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Breast Cancer Markers Commonly Used for Routine Surveillance
Medical costs nearly 30 percent higher in these women with early-stage disease
Friday, October 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medicines Are Biggest Culprit in Fatal Allergic Reactions
Antibiotics, contrast material for scans lead the list of triggers
Friday, October 10, 2014

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

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

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

Handheld U/S Beats Physical Exam for Heart Abnormalities
Less downstream testing for patients with no significant abnormality; reduces overall costs
Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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

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

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

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

Lung Cancer Screening Found Cost-Effective for Medicare
Findings among Medicare beneficiaries at high-risk due to past smoking
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

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

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

Appropriate Use Criteria Established for Pediatric ECHO
Of 113 indications representing echocardiography uses in outpatient setting, 53 considered appropriate
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One Dose of Antidepressant Changes Brain Connectivity
Researchers eventually hope to predict who will respond to a drug and who won't
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

Initial Sonography OK for Diagnosing Nephrolithiasis
Additional imaging studies, such as computed tomography, may be used as clinically indicated
Thursday, September 18, 2014

ASTRO Issues Second List of Choosing Wisely Guidelines
Recommendations indicate treatment options that should be discussed before being prescribed
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

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

ASTRO: Sexual Function Largely Retained in Prostate CA Combo Tx
High rates of preserved sexual function with combination beam plus brachytherapy
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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

Researchers Support Lung Cancer CT Screen in Older Patients
More false positives, but higher positive predictive value, observed in those 65 years and older
Friday, September 12, 2014

White Matter Measure Predicts Longer Concussion Recovery
Is a stronger predictor than initial symptom severity, particularly in males
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

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

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

ASCO: Family Docs Can Up Return Rates for Mammograms
Women overdue for screen respond better to postcard plus reminder letter from family physician
Thursday, September 04, 2014

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

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

Risk of Diabetes Up in Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivors
Para-aortic radiation with ≥36 Gy linked to increased risk of diabetes mellitus
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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

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

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

CDC: Millions Given Access to Breast, Cervical CA Screening
Report details success of CDC program for women with limited health care access
Thursday, August 07, 2014

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

Women Over 75 May Still Benefit From Mammograms
Breast cancer survival better in women whose cancer was detected by mammography
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

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

Interventions Avert Contrast-Induced Acute Kidney Injury
Quality improvements protect patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention
Monday, August 04, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tomosynthesis Added to Digital Mammography Cuts Recalls
Digital mammography plus tomosynthesis reduces recall rate, improves cancer detection
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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

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

Strategies Presented to Avoid Overzealous Lung CA Screening
Benefits, harms of low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening should be carefully considered
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

Variation in Use of Imaging Tests in Newly Diagnosed Heart Failure
Greatest variations for cardiac testing done in hospital setting were for assessment of ischemia
Monday, June 23, 2014

Effect of Screening Program on Breast Cancer Mortality Analyzed
About 28 percent cut in breast cancer–related mortality associated with invitation to screening
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

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

Annual MRI, Mammo Effective for Screening High-Risk Women
Thirty-five breast cancers detected; most cancers detected among known mutation gene carriers
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Decrease in Late-Stage Breast Cancer in Mammography Era
After adjustment for prescreening temporal trends, decrease varied from 21 to 48 percent
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cancer Risk From Imaging Low in Children With Heart Disease
Radiation exposure should be reduced for children with heart disease who require repeated imaging
Wednesday, June 11, 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

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

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

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

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

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

Lung Cancer Screening May Spur Smoking Cessation
Smokers with screen-detected abnormalities may be more likely to quit smoking
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

Personalized Fluid Levels Cuts Acute Kidney Injury
Using intracardiac pressure to guide fluid beneficial in cardiac catheterization
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

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

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

ASCO: Low-Dose CT Lung CA Screening Recs Will Up Diagnoses
Study suggests more cases will be diagnosed at earlier stage; increase in Medicare expenditure
Thursday, May 15, 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

ESPID: Ultrasound, X-Ray Similar for ID'ing Pediatric Pneumonia
Chest ultrasonography could replace X-rays in resource-limited, outpatient settings
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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

ARRS: Higher Chemo Odds for Non-Screened Breast CA Patients
Patients screened with mammography found less likely to undergo chemotherapy
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

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

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

ASCO Issues Guidelines for Advanced HER2+ Breast Cancer
Recommendations provided for management of advanced disease without, with brain mets
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

ARRS: Women Overestimate Radiation Risk From Mammogram
No difference in risk estimation for those who feel they have or have not received sufficient explanation
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

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

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 HealthCare.gov 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

Wrong-Level Localization in Spine Surgey Rare but Still Occurs
Common sources of intra-op errors include poor communication, failure to relocalize after exposure
Monday, April 28, 2014

BMI Linked to Coronary Plaque in Asymptomatic Diabetes
Greater percentage of soft plaque seen in younger individuals with shorter disease duration
Monday, April 28, 2014

