrative staff in repeat prescribing
Friday, November 04, 2011

Rooms of Patients With A. baumannii Often Contaminated
Supply carts, floors, infusion pumps, ventilator touch pads are most commonly contaminated
Friday, November 04, 2011

ADT Plus Radiotherapy Tied to Improved Prostate CA Survival
Better survival with androgen deprivation therapy, radiotherapy combo for locally advanced cancer
Thursday, November 03, 2011

C1 Esterase Inhibitor Effective in Hereditary Angioedema
Single 20 U/kg dose safe, complete symptom resolution at any body location in 15.5 hrs
Thursday, November 03, 2011

No Medicare Savings From Disease-Management Hotline
Modest improvement in quality of care, but no reduction in costs of care or acute care utilization
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Risks for C. difficile Infection, Colonization Identified
Host, pathogen factors differentially affect this health care-associated infection, colonization
Thursday, November 03, 2011

CDC: Opioid Overdoses Have Reached Epidemic Proportions
Overdose death rates, sales, OPR-related treatment admissions increased between 1999 and 2008
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

ACG: Childhood and Adult Traumas Linked to Adult IBS
Individuals with IBS report more traumas before and after the age of 18 than controls
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Solid Organ Transplantation Tied to Increased Risk of Cancer
Kidney, heart, liver, lung transplants tied to higher infection-related and unrelated cancer risk
Tuesday, November 01, 2011

ACG: Colonoscopic Adenoma Detection Rate, Mozart Linked
Endoscopists listening to Mozart during colonoscopy have higher adenoma detection rates
Tuesday, November 01, 2011

GERD Symptoms, Site-Specific Dental Erosions Unrelated
Location-specific dental erosions also unrelated to salivary flow or bacterial load
Monday, October 31, 2011

Proportion of MELD Exceptions Up From 2002 to 2010
Since April 2005, HCC and other exceptions associated with decreased risk of wait-list mortality
Monday, October 31, 2011

Switching From IV to Oral Meds Cuts Health Care Costs
In patients eligible for oral intake, switch from IV to oral equivalents cuts hospital costs
Monday, October 31, 2011

Thalidomide Effective, Safe in GI Vascular Malformations
No severe adverse effects, minor side effects common with thalidomide treatment
Friday, October 28, 2011

IBS Patient-Reported Outcomes Tied to Symptom Severity Ratings
Psychological factors of pain catastrophizing, somatization affect patient-reported outcomes
Friday, October 28, 2011

Neurogenesis Indicative of Poor Colorectal Cancer Outcomes
Worse overall, disease-free survival for tumors exhibiting high degrees of neurogenesis
Friday, October 28, 2011

Fecal Assays Help Identify Food Hypersensitivity in IBS
Eosinophil cationic protein assay most accurate with 65 percent sensitivity, 91 percent specificity
Friday, October 28, 2011

Long-Term Aspirin Use Lowers CRC Risk in Lynch Syndrome
Long-term aspirin use benefits individuals with increased hereditary risk of colorectal cancer
Friday, October 28, 2011

Mice Study: Probiotics Do Not Alter Gut Microbiota Makeup
But, probiotics induce marked changes in bacterial metabolic pathways in mice, humans
Thursday, October 27, 2011

ACS: Timed Walking Predicts Post-Op Recovery in Elderly
Slow walking in elderly ups risk of postoperative complications, lengthens hospital stay
Thursday, October 27, 2011

qHPV Vaccine Efficacious in Anal Intraepithelial Neoplasia
Quadrivalent vaccine cuts rate of anal intraepithelial neoplasia in men who have sex with men
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

AACR: Hot Dog Carcinogens and Colon Cancer Link Reassessed
Sodium erythorbate does not reduce apparent non-volatile N-nitroso compound level in hot dogs
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ghost Authorship Prevalent in About One-Fifth of Articles
Prevalence of honorary, ghost authorship, down from 29.2 to 21.0 percent from 1996 to 2008
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

AACR: NSAID Use Tied to Lower Colorectal Cancer Mortality
At least 10 years of NSAID use significantly lowers CRC mortality in postmenopausal women
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Estimates of Rotavirus-Attributable Diarrhea Mortality
In 2008, there were 453,000 deaths worldwide in children under 5 years; most in five countries
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pre-Op Regimen Tolerable for Esophageal Adenocarcinoma
But fails to meet objective of achieving pathologic complete response of 40 percent
Monday, October 24, 2011

High Rate of Elevated BP Post Pediatric Liver Transplant
Age at transplant, cGFR, steroid use predict elevated BP five to 10 years after liver transplants
Friday, October 21, 2011

IBD Increases Risk of Post-Op Thromboembolism
Risk of post-op deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism higher after nonintestinal surgery
Thursday, October 20, 2011

Deletion in ADAM17 Connected to Skin, Bowel Disease
Skin, small intestine biopsy samples from affected individuals show paucity of ADAM17 expression
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Adjuvant S-1 Improves Five-Year Outcomes in Gastric Cancer
Oral fluoropyrimidine derivative, S-1, improves overall, relapse-free survival at five years
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Erectile Dysfunction After Colorectal CA Poorly Managed
Most patients do not receive adequate information, diagnosis, or treatment
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Readmission Risk Models Display Poor Predictive Ability
Current hospital readmission risk models for comparative or clinical purposes perform poorly
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Oral Microflora Tied to Chronic Pancreatitis, Pancreatic Cancer
Salivary microflora potential biomarker for pancreatic cancer, chronic pancreatitis
Monday, October 17, 2011

ACEP: Disconnect in Patient's Health, Weight Perceptions
Gender and race impact perceptions of health and weight in emergency department patients
Monday, October 17, 2011

Rare Disorders ID'd by NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program
Integrated high-density SNP arrays, whole exome or genome analyses used to aid diagnosis
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Financial Conflicts of Interest Prevalent, Under-Reported
Conflicts of interest prevalent; under-reported by members, chairs of panels developing guidelines
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Colon Inflammation Markers Lower With Ginger Extract
Significant decrease in mean percent change in two markers when normalized to free arachidonic acids
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Septicemia Most Costly Reason for Hospitalization in 2009
Almost one in 23 patients had septicemia; average of 4,600 new patients treated each day
Monday, October 10, 2011

Elevated Liver Function Enzymes Tied to Diabetes Risk
High alanine aminotransferase, γ-glutamyl transferase may predict risk of type 2 diabetes
Monday, October 10, 2011

Chest Pain in Children Rarely Has Cardiac Cause
Cause is usually unknown, musculoskeletal; less often pulmonary, gastrointestinal, anxiety, drugs
Monday, October 10, 2011

Infliximab Improves Clinical Outcome in Ulcerative Colitis
Early mucosal healing with infliximab improves long-term outcome, reduces need for colectomy
Friday, October 07, 2011

More Minority Patients in Low-Quality, High-Cost Hospitals
More elderly black, Hispanic, Medicaid patients consult worst rather than best hospitals
Thursday, October 06, 2011

No Increased MI Risk in Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's
Patients with ulcerative colitis have increased MI risk on unadjusted but not adjusted analysis
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

ASTRO: Fewer Side Effects With IMRT for Prostate Cancer
Intensity modulated radiation therapy tied to fewer side effects than 3-D conformal radiation
Monday, October 03, 2011

High Risk of Salvage Transplant Failure Post Liver Resection
Microscopic vascular invasion, nodules, tumor size, liver cirrhosis predict nontransplantability
Friday, September 30, 2011

Doctors, Patients Identify Tacit Clues in Their Interactions
Non-verbal tacit clues most common, but interpretation differs for doctors and patients
Friday, September 30, 2011

Lower Cancer Fatalism Tied to Increased Cancer Screening
People with better self-rated health, lower cancer fatalism more likely to undergo colorectal screening
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Advanced Adenomas, CRCs More Prevalent in Men
Number needed to screen for adenomas similar in men aged 45 to 49, women aged 55 to 59
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Colorectal Cancer Subsite Risk Tied to Fruit/Vegetable Intake
Fruit/vegetable intake affects proximal colon, distal colon, rectal cancer risk differently
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Remicade Approved for Ulcerative Colitis in Children
Aged six and older
Monday, September 26, 2011

