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ACS: Colorado Marijuana Is More Potent Than in Past
Marijuana three times stronger than in the 1980s, per lab tests
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Balance Compromised in Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Greater maximum and range of separations of center of mass from center of pressure in DPN
Monday, March 23, 2015

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

Jyoti Meditation Program Effective for Chronic Neck Pain
Reductions in pain, pain-related bothersomeness with meditation versus exercise control
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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

Patients Say Pain Control Is Key to Quality of Care in Hospitals
Patient-provider shared decision-making may improve pain outcomes
Friday, March 13, 2015

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

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

Single Paravertebral Blockade Seems Safe in Herpes Zoster
Safe and effective treatment modality in patients with acute thoracic herpes zoster
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Long-Term NSAID Use Beneficial in Knee Osteoarthritis
Improvements in pain, stiffness, physical function, and in knee joint space width
Thursday, March 12, 2015

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

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

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

Nurse Follow-Up by Phone Cuts Problems Post Orthopedic Sx
Educational intervention improves patient outcomes after discharge from hospital
Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Many PCPs Not Using Rx Drug Monitoring Programs Routinely
Barriers to use include time-consuming nature of information retrieval; lack of intuitive format for data
Wednesday, March 04, 2015

CDC: Heroin Overdose Mortality Nearly Tripled 2010 to 2013
While lethal overdose from opioid analgesics leveling, U.S. report says
Wednesday, March 04, 2015

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

Suicidal Ideation Prevalent in Patients With Fibromyalgia
Strong correlations with depression, anxiety, sleep quality, and global mental health
Monday, March 02, 2015

Cannabis Linked to Increased Risk of Cerebrovascular Events
Temporal relationship between cannabis exposure, index event exhibited in 81 percent of cases
Monday, March 02, 2015

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

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

Even Short Term Use of NSAID With Anticoagulant Ill Advised
Findings for post-myocardial infarction patients
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Noncancer Pain Patients Commonly Use Benzodiazepines
High prevalence of benzodiazepine use is inconsistent with guidelines
Monday, February 23, 2015

Chikungunya Virus Infection Can Mimic Rheumatoid Arthritis
Researchers urge good travel histories of patients by physicians
Monday, February 23, 2015

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

Varicella Zoster Linked to Giant Cell Arteritis
Patients should take antiviral medications along with steroids, say researchers
Thursday, February 19, 2015

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

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

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

Fatigue, Distraction Play Role in Risk of Low Back Pain
Another big culprit: manual labor that involves awkward positions
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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

Various Strategies Used by Patients With HIV, Chronic Pain
Some, such as substance use, may have negative health consequences
Monday, February 16, 2015

Use of Nondrug, Nonsurgical Options Low in Hip, Knee OA
Docs need to encourage patients to use exercise, weight loss as recommended in guidelines
Monday, February 16, 2015

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

Specific NSAIDs Increase Nonfatal Ischemic Stroke Risk
Use of diclofenac and aceclofenac, but not ibuprofen and naproxen, increases risk
Thursday, February 12, 2015

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

Multidisciplinary Approach Successful in Chronic Back Pain
Continuation of multidisciplinary program improves disability, mental health over 30 months
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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

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

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

U.S. Lyme Disease Costs Could Exceed $1 Billion Annually
Prolonged illness in infected Americans costs up to $1.3 billion a year in treatments
Friday, February 06, 2015

Complication Rate Low for CNRA Lumbar Epidural Injections
Rates similar to physician rates for fluoroscopic-guided LESI
Thursday, February 05, 2015

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

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

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

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

Sedation Protocol Doesn't Reduce Duration of Ventilation in PICU
No reduction in duration of mechanical ventilation for children with sedation protocol versus usual care
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Provider Demographics Affect Pain Treatment Decisions
These effects may contribute to pain management disparities
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

AAP Opposes Legalization of Marijuana
But supports compassionate use for children with debilitating, terminal illnesses
Monday, January 26, 2015

Morphine Linked With Adverse Outcomes Post-Tonsillectomy
Research suggests children with obstructive sleep apnea should not be given morphine for post-op pain
Monday, January 26, 2015

Smaller Goals to Start Could Boost Activity in Sedentary
For those who are inactive, any activity may be better than none
Friday, January 23, 2015

CDC: Opioid Rx Prevalent in Reproductive-Aged Females
Experts recommend lowest effective dose for shortest amount of time + birth control
Friday, January 23, 2015

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

Review: Venlafaxine May Be Effective for Fibromyalgia Tx
Studies limited by small sample size, inconsistency of outcomes, methodological concerns
Friday, January 16, 2015

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

Patient-Selected Audio Therapy May Ease Pediatric Post-Op Pain
Listening to favorite songs, even audiobooks, appears to ease discomfort
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Epidemic of Rx Opioid Abuse May Be Waning in U.S.
Heroin abuse/overdoses on the rise may be one reason prescription-drug abuse is down
Thursday, January 15, 2015

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

Major Risks of Long-Term Opioid Rx Deemed Dose-Dependent
In review, serious harms of long-term therapy seemed to depend on opioid dose
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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

NIH: Insufficient Evidence for Opioid Use in Chronic Pain
Insufficient evidence for every clinical decision that a provider needs to make about use of opioids
Monday, January 12, 2015

Gender of Provider May Impact Pain Management Practices
GP prescribing behavior differs for antineuropathic drugs, symptomatic slow-acting drugs for OA
Monday, January 12, 2015

Clinicians Increasingly Ordering Imaging for Headaches
From 1999-2000 to 2009-2010, increases seen in use of CT/MRI, referrals to other physicians
Monday, January 12, 2015

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

Satellite Lesions Prognostic for High-Risk Zoster
Presence of satellite lesions linked to increased risk of severe, multidermatome, multistage disease
Friday, January 09, 2015

Injections for Knee Arthritis Most Effective for Pain Relief
All treatments deemed effective, with injections rated slightly more effective than pills
Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Gender Influences Opioid-Related Adverse Effects in Children
Findings in study of white children, aged 6 to 15 years, undergoing tonsillectomy
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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

Liposomal Bupivacaine Promising Option in Knee Replacment
Might ease pain while maintaining mobility, but more research is needed
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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

Drug Interaction Identified for Ondansetron, Tramadol
Ondansetron linked to increased requirement for tramadol; decrease in the effect over time
Thursday, December 18, 2014

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

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

No Higher Risk of Breast Cancer for Women With Migraines
Since both involve hormone levels, researchers suspected a possible connection
Monday, December 15, 2014

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

Tramadol Use May Up Risk of Hospitalization for Hypoglycemia
Risk particularly elevated in first 30 days of use compared with codeine
Tuesday, December 09, 2014

U.S. Doctors Cutting Back on Opioid Prescriptions
Ninety percent of primary care physicians are concerned about abuse of opioids
Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Recommendations for Managing Pain in Inflammatory Arthritis
Australian and New Zealand evidence-based recommendations developed for adult patients
Wednesday, December 03, 2014

CDC: Fatal Overdoses From Rx Opioids Have Tripled in U.S.
CDC researchers also find surge in heroin-related overdose deaths
Tuesday, December 02, 2014

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

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

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

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

FDA Approves Abuse-Resistant Extended-Release Hydrocodone
Hysingla ER is only for chronic pain, and is formulated to resist crushing, dissolving
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mortality Up for Long-Term Opioid Users With Chronic Pain
Lower risk of death but still significantly increased for short-term users, nonusers with chronic pain
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Patient-Doc Relationship Affects Alternative Med Use Disclosure
Findings based upon cancer patients' disclosure of use of complementary medicine
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Number of Pregnant Women on Opioids Doubles
U.S. national data show steady rise, and abuse may pose dangers to mother and baby
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NSAIDs Tied to Bleeding, Clotting in A-Fib Patients
Risk highest for those on anticoagulation and also taking an NSAID
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ACR: Running Won't Raise Risk of Knee Osteoarthritis
In fact, research suggests running may even help prevent painful joint condition
Monday, November 17, 2014

Peripheral Nerve Blocks OK for Migraines in Pregnancy
Findings among women with migraines unresponsive to oral, intravenous meds
Friday, November 14, 2014

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

Catastrophizing Linked to Pain, Disability in Low Back Pain
Second review shows fear-avoidance beliefs may be linked to poor treatment outcomes
Thursday, November 13, 2014

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

Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Pain for Breast Cancer Patients
Treatment-related discomfort, swelling helped by the approaches in two studies
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Pain, Depression Tied to Delirium Risk Post-Surgery
Findings in elderly patients who had orthopedic surgery
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NSAID Use Linked to Increased Risk of Incident A-Fib
Meta-analysis shows increased relative risk, especially for new users
Monday, November 10, 2014

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

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

Predictors of Insomnia ID'd in Long-Term Care Facilities
Independent predictors include age, depression, hypnosedatives, and stressful life events
Thursday, November 06, 2014

Lower Doses of Rheumatoid Arthritis Meds May Work for Some
Researchers find many patients with early-stage disease stay in remission with less medication
Thursday, November 06, 2014

Urinary Retention Seen in ~5% of Posterior Lumbar Surgeries
Factors increasing risk: male sex, benign prostatic hyperplasia, age, diabetes, depression
Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Many Americans May Get Hospice Care Too Late
A third die within a week of beginning palliative care, experts say
Tuesday, November 04, 2014

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

End-of-Life Care Discussions May Miss Patient Priorities
Discussion of care preferences, prognosis, values, and fears important to patient and family
Monday, November 03, 2014

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

Almost One in Five Americans Plagued by Constant Pain
Older people, women more likely to struggle on daily basis, researchers note
Friday, October 31, 2014

Surgeon Type Doesn't Affect Spinal Surgery Complications
Findings based on analysis of single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusions
Friday, October 31, 2014

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

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

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

Depression Influences Post-Op Satisfaction in Older Patients
Findings in a cohort of patients aged 65 years or older who underwent revision lumbar surgery
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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

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

Prescription Painkillers Fueling Overdose Cases in ERs
More than two-thirds involve these medications, researchers report
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Risk of Severe Headaches
But experts find the study too small, problem too rare to be of concern
Thursday, October 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Surgical Site Infections Up for Medicaid Patients With Spine Sx
Odds of having surgical site infection increased 2.06-fold compared with privately insured
Tuesday, October 21, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASA: Post-Op Pain Management Improves in Past Decade
Far fewer patients report serious pain two weeks after surgery
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ASA: Silence, Jazz Can Reduce Heart Rate After Surgery
Reductions in heart rate with jazz music, silence for patients in postoperative care unit
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ASA: Anesthesia Complications Drop by Half
Rate of serious problems was highest in patients over 50
Monday, October 13, 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

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

ASA: Lidocaine During Breast Sx May Reduce Long-Term Pain
Mastectomy patients benefit from lidocaine, researchers say
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

Surgeons Vary in Treatment of Recurrent Herniated Disc
Spine surgeons in the U.S. differ in their opinions of best treatment for recurrent lumbar disc herniation
Friday, October 10, 2014

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

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

Modified ACR Criteria Effective for Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Even better specificity with alternative criteria based on symptom items and pain locations
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

Timing of Epidural May Be Best Left Up to Expectant Mother
Researchers find early use likely won't lead to delivery complications
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CDC: Heroin Overdose Deaths Doubled in Much of U.S.
Deaths from heroin overdose vary by age
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

High Salt Intake + Smoking May Up Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
No association found between sodium intake and development of rheumatoid arthritis overall
Wednesday, October 01, 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

Spinal Cord Stimulation Feasible for Diabetic Neuropathy
Treatment success of 59 percent in patients with painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy
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

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

Ultrasound Can Accurately Diagnose Carpal Tunnel
Ultrasound has same sensitivity, higher specificity than electrodiagnostic testing for select patients
Monday, September 29, 2014

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

Considerable Work Productivity Loss in Early Arthritis
Findings based on sick leave, permanent disability, early retirement during first three years of disease
Friday, September 26, 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

More HIV+ Patients Undergoing Spinal Fusion
HIV infection independently ups risk for in-hospital mortality with the procedure
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Varicose Vein Treatments All Work, but Aren't Quite Equal
Researchers find minor differences between three therapies
Thursday, September 25, 2014

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

Meditation May Benefit Those Who Suffer From Migraines
Pilot study explores use of mindfulness-based stress reduction for adults with migraines
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

Chikungunya Fever Identified in the United States
Chikungunya emerged in Caribbean; 751 imported cases have been reported in continental U.S.
Tuesday, September 23, 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

Breast Cancer Subtype Affects Survival With Spinal Metastasis
Worse survival with estrogen receptor negative, hormone receptor negative, triple negative subtypes
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

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

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

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

High Mortality, Costs With C. difficile After Spine Surgery
Infection after lumbar spine surgery linked to longer hospitalizations, higher costs, inpatient mortality
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

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

Spinal Manipulation Helps Relieve Back-Related Leg Pain
Adding spinal manipulation to advice and home exercise improves short-term outcomes
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: Radiotherapy Improves Dysphagia in Esophageal Cancer
Similar improvement in dysphagia for radiotherapy alone, chemoradiotherapy
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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

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

Mechanism Proposed for Nicotine Gateway Hypothesis
Nicotine seems to exert priming effect on cocaine via histone deacetylase inhibition
Friday, September 12, 2014

Opioid Overdose Prevention Needed in Young Adult Users
Nonmedical prescription users uniformed about overdose awareness, avoidance, response strategies
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

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

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

Interbody Fusion Rapidly Adopted For Spondylolisthesis
Increase in percentage of cases treated with interbody fusion from 1999 to 2011
Thursday, September 11, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Malnutrition Ups Risk of Elective Spine Surgery Complications
Pre-op serum albumin level is independent risk factor for complications post-elective surgery
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

African-Americans Have Worse Cervical Spine Surgery Outcomes
Higher rates of in-hospital complications, mortality versus Caucasian patients
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

Factors Tied to Neck, Back Pain Improvement Identified
Patient-specific predictors include baseline pain, duration, compensation
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

State Medical Cannabis Laws Cut Opioid Overdose Mortality
Laws are associated with significantly lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate
Monday, August 25, 2014

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

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

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

Nomogram Predicts Risk of Second Kidney Stone Episode
Tool uses characteristics from first stone episode as predictors of recurrence
Friday, August 08, 2014

Manipulative Therapy Linked to Cervical Artery Dissection
Case control, other studies suggest epidemiologic link; but unclear whether CD is due to trauma
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

Pain Reduction Tied to One-Year Spine Surgery Outcomes
Post-surgery pain reduction increases likelihood of improved physical function, reduced disability
Thursday, August 07, 2014

U.S. Hospitals See Big Rise in Drug-Related Suicide Attempts
Spikes noted among young and middle-age adults; experts cite easy access to prescription meds
Thursday, August 07, 2014

Lasting Clinical Results for Total Lumbar Disc Replacement
Significant improvement from baseline in pain and disability measures; lasting patient satisfaction
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Skip the Steroids for Shoulder Pain?
Physical therapy as effective as injections, researchers say
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Coflex Interspinous Device No Extra Benefit in Spinal Stenosis
Decompression surgery alone yielded similar improvements for lumbar spinal stenosis
Monday, August 04, 2014