CDC: Workplace Ladder Falls a Major Cause of Deaths, Injuries
There were 113 ladder-related deaths, more than 34,000 ER-treated injuries in 2011 alone
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

Short-Term Anxiety Up With False-Positive Mammogram
False-positive mammograms up short-term, but not long-term, anxiety
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

Low Adherence Rates for Prostate Cancer Quality of Care Measures
Regional variation seen in pretreatment counseling, overuse of bone scans, oncologist follow-up
Monday, April 21, 2014

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

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

Considerable Variation in CT Use in Ischemic Stroke
High-intensity CT rates vary with region, race, and with fragmentation of care
Thursday, April 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

AANS: Subclinical Head Impact Still Impacts Brain
Single season of concussion-free football still leads to brain changes witnessed on MRI
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

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

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

Full-Field Digital Mammography Reduces Recall Rate
Biopsy rate also reduced after transition from screen-film to full-field digital mammography
Thursday, April 03, 2014

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

Individualized Risk Should Guide Mammography Screening
Risk models, decision aids need further optimization to avoid overdiagnosis
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Cervical Spine Clearance Protocols Vary Considerably
Cervical spine clearance protocols exist in 57 percent of U.S. level-1 trauma centers
Monday, March 24, 2014

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

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

Repeat Spine Imaging Frequent With Injured Patient Transfers
Repeat images result in minimal alteration of care, researchers found
Thursday, March 13, 2014

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

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

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

Keeping Salaries Secret Harms Worker Performance
Secret salaries decrease employees' perception that performance increase is tied to pay increase
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

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

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

CT Scans Don't Interfere With Cardiac Rhythm Devices
Exposure of cardiac rhythm management devices to direct radiation doesn't lead to adverse events
Friday, February 28, 2014

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

CT May Be Avoided With Isolated Vomiting in Peds Head Trauma
When vomiting is the only sign or symptom, clinically important traumatic brain injury is uncommon
Thursday, February 27, 2014

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

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

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

'Epidemic of Diagnosis' Driving Thyroid Cancer Rates Up
Almost three-fold increase in incidence of thyroid cancer, but death rates stable from 1975 to 2009
Monday, February 24, 2014

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

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

MRI May Be Alternative for Staging Cancer in Young Patients
Whole-body MRI instead of PET-CT scan visualizes malignant lesions without radiation exposure
Friday, February 21, 2014

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

Obesity Complicates Elbow Fractures in Children
Supracondylar humeral fractures more likely to be complex, have greater risk of post-op complications
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

Top Five Low-Value Actions ID'd in Emergency Medicine
List includes not using cervical spine CT, head CT for those who don't meet high-risk criteria
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

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

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

Annual Mammography Doesn't Reduce Breast Cancer Mortality
Findings in cohort of 40- to 59-year-old women from Canada, screened from 1980 to 1985
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Low BMI Tied to Better Surgical Scoliosis Curve Correction
Also linked to preoperative coagulation abnormality, asthma incidence, and post-op ileus
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Review Quantifies Benefits, Harms of Mammography
Among 1,000 U.S. women screened annually for 10 years, 0.3 to 3.2 will avoid breast cancer death
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SABCS: Mammography Benefit Disparities Due to Denominators
Considerable reduction in disparities when estimates are standardized to common scenario
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

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

Nerve Root Sedimentation Sign for Spinal Stenosis Assessed
Distinguishes LSS from asymptomatic controls; not from cases of low back pain, vascular claudication
Friday, December 06, 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

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

RSNA: Energy Drinks Increase Heart Contractility
Left ventricle contractility found to be increased one hour after consumption
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

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 HealthCare.gov 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

Younger Age Is Significant QoL Predictor Post-Breast Biopsy
Testing Morbidities Index scores down by about three points for each decade decrease in patient age
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Gray Matter Abnormalities Persist After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Even as neurobehavioral symptoms decrease, physiologic abnormalities remain
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

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

FDA to Ban Trans Fats in Foods
Trans fats linked to cardiovascular health
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 HealthCare.gov is secure, site operations are improving
Tuesday, November 05, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recovery Room Imaging Has No Added Value Post-Lumbar Fusion
Images are inferior to intraoperative images; offer no incremental clinical utility
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Varying Radiation Exposure in Cath Lab Procedures Analyzed
Catheterization lab operators face higher radiation exposure with endovascular peripheral procedures
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

Incidentally, Non-Incidentally Discovered Thyroid CA Compared
Patients with incidentally discovered thyroid cancer likely to be older, male, have higher stage disease
Friday, October 11, 2013

Checklist Developed to Cut Radiation Exposure in Children
Excellent compliance seen with do-and-verify checklist and implementation manual
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

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

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
HealthCare.gov offline after 1 a.m. ET a few hours each night this past weekend
Monday, October 07, 2013