Updated Guides Compare Treatments for GERD
Both drug therapies and surgeries considered effective
Monday, September 26, 2011

Evidence for Nondrug Childhood Constipation Therapies Limited
Some evidence for effectiveness of fibers, but not for fluids, biotics, behavioral therapy
Monday, September 26, 2011

Generic Tacrolimus Safe for Liver, Kidney Recipients
No change in liver, kidney function; no rejection seen after substitution for reference product
Monday, September 26, 2011

Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Therapy Ups Pancreatitis Risk
Exenatide, sitagliptin up odds ratio of pancreatitis, increase reports of pancreatic cancers
Friday, September 23, 2011

Rotavirus Vaccine Introduction Cut Health Care Use, Costs
National estimated reduction of 64,855 hospitalizations and $278 million in 2007 to 2009
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mortality Up in Hospitals With More Minority Trauma Patients
Trauma patients' odds of mortality linked to the proportion of minority patients in the hospital
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Optimal CRC Screening Varies With Age, Family History
Cost-effective screening strategy based on first-degree relatives with CRC, age at diagnosis
Friday, September 16, 2011

Pre-Liver Transplant Serum Ferritin Level Predicts Mortality
High serum ferritin, low transferrin saturation before transplant ups post-transplant mortality
Friday, September 16, 2011

CDC: Risk Factors ID'd in Most C. difficile Diarrhea Cases
Traditional risk factors, including antimicrobial use, hospitalization, account for majority of cases
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Anti-Nausea Drug May Lead to Dangerous Heart Rhythms
FDA alerts public to ongoing safety review for Zofran
Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Tiered Sharing Policy Suggested for Liver Transplants
Public forum recommends that changes be implemented in small steps to prevent disruption
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Malaria Vaccine Does Not Protect Against Clinical Malaria
But is strain specific for clinical malaria caused by parasites with the AMA1 DNA sequence
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Reduced Treatment Time Noninferior for Some With Hep C
Hepatitis C virologic response similar with peginterferon-ribavirin for 24 versus 48 weeks
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Many Mistakenly Believe FDA OKs Only Safe, Effective Drugs
Consumer explanations about safety, efficacy of drugs help public make better decisions
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

IBS, Chronic Fatigue Risk Up Three Years Post Giardiasis
Acute giardiasis increases risk of irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue after three years
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Febrile Seizures Tied to Systemic Respiratory Alkalosis
Children with gastroenteritis may not have febrile seizures due to low pH in gastroenteritis
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Number of Lymph Nodes Tested for Colon CA Up 1988 to 2008
But no significant increase in lymph node positivity during the same period
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hospitalizations for Eating Disorders Up Over Last Decade
Increase due to secondary diagnoses; decrease in primary diagnoses of eating disorders
Monday, September 12, 2011

Long-Term Diet Tied to Gut Microbe Enterotype Clustering
Protein, animal fat tied to Bacteroids, carbohydrates to Prevotella
Monday, September 12, 2011

HPPH-Photodynamic Therapy Safe in Precancerous Barrett's
Photodynamic therapy with 2-[1-hexyloxyethyl]-2-devinyl pyropheophorbide-a is safe, promising
Thursday, September 08, 2011

Gastroesophageal Reflux Symptoms Tied to 9/11 Exposure
Presence of comorbid asthma, PTSD among those exposed to 9/11 attacks increases incidence of GERS
Thursday, September 08, 2011

Comparative Efficacy Proposed for European Drug Approval
Superiority, equivalence, inferiority of new drugs should be compared with existing therapies
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Many Hospital Staff Uniforms Contaminated With Bacteria
More than 60 percent of uniforms are contaminated, with similar rates between nurses, physicians
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

More Weight Loss for Duodenal Switch Than Gastric Bypass
Greater reduction in weight, total and LDL cholesterol, but more adverse events
Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Researchers Ponder 9/11 Health Impact a Decade Later
The disaster may have had lasting, multiple effects on those exposed
Friday, September 02, 2011

Cost-Effective Perinatal HBV Transmission Prevention ID'ed
Lamivudine, hepatitis B immune globulin prevent hepatitis B virus transmission cost-effectively
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Variable Survival Benefit of Radioembolization in HCC
Disease stage, ECOG status, hepatic function, tumor burden, extrahepatic disease affect survival
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Loss of Jobs Means Loss of Health Coverage for Many in U.S.
Majority report delay in getting needed healthcare and financial difficulties paying medical bills
Monday, August 29, 2011

Complementary Medicine Used More by Health Care Workers
U.S. health care providers use complementary, alternative medicine more than support workers
Friday, August 26, 2011

Pharmaceutical Ads Often Don't Adhere to U.S. FDA Guidelines
Only 18.1 percent of advertisements fully adhere to FDA guidelines, over half do not quantify serious risks
Thursday, August 25, 2011

CDC: Reporting Delays Occurred in German E. coli Outbreak
In shiga toxin-producing E. coli outbreak, early outbreak detection is crucial
Thursday, August 25, 2011

CT Enterography More Sensitive Than Capsule Endoscopy
More sensitive than capsule endoscopy for detecting obscure gastrointestinal bleeding
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Dual Hepatitis B, C Infection Ups Lifetime HCC Risk
HCC risk decreases with age in HBsAg-seropositive men, increases in anti-HCV-seropositive women
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

CDC: 2010/2011 Flu Vaccination Coverage Studied
Coverage in health care personnel and pregnant women remained stable versus previous season
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cost of Interacting With Payers Higher in U.S. Than Canada
U.S. physicians and nursing staff spend more time and money interacting with health plans
Friday, August 05, 2011

Gastric Bypass Tied to Reduced Fat Intake in Humans, Rats
Humans consume less dietary fat six years post-op; rats eat more low-fat chow after surgery
Thursday, August 04, 2011

CDC: U.S. Cholera Cases Linked to Hispaniola Epidemic
Cases in the U.S. linked to travel to Hispaniola or with consumption of seafood from Haiti
Friday, July 29, 2011

Non-Receipt of Fluids in Children Tied to Increased Oligoanuria
Increased risk for children who do not receive fluids in pre-hemolytic uremic syndrome diarrhea phase
Monday, July 25, 2011

HCC Surgery Depends on Race, Socioeconomics, Hospital Type
Race, socioeconomic status, and hospital type predict surgery for hepatocellular carcinoma
Friday, July 22, 2011

Triple-Drug Regimen Preferable for Treating H. Pylori
Standard triple-drug regimen better than four-drug in treating H. pylori infection in Latin America
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Screening for Lynch Syndrome Beneficial at Acceptable Cost
Women in particular could increase life expectancy with screening, prophylactic surgery
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Vaccination Rates Up for Those With Liver Disease, Diabetes
Hep A, B vaccinations increase but still low in patients with chronic liver disease, diabetes
Friday, July 15, 2011

Changes in Family Cancer History Impact Screening Needs
Clinically relevant family history changes between ages 30 and 50 affect screening recommendations
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

CRC Mortality Rates Vary Significantly Between States
Northeastern states show greater decrease in colorectal cancer mortality rates than southern
Thursday, July 07, 2011

CDC: Colorectal Cancer Screening Increasing
Incidence and mortality down, but only 65 percent of adults adequately screened for CRC
Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Poor Bowel Preparation Tied to Missed Adenoma Diagnosis
Colonoscopy with suboptimal preparation may require early repeat procedure to ID adenomas
Friday, June 24, 2011

ASMBS: Gastric Bypass More Effective in Less Obese
More weight lost in patients with a BMI less than 35, with significant remission of diabetes
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Unequal Care Access for Children With Public Insurance
Disparities exist in providers' acceptance of public insurance compared to private insurance
Thursday, June 16, 2011

New Rotavirus Vaccine Reduces Cases of Infant Diarrhea
Moderately increased risk of intussusception following RV1 vaccination
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Life Expectancy in U.S. Counties Below Many Nations
Women, and black men and women have lower life expectancy in all U.S. counties
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

VHA System in United States Provides Better Cancer Care
VHA provides earlier diagnosis, more curative surgery, and better cancer therapy than Medicare
Wednesday, June 08, 2011

