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

Aspirin May Cut Mortality in Nonmetastatic Prostate Cancer
Significant association observed for high-risk cancers with no difference according to daily dose
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

Hospital Study Addresses 'Alarm Fatigue'
2.5 million beeps, bleeps sounded in one month at one U.S. medical center
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Doctors Often Unaware Their Patients Have Catheters
21 percent were unaware that a patient under their care had a central venous catheter
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mortality Declines for Aortic Dissection Patients
However, hospitalization rate for aortic dissection remains stable
Thursday, October 23, 2014

CHEST: CPAP Doesn't Adversely Affect Sex Life
Patients who adhere to treatment are as satisfied with sexual activity as those who don't
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

Team-Based Approach Can Improve Hypertension Control
One practice's story shows hypertension control can be boosted by team-based care
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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

Hospice Doesn't Offset Intensive End-of-Life Ovarian Cancer Care
Findings among older patients with terminal ovarian cancer
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Drinking Sugary Sodas May Promote Aging at Cellular Level
Sugar-sweetened soda consumption linked to shorter telomere length in leukocytes
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

Few With Diabetes + Normal Heart Imaging Have CAD Events
Findings in patients with normal myocardial perfusion computed tomography
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Depression Tied to Worse Lumbar Spine Surgery Outcomes
Poorer functional ability observed in depressed patients at five years after decompressive surgery
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

Twice-Yearly Doctor Visits Help Control Hypertension
Having health insurance also associated with better readings
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Parkinson's Meds May Spur Compulsive Behaviors
Compulsive behaviors include impulsive gambling, shopping, hypersexuality
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Many Common Symptoms Unrelated to Disease
Disease-focused model of care may be inadequate for symptom-prompted outpatient visits
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

High-Intensity Statins Cut Diabetic Atherosclerosis
Regression of coronary atheroma seen in patients both with and without diabetes
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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

High-Dose Resveratrol Aids Bone Mineral Density
Findings in trial of obese men with metabolic syndrome
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

3-Minute Diagnostic Assessment Accurately IDs Delirium
High specificity and sensitivity with three-minute assessment for elderly with, without dementia
Monday, October 20, 2014

AAO: Reading Glasses May Soon Be a Thing of the Past
Implantable eye device shows promise in preliminary trial, researchers say
Monday, October 20, 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: 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

Patient Resources for Ventricular Assist Devices Info Suboptimal
Materials present benefits, but omit risks, alternative options, and caregiver considerations
Friday, October 17, 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

Years of Endurance Exercise May Raise A-Fib/Flutter Risk
Findings for men both in the regular population and competitive athletes
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

CMS Announces Two New Initiatives to Improve Care
Initiatives to affect Nursing Home Five Star Rating System and home health care
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Overdetection of PSA Recurrence After Radical Prostatectomy
For some men, prostate cancer recurrence may be overdetected, especially in those aged over 70
Thursday, October 16, 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

Performance Measures Don't Influence Readmission
Findings among Medicare beneficiaries receiving postacute care at a skilled nursing facility
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

FDA Approves Urinary Prosthetic Device for Women
Device approved for impaired detrusor contractility
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mental Stress Affects Heart Differently in Men, Women
Physical differences in cardiovascular and platelet reactivity seen
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Considerations for CMS Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening
Articles discuss importance of screening and strength of evidence that CMS should consider
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Smoking-Related Illnesses in U.S. Total 14 Million
Many Americans suffer from multiple conditions related to cigarettes
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sudden Cardiac Death a Risk for Women Living Near Major Roads
May be as big a factor as smoking, obesity, and poor eating habits, research suggests
Tuesday, October 14, 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

Love Your Coffee? You May Have Been Born That Way
Research identifies genes linked to the body's response to caffeine in coffee
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

ASA: Chewing Gum Before Surgery Appears Safe
Patients who inadvertently chew gum should not face cancellation of procedures
Monday, October 13, 2014

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

Alternative Beats Conventional ABI Method for Predicting PAD
Higher sensitivity and better prediction with method involving lower of two systolic ankle pressures
Friday, October 10, 2014

Anticoagulation Use in Urology Patients Requires Pre-Planning
Multidisciplinary planning cuts morbidity, mortality before procedures
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

Medicines Are Biggest Culprit in Fatal Allergic Reactions
Antibiotics, contrast material for scans lead the list of triggers
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

High Cholesterol Tied to Prostate Cancer's Return
Findings suggest that normalization of blood fats may reduce risk, researcher says
Friday, October 10, 2014

IDSA: Infection Rates in Nursing Homes on the Rise
Researchers note problem will only worsen with aging baby boomers
Thursday, October 09, 2014

Five Healthy Lifestyle Choices Cut Women's Stroke Risk
Following all five healthy habits reduces risk of total stroke by 54 percent
Thursday, October 09, 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

Cancer Diagnosis Can Take Toll on Mental Health
Patients with breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and malignant melanoma particularly at risk
Tuesday, October 07, 2014

About Half of All U.S. Hospital Patients Receive Antibiotics
About half of those patients received two or more antibiotics
Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Handheld U/S Beats Physical Exam for Heart Abnormalities
Less downstream testing for patients with no significant abnormality; reduces overall costs
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

Docs More Likely to Prescribe Unneeded Antibiotics Later in Day
They tend to 'wear down' and prescribe more as the day progresses, researchers find
Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Chasm Exists Between Cultural, Medical Definitions of Obesity
Gap may serve as barrier to communication about health risks of large body size for black women
Monday, October 06, 2014

Heart Bypass Patients May Not Need Tight Glucose Control
Survival rates similar for those with looser glucose limits, researchers find
Monday, October 06, 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

CHD Risk in Diabetes Correlates With BMI Seven Years Earlier
With U-shaped association between BMI at last visit, risk of CHD among women
Monday, October 06, 2014

Research Suggests Stroke Risk Up With β-Blockers in Select Patients
Lower composite cardiovascular outcome seen only for patients with prior MI, no heart failure
Monday, October 06, 2014

Study Clarifies LMWH Treatment for Cancer-Related DVT
Presence of residual vein thrombosis may help determine the optimal duration of LMWH treatment
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

Gout Independently Associated With Diabetes Risk
Women with this form of arthritis are more susceptible, researchers say
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

Lung Cancer Screening Found Cost-Effective for Medicare
Findings among Medicare beneficiaries at high-risk due to past smoking
Friday, October 03, 2014

Only DM Duration Independently Tied to Microvascular Events
Age, although associated, is not an independent factor for microvascular events
Friday, October 03, 2014

Walking Protects Against Functional Limitation in OA
Best threshold to distinguish incident functional limitation is ~6,000 steps per day
Friday, October 03, 2014

Major Bleeds Found to Be Rare for Patients With Stable CAD
But reconsider antiplatelet rx + oral anticoagulant in select CAD patients at high bleed risk, experts say
Friday, October 03, 2014

Transient Ischemic Attacks May Lead to PTSD
Fear, depression, and anxiety might follow a transient ischemic attack, researchers say
Friday, October 03, 2014

Aerobic Exercise Boosts Quality of Life for Dialysis Patients
Regular activity linked to reduced risk of earlier death, improved mood
Friday, October 03, 2014

Remission of T2DM Without Bariatric Sx Found to Be Rare
Correlates of remission include older age, recent diagnosis, African-American race
Thursday, October 02, 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

'High-Intensity' Hospitals Save More Elderly After Surgery
But downside includes longer hospital stays, fewer days in hospice
Thursday, October 02, 2014

Hydrocodone Combo Products Reclassified As Schedule II
New rule from DEA, taking effect Oct. 6, will impact prescribing practices for these products
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

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

Social Support May Be Key to Heart Attack Recovery
Younger patients found to fare worse with no family, friends to help post-MI
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

No Genetic Proof Vitamin D Guards Against Type 2 Diabetes
Some past research had suggested a possible benefit against the disease
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Spinal Cord Stimulation Feasible for Diabetic Neuropathy
Treatment success of 59 percent in patients with painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

β-Blockers Equivalent in Long QT Syndrome Genotype 1
In LQT2, only nadolol is associated with significant risk reduction for first cardiac events
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ESICM: Benefits of Vitamin D3 Lacking for Patients in ICU
No reduction in hospital length of stay, hospital mortality, or six-month mortality
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FDA Criticized Over Implanted Medical Device Approval Process
Researchers criticize FDA for lax oversight; agency defends its approach
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AHA: Consider Radiation Risks of Heart Imaging Procedures
American Heart Association urges docs to make sure patient understands dangers, test is appropriate
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

American Academy of Neurology Issues Opioid Guidelines
Opioids for chronic noncancer pain too risky in many cases, AAN says
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fish Oil Supplements Don't Prevent Recurrence of A-Fib
Supplements also don't reduce inflammation or oxidative stress, which may explain findings
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

ACC Withdraws One Choosing Wisely Recommendation
New results show better outcomes with complete revascularization for some heart attack patients
Monday, September 29, 2014

Untreated Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk of Surgical Complications
Researchers recommend preoperative screening
Friday, September 26, 2014

Stress Might Be Even More Unhealthy for the Obese
Repeated exposure tied to escalation of inflammatory protein levels, but only in overweight people
Friday, September 26, 2014

NIH Funds Study of Malpractice Risk, Cardiac Testing Incentives
The five-year study will inform ongoing malpractice, payment reforms
Friday, September 26, 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

Depression Linked to Worse Bypass Grafting Outcomes
Higher rates of death, rehospitalization for heart failure, myocardial infarction, or stroke
Friday, September 26, 2014

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Beats Tai Chi for Insomnia
CBT performs better than tai chi, sleep seminar education for insomnia remission
Friday, September 26, 2014

Targeted Therapy May Help Relieve 'Complicated Grief'
Standard depression treatment is less successful after a loved one dies
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

NSAIDs Tied to Risk of Venous Thromboembolism
NSAIDs should be prescribed with caution, especially in patients already at a higher risk of VTE
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blood Test Might Predict Speed of Recovery From Surgery
Activity of subsets of CD14+ monocytes may provide clues to healing time
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Kidney Disease Doesn't Bar Thrombolytic Therapy in Stroke
Other factors explain higher risk of bleeds after use of IV tissue-type plasminogen activator
Thursday, September 25, 2014

ACP Launches Program for Nonvalvular A-Fib Management
STEP program includes self-management guidebook, worksheets, video for patients with NVAF
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Memory Slips in Senior Years May Signal Dementia Risk
Study found 80 percent of those who complained of forgetting things had Alzheimer's 12 years later
Thursday, September 25, 2014

New Clinical Guidelines Developed for NSTE-ACS
Patients with unstable angina, non-ST-elevation MI considered together in guidelines
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Diabetes Rates Leveling Off in the United States
After 20-year increase, cases have been tapering lately, but some groups still at risk
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review: Desmopressin Offers Modest Benefit for Nocturia
Doses of at least 25 mcg linked to decreased nocturnal voids, increased time to first void
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Clinical Practice Guideline Issued for Comorbid Conditions in CVD
ACC, AHA, and the U.S. DHHS reviewed Medicare data to consider impact on practice guidelines
Wednesday, September 24, 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

Reduction of Overuse of Non-ICU Cardiac Telemetry Feasible
Implementation of revised telemetry order sets linked to immediate and sustained reduction
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Healthy Behaviors May Prevent ~80 Percent of Heart Attacks
Men who follow five guidelines dramatically cut their risk, researchers say
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

Statins May Improve Hemorrhagic Stroke Outcomes
Those on statins more than four times more likely to survive than those not taking the drugs
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Health Conditions Expected to Worsen Due to Climate Change
Experts predict surge in breathing problems, infections, and food shortages
Monday, September 22, 2014

One in 15 Family Docs Focus Time on Emergency/Urgent Care
In rural areas, >8 percent of family physicians spend 80 percent or more of time in emergency/urgent care
Monday, September 22, 2014

Doctor Describes Importance of Interpretation in Patient Care
Doctor in mainly Spanish-speaking population notes importance of understanding patients
Monday, September 22, 2014

Redundant Antimicrobial Therapy Is Pervasive, Costly
Cases identified in three-quarters of hospitals, totaling $12 million of avoidable costs
Monday, September 22, 2014

Adults Over 45 Not Meeting U.S. Muscle Strengthening Guidelines
Less than one-quarter follow recommendations
Monday, September 22, 2014

E-Cigarettes Don't Help Cancer Patients Quit Smoking
Long-term safety, effectiveness of the devices still unclear, researchers caution
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

Sales Influence Consumer Food Shopping Habits
Consumers more likely to buy grain-based snacks, sweet snacks, sweet beverages on sale
Friday, September 19, 2014

Tight Glucose Control Doesn't Prevent Strokes Long Term
But keeping blood pressure in check does, researchers say
Friday, September 19, 2014

Family Squabbles Can Derail Recovery From Cancer Surgery
Researchers note infection, other complications more likely for patients with difficult lives
Friday, September 19, 2014

Vitamin E Supplements Do Not Appear to Prevent Cataracts
Vitamin E, selenium also demonstrate little effect on rates of cataract removal
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

Study Explores Docs' Roles in End-of-Life Hospitalizations
Five key roles identified for preventing and guiding hospital admissions at end of life
Friday, September 19, 2014

Vitamin K Antagonist + Clopidogrel Feasible for PCI
Findings based on review of the combination versus triple anticoagulant therapy
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

CDC: Add PCV13 As Routine Vaccination in Older Adults
Both PCV13 and PPSV23 now recommended for adults 65 years or older
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

FDA Panel: Limit Testosterone Drug Use
Joint committee also calls for drug makers to run heart-risk tests on popular 'Low T' products
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Migraines in Middle Age Tied to Increased Risk of Parkinson's
Researchers find connection, but actual risk is small; more study needed
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

Most Treatments for Acute VTE Appear Safe, Effective
Analysis of studies shows almost all strategies have similar outcomes
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Screening Elderly Women for Breast Cancer Questioned
Mammograms for those aged 69 to 75 could result in overtreatment, researchers caution
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ASTRO: Sexual Function Largely Retained in Prostate CA Combo Tx
High rates of preserved sexual function with combination beam plus brachytherapy
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

CDC: Opioid-Related Deaths Quadrupled in Past Decade
Increases highest among whites, and people between 55 and 64
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ACP Releases Guideline for Tx of Female Urinary Incontinence
Clinical practice guideline addresses nonsurgical management of urinary incontinence in women
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

ASTRO: QoL Up With Testosterone Recovery in Prostate Cancer
Shorter time to testosterone recovery with 18 versus 36 months androgen deprivation therapy
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ASTRO: Radiotherapy Improves Dysphagia in Esophageal Cancer
Similar improvement in dysphagia for radiotherapy alone, chemoradiotherapy
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Blood Pressure Seems to Stay Lower Longer in Fitter Men
Research suggests heart-healthy exercise may keep blood vessels more flexible
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Medicare Patients' Outcomes Better With Generic Statins
Prescribing generic rather than brand-name statins improves adherence to statin therapy
Monday, September 15, 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

INR Variability Predicts Warfarin Adverse Effects
Unstable warfarin anticoagulation predictive regardless of time in therapeutic range
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

Watchful Waiting May Not Be Best for Black Men With Prostate CA
Found more likely to develop aggressive disease earlier than white patients
Monday, September 15, 2014

Poverty Tied to Increased Respiratory Hospitalization Rate
Those with lowest incomes hospitalized three times more than those with highest incomes
Friday, September 12, 2014

Highly Sensitive Troponin Test IDs Asymptomatic Heart Damage
Could eventually join cholesterol tests as standard screening tool, researchers say
Friday, September 12, 2014

Non-Vitamin K Oral Anticoagulants Vary in Assay Effects
Review guides clinicians on how to interpret coagulation test results
Friday, September 12, 2014

Review: ASA to Prevent Primary CVD Should Be Individualized
Benefit-to-risk ratio for aspirin in primary cardiovascular disease prevention unclear
Friday, September 12, 2014

Glycemic Control Linked to Lumbar Surgery Complications
Poor control in patients with diabetes linked to increased complications, mortality risk
Friday, September 12, 2014

Researchers Support Lung Cancer CT Screen in Older Patients
More false positives, but higher positive predictive value, observed in those 65 years and older
Friday, September 12, 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

Half of Staff Believe Dignified Death Possible in Cancer Centers
But 95 percent of palliative care staff indicate that patients die with dignity in their wards
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Physician, System Factors Affect CAD Detection Rates
About one-quarter of variation in the detection of obstructive CAD due to nonclinical factors
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

AB Blood Type May Be Linked to Risk of Memory Loss
High levels of factor VIII are also tied to higher risk of cognitive impairment
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Statins May Provide Microvascular Benefit in Diabetes
Statin users at lower risk of neuropathy, retinopathy, gangrene
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Outdoor Activity Contributes to Exfoliation Syndrome
Increased odds of exfoliation syndrome for every hour per week spend outdoors over the summer
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Long-Term Statins Benefit Familial Hypercholesterolemia
Long-term statin treatment in children with FH linked to normalization of carotid IMT progression
Wednesday, September 10, 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

Benzodiazepine Use Linked to Increased Alzheimer's Risk
Increased strength of association observed with exposure density, drug half-life
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AHA: ER Visits for Hypertension Rising in the U.S.
But admission rates and in-hospital mortality for hypertension have decreased
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

Meds of Questionable Benefit Often Prescribed to Elderly
Many nursing home patients with dementia receive expensive drugs that may not be beneficial
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

MI, CHD Incidence for Adults With Diabetes Decreases
From 1998 to 2010, hospitalized myocardial infarction, coronary heart disease in Australia fell
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Comparative Studies Lacking for Osteoporosis Drugs
Updated review finds good-quality evidence supporting various meds to reduce fracture risk
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

ASCO/CCO Issue New Guidelines for Advanced Prostate Cancer
Recommendations are for men whose tumors have grown resistant to hormonal therapies
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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

Spinal Manipulation, Exercise Best for Neck Pain in Seniors
Combination achieved greater pain reduction than supervised exercise, home exercise alone
Monday, September 08, 2014

Peri-Op Melatonin Doesn't Cut Post-Op Delirium in Elderly
Findings among a group of elderly patients undergoing acute surgery for hip fracture
Monday, September 08, 2014

Is Soy a Foe to Women With Breast Cancer?
Study raises questions about the effect of its estrogen-like properties
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

Single-Dose, Injected Flu Treatment Shows Promise
Findings from analysis of Phase II and Phase III clinical trials
Monday, September 08, 2014

Sitting Less May Lengthen Telomeres
Changes observed in telomeres in blood cells of 68-year-old sedentary, overweight individuals
Friday, September 05, 2014

Nearly 10 Percent of Americans Admit to Illicit Drug Use
Marijuana tops list of substances, federal report says
Friday, September 05, 2014

Diabetes May Increase Risk of Visual Loss Post-Spinal Fusion
Surgery for deformity, advanced diabetes, and paralysis increase risk
Friday, September 05, 2014

More Leisure Physical Activity Tied to Lower Heart Failure Risk
Similar but less pronounced effect seen for total physical activity and heart failure risk
Friday, September 05, 2014

High Potassium Intake in Older Women Tied to Lower Stroke Risk
Association with ischemic stroke risk strongest in nonhypertensive women
Friday, September 05, 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

Little Evidence of Testosterone Drugs' Benefits or Risks: FDA
Expert panel to decide whether the prescribing information on testosterone drugs should be changed
Thursday, September 04, 2014

Sleep Quality Tied to Brain Atrophy Over Time
Association largely seen in patients over age 60 years
Thursday, September 04, 2014

Bisphosphonate Use Ups Atypical Femoral Fracture Risk
Increased risk of atypical fractures with longer duration of use; risk higher for women than men
Thursday, September 04, 2014

ESC: β-Blockers Don't Improve Heart Failure, A-Fib Outcomes
No reductions in cardiovascular hospital admission, composite clinical outcomes
Wednesday, September 03, 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

Factors ID'd for Late Hospice Admission for Cancer Patients
Late admission more likely for younger patients, married men, hematologic malignancies
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

CPAP Treats Excessive Daytime Sleepiness in Seniors
Continuous positive airway pressure improves slumber, lowers daytime sleepiness
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Age Doesn't Impact Deep Brain Stimulation Complications
For patients with Parkinson's, increasing age does not impact 90-day overall complication rates
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

Confusional Arousal Common, Linked to Other Disorders
Confusional arousals may be associated with medications, sleep disorders, or mental disorders
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Vitamin D Deficiency Worsens Outcomes With B-Cell Lymphoma
Deficiency impairs rituximab-mediated cellular cytotoxicity; substitution improves RMCC
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cognitive Impairment May Increase Subsequent Stroke Risk
Pooled results from 18 studies show increased risk of stroke; increased risk of fatal, ischemic stroke
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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

Wellness Visits, Physicals Need Different Documentation
Medicare annual wellness visits and preventive visits require different templates
Thursday, August 21, 2014

ASA: Adult Daughters Provide More Elder Care Than Sons
Gender of siblings influences division of responsibility for caregiving of aging parents
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Malnutrition Prevalent Among Seniors Presenting to ER
Sixty percent of older patients presenting to emergency department are malnourished or at risk
Friday, August 15, 2014

Prevnar-13 Should Be Routine for Seniors
Officials say people 65 and older should get 13-valent pneumococcal vaccine in addition to older type
Thursday, August 14, 2014

High-Dose Trivalent Flu Shot Better Protects Seniors
Hemagglutination titers and seroprotection rates higher with high-dose trivalent vaccine
Wednesday, August 13, 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

Neighborhood's Socioeconomic Status Tied to Readmissions
Findings for six-month, all-cause readmission in patients with heart failure
Monday, August 11, 2014

Emergency Department Closures Up Inpatient Mortality Nearby
Findings in California show increased odds of mortality for admissions near ER closure
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

AADE: Mindfulness Beneficial for Veterans With Diabetes
Improvements seen in diabetes-related distress, diabetes control, AADE-7 self-care behavioral goals
Friday, August 08, 2014

Zoster Vaccine Still Effective With Subsequent Chemo
Vaccine is effective even among older adults who subsequently undergo chemotherapy
Friday, August 08, 2014

Polypill Can Potentially Offer Global Cardiovascular Benefit
Review suggests polypill strategy has potential to control global health epidemic of heart disease
Friday, August 08, 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

Low Vitamin D May Up Risk of Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease
Risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease is markedly increased for vitamin D <50 nmol/L
Thursday, August 07, 2014

Prophylactic Aspirin Use May Help Prevent Cancer
Daily aspirin appears beneficial for men and women between ages 50 and 65 in the general population
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Review: Earlier Alteplase Benefits Acute Ischemic Stroke More
Increased odds of good stroke outcome, despite increased risk of fatal intracranial hemorrhage
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Mortality Up With CKD in PCI Contrast-Induced Nephropathy
Increased long-term mortality risk for patients with, but not those without, chronic kidney disease
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Favorable Resource Use With Long-Detection Interval for ICD
Longer time to first overall, cardiovascular hospitalization; reduction in costs for hospitalizations
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Women Over 75 May Still Benefit From Mammograms
Breast cancer survival better in women whose cancer was detected by mammography
Tuesday, August 05, 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

Five Servings of Fruit and Veggies a Day Cut Mortality
Additional servings linked to further reduction in cardiovascular, but not cancer, mortality
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Best Outcomes Seen at Systolic BP of 130 to 139 mm Hg
Composite of mortality, end-stage renal disease increased at higher and lower blood pressures
Monday, August 04, 2014

New Onset, Post-Op Atrial Fibrillation Ups Mortality
Also linked to greater hospital resource utilization, increased costs
Monday, August 04, 2014

Hx of Alcohol Use Disorder Ups Odds of Memory Impairment
Disorder linked to more than double the odds of severe memory impairment in middle-aged adults
Monday, August 04, 2014

Guidelines Issued for Cardiac Management of Noncardiac Sx
Guidelines include perioperative cardiovascular evaluation, management for adult patients
Friday, August 01, 2014

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

Each Chronic Condition Further Reduces Life Expectancy
Average marginal decline in life expectancy for each additional chronic condition is 1.8 years
Friday, August 01, 2014

Older Adults With Dementia More Likely to Receive Pacemaker
Participants with severe dementia nearly three-fold more likely to receive pacemaker
Friday, August 01, 2014

Off-Hour Arrival at Hospital Impacts Heart Attack Outcomes
Delays in treatment and higher risk of mortality associated with presentation during off-hours
Friday, August 01, 2014

Florida Officials Issue Warning on Vibrio Bacteria
CDC advises keeping open wounds away from warm saltwater, brackish water or shellfish
Friday, August 01, 2014

FDA Approves Once-Daily, Long-Acting Inhaler for COPD
Striverdi Respimat is a long-acting beta-adrenergic agonist
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Advanced Care Decision Aids Underutilized
Effectiveness not well documented
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Large Variation in Lipid Reduction With High-Dose Statin Tx
More than 40 percent of those taking high-dose statins don't reach LDL-C target of <70 mg/dL
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Comorbidities Affect Odontoid Fracture Survival in Elderly
Findings among those treated both surgically, nonoperatively
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Weight Loss Intervention in T2DM Linked to Bone Loss
Four-year intervention linked to slight, but significant increase in bone loss in men, but not women
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Depression Independent of Neuropathology of Dementia
Tie between neuropathologic markers and cognitive decline not modified by depressive symptoms
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Higher Risk of Vascular Events With Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Identification and active management of vascular risk factors advised
Thursday, July 31, 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

CDC: Extreme Weather Kills 2,000 in U.S. Each Year
Heat contributes to nearly one-third of those deaths
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Guidelines Issued for Medical Management of Kidney Stones
Guidelines developed for diagnosis and evaluation, prevention, and follow-up
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Diabetes Linked to Increased Risk of Head and Neck Cancer
Retrospective cohort study in Taiwan shows significantly increased risk of cancer
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Healthy Habits May Slow Cellular Signs of Aging
Study adds to understanding of how healthy living affects the aging process
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Any Amount of Running Tied to Lower Risk of Death
Even 5 to 10 min/day at slow speeds <6 miles/hour confers marked benefit
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Decline in Stroke Incidence for Senior Medicare Beneficiaries
From 1988 to 2008 decrease noted in ischemic, hemorrhagic stroke; 30-day stroke mortality
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

Radial Artery Pulse Measurement Feasible Screen for A-Fib
Measurement of peripheral pulse at radial artery feasible a-fib screen for patients after stroke
Friday, July 25, 2014

Empiric Potassium Cuts Death in Loop Diuretic Users
Reduced risk of all-cause death with empiric potassium supplementation
Friday, July 25, 2014

FDA Approves Tough-to-Abuse Formulation of Oxycodone
Targiniq ER includes naloxone, which blocks euphoric effect if pill is crushed or broken
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Patients Give High Marks to Shared Medical Appointments
Primary care patients more satisfied with care in shared appointments than usual care
Thursday, July 24, 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

Decompression Surgery Linked to Reduced Risk of Falls
Findings in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis with/without surgery
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beta-Blockers in New Onset CHD Reduce Cardiac Risk Only Post-MI
Findings only among those with a recent myocardial infarction
Tuesday, July 22, 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

Physician Continuity Is Key After ER Visit for Heart Failure
Better outcomes with early follow-up, particularly with familiar physician
Monday, July 21, 2014

Patients, Caregivers Struggle With Advanced Multimorbidity
Interviews with patients and carers offer insights into the needs of those with advanced multimorbidity
Friday, July 18, 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

With ERs, the Busier May Be the Better
Risk of death may be 10 percent lower at high-volume emergency rooms
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nurses Expand Outpatient Care for Chronically Ill Adults
Outcomes positive for nurse-managed protocols in patients with chronic conditions
Thursday, July 17, 2014

AAIC: A Healthy Lifestyle May Deflect Dementia
At-risk seniors who began eating right, exercising did better on memory/problem-solving tests
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Alcohol Consumption Tied to Higher A-Fib Risk
Even moderate alcohol consumption may slightly increase the risk of atrial fibrillation
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review: Aspirin Use in Primary Cardiovascular Prevention
Low-dose aspirin to be used for patients at high cardiovascular risk, with no increased bleeding risk
Wednesday, July 16, 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

Stroke History Heightens Risk for Adverse Surgical Outcomes
Heightened risk seen if time between stroke and surgery is less than nine months
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Social Integration Inversely Linked to Suicide Risk for Men
Strongest protective associations for marital status, social network size, religious service attendance
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Telecare Intervention Improves Chronic Pain
Increase in proportion of patients with at least 30 percent improvement in chronic musculoskeletal pain
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Stroke Incidence, Mortality Down From 1987 to 2011
Prospective cohort study in four U.S. communities showed decrease for blacks and whites
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sizable Proportion of Patients Nonadherent to Glaucoma Meds
Second study shows telecommunication intervention can improve adherence
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

AAIC: Alzheimer's Rate Falling in the United States
Improved heart health may be one reason for decline seen in some developed countries
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Change in Appearance of Generic Pills Ups Nonadherence
Findings among patients with cardiovascular disease after myocardial infarction
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Home BP Monitoring Could Financially Benefit Insurers
First year estimated savings range from $33 to $166 per member
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Patient Satisfaction Surveys May Contribute to Opioid Abuse
Two senators present anecdotal evidence in letter to CMS administrator
Monday, July 14, 2014