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

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

ASTRO: Two Questions Can ID Depression in Cancer Patients
Two-item Patient Health Questionnaire detects major depression in patients receiving radiotherapy
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASCO: Peri-Op MRI Doesn't Lower Recurrence Rates in DCIS
No significant difference in five-, eight-year locoregional recurrence rates with, without MRI
Thursday, September 05, 2013

Excess HRT-Tied Breast Cancer Risk Varies With Race, BMI
HRT-linked risk up for white, Asian, Hispanic women; for low/normal BMI and dense breasts
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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

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

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

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

Researchers Discuss Overdiagnosis of Thyroid Cancer
Increasing incidence of small and indolent thyroid cancer but mortality rate stable since 1979
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

Imaging Important in Treating Boston Marathon Injuries
Imaging should be performed quickly to assess damage and determine treatment
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

Depression Up in Post-Radiation Head & Neck Cancer Survivors
Depression is fairly consistent through five years post-radiotherapy; treatments are underutilized
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

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

Low Risk Rule Cuts Use of X-Rays in Child Ankle Injuries
Validated clinical decision rule safely reduces radiography in children with acute ankle injuries
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

Individualized Breast Cancer Screening Catches More Cancer
And microdose mammography seems to have good diagnostic performance even in dense breasts
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

MRI-Guided Cryoablation Viable for Recurrent Prostate Cancer
Promising initial results for 10 patients with recurrent prostate cancer after radiation
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

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

Surgery Not Needed With All Abnormal Breast Lesions
Observation OK with concordant radiologic-pathologic correlations of ALH or LCIS at core biopsy
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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

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

Addition of Tomosynthesis to Mammography Cuts Recall Rate
Greatest reductions seen for younger women and those with dense breasts
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

USPSTF: Low-Dose CT Screening Benefits Smokers
Reductions seen in lung cancer, all-cause death; benefits should be weighed against harms
Monday, July 29, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Use of Radiographs Increasing for Children With Asthma
Second study shows hospital-wide variation in use of diagnostic testing for children with pneumonia
Monday, July 22, 2013

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

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

CT Screens Prevent Few Deaths in Those at Low Risk of Lung Cancer
Low-dose CT screening for lung cancer prevents very few deaths among those at lowest risk
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awareness of Risks Reduces Parents' Desire for CT Scans
About half of parents were aware of malignancy risks before emergency department disclosures
Monday, July 08, 2013

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

Effective Dose of Radiation From Airport Scanners Is Low
For standard man of 5'10", 160 lbs, effective dose is 11.1 nSv for single-pose, two-sided scan
Thursday, July 04, 2013

CT Pulmonary Angiography Linked to Overdiagnosis of PE
Use of CT imaging tied to increased incidence of pulmonary embolism, but little drop in mortality
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

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

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

Screening Has Not Affected Breast CA Mortality in England
Decline in breast cancer mortality started before introduction of screening in 1988
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Soccer Heading Linked to Brain Abnormalities, Cognition
Self-reported concussion history does not explain these associations
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Use of Pediatric CT Scans Increased From 1996 to 2005
Use started to decrease from 2006 to 2007; effective doses varied from 0.03 to 69.2 mSv/scan
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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

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

Demographic Variation in Early PET Scan Use for NSCLC
From 1998 to 2007, more scans for married, non-black, <80-year-old patients with lung cancer
Monday, June 10, 2013

Age, Sex Predict Neoplasia Risk in CT Colonography Screening
Age and sex, but not BMI or family history, independently predict advanced neoplasia risk
Monday, June 10, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis May Improve Cancer Detection
May be more accurate than mammography but with greater radiation exposure
Friday, May 24, 2013

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

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

Study Supports Link Between Child CT Exposure, Cancer Risk
Results based on mean follow-up of 9.5 years after exposure; lifetime risk not yet known
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dual-Source Cardiac CT IDs CAD in Hard-to-Image Patients
Systematic review shows high sensitivity for identifying coronary artery disease
Thursday, May 23, 2013

National Lung Screening Trial Results As Expected
Initial results confirm more positive screening results, diagnostic procedures, cancer ID'd with CT
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ATS: Lung Cancer Diagnosis 7 Percent With Low-Dose CT
Preliminary rate of diagnosis 7 percent among patients at Boston Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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

CT Radiation Risk Less Than Risk of Examination Indicator
The most common non-cancer indications for body CT are trauma and abdominal pain
Monday, May 20, 2013

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

CT Usage in Pediatric Trauma Cases Stable in Recent Years
For children versus adults, spine, maxillofacial, thoracic CT less likely; head CT more likely
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Overinterpretation Common in Diagnostic Accuracy Studies
Imaging studies have similar proportions of overinterpretation, misreporting
Wednesday, May 15, 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

AUA: ER Visits for Hematuria Pose Sizeable Economic Burden
Studies show increased costs for patients who undergo imaging; considerable annual ER charges
Thursday, May 09, 2013