CDC: Incidence of Several Foodborne Infections Declines
However, incidence of Salmonella infection has not declined in last several years
Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Youth Bear Large Burden of Global Death, Disease
Higher rates of disability-adjusted life-years in Africa compared to high-income countries
Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Late-Onset GI Complications Tied to Childhood Cancers
Survivors of childhood cancers have increased risk of late gastrointestinal complications
Monday, June 06, 2011

Hospital Volume May Affect Surgical Mortality Rate
Increasing hospital volume contributes to decreased mortality for certain procedures
Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Effect Estimates May Be Inflated in Biomarker Studies
Highly cited studies overestimate biomarker effect compared to meta-analyses
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dificid Approved to Treat C. diff Diarrhea
Recommended dosage is two times daily for 10 days
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Contact With Drug Industry Linked to Positive Attitudes
Substantial proportion of medical students believe gifts from drug industry affect prescribing
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Patient Navigation May Boost Colorectal Cancer Screening
Language-specific navigation may increase CRC screening among racially diverse patients
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

FDA: SimplyThick Should Not Be Used in Premature Infants
Product possibly linked to necrotizing enterocolitis in some infants
Monday, May 23, 2011

Family Cancer Histories Are Not Highly Accurate
Sensitivity and positive predictive value of reports on four major cancers is low to moderate
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Proton Pump Inhibitors May Increase Fracture Risk
Use of histamine 2 receptor antagonists not significantly associated with fracture risk
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Medical Education Participants Recognize Funding Bias
Yet most are unwilling to pay more for continuing medical education registration to overcome bias
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

DDW: Meditation May Improve Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Mindfulness training helps with bowel symptom severity, quality of life, psychological symptoms
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

DDW: Digestive Problems Tied to Somatoform Disorder
Lactose intolerance may not be linked to lactose malabsorption but to a psychological disorder
Monday, May 09, 2011

NSAIDs, Aspirin May Increase Risk of Diverticulitis
Regular usage linked to higher risk of diverticulitis and diverticular bleeding in men
Monday, May 09, 2011

Increasing Cancer Burden Projected for Ethnic Minorities
Need for improved understanding of risk factors, progression, and outcomes in U.S. subpopulations
Thursday, April 28, 2011

Vitamin E and Metformin Don't Improve Pediatric NAFLD
No reduction in alanine aminotransferase levels with vitamin E or metformin treatment
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Black Cancer Patients More Willing to Pay to Extend Life
Minority patients more willing than whites to expend their financial resources to prolong life
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Restricted Diet Lowers Triglycerides in Fatty Liver
More significant triglyceride reduction with carbohydrate restriction than calorie restriction
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Off-Label Use of Recombinant Factor VIIa High
No mortality reduction found for off-label indications; may raise thromboembolism risk
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Smoking After Cancer Diagnosis Worsens Quality of Life
Smoking linked with worse mental quality of life in lung and colorectal patient-caregiver dyads
Monday, April 11, 2011

H. pylori Therapy Effective in Half of Treated Children
Eradication does not appear to influence iron stores
Monday, April 11, 2011

FDA OKs Rapid Test to Spot C. difficile Infection
Detects toxin gene sequences associated with the epidemic 027/NAP1/BI strain of the bacterium
Friday, April 08, 2011

'Global Trigger Tool' Identifies 10 Times More Errors
New tool identifies many more adverse events in hospital admissions compared to other methods
Thursday, April 07, 2011

Longer Breast-Feeding Tied to More Protective Adipokines
Both total and exclusive breast-feeding linked to higher pancreatic peptide YY
Thursday, April 07, 2011

New Yellow Fever Vaccine Safe and Effective
Vaccine containing inactivated antigen is promising alternative to live vaccine
Thursday, April 07, 2011

Cancer Rates, Cancer Mortality Rates Falling in U.S.
Lung cancer mortality falls in women after decades of rising
Friday, April 01, 2011

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Impacts Exercise Capacity
Lower fitness values seen in pediatric patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
Friday, April 01, 2011

Autoimmune Diseases Number Two Cause of Chronic Illness
Major burden on all U.S. health care costs, patient expenses, and loss of earnings
Friday, April 01, 2011

Online Health Records Less Used by Minorities, Poor
Low-income patients, blacks, and Hispanics less likely to use Internet personal health record
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Room Cleaning Linked to Lower Drug-Resistant Infections
Enhanced cleaning interventions may lower drug-resistant infection risk from previous occupant
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Complementary Treatment of Colic Lacks Evidence
Poor-quality evidence supporting colic treatment with complementary and alternative medicine
Monday, March 28, 2011

Reduced Hours for Trainees Has Had Little Effect in U.S.
Shorter work week for doctors in training has had little impact, positive or negative, on patient safety
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bariatric Surgery in Youth Warrants Caution
Studies suggest surgery may be effective in older children but long-term data are still lacking
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Oral Vaccine May Prevent Half of Cholera Episodes
Cochrane review confirms vaccine's safety, suggests poorer efficacy in children under 5
Monday, March 21, 2011

Bulking Agent Injections Effective in Fecal Incontinence
Dextranomer in stabilized hyaluronic acid injected into anal mucosa reduces fecal incontinence
Friday, March 18, 2011

Professional Values of U.S. and U.K. Doctors Examined
Nearly one-third of doctors fail to report inadequate colleague, often for fear of retribution
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Short Nurse Staffing Linked to Higher Patient Mortality
More deaths seen when shifts fall eight or more hours below target
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

U.S. Death Rate Reaches All-Time Low
In 2009, death rate hits 741 per 100,000 population, a 2.3 percent decline
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

More Cholera Cases and Deaths Expected in Haiti
Clean water, vaccinations, better antibiotic distribution could reduce cholera cases and deaths
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Regional Variation in Chronic Disease Case Fatality Rates
Fatality rates in chronic diseases vary with number of diseases and region diagnosis frequency
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Drinking Liquor Linked to Pancreatic Cancer Mortality
Pancreatic cancer mortality associated with three or more drinks a day, independent of smoking
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

U.S. Has Higher Rates of Chronic Disease Than England
Americans experience higher chronic disease rates than their English counterparts at all ages
Monday, March 14, 2011

Many Hepatitis C-Positive Patients Are Uninsured
Even lower proportion of patients who are eligible for treatment are covered by insurance
Friday, March 11, 2011

Number of Cancer Survivors in U.S. Reaches 11.7 Million
The number increased from 9.8 million in 2001 to almost 12 million in 2007
Thursday, March 10, 2011

HealthGrades Finds Rates of Patient Safety Events Vary
Patients have 46 percent lower risk of safety error in top versus bottom-ranking hospitals
Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ethnic Differences Seen in Academic Measures for U.K. Docs
Gap exists in academic performance of white versus nonwhite medical students and doctors
Wednesday, March 09, 2011

High HDL Cholesterol Tied to Decreased Colon Cancer Risk
Increased high-density lipoprotein and apolipoprotein A-I tied to lower colon cancer risk
Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Pharmacological Meta-Analyses Rarely Report Disclosures
Meta-analyses of pharmacological interventions rarely disclose funding or conflicts of interest
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

High Hepatitis B Immunity in U.S. Children, Adolescents
Lower hepatitis B virus immunity in adults, including those at high risk of infection
Thursday, March 03, 2011

FDA: Proton Pump Inhibitors Tied to Hypomagnesemia
Low serum magnesium levels may occur when the drugs are taken for prolonged periods of time
Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Children With Hepatitis C May Benefit From Ribavirin
Improved response for children treated with combination of pegylated interferon and ribavirin
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oral Bisphosphonates May Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk
Use of bisphosphonates tied to reduced cancer risk in postmenopausal women
Thursday, February 17, 2011

New U.S. Report on the Nation's Health 2010 Released
The 34th annual CDC report includes a special feature on death and dying
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Blood-Borne Infection Risk Dropping Among Drug Users
Hepatitis C virus transmission still relatively high compared to HIV
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Most Recalled Medical Devices Given Lenient Approval
Over 70 percent of the medical devices recalled were considered low or moderate risk
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Researchers Explore Nature of Difficult Clinical Encounters
Patients, physicians both contribute characteristics; difficult patients have worse outcomes
Monday, February 14, 2011