AAIC: Cataract Surgery a Plus for Patients With Dementia
Besides better vision, patients and caregivers report improved quality of life
Monday, July 14, 2014

NSAID Use Ups Cardiovascular Event Risk Post-Menopause
Risk up with regular NSAID use, selective cox-2 inhibitor use, agents with cox-2>cox-1 inhibition
Monday, July 14, 2014

Dark Chocolate May Up Walking Distance in PAD Patients
Polyphenols in cocoa reduce oxidative stress and cause dilatation in the peripheral arteries
Thursday, July 10, 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

Aerobic Walking Beneficial in Parkinson's Disease
Improvements in gait speed, fatigue, depression, quality of life, flanker task scores
Thursday, July 03, 2014

Central Venous Catheters Up Infection Risk in Cancer Patients
Careful assessment of need for long-term CVCs, targeted strategies for reducing infections urged
Thursday, July 03, 2014

No Link for Testosterone Supplements, Heart Attack
Finding runs counter to some prior reports; much larger trials are needed, experts say
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Tips Offered for Improving Practice Financial Management
Tips include establishment of clear financial policies for practice; education of patients
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

Mental Stress Affects Ischemia Prognosis in Patients With CAD
Risk of adverse CV events is approximately doubled in patients with coronary artery disease
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

CDC: Opioid Prescriptions Vary Widely Among States
Death toll can be reduced with better oversight, agency says, citing success in Florida
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Study Confirms Link Between Low Vitamin D, Early Death
Present study used serum level of 30 ng/mL versus 20 ng/mL used in previous research
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

NATA: For Heat Stroke Victims, Cool First, Then Transport
New guidelines stress the importance of immediate cooling for athletes
Monday, June 30, 2014

Nursing Home Care May Be Out of Reach for Many Aging 'Boomers'
Price tag for one year of institutionalized care is now about $84,000, federal report says
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

Cancer Screening Discussions Lack Shared Decision-Making
Physicians more likely to discuss pros versus cons of screening with patients
Friday, June 27, 2014

Television Viewing Time Linked to All-Cause Mortality
Increased all-cause mortality with TV viewing, not computer or driving time, after adjustment
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

PCP Follow-Up Cuts Readmission After High-Risk Surgery
Findings in patients undergoing sx at high risk of readmission, especially those with complications
Thursday, June 26, 2014

CDC: One in 10 Deaths Due to Excessive Drinking
Findings among all deaths in U.S. working-age adults, although rates vary by state
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

30-Day ECG Monitoring Ups A-Fib Detection After Stroke
Improved detection versus 24-hour monitoring in patients with ischemic stroke or TIA
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Higher Plasma Vitamin D May Cut Hypertension Risk
Finding based on a mendelian randomization using an allele score as proxy for 25(OH)D
Thursday, June 26, 2014

CDC: Over Half of Seniors Plagued by Incontinence
Nearly 51 percent of people aged 65 and older living at home reported bladder and/or bowel incontinence
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

States Opening Registries to Ease Backlog of Veterans' Care Cases
Texas, New York already established lists of private physicians willing to see veterans
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Active Surveillance Underused for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer
Most physicians report that their patients are not interested in active surveillance
Wednesday, June 25, 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

Shortage Seen for Adult Endocrinologists
Authors suggest increasing the number of fellows trained annually to meet demand
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

USPSTF Recommends One-Time AAA Screening for Male Smokers
Selective testing urged for male never smokers; no routine screening for female never smokers
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Quitting Smokeless Tobacco Cuts Mortality Risk After Heart Attack
Reduced risk for those who quit snus found to be similar to that for smoking cessation
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

FDA: Bee Pollen Weight Loss Products Pose Health Risks
Some contain undeclared ingredients, sibutramine and/or phenolphthalein
Monday, June 23, 2014

Frequent Prior Hospitalization May Predict Stroke Readmission
National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale at admission may also be a predictor
Friday, June 20, 2014

Shared Medical Appointments Can Improve Quality of Life Measures
Findings among patients with similar chronic neuromuscular disorders
Friday, June 20, 2014

Patient Variables Predict Expectations in Spine Surgery
Age, disability due to pain consistently tied to higher expectations in cervical spine surgery
Friday, June 20, 2014

Meta-Analysis Confirms Serum 25(OH)D, Mortality Link
Consistent, increased risk of all-cause, cardiovascular mortality for lowest versus highest levels
Friday, June 20, 2014

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

Anesthesiologists Issue Choosing Wisely Recommendations
List of top 5 unnecessary perioperative medical services in anesthesiology developed
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Preop β-Blockers Don't Improve CABG Outcomes
Findings based on large study of nonemergent coronary artery bypass grafting surgery cases
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Lower Blood Pressure Might Not Be Better Once HTN Managed
No difference in events seen for those with systolic BP of <120 versus <140
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Beta-Blocker Therapy Cuts All-Cause Mortality in STEMI
Findings of beta-blocker therapy at discharge for patients with STEMI undergoing PCI
Wednesday, June 18, 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

FDA to Issue Salt Reduction Guidelines for Food Industry
Salt reduction guidelines will be voluntary
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

Processed Red Meat May Increase Risk of Heart Failure in Men
No increased risk found for consumption of unprocessed red meat
Monday, June 16, 2014

Walking Protects Against Functional Limitation of OA
Each additional 1,000 steps/day linked to reduction in incident functional limitation
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

Frailty Index Predicts Adverse Outcomes in Geriatric Trauma
Frailty index can be used as a clinical tool for risk stratification in geriatric trauma patients
Friday, June 13, 2014

Life Expectancy Affects Treatment for Acute MI
Clinicians' judgment of life expectancy may be reflected in treatment care gaps
Friday, June 13, 2014

Inverse Link for Cognitive Impairment, Heart Health
Life's Simple 7 scores in middle or highest versus lowest tertile linked to reduced cognitive impairment
Friday, June 13, 2014

Older Men on Statins Found Less Physically Active
Reasons for decline may include muscle pain, fatigue, and weakness caused by statins
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

Higher Protein Intake Linked to Reduced Stroke Risk
Significantly lower relative risk of stroke for highest versus lowest dietary protein intake
Thursday, June 12, 2014

CPAP Cuts BP in Sleep Apnea; Other Heart Benefits Unclear
For obese patients, weight loss also recommended for greater heart health impact
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

FDA Approves New Nail Fungus Treatment
Medication comes in liquid form and is applied directly to the nail
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Follow-Up Care Guidelines Issued for Prostate Cancer Survivors
Issues addressed include health promotion; surveillance for recurrence, new primaries
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sleep Quality Tied to Subsequent Low Back Pain Intensity
Findings independent of depression, common prognostic factors of low back pain
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

Study Identifies 41 Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables
Only six fruits/vegetables in analysis did not meet powerhouse criteria
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

High Recurrence Risk With Severe Cutaneous Adverse Reactions
Increased risk of recurrence likely reflects individual susceptibility
Friday, June 06, 2014

Switching Ophthalmologic Drugs Could Save Medicare $
Favoring bevacizumab over ranibizumab could eliminate $18 billion over 10 years
Friday, June 06, 2014

Air Pollution Has Short-Term Impact on Specific Cardiac Events
Nitrogen dioxide linked to increased risk of hospital admissions for CVD; increased risk of non-STEMI
Friday, June 06, 2014

Lower Mortality Tied to Azithromycin for Pneumonia
Azithromycin tied to smaller increased risk of myocardial infarction, though
Thursday, June 05, 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

Financial Incentive Can Up Fruit, Vegetable Purchases
For recipients of food assistance, implementation of monetary incentive ups revenue at farmers' market
Thursday, June 05, 2014

Midlife HTN Affects Late-Life BP, Brain Pathology Link
Correlation of late-life blood pressure to brain measures dependent on midlife hypertension history
Thursday, June 05, 2014

Risk of Unnatural Death Is Higher in Diabetes Patients
Deaths include fatal poisonings caused by overdoses of insulin or hypoglycemic drugs
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

High Blood Pressure Has Varied Effect on Cardio End Points
Impact varies with cardiovascular end point; different effects for elevated systolic/diastolic BP
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

CDC: Food Handlers Cause Most Food-Poisoning Cases
Norovirus spread in restaurants accounts for two-thirds of all outbreaks, CDC says
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Rx Adherence Up for Hispanics Post-Medicare Part D Launch
Heart med adherence up for Hispanics but only small increase seen among black patients
Tuesday, June 03, 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

Holistic Exercise Program Seems Feasible in Dementia
Feasibility study demonstrates psychological and physical benefits of holistic exercise program
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Quality Up in Patient-Centered Medical Home Care
Improvements compared to care provided by physicians using paper records or EHRs
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Timing May Affect Survival After Hospital Admission, Surgery
Researchers find worse results for weekend operations, admissions
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

FDA Approves Generic Version of Celebrex
Rx will carry warning alerting users of potential heart risks
Monday, June 02, 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

One-Fifth of Medicare Patients Sustain Adverse Medical Events
Serious adverse medical events associated with reduced survival rates among older adults
Monday, June 02, 2014

Transitional Care Interventions Up Heart Failure Outcomes
Home-visits, multidisciplinary interventions, telephone support provide benefit
Friday, May 30, 2014

Med Delay Ups Heart Attack, Death Risk in Stent Patients
Delay in filling first clopidogrel prescription after coronary stenting may lead to adverse outcomes
Friday, May 30, 2014

Inflammation Tied to Depressive Symptoms in New T2DM
Correlations for inflammatory markers including C-reactive protein, interleukin-1β
Friday, May 30, 2014

CDC: More Americans Working to Control BP, Cholesterol
But rates for these and other heart-healthy habits still fall far short of goals, agency says
Friday, May 30, 2014

Prior Authorization Expanded to Additional 12 States
Based on success of prior auth in cutting costs, it will also be applied to other medical equipment
Thursday, May 29, 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

Review: A-Fib Risk Up With Oral, Intravenous Bisphosphonates
Higher risk of atrial fibrillation with intravenous versus oral preparations
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

Cynical Distrust in Late Life May Be Linked to Dementia, Death
Dementia link seen after adjustment for confounders; tie to mortality attenuated after adjustment
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New Campaign Seeks to Help Sleep-Deprived Americans
'Sleep Well, Be Well' hopes to boost nation's health by stressing necessity of restful nights
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rates of Angina Symptoms, Medical History Down 1988-2012
Burden of angina varied across races, with significant decrease seen for whites, not blacks
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Heart Failure Severity Linked to Increasing Diabetes Risk
Dose-dependent pattern seen; link attenuated with renin-angiotensin system inhibitor use
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

ACSM: Study Confirms Structured Activity Aids Mobility in Elderly
Benefits of aerobic, resistance, and flexibility training seen over 2.6 years
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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

Rising Obesity Rates Coincide With More Exercise, Cheaper Food
Obesity rise also coincided with increased leisure time, availability of fruit/veggies
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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

Cognition Affected in Subgroups of Breast Cancer Patients
Greater tumor, comorbidity burden tied to more pretreatment impairment
Friday, May 23, 2014

Illegal Online Meds Targeted in Worldwide Crackdown
More than 19,600 packages seized in U.S., including drugs for diabetes, glaucoma
Friday, May 23, 2014

HFC: Sleeping Pills Up CV Events in Heart Failure Patients
Authors call for monitoring of heart failure patients with sleep-disordered breathing
Friday, May 23, 2014

Hospitalizations for Atrial Fibrillation Up in the U.S.
Frequent comorbid conditions include hypertension, diabetes, and chronic pulmonary disease
Friday, May 23, 2014

AHA Calls for Physical Activity Promotion in Stroke Survivors
Low- to moderate-intensity aerobic activity, muscle strengthening to be promoted
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sharp Rise in ER Visits Tied to Abuse of Alprazolam
Alprazolam was the most commonly prescribed psychiatric medication in 2011
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Docs Still Prescribing Antibiotics for Acute Bronchitis
Despite guideline recommendations and educational efforts to decrease this practice
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lasting Benefit for Cognitive Behavioral Intervention in PAD
Benefit in six-minute walk at 12 months for those randomized to home-based intervention
Thursday, May 22, 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

Physical Therapy No Help for Painful Hip Osteoarthritis
No improvement seen for pain or function, compared to sham treatment
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Two Large Beat Six Small Meals/Day in Type 2 Diabetes
Greater reductions seen in body weight, hepatic fat content, fasting plasma glucose, C-peptide, glucagon
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Resuscitation Choices Change Over Time in Heart Failure
Predictors of DNR state include advanced age, COPD, previous malignancy, decreased mobility
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Walking Tied to Better Outcomes in Chronic Kidney Disease
Lower risk of overall mortality, renal replacement therapy seen with more walking
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Higher Exercise Capacity Cuts Mortality in Elderly Men With HTN
Increased exercise capacity linked to lower risk of all-cause mortality
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Early Vaccination Key to Influenza Pandemic Response
Maximizing nonpharmaceutical interventions can substantially mitigate pandemic
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ATS: Sepsis Accounts for Large Proportion of Inpatient Deaths
Based on two cohorts, sepsis contributes to about one in every two to three deaths
Tuesday, May 20, 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

National Summit Addresses Rx Drug Abuse Crisis
Holistic approach encompassing both prevention and treatment called for
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species May Promote Longevity
Researchers pose concept that free radicals may combat, rather than cause, aging
Thursday, May 15, 2014

FDA: Start Sleep Medication Lunesta at Lower Dose for Safety
Agency points to studies showing daytime drowsiness that could interfere with driving
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Glaucoma Risk May Be Lower With Higher Folate Intake
Findings based upon supplemental folate intake, not dietary consumption alone
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Resveratrol Level Not Linked to Longevity in Older Adults
No association between urinary metabolite concentration and all-cause mortality
Thursday, May 15, 2014

AAFP Gives Context to CMS Publication of Medicare Payments
Dedicated online resources available to help physicians communicate with patients and media
Wednesday, May 14, 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

Decades Old Solvent Exposure Still Tied to Cognitive Problems
Those with high lifetime exposure and most recent exposure have the highest risk of impairment
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Emergency Room Visits for Traumatic Brain Injury Increasing
From 2006 to 2010, increase of 29.1 percent versus 3.6 percent for total emergency room visits
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Computerized Tool Cuts Risk of Prolonged QTc Interval
Clinical decision support system assists with prescribing choices in hospitalized patients at risk
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Testosterone Tx Doesn't Improve Glucose Metabolism in T2DM
For men with T2DM and low testosterone, tx also doesn't improve visceral adiposity
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

Many at High Cardiovascular Risk Still Not on Statins
Despite evidence that these agents reduce the risk of cardiovascular events
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Age-Specific Cervical CA Rates Up With Hysterectomy Correction
Higher age-specific incidence rates and shift in peak incidence to older women after correction
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

Stressful Social Relations Tied to Higher Mortality Risk
Frequent conflicts with any type of social relation linked to two- to three-fold increased risk
Monday, May 12, 2014

Review: Fruit, Veggie Intake Tied to Lower Stroke Risk
Meta-analysis of 20 studies showed inverse link between fruits and vegetables, risk of stroke
Monday, May 12, 2014

Impaired Functional Status at Discharge Ups Readmission
Functional status at time of admission to inpatient rehab facility linked to acute care readmission
Monday, May 12, 2014

Short Bursts of Intense Exercise Improve Glycemic Control
Alternative to single bout of continuous moderate exercise in individuals with insulin resistance
Monday, May 12, 2014

Cardioprotective Effect of 'Eskimo Diet' Lacks Support
Prevalence of CAD similar for Greenland Eskimos, Canadian and U.S. Inuit, and non-Eskimo populations
Friday, May 09, 2014

Pain in Knee Osteoarthritis Differs by Ethnicity
African-Americans report greater clinical pain than non-Hispanic whites
Friday, May 09, 2014

Climate Change Will Make Breathing in Summer Harder
As weather warms, some areas in the United States will have many high ozone days
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

Zontivity Approved for People at High Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke
First in new class called protease-activated receptor-1 antagonists
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Cheaper Copayments Boost Cardiovascular Drug Follow-Up
Lower medication costs produce better outcomes for nonwhite heart patients
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

HRS: Bariatric Surgery May Prevent A-Fib Onset in Obese
Long-term follow-up shows significantly lower incidence of a-fib in those who had surgery
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Coronary Artery Calcium Score Could Help Guide Aspirin Therapy
Patients with CAC score ≥100 may have a favorable risk/benefit estimate for use of aspirin
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Readmission to Alternative Hospital May Up Risk of Death
Significantly increased risk, even after adjustment for patient- and hospital-level covariates
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

Chronic Stress Ups Metabolic Risk From Unhealthy Diet
High-fat, high-sugar food especially harmful for highly stressed people
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Physical Activity Linked to Heart Rate Variability in Elderly
Correlations seen for greater total leisure-time activity, walking distance, walking pace
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

FRAX Underestimates Risk of Recurrent Fragility Fractures
Sensitivity of the fracture risk assessment tool is lower in patients younger than 65 years
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Review: High 25(OH)D Levels Tied to Improved CA Outcomes
Increment of 10 nmol/L in circulating 25(OH)D confers hazard ratio of 0.96 for overall survival
Monday, May 05, 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

Review: Room for Improvement in Psychiatric Care
Combined modality research needed; well-designed direct comparisons need public funding
Friday, May 02, 2014

Lowering Cholesterol Doesn't Aid Kidney Disease Progression
Cholesterol-lowering therapy is indicated in CKD patients to prevent cardiovascular risk
Friday, May 02, 2014

Vitamin D Deficiency May Up Risk of Aggressive Prostate Cancer
Severe vitamin D deficiency linked with higher grade and stage of prostate tumors
Friday, May 02, 2014

Group-Based Yoga Feasible, Effective for Incontinence
Greater reduction seen in total incontinence frequency for yoga versus wait-list control
Friday, May 02, 2014

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

CDC: Those With Arthritis Face Higher Risk of Falls
Exercise, physical therapy may help by improving balance, strength and gait
Friday, May 02, 2014

New Guidelines Issued for Prevention of Recurrent Stroke
Includes treatment for HTN, dyslipidemia, obesity screening, lifestyle modifications
Thursday, May 01, 2014

AAO: Americans Need to Be More Aware of UV-Related Eye Health
Most Americans unaware of the risks posed by common medications, including antibiotics
Thursday, May 01, 2014

Plantar-Pressure Based Orthoses Reduce Foot Ulcer Recurrence
No difference seen in nonulcerative lesions in diabetes patients versus standard orthoses
Thursday, May 01, 2014

Home Transition Program Cuts Readmission, Death Post-CABG
Innovative program involving cardiac surgery nurse practitioners reduces composite end point
Thursday, May 01, 2014

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

Lower Levels of Physical Capability Linked to Mortality
Second study shows correlation between daily light intensity activity and disability
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Modafinil Doesn't Improve NSCLC-Related Fatigue
Placebo effect seen; no difference from placebo for depression, daytime sleepiness, quality of life
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Higher Dietary Fiber Intake Tied to Lower Mortality in MI Survivors
Increased fiber intake from before to after MI significantly linked to lower all-cause mortality
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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

Established Modifiable Factors Account for Half of Strokes
Most important etiological factors for any stroke are hypertension and smoking
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Nongroup Insurance Market Lacked Stability Before ACA
Disruptions in coverage common, with 6.2 million people leaving nongroup coverage annually
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Laughter Therapy Could Combat Memory Loss in Seniors
Study suggests that humor helps improve recall, reduces stress hormone
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Meta-Analysis: Vitamin D Does Not Cut Falls by ≥15 Percent
Research shows effect estimate within futility boundary for vitamin D with, without calcium
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Winter's Polar Vortex Ushers in Spring's 'Pollen Vortex'
Seasonal overlap could mean extra misery for people with allergies, experts say
Tuesday, April 29, 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

Drinking More Coffee May Cut Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Conversely, reducing coffee intake may increase risk of type 2 diabetes
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Laughter May Work Like Meditation in the Brain
Study monitored brain waves of people watching different types of videos
Monday, April 28, 2014

SLIP-2 Tops Original SLIP Model for ID'ing Post-Op ARDS
Updated model outperforms original surgical lung injury prediction tool for patients at risk of ARDS
Friday, April 25, 2014

For Statin Users, Caloric, Fat Intake Up Since 1999 to 2000
Increased caloric and fat intake from 1999-2000 to 2009-2010; BMI increasing more in statin users
Friday, April 25, 2014

NKF: Proteinuria Often Not Properly Managed
41 percent of patients with proteinuria take NSAIDs, which can worsen condition
Friday, April 25, 2014

Benzodiazepines May Worsen Respiratory Outcomes in COPD
Caution is advised for new use of benzodiazepines in older adults with chronic obstructive lung disease
Friday, April 25, 2014

Dermatologist Care Tied to Better Self-Detection of Melanoma
Having established dermatologist may facilitate earlier evaluation of concerning lesions
Friday, April 25, 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

NKF: Drinking Wine May Protect Against Kidney Disease
<1 glass/day also lowers odds of cardiovascular disease in those with kidney disease
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Irrational Health Beliefs Predict Adherence to Cardiac Rehab
No correlation between depression and adherence to cardiac rehabilitation
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

AAN: Mild Cognitive Impairment May Hasten Death
Higher mortality risk seen in those over 70 years with either amnestic, non-amnestic impairment
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Research Initiatives Demonstrate Ways to Speed Stroke Care
Studies looked at improvements in ER, specially equipped ambulance
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Frequency of Arrhythmia Up in Nocturnal Hypoglycemia
QT intervals >500 ms, abnormal T-wave morphology seen in some participants during hypoglycemia
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Low Glucose Tied to Higher Aggressive Impulses, Behavior
Low glucose levels might contribute to intimate partner violence through low self-control
Tuesday, April 22, 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

Cancer Patients Need Anxiety, Depression Screening
American Society of Clinical Oncology has adapted pan-Canadian guidelines
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Linked to Osteoporosis
Risk of osteoporosis 2.74-fold higher even after adjustment for multiple confounding variables
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Primary Care Doctors Must Influence Lifestyle Changes
Doctors can play a role in preventing chronic disease through ongoing lifestyle counseling
Monday, April 21, 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

Sprifermin May Aid Cartilage Thickness Loss With Arthritis
Benefit seen in lateral femorotibial compartment, but not central medial femorotibial compartment
Monday, April 21, 2014

Low Adherence Rates for Prostate Cancer Quality of Care Measures
Regional variation seen in pretreatment counseling, overuse of bone scans, oncologist follow-up
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

Reduced Salt Intake Likely Dropped BP Levels in England
Subsequent decreases in stroke, ischemic heart disease mortality also seen in England
Friday, April 18, 2014

Trust in Provider Improves Antidepressant Adherence in DM
Patients with diabetes who perceive lack of shared decision-making found less adherent in Rx strategy
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

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

Physical Activity May Reduce Readmission Risk in COPD
Significantly reduced risk for patients reporting any level of moderate to vigorous physical activity
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Informed Patients Question Unnecessary Prescriptions
Educated sleeping pill users more likely to discuss quitting potentially harmful meds
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Diabetes-Related Complications Declined, 1990 to 2010
Declines largest for acute myocardial infarction and death from hyperglycemic crisis
Wednesday, April 16, 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

Younger Adults Hit Hardest This Flu Season
Although H1N1 strain predominates, previous exposure prevented pandemic
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CDC: Drowning Deaths Down Overall, but Still a Problem
Rates increased for adults 45 to 84; children 4 and under and adults 85 and older at highest risk
Tuesday, April 15, 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

NSAIDs With Anticoagulant Tx Ups Major Bleeding in VTE
Increases in clinically relevant, major bleeding seen in venous thromboembolism patients
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

Serum Potassium Levels Linked to Long-Term Mortality Post-MI
Levels above 4.5 mEq/L linked to increased mortality risk versus level of 3.5 to <4 mEq/L
Monday, April 14, 2014

Video-Based Info Increases Men's Skin Health Awareness
Those receiving intervention increased clinical skin exams in the seven months following education
Monday, April 14, 2014

Elderly African-Americans May Have Higher Alzheimer's Burden
More research needed to understand pathology and unique disease risks in African-Americans
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

Surgical Decisions for High-Risk Patients Needs Overhaul
New model includes multidisciplinary team and information about less invasive options
Friday, April 11, 2014

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

Cognitive Decline Inversely Tied to Cancer Mortality Risk
Elderly with faster cognitive decline found to have lower risk of cancer mortality
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dietary Legume Intake May Cut LDL Cholesterol Levels
One serving of pulses per day linked to significantly lower LDL cholesterol, but not non-HDL cholesterol
Thursday, April 10, 2014

NSAID Use Linked to Increased Risk of Atrial Fibrillation
Among elderly individuals, increased risk for current, recent use compared with never-use
Thursday, April 10, 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

Parental Addictions Linked to Arthritis in Adulthood
Association remains after adjusting for demographic and other clusters of risk factors
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

NCQA Updates Recognition Standards for Medical Homes
Patient-centered medical homes should focus on care coordination, behavioral health integration
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Most PCPs Accepting New Patients, Insurance Still a Factor
Across 10 states, 84.7 percent of privately insured and 57.9 percent Medicaid callers got appointment
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Stroke Risk May Be Elevated After Herpes Zoster Infection
Incidence ratios for stroke lower among those who receive antiviral therapy
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

Vitamin D Supplementation May Be Beneficial in Depression
Review shows no overall effect on symptoms, but may have effect in clinically significant depression
Monday, April 07, 2014

U-Shaped Association for Sodium Intake, Mortality
Consistently reduced risk for all-cause mortality with usual versus low sodium intake
Monday, April 07, 2014

Mental Work Demands Affect Later Cognitive Functioning
Decline in cognitive functioning in retirement slowed by work with higher mental demands
Friday, April 04, 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

Modifiable Factors Predict Sexual Dysfunction in Aging Men
Range of risk factors identified for incidence and remission of ED, dyadic and solitary sexual desire
Friday, April 04, 2014

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits for CKD Seen With Walking
Regular walking exercise is safe with regard to immune and inflammatory responses
Friday, April 04, 2014

More Elderly Americans Completing Advance Directives
But this trend over the past 10 years has not resulted in a decline in hospitalization before death
Friday, April 04, 2014

Patient Safety Not Affected by Resident Hour Reforms
No differences seen in patient safety outcomes before, after work-hour reforms
Thursday, April 03, 2014

Memory Impairment Prevalent in Elderly With Heart Failure
Severity of memory impairment increases with increasing severity of heart failure
Thursday, April 03, 2014

Worse Cutaneous Melanoma Outcomes for Men Living Alone
More advanced stage at diagnosis; reduced cutaneous malignant melanoma-specific survival
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

Muscle Mass Linked to Lower Mortality in Elderly
Total mortality lower in the fourth versus first quartile of muscle mass index
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Lack of Clear Evidence for Health Benefits of Vitamin D
Second review suggests increased risk of death for lowest versus highest levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D
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

'White Coat Effect' Is Smaller for Nurses Than Doctors
Mean blood pressures lower for nurses compared to readings made by doctors at same visit
Friday, March 28, 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

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 HealthCare.gov 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

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Cognitive Impairment Screening
Insufficient evidence to assess benefits and harms of universal screening for older adults
Monday, March 24, 2014

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

Alzheimer's Strikes Women Harder Than Men: Report
And those over 60 twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's as breast cancer
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review: Tamiflu Saved Lives During Swine Flu Pandemic
Best to start treatment within 48 hours, experts say
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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

Geriatric Care Principles Can Be Applied to Care Transitions
Framework includes identifying factors that complicate transitions; building recovery plans
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

Most Influenza Infections Seem to Be Asymptomatic
Age-attributable rate of illness among infected was 23 per 100 person-seasons
Monday, March 17, 2014

Chronic Hyperglycemia Tied to Worse Surgical Outcomes
Findings show poor glycemic control is tied to longer hospital stays for noncardiac surgery
Friday, March 14, 2014

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

Benefits of Faster Thrombolysis Time Quantified
Each minute of onset-to-treatment time saved linked to 1.8 extra days of healthy life
Friday, March 14, 2014

Multiple 60-Minute Massage Sessions Effective for Neck Pain
Sixty-minute sessions two or three times/week up likelihood of improvement in neck dysfunction, pain
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Prehypertension Linked With Increased Risk of Stroke
Meta-analysis shows increased risk of stroke for blood pressure of 120/80 mm Hg or higher
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Health Education Not Routinely Provided to Patients
Physician assistants, nurse practitioners more often provide education than physicians
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Glucosamine Fails to Prevent Knee Cartilage Deterioration
Additionally, glucosamine does not decrease pain or improve knee bone bruises
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Oldest Old at High Risk for Insulin-Related Hypoglycemia
Patients 80 years or older more likely to visit the ER and be hospitalized for insulin-related errors
Thursday, March 13, 2014

AAOS: 11.2 Million Living With Artificial Hip, Knee in U.S.
Continued increases in hip, knee replacements could pose long-term management challenges
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

About One-Quarter of Patients With MCI Progress to Dementia
Risk of progression increased for patients with depression, those with more severe impairment
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Prehospital Stroke Alerts Speed Door-to-CT Times
Emergency medical services prenotification allows patients to bypass ER; speeds CT, tPA treatment
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