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

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

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

Breast Implants May Impair Breast CA Diagnosis, Prognosis
Increased odds of diagnosis at non-localized stage of disease; worse breast cancer survival
Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Novel System Proposed for Accountable Cancer Care
Cancer Care Groups proposed, which would be compensated under bundled payment system
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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

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

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

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

Review Looks at Best Modality for Diagnosing Ectopic Pregnancy
Sonogram found to be best diagnostic method for women with abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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

Outcomes No Worse With Home Call for Surgical Interns
Overall unadjusted morbidity and mortality rates no worse with home call versus in-hospital call
Monday, April 22, 2013

Mammogram Rates Unchanged Since USPSTF Recommendations
No decrease in mammography screening noted for women aged 40 to 49, 50 to 74 years
Monday, April 22, 2013

TEDMED: Get the Joy Back Into Health and Wellness
Surgeon General talks about importance of bringing joy back into movement and medicine
Monday, April 22, 2013

Patient-Centered Decision Making Ups Health Outcomes
Health care outcomes improved for 71 percent of contextual factors that were addressed by PCDM
Friday, April 19, 2013

Family-Centered Teaching Rounds Good for Patients, Students
Higher patient satisfaction with exam room presentations; many residents have concerns
Thursday, April 18, 2013

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

ARRS: Adding Photo of a Face Ups Mislabeling Detection
Radiologists' detection rate of mismatched pairs of radiographs increases with addition of photo
Monday, April 15, 2013

Review Suggests Breast Cancer Screens Should Be Personalized
New techniques may go beyond mammography and be useful for high-risk populations
Friday, April 12, 2013

ACS: Room for Improvement in Cancer Prevention, Detection
American Cancer Society stresses need to cut tobacco use, obesity; expand screening test use
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Speech Details Practices to Improve U.S. Health Systems
Mayo Clinic CEO outlines key steps to create high-quality, low-cost care in America
Thursday, April 11, 2013

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

Radiation-Linked Heart Disease Ups Death in Cardiothoracic Sx
Increasing Euro score and lack of beta-blockers also independently tied to higher mortality
Tuesday, April 09, 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

Unintended Harmful Effects of Mammography Studied
False-positive screening mammography can result in long-term psychosocial harm
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

AHA: Active Docs More Likely to Advise Patients to Be Active
Review sees link between health care providers' physical activity level, counseling offered
Friday, March 22, 2013

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

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

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

FDA Approves Lymphoseek to Help Locate Lymph Nodes
For use among people with certain cancers
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sentinel Injuries Are Common in Infants Who Are Abused
Many found harmed have a history of suspicious wounds occurring before cruising age
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

$120 Million to Be Sequestered From Health Centers in 2013
Losses likely to be more severe for health centers that are especially grant dependent
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Doctors Decide to Use CT Scans, But With Little Talk of Risks
Only about a third of patients surveyed said physician discussed potential concerns
Friday, March 08, 2013

Lowering CT Tube Voltage for Colonography Beneficial
Reduces radiation dose while minimally reducing image quality
Thursday, March 07, 2013

White Matter Integrity Varies With MS Cognitive Impairment
Diffusion tension imaging shows differences between cognitively preserved, impaired MS
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

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

Irradiation Shows Lasting Results for Prostate Cancer Control
Study finds longest time to recurrence 15.5 years, with containment up to 25 years of follow-up
Monday, March 04, 2013

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

List of Five Unnecessary Vascular Tests Released
Tests and procedures may be unnecessary or even harmful
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Low-Dose CT Screening Could Avert ~12,000 Lung CA Deaths
Adoption of National Lung Screening Trial regimens could prevent 12,250 deaths/year in U.S.
Monday, February 25, 2013

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits Expanded
New rule from HHS outlines standards for essential health benefits
Friday, February 22, 2013

CMS Proposes Payment and Policy Updates for 2014
Suggested changes will increase value and protection for beneficiaries
Thursday, February 21, 2013

Faster Adoption of Electronic Health Records Needed
Penalties under 2009 law start in 2015
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Prognostic Value of CCTA Explored for Suspected CAD
Found helpful in assessing heart attack risk in suspected CAD without modifiable risk factors
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Redefinition of Positive CT Result for Lung Cancer Explored
Higher threshold for noncalcified nodule size could cut need for work-up; may delay diagnosis
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Multimodality Approach Needed to Reengineer Health Care
Rethinking, redesign, and application of necessary tools suggested for health care value reform
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

CMS: Unnecessary Medicare Regulations to Be Reformed
Proposed rule aims to increase ability of health care professionals to improve patient care
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Patient Care
Modeling shows that computers can improve medical decisions and outcomes at lower costs
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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

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

Support for Biennial Over Annual Mammography in Older Women
Similar rates of advanced disease; lower cumulative probability of false-positive result
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Breast CA Diagnostic Errors Major Cause of Malpractice Suits
Interpretative errors more common in radiologist malpractice suits versus communicative/procedural
Monday, February 04, 2013