Undefined Liver Failure Linked to Acetaminophen
Acetaminophen toxicity may be responsible for some cases of unspecified liver failure
Monday, February 14, 2011

Enteric Sickness in Schools Often Has Foodborne Source
Majority of outbreaks have a bacterial etiology
Friday, February 11, 2011

Public Sector Plays Big Role in Drug Research
Role of public-sector research institutions larger than previously thought
Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour Foods Safe for Celiac Disease Patients
Products manufactured with sourdough lactobacilli, fungal protease
Friday, February 04, 2011

Electronic Health Records May Not Improve Care Quality
Use with clinical decision support not tied to better quality of care
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rotavirus Vaccination Prevents Hospital-Acquired Infection
Decrease seen in number of community-acquired and hospital-acquired cases of rotavirus infection
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Repeated Acetaminophen Can Cause Infant Liver Failure
In case study, intravenous N-acetylcysteine therapy improved child's clinical condition
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

CDC Report Highlights Important Health Disparities
Outlines disparities by sex, race/ethnicity, income, and other social characteristics
Thursday, January 13, 2011

FDA Limits Acetaminophen in Combo Prescription Products
Sets 325 mg maximum in order to lower risk of liver toxicity; also requesting boxed warning
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Burnout Levels Particularly High in Residents
High percentage of anesthesiology chairs also meet criteria for high or moderately-high burnout
Monday, January 10, 2011

Physical Activity Lowers Risk of Colon Cancer Death
Consistently high levels of physical activity linked to reduced risk of death from colon cancer
Monday, January 10, 2011

Severe Skin Lesions Can Cause IBD Patients to Quit Therapy
If topical treatment fails, lesions caused by anti-tumor necrosis factor may cause discontinuation
Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Six Lots of Acetadote Injection Voluntarily Recalled
Cumberland issues recall as a precautionary measure; is small potential for particulate matter
Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Colonoscopy Offers Strong Protection Against CRC
Population study finds it effectively reduces risk for both right- and left-sided colorectal cancers
Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Clostridium Difficile Infection Up in Hospitalized Children
Risk particularly high in those with bowel disease or requiring antibiotics or immunosuppression
Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Placebos Without Deception Still Work in IBS
Irritable bowel syndrome patients find relief with known 'sugar pills'
Thursday, December 23, 2010

Rotavirus Vaccine Linked to Consistent Effect in Children
Drop in pediatric hospitalizations in 2007 to 2008 season was sustained but smaller in next season
Thursday, December 23, 2010

High Stress of Crohn's Disease Associated With Flare-Ups
Exacerbations much more likely for patients with disease-related posttraumatic stress disorder
Thursday, December 02, 2010

Burnout Driving Away Many Emergency Physicians
French study finds work-family conflicts, poor teamwork associated with burnout
Thursday, December 02, 2010

IBD Patients With Infection at Higher Risk for Complications
Patients with nosocomial infections have longer length of stay, increased mortality risk
Monday, November 29, 2010

Surgery to Remove Ingested Foreign Bodies Safe But Costly
Procedures to remove deliberately ingested items result in minor complications in only a few cases
Friday, November 26, 2010

PPI Use in Early Pregnancy Not Linked to Birth Defects
No risk to fetus seen if women take proton-pump inhibitors for gastroesophageal reflux
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Abnormal Liver Tests May Improve With Statins
Cardiovascular morbidity also improves more than in those with normal liver tests
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Reallocation of Care Would Increase PCPs' Work Weeks
Study investigates plausibility of reallocating specialty care follow-up to primary care physicians
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Gastroenteritis Outbreak Tied to Later Health Problems
Condition after water contamination linked to higher risk of renal impairment, CVD
Friday, November 19, 2010

U.S. Health Insurance Compared to 10 Other Nations
U.S. adults spend more time, money on insurance; have more coverage denials
Friday, November 19, 2010

Preventive Care, Surveillance High Among CRC Survivors
Survivors from clinical trials have higher preventive care, screening rates than general population
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Intra-Abdominal Fat Predicts Hepatectomy Complications
Is a better measure of risk of complications than outer-abdominal fat, BMI
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fraud in Scientific Literature Appears Intentional
Characteristics of articles retracted for fraud versus error suggest deliberate effort
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lactobacillus GG Linked to Benefits in Childhood IBS
Irritable bowel syndrome patients using probiotic have less frequent and severe abdominal pain
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pain Linked With Poorer Prognosis in Liver Cancer
Early pain may mean worse tumor characteristics, shorter survival in hepatocellular carcinoma
Friday, November 12, 2010

Physician-Industry Financial Ties Decreased Since 2004
But 83.8 percent of physicians still have some type of industry financial relationship
Friday, November 12, 2010

Combo Therapy With Ribavirin Superior in Children With Hep C
53 percent responded to PEG2a and ribavirin compared to 21 percent taking PEG2a and placebo
Friday, November 12, 2010

ACCF/ACG/AHA: PPIs + Antiplatelet Drugs May Be OK
Consensus document outlines scenarios when concomitant use is reasonable to prevent GI bleed
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Obese Children Getting New Liver Face Long-Term Risk
Risk of late mortality is higher in these patients; thin patients have increased risk of early mortality
Thursday, November 04, 2010

Colorectal Screening Strategies for African-Americans Assessed
Review of 12 studies finds community-based, individually-tailored programs can be effective
Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Cholera Outbreak Strain in Haiti Identified
Laboratory testing reveals current outbreak most similar to cholera strains in South Asia
Tuesday, November 02, 2010

CDC Warns Travelers of Cholera Outbreak in Haiti
Those visiting Haiti urged to take precautions to protect themselves from the disease
Friday, October 29, 2010

Removing Deductible Affects Use of Preventive Screenings
PPO change to first-dollar coverage linked to modest increase in screening
Thursday, October 28, 2010

For Coronary Patients, H2RA Plus Clopidogrel Spikes Risk
Combo treatment does not appear to be safer option than PPI plus clopidogrel
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Lifestyle Score, Decision Aid Affect Colon Cancer Prevention
Each of five healthy lifestyle choices decreases risk; screening decision aid not fully effective
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Electronic Tracking Ups Capture of Endoscopy Complications
Complications requiring hospital visit found to be higher than standard reporting estimates
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Primary Care Trails Other Specialties in Hourly Wages
In other study, physicians point to Medicare reimbursement problems, differ on reforms
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Colorectal Screening Strategy for Minority Women Tested
CRC screening offer at mammography visit is effective, but lack of insurance remains a barrier
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Infections Exert Heavy Mortality Toll in Cirrhosis
Infections increase mortality nearly four-fold; can be seen as additional prognostic factor in cirrhosis
Friday, October 22, 2010

Vaccines Provide Hep B Immunity in Children for at Least 5 Years
Booster doses appear unnecessary for infants who receive hexavac or infanrix hexa
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Disc Batteries Can Cause Severe Esophageal Damage
Article reviews cases involving ingested batteries in children, offers protocol for managing cases
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sacrifice Makes Industry Gifts Seem More Acceptable
Residents reminded of med school sacrifices tend to perceive gifting more favorably
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Re-Consent Important Before Secondary Use of Genetic Data
Research participants want to be asked before their data are added to federal database
Monday, September 13, 2010

Annual Medical Liability Costs Surpass $50 Billion
Account for more than 2 percent of total health care spending in the United States
Thursday, September 09, 2010

More Stomach, Fewer Chest Complaints Seen in ERs
Use of advanced imaging for both has increased greatly
Wednesday, September 08, 2010

No Increased Mortality With Undiagnosed Celiac Disease
But risks for osteoporosis and hypothyroidism are increased among older undiagnosed adults
Friday, September 03, 2010

No Benefit Seen for Vitamin Use With Colon Cancer Chemo
Multivitamins don't appear to affect disease-free, recurrence-free or overall survival
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rotavirus Vaccine Effective in Preventing Hospitalizations
Three-dose coverage reduces acute gastroenteritis hospitalizations in vaccinated, unvaccinated
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lactobacillus Reuteri Is Safe, Effective for Colicky Infants
Improvements may be due to gut microbiota changes induced by the probiotic in breast-fed babies
Monday, August 16, 2010