CT Effective in Detection of Significant Cervical Spine Injury
MRI doesn't provide additional clinically relevant information
Monday, August 04, 2014

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

RA Patients Will Trade Efficacy for Less Frequent, Shorter Treatment
In hypothetical scenarios, patients would trade efficacy, risk for length of treatment
Wednesday, July 30, 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

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

Acetaminophen May Not Help in Lower Back Pain
The common pain reliever showed no effect in Australian trial
Thursday, July 24, 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

Race Affects Opioid Selection for Cancer Pain
African-American patients are less likely to receive oxycodone, even among patients with CKD
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

Preemptive Celecoxib Cuts Post-Op Face-Lift Surgery Pain
Overall pain score and postoperative opioid consumption down with celecoxib
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Decompression Surgery Linked to Reduced Risk of Falls
Findings in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis with/without surgery
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

Automated Models Can Identify Acute Back Pain in EMRs
Findings based on an automated, administrative model using VA records
Monday, July 21, 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

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

Added Corticosteroid Deemed Ineffective for Cancer Pain
In advanced cancer patients receiving opioids, methylprednisolone does not add to analgesic effect
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Risk Factors Identified for Nonorganic Back Pain
Significant association for certain easily identifiable criteria in worker's compensation patients
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AHS: Menopausal Transition Aggravates Migraine Headaches
Risk of high-frequency headaches is 50 to 60 percent higher during menopause
Thursday, June 26, 2014

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

Best Spinal Manipulation Result in LBP May Come From 12 Sessions
For chronic low back pain patients, contribution is modest; recommendation made with caution
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

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

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

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

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

Walking Protects Against Functional Limitation of OA
Each additional 1,000 steps/day linked to reduction in incident functional limitation
Monday, June 16, 2014

Obesity Explains More Rapid Growth Rate of Knee Replacement
Rise in volume outpaced that of total hip replacement in those with BMI ≥25 kg/m²
Friday, June 13, 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

New Research Standards Created for Chronic Low Back Pain
Multidisciplinary panel makes recommendations for definition, classification, outcome measures
Thursday, June 12, 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

Minimally Invasive Interbody Fusion Feasible in Obese
Similar clinical outcomes seen with minimally invasive and open TLIF procedures
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

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

Periodontitis Independently Tied to Rheumatoid Arthritis
Periodontitis may shape autoantibody reactivity with rheumatoid arthritis
Friday, June 06, 2014

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

Pot Isn't Harmless, Top U.S. Health Official Says
Addiction, brain changes are proven concerns, says head of National Institute on Drug Abuse
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

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

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

FDA Approves Generic Version of Celebrex
Rx will carry warning alerting users of potential heart risks
Monday, June 02, 2014

Demographic Shift in Heroin Users Seen Over 50 Years
Recent users tend to be more white, older, living outside of urban areas
Friday, May 30, 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

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

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

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

Scoliosis Tied to More Back Problems Regardless of Tx
Findings in adults with idiopathic scoliosis, compared to adults without scoliosis
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

'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

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

Acamprosate, Naltrexone Comparable in Alcohol Use D/O
No significant differences seen between the two drugs in adults with alcohol use disorders
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moderate Alcohol Intake Linked to Reduced Risk of RA
Findings among a large cohort of women whose alcohol consumption was evaluated over decades
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

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

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

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

Spinal Fx Complications, Mortality Up With Ankylosing Spondylitis
Findings among patients presenting in a tertiary center with traumatic spinal fractures
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Medical Marijuana May Aid Some MS Symptoms
Not enough evidence to support its use with motor problems associated with other conditions
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

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

Cannabis May Cause Heart Problems in Young Adults
Serious cardiovascular complications, sometimes fatal, reported in adults using marijuana
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

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

New Scale Useful for Predicting Sick Leave for Back Pain
Scale use may affect referral rates for radiographical exam, bed rest
Wednesday, April 23, 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

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

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

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

CDC: Regional Trends Seen for Complementary Health Services
U.S. study shows geographic trends in use of complementary and alternative medicine
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

Evidence Lacking for Long-Term Opioid Use in Low Back Pain
Review finds efficacy of short-term opioid use for chronic low back pain relief and function
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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

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

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

Advice, Exercise Equally Effective for Chronic Whiplash
A comprehensive exercise program no more effective than simple advice for pain reduction
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FDA Approves First Device to Prevent Migraines
First TENS device specifically authorized for use prior to onset of pain
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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

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

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

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

AAPM: Benzodiazepine Rx Increasing in Primary Care
Patient visits involving opioid prescriptions more likely to also have benzodiazepine prescriptions
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

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

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

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

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

Pre-Op Pain Patterns Affect Stenosis Surgery Outcomes
Predominance of back pain rather than leg pain associated with inferior outcome
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

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

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

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

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

Regional Anesthesia Doesn't Up Falls After Knee Replacement
Lower adjusted odds of inpatient falls with neuraxial versus general anesthesia
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

Juvenile Fibromyalgia Symptoms Often Persist Into Adulthood
More than 80 percent of patients with juvenile-onset fibromyalgia have symptoms in early adulthood
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

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

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

Psychological Factors Affect Skeletal Trauma Recovery
Catastrophic thinking in particular linked to follow-up pain intensity, disability
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

Surgeons Can Up Outcomes for Work-Related Lumbar Surgery
Need to control for opioid dependence, prevent excessive disability length
Thursday, February 20, 2014

>14 Percent of Women Given an Opioid Rx During Pregnancy
Opioid dispensation split fairly evenly during all three trimesters, but highest in third trimester
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Surface Defects, Distorted Tips Seen in Acupuncture Needles
Defects could cause adverse effects in areas needled during acupuncture
Thursday, February 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clonidine Premedication Relieves Post-Op Pain in Children
Premedication at adequate dosage seems likely to reduce analgesia requirements after surgery
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

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

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

Predictors of Post-Op Pain ID'd in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
Higher pre-op levels of pain and anxiety predict slower improvement in pain after spinal fusion sx
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

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

Drugs Increasingly Detected in Fatally Injured Drivers
Positive results for non-alcohol drugs rose from 16.6 to 28.3 percent from 1999 to 2010
Friday, February 07, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most Pediatric Procedural Pain Guidelines of Average Quality
Guidelines rarely specify information on rigor of development, applicability, editorial independence
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

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

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

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

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

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

Total Knee Arthroplasty Has Economic Benefit for Society
Initial costs higher with total knee arthroplasty, but cost benefit over 30 years for 50-year-old patient
Monday, January 27, 2014

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

Reintubation After Cervical Fusion Up With 3+ Levels
Patients requiring reintubation are generally older, have greater number of comorbidities
Thursday, January 23, 2014

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

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

Wait Time to Lumbar Discectomy Linked to Post-Op Pain
Even after adjustment for confounders, long-wait patients more likely to report worse pain
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

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

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

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

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

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

Baseline Factors Can Predict Return to Work With Sciatica
Factors include baseline bothersomeness, back pain, and the straight-leg-raising test
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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

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

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

Risk Factors Identified for Incidence of Vulvodynia
Increased incidence for young women, Hispanics, and those married or living as married
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

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

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

Workers' Compensation Data Captures Back Pain Experience
Best performing wage-replacement indicator has 69 percent accuracy for identifying additional time off
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

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

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

New-Onset Sciatica Tied to Age, Obesity, Mental Workload
Findings in previously asymptomatic Japanese workers
Friday, January 03, 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

Most Women Experience Breast Cancer Postoperative Pain
Factors include chronic pre-op pain, pre-op depression, axillary lymph node dissection, chemo
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

Emotions Tied to Topographically Distinct Bodily Sensations
Bodily sensation maps are consistent among samples from West Europe, East Asia
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

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

Fewer Opioid Treatment Centers Offering HIV, STI Testing
For-profit centers, which increased in number from 2000 to 2011, saw greatest testing declines
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SABCS: Exercise Eases Aromatase Inhibitor-Induced Arthralgia
Survivors experience greater decrease in worst joint pain scores, joint pain severity with exercise
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

Weekend Spine Surgery Linked to Longer Stays, Higher Costs
Findings among patients undergoing spine surgery for cervical trauma across approach procedures
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

Arthrodesis Ups Complications, Costs for Spondylolisthesis
However, compared to patients receiving laminectomy alone, reoperation rates are lower
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

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

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

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

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

Financial Interest May Motivate Higher Knee MRI Referral
More negative MRI findings for patients referred by docs with financial interest in MRI equipment
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lower Extremity Functional Scale Valid for Low Back Pain
No floor, ceiling effects, high internal consistency, good test-retest reliability for modified LEFS
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

Arthritis Patients Listen When Doc Tells Them to Exercise
Link between recommendations from clinician and adherence to physical activity guidelines
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Intra-Articular, Systemic Steroids Beneficial in Back Pain
Slight superiority of intra-articular versus intramuscular injection for facet joint syndrome
Thursday, November 07, 2013

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

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

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

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

Worse Outcomes for Early Post-Lumbar Spinal Fusion Rehab
Beginning rehabilitation at six versus 12 weeks more costly, linked to poorer outcomes
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 will be much improved within a month
Tuesday, October 29, 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

Coexisting Pain Tied to Worse Knee Replacement Outcomes
Preoperative musculoskeletal pain linked to poorer physical function at six months post-op
Friday, October 25, 2013

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

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

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

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

State Parity Laws Increase Access to Substance Use Tx
Substance use disorder treatment rates higher in states with full parity legislation
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

Intranasal Oxytocin Application Enhances Placebo Effect
Oxytocin may enhance placebo through effect of trust, empathy of administering physician
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Rocker Sole Shoes Show No Benefit for Low Back Pain
Greater reduction in disability for those wearing flat sole shoes, but difference not significant
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

Study Probes Why Truckers Use Booze, Illicit Drugs
Use of psychoactive substances associated with poor working conditions
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

ACEP: Characteristics of Patients With Opioid Overdose
Second study identifies factors associated with doctor-shopping
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alternative Medicine Often Used by Youth With Headache
Complementary, alternative medicine more often used by those with multiple chronic conditions
Monday, October 14, 2013

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

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

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

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

Unexplained Post-Op Pain in 7 Percent of Teen Scoliosis Cases
These patients also report significantly more pain preoperatively
Friday, October 11, 2013

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

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

Triathletes Tolerate Pain Better Than Non-Athletes
Also have less fear of pain
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Physical Exams Commonly Lacking in Low Back Pain Care
One in five patient encounters do not include physicians' hands placed on subjects' low backs
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

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

Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs Drops in Young Adults
SAMHSA issues its annual report on substance use in the United States
Monday, September 09, 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

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

Steroids Effective Short Term for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
But most patients still have surgery after one year
Thursday, September 05, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calcium + Vitamin D Does Not Reduce Joint Symptoms
Joint pain, swelling common in postmenopausal women with or without supplementation
Monday, August 26, 2013

Heroin Incidence Up for Those Using Non-Medical Pain Relief
3.6 percent of non-medical pain reliever initiates progress to heroin use within five years
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

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

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

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

Eating Fish Cuts Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Women
Long-term, consistent consumption of fish linked with 29 to 52 percent lower risk
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

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

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

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

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

Rheumatoid Arthritis Ups Risk of Thrombosis, Embolism
Taiwan study shows patients with RA have higher risk of deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism
Friday, August 09, 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

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

Small-Fiber Polyneuropathy ID'd in Fibromyalgia Cases
Distal-leg biopsies from 41 percent of 27 patients with fibromyalgia are diagnostic for SFPN
Monday, August 05, 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

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

Dexamethasone Beats Placebo for Cancer-Related Fatigue
More effective for reducing cancer-related fatigue; improvements in QoL and physical distress
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

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

Risk Factors for Lumbar Spine Fx ID'd in U.S. Military Cohort
Predictors include male sex, white race, age, enlisted ranks, and Army or Marine service
Tuesday, July 30, 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

Veterans Benefit From Group Outdoor Recreational Activities
Significant improvements in psychological well-being, social functioning, life outlook
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Back Pain Management Relying on Guideline Discordant Care
From 1999 to 2010, increase in narcotic use, advanced imaging, referrals to other physicians
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Spondylolisthesis Sx Improves Pediatric Health Related-QOL
Pediatric patients with lower baseline quality of life scores benefit most from surgery
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

After Cervical Disc Surgery Pro Athletes Can Return to Sports
Athletes cleared for return-to-play after normal neurologic exam; confirmation of early fusion
Monday, July 29, 2013

Arthritis Physical Activity Plans Must Consider Work, Life
Confusion exists about physical activity that would be beneficial, not aggravate arthritis
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

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

Self-Help Program Ups Mental Health in Rheumatic Disease
Depression, anxiety down; coping self-efficacy strengthened with cognitive-behavioral program
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Transcranial Ultrasound Seems Beneficial in Chronic Pain
Significant improvements in subjective mood after TUS; slight improvement in pain versus placebo
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

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

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

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

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

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

~2 Percent of Opioid Rx Bought by 0.7 Percent of Patients
Small subgroup of patients obtain an average of 32 prescriptions from 10 different providers
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Medicaid Insurance Linked to Post-Spine Sx Complications
In multivariate analysis, odds of any adverse event up for Medicaid versus private insurance
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Music Beneficial for Children Undergoing IV Placement
Less pain, distress for children; health care providers find performance easier, are more satisfied
Thursday, July 18, 2013

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

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

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

Tool Helps Emergency Providers ID Drug-Seeking Behavior
Although, ER docs already demonstrate skill at spotting patients who are drug-seekers
Monday, July 15, 2013

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

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

Smoker Status Not Linked to Poor Outcome in Spine Surgery
However, current >60 pack-year smokers more likely to die within 30 days of surgery than never smokers
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

Full, Limited Range of Motion Extension Exercise Benefit LBP
Clinically meaningful improvements in pain, disability with isolated lumbar extension exercise
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

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

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

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

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

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

Correlates of Care Seeking ID'd for Those With Low Back Pain
Odds of seeking care up for females, those frequently in pain, those with fear-avoidance beliefs
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

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

Drug Overdose Deaths, ER Visits Up for Women Since 1999
Five-fold increase in deaths, more than doubling of ER visits related to opioid pain relievers
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

Patients, Spinal Surgeons Differ in Expectations of Sx Outcomes
Expectations higher for patients than surgeons, especially for back or neck pain and function
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Etanercept Reduces Work, Activity Impairment in RA
Projected 12-month gain in work productivity partly or completely offsets costs of treatment
Monday, July 01, 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

Study Examines Opiate Use in Orthopedic Trauma Patients
Patients more likely to use opiates before injury; pre-injury use predicts prolonged post-injury use
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neurological Testing Limited in Diagnosing Disc Herniation
Standard tests have poor diagnostic accuracy for disc herniation with suspected radiculopathy
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