Prediction Rule Can Obviate Abdominal CT Scans in Children
Seven factors predict internal injury risk in children with abdominal trauma
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

Long-Term Outcomes Similar With Prostatectomy, Radiation
Functional outcomes significantly different at two and five years, but not at 15 years after diagnosis
Wednesday, January 30, 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

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

Interactive Decision Support System Ups Breast CA Detection
Improvement in reader performance with interactive computer-aided decision support tool
Monday, January 21, 2013

Specificity Up With Stereoscopic Mammography for CA Detection
Better specificity, accuracy, and recall rate; sensitivity comparable to digital mammography
Friday, January 18, 2013

Efforts Failed to Up Primary Care, Rural Resident Training
Net growth in primary care training, but outpaced by growth in non-primary care training
Friday, January 18, 2013

Palliative Radiation Use for Lung Cancer Higher Than Advised
In metastatic lung cancer patients, bone and chest radiotherapy doses higher than recommended
Friday, January 18, 2013

AAN: White Matter Damaged in Depressed NFL Athletes
Second study shows that a history of concussion correlates with depression for retired NFL athletes
Thursday, January 17, 2013

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

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

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

Shared Savings May Promote Care Coordination Entity Use
Sharing savings with dually eligible patients may foster enrollment in coordinated care entities
Monday, January 07, 2013

Tomosynthesis Ups Accuracy of Digital Mammography
When used together, tomosynthesis increases diagnostic accuracy and lowers number of recalls
Friday, January 04, 2013

Neural Responses Measured As Children Watch 'Sesame Street'
Brain responses while watching the educational TV show predict their verbal and math abilities
Friday, January 04, 2013

Functional MRI Can Improve Prediction of CBT Success
Findings in patients with social anxiety disorder receiving cognitive behavioral therapy
Friday, January 04, 2013

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

Indicators Show Little Change in Overuse of Ambulatory Care
In U.S., improvement in six of nine underuse indicators; two of 11 overuse indicators
Thursday, December 27, 2012

Imaging Widely Used in Presumed Pediatric Appendicitis
Children evaluated at community, not children's, hospital more likely to have preop CT scan
Thursday, December 27, 2012

Children With Mild TBI Exhibit White Matter Abnormalities
Changes persist over four-month interval; can be used to classify children with traumatic brain injury
Tuesday, December 18, 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

MR-US Fusion Targeted Biopsy Ups Detection of Prostate CA
Magnetic resonance-ultrasound fusion targeted biopsy detects aggressive tumors better than standard
Thursday, December 13, 2012

MRI, PET, and CSF Biomarkers Up Prediction of Alzheimer's
Addition of biomarkers to routine clinical testing improves ability to predict MCI progression
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Stent Revascularization Safe, Effective for MCA Occlusion
Findings among patients with failed or contraindications to intravenous thrombolysis
Tuesday, December 11, 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

Children Undergoing More Diagnostic Imaging Procedures
Increasing proportion of scans are higher radiation, especially in inpatient, emergency settings
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

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

RSNA: Patients Need to Be Educated About Breast Density
Patients willing to participate in research involving alternative screening modalities
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

RSNA: Impact of 2009 USPSTF Mammogram Guidelines Assessed
Two studies suggest changes to recommendations may lead to drop in screening, missed cancer
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

RSNA: High Energy Output Tied to Preserved Brain Structure
For elderly adults with varying cognition, high energy output tied to greater gray matter volume
Monday, November 26, 2012

Overdiagnosis Estimated in 31 Percent of Breast Cancer Cases
Screening mammography tied to increase in early-stage, decrease in late-stage cases detected
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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

Repeat Testing Common Among Medicare Beneficiaries
Significant correlation between proportion of population tested, proportion of tests repeated
Monday, November 19, 2012

Mental Illness, Job Stress Both Factors in Physician Suicides
Docs more likely to have antipsychotics, barbiturates, not antidepressants on toxicology testing
Friday, November 16, 2012

Bone Marrow Biopsy Adds Little to PET/CT Staging of Hodgkin's
Absence of positive bone marrow biopsy for patients with PET/CT-assessed stage I, II disease
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Lean Process Methods Expedite Care in Ischemic Stroke
Reduces door-to-needle time for tPA delivery without affecting symptomatic hemorrhage rate
Friday, November 09, 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

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

Fluoro-Less Ureteral Stent Placement Deemed Feasible
Similar accuracy, complication rates versus conventional ureteral stent placement
Monday, October 15, 2012

New Image Analysis Technique Improves COPD Diagnosis
Parametric response map and CT images useful to diagnose COPD subtype, disease progression
Thursday, October 11, 2012

CT Use Up for Children With Abdominal Pain Seen in ER
From 1998-2008, no change in ultrasound/X-ray use, appendicitis diagnosis, hospital admission
Monday, October 08, 2012