1,097 Foodborne Outbreaks Occurred in U.S. in 2007
Resulted in 21,244 illness cases and 18 deaths; norovirus and Salmonella most common causes
Friday, August 13, 2010

Decline Seen in Peptic Ulcer Disease Hospitalizations
Hospitalizations for H. pylori infection also fell between 1998 and 2005
Friday, August 13, 2010

ICBM: Caregiver Relationship Predicts Post-Transplant Anxiety
Depression, anxiety reduced after liver transplant, but improvement is attenuated by emotional distance
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Patients, Doctors Often Have Communication Discrepancies
Hospital surveys find relatively few patients can name doctor in charge; many don't know diagnosis
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sponges Do Not Prevent Surgical-Site Infections
Instead, gentamicin-collagen sponges may result in more infections after colorectal surgery
Thursday, August 05, 2010

Industry-Funded Clinical Trials Yield More Positive Outcomes
Also less likely than government-, nonprofit-funded trials to be published within two years
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Diet Appears to Influence Gut Bacteria Types
Comparative study finds different gut microbes in Italian and African children
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Fecal Occult Blood Testing May Be Most Efficient Choice
Generally results in more life-years gained than colonoscopy; might be best choice if budget limited
Friday, July 30, 2010

CRC Screening Disparities Persist for Seniors on Medicare
Those without usual place of health care are the least likely to undergo colorectal cancer screening
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

MPV4 Vaccine Not Linked to Henoch-Schönlein Purpura
Despite periodic case reports, no cases found after more than 49,000 vaccinations
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Improper Anesthesia Practice Causes Hepatitis Outbreak
Anesthesiologist reused contaminated single-use propofol vial on multiple patients
Friday, July 09, 2010

FOBT Accuracy Declines As Temperature Rises
Study finds colorectal cancer screening test less likely to detect cancer in summer compared to winter
Wednesday, July 07, 2010

CDC: U.S. Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates Up
Mammography rates have reached a plateau; millions have not had recommended screenings
Tuesday, July 06, 2010

CDC: Surge in Childhood Hepatitis A Vaccination Stalled
Vaccination coverage grew 73 percent in 2006 to 2007 but has since plateaued
Friday, July 02, 2010

Home Symptoms Poor Indicator of Lactose Malabsorption
Scores for home symptoms worse than those reported after lactose challenge test
Thursday, July 01, 2010

Doctors Agree Malpractice Fears Drive Overuse of Tests
Almost all surveyed physicians say more tests and procedures are ordered than needed
Monday, June 28, 2010

Phone Reminders Up Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate
Increase completion of fecal occult blood testing, especially among those aged 71 to 80
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Celecoxib Linked to Lower Rate of Gastrointestinal Events
Associated with lower risk than diclofenac plus omeprazole in arthritis patients
Thursday, June 17, 2010

Functional Dyspepsia Tied to Higher Costs for Employees
Workers with condition have higher medical costs, more days of absence, lower productivity
Thursday, June 17, 2010

Fatal Medication Errors Rise in July at Teaching Hospitals
Researchers say arrival of new medical residents at least partly explains the increase
Tuesday, June 08, 2010

FDA: Claris IV Medications Recalled Due to Contamination
Recall issued due to white foreign matter found in IV bags of metronidazole and ondasetron
Tuesday, June 01, 2010

FDA: Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Fracture Risk
Product labeling changed due to higher fracture risk associated with high doses or long-term use
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Alfalfa Sprouts Recalled Due to Salmonella Outbreak
Twenty-two salmonella cases in 10 states have resulted in six hospitalizations but no deaths
Monday, May 24, 2010

Many General Internists Leave Field by Mid-Career
One in six leave internal medicine versus one in 25 internal medicine subspecialists, survey finds
Friday, May 14, 2010

New FDA Program Targets Misleading Drug Advertising
Aims to teach health care providers their role in recognizing, reporting untruthful ads
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Benefits Found Lacking for High-Dose Proton Pump Inhibitors
Other studies link PPIs to increased incidence of fractures, infection
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

CDC: California Increases HBV Vaccination in At-Risk Adults
But the annual incidence rate of hepatocellular carcinoma in the United States has increased
Friday, May 07, 2010

DDW: Fewer Child Hepatitis C Cases ID'd Than Expected
Researchers estimate that very few children with the condition are receiving appropriate care
Monday, May 03, 2010

Risk Factors for Physician Misconduct Identified
Male sex, lower socioeconomic status, and difficulty in medical school increase misconduct risk
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

FDA Changes Medical Device Advisory Committee Process
Expert panels reviewing devices for premarket approval will discuss information differently
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Interruptions Increase Medication Errors by Nurses
The higher the frequency of interruptions, the greater the error severity
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Financial Ties Negatively Affect Perceptions of Research Quality
Patients believe their physicians' ties also influence clinical care
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Most Doctors Not Knowledgeable About Herbals
Survey also finds health care providers think the public has 'misplaced faith' in herbal medicines
Monday, April 26, 2010

ACP: Updates Summarize Key Studies From 2009
Annals of Internal Medicine articles address important advances in five fields of medicine
Friday, April 23, 2010

Lactose-Intolerant Can Tolerate Cup of Milk Daily
Most adults with presumed lactose intolerance can tolerate 12 to 15 g of lactose
Thursday, April 22, 2010

Non-Teaching Hospitals Found Superior for Colon Resection
Teaching, non-teaching hospitals evaluated for mortality, length of stay, costs
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Review Finds Surprisingly High Death Rate for Kids' Choking
Airway obstruction is infrequent, but 2003 data show 3.4 percent in-hospital mortality rate
Monday, April 19, 2010

Many Physicians Using Inappropriate FOBT Methods
Home fecal occult blood tests recommended for cancer screening, but in-office tests common
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Deficiencies in Colorectal Cancer Screening Addressed
Reports call for interventions to reduce screening underuse; studies to reduce overuse, misuse
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Clinical Algorithms Guide Gastrointestinal Diagnosis
Rome Foundation tool incorporates clear pathways to diagnosis for challenging GI disorders
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hispanics Have Limited Access to Colorectal Cancer Screening
Low screening rates linked with less availability of endoscopy in Hispanic communities
Monday, April 12, 2010

Biofeedback Effective Levator Ani Syndrome Treatment
Teaches pelvic floor muscle relaxation; reduces pain more than electrogalvanic stimulation, massage
Friday, April 09, 2010

Study Finds Delays in Endoscopy Common for GI Bleeding
Half of U.K. hospitals lack out-of-hours endoscopy rota for acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding
Friday, April 02, 2010

Proton-Pump Inhibitors' Link to Osteoporosis Assessed
PPI use does not appear to increase risk of osteoporosis or bone mineral density loss
Friday, April 02, 2010

Colorectal Cancer in Distant Family Can Increase Risk
Positive second- and third-degree family history can affect CRC risk, though less than first-degree
Monday, March 29, 2010

Seniors on Adjuvant Chemo Have Less Toxic Regimens
Older colon cancer patients on chemo also have fewer adverse events than younger patients
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Gastrointestinal Symptoms Linked to Childhood Abuse
The connection is partially mediated by psychological distress
Monday, March 15, 2010

Pediatric C. difficile-Related Hospitalizations Increasing
Study finds incidence lowest in newborns and highest in children aged 1 to 4 years
Monday, March 15, 2010

Obesity and Alcohol Combined Raise Risk of Liver Disease
Studies show higher BMI plus high alcohol consumption increases risk in both men, women
Friday, March 12, 2010

Severe Liver Injury Still a Concern in Isoniazid Treatment
Severe injuries, deaths seen in isoniazid-treated patients underscore need for close monitoring
Monday, March 08, 2010

Medical Checklists Needed to Improve Care and Outcomes
Johns Hopkins authors advocate medical checklist use and propose a process to develop them
Monday, February 22, 2010

FDA Issues Maalox Total Relief Warning
Consumers warned not to mistake Maalox Total Relief for Maalox antacid products
Thursday, February 18, 2010

H. Pylori Often Unrelated to Children's Gastrointestinal Pain
Review finds no link with recurrent abdominal pain, but possible link with unspecified pain
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Metastatic Prostate Cancer Mechanism Identified
Studies suggest that inhibition of the EZH2 enzyme may prevent suppression of oncogene
Monday, February 15, 2010