EULAR: RA Patients Discontinue Meds at Median of Two Years
Median time to discontinuation longer for those receiving tumor necrosis factor inhibitors
Monday, June 17, 2013

EULAR: Rate of RA Remission Down for Obese, Overweight
Overweight and obese patients have lower rate of remission at six and 12 months of follow-up
Monday, June 17, 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

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

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

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

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

Weather Differentially Affects Women With Fibromyalgia
Evidence suggests differential sensitivity rather than uniform influence of weather on pain
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Telerehabilitation System Good for Assessing Low Back Pain
High level of agreement for low back pain assessments conducted face-to-face, via telerehab
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

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

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

Study Examines Outbreak of Spinal Infections in Michigan
Increased case finding may partially explain more cases found in Michigan
Tuesday, May 21, 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

Marijuana Use Tied to Lower Fasting Insulin Level, HOMA-IR
Current users have lower fasting insulin, lower insulin resistance, smaller waist circumference
Friday, May 17, 2013

Prednisolone Disturbs Carbohydrate Metabolism
Patients with inflammatory diseases should consider other anti-inflammatory agents
Friday, May 17, 2013

Little Evidence for Prediction Rules for Low Back Pain
Trials are of low quality and provide insufficient support of clinical prediction rules
Friday, May 17, 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

Ultrasound Findings Can Improve Classification of RA
Ultrasound findings plus 2010 ACR/EULAR criteria can help predict need for methotrexate treatment
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAMHSA: Sharp Rise in ER Visits Due to Zolpidem
Emergency department visits up over 200 percent from 2005 to 2010
Wednesday, May 01, 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

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

FDA: Purveyors of Phony Botox Targeting U.S. Practices
Products advertised through fax; not FDA approved
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

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Improves PTSD
Results based on an eight-week pilot program involving veterans seeking outpatient treatment
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

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

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

Diagnostic Errors Are the Leading Type of Malpractice Claim
Diagnosis-related payments from 1986 to 2010 totaled $38.8 billion
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Severe Cutaneous Adverse Rxns Up in Allopurinol Initiators
SCARs are rare; usually occur within first 180 days of initiating treatment
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Parental Permissiveness Linked to Rx Drug Abuse, Misuse
About one-quarter of teens report abuse, misuse of prescription meds; about half use pot, alcohol
Tuesday, April 23, 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

Pot Smoking Linked to Some Metabolic Changes
Increase in visceral adiposity and adipose tissue insulin resistance
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

FDA Approves Updated Label for Reformulated OxyContin
Reformulated OxyContin has physical, chemical properties that should cut potential for abuse
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

Surgeons Support Nonphysician Screens for Low Back Pain
Canadian survey finds most support clinicians' standards in assessing discomfort
Friday, April 12, 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

Fusion Doesn't Up Reoperation Risk With Spinal Stenosis
Duration of pretreatment symptoms is only factor predictive of re-op after spinal stenosis surgery
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Functional MRI Can Be Used to Assess Physical Pain
Findings identify neurologic signature, which is sensitive and specific for painful heat
Wednesday, April 10, 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

Spinal Adjustment Relieves Symptoms Better Than NSAIDs
Study finds therapy significantly superior to anti-inflammatory drugs
Monday, April 08, 2013

Majority of Americans Now Favor Legalizing Marijuana
Support for legalization increases across all ages, including younger and older adults
Monday, April 08, 2013

Acupuncture Reduces Pain of Chronic Low Back Discomfort
It's better than sham therapy with no significant effect on disability, depression, or general health
Monday, April 08, 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

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

Belgium Study Tracks Trends in End-of-Life Decision Making
Researchers find euthanasia legalization led to fewer life-ending acts without patient's request
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Study Assesses Work Force Burden of Ulcerative Colitis
Patients with ulcerative colitis have more sick days; colectomy does not fully restore work ability
Monday, April 01, 2013

Many Uninsured Vets Will Be Eligible for Medicaid Under ACA
But most of uninsured will have new coverage options only if their state expands Medicaid
Friday, March 29, 2013

Using Internet Search Logs Can Help Identify Drug Interactions
Tool may alert authorities to potential problems and aid in surveillance of adverse events
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Study: Primary Care Extension Program Should Be Funded
Authors say PCEP important to improving public health, translating research into practice
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Regional Variation Noted in Prevalence of Delayed Care
Populations in counties with high prevalence likely to be Hispanic, have low income, chronic disease
Thursday, March 28, 2013

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

Effect of Immigration Status on Medicaid Eligibility Discussed
Seventeen percent of low-income, uninsured nonelderly are unauthorized or recently legal
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Manual Osteopathic Treatment Improves Chronic Back Pain
Patients report pain relief, but not improvements in back functioning or work disability
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

ER Discharge Dx/Disposition Discordant With Chief Complaint
Presenting complaints don't differ amongst patients needing primary care, urgent care, hospital admission
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures Common at 2011 AAOS Meeting
All featured symposia at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons disclosed conflicts
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Final Rule in Notice of Benefit, Payment Parameters Issued
Rule expands on existing standards for risk adjustment, reinsurance, risk corridors
Friday, March 15, 2013

Exercise, Counseling Cut Days Off From Back Pain in Recruits
Used in addition to standard training, practices reduce clinic visits, time away from duties
Friday, March 15, 2013

Pharmaceutical Companies Are Reducing Promotional Spending
Much less spent to promote biologics compared with small molecule drugs, study finds
Friday, March 15, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges Will Mainly Be Run by Feds
Federal government will establish exchanges for 26 states; state-run exchanges for 17 states, D.C.
Friday, March 15, 2013

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

$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

FDA Encourages Opioid Prescribers to Pursue Training
Continuing medical education provided by opioid manufacturers set to combat misuse and abuse
Monday, March 11, 2013

Little Evidence Red Flags Are Useful in Detecting Spinal Woes
In patients with lower back pain, a single indicator may or may not predict malignancy
Friday, March 08, 2013

Opioid Guidelines for ER Docs Help, But More Study Needed
Efforts called important first steps toward addressing public health problem of abuse
Friday, March 08, 2013

Double-Jointed Adolescents Risk Musculoskeletal Pain
Hypermobility likely to affect shoulder, knee, ankle/foot, particularly among the obese
Thursday, March 07, 2013

Coordinated Care Model Suggested for Palliative Care
Model distinguishes primary palliative care from specialty palliative care
Thursday, March 07, 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

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

Sequestration to Impact Health Care-Related Programs
Medicare providers and medical researchers brace for cuts from fiscal impasse
Friday, March 01, 2013

FDA Approves Osphena for Dyspareunia Post-Menopause
Once-daily pill carries boxed warning regarding risk of unusual endometrial bleeding, stroke, DVT
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

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

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

FDA: Codeine After Surgery Puts Children At Risk
Food and Drug Administration urging use of alternative pain reliever
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

Opioids Involved in Most Medical Overdose Deaths
Frequently involve drugs prescribed for mental health conditions
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

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

Two-Step Irradiance OK for Superficial Skin Cancer Lesions
Protocol minimizes pain while maintaining positive clinical outcomes
Monday, February 18, 2013

Self-Rated Health Measure Can Predict Outcomes in Knee OA
Single-item measure of self-rated health also mediates changes in social and mental health
Friday, February 15, 2013

General Anesthesia Ups Knee Replacement Complications
Superficial wound infections, blood transfusions, overall complications down after spinal anesthesia
Friday, February 15, 2013

IOM Urges International Action to Eradicate Fake Drugs
Falsified and substandard meds are ineffective; may trigger resistance and cause illness, death
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Psychological, Sexual Impact of Female Breadwinners Explored
Men who are outearned by their wives more likely to use erectile dysfunction medications
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Oregon Experiment Will Provide Insight Into ACO-Based Reform
Program centered on coordinated care organization highlights challenges of contracting with ACOs
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges Are Top Priority on U.S. Agenda
Fifty-five percent view establishment of insurance exchange as top policy priority for their state
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In Veterans With RA, PTSD Worsens Disease Activity
Worse patient-reported outcomes, higher tender joint counts in rheumatoid arthritis plus PTSD
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Naltrexone Linked to Reduction in Pain in Fibromyalgia
Low-dose treatment also improves mood and satisfaction with life
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

Brain Activity Linked to TNF Inhibitor Response in RA
Response to tumor necrosis factor inhibitors associated with activity in pain-related brain areas
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

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

Supraorbital Transcutaneous Stimulator Prevents Migraines
Significant decreases seen in monthly attacks, headache days, and anti-migraine drug intake
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

Review Finds Limited Value for Spinal Manipulation in Acute LBP
SMT found no more effective than inert interventions, sham SMT, as adjunct therapy in acute low back pain
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

Corticosteroids Worsen Long-Term Epicondylalgia Outcomes
Physical therapy has no significant impact on long-term outcome
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

Single-Question Low Back Pain Severity Assessment Accurate
Findings correlate with other instruments measuring low back pain and function
Monday, February 04, 2013

Self-Rated Low Physical Capacity Tied to Low Back Pain
Odds of non-chronic, persistent LBP up for female health care workers with low physical capacity
Monday, February 04, 2013

More Complications for Inpatient Lumbar Discectomy
Thirty-day post-op complications significantly lower in outpatient surgeries
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

Bystander Rescue Training Cuts Opioid Overdose Deaths
Overdose education, nasal naloxone distribution program reduces deaths in Massachusetts
Friday, February 01, 2013

Parents Not Too Concerned About Child Abuse of Pain Meds
New poll shows that parents have lukewarm support for most policies to discourage misuse
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

Back Pain Researchers Identify Current Priorities
Patient subgroup analysis and translation into clinical practice ranked as most important
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

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

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

Exposure to Triggers Causes Migraine With Aura in Only a Few
Only small subgroup of patients report migraine with aura when provoked with natural triggers
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Physician Education Ups Communication for New Meds
Patients rate the new medication information transfer higher for docs in intervention group
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Care Transition Initiative Decreases Rehospitalizations
However, no significant reduction in 30-day rehospitalization as percent of hospital discharges
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Large Teaching Hospitals Face More Readmission Penalties
After adjustment, likelihood of being penalized highest for safety-net hospitals
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Poor Arthritis Outcome Risk Up in Overweight Black Women
May be due to factors including comorbidity, depressive symptoms, and knee pain
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

High BMI Increases Risk of Chronic Low Back Pain Later
Findings in a large population cohort, including those free of pain at baseline, followed for 11 years
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

FDA: First Skin Patch Approved to Treat Migraines
Battery-powered transdermal system delivers sumatriptan; provides headache, nausea relief
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Early Predictors of Occupational Back Reinjury Identified
Reinjury in 25.8 percent of those who return to work, especially if male, prior similar injury
Tuesday, January 22, 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

Even Brief Interruptions Dramatically Increase Errors
Error rate doubled or tripled in response to brief interruptions of only 2.8 to 4.4 seconds
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Family Docs Are Early Adopters of Electronic Health Records
Sixty-eight percent currently use EHR systems; likely to surpass 80 percent by 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Certain Online Behaviors of Docs Warrant Investigation
Consensus in seven of ten vignettes; outcome less clear for other doc online behavior scenarios
Monday, January 14, 2013

Top Five Issues for Docs and Patients Identified for 2013
Issues include access to care, physician shortages, preparation for 30 million new patients
Monday, January 14, 2013

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

CDC: Rare Blood Disorder Found in Intravenous Drug Users
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura seen in patients who dissolve and inject oral pain medication
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

Lumbar Extensor Training Improves Chronic Back Pain
No muscular morphology changes seen despite clinically relevant functional improvement
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

FDA: Draft Guidance Issued on Abuse-Deterrent Opioids
To assist industry in developing new formulations of opioid drugs with abuse-deterrent properties
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Pain Starting at Delivery Is Rare Six, 12 Months Later
And, in rats, hypersensitivity to mid-pregnancy peripheral nerve injury resolves soon after birth
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Acetaminophen Cuts Post-Op Morphine Use in Infants
Significant reduction in morphine requirements over 48 hours after major surgery
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Vitamin D Does Not Improve Knee OA Progression, Symptoms
Supplementation to raise levels above 36 ng/mL has no impact on knee pain, cartilage volume loss
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Health Care Use Dropped Among All During Recession
Little evidence of racial or ethnic disparities, except for fewer physician visits for Hispanics
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Web-Based QoL Tool Beneficial in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Patients have more discussions with their doctor; doctors more satisfied with care
Monday, January 07, 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

Nurse-Led Monitoring Improves Cancer-Related Fatigue
Protocolized patient-tailored treatment of physical symptoms improves fatigue in advanced cancer
Friday, January 04, 2013

Association Between Health Care Cost, Quality Inconsistent
Review of 61 studies shows inconsistent evidence for the direction of the association
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Direct Costs for Low Back Pain Care in U.K. Are Substantial
Primary care consultations account for the majority of care costs
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

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

Fibromyalgia May Be Underdiagnosed, More So in Men
Patients meeting fibromyalgia research survey criteria found unlikely to receive diagnosis of fibromyalgia
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Data Suggest Smoking Doesn't Impact RA Treatment Response
No differences in mean disease activity score in 28 joints based on smoking status
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Spanish Registry IDs Predictors of Low Back Pain Improvement
Predictors identified for low back pain, pain down the leg, disability improvement at three months
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Substantial Morbidity, Mortality From Fungus-Tainted Steroid
In 19 states, 590 cases of infection, 37 deaths tied to three lots of contaminated glucocorticoid
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

For Whiplash, Usual Care, Single PT Session Found Adequate
No added benefit of active management in ER; PT package more costly, modest early benefit
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Surgery, Exercise Long-Term Outcomes Equal for Back Pain
More operated patients use pain meds, are out of work versus cognitive intervention plus exercise
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

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

Trunk Exercise Reduces Pain, Disability in Low Back Pain
Significantly reduces disability and pain but no difference in anticipatory postural adjustment
Friday, December 14, 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

NSAIDs Exacerbate Exercise-Induced Small Intestinal Injury
NSAIDs induce gut barrier dysfunction in healthy athletes; extent of injury tied to barrier dysfunction
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Degeneration Similar With, Without Disc Prosthesis Surgery
No difference in development of adjacent level degeneration; facet arthropathy up post-surgery
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Smoking Cessation Cuts Pain in Patients With Spine Disorders
Patients who quit during course of care have significantly greater improvements in pain ratings
Wednesday, December 12, 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

Spinal Fusion Surgery Not Associated With Stroke
Study examines risk up to three years after posterior lumbar spinal fusion surgery
Monday, December 10, 2012

Spine Education Seems Ineffective in Pain Prevention
Quality of reviewed articles low; only one large study with acceptable methodological quality
Friday, December 07, 2012

Health Care Law Boosts Savings on Meds for Medicare Recipients
Savings on prescription drugs has reached $5.1 billion; for more than 5.8 million beneficiaries
Friday, December 07, 2012