More Lumbar Sx Complications at Teaching Hospitals
Longer hospitalization, but patients are older and have greater comorbidity index
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Info, Motivation, Behavioral Skill Affect Med Adherence
Study suggests Information-Motivation-Behavioral skills model applicable to diabetes
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

AAOS: Total Hip Arthroplasty Safe in Nonagenarians
Hospital length of stays comparable to younger patients, readmission rates lower
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

AAOS: Knee, Hip Arthroplasty Provides Cardiovascular Benefit
Most likely explanation is that arthroplasty improves capability for physical activity
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Discrepancies ID'd in Studies on ClinicalTrials.gov, 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

AAPM: Oxytocin, HCG Show Promise for Intractable Pain
Seven of nine patients reported 30 to 40 percent decrease in opioid use and baseline pain
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

Patients Prefer Specific Info From Docs for Prostate Cancer
Patients cite treatment description by the treating physician as the most helpful source
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

AAPM: Benzodiazepine Rx Increasing in Primary Care
Patient visits involving opioid prescriptions more likely to also have benzodiazepine prescriptions
Monday, March 10, 2014

Blood Test May Have Power to Predict Alzheimer's Disease
Scientists who tested seniors say the results detected almost all of those who would develop problems
Monday, March 10, 2014

AAPM: Post-Op Pain Highly Influential in Patient Satisfaction
Correlation is stronger for spine, non-spine orthopedics, OB/GYN surgeries
Monday, March 10, 2014

Nocturnal Respiratory Rate Predicts Cardiac Risk After MI
Among survivors of acute myocardial infarction, respiratory rate predicts non-sudden cardiac death
Monday, March 10, 2014

Hearing Impairment in Adults Linked to Depression
Increased odds of depression in older women, even after adjustment for multiple covariates
Monday, March 10, 2014

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

Comprehensive Geriatric Test Predicts Long-Term Mortality
Findings in older patients followed for two years following hospitalization for heart failure
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

FDA: Pfizer Voluntarily Recalls Certain Lots of Antidepressant
Action taken after pharmacist found a heart drug among Effexor/venlafaxine, FDA says
Friday, March 07, 2014

Higher Cardiovascular Events Risk After Outbursts of Anger
Findings show that, compared to other times, the two hours after an outburst have heightened risk
Friday, March 07, 2014

Women More Sensitive Than Men to Sublingual Zolpidem
Greater impact on females not accounted for by drug dose, body weight
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

Palliative Chemo for Terminal Cancer Linked to Death in ICU
Use of chemotherapy at end of life also ups risk of undergoing CPR or mechanical ventilation
Friday, March 07, 2014

Physicians Better Able to Recall Narratives About Rx Guidelines
Comparisons made between recall of opioid guideline summary versus evidence-based narratives
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

New Guidelines Issued for Valvular Heart Disease in Adults
Guidelines include classification of VHD into four stages, risk-analysis of interventions
Thursday, March 06, 2014

Web-Based Mental Health Screening Feasible, Acceptable
Routine screening administered to patients waiting for appointments IDs anxiety, depression
Thursday, March 06, 2014

Alcohol, Especially Wine, May Reduce CV Risk in Diabetes
Benefits observed for moderate consumption, but risk is increased for heavy consumption
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

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

Persistent Post-Cardiac Surgery Pain Seen at 24 Months
Persistent postoperative pain decreases from 40.1 percent at six months to 9.5 percent at 24 months
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

Low Vitamin D Tied to Markers of Inflammation in Elderly
Sufficient vitamin D may be required for optimal immune function, authors say
Friday, February 28, 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

CT Scans Don't Interfere With Cardiac Rhythm Devices
Exposure of cardiac rhythm management devices to direct radiation doesn't lead to adverse events
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

Antihypertensives Tied to Serious Fall Injuries in Elderly
Increased risk of serious fall injuries is particularly high in those with previous fall injuries
Friday, February 28, 2014

Becoming Disabled May Up Risk of Developing Diabetes
Functional decline at any level is associated with increased risk of diabetes among older adults
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

Experts Offer Tips to Avoid Closing Practice to New Patients
Improvements to practice management processes can ease waits, accommodate new patients
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Myocardial Injury Predicts Death After Noncardiac Surgery
Few patients with myocardial injury after noncardiac surgery experience ischemic symptoms
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cardiovascular Risk Increased in Month After Partner Death
Elderly men and women have increased risk of MI, stroke in 30 days after partner death
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Prevalence of Obesity Remains High in the United States
No significant changes in prevalence of obesity in youth or adults between 2003-2004 and 2011-2012
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review: AHA Should Include Depression As Risk Factor in ACS
Evidence shows consistent link for depression, adverse outcomes in acute coronary syndrome
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Low-Normal TSH Deemed Risk Factor for Depression in Elderly
More concurrent depression, risk of developing depressive syndrome up with low-normal TSH
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cigarette Smoke Exposure Affects Bone Mineral Density
Active and passive smoking have negative effect on lumbar spine and femoral neck BMD in men
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Variation Seen in Blood Transfusion Practices After PCI
Transfusion receipt linked to adverse cardiovascular events, regardless of bleeding complications
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Not All Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients Get Appropriate Tx
About one in five not receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, receptor blockers per guidelines
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Daily Walks May Cut Risk of Hospitalization for COPD
Walking at least 3 to 6 km per day may reduce the rate of hospitalizations for COPD patients
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: Vegetarian Diet Linked to Lower Blood Pressure
Review of clinical trials and observational studies shows consistent decrease in systolic, diastolic BP
Wednesday, February 26, 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

In Nonvalvular A-Fib, AAN Urges Routine Anticoagulation
Specific patient considerations will influence anticoagulant selection, AAN guideline says
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Vitamin Prevention of CVD, CA
Final recommendation shows insufficient evidence to assess benefits and harms of multivitamins
Monday, February 24, 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

London's Bike Sharing Program Has Health Benefits
Benefits clearer for men than for women, and for older users
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

Repeat Biopsies Up Infection Risk in Prostate Cancer Patients
Men with prostate cancer on active surveillance should be informed of the risk of complications
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

ACC Calls for Patient-Centered Approach in Cardiac Imaging
Groups say that quality, patient outcomes, and costs must all be analyzed in decision making
Friday, February 21, 2014

Patient-Centered Medical Homes Cut Care Costs
Findings based on analysis of 20 recently published peer-reviewed studies
Friday, February 21, 2014

More Older Men Have Skin Exams After Watching Educational Video
A higher proportion of the skin cancers identified are malignant
Friday, February 21, 2014

AAN: New Mobile App Helps Diagnose Epileptic Seizures
Second study presents app designed to assist with multitasking during acute stroke management
Friday, February 21, 2014

Sedentary Time Linked to Activities of Daily Living Disability
For older adults, sedentary time ups odds of ADL disability, independent of moderate-vigorous activity
Friday, February 21, 2014

Insurance Status Impacts Trauma Transfer/Admissions
Risk of being admitted versus transferred to trauma center up with Medicaid, private insurance
Friday, February 21, 2014

Concurrent Opioid Prescribing by Multiple Providers Common
More than three-quarters of Medicare beneficiaries with four or more providers have concurrent rx
Thursday, February 20, 2014

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

ACC, AHA Releases Heart Disease, Stroke App for Docs
Mobile and web-based tool estimates 10-year, lifetime risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
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

Smoking Cessation Leads to Better Mental Health
Improvements observed in both healthy and clinical populations
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Home Exercise Program Improves Physical Function After Rehab
Older adults with hip fracture benefit from home-based program after formal rehabilitation ends
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

CAS, CEA Equally Effective for Long-Term Stroke Prevention
Risk of fatal/nonfatal heart attack more prevalent in patients treated with carotid endarterectomy
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

AAN: Vitamin C Depletion Linked to Intracerebral Hemorrhage
Significantly lower vitamin C concentration for cases with intracerebral hemorrhage versus controls
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

Compression Device Noninferior to Meds Post-Arthroplasty
Noninferior efficacy in venous thromboembolism prevention versus pharmacological protocol
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Citalopram Cuts Agitation Associated With Alzheimer's
Cognitive and cardiac adverse effects may limit citalopram dosage maximums per day
Tuesday, February 18, 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

Teledermatology Is Reliable for Initial Triage Consultations
Teledermatologists usually agree with triage decisions of in-person dermatologist
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Best Practice Alerts Up Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Electronic medical record-based system increases screening rate, decreases proportion of unscreened
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

More Walking, Brisk Walking Lower Hip Fx Risk in Older Men
Risk decreases linearly with more frequent walking; lower risk for brisk versus leisurely pace
Monday, February 17, 2014

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Improves Function
Clinically important decrease in NYHA class and in Short Form-12/36 health survey score
Monday, February 17, 2014

USPSTF Advises Against Carotid Artery Stenosis Screening
No indication of benefits for carotid artery stenosis screening in general adult population
Monday, February 17, 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

Lower-Intensity Statin Combo Rx Option for Resistant Patients
Can be used instead of higher-intensity treatment for some high-risk patients
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

Most Patients Hospitalized With Flu Are Unvaccinated
23.6 percent of hospitalized patients vaccinated; rate even lower among those requiring ICU care
Monday, February 17, 2014

Coffee Consumption Linked With Reduced Risk of Diabetes
Association found for both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee
Monday, February 17, 2014

Predictors of Widespread Pain Identified in Older Adults
Predictors include anxiety, physical health-related quality of life, cognitive complaint, sleep
Monday, February 17, 2014

Importance of Sex Tied to Maintaining Sex Life in Midlife
Those placing greater importance on sex more likely to maintain sexual activity
Friday, February 14, 2014

ASA: Study Shows No Benefit of Magnesium Soon After Stroke
Disability level similar after magnesium or saline treatment
Friday, February 14, 2014

Spousal Ambivalence Linked to Heart Disease Risk
Levels of coronary artery calcification highest in mutually ambivalent couples
Friday, February 14, 2014

Post-PCI Deaths Increasingly From Noncardiac Causes
Over the past two decades, cancer, chronic illness cause more deaths; fewer from myocardial infarction
Friday, February 14, 2014

ASA: Moderate Physical Activity Cuts Stroke Risk in Women
Decreased risk also seen in women using postmenopausal hormone therapy
Friday, February 14, 2014

ASA: Drivers Rarely Undergo Driving Evaluation Post-Stroke
Many drivers return to driving within one month of stroke; self-imposed limitations common
Friday, February 14, 2014

People of Color Need Sun Protection to Avoid Skin Cancer
Photoprotection also important for reducing photoaging and other UV-related skin disorders
Friday, February 14, 2014

Women Have Worse QOL Than Men Up to 12 Months Post-Stroke
Link seen after ischemic stroke, with adjustment for sociodemographics, disability, stroke severity
Friday, February 14, 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

CDC: More Americans Getting Blood Pressure Under Control
Almost two-thirds of those enrolled in health plans have been properly treated, but more must be done
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

Imaging May Show Alzheimer's Decades Before Symptoms
Findings on imaging of cognitively normal individuals with two-parent history of late-onset disease
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Pregabalin Treatment Effective in Restless Legs Syndrome
Improved treatment outcomes versus placebo; lower augmentation than with 0.5 mg pramipexole
Thursday, February 13, 2014

ASA: Minor Infections May Be Linked to Cognitive Decline
Exposure to certain pathogens linked to decreased performance on cognitive tests years later
Thursday, February 13, 2014

U.S. Officials Target Escalating Drug Overdoses
Deadly epidemic is driven by abuse of narcotic painkillers and heroin
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Whole Diet Approach Beats Low-Fat Diets in Heart Health
Whole diet approach, not just low-fat diet, beneficial for reducing cardiovascular event risk
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

30-Day Readmission From Postacute Rehab 11.8 Percent
30-day readmission rates vary from 5.8 to 18.8 percent for selected impairment groups
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

FDA Panel Sees No Heart-Safety Advantage With Naproxen
Some studies had suggested naproxen might pose less of a threat than other NSAIDs
Tuesday, February 11, 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

Collaborative Depression Care Cuts CVD Event Risk
Among older patients without baseline CVD, collaborative care halves risk of hard CVD events
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Perceived Control Reduces Mortality Risk for Lesser Educated
But similar effect not observed for higher educated individuals
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

FDA Advisers Revisit Heart Risks Posed by NSAIDs
Studies suggest naproxen may pose less of a threat
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

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

More Family Medicine Residency Spots But Shortfall Remains
Projected shortfall in the primary care workforce persists; may worsen with funding cuts
Friday, February 07, 2014

AHA/ASA Release Female-Specific Stroke Prevention Guidelines
High BP, migraine with aura, atrial fibrillation more commonly up stroke risk in women
Friday, February 07, 2014

Concierge-Style Practices Increasing in Popularity
More physicians switching to cash fee practices, which provide personalized services to patients
Friday, February 07, 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

Racial/Ethnic Differences in CHD Outcomes Not Due to Statins
Differences attributed to demographics, comorbidities; not differential statin prescribing
Friday, February 07, 2014

Physicians Need to Be Prepared to Talk Antibiotics
Specific diagnosis, whether viral or bacterial, will aid conversation with patients or their parents
Thursday, February 06, 2014

Hot Weather-Related Deaths Expected to Climb
Increase in future temperature-related deaths partly due to projected population growth and aging
Thursday, February 06, 2014

Mediterranean Diet Has Cardiac Benefits in Young, Active Men
Greater adherence to dietary pattern inversely linked to metabolic syndrome, LDL, weight gain
Thursday, February 06, 2014

FDA: There's Still Time for Patients to Get a Flu Shot
Younger adults seem at risk this year, FDA says
Wednesday, February 05, 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

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

Intensive BP Reduction Doesn't Prevent Cognitive Decline
Findings in older patients with existing type 2 diabetes mellitus
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Testosterone Use Ups Risk of Myocardial Infarction in Men
Risk is higher in younger men with pre-existing heart disease and in older men
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

Hospital Staff Training Improves Palliative Care Processes
In-hospital intervention leads to improvements in quality end points for end-of-life care
Monday, February 03, 2014

FDA Will Review Safety of Testosterone Therapy
Agency pointed to recent studies citing possible heightened heart risk tied to the treatments
Monday, February 03, 2014

Many Adults Report Minor Subjective Memory Problems
Memory impairment linked to health measures, education; more men report memory problems
Monday, February 03, 2014

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

Postmenopausal Hormone Rx May Cut Risk for Glaucoma
Findings significant with estrogen-only postmenopausal hormone treatment
Friday, January 31, 2014

Improved Outcomes Seen With Ventricular Assist Devices
Among Medicare patients, lower mortality after implantation, but readmission remains common
Friday, January 31, 2014

Model Can Predict Spine Surgery Complications
Model gives percent likelihood of complications based on comorbidities, invasiveness of surgery
Thursday, January 30, 2014

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

Inappropriate Use of Antibiotics in ERs Remains High for Adults
Inappropriate use for respiratory tract infection down from 2001 to 2010 for children, not adults
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Validation of Delirium Screening Tools in ER Lacking
Review points to data shortage for validated instrument, ideal screening timing to ID elderly
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Glaucoma-Related Blindness Down From 1965 to 2009
Decrease in 20-year probability and population incidence of blindness due to OAG in at least one eye
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Androgen Deprivation Therapy Can Take Emotional Toll
But no clinically meaningful decline in quality of life seen in prostate cancer patients at 24 months
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Marital History and Support Linked to Bone Health
Marital disruption impairs bone health in men; marital support linked to high BMD in women
Wednesday, January 29, 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

High Estradiol Levels Linked to Dementia in Women
Risk even higher in women who also have diabetes
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ASA Issues Top Five Choosing Wisely Recommendations
Recommendations relate to pain medicine; include guidance for opioid use for non-cancer pain
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Four Pillars Established for Promoting Primary Care Reform
Pillars represent a model to identify necessary conditions to ensure growth in primary care docs
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Handwashing Appears Best in Prevention of Common Cold
Best evidence for prevention supports handwashing, zinc supplements, but evidence often poor quality
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Risk of Flu-Linked Hospitalization Up for Adults With Diabetes
Increase in all-cause hospitalization; no increase in flu-like illness, pneumonia and flu
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

Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Brain Atrophy
Atrophy accelerated in whole brain and right temporal lobe
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

USPSTF: Draft Recommendations Issued for AAA Screening
AAA screening in men ages 65 to 75 years who have ever smoked has moderate net benefit
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Role of Vitamin D in Disease Prevention Is Uncertain
Meta-analysis shows that widespread supplementation does not improve health outcomes
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Yoga Provides Health Benefits for Breast Cancer Survivors
Twelve-week intervention linked to improved fatigue, vitality, lower levels of proinflammatory cytokines
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Falls Top Car Crashes as Leading Cause of U.S. Spinal Injuries
Rates rising fastest among seniors, study finds
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Circulating Uric Acid May Play Protective Role in Obesity
Affects non-enzymatic antioxidant capacity, markers of oxidative stress, but not insulin sensitivity
Monday, January 27, 2014

Exercise After Cancer Improves Survival in Men
Lower risk of all-cause mortality and mortality from cancer and cardiovascular disease
Monday, January 27, 2014

CDC: Health Care Providers Shouldn't Rely on Rapid Flu Tests
Rapid flu tests may show that patients do not have the flu when in fact they do
Monday, January 27, 2014

Hormone Therapy Linked to Reduced Arthroplasty Revision
HRT use for ≥6 months tied to almost 40 percent decrease in hip/knee replacement revision rates
Monday, January 27, 2014

Telomere Length Prognostic for 50 to 75 Year-Old Men With ACS
For 50- to 75-year-old men with acute coronary syndrome, worse prognosis with short telomeres
Monday, January 27, 2014

Long-Term Exposure to Pollutants Ups Coronary Event Risk
Increased risk even at levels below European limits of 25 µg/m³ for PM2.5 and 40 µg/m³ for PM10
Monday, January 27, 2014

FDA Wants to Update Food Labels
Goal is a better informed public
Monday, January 27, 2014

Financial Value Overrides Health in Supersized Food Buys
Health cues can help overcome the impact of perceived supersized pricing justification
Friday, January 24, 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

Volume of Trauma Care Affects Geriatric Trauma Outcomes
Larger volumes of geriatric trauma patients linked to lower in-hospital mortality, major complications
Friday, January 24, 2014

Physical Activity, Sedentary Time Linked to Heart Failure in Men
After adjustment for confounding variables, low physical activity, high sedentary time increase risk
Friday, January 24, 2014

Off-Hours Myocardial Infarction More Likely to Be Fatal
Patients with acute myocardial infarction on weekends and nights have higher 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

Most Patients at Diabetes Risk Consider Themselves Healthy
Although most docs discuss weight and physical activity, these factors are at lowest at-goal rates
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

Added Prostate CA Criteria May Help ID Surveillance Candidates
Additional predictors guide selection of patients for active surveillance programs
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Results of Safety Efforts for Hospitalized Patients Are Mixed
In-hospital adverse events in the U.S. down for some conditions, but not others
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Phase 3 Studies Fail to Show Benefit of Drugs in Alzheimer's
No improvement in cognition in randomized trials of bapineuzumab and solanezumab
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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

Higher Omega-3 Levels Linked to Larger Brain Volume
In postmenopausal women, higher omega-3 index tied to brain, hippocampal volume eight years later
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hypertension Linked to Post-Cervical Fusion Readmission
Independent of effect on complications, hypertension linked to increased odds of readmission
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

Kidney Injury Not Uncommon After Cardiovascular Intervention
Acute kidney injury seen in ~7 percent of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

PCP Practices Not Well Organized for Providing Energy Balance Care
About one-quarter report regularly assessing BMI, providing counseling, and tracking progress
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mediterranean Diet Lowers Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease
Benefits seen for Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts
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

AAFP: Insufficient Evidence for Low-Dose CT Lung CA Screening
Despite USPSTF recommendation for annual screening for high-risk adults, AAFP urges caution
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Enjoyment of Life Tied to Functional Impairment in Elderly
Lower enjoyment of life linked to increased odds of impaired activities of daily living, gait speed
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

Exposure to Sunlight May Help Lower Blood Pressure
Molecular basis for this effect appears to involve nitric oxide metabolites stored in the skin
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

Data Support Sedentary Time, Mortality Link for Older Women
Linear relationship between higher amounts of sedentary time, mortality risk
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

AMA Launches Online Resource to Guide HTN Management
Microsite offers access to new guideline, editorial addressing guideline, relevant medical articles
Monday, January 20, 2014

Statin Use Linked to Reduced Delirium in ICU Patients
Statin administration linked to increased odds of patient being assessed as free of delirium
Monday, January 20, 2014

Anatomic, Not Ischemic, Burden Predicts Poor Outcomes in CAD
Neither anatomic nor ischemic burden alone or in combo predict benefit with therapeutic strategy
Monday, January 20, 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

PAs, NPs Are Effective in Team-Based Diabetes Care
Populations served, goals important to consider in defining roles on care teams
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

Funding Losses Damaging Public Health Infrastructure
Ability to support partnerships and technical training also impacted by funding losses
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Experts Predict ACA's Areas of Primary Care Impact
Biggest expected changes are increased patient volume, higher health plan administration burdens
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Heavy Drinking Speeds Cognitive Decline in Middle-Aged Men
Faster decline in global cognitive score, executive function, memory with intake of ≥36 g/day
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

Merck Recalls Cholesterol Drug Liptruzet
Company issues recall due to defects in product packaging
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Primary Care Work Environment Affects Nurse Practitioners
Several domains for organizational climate influence behavior and performance of NPs
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

Nut Intake Inversely Linked to Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome
Frequency of nut intake inversely associated with obesity; weaker link for metabolic syndrome
Monday, January 13, 2014

Testosterone Often Initiated in Men With Normal Levels
Dramatic increase in testing and supplementation occurred in the last decade in the United States
Monday, January 13, 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

High Uric Acid Level Linked to Coronary Stent Restenosis
Serum level before procedure is an independent predictor of stent restenosis
Friday, January 10, 2014

Drug Labeling Linked to Drug, Placebo Efficacy in Migraine
Effect of placebo and active drug increased with progressively positive drug information
Thursday, January 09, 2014

~9 Percent of Observation Services Stays Exceed 48 Hours
Mean charge for observation services stay $10,373; increased costs for longer stays
Thursday, January 09, 2014

More Specialists Needed to Meet Needs of Aging Population
Access to care, wait times will be exacerbated without more vascular surgeons, cardiologists
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

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

Review Suggests Psychological Benefits of Meditation
Moderate evidence for improvements in anxiety, depression, pain with mindfulness meditation
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

Importance of Religion Linked to Cortical Thickness
Effects of importance on cortical thickness stronger in participants at high familial risk of depression
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Smoking Cessation Reduces Risk of Cataract Extraction
Risk still increased versus never smokers, even more than two decades after smoking cessation
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Mediterranean Diet + Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Cuts Diabetes Risk
Dietary changes without weight loss reduce risk among adults at high risk of cardiovascular disease
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Post-Op Health Care Costs Up for Former, Current Smokers
Index hospitalization costs are not significantly different for never, former, current smokers
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Performance Measures Developed for Adults Undergoing PCI
Set of 11 measures include performance measures and quality metrics, appropriate use criteria
Monday, January 06, 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

Expanding Medicaid Coverage Ups Emergency Department Use
Results based on analysis of data from the 2008 Oregon Health Insurance Experiment
Monday, January 06, 2014

Unrestricted Hospital Visiting Hours Up Patient Satisfaction
Allowing after-hours visitors does not increase complaints or cause security problems
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

Warfarin Initiation Negatively Linked to Stroke in A-Fib Patients
Risk highest in the 30 days after initiating treatment
Friday, January 03, 2014

Hypothyroidism Not Tied to Cognitive Impairment in Aged
Authors urge validation in another cohort and over a longitudinal period
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

Alpha Tocopherol Seems Beneficial in Alzheimer's
Slower functional decline and least increase in caregiver burden for those taking alpha tocopherol
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

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

What Yoga Can and Can't Do for You
A stress-buster, it can also help with anxiety, depression, back pain, and other ills, experts say
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

USPSTF Recommends Lung CA Screening for High-Risk Adults
Screening urged for adults aged 55 to 80 years with 30 pack-year history who smoke or recently quit
Monday, December 30, 2013

Alendronate Reduces Adjacent-Level Vertebral Fractures
For females with osteoporosis, annual rate 1.2 percent with alendronate, 2.5 percent with placebo
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

Inactivity Linked With Depression After Cardiac Surgery
Physical inactivity also linked with pre-op depression in cardiac patients
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

Head Trauma Linked to Amyloid Deposition in MCI
Association seen for individuals with mild cognitive impairment, not those with normal cognition
Friday, December 27, 2013

Changes in Pain Noted for Many Ambulatory Cancer Patients
Inadequate pain management, baseline pain severity linked to pain deterioration
Friday, December 27, 2013

Daily Walking Linked to Decreased Cardiovascular Risk
Findings among adults with impaired glucose tolerance and at high cardiovascular risk
Friday, December 27, 2013

Most Dementia Patients Living at Home Have Unmet Needs
Levels of unmet needs even higher among minority and low-income residents
Friday, December 27, 2013

Odds of Uncontrolled and Unreported HTN Up for Blacks
And higher odds of self-reported HTN in black women versus men
Friday, December 27, 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

Frequency of Preoperative Cataract Visits Increasing
Referrals associated with nonmedical factors, with large geographic variations
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Testosterone May Undermine Flu Vaccine Effectiveness for Men
Poorer response to flu vaccine in men linked to testosterone-regulated gene cluster
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Greater Fiber Intake Leads to Lower Risk of Cardiac Events
Meta-analysis findings align with general recommendations to increase fiber intake
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

Many Patients With Diabetes Not Getting Needed Eye Care
Less than half of those with diabetic macular edema were told that their eyes were affected
Monday, December 23, 2013

Burden of Heart Disease, Stroke Quantified in United States
In 2010, one in three deaths caused by CVD; costs estimated at $315.4 billion
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

Cardiovascular Disease Linked to Cognitive Decline in Older Women
Highest risks for myocardial infarction, other vascular disease; no link for a-fib, heart failure
Monday, December 23, 2013

ACEI/ARB Rx Safe, Beneficial in Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease
Both ACEI/ARBs linked to lower risk for long-term dialysis, death with advanced kidney disease
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

Higher Levels of Anxiety Linked to Incident Stroke Risk
Findings are independent of other risk factors, including depression
Friday, December 20, 2013

Evidence-Based Guidelines Issued for Hypertension Management
BP goal of 150/90 mm Hg for patients aged 60 or older; 140/90 mm Hg for younger patients
Friday, December 20, 2013

Criteria Issued for Tests for Stable Ischemic Heart Disease
Use of seven testing modalities considered in appropriate use review of 80 clinical presentations
Thursday, December 19, 2013

White Blood Cell Count Predicts Infarct Size in STEMI
Elevated admission WBCc predicts infarct size measured 30 days after primary PCI
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Modeling Study: Similar Effects for Statin or Apple a Day
Nutritional and pharmaceutical approaches have similar reductions in vascular mortality
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Pre-Op Depression Linked to Narcotic Use Before Spinal Sx
Patients categorized as depressed or anxious have higher preoperative narcotic use
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Deep Brain Stimulation Aids Driving With Parkinson's
Benefit may potentially be because of nonmotor driving-relevant aspects
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Public Support for Physician-Assisted Death Analyzed
About a fifth of Dutch support assistance in dying for older people without a serious medical condition
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Exercise Ups Sexual Function in Women on Antidepressants
Improves sexual desire and global sexual function
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Older Women Spend Two-Thirds of Waking Time Sedentary
More than 65 percent of waking hours spent in sedentary behavior; usually short bouts
Wednesday, December 18, 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

Prognostic Tool ID's Risk of Death for Hospital Patients
Upon admission, CARING criteria estimate risk of death in one year for hospitalized patients
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Oral Multivitamin, Multimineral Safe, Not Effective After MI
Findings in cohort of older patients with history of myocardial infarction
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gene Expression Changes Seen After Mindfulness Meditation
Experienced meditators have changes in histone deacetylase gene expression, histone modification
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

Physicians Conclude Multivitamins Should Not Be Used
Despite evidence of no benefit or possible harm, multivitamin use increasing among U.S. adults
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

No Cognitive Benefit for Long-Term Multivitamin Supplement
Findings in cohort of older male physicians randomized to multivitamin or placebo
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

CDC: Flu Vaccine Reduced Adverse Outcomes by 17 Percent
Greater number of serious outcomes averted in 2012-2013 compared with previous flu seasons
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

Majority of Elderly Need Aid for Mobility, Self-Care Functions
Less than one-third of seniors fully able to complete self-care, mobility actions; one-fifth need help
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

Race Affects Risk of Dementia in Older Diabetes Patients
Age-adjusted risk of dementia highest among Native-Americans and African-Americans
Friday, December 13, 2013

Discharge Destination Alters Rehospitalization Rates
Rehospitalization among cognitively impaired down with discharge to nursing home
Thursday, December 12, 2013