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

Digital Mammography Tops Screen-Film for Screening
Improves detection of DCIS and invasive cancer without increasing potential for overdiagnosis
Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Endorectal MRI Can Aid With Prostate Cancer Treatment Plan
Addition of endorectal MRI to initial evaluation helps assess eligibility for active surveillance
Monday, October 01, 2012

Radiography Unnecessary After Spinal Fusion Surgery
Radiographs do not provide additional clinical information and are not cost effective
Friday, September 14, 2012

European Review: Benefits of Mammograms Outweigh Harms
Over-diagnosis estimated at 6.5 percent; cumulative risk of false-positive result is 20 percent
Thursday, September 13, 2012

Preparation Process Eases MRI for Children With Sickle Cell
Preparation/support procedures reduce need for sedation during MRI for children with sickle cell
Thursday, September 13, 2012

BCS: Radiological Tests Little Use in Detecting Breast Mets
Bone scan, liver ultrasound, chest x-ray little value in staging evaluation of primary breast cancer
Wednesday, September 12, 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

Unrecognized MI Prevalent in Older Adults, Ups Mortality
Better detection with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging than ECG
Tuesday, September 04, 2012

MRI Scanners Temporarily Impair Neurocognitive Function
Head movement in static magnetic stray field temporarily affects concentration, orientation
Friday, August 31, 2012

Functional Flow Reserve CT Improves Diagnosis of CAD
Diagnostic accuracy and discrimination improved for noninvasive FFRCT plus CT versus CT alone
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Study Shows 'SuperAgers' Have Thicker Cortex, No Atrophy
Thicker cerebral cortex than aged-matched controls; no atrophy versus middle-aged controls
Monday, August 20, 2012

Racial Disparity in CT Use for Children With Head Trauma
White children with low, intermediate injury risk more likely to receive CT than black, Hispanic peers
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Global Brain Connectivity Linked to Intelligence
Connectivity with the lateral prefrontal cortex predicts intelligence and cognitive control
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Limitations ID'd in Women's Breast Health in Pakistan
Women need more knowledge, screening; GPs need more education about breast cancer
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Superficial X-Ray Viable for Basal, Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Retrospective analysis shows X-ray is viable for select patients with primary cutaneous tumors
Monday, August 06, 2012

Epicardial Fat Tissue Thickness Predicts Coronary Artery Disease
In asymptomatic patients, epicardial adipose tissue thickness of 2.4 mm or higher predicts CAD
Friday, August 03, 2012

Thigh Muscle Density Linked to Physical Functioning in RA
Rheumatoid arthritis characteristics account for most of the variability in thigh muscle density
Friday, August 03, 2012

High-Cost Imaging of Advanced Cancer Patients Increasing
More than one-third of stage IV cancer patients scanned in the last month of life
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Adding Radiation Aids Pediatric Nonmetastatic Medulloblastoma
Induction chemotherapy plus conformal radiation therapy improves event-free survival
Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Active Surveillance Up in Multidisciplinary Prostate CA Care
For men with low-risk prostate cancer, multidisciplinary care ups odds of active surveillance
Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Study Assesses Impact of Lesion Severity on Coronary Event Risk
High-grade coronary stenosis linked to heightened STEMI risk within three months of discovery
Friday, July 27, 2012

Coronary CT Angiography in ER Ups Decision-Making Efficiency
CCTA reduces length of stay for patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome symptoms
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

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

Adding Stroke Severity Measure Improves Mortality Risk Models
Better predicts risk of death at 30 days and changes hospital performance ranking
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Trackable Blood Cells Feasible for MRI Monitoring
Blood cells labeled with superparamagnetic iron particles detectable by magnetic resonance imaging
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Screening Men for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Cost-Effective
Rescreening high-risk individuals once after five years also considered a cost-effective option
Monday, July 09, 2012

Patient Decision Aid Beneficial in Papillary Thyroid Cancer
Useful to increase medical knowledge, decrease decisional conflict regarding use of radioiodine
Thursday, July 05, 2012

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

Nomogram Developed to Estimate Early Breast Cancer Survival
Able to predict mastectomy-free survival in older women treated with conservative surgery
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

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

Fatal Airway Necrosis Noted After Stereotactic Body Radiation
Case report describes necrosis ID'd eight months after stereotactic body-radiation for lung cancer
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Advanced Imaging, Radiation Exposure Up Over Last Decade
Annual increases in CT, MRI, ultrasound, PET use; increase in CT tied to elevated radiation exposure
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fractional Anisotropy Abnormalities ID'd in Mild TBI
Diffusion tensor imaging IDs abnormal fractional anisotropy, indicative of traumatic axonal injury
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

SLEEP: Sleep Deprivation Alters Neural Response to Food
Studies show unhealthy food activates reward centers; sleep deprivation impairs frontal lobe
Monday, June 11, 2012

Prevalence, Predictors of Interval Colorectal Cancer ID'd
Both procedural and biologic factors contribute to development of interval colorectal cancers
Friday, June 08, 2012