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

FDA: Zofran 32-mg Dose Pulled From Market
The anti-nausea drug may cause serious heart problems at that dosage
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Extended Sleep Time Linked to Reduced Pain Sensitivity
Increase in sleep time linked to improved daily sleep latency, tied to reduced pain sensitivity
Wednesday, December 05, 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

Worse Outcomes for Total Joint Arthroplasty in RA Versus OA
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis have increased risk of dislocation after THA, infection after TKA
Friday, November 30, 2012

Political Leaders Face Voter Opposition to Medicare Cuts
Voter poll analysis portends conflict in ACA implementation
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Doc Earnings Growth Lags Behind Other Health Professionals
Adjusted physician earnings dropped by 1.6 percent from 1996-2000 to 2006-2010
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Parental Chronic Pain Impacts Pain in Teens, Young Adults
Adolescents with parents with chronic nonspecific pain more likely to experience chronic pain
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Growing Number of Drugs Possibly Inhibited by Grapefruit
All drugs orally administered; have low-to-intermediate bioavailability; metabolized by CYP3A4
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Obama Administration Moving Forward With Health Care Law
From 2014, insurance companies prohibited from discrimination based on pre-existing conditions
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Personality Traits Explain Some of Placebo Analgesic Effect
Resilient people have activation of endogenous painkillers in response to placebo after pain
Monday, November 19, 2012

Pulmonary Complications Often Fatal in Systemic JIA
Pulmonary diseases may result from systemic disease or from medication exposure
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

Diltiazem Relieves Capecitabine-Induced Chest Pain
Prophylaxis with diltiazem prevents chest pain, allowing patients to tolerate capecitabine
Friday, November 16, 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

Impaired Central Pain Mechanism for Patients With RA
Sleep disturbance may mediate association between RA and impaired pain modulation
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

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

Pain Management Varies Among Palliative Care Centers
Variations in outcomes for terminal cancer patients affected by organizational factors
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

Sedentary Behavior Worsens Decline in Cerebral Palsy
Physical activity may improve muscle function and reduce chronic disease
Friday, November 02, 2012

Playing Videos Reduces Anxiety Before Pediatric Surgery
Video reduces anxiety during induction of inhaled anesthesia before ambulatory surgery
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

Neuraxial Anesthesia Beneficial for Bilateral Knee Arthroplasty
Lower rate of blood transfusions compared with general anesthesia
Thursday, November 01, 2012

Self-Management of Low Back Pain Has Small Effects
Meta-analysis of moderate-quality evidence shows small effects on pain, disability
Thursday, November 01, 2012

FDA: Ameridose Issues Voluntary Recall of All Products
All unexpired products should be returned to manufacturer
Wednesday, October 31, 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

Acupuncture Reduces Breast Cancer-Related Fatigue
Improvements also seen in quality of life after six weeks of treatment
Monday, October 29, 2012

Systematic Pain Management Needed for Children in ER
Staff education, incorporation of child life specialists, family presence recommended
Monday, October 29, 2012

High Costs for Early Retirement Due to Spinal Disorders
Early retirement affects individual earnings, welfare payments, and government revenue
Friday, October 26, 2012

Surgery Center Influences Outcomes in Spinal Surgery
Outcomes vary by center choice for lumbar stenosis, degenerative spondylolisthesis surgery
Thursday, October 25, 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

Lower Extremity Pain Negatively Impacts Obese Children
Reduced physical function and psychosocial health for obese children with lower extremity pain
Monday, October 22, 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

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

Methotrexate Use Linked to Reduced Mortality in RA
Findings for methotrexate use of more than one year in cohort of patients followed for 25 years
Friday, October 12, 2012

Study Confirms Link Between Analgesic Use, Ovarian Cancer
Case-control study shows any analgesic, aspirin use may reduce risk of ovarian cancer
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Cannabis Relieves Muscle Stiffness in Multiple Sclerosis
Oral cannabis extract provides nearly twice the rate of relief of placebo; also beneficial for pain
Wednesday, October 10, 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

Increased Weight Cuts Death Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis
But overweight, obese tied to increased risks of comorbidity, reduced quality of life
Thursday, October 04, 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

New Guidelines Issued for Management of Gout
Two-part guidelines include approaches to hyperuricemia; therapy, prophylaxis for acute gout
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

Pain Intensity in Juvenile Arthritis Varies Widely
Pain intensity varies widely within days for youth with JIA, significantly impacting quality of life
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

Topical NSAIDs Effective for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
Equivalent to oral NSAIDs in efficacy but with fewer adverse gastrointestinal effects
Thursday, September 27, 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

IV Acetaminophen Eases Post-Spinal Op Pain for Children
Improves analgesia versus placebo but does not cut oxycodone consumption in children, teens
Friday, September 21, 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

Gout Is Primary Indication in About 0.2 Percent of ER Visits
Increased propensity for emergency department use linked to age, gender, household income
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review: Inhaled Analgesia Provides Pain Relief in Labor
Nitrous oxide has more negative side effects than flurane derivatives, placebo, or no treatment
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

Radiography Unnecessary After Spinal Fusion Surgery
Radiographs do not provide additional clinical information and are not cost effective
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

Meta-Analysis: Acupuncture Reasonable Chronic Pain Option
Effective relief for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic headache
Thursday, September 13, 2012

For Obese, Body Habitus, Not BMI Impacts Op Site Infection
Thickness of subcutaneous fat, skin to lamina distance impact SSI risk post-lumbar spine fusion
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Costs of Neck and Back Conditions Increasing in U.S.
Costs up 95 percent from 1999 to 2008; mainly due to increased costs for medical specialists
Tuesday, September 11, 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

Bolus Epidural Fentanyl Cuts Post-Spinal Decompression Pain
Intraoperative bolus epidural fentanyl improves early pain without significant side effects
Thursday, September 06, 2012

No Increased Risk of Cancer With Biologics in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Use of biologic response modifiers for at least 24 weeks doesn't up overall, specific malignancy risk
Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Advanced-Stage Cancer Patients Often Reluctant to Exercise
Reasons include therapy-related symptoms; no recognition of effect on symptoms; lack of advice
Friday, August 31, 2012

Prior Substance Abuse Linked to Opioid Abuse in Young Men
In young women, only prior marijuana use is associated with prescription opioid abuse
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Catastrophizing Doesn't Predict Low Back Pain Evolution
In routine practice, assessing baseline catastrophizing score not helpful
Thursday, August 16, 2012

FDA: Codeine May Be Fatal in Subset of Children
Some children genetically predisposed to convert codeine to dangerous levels of morphine
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

No Increased Risk of Stroke After Spinal Fusion Surgery
Incidence of any, hemorrhagic, ischemic stroke down, but difference not statistically significant
Thursday, August 09, 2012

Infection Risk Up for Seniors With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Comorbidity, rural residence, disease severity, prior infection, DMARDs linked to infection
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Vulvodynia Linked to Other Chronic Pain Conditions
Women with vulvodynia significantly more likely to have fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, or IBS
Monday, August 06, 2012

Clinicians Can Unintentionally Prompt Nocebo Effect
Negative expectations, being informed about complications up likelihood of adverse effects
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Anesthesia Regimen Linked to Post-Orthognathic Op Pain
More pain in first four hours after surgery for patients receiving propofol and remifentanil
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Self-Efficacy Predicts Fibromyalgia Symptomatology
And, physical function at six months predicts self-efficacy at one year
Monday, July 30, 2012

Better Analgesia From Pelvic Plexus Block in Prostate Biopsy
Compared with periprostatic nerve block during transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy
Thursday, July 26, 2012

Forefoot Joints Don't Improve 28-Joint Count Measurement
In early RA, inclusion of forefoot joint doesn't improve measurement range, precision
Wednesday, July 25, 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

Discrepancy in Perception of RA Disease Activity Elucidated
RA patients see pain, doctors see joint swelling as the primary determinant of disease activity
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Social Network Analysis IDs Informal Physician Networks
Geographic variation in network characteristics; similar physician, patient features within networks
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pain, Disability Don't Predict Function in Spinal Stenosis
Subjective measures of pain, disability have limited predictive ability in lumbar spinal stenosis
Monday, July 16, 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

Tests ID'd for Use in Outcome Assessment of Spinal Stenosis
Excellent test-retest reliability for Oswestry Disability Index; variable levels of responsiveness
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Anxiety, Depression Common in Adults With Arthritis
Anxiety found more often than depression; one-third of patients have one of the two conditions
Monday, July 09, 2012

Obesity Is a Risk Factor for Poor Remission Rates in RA
Study looks at patients with long-standing rheumatoid arthritis treated with TNFα therapies
Friday, July 06, 2012

Sadness Increases Subjective Experience of Pain
Larger desynchronization of lower beta bands post-pain stimuli in sad emotional context
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

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Not Linked to Specific Birth Defects
But authors advise use of contraception and avoidance of pregnancy while taking leflunomide
Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Brain Connectivity Predicts Transition to Chronic Pain
More connectivity between nucleus accumbens and prefrontal cortex seen in chronic back pain
Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law
'Individual-mandate' insurance requirement deemed constitutional
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Prolonged Disability Predictors Identified for Low Back Pain
Pain-related disability at one year tied to impaired fasting glucose tolerance, BMI, QoL, baseline pain
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

Duplicate Payments by Federal Government Increasing
Dually enrolled patients in the VA and Medicare account for substantial, duplicate costs
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Cannabis Use for Fibromyalgia Linked to Poor Mental Health
Mental illness, opioid drug-seeking behavior, male gender linked to herbal cannabinoid use
Friday, June 22, 2012

Cold-Air Anesthesia Reduces Pain of Laser Treatment
Less pain when used with topical anesthesia during fractionated carbon-dioxide laser treatment
Friday, June 22, 2012

Half of Residents Report Working While Sick
Most frequent reasons for presenteeism include feeling obligation to colleagues and to patient care
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Genetic Contribution Detected in Responses to Opioids
Twin study shows significant inherited component for nausea, depressed breathing, drug liking
Thursday, June 21, 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

Patient-Rated Elbow Evaluation Most Responsive Instrument
Comparison of five assessment tools shows PREE best identifies changes pre-, post-arthroplasty
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

Factors ID'd in Healing Failure of Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Patients have increased inflammation and aberrant growth factor levels
Friday, June 15, 2012

Pre-Op Breast Pain in ~28 Percent of Breast Cancer Patients
Genetic polymorphisms in inflammatory cytokines linked to presurgical breast pain
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cannabinoid Formulation Benefits Opioid-Refractory Pain
Nabiximols offers pain relief for patients with advanced cancer, especially at low-dose
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Susceptibility Loci Identified for Migraine Without Aura
Associations seen at unique loci and at two previously reported migraine loci
Monday, June 11, 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

Early Physical Therapy Beneficial for Low Back Pain
Significant reductions in health care and costs for patients with newly diagnosed low back pain
Thursday, June 07, 2012

Exercise Reduces Neuropathic Pain After Nerve Injury in Rats
Less neuropathic pain, decrease in cytokine overproduction after progressive exercise training
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

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

Self-Management Has Small Effect on Low Back Pain
Review shows use of self-management techniques has minimal effect on pain and disability
Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Morbid Obesity Ups Complication Rate in Spinal Fusion Surgery
Hospital charges, length of stay, mortality all up in morbidly obese patients undergoing spinal fusion
Monday, June 04, 2012

Spondylolisthesis Linked to Spinous Process Fractures
Post-interspinous process spacer surgery, fracture rate 52 percent for those with spondylolisthesis
Friday, June 01, 2012

Disability in Juvenile Arthritis Affects Adult Employment
Educational attainment impacts employment; influenced by functional disability, not JIA subtype
Friday, June 01, 2012

Rats Regain Ability to Walk After Spinal Cord Injury
Cortex-dependent recovery triggered after electrochemical treatment, encouraging movement
Friday, June 01, 2012

Neck Strength, Cervical Spine Mobility Don't Predict Pain
Isometric neck muscle strength and cervical spine mobility not predictive of future neck pain
Friday, May 25, 2012

Interneuron Transplant Treats Neuropathic Pain in Mice
But transplantation of embryonic GABAergic interneurons ineffective against inflammatory pain
Friday, May 25, 2012

Patients Can Minimize Injection Pain by Looking Away
Less discomfort when information that reduces the expectation of pain is provided
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Higher Pain Tolerance for Athletes Than Active Controls
Impact of exercise on pain perception suggests potential of physical activity in pain management
Monday, May 21, 2012

Inadequate Pain Meds in ER for Patients With Long-Bone Fx
Many patients get no pain medication; those who receive meds wait an average of nearly two hours
Friday, May 18, 2012

Gender, High DAS28-P Index Predictive of Pain in Early RA
Being female, high proportion of patient-reported components in DAS28 predict less improvement
Friday, May 18, 2012

ASCO: For Chemo's Nausea, Olanzapine Beats Metoclopramide
Patients with breakthrough chemo-induced nausea and vomiting benefit from olanzapine
Thursday, May 17, 2012

Predictors of Length of Hospital Stay After Spine Surgery ID'd
Several factors contribute to increased length of stay for patients undergoing minimally invasive TLIF
Thursday, May 17, 2012

Low Back Pain Improves Soon After Treatment, but Still Lingers
Pain, disability improve early on, but persist for those with acute or persistent low back pain
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Smoking Cannabis Reduces Spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis
For patients with multiple sclerosis, cannabis also reduces pain, lowers score on cognitive test
Monday, May 14, 2012

Sumatriptan/Naproxen Helpful in Treating Teens' Migraines
Drug well tolerated; no differences found in effectiveness of different dosing protocols
Monday, May 14, 2012

CMS Policy Helping Hospitals to Prevent Targeted Infections
Despite positive impact, less time spent on nontargeted infections, especially in large hospitals
Friday, May 04, 2012

Lower All-Cause, Cardio Mortality in Obese With RA
But substantially increased risks of comorbidities, total joint replacement, and greater pain
Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Methodological Heterogeneity Seen in Clinical Trials
Trials registered with from 2007 to 2010 mainly small, single-center
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

A Third of Adults With Arthritis Have Anxiety, Depression
Anxiety more prevalent than depression among U.S. adults with arthritis
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Obesity, Increased Incidence of Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked
Rise in obesity accounts for more than 50 percent of concurrent increase in RA incidence
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Indirect Link ID'd Between Pain Catastrophizing, Severity
Pain catastrophizing, especially ruminating, linked to pain severity via sleep disturbance
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

PAS: Maternal Opioid Use, Neonatal Withdrawal Rising
Increase in neonatal abstinence syndrome from 2000 to 2009 accompanied by increase in hospital costs
Monday, April 30, 2012

Sleep Measures Do Not Predict Clinical Pain in Fibromyalgia
Spatial extent of pain, pain aftersensation, negative mood make up about one-third of pain variance
Friday, April 27, 2012

AAN: Migraine Prevalence Up in Celiac Disease, IBD Patients
U.S. study finds self-classified gluten-sensitive individuals have increased odds of migraines
Friday, April 27, 2012