BMI Not Linked to Pain After Exercise Rehab for Back Pain
Neither baseline BMI nor BMI changes relate to exercise-induced changes in pain, disability
Thursday, December 12, 2013

FDA Approves Generic Cymbalta (Duloxetine)
Labeling states drug/other antidepressants could up risk of suicidal thoughts/action
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

Factors in Choice of Opioid for Abuse Analyzed
Three-quarters of opioid-dependent individuals use oxycodone or hydrocodone
Wednesday, December 11, 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

Mortality High for Moderate, Severe Heart Failure Patients
Presence of one or more risk factors linked to increased hazard ratio for all-cause mortality
Monday, December 09, 2013

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

Meta-Analysis: Healthier Diet Patterns Do Cost More
Comparing extremes of food-based patterns, healthier diets cost about $1.50 more per day
Monday, December 09, 2013

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

Serum 25(OH)D Marker of Ill Health, Not Causative Agent
Links seen between 25(OH)D concentration and health outcomes; supplementation has little effect
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

Effect of Serum Magnesium on Heart Failure Outcomes Unclear
Findings from retrospective analysis of data from the placebo group in the EVEREST trial
Friday, December 06, 2013

Exercise May Improve Cognition in Dementia
May also improve ability to perform daily tasks
Thursday, December 05, 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

Results Mixed for Liberal Transfusions in Heart Disease
Outcome effects of aggressive protocols in heart disease patients with anemia mixed
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

Disability Decreased in Arthritis Patients Over Past 20 Years
Reduction in physical disability partially due to reduction in disease activity
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

Lifestyle Factors Impact Risk of Hearing Loss in Women
Higher BMI, larger waist circumference positively linked to risk; physical activity inversely linked
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Varicella Vaccination Program Has Not Increased Herpes Zoster
Findings show no significant increase in herpes zoster in older U.S. adults after universal vaccination
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Fragility Impacts Quality of Life in Heart Failure
Link between QoL score and presence of fragility, fragility components seen in younger, older patients
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Nonantibiotic Prophylaxis Can Benefit Recurrent UTI
Meta-analysis includes oral immunostimulant OM-89, estrogens, cranberries, acupuncture
Tuesday, December 03, 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

Oral Disease May Be Linked to Lower Cognitive Function
Edentulism correlated with lower cognitive status, even after adjusting for sociodemographic factors
Monday, December 02, 2013

Geriatric Consultation Ups Post-Trauma Functional Recovery
After adjustment, better recovery of function seen in activities of daily living with consultation
Monday, December 02, 2013

Comorbidities, Meds Factor Into Recurrent Syncope
Certain co-existing conditions, use of multiple medications that cause orthostatic hypotension up risk
Monday, December 02, 2013

Racial Disparities Persist in Diabetes Care Outcomes
Black patients lag in recommended care even in setting of patient-centered medical home
Monday, December 02, 2013

AAD Issues Top Five Choosing Wisely Recommendations
Evidence-based recommendations include guidance for antibiotic use, cancer treatments
Wednesday, November 27, 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

Oral Fluoroquinolone Use Not Linked to Retinal Detachment
Findings in large Danish cohort for current use, recent use, past use, distant use
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Chest Pain Characteristics Don't Help Diagnose AMI in Women
Small differences in sex-specific diagnostic performance of chest pain characteristics
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sustained Physical Activity Key Ingredient in Healthy Aging
Benefits observed even if physical activity starts later in life
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Optimal Testosterone Levels Tied to Survival in Older Men
Men with non-optimal levels tend to have higher all-cause, ischemic heart disease mortality
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

USPSTF: Lack of Evidence for Primary Care Oral CA Screening
Insufficient evidence to weigh the benefits, harms of primary care screening for asymptomatic adults
Monday, November 25, 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

Rates of CPR Training Vary Geographically in the U.S.
Counties in the South and with higher proportions of rural area, minorities have lower training rates
Friday, November 22, 2013

Continuity of Care Impacts Patient-Doc Communication
Low continuity of care linked to reduced odds of excellent communication, shared decision making
Friday, November 22, 2013

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

FDA Warns of Cardiac Risk With Stress Test Agents
Some patients at risk for heart attack and death
Friday, November 22, 2013

Metabolic Factors Mediate Much of BMI-Tied Excess Cardio Risk
Blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose account for much of excess coronary heart disease, stroke risk
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

Recessions Linked to Worse Cognitive Function Later
Critical age range differs for men and women
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Team-Based Approach Best Suited to Controlling High BP
Local, regional, national programs needed to improve blood pressure awareness, treatment, control
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Race May Affect Assessment of Vitamin D Status
Common genetic polymorphisms may explain patterns in vitamin D status in blacks
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Nut Consumption May Impact Mortality Risk
Including fewer deaths from cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Calcium, Vitamin D Up BMD for Patients on Antiepileptic Drugs
Added benefits seen with addition of risedronate
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Web-Based Course Improves Ability to Detect Skin Cancer
Improved diagnosis, management of benign lesions for participating primary care providers
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Short-Term Aerobic Exercise Improves Memory in Older Adults
Older sedentary adults also have improvements in parameters of cardiovascular health
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

USPSTF Identifies High Priority Evidence Gaps for Older Adults
Gaps include screening for cognitive impairment; physical, mental well-being; vision, hearing problems
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

More Than Half of Hospitalized Patients Given Opioids
Relative risk of severe opioid-related adverse event up at hospitals with higher opioid prescribing
Wednesday, November 20, 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

AHA: Taking Aspirin at Bedtime Cuts Platelet Reactivity
Based on randomized crossover trial, taking aspirin at bedtime better than the morning
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Comorbidity Has Considerable Impact on Life Expectancy
Comorbidity-adjusted life expectancy may help tailor recommendations for cancer screenings
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Effect of Statins on Cognitive Function Unclear
Despite FDA warning, further evidence is needed to establish an effect
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Risk of Hospitalized Fall Injury Up for Seniors With Diabetes
Risk factors include history of falling, poor standing balance, HbA1c ≥8 percent
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

AHA: Symptoms for Many Men Before Sudden Cardiac Arrest
More than half have symptoms, including chest pain, dyspnea, dizziness/syncope/palpitations
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

AHA: Atrial Fibrillation Hospitalizations Increasing
Number and cost of hospitalizations projected to continue increasing in the next decade
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Some Doctors Challenge New Statin Guidelines
They say too many people would get statins; heart groups defend the recommendations
Monday, November 18, 2013

AHA: Text Messaging Improves Antiplatelet Adherence
Text messaging reminders and health education up percent of correct doses taken, doses on schedule
Monday, November 18, 2013

AHA: Hypothermia at 33° Celsius No Benefit in OHCA
No benefit of temperature management to 33° versus 36° Celsius for survivors of cardiac arrest
Monday, November 18, 2013

AAFP Creates Map of Medicaid Parity Provision Implementation
Most states have implemented the parity measure for certain primary care services
Friday, November 15, 2013

MetS No Better Than BMI for ID'ing Risk for Heart Disease
Overweight, obese are risk factors for heart disease regardless of metabolic syndrome status
Friday, November 15, 2013

Time Spent Walking Tied to Lower Stroke Risk in Older Men
Time spent walking linked to stroke risk in dose-dependent manner; independent of walking pace
Friday, November 15, 2013

Arthritis Patients Listen When Doc Tells Them to Exercise
Link between recommendations from clinician and adherence to physical activity guidelines
Friday, November 15, 2013

FDA Requests Safety Measures for Topical Antiseptics
Labeling and packaging changes meant to reduce risk of infection
Friday, November 15, 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

Guidelines Issued for Assessing Risk of Atherosclerotic CVD
Evidence-based guidelines recommend equations to predict 10-year risk of MI, CHD, stroke
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

Pulse Pressure Linked to CSF Markers of Alzheimer's Disease
Relationship is age-dependent; observed in cognitively normal 55- to 70-year-old adults
Thursday, November 14, 2013

New Guidelines Issued for Cholesterol Management
Four major statin benefit groups identified for whom risk reduction outweighs risk of adverse events
Thursday, November 14, 2013

BP Down With Barber-Based Intervention, Specialist Follow-Up
Barber referral to hypertension specialist, not PCP, associated with significant reduction in systolic BP
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

Obesity Ups Women's Death, Disability Risk Before Age 85
Waist circumference greater than 88 cm also tied to higher risk of death, incident disease, disability
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New Models Could Alleviate Primary Care Provider Shortage
Patient-Centered Medical Homes and nurse-managed health centers could reduce PCP shortage
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

Lifestyle Management Guidance Issued for Cutting CVD Risk
Emphasize vegetables, fruits, whole grains as part of healthy diet; exercise three to four times/week
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hospitalizations for About 70 Percent of ER Visits for A-Fib
Heart failure, COPD, and CAD have highest odds ratios for predicting hospitalization
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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

Depression Linked to Accelerated Cellular Aging
Patients with depression have shorter telomeres
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

USPSTF: Lack of Evidence for Vitamins for CVD, CA Prevention
Insufficient evidence to weigh the benefits and harms of multivitamins for primary prevention
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

CDC: More Than 1 in 5 Adults Report Having Arthritis
Self-management education and appropriate physical activity can improve outcomes
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

Postdiagnostic Statin Use Cuts Mortality in Prostate Cancer
Stronger effect on prostate cancer-linked, all-cause mortality for those with prediagnostic use
Thursday, November 07, 2013

Argument for Coverage of Cardiac Rehab, Counseling for Stable CHF
Improved clinical outcomes, reduction in heart failure-related hospitalizations with counseling
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

Better Oral Health Decreases Carotid Artery IMT Progression
Improvements in periodontal health associated with improvements in carotid artery thickness
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

Hyperglycemia May Increase Myocardial Infarction Mortality
Elevated glucose levels common among patients with heart attack
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

In CAD, Many Don't Get Optimal Secondary Prevention Med Combo
About one-third don't receive optimal combination; considerable variation by practice
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Personal History of Prostate Cancer Linked to Melanoma Risk
Marginally increased risk of non-melanoma skin cancer; no melanoma risk with hx of other cancers
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Study Raises Questions About Testosterone Rx for 'Low T'
Increased risk of death, MI, stroke in men with low levels who undergo coronary angiography
Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Diet Quality in Midlife Associated With Healthy Aging
Odds of healthy aging up with adherence to Alternative Health Eating Index-2010, Alternate Med diet
Tuesday, November 05, 2013

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

A-Fib Linked to Increased Risk of Myocardial Infarction
Risk of MI associated with atrial fibrillation higher in men than women, blacks than whites
Tuesday, November 05, 2013

APHA: Acetaminophen + Light Alcohol Use Up Kidney Injury
Individually, neither light/moderate alcohol consumption nor acetaminophen increase risk
Monday, November 04, 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 HealthCare.gov will be much improved within a month
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Clinical Pharmacists Can Aid Patients With Uncontrolled T2DM
Case study involved wheelchair-bound 64-year-old man with hemoglobin A1c of 10 percent
Monday, October 28, 2013

Chronic Condition Prevention Urged for Better Life Quality
Numbers of chronic conditions at baseline, follow-up linked to limitations in activities of daily living
Friday, October 25, 2013

Smoking Cessation Ups Survival for Patients Undergoing PCI
For patients who underwent PCI during 1980 to 1985, life expectancy up for those who quit smoking
Friday, October 25, 2013

FDA Approves Brain-Imaging Drug for Alzheimer's Detection
Vizamyl is used with PET scan to screen for signs of dementia
Friday, October 25, 2013

FDA Approves Extended-Release Hydrocodone Painkiller
For daily treatment of chronic pain
Friday, October 25, 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 HealthCare.gov foul-up
Thursday, October 24, 2013

FDA Urges Tighter Controls on Certain Prescription Painkillers
Changes would decrease number of refills before returning to doctor; supplies lasting ≤90 days
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Global Burden of Stroke Increased From 1990 to 2010
Studies show stroke mortality rates down; burden of stroke, incident ischemic, hemorrhagic stroke up
Thursday, October 24, 2013

>5 Percent Readmitted After Total Joint Arthroplasty
Predictors include male sex, black race, longer hospitalization, discharge to inpatient rehab
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Blood Glucose, HbA1c Levels Linked to Memory Performance
Beneficial effects of HbA1c on memory partly mediated by hippocampal volume, microstructure
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Carotid Stenting Tied to Higher Stroke Risk in Seniors
For elderly, stroke risk up with carotid stenting; increased mortality with carotid endarterectomy
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mobile Device Use to Aid Rx Common in Nursing Homes
Physicians using mobile devices believe there is a benefit in preventing adverse drug events
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

CDC: U.S. Flu Activity Remains Low Through Mid-October
Percent of positive influenza specimens is higher in the Southeast versus rest of the country
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Modest Survival Benefits Seen for Family Caregivers
Caregivers to chronically ill family members have slightly reduced risk of death
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Regular Internet Use Linked to Cancer Prevention Behaviors
Older adults consistently using Internet more likely to report CRC screening, exercise, healthy diet
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

BP Drugs Linked to Lower Risk of Alzheimer's Disease Dementia
For older adults with mild cognitive impairment, only diuretics linked to lower risk
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Physical Symptoms From Prostate Biopsy Can Cause Anxiety
Potential psychological harm associated with biopsy even in absence of cancer diagnosis
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Flu Vaccine Linked to Lower Cardiovascular Risk
Effect more pronounced in those with more active coronary disease
Tuesday, October 22, 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

Short, Poor Quality Sleep Tied to Increased β-Amyloid Burden
Shorter sleep duration and poorer sleep quality associated with β-amyloid in older adults
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

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Cognitive Impairment Testing
Instruments can detect dementia, but insufficient evidence for benefit of screening or interventions
Monday, October 21, 2013

Obama: 'No Excuse' for Troubled HealthCare.gov 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

7 Percent of Chinese Adults Have Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysm
Prevalence is higher in women than men, with peak age of 55 to 64 years in both sexes
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

ACEP: Characteristics of Patients With Opioid Overdose
Second study identifies factors associated with doctor-shopping
Friday, October 18, 2013

Behavioral Therapy Effective for Health Anxiety
Treatment cost at two years similar to standard care
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

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

CDC: Number of Obese Adults in U.S. Holding Steady
Racial disparity in prevalence continues, with the highest rates among blacks, lowest in Asians
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Risk Factors for VTE Post-Spine Surgery Identified
Older, male, obese, and those with long operative times may be at greater risk
Thursday, October 17, 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

Adverse Drug Events More Likely to Present on Hospital Admission
In 2011, adverse events common for antibiotics and anti-infectives
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

Arterial Stiffness Linked to β Amyloid Plaques in Elderly
Arterial stiffness associated with plaque deposition in brain of dementia-free older adults
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Case Vignette: Calcium Supplements in Fracture Prevention
Case vignette article notes calcium-rich diet is preferred approach to ensuring adequate intake
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nurse Practitioners Report High Job Satisfaction
Ninety-nine percent are positive and optimistic about the future, but 81 percent feel overworked
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

Rates of PSA Screening in Older Men Vary Among Doctors
About 27 percent of the variance in screening attributed to which PCP cared for the patient
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

Marathon Running Tied to Transient Myocardial Changes
Changes may contribute to the transient increase in cardiac risk during sustained vigorous exercise
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Admin Data May Misclassify Hospital Complications
Administrative data may not correctly assess pressure ulcer rates, compare hospitals
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Hospitals Do Follow Guidelines
Greater guideline-based care for stroke patients than Primary Stroke Center-certified hospitals
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Lifestyle Advice Should Be Similar With/Without Diabetes
Benefits from healthy diet may be greater in those with diabetes, but associations are similar
Monday, October 14, 2013

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

Review: Vitamin D Supplements Have Minimal Effect on BMD
Meta-analysis shows minimal effect on bone mineral density, with small benefit at femoral neck
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

Gene Variant Linked to Marital Satisfaction
Alleles of the serotonin transporter associated with sensitivity to emotional behavior
Friday, October 11, 2013

Home-Delivered Meals Could Lessen State Medicaid Costs
Projected savings result from keeping older adults with low care needs out of nursing homes
Friday, October 11, 2013

Higher Magnesium Intake May Lower Diabetes Risk
May be particularly beneficial in offsetting risk of developing diabetes among those at high risk
Friday, October 11, 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

Rate of Cardiovascular Disease Expected to Rise in the U.S.
Declines in smoking and improved treatments offset by effects of aging and obesity
Friday, October 11, 2013

AAFP Issues Primary Care Workforce Projections by State
Arizona projected to need 1,941 primary care docs by 2030, mainly due to population growth
Friday, October 11, 2013

Incidentally, Non-Incidentally Discovered Thyroid CA Compared
Patients with incidentally discovered thyroid cancer likely to be older, male, have higher stage disease
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

Fall History Predicts Increased Post-Op Complications in Seniors
A fall in the six months prior to surgery also predicts discharge institutionalization, readmission
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Levothyroxine May Be Overused for Borderline Thyroid Issues
Lowered threshold for levothyroxine initiation may result in less benefit, potential harm
Thursday, October 10, 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

Quality-Adjusted Survival Low Five Years After Stroke
Event severity and recurrent stroke are major predictors of decreased long-term quality of life
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

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

Daytime Sleepiness Predicts Hypoglycemia in Diabetes
Findings based on self-reported information from elderly patients with type 2 diabetes
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Use of Single-Fraction Radiation for Pain Found Rare in Elderly
Only 3 percent of elderly patients with bone metastases receive single-fraction radiation
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Lifetime Societal Net Benefit From Total Knee Arthroplasty
Direct costs of knee arthroplasty offset by indirect savings for patients with end-stage osteoarthritis
Tuesday, October 08, 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

PTSD Linked to Increased Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
Meta-analysis shows pooled odds ratio of 1.37 for metabolic syndrome among those with PTSD
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

Mortality Increases Among Elderly in Good Economic Times
Cannot be explained by work stress or traffic accidents
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Doctors Need to Focus on Treatment of Unhealthy Lifestyles
Physicians should focus more on risky behaviors to prevent cardiovascular disease
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
HealthCare.gov 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

Smokers With Diabetes More Likely to Attempt Quitting
Occurrence of quit attempts 13 percent higher among adults with diagnosed diabetes
Friday, October 04, 2013

Walking Linked to Reduced Breast Cancer Risk
As little as an hour a day reduces risk among postmenopausal women
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

Flu Vaccine Recommendations Updated for Egg-Allergic
Patients should have vaccine in primary care or allergist office, depending on allergy severity
Friday, October 04, 2013

ICU Strain Leads to Earlier Patient Discharge
While odds of ICU readmission are higher, 30-day patient outcomes remain unaffected
Thursday, October 03, 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

High Statin Dose Reduces Gum Inflammation
Study suggests further ties between inflammation in arteries and gums
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Elderly Blacks, Hispanics Have More Post-Op Complications
Largely affected by hospital and patient characteristics and gender
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

Depression Linked to Higher Risk of Parkinson's Disease
Risk about three times higher than that seen in individuals without depression
Wednesday, October 02, 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

Midlife Stress May Up Risk of Later Dementia for Women
Psychosocial stressors may have long-lasting physiological and psychological effects
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Exercise May Be As Effective As Drugs for Some Conditions
But diuretics more effective than exercise for lowering mortality in heart failure
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

Early IV Metoprolol May Reduce Infarct Size in MI Patients
β-blocker administered prior to primary percutaneous coronary intervention
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

Acupuncture, Counseling Improve Depression Symptoms
Both interventions reduce depression at three months better than usual care
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Bystander CPR Linked to Improved Survival
Findings from Denmark indicate bystander CPR doubled over the last decade
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Hormone Therapy Not Useful for Chronic Disease Prevention
Extended follow-up of two trials indicates it may be useful for symptom management
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

FDA Approves Brintellix for Major Depressive Disorder
Clinical trials show drug is effective in treating depression and preventing future episodes
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

ASTRO: Two Questions Can ID Depression in Cancer Patients
Two-item Patient Health Questionnaire detects major depression in patients receiving radiotherapy
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

Recreational Physical Activity Inversely Linked to HTN Risk
No significant association seen for occupational physical activity, risk of hypertension
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

Poll: Americans Anxious About Long-Term Care
Few know how their costs will be covered
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

EASD: Overweight Tied to Lower Mortality in Older T2DM Patients
But also increases the risk of cardiovascular events
Monday, September 30, 2013

Mobile Devices Can Facilitate Universal Vital Sign Monitoring
Could promote access to pulse oximetry, allowing diagnostic and tx applications into every home
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

Vitamin D Alone Doesn't Better Postmenopausal Bone Health
However, vitamin D in combination with calcium, or calcium alone, reduces bone turnover markers
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

Effect of Testosterone on CV Disease in Men Uncertain
Review of the literature conducted to assess low testosterone link to cardiovascular disease/mortality
Friday, September 27, 2013

Mobile Apps May Expand Dermatology Practice
Search identified 229 dermatology-related apps ranging from reference to diagnosis
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

Dementia Needs to Become a Government Priority
Ten-fold funding increases suggested to address issues related to long-term dementia care
Thursday, September 26, 2013

No Cognitive Protective Role Seen for Omega-3 Fatty Acids
No effect on age-associated cognition or rate of cognitive decline in older dementia-free women
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Improved Vision From Cataract Surgery Appears to Aid Survival
Findings among elderly in Australia after adjusting for risk factors, general health
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Antibiotic Protocol Selects Against Drug Resistance
Treatment cycles between compatible antibiotics
Thursday, September 26, 2013

High Sensitivity for Ottawa Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Rule
Findings limited to patients presenting with headache peaking within one hour, no neurologic deficit
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

Chronic Kidney Disease Up in the Oldest Old in the U.S.
Increases in the prevalence of renal dysfunction observed in those 80+
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Arsenic Exposure Ups Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
Low-to-moderate levels of inorganic arsenic in food and water pose risk
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Second Bone Mineral Density Test Doesn't Up Fx Prediction
For older adults, second BMD measure doesn't improve prediction of osteoporotic fractures
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Diet, Diet + Exercise Better Than Exercise Alone in Knee OA
More weight loss, lower IL-6 with diet, diet + exercise for overweight and obese OA patients
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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

Medicare Expenditure Per Patient Up for Acute MI
Increase in expenditure from 1998-1999 to 2008; ~75 percent of increase from days 31 to 365
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Medicare Managed Care More Apt for Nursing Home Residents
For residents with advanced dementia, care less burdensome with managed versus fee-for-service care
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

ACP Releases Guideline for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Loss of excess weight and continuous positive airway pressure therapy strongly recommended
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

Use of Digoxin Ups Risk of Death in Systolic Heart Failure
No difference observed in risk of hospitalization for heart failure
Monday, September 23, 2013

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

Metformin May Increase Risk of Cognitive Impairment
Calcium supplementation may ameliorate this risk
Friday, September 20, 2013

Statin Use Tied to Increased Risk of Cataracts
Relationship remains significant even when adjusting for other confounding variables
Friday, September 20, 2013

PSA Testing Tied to Higher Socioeconomic Status
No link found for socioeconomic status and positive PSA test or prostate cancer-related death
Friday, September 20, 2013

Cost and Perceived Need Barriers to Diabetes Eye Care
Findings among adults with diabetes not seeking annual eye care in the previous 12 months
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

Mild Adverse Events Common With Chiropractic Care
But, adverse events not significantly associated with chiropractic care compared to sham care
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

CDC Report Sheds Light on Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
Misuse of antibiotics leading contributor to problem
Monday, September 16, 2013

Americans Living Longer, Healthier Lives
For U.S. adults, quality-adjusted life expectancy increased by about two years from 1987 to 2008
Monday, September 16, 2013

Cinnamon Cuts Blood Glucose Levels in Diabetes Patients
But no significant effect on glycosylated hemoglobin; dose and duration of therapy are unclear
Monday, September 16, 2013

Racial Composition of Residents Tied to Nursing Home Quality
Nursing homes with no black residents have higher revenues and margins, better processes, outcomes
Monday, September 16, 2013

High Burden of Endocarditis in Older Adults
But guidelines restricting antibiotic prophylaxis have not raised endocarditis mortality
Friday, September 13, 2013

Farmers' Market Coupons Up Produce Purchases for Poor
Incentive program both improves access and increases purchases of fruits and vegetables
Friday, September 13, 2013

Nearly a Third of Vaccines at Pharmacies Given Off-Hours
Working-age, healthy, males are particularly likely to receive vaccines during off-clinic hours
Friday, September 13, 2013

U.K. Nursing Students Report Seeing Lax Infection Control
Survey finds community settings, long-term care facilities for elderly most likely to lack compliance
Thursday, September 12, 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

Physicians Rarely Remind Patients to Use Sunscreen
Dermatologists record mention of sunscreen most frequently, but only in 1.6 percent of office visits
Friday, September 06, 2013

Moderate Exercise Doesn't Up Risk of Knee Osteoarthritis
Findings among adults aged 45 years and older exercising for 2.5 hours per week
Thursday, September 05, 2013

Door-to-Balloon Times Have Improved in Primary PCI
From 2005 to 2009, door-to-balloon times improved, but no change in in-hospital mortality
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Major Health Care-Linked Infections Cost $9.8 Billion
Bloodstream infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, surgical site infections most costly
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Medication Adherence Up With Fixed Dose Combo Strategy
Improved adherence, reductions in systolic BP, LDL-C for patients with or at high risk of CVD
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Only Half of Hypertensive Adults Aware of Diagnosis
Only about a third of those treated achieve blood pressure control
Wednesday, September 04, 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

CDC: 200,000 Avoidable Deaths From Cardiovascular Disease
Higher death rates among older persons, males, non-Hispanic blacks, and those in the South
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

Statins Appear to Benefit Elderly Without Previous CVD
Compared to placebo, statins reduce short-term MI and stroke risk, but do not improve survival
Friday, August 30, 2013

Wireless Technology Allows Post-Op Mobility Monitoring
Significant link between mobility in early recovery period and length of stay, dismissal disposition
Friday, August 30, 2013

Comprehensive Stroke System Key to Reducing Death
American Heart Association and American Stroke Association release new recommendations
Friday, August 30, 2013

Discontinuing Aspirin Seven Days Before Spinal Surgery OK
Surgical outcomes similar for non-users, those who discontinue use at least seven days before surgery
Friday, August 30, 2013

Prevalence of Rx Sleeping Aid Use 4 Percent for U.S. Adults
Prevalence increased for women versus men and with age, education; varies with sleep duration
Thursday, August 29, 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

CPAP Impacts Mortality in Patients With COPD, Sleep Apnea
Time spent on continuous positive airway pressure therapy improves mortality risk in 'overlap syndrome'
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

Use of Antipsychotic Meds Down in Nursing Homes
At least eleven states have already met or exceeded goal of 15 percent reduction in use
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Clinical Outcomes Similar for Elderly With PCI, CABG
Findings in patients aged 70 years and older with unprotected left main coronary artery disease
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Rothman Index Helps ID Patients at Risk for Readmission
Highest Rothman Index risk category has greater than two-fold increased risk of readmission
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Calcium + Vitamin D Does Not Reduce Joint Symptoms
Joint pain, swelling common in postmenopausal women with or without supplementation
Monday, August 26, 2013

Correct Dose of Anti-Clotting Rx in Elderly Continues to Elude
Lower prasugrel dose has similar outcomes to usual clopidogrel dose in elderly heart patients
Monday, August 26, 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

Few Urologists Follow Peri-Op Thromboprophylaxis Guidelines
About half of the members who responded knew about the AUA Best Practice Statement
Friday, August 16, 2013

Osteoarthritis Pain Negatively Impacts a Spouse's Sleep
Greater pain linked to spouses' poorer overall sleep quality, feeling less refreshed after sleep
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

Age-Linked Variation Noted in Melanoma Management
Older patients more likely to have thicker, ulcerated tumors; less likely to receive adjuvant tx
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Facebook Usage Linked to Worse Well-Being
Site makes people feel less satisfied with their lives
Thursday, August 15, 2013

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

Estimated Costs of Excessive Alcohol Use in the U.S. Are High
In 2006, median state cost of excessive drinking was $2.9 billion
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

Depression Linked to Cognitive Decline in Type 2 Diabetes
Over 40-months, patients with depression showed greater cognitive decline on multiple tests
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Study Shows Dramatic Decline in Ischemic Stroke Incidence
However, Mexican-Americans suffer 34 percent more strokes than non-Hispanic whites
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Vitamin D Doesn't Improve Blood Pressure in Elderly
Supplementation of vitamin D also did not improve vascular health measures
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Stroke Risk in Some People
Counteracts effect of gene variant associated with increased glucose and lipids
Tuesday, August 13, 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

2012 Primary Care Incentive Payments Top $664 Million
Practitioners whose billings comprise ≥60 percent of total Medicare allowed charges are eligible
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

Retinal Imaging May Help Assess Risk of Stroke
Increased long-term risk with hypertensive retinopathy, even in those with good BP control
Monday, August 12, 2013

Famous Faces Help Identify Young-Onset Dementia
Aphasia associated with cortical atrophy in particular brain areas
Monday, August 12, 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

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

Cardiac Arrest More Common at Alternative Exercise Sites
Findings will help guide optimal placement of automated external defibrillators
Thursday, August 08, 2013