EULAR: Myocardial Strain Imaging IDs Cardiac Disease in RA
Myocardial strain imaging IDs early abnormalities in cardiac function; tied to disease severity
Thursday, June 07, 2012

Beta-Carotene Safe During Prostate Cancer Treatment
After 10.5 years of follow-up, no significant increase in prostate cancer deaths or metastases
Thursday, June 07, 2012

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

Skin Testing Not Sufficient to ID Contrast Media Sensitivity
In more that 50 percent of cases, drug provocation test needed to establish hypersensitivity
Friday, June 01, 2012

Radiation Ups Event-Free, Not Overall Survival in Ped Hodgkin's
For children who respond to chemo, low-dose involved-field radiation therapy ups long-term EFS
Thursday, May 31, 2012

Repeat CT Scan Urged for Head Trauma Patients on Warfarin
Patients on warfarin, with initial INR higher than 3, at greater risk of delayed hemorrhage
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

DDW: Pancreatic CA Shot Added to Standard Therapy Ups Survival
In a related study, 4D-elastic light scattering fingerprinting probe detects pancreatic cancer
Thursday, May 24, 2012

Treatment With rt-PA Within Six Hours of Stroke Beneficial
Randomized trial, meta-analysis show benefit for wide range of patients with acute ischemic stroke
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Imaging Predicts Breast Cancer Response to Chemotherapy
Magnetic resonance imaging better than clinical assessment for women undergoing pre-op chemo
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Chemoradiotherapy Improves Survival for Elderly With NSCLC
Addition of carboplatin to radiotherapy prolongs overall survival in locally advanced disease
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

ATS: Benefits/Harms of Low-Dose CT Screening Assessed
Screening may benefit individuals at high-risk of cancer, but concerns remain about potential harms
Tuesday, May 22, 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

Adjuvant Radiochemotherapy Has Lasting Benefit in Gastric Cancer
Patients with gastric cancer who undergo resection show survival benefit 10 years later
Friday, May 18, 2012

IMFAR: Oxytocin Nasal Spray Promising in Youth With Autism
Functional MRIs show increased activity in brain regions known to process social information
Thursday, May 17, 2012

PET More Sensitive Than CT for Merkel Cell Carcinoma
F-18-FDG PET more sensitive, equally specific to CT for assessing regional lymph node involvement
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Better Outcomes at High-Volume Stroke Centers
Faster times to treatment; patients more likely to have good clinical outcome, successful reperfusion
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

CT Colonography Accurate for 10 mm Adenomas
Less accurate for smaller lesions; better patient scores for comfort, exam preparation
Monday, May 14, 2012

Lack of Sleep Not Necessarily Detrimental to Surgical Skills
However, sleep deprivation ups mental workload for medical students performing surgical task
Wednesday, May 09, 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

ARRS: 'No Family Hx' Not License to Skip Early Mammograms
No family history for 60 percent of women aged 40 to 49 whose cancer is detected by mammogram
Thursday, May 03, 2012

Recent Improvement in 3D ECHO Accuracy for LV Mass
Accuracy for assessment of left ventricular mass up; recent studies more homogenous
Thursday, May 03, 2012

Breast Brachytherapy May Not Be Best Choice in Older Women
More complications but no difference in overall survival versus whole-breast irradiation
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

ARRS: Disease Mortality Risk Trumps Radiation Risk
Mortality risk from inherent disease larger than risk of CT-induced cancer for young adults
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Screening Benefits Women in 40s With High Breast CA Risk
And, extremely dense breasts, first-degree relative with breast cancer ups risk two-fold in 40s
Monday, April 30, 2012

Imaging Provides Clues to Distribution of Fat in Children
Imaging studies reveal childhood patterns of fat distribution, link to metabolic disorders
Monday, April 30, 2012

Childhood Socioeconomic Status Affects Brain Volume
Affects hippocampal volume of older adults without dementia, after adjusting for confounders
Friday, April 27, 2012

Prevalence, Patterns of Modic Changes in Spine Described
Presence of modic changes linked to age; greater age also tied to end plates affected, size of MCs
Friday, April 27, 2012

Early Menopause Ups Risk of Osteoporosis, Fractures, Death
Menopause before age 47 increases mortality risk, fragility fractures, osteoporosis at age 77
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Low-Dose CT Noninferior for Diagnosing Appendicitis
For young adults, negative appendectomy rates similar with low-dose and standard-dose CT
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ultrasound May Safely Rule Out DVT in Pregnancy
Single complete compression ultrasound may safely rule out DVT in pregnant, postpartum women
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

EB: Reduced Basal Ganglia Activation in Chronic Fatigue
Decreased globus pallidus activation linked with increased mental, general fatigue in CFS
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

QRS Width on ECG Linked to Sudden Cardiac Arrest in CAD
For patients with CAD, with and without history of MI, QRS width significantly predicts SCA
Friday, April 20, 2012