Hyperalgesia Similar With Drug Therapies for Heroin Addiction
Once stabilized in treatment, no difference in pain response for methadone or buprenorphine
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Botox Modestly Improves Chronic Headaches, Migraines
But is not associated with reduction in frequency of episodic migraine or tension-type headaches
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Patients With Acute Low Back Pain Have Poor Prognosis
Few patients declare sick leave; many experience recurrences, chronic pain after initial episode
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Oxiplex Improves Outcomes After Lumbar Discectomy
Gel treatment linked to greater reductions in pain, symptoms; satisfaction with surgical procedure
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

AAN: Recommendations for Migraine Prevention Issued
Frequency and severity of migraine attacks can be reduced using seizure drugs and beta-blockers
Monday, April 23, 2012

High BMI Tied to Non-Specific Foot Pain, Plantar Heel Pain
Limited evidence suggesting reduced symptoms after weight-loss surgery; warrants further study
Monday, April 23, 2012

Pain Coping Ability Impacts Lupus Symptomology
Modifiable pain coping strategies impact physical symptoms and psychological distress of SLE
Monday, April 23, 2012

AHA: Depression, Peripheral Artery Disease Linked
Patients with depression significantly more likely to have PAD, PAD-related events
Friday, April 20, 2012

Omega-3 Supplements Don't Benefit Patients With MS
No difference in number of MRI lesions, relapse rate, clinical disease activity with ω-3 supplements
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Immunization Pain Reduced Using the Five S's Technique
Swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging, sucking reduce pain and crying time
Monday, April 16, 2012

Alcohol Use With Opioids Common Even Without Abuse Past
Concurrent use of CNS depressants can lead to respiratory depression or sedation
Monday, April 16, 2012

Most Breast Cancer Survivors Experience Lasting Side Effects
Proportion experiencing side effects remains stable from 12 months to six years post-diagnosis
Friday, April 13, 2012

Pain Correlates Most Strongly With Disability in Hispanics With RA
Irreversible articular damage, depression, disease activity, age, pain predict later disability
Friday, April 13, 2012

Pattern of Disc Degeneration Impacts Low Back Pain
Contiguous, multilevel disc degeneration increases likelihood of lower back pain, pain severity
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Antidepressants Don't Worsen Parkinson's Symptoms
Paroxetine and venlafaxine XR effectively treat depression in Parkinson's patients
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Targeted Exercise Relieves Sciatica Pain
Symptom-guided therapy relieves back pain and improves outcomes for severe sciatica patients
Monday, April 09, 2012

Report Highlights Child Deaths From Post-Surgery Codeine Use
Genetic variants produce ultra-rapid metabolizer phenotypes tied to respiratory arrest
Monday, April 09, 2012

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Lowers Health-Related QoL
Effects of lumbar spinal stenosis on health-related quality of life compounded by comorbidities
Friday, April 06, 2012

Physical Activity Predicts Functionality in Older Adults
Those seniors remaining physically active have fewer functional limitations
Friday, April 06, 2012

New Guidelines Issued for Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
Update of 2008 guidelines addresses screening for TB, immunization, treatment in high-risk patients
Thursday, April 05, 2012

Medical Malpractice Claims Incur Substantial Defense Costs
Costs higher for claims resulting in indemnity payments; significant variation by specialty
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Alcohol, Drug Use Prevalent Among U.S. Adolescents
Onset of alcohol abuse seen at median age of 14 years; drug abuse onset at 14 or 15 years
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Study Looks at Effect of Emotions on Pain and Itch Intensity
Negative emotions can lead to higher levels of itch and pain in women
Friday, March 16, 2012

Poorer Health Literacy Linked to Increased Mortality
About one-third of older adults in England have medium or low functional health literacy
Friday, March 16, 2012

Analgesic Use After Surgery Linked to Long-Term Use
Prescription of opioids, NSAIDs within seven days of low-risk surgery increases risk of long-term use
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Higher Spending by Hospitals Improves Outcomes
Lower mortality, readmission for acute patients admitted to hospital in highest tercile of spending
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

U.S. Mortality Rates Dropped 60 Percent From 1935 to 2010
For every year, heart disease, cancer, and stroke are among the five leading causes of death
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Flu Vaccine Up Among Medical Staff When They Believe It Works
Hospital health care workers more likely to get vaccinated when committed to preventing flu
Friday, March 09, 2012

Race and Socioeconomic Status Linked to Chronic Pain
Black race, lower socioeconomic status independently tied with chronic pain outcomes
Friday, March 09, 2012

Surrogates Tend to Misinterpret Poor Prognosis Information
Statements about low risk of death interpreted accurately; poor prognosis viewed optimistically
Friday, March 09, 2012

Buprenorphine Maintenance Therapy Not Recommended
Abstinence-based therapy recommended instead for opioid-addicted health care professionals
Thursday, March 08, 2012

Financial Burden of Medical Care Affects One in Three
More than one in five poor or near-poor adults younger than 65 have bills they are unable to pay
Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Veterans With Mental Health Issues Receive More Opioids
Risks of opioid use and adverse clinical outcomes especially high in veterans with PTSD
Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Electronic Test Result Access Does Not Reduce Test Ordering
Office-based physician access to computerized images may up image ordering by 40 to 70 percent
Tuesday, March 06, 2012

AHA Supports Shared Decision Making in Heart Failure
Treatment choices should align with values, goals, and preferences of an informed patient
Monday, March 05, 2012

Sleeping Pill Use Linked to Greater Mortality Risk
Greater than three-fold higher risk even for fewer than 18 pills a year
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Low Back Pain Counseling Strategy Ups Return to Work
Early interventions for Belgian workers with low back pain improve return-to-work rates
Monday, February 27, 2012

Pharmacist-Led Intervention Reduces Medical Errors
Intervention includes feedback, educational outreach, dedicated support and is cost-effective
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Classification-Based Therapy No Better for Back Pain
No significant difference with Delitto's classification-based or usual physical therapy care
Monday, February 20, 2012

Overdose Prevention Programs Using Opioid Antagonist
Naloxone use, however, not sufficient to address high overdose death rates
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fibromyalgia Symptoms More Severe in Obese Patients
Poorer quality of life, worse fibromyalgia symptoms seen in severely obese
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

AAOS: Prevalence of U.S. Total Knee Replacements ~5 Percent
More than 4.5 million Americans currently have an intact primary total knee replacement
Friday, February 10, 2012

Intracerebroventricular Opioid Infusion Feasible at Home
Effective for treatment of refractory pain in terminal patients; low incidence of adverse events
Thursday, February 09, 2012

AAOS: Defensive Medicine Prevalent in Orthopedics
National costs estimated at $2 billion annually for orthopedic surgery
Thursday, February 09, 2012

AAOS: Platelet-Rich Plasma Effective for Plantar Fasciitis
Significantly more effective and longer lasting than cortisone injection
Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Polyethylene Glycol Repairs Severed Nerves in Rats
Two studies show PEG-induced sealing of axons after transaction or cut- or crush-severance
Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Subcortical Gray Matter Changes Seen in RA Patients
Subcortical changes and smaller intracranial volumes seen, but no cortical gray matter atrophy
Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Massage Reduces Inflammation Following Hard Exercise
Biopsy shows that massage promotes growth of new mitochondria in muscle cells
Monday, February 06, 2012

Weight Loss Impacts Leg Muscle, Strength in Knee OA
Weight loss linked to loss of leg muscle tissue and strength, improved normalized muscle strength
Monday, February 06, 2012

RA Drug Trial Funding Source Not Linked to Outcome
Positive outcomes are not more likely in industry-funded rheumatoid arthritis drug trials
Monday, February 06, 2012

Warm Saline Enhances Shoulder Tendinitis Treatment
Warm solution improves dissolution of calcium deposits during therapy for rotator cuff tendonitis
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Disc Degeneration More Likely in Overweight, Obese Adults
Higher body mass index linked to greater severity in lumbar degenerative disc disease
Monday, January 30, 2012

More Than 40 Percent of Adults With RA Are Inactive
Lack of strong motivation and belief in physical activity account for most of inactivity
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Neurologists Should Routinely Assess Patients for Abuse
Position statement from the American Academy of Neurology endorses assessment of abuse
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sex Differences Exist in Disease-Linked Pain Intensity
Women report higher pain intensity in musculoskeletal and other disorders
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Unemployed Have Poorer Mental and Physical Health
And are less likely to receive needed medical care and prescriptions
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Effects of Severe, Childhood Brain Injury Long Lasting
Pre-injury ability and familial factors contribute to long-term recovery
Monday, January 23, 2012

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in ~4 Percent of U.K. Troops
Posttraumatic stress disorder, alcohol abuse tied to mTBI in troops back from Iraq/Afghanistan
Monday, January 23, 2012

Dosing Errors Occur With IV Acetaminophen in Children
Ten-fold overdose may occur in young children; treatment with acetylcysteine may be indicated
Monday, January 23, 2012

Neuromodulators Reduce Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Second study shows no beneficial effect of muscle relaxants on pain in rheumatoid arthritis
Friday, January 20, 2012

Psychosocial Interventions Reduce Cancer Pain in Adults
Meta-analysis shows interventions affect both pain severity and pain interference
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Juvenile Arthritis Disease-State Cut-Off Values Established
Key cut-off values established for inactive disease, minimal disease activity, subjective remission
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Comorbidities Affect Hospital Costs After Hip Fracture
Largest cost increase due to weight loss or malnutrition, then pulmonary circulation disorders
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tool Predicts Improved Function After Hip Arthroplasty
Preoperative characteristics and radiographic assessment predict functional improvement
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pain and Depressive Symptoms Linked in Arthritis
Previous pain, depression are strongest predictors for change in pain and depression symptoms
Monday, January 16, 2012

Hyaluronic Acid Similar to Placebo for Ankle Arthritis
Single injection of hyaluronic acid to treat ankle osteoarthritis is not superior to saline solution
Monday, January 16, 2012

Surgery Beats Non-Op Care for Intervertebral Disc Herniation
Marital status, absence of joint symptoms, and worsening symptoms affect treatment effect
Friday, January 13, 2012

U.S. Health Care Expenditure Still Unevenly Distributed
In 2008 and 2009, 1 percent of population account for ~20 percent of spending
Friday, January 13, 2012

Maternal Antidepressants Up Infant Pulmonary Hypertension
Similar risk found across the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor class of antidepressants
Friday, January 13, 2012

Thromboprophylaxis Rate Low for Knee Arthroplasty in Taiwan
Prophylaxis rate of 2.2 percent may be related to low incidence of post-op venous thromboembolism
Friday, January 13, 2012

Foot Tapping Assesses Motor Function in Cervical Myelopathy
Test results correlate with other tests for cervical myelopathy; demonstrate post-op improvement
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Patients Give High Marks to Ankle Replacement Surgery
STAR procedure for end-stage ankle arthritis improves impairment, pain, function, quality of life
Thursday, January 12, 2012

SPECT-CT Is Good Predictor of Response to Vertebroplasty
Positive bone SPECT-CT good predictor of clinical improvement after percutaneous vertebroplasty
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Rx Provides Fast Relief of Pain, Urgency of Interstitial Cystitis
Study finds alkalinized lidocaine plus heparin provides 12 hours of relief of pain and urgency
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Occasional Marijuana Use Not Tied to Adverse Lung Function
Nonlinear association for marijuana exposure and lung function; no adverse effects for low exposure
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Conscious Sedation Feasible for Ambulatory Spine Procedures
No significant difference in adverse event rates with conscious sedation or local anesthesia alone
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Acupuncture May Have Minor Effect in Migraine Prevention
Compared with sham treatment, significant reduction in days with migraine at 13 to 16 weeks
Monday, January 09, 2012

Sucrose Beats Facilitated Tucking for Preemie Pain Relief
Oral sucrose, with or without facilitated tucking, has pain-relieving effect on preterm infants
Monday, January 09, 2012

Back Pain Intensity Not Linked to Extent of Muscle Damage
Magnitude of exercise-induced muscle damage not associated with intensity of low back pain
Monday, January 09, 2012

Rilonacept Reduces Gout Flares During Acute Urate Lowering Rx
Phase 2 trial shows that rilonacept reduces gout flares during initiation of allopurinol therapy
Monday, January 09, 2012

In-Hospital, 30-Day Standardized Mortality Measures Differ
In-hospital risk-standardized mortality rates vary between hospitals; linked with length of stay
Thursday, January 05, 2012

Spinal Manipulation Superior to Medication for Neck Pain
Spinal manipulation and home exercises better than medication for relieving neck pain
Thursday, January 05, 2012

Most Type 2 Diabetes, CAD Patients Present With Angina
History of β-blocker use, previous percutaneous coronary intervention tied to typical angina
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Psych Symptoms Affect Key Subset With Celiac Disease
Despite gluten-free diet adherence, some women report symptoms of depression, disordered eating
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Perceptions of Inappropriate Care Prevalent Among ICU Staff
For ICU staff in Europe, Israel, perceptions independently linked to higher intent to leave job
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mindfulness Program Curbs Distress in Rheumatic Disease
Better than individual practice for reducing pain, fatigue in rheumatoid joint disease
Thursday, December 22, 2011

NCHS: Poisonings Are Leading Cause of Injury Deaths
In 2008, poisoning deaths were main cause of injury death, with almost 90 percent due to drugs
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Physician Opinions on Benefits of Open Visit Notes Vary
And, 79 percent of patients are interested in sharing their personal health record information
Monday, December 19, 2011

Training Improves Physical Function After Hip Replacement
Walking, stair-climbing, improve more in patients who undergo skill training
Friday, December 16, 2011

Some RA Remission Criteria Underestimate Foot Synovitis
Only 1981 ACR and proposed 2011 ACR/ EULAR criteria include it in remission classification
Thursday, December 15, 2011

ASH: Hydroxyurea Safe, Effective in Pediatric Sickle Cell
And, two-year treatment of young children with hydroxyurea is not associated with genotoxicity
Monday, December 12, 2011

Factors Affecting Micro-RNA Detection Accuracy Identified
Include variations in plasma samples, collection method, anticoagulant used, inhibitors in plasma
Friday, December 09, 2011

Knee Asymmetries Identified Early in Unilateral Hip OA
Loading and structural asymmetries identified early in disease course, when knee is asymptomatic
Thursday, December 08, 2011

Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Linked to Headaches
Prevalence of headache related to patient's gender, age, time after injury, and injury severity
Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Gender Impacts Chronic Pain Adjustment in Couples
Context, timing of validation and invalidation also affect patients' adjustment
Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Medical Students Fail to ID Hand Hygiene Indications
Preclinical phase medical students lack knowledge about hand disinfection indications
Monday, December 05, 2011

Total Disc Replacement, Spinal Fusion Reach Surgical Goals
However, no correlation between fulfillment of surgical goals and back pain or disability
Friday, December 02, 2011

Global Postural Alignment Parameters Tied to Spinal Pain
Global alignment, but not local spinopelvic features, linked to outcome measures of spinal pain
Thursday, December 01, 2011