Burning Incense Generates Harmful Air Pollutants
Also produces an inflammatory response in lung cells
Thursday, August 08, 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

Tool Developed for Predicting Delirium During Hospitalization
AWOL tool predicts likelihood of developing delirium in hospitalization at time of admission
Thursday, August 08, 2013

Cocoa Improves Neurovascular Coupling, Cognition in Elderly
Neurovascular coupling linked to cognition; cocoa beneficial in those with impaired coupling
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Higher Glucose Levels Linked to Increased Dementia Risk
Significantly increased risk of dementia seen for older adults with and without diabetes
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Self-Measured Monitoring Improves Blood Pressure
Findings only in the short-term, compared to usual care; effects beyond 12 months uncertain
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Telephone Health Coaching Service Doesn't Cut Admissions
No reduction in admissions, secondary care costs for patients with chronic health conditions
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Cumulative Metformin Linked to Mortality Post-Prostate Cancer
Both all-cause, prostate cancer-specific mortality reduced in elderly men with diabetes
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Review Looks at Antibiotic Rx in Ambulatory Settings
More than one-fourth of prescriptions are for conditions in which antibiotics are rarely indicated
Wednesday, August 07, 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

Systematic Approach Needed for Post-Disaster Mental Health
Systematic approach needed to ID, appropriately triage those requiring mental health services
Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Patient-Specific Priorities May Help Clinicians Optimize Care
A mathematical model illustrates preferred choice and order of preventive services based on benefit
Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Including Casinos in Smoke-Free Laws Cut Ambulance Calls
Extension of smoke-free laws to include casinos resulted in drop in ambulance calls from casinos
Tuesday, August 06, 2013

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

Long-Term Calcium-Channel Blockers Tied to Breast CA Risk
Long-term current use linked to risk of ductal, lobular breast cancer in postmenopausal women
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

Age Affects Aspirin Response in Patients With Stable CAD
Findings among patients with stable coronary artery disease taking similar relative aspirin doses
Friday, August 02, 2013

Electrical Lighting Alters Human Circadian Clock
Changes in constructed environment affect timing of sleep and wakefulness
Friday, August 02, 2013

Intervention Assists End-of-Life Decisions in Advanced Cancer
Pamphlet, talk result in earlier do-not-resuscitate orders and less chance of death in hospital
Friday, August 02, 2013

FDA Warns of Serious Skin Reactions to Acetaminophen
Link identified between the over-the-counter drug and potentially fatal skin reactions
Friday, August 02, 2013

Happiness Affects Genes, but Source of Happiness Matters
People happy due to a sense of purpose have a lower stress-related expression profile
Friday, August 02, 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

No MI Rate Advantage for Aggressive T2DM Glucose Control
More aggressive strategies do not reduce rate of myocardial infarction or preserve renal function
Thursday, August 01, 2013

Variable Blood Pressure Tied to Worse Cognitive Functioning
In older adults, higher visit-to-visit variability in blood pressure linked to impaired function
Thursday, August 01, 2013

Immediate Post-Op Delirium Common in Elderly Patients
Most delirium episodes detected during hospitalization start in post-anesthesia care unit
Thursday, August 01, 2013

Prevalence of Peripheral Artery Disease Increasing Globally
Prevalence lower for men, higher for young women in low- or middle-income countries
Thursday, August 01, 2013

Anemia Linked to Elevated Dementia Risk in Older Adults
Findings remain significant after adjustment for demographics, anemia measures, comorbidities
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Severe Hypoglycemia Common in Type 2 Diabetes
Highest risk for those with near-normal or very poor glycemic control
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Severe Hypoglycemia Ups Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes
Meta-analysis of cohort studies shows severe hypoglycemia linked with cardiovascular disease
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

Review Supports Elevated Risk of CHD Even With Prehypertension
Trials needed to clarify the efficacy of blood pressure reduction in pre-HTN
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

Glucose Intolerance Not Linked to Alzheimer's Pathology
Measures of glucose intolerance, insulin resistance not tied to AD pathology, in vivo β-amyloid burden
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Veterans Benefit From Group Outdoor Recreational Activities
Significant improvements in psychological well-being, social functioning, life outlook
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Aids Help Decision Making for Prostate Cancer Screening
But print and web-based aids do not affect screening rates
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

USPSTF: Low-Dose CT Screening Benefits Smokers
Reductions seen in lung cancer, all-cause death; benefits should be weighed against harms
Monday, July 29, 2013

Sexual Counseling Should Be Given to CVD Patients, Partners
Staff should be trained in sexual counseling, which is beneficial for resumption of sexual activity
Monday, July 29, 2013

Review Examines Coronary Artery Disease in Women
More women die of CAD than men; microvascular disease has more prominent role in women with CAD
Monday, July 29, 2013

FDA Updates Oral Nizoral Label to Reflect Safety Concerns
Concerns include severe liver injuries and adrenal gland problems, harmful drug interactions
Monday, July 29, 2013

Centrally Acting ACE Inhibitors Slow Decline in Dementia
Rate of cognitive decline slowed, especially during first six months of treatment
Monday, July 29, 2013

Automated EHRs Improve Immunization Reporting
Reductions seen in historical lag time associated with submitted vaccination data
Friday, July 26, 2013

COPD Linked to Increased Risk of Cerebral Microbleeds
Higher occurrence of microbleeds in deep or infratentorial locations for those with COPD
Friday, July 26, 2013

For Ischemic Stroke, Fewer Women Receive Thrombolytics
Women with stroke are older, possibly living alone more, and less likely to receive tx within four hours
Friday, July 26, 2013

Review Defines New Fracture Risk Factors Post-Vertebroplasty
Low bone mineral density, body mass index, and intradiscal cement leakage all increase risk
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sleep Disordered Breathing Tied to Lower Exercise Capacity
Independent association also seen between sleep disordered breathing and higher peak diastolic BP
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

Continuing Statins Linked to Decreased Risk of Parkinson's
Lipophilic statin therapy tied to decreased incidence of PD, particularly in women, elderly
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Women Worry About Resuming Sexual Activity After Heart Attack
Women report fear with resumption of sexual activity and desire guidance from physician
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dizziness Visits Account for About 4 Percent of ER Costs
Mean cost of emergency department dizziness visit estimated at $1,004 in 2011 dollars
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Review Estimates Risk of Physical Disability in Diabetes
Meta-analysis including 26 studies shows significantly increased risk of disability
Wednesday, July 24, 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

Low Rate of Change in Care With Transthoracic Echocardiography
Only 31.8 percent of TTEs result in active change in care; most TTEs considered appropriately used
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Kidney Stones Tied to Coronary Heart Disease in Women
After adjustment, significantly increased risk of CHD seen for women with history of kidney stones
Tuesday, July 23, 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

Automated ECG Directs Patients With Acute MI to Cath Lab
'Physician-less' diagnosis of acute MI in the field activates protocol for cardiac catheterization
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Guidance Issued for Erectile Dysfunction As Marker of CVD
Erectile dysfunction has predictive value for cardiovascular risk; tx may offer vascular benefits
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

Incidence of Cardiac Events in Lumbar Spine Surgery ID'd
Overall incidence 6.7 per 1,000 procedures; result in increased hospitalization, costs, mortality
Monday, July 22, 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

Project BOOST Linked to Drop in Rehospitalization Rates
Significant reduction in average rate of 30-day rehospitalization in BOOST versus control units
Monday, July 22, 2013

ADHD Drug May Reduce Risk of Falling in Elderly
Methylphenidate improves gait control in healthy older adults
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

Lifestyle Factors Linked to Less Aggressive Prostate Cancer
Adherence to lifestyle recommendations reduces risk of aggressive cancer
Friday, July 19, 2013

Pre-Op Anemia Tied to Adverse Outcomes in Elective Spine Sx
Findings for all levels of anemia in patients undergoing elective spine surgery
Friday, July 19, 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

Breaking a Sweat Regularly May Lower Risk of Incident Stroke
For men, trend toward increased risk with zero to three versus four or more exercise sessions/week
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Low Vitamin D Linked to Limited Function in Aging Adults
In adults 65 and older, vitamin D deficiency is associated with short time to functional decline
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Healthy Life Expectancy Higher for Females, Whites at Age 65
Across all states and D.C., expected years of life in good health higher for females than males
Thursday, July 18, 2013

AAIC: Population Screening for Dementia Has No Benefit
Would also require substantial resources
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

Repeat Hospitalization Factors for Nursing Home Residents Studied
Poor survival for cognitively impaired with repeat hospitalization for same infections, dehydration
Tuesday, July 16, 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

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

Stroke Incidence Up in Chinese Versus White Population
Review shows higher overall incidence, higher proportion of intracerebral hemorrhage
Monday, July 15, 2013

AAIC: Metformin Treatment Linked to Lower Dementia Risk
Initiating treatment with sulfonylureas, thiazolidinediones, and insulin does not lower risk
Monday, July 15, 2013

AAIC: Older Retirement Age Protects Against Dementia
Findings consistent with the 'use it or lose it' theory favoring mental, social stimulation
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

Lower Extremity Amputations Fall in Medicare Patients
Drastic amputations at proximal levels drop, while orthopedic treatments for diabetic foot ulcer rise
Friday, July 12, 2013

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Linked to Risk of Prostate Cancer
High blood levels of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids tied to increased risk of prostate cancer
Friday, July 12, 2013

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

Length of ER Visit Will Increase With Aging Population
Hospitals will need to increase ER size and floor capacity to optimize movement of patients
Friday, July 12, 2013

Men Still Want PSA Testing Despite Guidance, Risks
Findings based on survey even after informing men about the USPSTF recommendation
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

Inverse Relationship for Cancer, Alzheimer's Dementia
Reduced risk of cancer for those with Alzheimer's disease dementia and vice versa
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Chronic Illness Positively Linked to Receipt of Preventive Care
The presence of chronic illness is associated with being up to date on preventive health services
Wednesday, July 10, 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

Improvements Noted in U.S. Health From 1990 to 2010
Improvements seen in age-standardized death rate, life expectancy, healthy life expectancy
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

Geographic Variation in Use of Cardiovascular Procedures
Similar geographic variation seen for Medicare Advantage, Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Soy Supplement Doesn't Cut Prostate Cancer Recurrence
No reduction in biochemical recurrence within two years of radical prostatectomy
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Repeat Lipid Testing Overused in Those Meeting LDL-C Goals
One-third of patients with coronary heart disease with LDL-C levels at goal undergo repeat testing
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

Studies Examine Late-Life Disability, Restricting Symptoms
Occurrence of restricting symptoms increases five months before death; up with multimorbidity
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

Nighttime Vital Signs May Be Over Monitored in Hospitals
Low-risk medical inpatients may benefit from reduced vital sign monitoring
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

Cognitive Activity Throughout Lifetime Slows Later Decline
More frequent early-life and late-life cognitive activity each linked to slower cognitive decline
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Home Telemonitoring Intervention Ups BP Control
Greater proportion of patients with BP control during 12-month intervention, six-month follow-up
Wednesday, July 03, 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

Home-Based Walking Intervention Beneficial in PAD
Intervention improves walking endurance, physical activity in peripheral artery disease
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Peptide Screening and Care Reduces Heart Failure Risk
Screening for BNP followed by collaborative care reduces risk of left ventricle dysfunction
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Hypertension, Lipid Control Improved, 1988 to 2010
Antihypertensive, antihyperlipidemic meds still needed in older, minority, diabetes, CVD patients
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

New Rule for Home Health Prospective Payment System
Proposed changes set to save $290 million or 1.5 percent of costs in calendar year 2014
Monday, July 01, 2013

Prehospital Triage Policy for Suspected Stroke Ups tPA Use
Implementation of a prehospital stroke triage policy also ups use of emergency medical services
Monday, July 01, 2013

Diabetic Retinopathy Severity Inversely Tied to Cognition
Lower cognitive impairment scores, less dementia for patients with no/mild retinopathy
Monday, July 01, 2013

Volunteer Work Cuts Risk of Hypertension in Older Adults
Volunteering four hours a week or more for a year linked with lower risk of developing hypertension
Friday, June 28, 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

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

AHA: Intensive Statin Tx Doesn't Seem to Up Kidney Risk Post-ACS
Across two randomized trials, kidney injury incidence similar with intensive, less-potent statins
Friday, June 21, 2013

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

ACOG Recommends Screening Women for Elder Abuse
Early identification, prompt referral should be part of preventive health care for women ≥60 years
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

Flu Shot Averted About 13 Million Illnesses Over Six Years
Vaccines also averted over 100,000 influenza-related hospitalizations from 2005 to 2011
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

Sleep Apnea Predicts Sudden Cardiac Death
Nocturnal hypoxemia, a feature of apnea, strongly, independently predicts sudden cardiac death
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

Penicillin Skin Testing Can ID Tolerance to β-Lactam Agents
Patients with reported history of penicillin allergy with negative PST tolerate β-lactam therapy
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Internet Grocery Service Seems Feasible in Urban Food Deserts
Proteins, fruits, vegetables, caloric nondairy beverages frequently purchased, but not sweets
Tuesday, June 18, 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

Physical Function Limitations Prevalent in Prediabetes
Middle-aged and older adults with prediabetes have increased odds of physical function limitations
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

Some Antibiotics Up Risk of Statin Toxicity in Older Adults
Clarithromycin, erythromycin increase risk for statin toxicity; coprescription should be avoided
Monday, June 17, 2013

Increasing Red Meat Intake Ups Future Risk of T2DM
Increase of 0.5 servings/day linked to 48 percent increased risk in pooled analysis of three cohorts
Monday, June 17, 2013

Initiating Statins Linked to Increased Risk of T2DM
Increased risk persists after adjustment; seen after initiation of simvastatin and atorvastatin
Monday, June 17, 2013

ENDO: Skipping Breakfast Tied to Insulin Resistance in Obese
Obese women have higher insulin, free fatty acid total AUC after one day of skipping breakfast
Monday, June 17, 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

Oncological Outcomes Similar Despite Timing of Prostatectomy
Finding in men with similar disease undergoing watchful waiting versus immediate surgery
Friday, June 14, 2013

Only a Quarter of New Doctors Choose Primary Care
Less than five percent practice in rural areas
Friday, June 14, 2013

Weight Loss Improves Sexual Function in Diabetes
Improves sexual function in obese women with type 2 diabetes
Friday, June 14, 2013

Marked Variability Seen in Total Knee Arthroplasty Indications
Surgeons more likely to recommend TKA for men; younger docs more likely to recommend in general
Friday, June 14, 2013

EHR Improves Coordination of Care in Hematuria Work-Up
Decreased number of visits, shorter work-up times may cut health care costs
Friday, June 14, 2013

Diet Rich in Unsaturated Fat May Up Insulin Sensitivity
OmniHeart Trial shows that composition of diet may be another way to up insulin sensitivity
Friday, June 14, 2013

Duloxetine Moderately Cost-Effective for Treating Back Pain
Cost-effectiveness increases in populations over 65 years or with greater GI, cardiovascular risk
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

Restless Leg Syndrome Linked to Higher Mortality in Men
Increased risk persists even when excluding those with major chronic conditions
Wednesday, June 12, 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

Short Post-Meal Walks Control Postprandial Hyperglycemia
For older people, three 15-minute bouts of walking seem more effective than 45-minute walk
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hands-Free, Speech-to-Text Action Ups Distraction in Driving
Low level of distraction for in-vehicle activities; large distraction rating for speech-to-text e-mail
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Low Blood Pressure Linked to Brain Atrophy
Declining blood pressure associated with less brain atrophy in patients with arterial disease
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Medicare Beneficiaries Use More Brand-Name Drugs Than VA
Findings based on prescriptions filled by seniors with diabetes during 2008
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Switch to Vegetable Fat May Cut Death Risk in Prostate Cancer
Replacement of 10 percent of carbohydrates with vegetable fat cuts lethal prostate cancer, death
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Two-Way Tie for Hypoglycemia, Dementia in Diabetes
For older adults with diabetes, bidirectional association seen after multivariate adjustment
Tuesday, June 11, 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

Oncologists, PCPs Differ in Cancer Follow-Up Concerns
Findings highlight challenges in transitioning survivors' care from oncologists to PCPs
Monday, June 10, 2013

Depression, Antidepressant Use Linked to Future CVD Risk
For participants with type 2 diabetes, correlation seen with development of CVD risk over four years
Monday, June 10, 2013

Methylphenidate, Nurses Calls Don't Improve Cancer Fatigue
Significant improvements in cancer-related symptoms with nursing telephone intervention
Friday, June 07, 2013

Higher Vitamin D Linked to Reduced Diabetes Risk
Analysis pools results from 21 studies
Friday, June 07, 2013

Heat Response Plans Need to Be in Place Before Extreme Event
Plans should focus on identifying and limiting heat exposure among vulnerable populations
Friday, June 07, 2013

Large Randomized Trial Will Compare Diabetes Medications
GRADE, a pragmatic, unmasked clinical trial, will evaluate each of four meds added to metformin
Friday, June 07, 2013

Women Being Recruited to Join Specific Cancer Registry
More than 2,000 women with and without cancer being recruited to promote research
Friday, June 07, 2013

Fish Oil Supplementation May Lower Risk of Diabetes
Meta-analysis shows fish oil supplements moderately increase circulating adiponectin
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Frailty, Not Age, Predicts Mortality With Hemodialysis
Frailty more common with hemodialysis at any age; linked to mortality, hospitalizations
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

Outcomes-Based Data Drive Practice Transformation
Evolving processes to improve quality care and performance is the key to primary care success
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Low-Mortality Hospitals Better With Heart Surgery Complications
Low-mortality hospitals are better at managing complications after cardiac surgery
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

One-Third of Women Willing to Delay Rx for Suspected UTI
In majority of women willing to delay antibiotics, symptoms spontaneously resolve within one week
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

CDC: Listeria Mainly Affects Old, Pregnant, Immunocompromised
About 20 percent of infections result in death, mainly among elderly and as stillbirth/miscarriage
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Irregular Heartbeat May Speed Cognitive Decline
Findings based on longitudinal assessments of older adults without stroke
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Shared-Care Model Improves Professional Satisfaction
Findings based on innovations gathered from 23 high-functioning primary care practices
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Aspirin Post Hip Replacement OK for Extended Prophylaxis
Aspirin for 28 days non-inferior and as safe as dalteparin for preventing venous thromboembolism
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

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

Weight Loss Diets Improve Renal Function in Obese
Low-fat, Mediterranean, and low-carbohydrate diets are similarly effective regardless of diabetes
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Office-Based Physicians Making More Patient Referrals to ER
Increase in admissions from EDs from 2003 to 2009; docs relying on EDs for complex work-ups
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Twitter Analysis Can Inform Vaccination Campaigns
Most medical information shared on Twitter is from substantiated, professional sources
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

Compassion, Altruism Can Be Taught
Altered neural responses to suffering may further increase altruistic behavior
Friday, May 31, 2013

New Meds, Medical Devices Up Heart Failure Outcomes
Findings in patients with advanced heart failure referred to a tertiary university medical center
Friday, May 31, 2013

Acute Coronary Syndrome-Related PTSD Impacts Sleep
In post-ACS recovery period, important to consider sleep for cardiac prognosis, treatment strategy
Friday, May 31, 2013

Aggressive Lowering of BP May Up Risk of CHD in Diabetes
Blood pressures below 120/70 mm Hg linked with increased risk of coronary heart disease
Friday, May 31, 2013

New Statement Released by Anticoagulation Forum
Consensus statement to help organizations develop better systems to cut medication errors
Friday, May 31, 2013

Exserohilum rostratum Can Relapse After Antifungal Tx
80-year-old man relapses after antifungal therapy, resolution of symptoms and CSF white-cell count
Friday, May 31, 2013

Meta-Analysis Compares Vascular Risks for NSAIDs
Diclofenac and possibly ibuprofen linked to increased vascular risk; less risk for naproxen
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Economics, Health Explain U.S. Women's Mortality Inequalities
Employment, smoking contribute to widening mortality gap across education levels
Thursday, May 30, 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

Emotions in Alzheimer's Linked to Changes in Brain Size
Disease progression associated with increases in emotional contagion
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Comparable Benefits for Psychotherapies in Depression
Meta-analysis of seven types of treatment show comparable benefits
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

For Women, Calcium Intake Tied to Reduced Mortality Risk
Link not modified by vitamin D intake; no link observed with vitamin D or calcium intake in men
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

Majority of Clinicians Support Medicinal Marijuana Use
Based on votes and responses to interactive feature, 76 percent support use of marijuana
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

Racial Disparity Exists in Time to Treat Prostate Cancer
Findings consistent across all risk groups, with most pronounced difference in high-risk cancer
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

Most Heart Attack Patients Want to Decide Treatment
About two-thirds of hospitalized patients prefer an active role in shared decision-making
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

ACSM: Minneapolis-St. Paul Tops 2013 U.S. Fitness Index
As in 2012, Minneapolis-St. Paul tops rankings; Washington, D.C., second; Oklahoma City last
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

ASC: Rapid BP Lowering Tx No Better for Intracerebral Bleed
No significant reduction in death, severe disability with intensive versus guideline-recommended tx
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Parkinson's Risk Linked to Pesticide, Solvent Exposure
High-quality case control studies show risk up with exposure to pesticides, herbicides, solvents
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

AAN Releases Periprocedural Anticoagulant Care Guideline
Risk of bleeding from antithrombotic medications varies according to medical procedure
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

ESC: Heart Failure Outcomes Vary With Timing of Admission
Mortality, length of stay worse for January, Friday, and 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. admissions
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

ESC: Coenxyme Q10 Beneficial for Heart Failure
Patients receiving supplementation have reduced heart failure hospitalization, cardiovascular death
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

Pain Conditions Linked to Increased Risk of Suicide
Back, migraine, and psychogenic pain increases risk of suicide in patients using VHA services
Monday, May 27, 2013

Depression Linked to Severe Hypoglycemia in Diabetes
Shorter time to first episode, higher number of severe episodes in depressed versus non-depressed
Friday, May 24, 2013

Glaucoma Drugs Linked to Eyelid Drooping
Prostaglandin analogues associated with problems that can interfere with vision
Friday, May 24, 2013

No Benefit of Intensive Insulin Rx in Hyperglycemia in Hospitalized
Guidelines from the American College of Physicians note that insulin may cause harm
Friday, May 24, 2013

Glucosamine Supplementation Linked to Intraocular Pressure
Reversible effect seen, with drop in intraocular pressure after discontinuation of supplementation
Friday, May 24, 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

Three Reports Discuss Issues Surrounding Blood Transfusion
Best practices for transfusion, alternatives to blood, management of blood supply discussed
Friday, May 24, 2013

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

Mediterranean Diet Preserves Cognition in the Aging Brain
Diet enhanced with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts better than low-fat diet for global cognition
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Direct Primary Care Model Beneficial for Patients, Docs
Direct primary care practices charge monthly fee, allowing patients to access range of services
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Not All U.K. Health Records Capturing Myocardial Infarction
Electronic primary care, hospital, disease, and death records each miss 25 to 50 percent of MIs
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Stroke-Related Costs Expected to Rise 129 Percent by 2030
Effective preventive, acute care, rehab services will have both medical, societal benefits
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

ATS: High Prevalence of COPD Misdiagnosis Among Uninsured
Only 17.5 percent of patients had spirometry before diagnosis; nearly half had no obstruction
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ATS: Lung Cancer Diagnosis 7 Percent With Low-Dose CT
Preliminary rate of diagnosis 7 percent among patients at Boston Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ATS: Azithromycin Delays Next Hospitalization in COPD
Significant prolongation of time to next respiratory hospitalization with antibiotics
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sodium, Water Restriction Not Found Beneficial in Heart Failure
No effect seen on weight loss or clinical stability with aggressive sodium, fluid restriction
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

SSRI Reduces Stress-Induced Myocardial Ischemia
Escitalopram reduces mental stress-induced ischemia in at-risk patients
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ATS: Short Steroid Course Non-Inferior for COPD Exacerbations
Five-day systemic glucocorticoid tx non-inferior to 14-day tx for reexacerbations within 180 days
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ATS: Injured Women Receive Less Trauma Care Than Men
Findings point to consistent gender gap regardless of mechanism of injury or income
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

CDC Presents Recent Trends in Health Behaviors of U.S. Adults
About 20 percent current smokers; 64.9 percent current drinkers; 62.1 percent overweight, obese
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Comorbidities Up Other-Cause Death for Men With Prostate CA
For older men with nonmetastatic prostate cancer, number of comorbidities ties to other-cause death
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ATS: Air, Noise Pollution May Raise Cardiovascular Risk
Exposure to particulate matter, nighttime noise from traffic linked to subclinical atherosclerosis
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Case Survival Reflects Hospital Performance in Cardiac Arrest
Hospitals with high case-survival rates for cardiac arrest also have lower incidence
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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

ATS: Nighttime Intensivist Staffing Doesn't Cut ICU Stay
Intensivist staffing on night of admission also has no effect on ICU mortality, other end points
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Increase in ICU Admissions From Emergency Departments
From 2002/2003 to 2008/2009, 48.8 percent increase in ICU admissions from ERs in U.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

AHA: Variation in Outpatient Cardiac Risk Factor Management
Considerable variation in hypertension and hyperlipidemia control; tobacco screening
Friday, May 17, 2013

AHA: iPhone App Transmits Heart Images Quickly
App is accurate and more reliable than standard e-mail transmission
Friday, May 17, 2013

DSM-4 Task Force Chairman Advises Caution With DSM-5
Diagnostic changes are likely to lead to overdiagnosis, unnecessary treatment, high costs
Friday, May 17, 2013

Prednisolone Disturbs Carbohydrate Metabolism
Patients with inflammatory diseases should consider other anti-inflammatory agents
Friday, May 17, 2013

Review: Exercise Indeed Beneficial for Major Depression
Exercise beneficial as monotherapy or adjunct tx; maximum effect with 10 to 12 weeks exercise
Friday, May 17, 2013

Study Reviews Readmissions in Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities
Study finds most Medicare beneficiaries treated in IPFs exhibit characteristics linked to readmission
Friday, May 17, 2013

Many Patients Would Switch Doc to Cut Health Care Costs
For most patients willing to switch, saving of $500 to $1,000 annually enough to justify switch
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Tied to Lower Alzheimer's Risk
Same association not seen with Alzheimer's and other diagnosis or with all-cause dementia
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cancer Diagnosis Tied to Increased Bankruptcy Risk
Findings show younger cancer patients are increasingly vulnerable to bankruptcy
Thursday, May 16, 2013

ASH: Practicing Yoga May Help Lower Blood Pressure
Yoga two to three times a week on average lowers both systolic and diastolic BP by three points
Thursday, May 16, 2013

ASH: Ringing Cell Phones May Cause Rise in Blood Pressure
BP rise less dramatic in hypertensive patients who more frequently use mobile phones
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Meds for Back Pain Tied to Higher Erectile Dysfunction Risk
Dose and duration of opioid use associated with increased odds of erectile dysfunction
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

ASH: People With Hypertension Prefer Higher Salt Taste
Use of other seasonings in food can curb preference for higher salt intake
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Surgeon Variation Affects QoL After Prostatectomy
Significant associations seen in men's urinary and sexual function based on surgeon
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Overinterpretation Common in Diagnostic Accuracy Studies
Imaging studies have similar proportions of overinterpretation, misreporting
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Combination Osteoporosis Rx Further Improves Bone Density
Teriparatide and denosumab administered together more effective than either therapy alone
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Insomnia Tied to Greater Health Care Utilization
More hospitalizations, home health care, nursing home use with increasing insomnia symptoms
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dual Chamber ICDs Linked to More Complications
Single- and dual-chamber devices associated with similar mortality and hospitalization rates
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

IOM: Health Effects of Further Lowering Sodium Unclear
Higher sodium intake tied to heart disease; insufficient evidence to determine optimal intake
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hospital Hypoglycemia Rates Up in Black Men With Diabetes
Home diabetes regimen partially explains the increased risk of hypoglycemia
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cognitive Health Info From Doctors Found to Be Lacking
Most patients get info from TV, magazines; only 7.8 percent report receiving info from physicians
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review: In-Hospital Antibiotic Rx Behavior Can Be Improved
Meta-analyses show that restrictive and persuasive methods improve prescribing in hospital setting
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Creative Arts Therapies Up Mental Health for Cancer Patients
Review shows significant reductions in anxiety, depression, pain; improved QoL during treatment
Monday, May 13, 2013

No Change in Sodium Content of Ready Food From '05 to '11
And, meals at sit-down restaurants have nearly a full day's worth of fat, more than a day's sodium
Monday, May 13, 2013

Social Considerations Not Accounted for in DSM-5
Other forces that drive the diagnosis of mental disorders not adequately considered, editorial says
Monday, May 13, 2013

USPSTF Recommends Screening Adults for Alcohol Misuse
Brief intervention should be provided for those who engage in risky or hazardous behavior
Monday, May 13, 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

Specific Antibiograms Needed for Outpatients in Primary Care
Differences in susceptibility to ciprofloxacin among P. aeruginosa for inpatients, primary care
Friday, May 10, 2013

Depression Overdiagnosed, Overtreated in the Community
Those more educated, with poorer overall health were more likely to meet major depression criteria
Friday, May 10, 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