Gluten-Free Camp Helpful for Children With Celiac Disease
Quality of life measures improve after short exposure to environment of unrestricted foods
Monday, February 15, 2010

2009 H1N1-Related Deaths and Hospitalizations Examined
CDC finds cases, related hospitalizations and deaths highest among 18 to 64 year olds
Monday, February 15, 2010

Mnemonic Device for Patient Decision-Making Assessed
'CURVES' approach less complex and time-consuming for emergency decisions
Friday, February 12, 2010

Laparoscopic Practice Takes Physical Toll on Surgeons
Study finds that 87 percent of laparoscopic surgeons suffer discomfort or physical symptoms
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Dietary Supplement Suspected of Causing Selenium Poisoning
Case finding study suggests liquid supplement responsible for 201 cases in 10 states
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Reducing Skin Toxicity During Cancer Treatment Studied
Skin toxicity is the most common adverse event seen with certain cancer drugs
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

AHRQ: U.S. Adults Seeing Big Barriers to Specialty Care
About one in 13 who need specialty care report 'big problem' in gaining access to specialists
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

FDA Initiative Aims to Cut Medical Radiation Exposure
Focus of efforts include computed tomography, nuclear medicine studies and fluoroscopy
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Use of Feeding Tubes in Adults With Dementia Varies Widely
Review assesses tube insertion in hospitalized nursing-home residents with cognitive impairment
Tuesday, February 09, 2010

CD Increases Knowledge, Comfort With Genetic Testing
Study suggests CD may facilitate informed consent in patients at high risk of cancer
Tuesday, February 09, 2010

H1N1 Vaccination Still Highly Recommended
H1N1 activity leveling off, but CDC still recommends vaccination
Monday, February 08, 2010

Many American Adults Do Not Get Recommended Vaccines
40,000 to 50,000 die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases, per report
Monday, February 08, 2010

Coalition Launches Campaign to Limit Residents' Hours
Advocates say 30-hour workdays cause fatigue and medical errors that impact patient safety
Friday, February 05, 2010

Health Care Spending Makes Record Leap in GDP Share
GDP health share now estimated at 17.3 percent; health spending in 2019 projected at $4.5 trillion
Thursday, February 04, 2010

Diversity Growth Incremental in the Medical Professions
A century after the Flexner Report, minorities still woefully underrepresented and obstacles remain
Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Lancet Retracts Study Linking MMR Vaccine, Autism
Medical panel finds several elements of the controversial study to be incorrect
Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Colorectal Cancer Screening Approach Studied in Seniors
Computed tomographic colonography found to be safe and effective in older individuals
Friday, January 29, 2010

Disease Now Main Cause of Death in Darfur Conflict
As violence-related deaths have subsided, deaths related to diarrhea have increased
Friday, January 22, 2010

Treatments Linked to Lower Risk of C. difficile Recurrence
Patients treated with two monoclonal antibodies targeting bacteria's toxins, along with antibiotics
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tylenol Recall in Effect Includes Several Other Drugs
Motrin, Benadryl and Rolaids are also part of recall by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Biomedical Research Funding Shows Decline in 2008
The decline followed 7.8 percent annual increases in 1994 to 2003, 3.4 percent in 2003 to 2007
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Increased Caffeine Linked to Reduced Hepatic Fibrosis
Daily consumption of more than two cups of coffee may be associated with less severe disease
Monday, January 11, 2010

Precautions and Training Can Reduce Scalpel Injuries
Study suggests technological innovations reduce the need for traditional blades
Thursday, December 31, 2009

Over 85s Function Well Despite Disease and Disability
'Oldest old' are fastest growing segment of the global population
Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Patients Often Lack Knowledge of Their Own Medications
Study suggests incorporating them into medication management would improve safety
Thursday, December 10, 2009

RSNA: Many Abdominal/Pelvic CT Scans May Not Be Needed
Unindicated scans have no clinical benefit while exposing patients to excess radiation
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Women Researchers Lag Behind Men in Grant Awards
Study finds 36.2 percent of women researchers earn awards versus 45.6 percent of men
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Study Finds Surgeon Burnout Associated With Medical Errors
Depersonalization, emotional exhaustion linked to higher chance of reporting recent errors
Friday, November 27, 2009

Most Medical Journals Have Conflict of Interest Policies
Still, study suggests definition of conflict and disclosure requirements of authors vary greatly
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Home Care Nursing Program for Cancer Patients Evaluated
Program improves chemotherapy adverse reactions and reduces the use of medical services
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Optical Techniques Accurately Identify Precancerous Polyps
Study suggests new techniques may be as reliable and accurate as conventional histopathology
Monday, November 16, 2009

Slow Eating Raises Response to Appetite Control Hormones
Study finds slower eating rate linked to higher anorexigenic gut peptide response
Monday, November 16, 2009

Study Finds Costs of Quality Programs Burden Practices
Another study finds many clinical trials change study design outcomes without explanation
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Medical Errors Disclosure Can Help Physicians and Patients
Second study suggests patients give higher quality ratings when staff report mistakes
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stats Helps Paint Picture of H1N1 Hospitalizations
Study reviews cases of flu hospitalizations and deaths in California from April to August
Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Background Disease Rates Important in H1N1 Pandemic
Awareness is essential to prevent public fears that could hinder mass immunization programs
Monday, November 02, 2009

IDSA: Study Looks at Rates of C. difficile Hospital Infections
Higher rates of infection found in hospitals with fewer than 100 beds than in larger hospitals
Friday, October 30, 2009

Overweight Patients May Have Effect on Doctor's Attitude
Study finds that physicians may have lower respect for patients with higher body mass index
Thursday, October 29, 2009

ACG: GI Disorders in Military, 9/11 Responders Studied
Active-duty military and World Trade Center responders may have higher disorder rates
Monday, October 26, 2009

Medical School Enrollment Continues to Expand
Number of residency slots also needs to increase to meet future demand for physicians
Monday, October 26, 2009

Death After Bariatric Surgery in Extremely Obese Examined
Study finds extremely obese at higher risk of death within one year of bariatric surgery
Friday, October 23, 2009

Some Hospital Staff Predicted to Be Infection Superspreaders
Hand washing compliance by staff in contact with all patients has biggest impact
Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sources Find Different Numbers of Active Physicians
Study compares projections of future physician work force using U.S. Census, AMA Masterfile
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

ASA: IV Dextrose Found to Ease Postoperative Nausea
Patients treated after surgery had lower nausea, vomiting scores, needed less rescue anti-emetics
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

FDA Launches Drug Disposal Advice Web Page
Flushing recommended for some drugs with potentially deadly effects
Friday, October 16, 2009

Study Looks at Enema Benefits in Constipated Children
Addition of regular enemas found to provide little benefit to oral laxative regimen
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Study Evaluates Hospital Quality and Mortality Rates
Findings suggest major quality differences between hospitals, but mortality rate improving
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Lifestyle Counseling May Help Obese With Weight Loss
Study targeting prevention of weight gain showed better success over 12-month duration
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Health Care Disparities Among States Found to Be Widening
Commonwealth Fund Commission state report card emphasizes need for health care reform
Friday, October 09, 2009

Oral Vaccine May Help Prevent Endemic Cholera
Findings show inexpensive and locally-produced vaccine to be safe and effective
Friday, October 09, 2009

Roundtable Discussion Tackles Health Care Reform
Improvements in payment, more data to guide decisions could lead to wiser health spending
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Medical Students Want More Practice of Medicine Training
Report finds time devoted to medical economics does not adversely affect clinical training quality
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Effectiveness and Cost Help to Make Coverage Decisions
Study suggests countries that use these two criteria can also incorporate other factors
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Augmentation of Antiemetic Drug Regimen Explored
Adding casopitant may reduce chemotherapy-induced vomiting and rescue drug use
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

New Guidelines Endorsed for Pediatric Hepatitis B
Recommendations aim to improve management and treatment of children with the infection
Monday, October 05, 2009

Surgical Masks Found to Be Non-Inferior to Respirators
Masks may be just as effective as respirators in preventing flu in health care workers
Thursday, October 01, 2009