U.S. Patients Highly Satisfied With Outpatient Medical Care
Patient satisfaction scores tied to waiting time, time spent with provider, and age category
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Long-Term Superiority Seen in Group Intervention for Neck Pain
Pain and stress self-management group intervention beats individually-administered physical therapy
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Young Adult Back Pain Severity Tied to Spinal Disc Degeneration
Association with low back pain is independent of other degenerative findings
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NSAID, Statin Use Cuts Cancer Risk in Barrett's Esophagus
NSAIDs, statins each reduce neoplastic progression risk; additive benefit with combined use
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Opioid Rx for Chronic Abdominal Pain Up Over Last Decade
Most commonly prescribed to 25- to 40-year-olds; least commonly to uninsured, African-Americans
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

High-Performing Docs Learn Equally From Success, Failure
High performers learn from successes, failures; low performers have asymmetric learning rates
Monday, November 28, 2011

Substance Abuse Health Programs Benefit Surgeons
Recovery, completion, and extension of monitoring period similar for surgeons, non-surgeons
Friday, November 25, 2011

Default-Mode Brain Network Deactivation Seen in Meditators
Less mind-wandering in experienced meditators tied to deactivated default mode network
Thursday, November 24, 2011

Staggered Acetaminophen Overdose Tied to Poor Outcome
Delayed presentation after overdose associated with death/liver transplantation
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Behavioral Therapy Effective in Juvenile Fibromyalgia
Cognitive-behavioral therapy superior to fibromyalgia education for reducing disability
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Decision Aids Help Caregivers Discuss Terminal Illness
Decision aid improves caregivers' decisional conflict and satisfaction over six months
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Adverse Effects of Pediatric Acupuncture Usually Mild
Mild adverse effects include pain, bruising, bleeding, and worsening of symptoms
Monday, November 21, 2011

Nonpunitive Method Improves Medical Error Reporting
Most common errors: misfiled or incorrectly entered patient info
Monday, November 21, 2011

Pain, Function Key Factors in Elective Amputation Decision
Satisfaction with outcome linked to patient's expectation of life after amputation
Monday, November 21, 2011

Survival Up With Posterior Cruciate-Retaining TKR
Significantly lower risk of revision with posterior-cruciate-retaining total knee replacement
Monday, November 21, 2011

CT Scan Beats Radiograph for Diagnosing Sacroiliitis
Excellent inter-reader reliability of staging and ascertaining sacroliitis with CT scans
Friday, November 18, 2011

Evidence-Based Spine Surgery Recommendations Issued
Recommendations based on review of six spine surgery studies
Friday, November 18, 2011

'Number of Criteria' Approach Best Defines Gout Flare
Presence of four criteria provides 96 percent specificity, 85 percent positive predictive value
Friday, November 18, 2011

Lower Floor Stiffness Reduces Peak Spine Forces in Falls
Peak spine forces decrease cranially, with lower forces at L3/L4 than at L5/S1
Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sleep Problem Severity Tied to Fibromyalgia Risk in Women
Sleep problem severity has dose-response link with fibromyalgia, especially in older women
Thursday, November 17, 2011

U.S. Oncologists Rate Selves Highly in Pain Management
But, acknowledge barriers to optimal care, and consider quality of training to be poor
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Patients Without Insurance Have Shorter Hospital Stays
Uninsured have shorter stays for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions, or non-ACSCs
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

SfN: Exercise Tied to Neuronal Changes in Fibromyalgia
Increased pain sensation following medication withdrawal is improved by aerobic exercise
Monday, November 14, 2011

Recurrent Pelvic Inflammation Ups Infertility, Pelvic Pain
Nearly doubles infertility risk; ups chronic pelvic pain more than four-fold
Friday, November 11, 2011

Zostavax Still Recommended Only for Those 60 and Over
Supply and data issues influence committee decision
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Leg Motor Restlessness More Common in Parkinson's
LMR, but not restless leg syndrome is significantly more likely in early unmedicated Parkinson's
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Minimally Invasive Osteoid Osteoma Surgery Viable Option
Emerging as an alternative method to conventional excision of osteoid osteoma in the mobile spine
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Glove Use Linked to Reduced Hand Hygiene Compliance
Gloves often worn when not indicated, and not worn when indicated
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pre-Knee Replacement Use of Opioids Tied to Complications
Significantly higher complication rate and greater need for pain management referral
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Similar Cuff Repair Outcomes With, Without Acromioplasty
But higher reoperation rate for patients with arthroscopic cuff repair alone
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Varying Response to Etanercept in Juvenile Arthritis
Excellent response tied to low disability scores, prior DMARD use, younger age at onset
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Centrally-Mediated Symptoms Tied to Pain Severity in OA
Age, radiographic severity, centrally-mediated symptoms partially explain pain severity variance
Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Great Achievement at Young Age Function of Time, Not Field
Age dynamics tied to proportion of theoretical work, age of attainment of foundation knowledge
Monday, November 07, 2011

Causal Link Suggested Between Acetaminophen Use, Asthma
Children at risk or with asthma should avoid acetaminophen until safety is documented
Monday, November 07, 2011

ACR: Vitamin D Beneficial in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
And, interferon-α-kinoid immunization is safe, shows promise for SLE
Monday, November 07, 2011

Receptionists Contribute to Safety of Repeat Prescriptions
Clinicians often unaware of input of receptionists and administrative staff in repeat prescribing
Friday, November 04, 2011

Perceived Distortion in Scoliosis Tied to Quality of Life
Non-braced patients perceive their body appearance to be significantly less distorted
Friday, November 04, 2011

Rooms of Patients With A. baumannii Often Contaminated
Supply carts, floors, infusion pumps, ventilator touch pads are most commonly contaminated
Friday, November 04, 2011

Carisoprodol-Related Emergency Visits Up in United States
Most ER visits involving carisoprodol involve another drug; usually narcotics or benzodiazepines
Thursday, November 03, 2011

No Medicare Savings From Disease-Management Hotline
Modest improvement in quality of care, but no reduction in costs of care or acute care utilization
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Risks for C. difficile Infection, Colonization Identified
Host, pathogen factors differentially affect this health care-associated infection, colonization
Thursday, November 03, 2011

CDC: Opioid Overdoses Have Reached Epidemic Proportions
Overdose death rates, sales, OPR-related treatment admissions increased between 1999 and 2008
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

ACG: Childhood and Adult Traumas Linked to Adult IBS
Individuals with IBS report more traumas before and after the age of 18 than controls
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Yoga Beats Usual Care for Pain-Related Back Function
However, back pain and general health scores similar with yoga and usual care intervention
Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Exparel Approved for Post-Surgery Pain
Provides relief up to 72 hours
Monday, October 31, 2011

Disc Herniation Symptom Duration Tied to Outcome
Longer symptom duration tied to worse outcomes, regardless of surgical versus nonsurgical treatment
Monday, October 31, 2011

Switching From IV to Oral Meds Cuts Health Care Costs
In patients eligible for oral intake, switch from IV to oral equivalents cuts hospital costs
Monday, October 31, 2011

Self-Reported Knee Function, Pain Worse Than Doc-Assessed
Self-reported American Knee Society scores worse than clinician-assessed; Oxford Knee score similar
Friday, October 28, 2011

IBS Patient-Reported Outcomes Tied to Symptom Severity Ratings
Psychological factors of pain catastrophizing, somatization affect patient-reported outcomes
Friday, October 28, 2011

Nonclinical Factors Impact Back Pain Treatment Decisions
Patient presentation, socioeconomic status, gender influence physician treatment decisions
Friday, October 28, 2011

Ghost Authorship Prevalent in About One-Fifth of Articles
Prevalence of honorary, ghost authorship, down from 29.2 to 21.0 percent from 1996 to 2008
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Yoga As Effective As Stretching for Chronic Low Back Pain
But yoga is more effective than a self-care book in improving function and reducing symptoms
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

AACR: NSAID Use Tied to Lower Colorectal Cancer Mortality
At least 10 years of NSAID use significantly lowers CRC mortality in postmenopausal women
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ultrasound, Shock Wave Not Effective for Low Back Pain
Available evidence shows that different treatments of acute low back pain give similar results
Friday, October 21, 2011

3-D CT Useful for Classification of Ligament Ossification
Combining 3-D CT with MRI useful for detecting spinal cord compression
Thursday, October 20, 2011

Breastfeeding No Balm for Pain in Preterm Infants
But, breastfeeding during a procedure does not keep them from developing breastfeeding skills
Thursday, October 20, 2011

Readmission Risk Models Display Poor Predictive Ability
Current hospital readmission risk models for comparative or clinical purposes perform poorly
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Exercise Shows Potential for Migraine Prophylaxis
Reduction in migraine frequency similar for exercise, relaxation, and topiramate treatment
Monday, October 17, 2011

Rare Disorders ID'd by NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program
Integrated high-density SNP arrays, whole exome or genome analyses used to aid diagnosis
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Financial Conflicts of Interest Prevalent, Under-Reported
Conflicts of interest prevalent; under-reported by members, chairs of panels developing guidelines
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Restless Legs Syndrome Ups Hypertension Risk in Women
The risk of hypertension increases with increasing frequency of restless legs symptoms
Monday, October 10, 2011

Septicemia Most Costly Reason for Hospitalization in 2009
Almost one in 23 patients had septicemia; average of 4,600 new patients treated each day
Monday, October 10, 2011

Electronic Records Enhance Care Transitions for Elderly
Complete and accurate transfer of information necessary to maximize patient care
Monday, October 10, 2011

Adults With Mental Distress More Likely to Be Uninsured
Uninsurance more common in those with mental distress only, or mental and physical distress
Friday, October 07, 2011

Use of Oral Steroids Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency
Steroid users have more than two-fold increased risk of vitamin D deficiency than steroid nonusers
Thursday, October 06, 2011

More Minority Patients in Low-Quality, High-Cost Hospitals
More elderly black, Hispanic, Medicaid patients consult worst rather than best hospitals
Thursday, October 06, 2011

Oral Teriflunomide Effective in Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis
Oral teriflunomide significantly reduces relapse rates, disease progression, MRI disease evidence
Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Advance Directives Linked to Regional Medical Expenditures
High-spending areas have lower end-of-life costs, in-hospital death, and increased hospice care
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Poor Footwear Ups Impairment, Disability in Chronic Gout
Comfort, fit, support, and cost influence footwear choice in patients with chronic gout
Monday, October 03, 2011

Vitamin D Insufficiency Prevalent in Psoriatic Arthritis
Researchers find that season and location appear to have no effect
Monday, October 03, 2011

Smoking Complicates Joint Replacement Outcomes
Smokers undergoing total hip or knee replacement should be counseled to quit
Monday, October 03, 2011

Risk Factors ID'd for Post-Spine Surgery Death, Morbidity
Complication predictors include older age, cardiac disease, neuro-abnormalities, corticosteroid use
Monday, October 03, 2011

Spinal MRI Reviewer Accuracy Equal Across Training Levels
Posterior ligamentous complex integrity interpreted with accuracy irrespective of training level
Friday, September 30, 2011

Doctors, Patients Identify Tacit Clues in Their Interactions
Non-verbal tacit clues most common, but interpretation differs for doctors and patients
Friday, September 30, 2011

U.S. Nonelderly Mental Health Disability Up 1997 to 2009
More so in adults with disability due to chronic cause, psych distress but no mental health care
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Three Weekly Hyaluronate Shots Improve Ankle Arthritis
Three weekly intra-articular hyaluronate injections improve pain, function, balance, patient satisfaction
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Stratified Care May Be Best Option for Back Pain Patients
Study finds that patients fare better and that care costs less
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Elderly Recover Adequately After Cervical Laminoplasty
No significant difference in mean achieved JOA scores for elderly, young-old, and old-old
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

DMARDs Found to Be Effective Treatment for Juvenile Arthritis
But more research is needed to define long-term safety
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lower Walking Speed, Altered Gait in Overweight Women
Reduced walking performance due to poor relative strength, rate of torque development in muscles
Monday, September 26, 2011

Multilevel Hemilaminectomy Economical for Lumbar Stenosis
Mean two-year cost per quality-adjusted life year $33,700 following surgery
Friday, September 23, 2011

Back Pain Outcomes Similar for Surgery, Cognitive Intervention
Long-term outcomes similar for patients treated with surgery or cognitive intervention and exercise
Friday, September 23, 2011

Videos Prior to Spine Surgery Aid, Strengthen Patient Choices
Patients make balanced, unbiased decision after watching evidence-based video decision aid
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mortality Up in Hospitals With More Minority Trauma Patients
Trauma patients' odds of mortality linked to the proportion of minority patients in the hospital
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Posterior Shoulder Dislocation Has Low Prevalence
Recurrent instability predicted by age, dislocation during seizure, large reverse Hill-Sachs lesion
Monday, September 19, 2011

MS-Related Disorders ID'd by Proteomic Pattern Analysis
CSF proteomic pattern analysis discriminates among multiple sclerosis-related disorders
Monday, September 19, 2011

Child Self-Exposure to Meds Explains Most Drug Poisoning
Child self-exposure accounts for 95 percent of emergency visits from 2001 to 2008 in U.S.
Friday, September 16, 2011

Surgery Effective for Subaxial Cervical Synovial Cysts
Surgical resection effective with no deaths, and minimal postoperative complications
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Specific Pain Reduction Seen With Transdermal Buprenorphine
Buprenorphine, but not fentanyl, significantly reduces bone pain and primary hyperalgesia
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Long-Term Nonaspirin NSAID Use Ups Renal Cell Cancer Risk
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, but not aspirin or acetaminophen, increase RCC risk
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Many Mistakenly Believe FDA OKs Only Safe, Effective Drugs
Consumer explanations about safety, efficacy of drugs help public make better decisions
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Abnormal Hippocampal Blood Flow Persists in Gulf War Vets
Veterans with confusion-ataxia, central neuropathic pain have abnormal regional blood flow
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

TNF Inhibitors for RA Do Not Increase Malignancy Risk
But tumor necrosis factor inhibitor exposure ups non-melanoma skin cancer and melanoma risk
Monday, September 12, 2011

Opioid Delivery to Olfactory Region Ups Therapeutic Effects
More of drug delivered to central nervous system, no increase in plasma drug exposure in rats
Friday, September 09, 2011

Many Hospital Staff Uniforms Contaminated With Bacteria
More than 60 percent of uniforms are contaminated, with similar rates between nurses, physicians
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Gestational NSAID Intake Tied to Spontaneous Abortion Risk
Risk increases with any type, dosage of nonaspirin NSAIDs separately or in combination
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Dexamethasone Dose of >0.1 mg/kg Reduces Post-Op Pain
More consistent analgesic effects seen with preoperative administration of dexamethasone
Thursday, September 01, 2011

Self-Efficacy Tied to Achieving Physical Activity Goals in RA
Achieving physical activity goals lowers pain and increases quality of life in rheumatoid arthritis
Monday, August 29, 2011

Extended-Release Opioid Pain Medication Approved
Nucynta ER sanctioned for chronic pain in adults
Friday, August 26, 2011