One in Eight Over Age 60 Reports Memory Loss, Confusion
Study provides baseline estimate of those who might require services, support in the future
Friday, May 10, 2013

HRS: iPad2 Can Trigger Magnet Mode in Defibrillators
Magnets embedded in iPad2 cover and body trigger magnet mode; suspend anti-tachycardia tx
Thursday, May 09, 2013

In Most States, Primary Care Medicaid Payments to Increase
In 2013, average increase of 73 percent in Medicaid payments for primary care services
Thursday, May 09, 2013

Antidepressants Benefit Post-CABG Mental Health Recovery
Escitalopram doesn't affect mortality, morbidity, but improves depression, mental health
Thursday, May 09, 2013

HRS: No Need to Stop Warfarin for Pacemaker, ICD Surgery
Fewer significant pocket-device hematomas for continued warfarin versus bridging heparin
Thursday, May 09, 2013

AUA: Primary Care Treatment for UTI Could Save $2 Billion
Treatment in the emergency room more expensive
Thursday, May 09, 2013

AUA: Death Up in Weekend ER Visits for Prostate Cancer Patients
Patients with metastatic prostate cancer who visit ER over the weekend have increased odds of death
Thursday, May 09, 2013

AUA: ER Visits for Hematuria Pose Sizeable Economic Burden
Studies show increased costs for patients who undergo imaging; considerable annual ER charges
Thursday, May 09, 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

Skin Cancer Tx Mostly Surgical, Regardless of Life Expectancy
For nonmelanoma skin cancer, treatment choice unaffected by patient prognosis
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

n-3 Fatty Acids No Benefit for High-Risk Cardio Patients
No drop in cardiovascular mortality or morbidity for patients without myocardial infarction
Wednesday, May 08, 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

ARVO: Additional Nutrients Do Not Reduce Progression to AMD
Adding carotenoids, omega-3s does not further lower risk of age-related macular degeneration
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

AAFP Member Urges Investment in Primary Care
During testimony to Congress committee, emphasis on support for a strong primary care service
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

AUA: Many Men With Erectile Dysfunction Untreated
Under-treatment persists despite heavy promotion in the media
Monday, May 06, 2013

Belief in God Tied to Greater Psychiatric Treatment Response
Belief in God linked to reduced depression, self-harm even after controlling for age and gender
Monday, May 06, 2013

AUA: Incidence of Testicular Cancer Up Through 2009
Largest increase seen for Hispanic men, at 5.6 percent annually from 2002 to 2009
Monday, May 06, 2013

Self-Medicating With Alcohol Linked to Later Dependence
Self-medicating for mood disorders linked to subsequent incident and persistent dependence
Friday, May 03, 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

Video Games Improve Cognition in Older Adults
Games improve visual speed of processing
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

CDC: About One in Five U.S. Adults Meets Exercise Guidelines
In 2011, 20.6 percent of adults met guidelines for both aerobic activity and muscle strengthening
Friday, May 03, 2013

AHA: Lifestyle Changes May Reduce Blood Clot Risk
Ideal levels of physical activity, body mass index most significantly linked to risk
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

CDC: Big Increase in Middle-Aged Suicides Seen 1999-2010
Suicide rate increased nationally, particularly among whites, American Indian/Alaska Natives
Thursday, May 02, 2013

Nearly One-Third Don't Pick Up New Osteoporosis Rx
Women receiving Rx from rheumatology, internist practicing 10 or more years more likely to get meds
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

AHA: Mediterranean Diet Improves Cholesterol Measures
Findings in men with metabolic syndrome, even without accompanying weight loss
Thursday, May 02, 2013

AHA: Blood Vessel Function Better With Controversial Diet
Restriction of lectin-containing foods, adding 'anti-aging' supplements reduces endothelial dysfunction
Thursday, May 02, 2013

Penicillin Prophylaxis Prevents Recurrent Leg Cellulitis
Protective effect disappears after stopping treatment
Wednesday, May 01, 2013

SAMHSA: Sharp Rise in ER Visits Due to Zolpidem
Emergency department visits up over 200 percent from 2005 to 2010
Wednesday, May 01, 2013

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

More Than One-Third of Stroke Patients Don't Utilize EMS
Rural and minority patients have decreased odds of emergency medical services use
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

FDA Approves Kcentra to Reverse Anticoagulation
Can be administered faster than plasma to stop severe bleeding in heart patients
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

Multicenter Study Links Peri-Op SSRI Use to Adverse Outcomes
Increased odds of in-hospital mortality, bleeding, 30-day readmission, after adjustment
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

High Doses of Saw Palmetto Appear Safe Over 18 Months
No evidence of toxicity for patients given doses of up to 960 mg daily for up to 18 months
Monday, April 29, 2013

Mediterranean Diet Adherence Cuts Cognitive Impairment
Lower likelihood of incident cognitive impairment, especially among individuals without diabetes
Monday, April 29, 2013

USPSTF Recommends Universal HIV Screening From Age 15 to 65
Grade A recommendations include screening older and younger at-risk individuals, pregnant women
Monday, April 29, 2013

Hawaii Is Least Stressed State With Highest Enjoyment Levels
Based on Gallup-Healthways poll, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Iowa, Wyoming are least stressed
Monday, April 29, 2013

Rx for High-Risk Meds Varies Widely in Medicare Advantage
Women, whites, low-income patients, and those in the South more likely to receive high-risk meds
Monday, April 29, 2013

Zoledronic Acid Linked to Early Increase in Sclerostin Levels
For postmenopausal women, sclerostin up within two days; returns near to baseline after 360 days
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

One-Third of Female Marathon Runners Report Breast Pain
Breast cup size significantly related to reported symptoms of pain
Friday, April 26, 2013

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Improves PTSD
Results based on an eight-week pilot program involving veterans seeking outpatient treatment
Friday, April 26, 2013

History of Skin Cancer Linked to Secondary Cancers
History of NMSC associated with a greater risk of secondary cancers at other sites
Friday, April 26, 2013

EB: Sleep Restriction Affects Respiratory, Vascular Control
With sleep restriction, central chemosensitivity increases and endothelial function decreases
Friday, April 26, 2013

Post-Fracture Targeting Boosts Osteoporosis Management
Mail-based interventions demonstrate better cost-effectiveness than usual care
Friday, April 26, 2013

Report Updates Impact of Hypoglycemia in Diabetes
Reviews outcomes, strategies, and current gaps in knowledge
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

Review: All Approved Drugs Similarly Prevent Migraines
Off-label angiotensin-inhibiting drugs and beta-blockers have favorable benefit-to-harm ratios
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Even Light Smoking Increases Risk of RA Among Women
Smoking cessation reduces, but does not eliminate, risk of rheumatoid arthritis
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Risk of Delay in Response to Patient E-Mails Up Over Weekend
Increased risk of messages not being opened within 12 hours, not receiving response in 36 hours
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Air Pollution Linked to Marker of Atherosclerosis
Greater exposure to air pollution associated with greater increases in artery thickness
Thursday, April 25, 2013

One 12-Ounce Sweet Drink a Day Ups Risk of T2DM 22 Percent
Association for sweet drinks persists, even after adjustment for energy intake, body mass index
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Prevalence, Costs of Heart Failure Estimated for 2030
More than eight million U.S. adults expected to have heart failure by 2030; $70 billion in costs
Thursday, April 25, 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

Diabetes Target Achievement Up From 1999 to 2010, More Needed
Only 14.3 percent meet targets for glycemic control, BP, LDL cholesterol, and tobacco use
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Obesity Tied to Risk of Prostate Cancer After Negative Biopsy
Also associated with the presence of precancerous lesions in initial benign biopsy
Wednesday, April 24, 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

AMA Reveals First Step Toward Improving Health Outcomes
First stage of initiative focuses on prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Peri-Noncardiac Op Exposure to β-Blockers Improves Outcome
Exposure tied to lower mortality for patients with two or more Revised Cardiac Risk Index factors
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Severe Cutaneous Adverse Rxns Up in Allopurinol Initiators
SCARs are rare; usually occur within first 180 days of initiating treatment
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Behaviors Indicative of More Trips to Buffet Table Identified
Serving oneself immediately and using larger plate linked to more trips at all-you-can-eat buffet
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

U.S. Shortfall in Neurologists Expected to Get Worse
Current national shortfall of 11 percent projected to increase to 19 percent by 2025
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Interdisciplinary Model Ups Care of Hospitalized Elderly
Admission to MACE services linked to lower rates of adverse events, shorter length of stay
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mammogram Rates Unchanged Since USPSTF Recommendations
No decrease in mammography screening noted for women aged 40 to 49, 50 to 74 years
Monday, April 22, 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: Is the Obesity Crisis a Disguise for a Deeper Problem?
Surgeon-researcher discusses hypothesis that we may be 'blaming the victims'
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

Genetics Linked to Abnormal Alzheimer's Markers
Family history of late-onset Alzheimer's disease associated with abnormal cerebral markers
Friday, April 19, 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

Community Gardening Programs Linked to Lower BMI
Findings in both male and female participants compared to otherwise similar neighbors, siblings
Friday, April 19, 2013

FDA Approves Updated Label for Reformulated OxyContin
Reformulated OxyContin has physical, chemical properties that should cut potential for abuse
Friday, April 19, 2013

CDC: Traffic-Related Pedestrian Deaths Increasing With Age
Also higher for males and racial and ethnic minorities
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

Glutamine, Antioxidants No Benefit to Critically Ill Patients
Glutamine linked to increase in 28-day mortality among critically ill adults with multiorgan failure
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Topical Treatment Effective for Toenail Fungal Infection
Mycologic cure rate significantly higher with 48 weeks of efinaconazole versus placebo
Friday, April 12, 2013

Topical Anesthetics Effective for Premature Ejaculation
Significant improvements seen for ejaculatory control, sexual satisfaction, and distress
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

Readmission Rates ID'd After Spine Stenosis Decompression
Surgery with fusion is seen at 9.7 percent after one year; 7.2 percent for decompression alone
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sales Representatives Provide Inadequate Safety Information
Physicians ready to prescribe with lack of data on harmful effects of promoted medicines
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Patients Accepting, Grateful for Death With Dignity Program
Loss of autonomy, dignity, functional status are most commonly cited reasons for participation
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Patients Using Different Rx Strategies to Save Money
Cost-saving strategies differ by age, health insurance status, and poverty status
Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Overall Alcohol Intake Not Tied to Breast CA-Specific Survival
Moderate intake pre-diagnosis may up disease-specific survival but no link found post-diagnosis
Tuesday, April 09, 2013

ACP: Men Need to Be Informed of PSA Testing Benefits, Harms
American College of Physicians' new screening guidance committee urges caution
Tuesday, April 09, 2013

NYC Health Department, ER Docs Clash Over Opioid Guidelines
Some believe the recommendations unfairly target N.Y.C. emergency physicians
Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Amiodarone Treatment Is Linked to Higher Cancer Risk
Medication for arrhythmias may pose peril, especially in males with increasing dose
Monday, April 08, 2013

African-Americans Are More Willing to Join in Research
They're more likely to participate than other groups, even if they need blood, genetic samples
Monday, April 08, 2013

Less Sodium, More Potassium Can Have Major Health Impact
Three meta-analyses show reduction in blood pressure, stroke, and cardiovascular mortality
Monday, April 08, 2013

Risk of Comorbidities Up With Hypoglycemia in T2DM
Risk of cardiovascular events, hospitalization, mortality up with mild, severe hypoglycemia
Monday, April 08, 2013

Novel Digital Stethoscope Detects Coronary Artery Disease
Technique may serve as an alternative to CT angiography in diagnosing CAD, study finds
Friday, April 05, 2013

Statins Show Protective Effect Against Acute Kidney Injury
Initiating use prior to coronary artery bypass grafting surgery may modestly reduce risks
Friday, April 05, 2013

Walking Reduces CHD Risk Factors as Much as Running
Decreases similar with equivalent energy expenditure by moderate/vigorous intensity exercise
Friday, April 05, 2013

EEG Proves Useful in Detection of Causes of In-Hospital Spells
Seizures common among those who undergo test due to altered mental status, study finds
Friday, April 05, 2013

Chronic Pain Syndromes Are Common After Ischemic Stroke
These events are associated with functional dependence and cognitive decline, study finds
Friday, April 05, 2013

Primary Care Model Ups African Americans' Glycemic Control
Education, coaching, medication intensification approach beneficial in type 2 diabetes
Thursday, April 04, 2013

Prevalence of Self-Reported Hypertension Rises in U.S.
Increase is small, but significant, and proportion of adults taking medication is up as well
Thursday, April 04, 2013

Low Risk With Normal Coronary Arteries, Nonobstructive CAD
Findings in patients presenting with acute chest pain undergoing coronary CT angiography
Thursday, April 04, 2013

Glucocorticoids Are Tied to Increased Risk of Clots
Higher rates of venous thromboembolism seen in both present and recent medication users
Thursday, April 04, 2013

Geographic Value Index May Not Produce Efficient Care
IOM interim report shows wide regional variations in care quality, costs
Thursday, April 04, 2013

CMS Announces Final Rates for Medicare Drug, Health Plans
Program updates for 2014 designed to lower beneficiary costs, increase value
Thursday, April 04, 2013

Annual Cost of Dementia About $200 Billion in U.S.
In 2010, annual costs between $157 and $215 billion; $11 billion of cost paid by Medicare
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Rural Hospital Mortality Rates Climbed From 2002-2010
Findings look at Medicare beneficiaries treated for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Obama Administration Unveils The BRAIN Initiative
10-year initiative aims to find new ways to treat, cure, and prevent neurological disorders
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Higher Plasma Fatty Acid Levels Tied to Reduced Mortality
Older patients have lower rates, especially for coronary heart disease-related death
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Patients Taken Off Statins Can Be Re-Challenged With Success
Study finds halting therapy could lead to many preventable cardiovascular events
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

End-of-Life Talks Between Elderly, Doctors Inadequate
Most patients consider end-of-life care pre-hospitalization, appoint surrogate decision maker
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Physical, Mental Activity Improve Seniors' Cognitive Function
No difference in cognitive improvements with physical, mental intervention versus active control
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

After Chest Pain, Outcomes Are Better With Cardiologist's Care
Follow-up within 30 days of ER visit was associated with decreased risk of death
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Runners Achieve Greater Weight Loss Than Walkers
Male and female walkers spend less energy walking than runners spend running, study finds
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

Social Isolation, Apart From Loneliness, Can Harm Health
Just living alone is tied to mortality even after adjustment for demographics, baseline health
Tuesday, March 26, 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

Total Knee Replacement Poses Large Public Health Burden
Prevalence of total knee replacement about 4.2 percent among U.S. adults aged 50 years or older
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Chlorthalidone No Better Than Hydrochlorothiazide for HTN
Increased risk of hypokalemia seen with chlorthalidone among older adults
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

One in Three U.S. Seniors Dies With Alzheimer's or Dementia
More than five million have Alzheimer's in 2013; estimated $203 billion in direct costs to society
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Barrier Assessment Improves Care for Elderly With Diabetes
Assessment of barriers to self-care, development of strategies to cope beats usual care
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

Oral Melatonin Has No Effect on Appetite in Advanced Cancer
Study closes after no difference seen between melatonin and placebo groups with cachexia
Friday, March 15, 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

Cardio Risks Need Evaluation Before Prescribing Statins
Study examines doctors' approach in relationship to baseline heart disease risks
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

Rules Must Evolve to Allow New Drugs for Early Alzheimer's
Use of single scale combining cognition, function could allow drugs to be approved for early disease
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Stimulated Reporting Accounts for High Dabigatran Bleeding
Analysis of FDA Mini-Sentinel database shows bleeding rates no higher than for warfarin
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Vitamin D3 Supplementation Lowers Systolic BP in Blacks
Oral regimen for three months found to be effective, but no result seen on diastolic readings
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Medicare Patients Enrolled in Hospice Receive Better Care
Greater savings to government also seen for those entering 15 to 30 days before death
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Self-Reported Vision Loss Is Associated With Depression
Study finds loss of function rather than loss of visual acuity a factor in emotional well-being
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Medicare Cancer Spending Has Little Effect on Survival
Despite substantial mean regional differences, no consistent association is found
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Geriatric Factors Can Foretell Tolerances to Chemotherapy
Regimen should be used with caution in patients with cognitive impairment or dependency
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Family Presence During CPR Has Positive Effect for Family
And, survival after in-hospital cardiac arrest linked to demographics and neurologic disability
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

FDA Reaffirms Azithromycin Tie to Heart Rhythm Abnormalities
Drug label has been updated to strengthen Warnings and Precautions section
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Post-PCI Bleeding Linked to Increased In-Hospital Mortality
An estimated 12.1 percent of deaths were related to bleeding complications
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Primary Care Noninferior for Management of Sleep Apnea
Sleepiness scores no worse for treatment under primary care model versus specialist model
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

AAN: Add-On Drug Improves Memory in Alzheimer's Disease
Researchers find positive effect from first human trials of a selective adrenoceptor antagonist
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Post-Stroke Walking Improves Survivors' Quality of Life
Program of aerobic exercise also helped to extend endurance in patients
Wednesday, March 13, 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

ACC: Patient Preference-Based Treatment Improves Depression
Findings in patients following post-acute coronary syndrome; program could be cost-neutral
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

ACC: High-Dose Vitamins Don't Cut Recurrent Cardiac Events
But high-dose vitamins plus active chelation may reduce events among patients with previous MI
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Processed Meat Consumption Linked to Higher Mortality Risk
Findings related to cardiovascular diseases, cancer, other causes of death
Monday, March 11, 2013

FDA Encourages Opioid Prescribers to Pursue Training
Continuing medical education provided by opioid manufacturers set to combat misuse and abuse
Monday, March 11, 2013

Shelf Life of Blood Appears Shorter Than Thought
Decreased membrane deformability not readily reversible after transfusion, small study finds
Friday, March 08, 2013

Estimated Cost of Diabetes $245 Billion in U.S. in 2012
Largest component of medical expenses is hospital inpatient care, accounting for 43 percent of cost
Friday, March 08, 2013

Doctors Decide to Use CT Scans, But With Little Talk of Risks
Only about a third of patients surveyed said physician discussed potential concerns
Friday, March 08, 2013

Sleep Meds Up Hip Fracture Risk Among Nursing Home Residents
New users with mild cognitive impairment and those needing limited aid are most affected
Thursday, March 07, 2013

ACC: Seasonable Variation Observed in Lipid Profiles
High LDL-C more prevalent in winter; prevalence of low HDL-C and high triglycerides up in summer
Thursday, March 07, 2013

ACC: Weight Loss Linked to Adverse Outcomes With CRT-D
Risks up for patients with cardiac resynchronization therapy with cardioverter defibrillator
Thursday, March 07, 2013

Insomnia Linked to Greater Risk of Heart Failure
Having more insomnia symptoms increases risk further
Thursday, March 07, 2013

Cochrane Group Skeptical About Latest Roche Pledges
Roche has pledged to release full clinical study reports for Tamiflu, but conditions may apply
Thursday, March 07, 2013

Coordinated Care Model Suggested for Palliative Care
Model distinguishes primary palliative care from specialty palliative care
Thursday, March 07, 2013

Improving Eating Habits Cuts Depression in Dementia
Spaced retrieval and Montessori-based activities improve dementia patients' eating habits, BMI
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Changes Suggested for Hospital Readmission Reduction Program
Modifications could prevent penalties for hospitals that care for most vulnerable populations
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Portable Device May Help Diagnose Vertebrobasilar Stroke
Device could be used by non-specialists to diagnose patients with acute vertigo or dizziness
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Two Drug Classes Found Effective for Restless Legs Syndrome
Dopamine agonists, calcium channel alpha-2-delta ligands reduce symptoms
Wednesday, March 06, 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

Simple Measures Feasible for Promoting Sleep in the ICU
Intervention significantly improves daily noise rating, decreases incidence of delirium/coma
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Mortality Index Can Accurately Identify 10-Year Mortality Risk
Findings among community-dwelling adults older than 50 years from Health and Retirement Study
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Blacks Have More Preventable Hypertension Hospitalizations
Little improvement in this disparity between blacks and whites seen between 1995 and 2010
Tuesday, March 05, 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

Atrial Fibrillation Associated With Cognitive Impairment
In pooled risk analysis, increased risk found independent of stroke history
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

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

Death of Sibling Boosts Heart Attack Risks for Adults
Highest rates of increased mortality occur if the relative also died from myocardial infarction
Monday, March 04, 2013

Irradiation Shows Lasting Results for Prostate Cancer Control
Study finds longest time to recurrence 15.5 years, with containment up to 25 years of follow-up
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

AAD: Older Men Should Screen Themselves for Skin Cancer
Two studies show older men less likely to detect their own cancers, see doctor for suspicious spot
Friday, March 01, 2013

AAD: Skin Changes Can Be First Sign of Underlying Condition
Changes such as rash, growths, discoloration, and texture changes may indicate internal disease
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

Hyperbaric Oxygen No Benefit for Diabetic Foot Ulcers
No improvement in healing or prevention of amputations with hyperbaric oxygen
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Urologic Patient Education Reading Materials Too Difficult
Written at or above 11th grade reading level instead of recommended fourth to sixth grade level
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Glycemic Control Not Linked to Adverse Outcomes After TKA
No increased risk of revision, deep infection, DVT, or PE with controlled or uncontrolled diabetes
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Variation ID'd in Increased Demand for Primary Care Docs
Overall, increased demand modest, but some areas have >10 percent increase in demand
Thursday, February 28, 2013

High ER Charges for Common Presenting Conditions
Median charge for 10 outpatient conditions $1,233, with considerable variability
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Overall Sedentary Time Shows Major Cardiometabolic Impact
Sedentary time found to be strong indicator of cardiometabolic health in adults at risk of T2DM
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Low-Intensity Interventions Beneficial in Severe Depression
Small but significant interaction between baseline depression severity, treatment effect
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

ACR Releases Five 'Don'ts' for Rheumatologists
Top five list includes diagnostic tests, treatments that might be commonly misordered
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Families Prefer ICU Doctors in Traditional White Coats, Scrubs
Regardless of dress, families expect a clear name tag, professionalism, and neat grooming
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cardiologists Often Fail to Communicate Impact of ICDs
Information about implantable cardioverter-defibrillator impact often misrepresented/omitted
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sleep Restriction Impacts Gene Regulation
Affects genes associated with circadian rhythms, sleep homeostasis, oxidative stress, metabolism
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

Diagnostic Errors ID'd in Variety of Common Diseases
Errors mainly due to patient-doc encounter breakdowns; potential for moderate, severe harm
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

AAFP Issues Top Five Choosing Wisely Recommendations
Evidence-based recommendations should lead to health benefits and cut risks, harms, and costs
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

ICVN: Mediterranean Diet Cuts Cardiovascular Event Risk
Reduced risk for adults who adhere to Mediterranean diet plus extra-virgin olive oil or mixed nuts
Monday, February 25, 2013

USPSTF: Vitamin D, Calcium Supplements Don't Prevent Fx
For postmenopausal community-dwelling women, low-dose daily supplements not recommended
Monday, February 25, 2013

CDC: 2012-2013 Flu Vaccine Not As Effective in Elderly
Vaccination appears to reduce need for office visits; preventive effect lower in elderly
Friday, February 22, 2013

Patients With Lower Incomes Less Likely to Die at Home
Those with continuous hospice care, regardless of income, less likely to transfer from home
Friday, February 22, 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

Hands-On Cooking Education Aids Docs' Nutrition Knowledge
After educational workshop physicians felt better able to give patients nutrition advice too
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

Extended Dabigatran Effective for Venous Thromboembolism
Carries lower risk of major, clinically relevant bleeding than warfarin; higher risk than placebo
Thursday, February 21, 2013

Air Pollution Ups Mortality Rate Post-ACS Hospitalization
Higher levels of PM2.5 linked to increased mortality, after full adjustment
Thursday, February 21, 2013

Pros, Cons of Medical Marijuana for Metastatic Cancer Explored
Case vignette highlights issues relating to smoking marijuana when conventional treatment has failed
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Faster Adoption of Electronic Health Records Needed
Penalties under 2009 law start in 2015
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Antioxidant Capacity of Diet Not Tied to Dementia, Stroke Risk
In older adults, total antioxidant capacity of diet not linked to dementia, stroke, brain tissue volume
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Opioids Involved in Most Medical Overdose Deaths
Frequently involve drugs prescribed for mental health conditions
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Women's Awareness of Heart Disease Improving
Awareness has improved over past 15 years; racial disparity still exists in rate of awareness
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Redefinition of Positive CT Result for Lung Cancer Explored
Higher threshold for noncalcified nodule size could cut need for work-up; may delay diagnosis
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

Depression Affects Efficacy of Herpes Zoster Vaccine
Elderly patients with depression have diminished response to vaccine, but antidepressants help
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sleep Duration Linked to Risk of Atrial Fibrillation
Higher risk of a-fib with sleep ≥8 hours; short sleep duration ups risk for those with sleep apnea
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Racial Disparities Observed in Opioid Monitoring
Black patients more often receive urine drug tests, less likely to receive pain specialist referral
Monday, February 18, 2013

AMA Issues Code for Safe Care Transitions After Hospital Stay
Five principles and five responsibilities help guide safe and effective ambulatory practices
Monday, February 18, 2013

Gender Influences Ischemic Time, Outcomes After STEMI
Longer ischemic times and significantly increased early all-cause, cardiac mortality for women
Friday, February 15, 2013

Community-Associated MRSA Common in Nursing Homes
More likely in facilities with younger residents and Hispanics
Friday, February 15, 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

Income Inequality Ups Risk for 30-Day Hospital Readmission
Increased risk of readmission within 30 days of stay for acute MI, heart failure, pneumonia
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

Depressed Patients Less Likely to Complete Cardiac Rehab
Significant improvement in multiple risk factors for all who complete exercise-based rehab program
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cancer Type Affects Quality of Care Survivors Receive
Survivors of some cancers receive different quality of care on acute and chronic indicators
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Snoring Tied to Increased Cardiovascular Risk in Women
Incidence of coronary heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease up in postmenopausal women
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

Neurostimulation Benefits Early Parkinson's Disease
Improves quality of life and motor ability in patients with early motor complications
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

ASCO: Many Still Diagnosed With Higher-Risk Prostate Cancer
Elderly and black men at greatest risk of having aggressive prostate cancer
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

High Calcium Intake Linked to Increased Mortality in Women
Intake of >1,400 mg/day linked to increased all-cause, cardiovascular, but not stroke, mortality
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

Potency of OTC Vitamin D Supplements Varies Widely
Over-the-counter pills from USP-verified manufacturers may have better accuracy
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Gradual Dietary Sodium Reductions Will Save Lives
Up to half a million lives could be saved over the next decade simply by reducing sodium intake
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

No Link Between Mortality, Readmission Quality Measures
Risk-adjusted 30-day all-cause mortality and readmission rates not tied for acute MI, pneumonia
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Use of Evidence-Based Meds Increasing for STEMI, NSTEMI
ACE inhibitor, antiplatelet and lipid-lowering therapies, beta-blockers, aspirin use increasing
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Obtaining Price Estimate for Hip Arthroplasty Found Difficult
Considerable variation in complete price in both top-ranked and non-top-ranked U.S. hospitals
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Most Cardiac Patients Report Using Alternative Treatments
Almost half report interest in participating in research trials with CAM therapies
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

Exercise Tied to Lower Prostate Cancer Risk in White Men
No similar association seen between exercise and prostate cancer in analysis of black men
Monday, February 11, 2013

Creatinine Excretion Rate Linked to Higher Mortality in T2DM
Lower creatinine excretion rate linked to higher all-cause mortality in type 2 diabetes, nephropathy
Monday, February 11, 2013

Long-Acting Daily Opioids Increase Risk of Hypogonadism
In men taking daily opioids, duration of action, but not dose, affects risk of hypogonadism
Friday, February 08, 2013

Most Dietary Supplement Use Not Recommended by Docs
Study looks at reasons motivating use of dietary supplements in adults
Friday, February 08, 2013

High Doses of Saw Palmetto Don't Impact Serum PSA
For men with lower urinary tract symptoms, saw palmetto has no effect on PSA versus placebo
Friday, February 08, 2013

ASA: Be More Patient With Post-ICH Life Support, Study Suggests
About one-third of stroke patients with withdrawn life support might have had acceptable outcome
Thursday, February 07, 2013

Baseline Factors Impact Lifestyle Intervention Success
Dietary restraint at baseline impacts weight loss outcomes post-intervention
Thursday, February 07, 2013

Alzheimer's Projected to Affect 13.8 Million in U.S. in 2050
Represents dramatic increase over the 4.7 million seniors with Alzheimer's dementia in 2010
Thursday, February 07, 2013

ASA: Pot Use May Be Linked to Increased Stroke Risk
Patients with ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack more likely to have recently used cannabis
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

ASA: Tai Chi Reduces Falls in Stroke Survivors
Significantly fewer falls for stroke survivors in Tai Chi intervention versus usual care
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Ramipril Improves Walking in Peripheral Artery Disease
Duration of pain-free and maximum walking increased; linked to improved physical function
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Men's Risk of Kidney Stones Up With Ascorbic Acid Supplements
Dose-dependent effect seen with up to two-fold increased risk after multivariate adjustment
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Fewer Medicare Patients Dying in Hospital Setting
But increase seen in use of ICUs in the last month of life
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