CDC Says States Not Meeting Fruit and Veggie Objectives
State-by-state report finds states deficient in supporting healthy food in stores and schools
Thursday, October 01, 2009

Bacterial Infections Are a Factor in Many H1N1 Deaths
Finding underscores importance of pneumococcal vaccination for those at high risk for pneumonia
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

H1N1 Virus's Genetic Makeup Appears to Be Staying Stable
CDC suggests forthcoming vaccine likely to be very effective in preventing the disease
Monday, September 28, 2009

Review Advises Hand Washing, Other Antiviral Measures
Masks, gloves, focusing on children's hygiene helpful in preventing respiratory virus spread
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Spotlight on Social Networking Use Among Medical Students
Survey finds a minority of medical schools have policies governing online posting by students
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sleep Aid May Lead to More Acid Reflux Exposure
In patients with acid reflux, acid events lasted much longer after taking zolpidem than placebo
Friday, September 18, 2009

Mediterranean Diet More Costly to Follow Than Western
Study also finds risk of weight gain is greater for those who have higher daily food costs
Friday, September 18, 2009

Gastric Bypass Patients Need Modified Nursing Care
Complications can arise if they are treated the same as normal weight patients
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Taxes on Sugared Sodas Could Cut Consumption
Price increase would deter some from buying; money could be used for health programs
Thursday, September 17, 2009

FDA Approves Four Vaccines for H1N1 Influenza
Clinical studies have shown robust immune response in adults within 10 days
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Drug Interaction E-Alerts Show Benefit to Patient Safety
Electronic alerts reduce adverse events including death and disability, as well as costs
Monday, September 14, 2009

Department Issues New HIPAA Notification Regulations
HHS regulations cover need to notify individuals after breaches of their health information
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Health Care Financing Model Rewards Efficient Care
Incentives for reducing potentially avoidable costs put focus on quality
Friday, August 21, 2009

Palliative Care Intervention Beneficial in Advanced Cancer
Nurse-led intervention increases quality of life, but has limited effect on symptom intensity
Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Difference Between Near Miss, Wrong-Site Surgery Studied
Near misses more likely to involve surgical team members who feel able to express concerns
Monday, August 17, 2009

Alarm Symptoms Often Do Not Result in Timely Diagnosis
Many evaluated for hematuria, hemoptysis, other conditions lack definite diagnoses after three years
Friday, August 14, 2009

Discharge Summaries Often Lack Pending Test Results
Also often lack provider follow-up information; can lead to medical errors
Thursday, August 13, 2009

FDA Aims to Ease Access to Investigational Drugs
New rules make the drugs more widely available to seriously ill patients outside clinical trials
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

HHS Releases Reports on Health Insurance Reform
Health and Human Services says reform would decrease costs, increase number of options
Friday, August 07, 2009

Editorial Opposes European Commission Proposals
Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin editorial warns against loosening restrictions on drug promotion
Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Electronic Disease Surveillance Systems Vary Widely
Lack of unified systems will increase cost of data sharing, report predicts
Friday, July 31, 2009

U.S. Health Data Network a Powerful Tool for Quality
DARTNet, a prototype for data sharing, already gives clinicians access to data on 400,000 patients
Friday, July 31, 2009

Pregnant Women, Children Among H1N1 Vaccine Priorities
CDC panel also says health care workers should be among first-line recipients
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Methods to Determine Health Care Priorities Questioned
Debate over whether to base resource allocation on measures of patient or public attitudes
Friday, July 24, 2009

Camera Phones Can Help Doctors Make Rare Diagnoses
Patient captured images of transient symptoms and gave them to her doctor
Friday, July 24, 2009

Emergency Clinicians Need Training to Treat Blast Injuries
With terrorism threat, emergency teams need to know how to treat injuries from explosions
Thursday, July 23, 2009

Obesity Rates Highest Among African-American Population
Prevalence among African-Americans 51 percent higher than among Caucasians
Friday, July 17, 2009

Probiotics May Not Help Treat Severe Malnutrition
But reduced outpatient mortality warrants further investigation
Friday, July 10, 2009

Obesity Rates for American Adults Still Going Up
CDC survey finds a quarter of the population in 32 states is now obese
Thursday, July 09, 2009

Priorities Set for Comparative Effectiveness Research
Best ways to spend $400 million research budget identified
Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Oncology Best Supportive Care Studies Faulted
Systematic review demonstrates need to improve studies' methodological and ethical validity
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Americans Paying for More of Their Health Care Costs
Families with individual coverage may spend 22 to 50 percent of household income on health care
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

President Signs Tobacco Law, Acts on Medicare Coverage
New law regulates tobacco marketing; Medicare reform to cut costs for seniors in coverage gap
Monday, June 22, 2009

Reinforced Infection Control Needed to Combat H1N1
Health care personnel are picking up infections in medical and community settings
Monday, June 22, 2009

AMA: Policy Statement Supports Health Care Reform
Association also adopts strategies to reduce medical school debt, increase supply of physicians
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Glove Perforation Raises Odds of Surgical Site Infection
But surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis eliminates the risk, study finds
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Individual Mandate for Health Insurance Affordable and Fair
Perspective offers that compulsory minimum health insurance would benefit health care reform
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

AMA: Air Travel Guidelines Needed to Prevent Flu's Spread
Separate policy recognizes health care facilities' role in sustainable, healthy food system
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

AMA: Guidance Offered on Medical Record Breaches
American Medical Association also addresses male breast cancer, anti-aging hormone use
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Adverse Events for Colonoscopy Increase With Age in Elderly
Physicians also should consider their patient's comorbidities before recommending procedure
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sweeping Medical Reforms Lack Medical Liability Element
Focus is on cost control, with other issues not yet addressed
Monday, June 15, 2009

Bill Giving FDA Authority Over Tobacco on Way to President
House of Representatives rapidly endorses Senate's version of bill passed late Thursday
Friday, June 12, 2009

Senate Approves Bill Giving FDA Authority Over Tobacco
Measure requires companies to list ingredients and agency to approve new products
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Many U.K. Trained Doctors Stay in National Health Service
And men and women found to choose similar career paths
Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Rotavirus Vaccine Studied in Nicaraguan Children
Vaccine not as effective as previous trials conducted in developed countries
Wednesday, June 03, 2009

DDW: Drug Promotion, Especially to Docs, Ups Sales
Every $243 spent on professional promotion of Zelnorm resulted in one more prescription
Tuesday, June 02, 2009

ASCO: Personalized Cancer Treatments Found Effective
BiovaxID improves survival in follicular lymphoma; trastuzumab cuts death risk in gastric cancer
Monday, June 01, 2009

ASCO: Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatments Analyzed
Surgery in colorectal patients may be unnecessary; efficacy of other GI cancer treatments discussed
Monday, June 01, 2009

Democrats Set Ambitious Goal for Health Care Reform
Physicians can take lead to get much-needed federal legislation passed
Thursday, May 21, 2009

Medicare Denies Coverage for 'Virtual Colonoscopy'
Advocacy, professional groups say decision will prevent widespread screening that could save lives
Thursday, May 14, 2009

Exercise and Diet Support Slows Cancer Survivor Decline
Counseling and health information helps patients lose weight and slows functional decline
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

SCAI: Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Major Heart Risks
Heartburn drugs may reduce activity of clopidogrel in patients with coronary stents
Thursday, May 07, 2009

Medical Center Press Releases Often Lacking Key Details
Many overstate importance and clinical relevance of studies but omit cautions and limitations
Tuesday, May 05, 2009

New Web-based Information Source to Support UK Clinicians
NHS Evidence employs technology and rigorous criteria to assure relevance and quality
Thursday, April 30, 2009

NEJM Commends New Conflict of Interest Proposal
Editorialist says comprehensive recommendations could significantly impact practices, institutions
Thursday, April 30, 2009

FDA Requires OTC Pain Relievers to Display Warnings
New rule requires warnings on stomach bleeding, liver damage on NSAIDs and acetaminophen
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Specialist Centers Key to Treating Cystic Fibrosis
Outlook has steadily improved thanks to more aggressive treatment
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