Clinical, Lab Variables Predict Survival in Advanced CA
Combination of variables predict two-week and two-month survival for advanced cancer
Friday, August 26, 2011

Complementary Medicine Used More by Health Care Workers
U.S. health care providers use complementary, alternative medicine more than support workers
Friday, August 26, 2011

Pharmaceutical Ads Often Don't Adhere to U.S. FDA Guidelines
Only 18.1 percent of advertisements fully adhere to FDA guidelines, over half do not quantify serious risks
Thursday, August 25, 2011

CDC: 2010/2011 Flu Vaccination Coverage Studied
Coverage in health care personnel and pregnant women remained stable versus previous season
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cost of Interacting With Payers Higher in U.S. Than Canada
U.S. physicians and nursing staff spend more time and money interacting with health plans
Friday, August 05, 2011

Antidepressant Prescriptions for Non-Psych Disorders Up
Non-psychiatrists' antidepressant prescriptions without psych diagnosis rise from 1996 to 2007
Friday, August 05, 2011

APA: Suicidal Thoughts Common Among U.S. Student Veterans
Nearly half the student veterans thought about suicide, with 20 percent having a suicide plan
Thursday, August 04, 2011

Teens Who Misuse Controlled Meds More Likely to Abuse Drugs
Among teens who take controlled meds, 22 percent report misuse, including intentionally getting high
Thursday, August 04, 2011

Knee Arthroplasty Unaffected by Patellar Resurfacing
In addition, no difference in reoperation incidence in patella-friendly or unfriendly designs
Monday, August 01, 2011

Medical Students Support Right to Conscientious Objection
Nearly half of medical students believe in right to conscientiously object to any procedure
Thursday, July 21, 2011

Stopping Low Dose Aspirin Ups Cardiac Risk
Patients with a history of heart disease who stop taking aspirin are at higher risk of heart attack
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Safety Concern for Chronic NSAID Users With HTN, CAD
Chronic NSAID use tied to increased risk of all-cause death, myocardial infarction, stroke
Monday, July 18, 2011

BMI Changes Predictive of Bilateral Knee Pain in Women
Significant association between higher body mass index at year one and knee pain in year 15
Friday, July 15, 2011

Higher Incidence of OA Seen in U.S. Military
Female, black, and older active-duty personnel have higher incidence of osteoarthritis
Thursday, July 07, 2011

NSAIDs, COX-2 Inhibitors Tied to Increased Risk of A-Fib
Association strongest for new users, with a higher risk for COX-2 inhibitors than NSAIDs
Thursday, July 07, 2011

Massage Therapy Relieves Symptoms of Low Back Pain
Structural and relaxation massage improve function and decrease chronic low back pain
Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Pain Is a Public Health Issue and Economic Burden in U.S.
Integrated approach and research needed to treat, manage, and prevent chronic pain
Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bottles of Tylenol Recalled
Product being recalled due to uncharacteristic odor
Thursday, June 30, 2011

In Lumbar Stenosis, ABI and TBI Needed for PAD Diagnosis
Ankle, toe brachial index needed for peripheral artery disease diagnosis in lumbar spinal canal stenosis
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Brief Intervention Helps Employees Return to Work
Sick-listed employees with low back pain benefit from brief or multidisciplinary intervention
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Millions in U.S. Do Not Receive PAD Prevention Therapies
Treatment of peripheral artery disease with multiple agents tied to reduced all-cause mortality
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Physical Therapy Post Lumbar Discectomy May Be Ineffective
Does not change range of movement, overall impairment, disability or back pain
Friday, June 17, 2011

Unequal Care Access for Children With Public Insurance
Disparities exist in providers' acceptance of public insurance compared to private insurance
Thursday, June 16, 2011

EAC: Hypnosis, Local Anesthesia Combo Beneficial
Compared to post-general anesthesia, stays shorter after breast surgery and thyroidectomy
Monday, June 13, 2011

Disability Pension Not Affected by Family Background
Sociodemographic and health issues affect number of disability claims for low back disorders
Monday, June 06, 2011

Effect Estimates May Be Inflated in Biomarker Studies
Highly cited studies overestimate biomarker effect compared to meta-analyses
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Health-Related Quality of Life Lower in Arthritis Sufferers
Low income, inability to work, diabetes associated with worse HRQOL
Friday, May 27, 2011

Acetaminophen Prescriptions for Children Often Incorrect
Excessive doses often prescribed for infants; underdosing common for 6- to 12-year olds
Friday, May 27, 2011

Peripheral Nerve Injury May Cause Substantial Disability
Patients report disability, pain, and cold sensitivity six months or more after nerve injury
Friday, May 27, 2011

Contact With Drug Industry Linked to Positive Attitudes
Substantial proportion of medical students believe gifts from drug industry affect prescribing
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

More Scans for Back Pain by Doctors Who Bill for MRI
Having an MRI increases likelihood of surgery in orthopedic patients with low back pain
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

End-of-Life Cancer Care Differs in the U.S. and Canada
Rates of chemotherapy use are higher, but fewer hospitalizations in U.S. patients
Monday, May 23, 2011

Tai Chi May Prevent Falls and Improve Mental Health
Tai chi may improve general health of seniors, not effective for treating cancer or arthritis
Friday, May 20, 2011

Awareness of Terminal Cancer Doesn't Impact Survival
Use of palliative care and nonuse of ICU are not associated with reduced survival time
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Triamcinolone Ineffective in Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
Intranasal triamcinolone acetonide and placebo show comparable effect on tympanometric symptoms
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Therapeutic Climbing Beneficial for Chronic Low Back Pain
Physical functioning and health perception improve with climbing, compared to standard exercise
Friday, May 13, 2011

Blacks Screened More Often Than Whites for Opioid Misuse
More regular office visits and restricted early refills for black patients treated with opioids
Thursday, May 12, 2011

Medical Education Participants Recognize Funding Bias
Yet most are unwilling to pay more for continuing medical education registration to overcome bias
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

DDW: Meditation May Improve Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Mindfulness training helps with bowel symptom severity, quality of life, psychological symptoms
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

NSAIDs May Increase Cardio Risk in MI Patients
In patients with MI, NSAIDs may increase the risk of MI, death during the course of treatment
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Self-Image Impacts Pain Perception in Scoliosis Patients
Lower deformity perception linked to greater pain reduction in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
Monday, May 09, 2011

NSAIDs, Aspirin May Increase Risk of Diverticulitis
Regular usage linked to higher risk of diverticulitis and diverticular bleeding in men
Monday, May 09, 2011

Icons May Help Adults Identify Acetaminophen Medicines
Consumers prefer explicit safety warnings, maximum dose information for acetaminophen
Friday, May 06, 2011

Race, Ethnicity May Influence ICU End-of-Life Care
Nonwhite patients less likely to have living wills, more likely to die with full support
Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Acupuncture Found to Relieve Hot Flashes in Men
Promising results for ancient therapy after prostate cancer treatment
Monday, May 02, 2011

Monthly Injection Effective for Opioid Dependence
Naltrexone superior to placebo in improving abstinence, retention, and relapse rates
Thursday, April 28, 2011

Post-Vietnam-Era Vets Have Highest Substance Use Rate
Veterans diagnosed with serious mental illness more likely to have substance use disorder
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Lower Antidepressant Efficacy
In mice, humans, anti-inflammatories attenuate effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Children and Parents Have Similar Responses to Pain
Children's pain experience shaped by family, sociodemographics
Friday, April 22, 2011

Ultrasound Shows Pathology in Joints Despite Remission
Pathology detected in idiopathic arthritis may assist with assessment in children
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Adalimumab Maintains Remission of Childhood Uveitis
Compared with infliximab, adalimumab treatment more effective at delaying time to relapse
Monday, April 18, 2011

Self-Rated Health Predicts Outcomes of Joint Replacement
Health outcomes after surgery predicted by mental well-being and self-rated health
Thursday, April 14, 2011

End-of-Life Care for Medicare Patients Changing
Patients in hospital less but hospice more; care has become more intense
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Antenatal Paracetamol Use May Be Tied to Childhood Wheeze
More research needed to determine impact of prenatal paracetamol use on risk of asthma
Monday, April 11, 2011

Meditation Affects Brain Activation to Reduce Pain
Brain activity altered in multiple areas responsible for cognitive modulation of pain
Friday, April 08, 2011

'Global Trigger Tool' Identifies 10 Times More Errors
New tool identifies many more adverse events in hospital admissions compared to other methods
Thursday, April 07, 2011

Guidelines for Juvenile Arthritis Treatment Published
Guidelines suggest drug therapies based on disease characteristics
Thursday, April 07, 2011

Maximum Daily Opioid Doses Increase Mortality Risk
But opioid overdose death risk is not affected by regular or as-needed dosing schedule
Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Patients, Doctors Agree OA Care Needs Improvement
Need for more information at time of diagnosis, and osteoarthritis specialist in primary care
Monday, April 04, 2011

Autoimmune Diseases Number Two Cause of Chronic Illness
Major burden on all U.S. health care costs, patient expenses, and loss of earnings
Friday, April 01, 2011

Early Rehabilitation Post-Knee Arthroplasty Beneficial
Starting rehabilitation within 24 hours of total knee arthroplasty improves pain and autonomy
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Osteoarthritis Patients Show Increased Pain Sensitivity
Increased pain sensitivity linked to higher levels of C-reactive protein and interleukin-6
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Online Health Records Less Used by Minorities, Poor
Low-income patients, blacks, and Hispanics less likely to use Internet personal health record
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cannabis Use Tied to Poor Cognitive Function in MS
Associated with worse working memory, executive function, information processing speed
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Use of Strategies to Reduce Risk of Opioid Misuse Is Low
At-risk patients are not monitored closely and are more likely to receive early opioid refills
Friday, March 25, 2011

U.S. Shingles Vaccine Approval Expanded
To include people in their 50s
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Reduced Hours for Trainees Has Had Little Effect in U.S.
Shorter work week for doctors in training has had little impact, positive or negative, on patient safety
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Qigong Comparable to Exercise for Treating Neck Pain
Similar effect regarding neck pain, disability, and quality of life; superior to no treatment
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Professional Values of U.S. and U.K. Doctors Examined
Nearly one-third of doctors fail to report inadequate colleague, often for fear of retribution
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Short Nurse Staffing Linked to Higher Patient Mortality
More deaths seen when shifts fall eight or more hours below target
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Drug-Related Poisonings Highest in Young Children
Poisonings with suicidal intent seen most often in young women
Monday, March 14, 2011

Long-Term Increase in Death Rates After Head Injury
Young adults have increased mortality more than a year after even mild injury
Friday, March 11, 2011

Risk of Infection, Malignancy With Anti-TNF Therapy Unclear
No raised risk in early rheumatoid arthritis patients, naive to methotrexate
Friday, March 11, 2011

Automated Propofol and Remifentanil Delivery Effective
Closed-loop coadministration of propofol and remifentanil maintains Bispectral Index values
Friday, March 11, 2011

HealthGrades Finds Rates of Patient Safety Events Vary
Patients have 46 percent lower risk of safety error in top versus bottom-ranking hospitals
Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ethnic Differences Seen in Academic Measures for U.K. Docs
Gap exists in academic performance of white versus nonwhite medical students and doctors
Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Pharmacological Meta-Analyses Rarely Report Disclosures
Meta-analyses of pharmacological interventions rarely disclose funding or conflicts of interest
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Improvement in Fibromyalgia Pain Scale Quantified
Two-point improvement on Brief Pain Inventory implies meaningful pain reduction
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Majority of Pediatric Burn Admissions Due to Scalding
Annual 2.3 percent decrease in hospitalization rate for children under 5 in Western Australia
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

FDA: Topiramate (Topamax) Tied to Risk of Oral Clefts
Higher risk of cleft lip and cleft palate in infants exposed to topiramate during first trimester
Friday, March 04, 2011

Cannabis Use in Youth Ups Incident Psychosis Risk
Study also finds that continued cannabis use may increase risk of persistent psychotic symptoms
Thursday, March 03, 2011

Maternal Opioid Use Tied to Higher Birth Defect Risk
Opioid analgesic use just prior to or during early pregnancy may up risk of certain defects
Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Fish Oil May Help Cancer Patients Maintain Weight
Muscle maintenance, even gain, seen in non-small-cell lung cancer patients who take fish oil
Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Inhaled Nitric Oxide Does Not Shorten Sickle Cell Crisis
Inhaled nitric oxide gas does not reduce the duration of vaso-occlusive pain crisis
Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Opioid Treatment Associated With Cognitive Dysfunction
Possible or definite cognitive dysfunction seen in one-third of opioid-treated cancer patients
Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Helmets Protect Motorcyclists From Cervical Spine Injury
Riders are 20 percent less likely to suffer cervical spine injury if wearing a helmet
Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Many Patients Do Not Consolidate Drugs Efficiently
Low literacy identified as independent predictor of dosing more times than necessary per day
Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Equations Predict Quadriceps Strength in Knee Osteoarthritis
Equations based on submaximal strength are good measures of actual maximal strength
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Herpes Zoster Risk Tied to COPD
Risk of herpes zoster also increases with the use of steroids, particularly oral corticosteroids
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Different Therapies Improve Chronic Fatigue Outcomes
Cognitive behavior and graded exercise therapy effective additions to specialist medical care
Friday, February 18, 2011

Insomnia in Arthritis Tied to Pain, Depression Ups Risk
Adults with arthritis having depression and anxiety are at highest risk of sleep disturbance
Friday, February 18, 2011

Analgesic Efficacy Altered by Patient Beliefs
Subjective pain relief and pain-related brain activity affected by patient expectations
Thursday, February 17, 2011

New U.S. Report on the Nation's Health 2010 Released
The 34th annual CDC report includes a special feature on death and dying
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Most Recalled Medical Devices Given Lenient Approval
Over 70 percent of the medical devices recalled were considered low or moderate risk
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Researchers Explore Nature of Difficult Clinical Encounters
Patients, physicians both contribute characteristics; difficult patients have worse outcomes
Monday, February 14, 2011

Addison's Disease Is a Risk Factor for Hip Fracture
Diagnosed or undiagnosed disease ups fracture risk; highest risk for women age 50 or younger
Friday, February 11, 2011

SMFM: Patient-Controlled Epidural Lowers Drug Use
Women use 30 percent less analgesia during labor, with similar satisfaction level
Friday, February 11, 2011

Public Sector Plays Big Role in Drug Research
Role of public-sector research institutions larger than previously thought
Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Errors in Hospital Analgesia Prescriptions Nearly 3 in 1,000
Prescription error rate more than double in pediatric population
Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Imaging for Low Back Pain Often Useless, Harmful
American College of Physicians questions value, benefit, cost
Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Community-Based Exercise Alleviates Arthritis Pain
Pain and physical function improved by community-deliverable exercise programs
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Electronic Health Records May Not Improve Care Quality
Use with clinical decision support not tied to better quality of care
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Physical Exam Helps Diagnose Source of Lumbar Pain
Physical exam tests can accurately predict lumbar nerve impingement presence and location
Friday, January 21, 2011