FDA Warns Consumers About Fraudulent Flu Products
Fraudulent products can be found online; include non-FDA-approved generic Tamiflu, Relenza
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Antipsychotic Rx for 22 Percent of Nursing Home Residents
Based on prescribing patterns, off-label indications related to dementia likely
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Pre-Op Physiatry Consultation Reduces Spinal Surgery Rates
Mandatory consultation before surgical consultation reduces spinal surgeries, cuts costs
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Supplemental Calcium Tied to Higher CVD Death Risk in Men
Dietary calcium consumption not linked to cardiovascular disease death in men or women
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Alternative PSA Screening Strategies Could Reduce Harm
Use of biennial strategy with longer interval for low PSA levels reduces tests, false-positive results
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Higher Midlife Fitness Linked to Lower All-Cause Dementia Risk
People with highest cardiorespiratory fitness 36 percent less likely to have all-cause dementia
Monday, February 04, 2013

CDC: Flu Activity Still Up in U.S. in Fourth Week of 2013
Pneumonia and flu-linked deaths above epidemic threshold; eight pediatric deaths reported
Monday, February 04, 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

Tadalafil Improves Ejaculatory, Orgasmic Function
After treatment, residual ejaculatory or orgasmic dysfunction negatively impact sexual satisfaction
Friday, February 01, 2013

Adiposity, Hyperglycemia Tied to Cognitive Performance
For middle-aged adults, high BMI and high HbA1c linked to poor cognitive performance
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Updated Guidelines Issued for Care of Acute Ischemic Stroke
Guidelines detail stages of care, from recognition to emergency transport through early hospital care
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Low Diuretic Use in Home Care for Blacks With Hypertension
Despite guidelines, majority of blacks with uncontrolled hypertension don't receive diuretics
Thursday, January 31, 2013

CDC: Non-Flu Adult Vaccination Rates Largely Unchanged
Vaccination rates in 2011 and 2010 similar, except for modest increases in HPV in women, Tdap
Thursday, January 31, 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

Common Obesity Beliefs Often Unsupported by Science
Researchers identify myths and presumptions and facts supported by evidence
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Yoga Shown to Reduce Clinical Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation
Benefits also seen with significant improvements in quality-of-life scores, depression, and anxiety
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Early Palliative Care in Lung CA Focuses on Coping, Symptoms
During critical time points or progression, palliative care emphasizes psychosocial aspects
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Majority of Patients Will Consider ICD Deactivation
Findings in survey of ICD patients presented with five scenarios of varying health outcomes
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Study Confirms Prolongation of QT Interval With Citalopram
Dose-response association with QTc prolongation for citalopram, escitalopram, amitriptyline
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mortality Risk Up for Patients Admitted on Public Holidays
Findings for both seven-day and 30-day mortality for emergency admissions
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In STEMI, Diabetes Linked to Worse Long-Term Outcomes
Diabetes linked to worse mortality, reinfarction, stent thrombosis, target vessel revascularization
Tuesday, January 29, 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

Less CVD Hospitalization When SBP, LDL-C Controlled in T2DM
In patients with type 2 diabetes, HbA1c control not linked to lower cardiac hospitalization risk
Monday, January 28, 2013

Weight Counseling Declining Among Primary Care Doctors
Rate of weight counseling declining, even in those with obesity/weight-related comorbidities
Monday, January 28, 2013

Modified DASH Intervention Feasible for African-Americans
Intervention participants have increases in fruit and vegetable intake, feel they can cut salt and fat
Monday, January 28, 2013

Prehospital Antiplatelets Improve Graft Intervention Outcomes
Linked to fewer major adverse cardiac events after saphenous vein graft intervention
Monday, January 28, 2013

FDA Panel Votes for Tougher Restrictions on Hydrocodone
Panel votes in favor of moving hydrocodone combo products into Schedule II category
Friday, January 25, 2013

Increases in Mean Platelet Volume After PCI Tied to Death
No association found between baseline MPV and long-term mortality
Friday, January 25, 2013

Hyperbaric Oxygen Improves Function Long After Stroke
Improvement in function and quality of life seen even after a stroke years earlier
Friday, January 25, 2013

Marked Geographic Variation in Mental Health Medication Use
Clusters identified with elevated likelihood of antidepressant, antipsychotic, stimulant use
Friday, January 25, 2013

Back Pain Intensity Most Influential in Fusion Decision
After adjustment, acceptance also linked to a history of spinal injections and being white
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

Lung Cancer Death Risk in Female Smokers Has Risen
Risk of death from COPD, ischemic heart disease, stroke, all causes now similar for males, females
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Smoking Cuts Life Expectancy by More Than 10 Years
Can be partially reversed by quitting smoking
Wednesday, January 23, 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

Aspirin Ups Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Association independent of cardiovascular disease, smoking, other risk factors
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Poor Sensitivity for Clinician Suspicion of Alcohol Problem
Suspicion has sensitivity of 27 percent, specificity of 98 percent, positive predictive value of 62 percent
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hearing Loss Linked to Cognitive Impairment in Elderly
And, prevalence of dual sensory impairment is 11.3 percent among those ≥80 years
Monday, January 21, 2013

Most With C. difficile Receive Unnecessary Antimicrobials
One-quarter of patients with recent C. difficile infection received only unnecessary antibiotics
Monday, January 21, 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

AAN: White Matter Damaged in Depressed NFL Athletes
Second study shows that a history of concussion correlates with depression for retired NFL athletes
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Case Study IDs B. miyamotoi As Cause of Meningoencephalitis
Borrelia miyamotoi posited as cause of mental deterioration in immunocompromised 80-year-old
Thursday, January 17, 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

Income Affects Oncology Clinical Trial Participation
Lower-income patients significantly less likely to participate in oncology clinical trials
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

For Under-75s, Living Alone Tied to Higher Mortality Risk
Increased risk for community-dwelling adults younger than 75, but not for those older than 75
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Older Individuals Have Atypical Stone Presentation
Surgical intervention more likely to be required with older patients
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Education, Wealth Levels Impact Mortality in Diabetes Patients
Those with less education, financial wealth have a significantly increased risk of death
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Mismatched Expectations on Average Duration of Cough
Patients dramatically underestimate the mean duration of acute cough illness
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

New Hematuria Risk Index IDs Patients at Low Cancer Risk
Being 50 years or older, recent history of gross hematuria, male gender indicate risk
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

AAN: Mortality Up for Stroke Survivors With Depression
Increased risk of all-cause, stroke mortality for those with both versus neither condition
Friday, January 11, 2013

CDC: Flu Activity Remains High in the United States
Early vaccine effectiveness estimates indicate moderate protection against the flu
Friday, January 11, 2013

Radiation Therapy Use Low in End-Stage Cancer
But those receiving radiation during final month often receive treatment for more than 10 days
Friday, January 11, 2013

National U.S. Health Care Spending Relatively Stable
But during 2011, personal health care spending growth accelerated
Friday, January 11, 2013

Post-Op Mortality Up for Elderly With Pre-Heart Op Anxiety
Elderly patients with high anxiety pre-cardiac surgery at higher risk of major morbidity, death
Thursday, January 10, 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

Rate of Non-Medical Use of Rx Pain Meds 4.6 Percent
Considerable variation seen between states, from 3.6 percent in Iowa to 6.4 percent in Oregon
Thursday, January 10, 2013

Hospital Stays Shorter for Prostatectomy, Cystectomy
Increased use of home care accompanies decreases in length of hospital stays
Thursday, January 10, 2013

High Unawareness of Distal Sensorimotor Polyneuropathy
Most older adults with prediabetes or diabetes who have DSPN are unaware of their condition
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

Americans Sicker, Die Younger Than Other Developed Nations
Pattern of poorer health means Americans less likely to live to age 50
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Two HTN Meds Plus NSAIDs Ups Acute Kidney Injury Risk
Risk up with use of diuretic and ACE inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker, plus NSAID
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

AAN: Drinking Sweetened Beverages Linked to Depression
Association, observed among older adults, is stronger for diet drink consumption
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Breast Cancer Screening Costs Medicare >$1 Billion Yearly
Substantial regional variation in screening costs driven by use of new, expensive technologies
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Reduced Penile Size Linked to Prostate Cancer Treatment
Low incidence, but more likely after surgery or radiotherapy plus ADT versus radiotherapy alone
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Impaired Cognition, Depression Common in Aging NFL Players
Linked to changes in white matter structure and cerebral blood flow
Tuesday, January 08, 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

Most Unaware of Out-of-Pocket Costs for Prostate Cancer Tx
Most men would not have chosen a different treatment even if they had been aware of costs
Friday, January 04, 2013

E-mail Prompts Improve Code Status Documentation
E-mail prompts improve rate and timing of documentation for advanced lung cancer patients
Friday, January 04, 2013

CDC: Influenza Activity Increasing Across the U.S.
Proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza below epidemic threshold
Friday, January 04, 2013

Improved Staffing Cuts Medicare Patient Readmissions
Nurses' work environment and staffing issues affect readmissions for heart failure, MI, pneumonia
Friday, January 04, 2013

Patient-Doctor Communication Affects Medication Adherence
Poorer communication ratings tied to lower adherence, especially for hypoglycemic medications
Friday, January 04, 2013

Nurse-Led Monitoring Improves Cancer-Related Fatigue
Protocolized patient-tailored treatment of physical symptoms improves fatigue in advanced cancer
Friday, January 04, 2013

Functional MRI Can Improve Prediction of CBT Success
Findings in patients with social anxiety disorder receiving cognitive behavioral therapy
Friday, January 04, 2013

Prevalence of Drowsy Driving About 4 Percent in U.S.
Drowsy driving tied to other sleep-related characteristics, including short sleep duration, snoring
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Eliquis Approved for People With Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation
To help prevent stroke and deadly blood clots
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Ban on Ambulance Diversions Doesn't Worsen ER Crowding
Findings based on the experience of nine Boston-area emergency departments
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Prior Brain Injury Linked to Re-Injury Later in Life
Higher re-injury risk in elderly with history of traumatic brain injury/loss of consciousness
Thursday, January 03, 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

Smoking Impairs Saphenous Vein Conduits in CABG Surgery
Increased expression of MMP2, MMP9 in smokers, even among long-term quitters
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Survival Similar for ICDs in Trials and Clinical Practice
Results observed in two clinical trials and similar patients in routine practice
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Fracture Risk Down With Adherence to Bisphosphonates
Second study shows more than half of U.S. vets with rheumatoid arthritis are non-adherent
Thursday, January 03, 2013

TPN-Linked Hyperglycemia Ups Death for Non-Critically Ill
Total parenteral nutrition linked to 5.6-fold higher in-hospital mortality risk for noncritically ill
Thursday, January 03, 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

Review: All-Cause Mortality Down for Mildly Overweight
Compared with normal weight, increased risk for grades 2, 3 obesity; lower risk for overweight
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Surgery Consultation Common After MRI of the Spine
Patients in primary setting are often referred for consultations but rarely undergo surgery
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Primary Care Docs Support Added Training in Obesity Care
Physicians' perspectives on causes of obesity differ little regardless of length in practice
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Open-Angle Glaucoma Up 22 Percent in Last 10 Years
January designated National Glaucoma Awareness Month
Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Primary Care Physicians Perform Well on Diabetes Care Measures
Higher rates of lifestyle advice, medication intensification than covering docs, midlevels
Friday, December 28, 2012

Elevated C-Reactive Protein Linked to Distress, Depression
In cross-sectional analysis of 73,131 adults, level tied to psychological distress, depression
Friday, December 28, 2012

Indicators Show Little Change in Overuse of Ambulatory Care
In U.S., improvement in six of nine underuse indicators; two of 11 overuse indicators
Thursday, December 27, 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

Fewer Than a Quarter Call 911 During Acute Heart Problem
During heart attacks, women are significantly more likely to call 911 than men
Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review: Poor Outcomes With Blood Transfusion in MI
Increased all-cause mortality, subsequent myocardial infarction with transfusion strategy
Thursday, December 27, 2012

Pre-Consult Genitourinary Exams Performed Infrequently
Genitourinary physical exams conducted in less than one-third of cases before urologic consult
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

C-Peptide Levels May Predict Mortality in Angiography Patients
C-peptide in highest versus lowest tertile linked to increased all-cause, cardiovascular mortality
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Internet Use Cuts Cancer Fatalism in Poorly Educated
Effect of health-related Internet use seen for those with average or less education, health knowledge
Monday, December 24, 2012

Sit and Rise Test Score Inversely Linked to Mortality
Longer trend for survival seen with increasing scores on the sit and rise test
Monday, December 24, 2012

High Perceived Stress Related to Incident CHD
People with high perceived stress have a moderate, 27 percent increased risk of incident CHD
Friday, December 21, 2012

Familial Cancer Risk Not Limited to Parents' Early-Onset Cancer
Elevated familial risk for many cancers even when parents are diagnosed at 70 years or older
Friday, December 21, 2012

Fatty Acids Don't Reduce Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence
No significant difference from placebo for other outcomes, including stroke, MI, heart failure
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Alzheimer's Trial Participation Linked to Study Partner
Patients with non-spouse caregivers participate less frequently; have higher dropout rate
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Amoxicillin of Little Benefit in Lower-Respiratory Infection
Duration of symptoms, symptom severity not improved with amoxicillin in adults or older adults
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Incidence of Specific Cancers Up for WTC Rescue Workers
Prostate, thyroid cancers, multiple myeloma up for world trade center rescue/recovery workers
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Aspirin Use 10 Years Prior Tied to Incidence of Late AMD
Aspirin use linked to increased incidence of late, neovascular age-related macular degeneration
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Length-of-Stay, Readmissions Down in VA Hospitals
But hospitals with lower than expected length of stay have higher readmission rates
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Significant, Complex Link ID'd Between Sleepiness, Vitamin D
For individuals with vitamin D deficiency, relationship is affected by race
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

STEMI Guidelines Emphasize Timely Reperfusion, Ideally PCI
Guidelines suggest patients call emergency medical services for transport to hospital
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

Viewing CPR Video Tool Lowers CPR Use in Advanced Cancer
Patients who view video about CPR more knowledgeable; less likely to opt for its use
Monday, December 17, 2012

Risk Factors ID'd for Revision of Total Hip Replacement
Younger, taller, heavier patients at greater risk of revision of primary total hip replacement
Monday, December 17, 2012

Leisure-Time Physical Activity Could Add Up to Five Years to Life
Increases in longevity for somewhat-active and active non-Hispanic white and black men, women
Friday, December 14, 2012

Researchers Study Link Between Mind Wandering, Car Crashes
Mind wandering with highly-disrupting content linked to increased likelihood of responsibility for car crash
Friday, December 14, 2012

For Elderly, Stroke Risk Up With Psychosocial Distress
Increased risk linked to both stroke mortality and incident stroke in older black, white adults
Friday, December 14, 2012

Exercise Performance Enhanced With Virtual Partner
Biggest increase in exercise duration for those who exercise with a superior virtual partner
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Racial/Ethnic Differences ID'd in HTN Medication Behaviors
Differences may be mediated by health system factors such as co-payment, mail order pharmacies
Thursday, December 13, 2012

~40 Percent of Cancer Patients Receive Opioids at End of Life
In the U.K., patients older than 60 less likely to receive prescription versus those younger than 50
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Admission for Syncope Ups Risk of Death, Cardio Events
First admission of syncope without comorbidity linked to increased risk of stroke, hospitalization
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Home-Delivered Meals Keep Seniors in Their Homes
One percent fewer low-care nursing home residents for every $25 spent per senior per year
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Any Amount of Smoking Ups Sudden Cardiac Death in Women
Dose-dependent relationship; even small-to-moderate amounts of smoking increase SCD risk
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

MRI, PET, and CSF Biomarkers Up Prediction of Alzheimer's
Addition of biomarkers to routine clinical testing improves ability to predict MCI progression
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Prevalence of Nonrefractive Visual Impairment Increasing
From 1999-2002 to 2005-2008, increase linked to rising prevalence of long-duration diabetes
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Loneliness Linked to Increased Dementia Risk
Social isolation not associated with dementia risk
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Readmission Seen in ~7 Percent of Elective Spine Surgeries
Significant predictors include older age, greater comorbidity, larger number of fused levels
Monday, December 10, 2012

Raised Risk of Ischemic Stroke in Women With A-Fib Explored
Gender-specific risk related in part to percent time in therapeutic range for warfarin
Monday, December 10, 2012

Spinal Fusion Surgery Not Associated With Stroke
Study examines risk up to three years after posterior lumbar spinal fusion surgery
Monday, December 10, 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

Study Confirms Benefit of Adjunct CBT in Med-Resistant Depression
Cognitive behavioral therapy plus usual care efficacious in medication-resistant depression
Friday, December 07, 2012

ESC: Early Cardiovascular Damage Seen in Sleep Apnea
Measures of endothelial dysfunction, arterial stiffness similar in obstructive sleep apnea, diabetes
Thursday, December 06, 2012

Wealth Affects Link Between Psychological Stress, Mortality
Low socioeconomic status exacerbates effect of psychological distress on mortality
Thursday, December 06, 2012

Health Inequalities Persist Despite Rising Prosperity in U.K.
Smaller improvements in life expectancy in areas that were deprived at start of 1998-2007 decade
Thursday, December 06, 2012

Impact of HTN Meds on Cardio Risk Affected by Body Size
Thiazide-based treatment better for obese; amlodipine therapy effective across all BMI groups
Thursday, December 06, 2012

FDA: Public-Private Venture Set to Improve Regulatory Science
Medical Device Innovation Consortium will collaborate with FDA to better evaluate new devices
Thursday, December 06, 2012

Resistance Exercise Offers More Prolonged Glycemic Control
Glucose levels remain lower four to six hours after resistance exercise versus aerobic exercise
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

SAMHSA: Prevalence of Mental Illness in U.S. Stable in 2011
Nearly one in five adults has any mental illness; substance abuse up for those with mental illness
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis Shot Deemed Safe for Seniors
No more adverse events seen with Tdap than with the Td vaccination in large study
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Periodontal Disease, Erectile Dysfunction Linked
Significantly more 30- to 40-year-old males with erectile dysfunction have chronic periodontitis
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

CDC: Flu Season Has Started and Hitting Hard
Levels of flu activity continue to increase nationally
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Epidural Steroid Shot Has Adverse Effect on Bone Density
Findings seen in postmenopausal women being treated for pain associated with radiculopathy
Monday, December 03, 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

Wait Time to Breast Cancer Surgery Up in Medicare Patients
From 1992 to 2005, wait time increased from 21 days to 32 days, with median of 29 days
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Editorial: Too Much Vigorous Exercise Can Damage Heart
Extreme exercise may erase cardiovascular benefits achieved with moderate exercise
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Aspirin Use Cuts Risk of Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Nonaspirin NSAIDs, aspirin cut death due to chronic liver disease
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cigarette Tax Would Cost Federal Government in Long Term
Initial drop in spending to 2021, but increased longevity would ultimately increase spending
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Political Leaders Face Voter Opposition to Medicare Cuts
Voter poll analysis portends conflict in ACA implementation
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Digoxin Found to Increase Mortality in A-Fib Patients
Digoxin associated with a significant increase in deaths in patients with atrial fibrillation
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Adding Fitness to Statin Rx Significantly Improves Mortality
In dyslipidemia, combo of statins, fitness results in greater reduction in mortality risk than either alone
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Warfarin D/C Within 180 Days Post-Surgery May Up Mortality
CV death risk up with warfarin discontinuation within six months of valve replacement
Tuesday, November 27, 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

Zolpidem Linked to Increased Risk of Inpatient Falls
Association persists after adjustment for multiple variables including age, insomnia, delirium
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

Hemorrhage Rates Highest Within 30 Days of Warfarin Tx
For older patients with atrial fibrillation, rates highest in first 30 days of treatment
Monday, November 26, 2012

Ranbaxy Issues Recall of 41 Batches of Atorvastatin
Voluntary recall issued for specific batches of 10-, 20-, 40-mg atorvastatin calcium
Monday, November 26, 2012

RSNA: High Energy Output Tied to Preserved Brain Structure
For elderly adults with varying cognition, high energy output tied to greater gray matter volume
Monday, November 26, 2012

Growth in Health Benefit Cost Per Employee Slowed in 2012
Workforce health management is strategy to cut costs, with incentives offered to up participation
Friday, November 23, 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

Nearly 40 Percent of Adults Take Dietary Supplements
Most would continue taking them even if they were shown to be ineffective
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Aspirin Resistance Ups Severity in Acute Ischemic Stroke
Increased stroke severity, infarct size linked to aspirin resistance in acute ischemic stroke
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Online Access by Patients to Health Records Ups Utilization
Rates of office visits, phone and ER encounters, after-hours clinic visits, hospitalizations up
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Positive View of Aging Aids Recovery From Disability
Findings among older people who experienced activities of daily living-related disability
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

HIV Screening Recommended for All 15- to 65-Year Olds
USPSTF also recommends screening all pregnant women, and high-risk adolescents, seniors
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Testosterone Doesn't Add to Erectile Response With Sildenafil
Sildenafil + testosterone not superior for men with erectile dysfunction, low testosterone
Monday, November 19, 2012

Repeat Testing Common Among Medicare Beneficiaries
Significant correlation between proportion of population tested, proportion of tests repeated
Monday, November 19, 2012

Decreased Renal Function Linked to Cognitive Decline
Change in renal function tied to changes in global cognition, verbal memory, abstract reasoning
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

Hearing Impairment More Prevalent in Diabetes
Meta-analysis shows two-fold higher prevalence of hearing impairment in diabetes patients
Friday, November 16, 2012

Pilates Is Beneficial Adjunctive Therapy in Heart Failure
Compared with traditional cardiac rehabilitation, Pilates improves functional exercise capacity
Thursday, November 15, 2012

Survival Improving After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
Over the past decade, trend towards improved survival and neurologic outcomes
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Efficacy of Corticosteroid Injection for Sciatica Reviewed
Meta-analysis shows small short-term relief for leg pain, disability; however, little long-term benefit
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Communication Dilemmas ID'd Within Alzheimer's Care
Informational support from nurses, care assistants perceived as useful, but dilemmas arise
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Higher Pulse Wave Velocity Seen in Well-Controlled Diabetes
Correlates with white matter lesion volume, even after adjustment for confounding variables
Friday, November 09, 2012

Disc Disease Severity Doesn't Predict Surgical Outcomes
Measures of disc degeneration not linked to patient's outcome after total disc replacement
Thursday, November 08, 2012

Steroids Up Probability of Facial Nerve Recovery in Bell's Palsy
Guidelines recommend steroids for new-onset disease; addition of antivirals offers modest benefit
Thursday, November 08, 2012

Even Physically Active Women Found to Sit Too Much
Women who meet exercise recommendations spend as much time sitting as those who don't exercise
Thursday, November 08, 2012

Racial Variation in Pain in Knee OA Linked to Vitamin D Levels
Experimental pain sensitivity, not self-reported clinical pain, up with low levels of vitamin D
Thursday, November 08, 2012

AHA: Increased Cancer Risk for Patients With Heart Failure
For patients with heart failure, incident cancer correlates with increased risk of death
Wednesday, November 07, 2012

AHA: Visible Aging Signs Predict Heart Disease, MI Risk
Significantly higher risk of ischemic heart disease, MI for those with three to four visible aging signs
Wednesday, November 07, 2012

AHA: Peri-Op Omega-3s Don't Reduce Atrial Fibrillation
No reduction in the risk of a-fib for patients receiving peri-cardiac-op fish oil versus placebo
Wednesday, November 07, 2012

AHA: Multivitamins Don't Reduce Cardiovascular Events
No decrease in MI, stroke, mortality in U.S. physicians followed for more than a decade
Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Few PT Interventions Effective for Knee Osteoarthritis
Some studies demonstrate benefit from specific exercise interventions and ultrasonography
Tuesday, November 06, 2012

AHA: Aspirin Doesn't Reduce Recurrence After First VTE
But results in significant reduction in rate of major vascular events, with improved net clinical benefit
Monday, November 05, 2012

FDA Approves Expanded Use of Xarelto
Use expanded to include treatment of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism
Monday, November 05, 2012

AHA: Insomnia Linked to Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
Association independent of established cardiovascular risk factors, age, gender, comorbidities
Monday, November 05, 2012

AHA Reaffirms Sodium Reduction Advice
Group expresses methodological concerns with studies published since 2011 concluding otherwise
Monday, November 05, 2012

Factors Impacting Benefit of Exercise in Knee OA Identified
Self-reported knee instability, fear of exercise linked to response to therapeutic exercise
Friday, November 02, 2012

Revision Hip Replacement Risk Highest During First 18 Months
Risk also higher in patients 65 to 75 years old at surgery
Friday, November 02, 2012

Exercise Cuts Cognitive Deficit Risk for At-Risk Seniors
Older people with white matter changes living independently have lower risk of dementia
Friday, November 02, 2012

NSAIDS Don't Affect C-Reactive Protein Levels in RA Patients
Stratified analysis of specific NSAIDs show significant effect; naproxen tied to decrease in CRP
Thursday, November 01, 2012

Anticoagulation Therapy Appears to Be Safe After TAVI
No increased risk of bleeding or other adverse outcome after receiving anticoagulant therapy
Thursday, November 01, 2012

Once-Yearly Zoledronic Acid Benefits Men With Osteoporosis
Significant drop in risk of new vertebral fractures, increased bone density, lower bone turnover
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

FDA: Ameridose Issues Voluntary Recall of All Products
All unexpired products should be returned to manufacturer
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Smoke-Free Workplace Laws Lead to Decline in MI Incidence
No change in other cardiovascular risk factors during same period, except smoking prevalence
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Only Omega-3s From Fish Tied to Lower Cerebrovascular Risk
Omega-3 fatty acids measured as circulating biomarkers, supplements not linked to lower risk
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

CCC: Single High-Fat Meal Has Negative Vascular Effects
Impaired microvascular but not macrovascular function noted two hours after meal consumption
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

AACR: Breast CA Survival Racial Disparity Persists Despite SES
Survival differences persist across racial/ethnic groups after adjustment for socioeconomic status
Tuesday, October 30, 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

ApoE ε3 Is Most Common ApoE Among Oldest Old
No association found between ApoE ε4 and quality of life
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Smoke-Free Laws Linked to Fewer Hospital Admissions
Findings for coronary, respiratory admissions; comprehensive laws linked to larger changes
Monday, October 29, 2012

CCC: Flu Shot Linked to Fewer Defibrillator Therapies
Second study shows reduction in major cardiovascular events, deaths for flu shot recipients
Monday, October 29, 2012

Study Confirms Stroke Survivors Continuing to Smoke Fare Worse
Risk of death or recurrent vascular events smaller in ex-smokers
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sleep Apnea Linked to Less Severe Injury During Acute MI
Higher apnea-hypopnea index correlates with lower peak troponin-T levels for patients with AMI
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Link Between Vitamin D, Mortality Not Impacted by eGFR
Increased mortality with vitamin D <12 ng/mL, with or without eGFR <60 ml/min/1.73 m²
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Timing of Hormone Therapy Use Impacts Alzheimer's Risk
Women who start hormone therapy within five years of menopause have 30 percent reduced risk
Thursday, October 25, 2012

A-Fib Burden Similar With Ablation, Antiarrhythmic Meds
No difference in cumulative burden over two years with ablation, antiarrhythmics as initial therapy
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Exercise Cuts Atrophy, White Matter Lesion Load in Elderly
After adjustment, leisure activity has nonsignificant link to normal appearing white matter volume
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

CHEST: Poverty, Rural Living Tied to Increased COPD Deaths
COPD mortality in U.S. varies widely by age, poverty level, and urban versus rural location
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Metabolic Factors Impact Risk of Death From Prostate Cancer
No correlation seen for high levels of metabolic factors and risk of prostate cancer
Monday, October 22, 2012

CHEST: Novel Stress Reduction Method Can Improve Sleep
Ten-minute tension tamer technique linked to less perceived stress; improved sleep quality, fatigue
Monday, October 22, 2012

Increased Human Life Expectancy Relatively Recent
Most occurred in the last century or so
Friday, October 19, 2012

Intracranial Tumors Can Be Resected Safely in Elderly
Short-term outcomes no worse with advanced age after craniotomy for malignant brain tumors
Friday, October 19, 2012

Stroke Risk Up With Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Use
Risk of intracerebral and intracranial hemorrhage is increased with exposure to SSRIs
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea Tied to Lasting BP Drop
Positive airway pressure lowers systolic and diastolic blood pressure in a real-world setting
Thursday, October 18, 2012

AACR: Flavonoids Inversely Tied to Aggressive Prostate Cancer
Current smokers and younger men may receive the most benefit from high flavonoid intake
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