China's Organ Procurement Troubles Most US Clinicians
Most US health care professionals will not recommend patients get a liver transplant in China
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pharmacist Involvement May Decrease Medication Errors
Two studies suggest benefits of an interdisciplinary medication reconciliation process
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Steep Copayments Increase Risk of Non-Adherence
Higher out-of-pocket drug costs delay initiation of therapy for patients with chronic conditions
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

ACP: Board Votes to Enhance Perception of Primary Care
Regents support measures including legislation to fund studies assessing value of primary care
Friday, April 24, 2009

Having Health Insurance May Not Improve Mortality Risk
Researchers say finding suggests universal coverage would not decrease US death rate
Thursday, April 23, 2009

Stretches Without Health Insurance More Common
Change from early 1980s to early 2000s seen particularly in those with lowest education level
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Continuity of Care Declining for Medicare Beneficiaries
Less than a third of beneficiaries saw their PCP when they were hospitalized in 2006
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Gastrointestinal Symptoms Common in Fibromyalgia
Nearly all fibromyalgia patients had functional gastrointestinal disorder, compared to 39 percent of study controls
Thursday, April 16, 2009

Little Progress in Reducing Foodborne Illness
Gaps in U.S. food safety system continue to let dangerous food reach the table
Friday, April 10, 2009

Financial Rewards for Healthy Behavior Can Be Effective
But the practice can be fraught with moral dilemmas
Friday, April 10, 2009

Electronic Prescribing Online-Learning Tools Launched
American Medical Association tools will help physicians evaluate ePrescribing systems
Thursday, April 02, 2009

Changes Needed in New-Drug Evaluation Process
Patients get 'poor return on investment'; independent evaluation and transparency needed
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

New Health Program Leads to Questions in the UK
Program calls for each primary care trust to seek a general practitioner-led health center
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Safe Practice Scores Do Not Add Up to Fewer Patient Deaths
Safe Practices Survey data only shows how hospitals have implemented safety guidelines
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cost Barriers Slow Adoption of Electronic Health Records
But government intervention and funding could quickly spur improvement
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Transdermal Patches Pose Burn Risk During Scans
Metal in patches can cause burns during MRI
Friday, March 06, 2009

Obama Wants to Spend $630 Billion on Health Care Reform
President's plan calls for replacement of Medicare reimbursement system, increase in FDA budget
Thursday, March 05, 2009

Proton Pump Inhibitors May Reduce Benefits of Clopidogrel
Concurrent use of both drugs after acute coronary syndrome linked to higher risk of adverse outcomes
Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Vitamin K Doesn't Reduce Bleeding in Warfarin Patients
But single dose in overanticoagulated patients may help lower international normalized ratio
Tuesday, March 03, 2009

US Motor Vehicle-Related Death Rates Vary Geographically
Mortality rate in the South double that of the Northeast
Monday, March 02, 2009

Insurance Essential for Good Health, Well-Being
Report calls on policymakers, public to address uninsurance problem
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

US Health Spending May Have Hit $2.4 Trillion in 2008
Private health spending growth due to hit 15-year low
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Proposed Changes to Health Care Would Reduce Costs
Investing in health care reform will improve outcomes, save money
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Transparency, Globalization Growing in Clinical Research
Enhanced data reporting, increased globalization among recent trends in clinical trial research
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Implementing a Quality Improvement Faculty Path
Criteria include broadening promotion factors, considering publication alternatives
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ads Featuring 'Drug Facts Box' Help Educate Consumers
Replacement of brief summary with 'facts box' may lead to better informed medication choices
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Agencies Must Do More to Prevent Foodborne Disease
Salmonella outbreak demonstrates need for change; irradiation should be considered
Thursday, February 12, 2009

Care Coordination Programs Don't Benefit Medicare Patients
Few such programs reduce hospitalizations, monthly expenditures or improve quality of care
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

CDC Analyzes Salmonella Peanut Butter Outbreak
Report highlights complexities of 'ingredient-driven' outbreaks and importance of rapid investigation
Monday, February 09, 2009

US Outpatient Surgeries Increasingly Common
Outpatient surgeries accounted for half of all surgeries in 1996 and nearly two-thirds of surgeries in 2006
Friday, January 30, 2009

Bisphenol A Levels Do Not Decrease with Fasting
Levels point to non-food exposure, storage in body tissue
Thursday, January 29, 2009

Clopidogrel/Proton Pump Inhibitor Combo Questioned
Taking both can increase heart attack patients' risk of reinfarction
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Clinical Information Technology Leads to Safer Hospitals
Automated records associated with lower mortality, fewer complications
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Peanut Butter Crackers, Dog Snacks Among Recalled Items
CDC, FDA believe Georgia plant is source of Salmonella outbreak
Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hundreds Acquired Hepatitis B, C in US Health Care Settings
Thirty-three outbreaks found in non-hospital health care settings over decade; more than 60,000 patients were at risk
Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Withdrawal Time Policy Not Linked to Polyp Discovery
After endoscopists devoted at least seven minutes during colonoscopy, polyp detection didn't rise
Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fewer Polyps Detected by Inexperienced Nurses
Polyps more likely to be missed in colonoscopies staffed with less-experienced nurses
Tuesday, December 30, 2008

AHA: Medical Usage High Among Heart Failure Patients
Each year, those with severe disease see up to 23 clinicians
Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Premiums Up, Coverage Down for Medicare Part D Plans
Nearly all stand-alone Medicare Part D plans will have a coverage gap in 2009
Monday, November 10, 2008

Cancer Literature Emphasizing Racial Disparity May Backfire
Literature discourages readers if racial disparities are emphasized
Thursday, November 06, 2008

Access to Primary Care Key to US Health Care Reform
Careers in primary care should be supported and promoted
Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Credit Crisis to Take Long-Term Toll on Health System
UK's National Health Service will have no real growth in funding
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Placebo Treatments Commonly Utilized
Prescribing placebo treatments viewed as both common and ethical
Friday, October 24, 2008

Financial Bailout Puts US Health Care Reform in Jeopardy
Neither McCain's nor Obama's proposals would escape unscathed
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

UK Researchers Demand Regulatory Relief
Regulatory burden of clinical research threatens to inhibit delivery of potential life-saving benefits
Friday, October 17, 2008

News Media Under-Report Drug Company Funding of Research
Few newspapers have written policy on reporting funding and using generic names for drugs
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

No Change to 2009 Part B Medicare Premium
First time since 2000 that premium has not been raised yearly
Monday, September 22, 2008

Hepatitis B Screening Recommendations Expanded
CDC says people born in Asia and Africa, at-risk populations should be tested
Friday, September 19, 2008

Antibiotic Resistance Has Become a Global Pandemic
Major medical breakthroughs under threat from loss of antibiotic efficacy
Friday, September 19, 2008

Lancet Supports WHO Report on Health Inequality
Journal applauds report's call to action, will participate in conference and publish theme issue
Friday, August 29, 2008

Outlook Mixed on US Presidential Candidates' Health Plans
Commentary examines potential benefits, flaws in McCain and Obama health care proposals
Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Seniors Likely to Find Medicare Health Web Site Unusable
Study of computer-savvy seniors shows the site is difficult to use and navigate
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Comorbidities Worsen Fatigue in HIV-Positive Patients
Fatigue severity and symptom scores worsen with increasing numbers of comorbidities among HIV patients
Friday, August 15, 2008

Over 1 Billion U.S. Doctor, Hospital Visits Logged in 2006
CDC attributes increase to aging of the U.S. population
Thursday, August 07, 2008

International Issue of Torture Complicity Analyzed
Medical community may condone torture or fail to intervene
Friday, August 01, 2008

FDA Approves First Generic Divalproex Sodium
Like name-brand Depakote, generic versions will come with warnings on liver damage, pancreatitis
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Use of Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Endocarditis Discouraged
Should not be given routinely for dental and other procedures
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Exception Reporting Improves Pay-for-Performance Benefits
Inappropriate exclusion is rare
Thursday, July 17, 2008

Health Cash Incentives for Poor People Debated
Affirmative side says they may reduce health inequality; negative side doubts significant benefit
Wednesday, July 09, 2008

CDC: 2007-2008 Rotavirus Season Unusually Mild
New vaccine may be responsible for delayed disease activity, fewer severe cases
Monday, June 30, 2008

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