Motivation Affects Return to Work After Knee Replacement
Physical demands of patient's job have only moderate influence on ability to return to work
Friday, January 21, 2011

Alternative Therapies Offered by Many Hospice Care Providers
About 5 percent of discharged hospice patients received at least one alternative therapy
Thursday, January 20, 2011

Viewing Flexible Cystoscopy Reduces Pain From Procedure
Among cystoscopy viewers, fewer report pain, and pain is less for those who do
Friday, January 14, 2011

CDC Report Highlights Important Health Disparities
Outlines disparities by sex, race/ethnicity, income, and other social characteristics
Thursday, January 13, 2011

FDA Limits Acetaminophen in Combo Prescription Products
Sets 325 mg maximum in order to lower risk of liver toxicity; also requesting boxed warning
Thursday, January 13, 2011

FDA Warns of Morphine Sulfate Oral Solution Overdose
100 mg per 5 mL product ordered in mg may be mistakenly interchanged for mL of the product
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Burnout Levels Particularly High in Residents
High percentage of anesthesiology chairs also meet criteria for high or moderately-high burnout
Monday, January 10, 2011

Clinicians Not Adhering to Arthritis Guidelines
Emphasis should be on weight loss and exercise rather than imaging, pharmacology, and surgery
Monday, January 10, 2011

Back Pain Tied to Psychological Well-Being in Teens
Exercise, control of psychological profile can reduce frequency, intensity of lower back pain
Thursday, January 06, 2011

Placebos Without Deception Still Work in IBS
Irritable bowel syndrome patients find relief with known 'sugar pills'
Thursday, December 23, 2010

Different Opioids Linked to Different Risks of Events
Subjects were Medicare beneficiaries prescribed five common opioids for nonmalignant pain
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Burnout Driving Away Many Emergency Physicians
French study finds work-family conflicts, poor teamwork associated with burnout
Thursday, December 02, 2010

Integrated Care Cost-Effective for Low Back Pain
Workplace intervention program cuts costs compared to standard care
Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Reallocation of Care Would Increase PCPs' Work Weeks
Study investigates plausibility of reallocating specialty care follow-up to primary care physicians
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Knee Osteoarthritis Pain Is Worse If Other Areas Hurt Too
More aches, pains in multiple areas -- especially back, foot, and elbow -- tied to worse knee pain
Monday, November 22, 2010

FDA: Propoxyphene Withdrawn From U.S. Market
Drug being withdrawn due to risk of serious or even fatal heart rhythm abnormalities
Friday, November 19, 2010

U.S. Health Insurance Compared to 10 Other Nations
U.S. adults spend more time, money on insurance; have more coverage denials
Friday, November 19, 2010

Young Adult Cancer Patients Do Not Cope As Well
Quality of life decreased by more frequent pain, financial concerns
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fraud in Scientific Literature Appears Intentional
Characteristics of articles retracted for fraud versus error suggest deliberate effort
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Education Linked to Pain-Reducing Steps at Pediatrician
Hour-long intervention teaches doctors ways to make childhood immunizations less unpleasant
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pain Linked With Poorer Prognosis in Liver Cancer
Early pain may mean worse tumor characteristics, shorter survival in hepatocellular carcinoma
Friday, November 12, 2010

ACR: Tai Chi Associated With Improvements in Arthritis
May reduce pain, fatigue, stiffness, improve feelings of well-being in arthritis patients
Friday, November 12, 2010

Physician-Industry Financial Ties Decreased Since 2004
But 83.8 percent of physicians still have some type of industry financial relationship
Friday, November 12, 2010

Workers' Compensation Hand Injuries Receive Different Care
More testing and longer time to surgery interval seen in Workers' Compensation recipients
Monday, November 08, 2010

Last Years of Life Painful for Many Older Adults
For those with arthritis, 60 percent deal with pain in their last month of life
Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Effective Neck Pain Treatments May Be Underutilized
Meanwhile, diagnostic imaging, narcotics, and unproven treatments are overused, study finds
Monday, November 01, 2010

FDA: Methotrexate Injection Vials Recalled
Recall issued due to presence of small glass particulates in limited number of vials in four lots
Friday, October 29, 2010

Opioid Substitution Rx Lowers Mortality Risk for Abusers
Death risk higher in first two weeks of treatment but overall is lower than risk out of treatment
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Primary Care Trails Other Specialties in Hourly Wages
In other study, physicians point to Medicare reimbursement problems, differ on reforms
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

FDA: Fentanyl Transdermal System Patches Recalled
Recall issued due to risk for fentanyl to be released faster than approved specification
Monday, October 25, 2010

FDA Approves Botox for Chronic Migraine Treatment
Drug approved for administration every 12 weeks in an effort to reduce future headache symptoms
Monday, October 18, 2010

Expectations Don't Predict Recovery Time for All Injuries
Predictive only for workers filing back-injury claims, not for other musculoskeletal issues
Friday, October 15, 2010

Fibromyalgia Sufferers May Benefit From Yoga Practice
Meditation, poses, breathing exercises ease symptoms, aid coping
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Buprenorphine Implants Effective in Opioid Dependence
Compared to placebo, result in decreased opioid use and lower drop-out rates
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Somatic Symptom Burden High in Cancer Patients
Managing symptoms may improve quality of life, researchers suggest
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Word Choice Influences Patient Perception of Prognosis
Degenerative explanations of back pain may have a negative impact
Monday, October 11, 2010

No Single Standard for Faces Pain Scales for Children
Leading pain scales all found to have validity and reliability; choice depends on other factors
Monday, October 04, 2010

DMARDs, Glucocorticoids, Biologics Similar for RA
Equally effective at slowing joint destruction in rheumatoid arthritis
Friday, October 01, 2010

FDA Calls for Halt on Marketing of Unapproved Colchicine
Orders companies to stop making, distributing the gout medication
Friday, October 01, 2010

Behavioral Intervention Cuts ER Use for Chronic Pain
Consultation in emergency department sharply reduces visits for high-utilization group
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Assaults Linked to Pain in Nursing Home Workers
Many providers report recent assaults at work; issue associated with musculoskeletal pain
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Racial Disparities Seen With End-of-Life Discussions
Black patients more likely to receive life-prolonging care than white patients post-EOL discussion
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Daily 100 mg Milnacipran Found Effective in Fibromyalgia
Drug improves pain, fatigue, and global scores; is well tolerated
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Risk Factors for ER Visits in Chronic Opioid Users Identified
Headache, back pain, substance use disorder history tied to ER visits in those prescribed opioids
Friday, September 17, 2010

Krystexxa Approved for Gout
For adults who can't use other therapies
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sacrifice Makes Industry Gifts Seem More Acceptable
Residents reminded of med school sacrifices tend to perceive gifting more favorably
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Re-Consent Important Before Secondary Use of Genetic Data
Research participants want to be asked before their data are added to federal database
Monday, September 13, 2010

Annual Medical Liability Costs Surpass $50 Billion
Account for more than 2 percent of total health care spending in the United States
Thursday, September 09, 2010

More Stomach, Fewer Chest Complaints Seen in ERs
Use of advanced imaging for both has increased greatly
Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Sucrose May Not Be Effective Analgesic in Newborns
Appears to alter facial expressions but not to actually relieve pain
Thursday, September 02, 2010

Lifestyle Choices Affect Headache Frequency in Teens
Overweight, inactivity, smoking increase odds of recurrent headache
Thursday, August 19, 2010

APA: Gender Differences Exist in Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is more common in women, who experience it more intensely and for longer periods
Friday, August 13, 2010

Some Adversity Exposure May Improve Back Pain Outcomes
Back pain sufferers with some exposure have less impairment than those with high or no exposure
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Industry-Funded Clinical Trials Yield More Positive Outcomes
Also less likely than government-, nonprofit-funded trials to be published within two years
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Exercise Adherence Helps Osteoarthritis Patients
Those who stick with home exercise plans and have greater physical activity have better outcomes
Friday, July 30, 2010

Continuous Morphine Plus Injection Preemptive Pain Option
Approach compares favorably with continuous subcutaneous morphine alone after lumbar fusion
Friday, July 30, 2010

Nurses Perceive Barriers in Pain Management
Several barriers to optimal pain management identified among nurses caring for older adults
Thursday, July 29, 2010

Predictors for Long-Term Back Pain and Disability Evaluated
Disability, pain at one year linked to baseline disability and pain, anxiety, diffuse tenderness
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

FDA Panels Vote Against Plan to Reduce Opioid Abuse
Key issue cited by an FDA official was lack of mandatory training for prescribing doctors
Monday, July 26, 2010

Admissions for Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse Rising
Admissions for pain reliever abuse increased more than 400 percent over a decade
Friday, July 16, 2010

Pain and Depression Dim Work Expectations After Whiplash
However, two-thirds of whiplash sufferers expect to return to work, while only 1.8 percent do not
Friday, July 16, 2010

Telecare Management Lowers Pain, Depression in Cancer
Involves phone-based management by nurse-physician team, automated symptom monitoring
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Poor Health Literacy Not Major Factor in LBP Disability
Subjective beliefs, avoidance behaviors due to fear related to higher disability levels
Thursday, July 08, 2010

Cardio Exercise Safe, Beneficial in Rheumatoid Arthritis
RA patients who exercise experience small but significant improvements in quality of life, pain
Wednesday, June 30, 2010

End-of-Life Hospital Care Has Room for Improvement
Study gives high marks for pain and dyspnea care, but cites lack of follow-up and communication
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Doctors Agree Malpractice Fears Drive Overuse of Tests
Almost all surveyed physicians say more tests and procedures are ordered than needed
Monday, June 28, 2010

Updated Recommendations for Endometriosis Released
ACOG committee says treatment should progress from conservative to more invasive therapies
Friday, June 25, 2010

Recent Low Back Pain Guidelines Offer Similar Advice
Review summarizes guidelines' recommendations for assessing and managing low back pain
Friday, June 25, 2010

ER Visits for Prescription Drug Misuse Climbing
Estimated number of visits for nonmedical use of opioid analgesics rises 111 percent in five years
Friday, June 18, 2010

Celecoxib Linked to Lower Rate of Gastrointestinal Events
Associated with lower risk than diclofenac plus omeprazole in arthritis patients
Thursday, June 17, 2010

Psychological Variables Predict Disability From Back Pain
Adapted model finds emotional distress, cognitive appraisal, and fear of work are disability predictors
Thursday, June 17, 2010

Music Decreases Pain, Anxiety During Bone Marrow Biopsy
Both genders experience less pain, anxiety with music; women have higher pain scores than men
Friday, June 11, 2010

Lifestyle, Behaviors Affect Headache Risk in Adolescents
Alcohol, coffee drinking, smoking and physical inactivity all associated with headaches
Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Pediatric Migraine Treatment Practices Vary Widely in ER
Children seen for migraines represent failure of outpatient abortive efforts
Wednesday, June 09, 2010

CDC: Many U.S. Teens Have Abused Prescription Drugs
Report finds that 23 percent of white, 17 percent of Hispanic high school students have done so
Thursday, June 03, 2010

Exercise Offers Benefits After Low Back Rehabilitation
Subjects in exercise program have better trunk muscle endurance, disability scores
Wednesday, June 02, 2010

New Tramadol Label Warns of Suicide, Overdose Risks
Tramadol-related deaths reported in those with substance abuse problems, emotional disturbances
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Depression Common at End of Terminal Cancer
Study urges integrated care to give terminally ill patients both physical and emotional support
Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sprix Approved for Moderate-to-Severe Pain
A non-narcotic nasal spray
Monday, May 17, 2010

Sucrose or Glucose Before Shots Reduces Infants' Crying
Compared with water or no treatment, reduces incidence, duration of crying after immunization
Thursday, May 13, 2010

APS: U.S. Veterans Plagued by Multi-Symptom Pain Disorders
VA pain clinicians report pain in nine out of 10 soldiers returning from Iraq, Afghanistan
Thursday, May 13, 2010

New FDA Program Targets Misleading Drug Advertising
Aims to teach health care providers their role in recognizing, reporting untruthful ads
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Opioid Therapy Linked to Avoidance of Some Screenings
Patients on chronic therapy significantly less likely to be screened for cervical, colorectal cancer
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Restless Legs Syndrome Is Frequently Familial
Siblings and children of those with RLS are at increased risk of developing the disease
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Opioid Misuse Risk Factors Differ for Men and Women
Behavioral issues more common in men; women who misuse likely to have psychological issues
Monday, May 10, 2010

High Body Mass Index Linked to Low Back Pain
Association is stronger in women; study cannot determine whether relationship is causal
Thursday, May 06, 2010

Bar-Code Technology Reduces Medication Errors in Hospitals
Substantial reductions seen in both transcription and administration errors
Wednesday, May 05, 2010

FDA Orders Recall of Colleague Volumetric Infusion Pumps
Agency cites years of problems; Baxter Healthcare ordered to offer refunds, replacements
Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Cost Barriers Hamper Herpes Zoster Vaccination of Seniors
The vaccine is well tolerated, but financial barriers among physicians hinder broader uptake
Tuesday, May 04, 2010

In VBAC, Epidural Doses Linked to Uterine Rupture Risk
Higher number of doses associated with increased risk of rupture
Thursday, April 29, 2010

Risk Factors for Physician Misconduct Identified
Male sex, lower socioeconomic status, and difficulty in medical school increase misconduct risk
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

FDA Changes Medical Device Advisory Committee Process
Expert panels reviewing devices for premarket approval will discuss information differently
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Interruptions Increase Medication Errors by Nurses
The higher the frequency of interruptions, the greater the error severity
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Financial Ties Negatively Affect Perceptions of Research Quality
Patients believe their physicians' ties also influence clinical care
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

FDA Addresses External Infusion Pump Safety Issues
New initiative includes additional premarket requirements for manufacturers
Monday, April 26, 2010

Most Doctors Not Knowledgeable About Herbals
Survey also finds health care providers think the public has 'misplaced faith' in herbal medicines
Monday, April 26, 2010

Soldiers Treated for Neck Pain Unlikely to Return to Duty
Only 14 percent of combat soldiers medically evacuated for neck pain returned to their units
Monday, April 26, 2010

Younger Workers Often at High Risk for Occupational Injury
Rate of nonfatal injuries treated in emergency rooms twice as high in younger workers
Friday, April 23, 2010

Acupuncture Shows Benefit After Cancer Neck Dissection
Treatment linked to reduced pain, dysfunction, xerostomia in patients compared to usual care
Thursday, April 22, 2010

Long-Term Effects of Sucrose in Infants Unclear
Researchers urge cautious use of sucrose for pain control until effects better understood
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Migraine Care Often Subpar for Uninsured, Medicaid Patients
Standard therapy often not received at emergency rooms, where many of these patients seek care
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Palliative Radiotherapy Is Often Not Beneficial
End-stage cancer patients often treated with little or no benefit
Monday, April 12, 2010

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