AACR: Multivitamins Linked to Modest Drop in Cancer in Men
Nonsignificant trend for site-specific cancer reduction seen with daily multivitamin use by older men
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Alzheimer's Symptoms Relapse Risk High After Halting Drug
Psychotic or aggressive patients responding to antipsychotic drugs at risk if drug is discontinued
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Video Identifies Cause of Falls Among Elderly in Care Facilities
Among elderly, video evidence shows most falls due to incorrect weight shifting, trip or stumble
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lipid Profiles Improved in Past Two Decades in United States
Improvements seen even in the obese and those not taking lipid-lowering drugs
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Recent Drop in Post-Discharge Mortality After Acute MI
From 2001 to 2007, post-acute myocardial infarction three-month, one- and two-year mortality down
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

About 170 Million Healthy Life-Years Lost to Cancer Globally
In 2008, total disability-adjusted life-years lost mainly due to colorectal, lung, breast, prostate cancer
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ASA: Illicit Drug Abuse Down, Prescription Drug Abuse Up
Emergency room data from 2007 to 2009 shows decreases larger in magnitude than increases
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ASA: Ocular Injuries Up With Robotic-Assisted Prostatectomy
Higher rate of ocular injuries, including corneal abrasions, in surgeries using the robotic approach
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

β-Amyloid Load Linked to Decline in Memory for Elderly
Cerebral β-amyloid plaque load has stronger effect on cognitive decline than APOE genotype
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Patellofemoral Disease Features Analyzed in Osteoarthritis
Severe coexisting disease linked to distinct features from tibiofemoral OA alone/with mild PF disease
Monday, October 15, 2012

Prognosis After Cystectomy Not Affected by Smoking
No difference in 5-year recurrence-free, cancer-specific, or overall survival
Monday, October 15, 2012

Device Data Can ID Heart Failure Patients at Readmission Risk
One week after discharge, patients characterized according to 30-day readmission risk
Monday, October 15, 2012

Seniors Overspending on Prescription Drug Plans
Medicare Part D beneficiaries overspend by hundreds per year due to difficulty selecting plan
Friday, October 12, 2012

Diabetes Independently Predicts Severe Osteoarthritis
Type 2 diabetes also predicts arthroplasty; probability increases with duration of diabetes
Friday, October 12, 2012

Decline in Pulmonary Function Leads to Cognitive Decline
Directional association ID'd, specifically for tasks involving psychomotor speed, spatial abilities
Thursday, October 11, 2012

CMS Nonpayment Policy Has Not Reduced Infections
No decrease in catheter-linked bloodstream and urinary tract infections since policy initiation
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hormone Replacement Therapy Initiated Early Deemed Safe
Ten years of HRT linked to reduced risk of composite of mortality, heart failure, MI
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Low-Dose Aspirin Use Shows Neuroprotective Effect in Women
In older women at high risk for cardiovascular disease taking daily low-dose aspirin over five years
Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Large Review Confirms Melanoma Risk Up in Immunosuppressed
Findings in transplant recipients and patients with lymphoma, HIV/AIDS
Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Prompt Kyphoplasty Not Crucial for Osteoporotic Vertebral Fx
Three-week trial of conservative treatment beneficial; treatment outcomes similar at one year
Monday, October 08, 2012

Serum Lycopene Inversely Linked to Risk of Stroke in Men
Significantly lower risk of any stroke, ischemic stroke for men in highest versus lowest quartile
Monday, October 08, 2012

Low Vitamin D Linked to Mortality in Black, White Elderly
High levels of parathyroid hormone also associated with increased mortality
Monday, October 08, 2012

Heavy Coffee Consumption Ups Exfoliation Glaucoma Risk
No association seen with consumption of other caffeinated products, including tea, soda, chocolate
Monday, October 08, 2012

Public Response to H1N1 Flu Varies Between Countries
Adoption of preventive behaviors differs between countries, but doesn't lower odds of vaccination
Friday, October 05, 2012

Positive Predictive Value of Treadmill Test Varies in Women
Positive predictive value for coronary artery disease improves with age, exercise responses
Thursday, October 04, 2012

Moderate Drinking Ups A-Fib Risk in Adults at Risk for CVD
Increased risk for moderate, heavy drinking in older adults at high risk of cardiovascular disease
Thursday, October 04, 2012

Screening for Type 2 Diabetes Not Linked to Drop in Mortality
Screening patients at increased risk not linked to decrease in CVD-, cancer-, diabetes-linked death
Thursday, October 04, 2012

EHRs Linked to Improved Care, Outcomes in Diabetes
EHRs associated with improved drug treatment intensification, monitoring, and control
Thursday, October 04, 2012

Hypertension in Pregnancy May Affect Offspring's Cognition
Lower cognitive ability seen in old age; exhibit greater cognitive decline after young adulthood
Wednesday, October 03, 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

Cherry Intake Linked to Lower Risk of Recurrent Gout Attacks
Cherries or cherry extract linked to lower risk; additive effect when combined with allopurinol
Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Severe Anemia Linked to Poorer Heart Surgery Outcomes
Higher risk of stroke, major morbidity, operative mortality with severe, moderate pre-op anemia
Wednesday, October 03, 2012

High-Dose Vitamin D Does Not Prevent or Treat Colds
No reductions in days missed from work, duration of symptoms, or cold severity
Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Study Finds β-Blockers May Not Reduce Cardiovascular Event Risk
Findings in observational study of stable patients with, without coronary artery disease, prior MI
Tuesday, October 02, 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

Hip Resurfacing Shows Higher Failure Rate Than Replacement
Use of smaller head sizes linked to higher failure rates in both men and women
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

Melatonin Effective for Sleep in Patients Taking β-Blockers
No rebound sleep disturbance observed after discontinuing melatonin
Monday, October 01, 2012

SNPs Linked to Erectile Dysfunction After Radiotherapy
Twelve polymorphisms linked to risk of developing ED after radiation for prostate cancer
Friday, September 28, 2012

Benzodiazepine Use Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia
Link robust after adjustment, across pooled studies over time, in nested case-control study
Friday, September 28, 2012

Study Supports Diet High in Total Antioxidants for Lower MI Risk
Women with highest dietary total antioxidant capacity had lower risk of MI over 10 years
Thursday, September 27, 2012

Being Deemed 'Unfit to Drive' Cuts Subsequent Road Crashes
Physicians' warnings contribute to decrease in road crashes, but affect doc-patient relationship
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Drugs Similar in Efficacy for Neuropathic Pain in Diabetes
Amitriptyline, duloxetine, and pregabalin reduce pain; differ in sleep quality, adverse effects
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Antibiotic Use Varies by Season, Geographic Region for Elderly
In older adults, antibiotic use highest in South, lowest in West, particularly in winter months
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Duration of Antiplatelet Drugs for Drug-Eluting Stents Studied
Two studies show similar rate of cardiac events with/without discontinuation during first year
Thursday, September 20, 2012

Nearly Half of European Mortality Due to Cancer, Chronic Disease
Inverse link seen for country-specific crude death rate for cancer/chronic disease versus other causes
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

L-Carnitine Does Not Reduce Cancer-Related Fatigue
No relief for patients with invasive malignancies given L-carnitine supplementation 2 g/day for four weeks
Tuesday, September 18, 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

No Increased Cancer Risk With Herpes Zoster Infection
Enhanced surveillance for cancer deemed not necessary in patients with herpes zoster infection
Monday, September 17, 2012

Considerable Out-of-Pocket Costs in Last Few Years of Life
Elderly Medicare beneficiaries are faced with significant out-of-pocket health care costs
Monday, September 17, 2012

Study Looks at Pain Processing Abnormalities in Knee OA
Central sensitization may explain cases of knee OA with high clinical pain, low-grade disease
Monday, September 17, 2012

Health Ambiguity Linked to Depression in Stroke Survivors
Correlation is stronger for male than female survivors of a first stroke
Monday, September 17, 2012

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Ups Cardio Risk in the Elderly
OSA associated with increased risk of CV death, but CPAP treatment may reduce this risk
Friday, September 14, 2012

Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone Up Over Time in Oldest Old
Increased TSH not linked to mortality; elevated free T4 positively linked to death
Friday, September 14, 2012

Risk of Car Accidents Up With Antidepressant Use
Benzodiazepines and Z-drug use also increases odds of car accidents, but not antipsychotic use
Friday, September 14, 2012

Higher Mortality Risk With Preoperative Hyponatremia
Also linked to more complications, including coronary events, wound infections, and pneumonia
Friday, September 14, 2012

Disability for 15 Percent of Patients After Minor Stroke, TIA
Recurrent events have largest relative impact on outcome; 53 percent disabled after recurrent event
Friday, September 14, 2012

Long-Term Finasteride Doesn't Impair Quality of Life
No negative effects for men randomized to receive finasteride to prevent prostate cancer
Thursday, September 13, 2012

Persistence of Statin Use Linked to Decreased Cancer Risk
Significant reduction in risk of hematopoietic malignancies for those with most persistent use
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Review: Omega-3s Do Not Reduce Risk of Cardio Events
Meta-analysis of 20 studies shows no correlation with mortality, cardiac mortality, MI, stroke
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Less Alzheimer's Pathology With Angiotensin Receptor Blocker Use
Autopsies show less amyloid deposition markers for angiotensin receptor blocker-treated patients
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Acupuncture Activates Neural Responses in Parkinson's
Stimulation on GB34 activates responses in brain regions linked with Parkinson's disease
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

NSAID Use Ups Cardiovascular Risk Up to Five Years Post-MI
Increased risk of death and coronary death or recurrent MI for NSAID users versus nonusers
Monday, September 10, 2012

Cancer Survivors Uneasy With Primary Care Doctor Follow-Up
Survivors cite lack of cancer expertise, continuity of care as barriers to role of primary care doctors
Monday, September 10, 2012

Drinking Dealcoholized Red Wine Lowers Blood Pressure
Changes in blood pressure likely occur through a nitric oxide–mediated mechanism
Monday, September 10, 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

Prevalence of Diagnostic Errors in the ICU Assessed
Twenty-eight percent of autopsies report at least one misdiagnosis; 8 percent identify Class I error
Thursday, September 06, 2012

Themes Identified for Improving End-of-Life Care in ER
Five major and four minor themes emerge from questions posed to emergency department nurses
Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Clopidogrel After MI Less Effective in Diabetes Patients
Less reduction in risk of all-cause, cardiovascular death in patients with diabetes versus without
Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Unrecognized MI Prevalent in Older Adults, Ups Mortality
Better detection with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging than ECG
Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Over Half of U.S. Adults With HTN Do Not Have It Under Control
Majority of patients with uncontrolled hypertension have usual source of care, health insurance
Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Elderly Discharged Home Do Well After Heart Valve Surgery
Poorer one- and two-year survival for octogenarians who are not discharged home
Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Stressful Lifestyle, Type A Behavior Linked to Stroke
Odds of stroke up for current, ex-smokers; high consumption of energy drinks; Type A behavior
Monday, September 03, 2012

Factors Affecting Life Expectancy for Older Adults Studied
Physical activity most strongly linked with increased survival in adults aged 75 years and older
Friday, August 31, 2012

Lower Prostate Cancer-Specific Death With Anticoagulant Use
Aspirin primarily contributes to reduction for localized cancer treated with prostatectomy, radiotherapy
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cognitive Decline Worse for Women vs. Men in Alzheimer's
Male patients perform better on verbal, visuospatial tasks, and memory tests
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Only Female Gender Ups Stoke Risk in A-Fib Patients ≥75 Years
Higher risk at one-, 12-year follow-up for females aged 75 and older, but not for younger women
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Eating Chocolate May Lower Stroke Risk for Men
Moderate chocolate consumption may lower the risk of any type of stroke by 17 to 19 percent
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

High Midlife Fitness Levels Linked to Healthier Old Age
For decedents, higher fitness linked to lower risk of chronic conditions relative to survival
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Prasugrel, Clopidogrel Similar for Acute Coronary Syndromes
Frequency of primary end point, bleeding risks similar for those not undergoing revascularization
Monday, August 27, 2012

Modifiable Risk Factors Key in Social Inequality of Diabetes
Repeated measures of health behaviors, BMI account for about half of social differential
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Psychological Consequences Up for Spouses of MI Victims
Higher risk of depression than for those whose spouses experience other illnesses
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mindfulness Stress Reduction Reduces Loneliness in Elderly
Mindfulness-based stress reduction training also reduces pro-inflammatory gene expression
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Brain Damage Linked to Believing Misleading Ads
Those with damage to ventromedial prefrontal cortex more likely to believe ads, buy products
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

Study Shows 'SuperAgers' Have Thicker Cortex, No Atrophy
Thicker cerebral cortex than aged-matched controls; no atrophy versus middle-aged controls
Monday, August 20, 2012

Study Links Eating Egg Yolks With Carotid Plaque Area
Eating three or more egg yolks per week versus fewer than two increases carotid plaque build-up
Friday, August 17, 2012

Hospital Deaths From Head Trauma Higher on Weekends
Elderly admitted at the weekend are significantly more likely to die after traumatic brain injury
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

ABO Blood Group Correlated With Coronary Heart Disease
Risk up for non-O blood group versus O, even after adjustment for cardiovascular risk factors
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cocoa Flavanols May Improve Cognitive Function in Elderly
Benefit seen in elderly with mild cognitive impairment; partly mediated by insulin sensitivity
Tuesday, August 14, 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

Aspirin Use Again Linked to Slightly Lower Cancer Mortality
But, relationship may not be as strong as in previously reported pooled-data analysis
Monday, August 13, 2012

Phone Intervention Cost-Effective for Glycemic Control
Modest cost to achieve small decrease in hemoglobin A1c; more costly to achieve goal of <7 percent
Friday, August 10, 2012

CDC: Increase in Prevalence of Walking in the United States
Walkers are significantly more likely to meet the aerobic physical activity guideline than non-walkers
Thursday, August 09, 2012

Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone Ups Cognition in Elderly
Findings applicable to both healthy older adults and those with mild cognitive impairment
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Lifestyle-Integrated Approach Reduces Falls Among Elderly
Seniors at risk of falls benefit from integration of balance, strength training into routine activities
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Infection Risk Up for Seniors With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Comorbidity, rural residence, disease severity, prior infection, DMARDs linked to infection
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Photosensitizing Antihypertensive Meds Up Risk of Lip Cancer
Non-Hispanic whites treated long term with antihypertensives have increased odds of lip cancer
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Larger Waist Linked to Worse Voiding Function in Men
Higher central obesity tied to increased prevalence of male pelvic dysfunction
Friday, August 03, 2012

Alzheimer's Cognitive Decline Slows in Advanced Age
Increasing cognitive decline for cognitively healthy results in convergence of several measures
Friday, August 03, 2012

Exercise, Drugs Compared for Depression Tx in CHD Patients
Both exercise and sertraline effective; both tend to reduce heart rate variability
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Clinicians Can Unintentionally Prompt Nocebo Effect
Negative expectations, being informed about complications up likelihood of adverse effects
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Low Vitamin D, Frailty Impact Mortality Risk in Elderly
In older adults, low vitamin D levels increase likelihood of frailty; together up risk of mortality
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Multiple Factors Motivate No Reperfusion in STEMI
Three or more reasons for most not receiving reperfusion; outcomes poor in this population
Thursday, August 02, 2012

High-Cost Imaging of Advanced Cancer Patients Increasing
More than one-third of stage IV cancer patients scanned in the last month of life
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Caffeine Has Positive Effect on Motor Symptoms in Parkinson's
But limited effect on excessive daytime sleepiness
Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Men With Prostate Cancer Increasingly Don't Die From It
The incidence of prostate cancer-specific death declined in Sweden and U.S. through 2008
Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Cataract Surgery Tied to Lower Hip Fracture Risk in Elderly
Findings based on one-year incidence of hip fracture in Medicare Part B patients with cataract
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Donepezil Found Helpful in Dementia With Lewy Bodies
Improvement seen in cognitive, behavioral, global function when treated for 12 weeks at 5, 10 mg/day
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Task Force Still Recommends Against Routine ECG Screening
Recommendation against screening for low-risk adults; insufficient evidence for high-risk adults
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

No Link Between Telomere Length and Diabetes Risk
No independent association found in multiethnic cohort of postmenopausal women
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pre-Op Statin Use Ups Insulin Resistance in Heart Surgery
Increased insulin resistance seen in dyslipidemic patients without diabetes taking statins pre-CABG
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cadmium Linked to Plaque Development in Older Women
Blood and urine cadmium levels independently linked to atherosclerotic plaque development
Monday, July 30, 2012

Women With Diabetes Report Low Sexual Satisfaction
Insulin-treated women more likely to report difficulty with lubrication and orgasm
Monday, July 30, 2012

Prior Basal Cell Carcinoma Is Main Predictor of Future BCC
Sunburn, baseline sun exposure, and sun protective measures do not independently predict risk
Monday, July 30, 2012

Study Assesses Impact of Lesion Severity on Coronary Event Risk
High-grade coronary stenosis linked to heightened STEMI risk within three months of discovery
Friday, July 27, 2012

MRSA Skin Infections Up, Linked to Furunculosis
Primary risk factor for recurrent furunculosis is nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus
Friday, July 27, 2012

Wives of Patients With Severe Sepsis at Risk for Depression
Depression up independent of bereavement; more likely for wives of survivors who are disabled
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Increased Risk of Heart Attack After Hip, Knee Replacement
Elevated risk persists for six weeks after hip replacement, two weeks after knee replacement
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Shortened Telomere Length Tied to Dementia, Mortality Risk
Study finds shortened telomere length may be indicative of biological aging
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hair Loss Drug Shows Long-Term Sexual Side Effects
In most patients, finasteride-associated sexual dysfunction persists, even after drug discontinuation
Monday, July 23, 2012

AAIC: Care Coordination Ups Care of Dementia Patients at Home
Intervention improves quality of life, safety issues in dementia patients living at home
Thursday, July 19, 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

AAIC: Drinking Patterns Linked to Impaired Cognition
Two studies show increased risk for drinking early and late in life, and for binge drinking in elderly
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Physical Inactivity Accounts for Considerable Disease Burden
Causes up to 10 percent of major non-communicable disease burden, 9 percent of premature deaths
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Social Network Analysis IDs Informal Physician Networks
Geographic variation in network characteristics; similar physician, patient features within networks
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Physical Illness Hospitalization Found to Increase Suicide Risk
Approximately one-quarter of all suicides in Denmark attributable to hospitalization for physical illness
Monday, July 16, 2012

Using a Pedometer Ups Leisure Walking Time for Older Adults
Use of pedometer-based intervention rather than time-based goals increases walking time
Monday, July 16, 2012

Hypertrophy Common in Older Patients With Port-Wine Stains
Median age of onset 31 years; 71 percent of patients older than 50 years have hypertrophy
Friday, July 13, 2012

High Phobic Anxiety Linked to Relative Telomere Length
The most phobic women have relative telomere length comparable to women six years older
Friday, July 13, 2012

Active Surveillance Cost-Effective for Prostate Cancer
At five, 10 years of follow-up, active surveillance saves money compared to immediate treatment
Thursday, July 12, 2012

People Born in the Fall More Likely to Survive to 100
People born from September to November more likely to be centenarians than March-born
Thursday, July 12, 2012

Abuse-Deterrent OxyContin Produces Unexpected Outcome
OxyContin abuse down, but increase noted in use of alternative opioid medications and heroin
Thursday, July 12, 2012

Long-Term Mortality Risk Low After Cerebral Vein Thrombosis
Previous venous thromboembolism history independently predicts recurrent events
Thursday, July 12, 2012

Supplement Mixture Improves Memory in Mild Alzheimer's
Improvement seen both on cognitive tests and functional connectivity on EEG
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Current Resources Inadequate for Geriatric Mental Health
Increased funding, more resource training, research necessary to deal with growing population
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Emergency Service Hospital Prenotification Ups Stroke Tx
Prenotification improves timing of tPA administration, proportion of patients receiving tPA
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Vitamin D Status Impacts Weight Gain in Older Women
25-hydroxyvitamin D status correlates with weight change for older women who gain weight
Monday, July 09, 2012

Screening Men for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Cost-Effective
Rescreening high-risk individuals once after five years also considered a cost-effective option
Monday, July 09, 2012

Correlates of Diabetic Foot Complications Identified
Include PAR immunoreactivity, reduced abundance of type 1 procollagen, impaired skin structure
Friday, July 06, 2012

Medicare Part D Gap Lowers Maintenance Antidepressant Use
Elderly with generic coverage reduce just their use of brand-name antidepressants
Friday, July 06, 2012

High-Dose Vitamin D 'Somewhat Favorable' in Fracture Prevention
Benefits for elderly women consistent regardless of baseline levels, age, calcium intake
Thursday, July 05, 2012

No Increase in Shingles After Vaccine in Those on Biologics
Vaccine significantly reduces longer-term shingles risk in patients with immune-mediated diseases
Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Myrbetriq Approved for Overactive Bladder
Some 33 million Americans have the condition
Friday, June 29, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law
'Individual-mandate' insurance requirement deemed constitutional
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Omega-3 Supplements Reduce Inflammation in Overweight
Low- and high-dose omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids beneficial for healthy sedentary adults
Thursday, June 28, 2012

One in Five Newly Admitted to Nursing Home Falls During Stay
Nursing homes with higher certified nursing assistant staffing had fewer falls
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hospice Visit Number Affects Ability to Die at Home
Factors identified that affect hospice cancer patient ability to die in setting of choice
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Long-Term Adverse Cardiac Outcomes for Low-Carb Diets
Use of low carbohydrate-high protein diets linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Duplicate Payments by Federal Government Increasing
Dually enrolled patients in the VA and Medicare account for substantial, duplicate costs
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Living Alone Linked to Higher Mortality in Older Adults
Second study shows increased functional decline, risk of death for elderly who report loneliness
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Eating Disorder Symptoms Evident in Women Over 50
High endorsement of eating disorder symptoms, dieting, and body checking behaviors
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Deep Brain Stimulation Aids Motor Function in Parkinson's
Stable improvement seen with stimulation of the globus pallidus interna, subthalamic nucleus
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Decline in Older Adults
Poor glucose control linked to worse cognitive function, even after multivariable adjustment
Thursday, June 21, 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

Genetic Contribution Detected in Responses to Opioids
Twin study shows significant inherited component for nausea, depressed breathing, drug liking
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Diabetes Linked to Increased Cause-Specific Mortality
Diabetes correlates with increased risk of death from diseases, including several forms of cancer
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Smoking Increases Risk of Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Smoking ups risk of squamous cell carcinoma, but not basal cell carcinoma, nonmelanoma skin cancer
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

More Untreated Kidney Failure Seen in Older Adults
Treated kidney failure rate higher for young versus older adults; overall failure rates less variable
Tuesday, June 19, 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

Poor Outcomes for Hospitalized Patients With Alzheimer's
Hospitalization increases risk of death and institutionalization; delirium further increases risks
Monday, June 18, 2012

Psychological Distress Increases Cerebrovascular Death Risk
Simple General Health Questionnaire may have value in screening for psychological distress
Monday, June 18, 2012

High-Salt Diet Ups Markers of Endothelial Dysfunction
For those with high levels of biomarkers, high-sodium diet correlates with increased risk of HTN
Monday, June 18, 2012

Coexistent Lumbar Disorders Complicate Hip Arthroplasty
Patients with coexistent disorders have less improvement in function, pain; increased costs
Monday, June 18, 2012

Review: Vitamin D Plus Calcium Linked to Mortality Reduction
Effect not seen for vitamin D alone in either individual patient data or trial level meta-analyses
Friday, June 15, 2012

Testosterone Therapy Does Not Up Prostate Cancer Incidence
One case of cancer diagnosed per 212 years of testosterone replacement therapy
Friday, June 15, 2012

Factors ID'd in Healing Failure of Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Patients have increased inflammation and aberrant growth factor levels
Friday, June 15, 2012

CDC: Preventive Health Services Underused Before 2010
Underutilized services include cholesterol screening, BP control, smoking cessation assistance
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Statins Exhibit Adverse Effect on Energy, Exertional Fatigue
Randomized trial shows unfavorable effect of statins on energy and fatigue, particularly for women
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cognitive Benefit of Omega-3s in Older Adults Questioned
Review finds that direct evidence on the effect of omega-3 PUFA on incident dementia is lacking
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Female APOE ε4 Carriers Have Preclinical Signs of Alzheimer's
Changes in brain's memory network can be seen in female carriers before symptoms appear
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Trend Shows Early Menopause Linked to Cerebral Aneurysm
Each five-year increase in the age of menopause lowers the risk of cerebral aneurysm by 21 percent
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fatal Airway Necrosis Noted After Stereotactic Body Radiation
Case report describes necrosis ID'd eight months after stereotactic body-radiation for lung cancer
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Fecal Incontinence Costs ~$4,000 Per Patient Annually
Annual costs similar to those for treating urinary incontinence
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cannabinoid Formulation Benefits Opioid-Refractory Pain
Nabiximols offers pain relief for patients with advanced cancer, especially at low-dose
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Poor Oral Hygiene Found Predictive of Cancer Mortality
Dental plaque linked to increased odds of death; similar association seen for age and male gender
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Curbing Antibiotic Prophylaxis Doesn't Up Endocarditis Risk
No increase in infective endocarditis in high-heart risk dental patients since 2007 AHA guidelines
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Task Force Questions Use of Vitamin D, Calcium Supplements
Government advisory panel finds insufficient evidence to support protective role of supplements
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Short-Term Meditation Improves Brain Function
Dynamic pattern of change seen around anterior cingulate cortex, involved in self-regulation
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

ADA: Salsalate Doesn't Up Endothelial Function in T2DM
No change in flow-mediated, endothelium-dependent dilation; lower Hb1Ac, inflammatory markers
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

SLEEP: Short Sleep Ups Stroke Symptoms in Normal-Weight
Risk up for normal-weight adults with low risk of sleep-disordered breathing who sleep <6 hours
Monday, June 11, 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

Link Between Vascular Disease and Disc Height Loss Examined
Link is independent of cardiovascular disease; mainly explained by patient age, gender, BMI
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

Higher Risk of VTE in CKD Surgical Patients on Enoxaparin
Compared to desirudin, VTE risk up for enoxaparin-treated CKD stage 3B patients after THR
Friday, June 08, 2012

Three Percent of Hip, Knee Replacements Need Critical Care
Older patients, general anesthesia, post-op complications increase odds of critical care services
Friday, June 08, 2012

Prediabetes Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke
Impaired glucose tolerance with/without impaired fasting glucose linked to modest increase in risk
Friday, June 08, 2012

Venous Thromboembolism Up in Adult Hospitalizations
Efforts needed to implement prevention strategies to curb this growing public health concern
Thursday, June 07, 2012

Hospital Observation Services Rising for Medicare Enrollees
From 2007 to 2009, shift seen away from inpatient admission toward outpatient observation
Thursday, June 07, 2012

Endurance Training May Induce Adverse Cardiac Remodeling
In some individuals, excessive training may cause adverse structural and electrical remodeling
Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Low Risk of Herpes Zoster Recurrence in Elderly
Short-term risk of herpes zoster recurrence low, regardless of vaccination status
Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Many Adults May Accidentally Overdose on Acetaminophen
Limited literacy, heavy use of acetaminophen-containing products independently linked to risk
Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Telephone Therapy Effective for Treating Depression
Reduced attrition; but patients who undergo face-to-face therapy are less depressed at six months
Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Troponin T May Help Predict Death After Noncardiac Surgery
Increasing troponin T levels during first three days post-op linked to increased 30-day mortality risk
Tuesday, June 05, 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

Pollution Exposure, Obesity Linked to Poor Asthma Control
Exposure to traffic exhaust correlates with poor control, exacerbations in elderly with asthma
Tuesday, June 05, 2012

In A-Fib, Rhythm Control Reduces Mortality in Long Term
Little difference within four years of initiation of rhythm, rate control; rhythm superior in long term
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

Soy-Rich Diet Not Found to Improve Global Cognition
No improvement seen in healthy postmenopausal women who ate an isoflavone-rich soy protein diet
Monday, June 04, 2012

More Fruit, Veggies, Exercise Ups Survival in Older Women
Physical activity and levels of total serum carotenoids predict survival in older women
Monday, June 04, 2012

Ischemic Stroke Risk Higher in Women With A-Fib
For younger women without vascular disease, risk tends to be higher but doesn't reach significance
Friday, June 01, 2012

Dark Chocolate May Prevent Cardio Events in High-Risk
Daily consumption of dark chocolate effective, cost-effective for those with metabolic syndrome
Friday, June 01, 2012

Global Cancer Incidence Set to Top 20 Million Per Year by 2030
If current cancer- and gender-specific trends continue, incidence predicted at 22.2 million
Friday, June 01, 2012

Slow-Growing Melanomas Lose Structure, Vary Color With Time
Little increase in lesion diameter, but structure, organization, and colors of lesions change
Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cardiovascular Risk Counseling Improves Statin Adherence
Nurse-led counseling reduces anxiety; improved lipid profile seen for primary prevention patients
Thursday, May 31, 2012

White Matter Integrity Linked to Intelligence in Elderly
Integrity markers partially explain variance; effect mediated by information-processing speed
Thursday, May 31, 2012

Repeat CT Scan Urged for Head Trauma Patients on Warfarin
Patients on warfarin, with initial INR higher than 3, at greater risk of delayed hemorrhage
Wednesday, May 30, 2012