FDA: Clinicians Urged to Stop Using Certain Ultrasound Gel
Specific lots found to have been contaminated by bacteria; 16 patients known to be affected
Wednesday, April 18, 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

Indomethacin Cuts Incidence of Post-ERCP Pancreatitis
Single dose of indomethacin effective after endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

For Obese, Deep Organs Receive Lower Doses of Radiation
Phantom study shows less effect for shallow organs; increasing tube potential ups dose to organs
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Radiation Exposure High for Patients With GI Disorders
High levels of annual, total exposure in patients with Crohn's, organic and functional disorders
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Frequent, Older Dental X-Rays Linked to Brain Cancer
Increased risk seen with frequent bitewings in old machines and panorex films in young children
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Insurers Should Screen Older Smokers for Lung Cancer
Cost per life-year saved comparable to cervical, breast, and colorectal cancer screening costs
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wire Grill Brush Bristles Pose Unexpected Danger
Should be considered for patients presenting with odynophagia or abdominal pain after grilled food
Friday, April 06, 2012

Increased Breast Cancer Risk With False-Positive Test
However, size of excess risk has decreased in the last decade
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

Extensive Neuroanatomic Abnormalities Found in Epilepsy
Age-related changes largely similar in epilepsy, controls; except in third and lateral ventricles
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Mammogram Plus MRI or Ultrasound Catches More Cancer
Increased detection in women at high risk of breast cancer, but increase also seen in false-positives
Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Study Estimates Overdiagnosis From Mammography Screening
Approximately six to 10 women overdiagnosed for every 2,500 invited for screening in Norway
Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Obesity Epidemic in U.S. Worse Than Previously Thought
BMI underdiagnoses 39 percent of adults diagnosed as obese using DXA
Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Operator Sleep Deprivation Does Not Adversely Affect PCI
Late-night procedures do not impact procedures done by same interventionists the next day
Monday, April 02, 2012

Seeing a Human Infant Face Induces Brain Activation
Species-specific brain responses may underlie responsiveness, caring inclination toward infants
Wednesday, March 21, 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

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

Asymptomatic Often Sent for Lung Cancer Screening Tests
Asymptomatic patients sent for screening despite lack of recommendation by major expert groups
Monday, March 12, 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

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

Positive Whole-Body CT Can Detect but Not Eliminate Trauma
Close monitoring and clinical follow-up of patients with traumatic injuries still advised
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

Ultrasound IDs Post-Transplant Recurrent Hep C Cirrhosis
Transient elastography detects cirrhosis from recurrent HCV; less accurate for chronic infection
Monday, March 05, 2012

Virtual Colonoscopy Useful in Screening Older Adults
Similar sensitivity, specificity for detecting larger colorectal neoplasias regardless of age
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cognitive Rehabilitation Improves Brain Function in MS
Changes in brain activity for patients with relapsing-remitting MS who undergo cognitive rehab
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mammography-Detected Breast CA Rates Increasing Over Time
From 1990 to 2008, increase in mammography detection; tied to lower-stage disease detection
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Alcohol Dependence Significant Problem for U.S. Surgeons
Surgeons who report major medical error more likely to exhibit alcohol abuse, dependence
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

CT Myelography More Accurately Detects CSF Leakage
In spontaneous intracranial hypotension, CTM better than radioisotope cisternography
Monday, February 20, 2012

MRI Alone Not Ideal in Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis
30 percent of MRIs are inconclusive; sensitivity better for proximal pulmonary embolisms
Friday, February 17, 2012

No Increase in Pediatric ER CT Scan Use from 2003 to 2010
Use of CT in emergency rooms has not increased; decrease seen when other options available
Monday, February 13, 2012

Radiation Not Tied to Improved Survival in Advanced NSCLC
Postoperative radiation confers no survival benefit for elderly with N2 non-small-cell lung cancer
Monday, February 13, 2012

Radiation Risks From Diagnostic Procedures Examined
Strategic framework needed to reduce patient risks as use of medical radiation increases
Thursday, February 09, 2012

Males With ACL Injury, Females Share Lateral Knee Geometry
Both have short, steeply convex tibial articular surface, increased convexity of femoral surface
Thursday, February 09, 2012

Heart Failure Tied to Increased Osteoporotic Fracture Risk
Association persists after adjustment for risk factors, medications, and bone mineral density
Wednesday, February 08, 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

Patients Desire Involvement in Planning Breast CA Treatment
Preferences shift to wanting more say in decisions following breast cancer treatment consultation
Tuesday, February 07, 2012

More Than 4,500 Children Hospitalized for Abuse in 2006
Incidence of abuse highest in infants, particularly those covered by Medicaid
Monday, February 06, 2012

AHA: Stroke Victims Not Getting to Hospital Any Faster
Tissue plasminogen activator use up, but patients taking longer to get to the hospital after stroke
Friday, February 03, 2012

β-Amyloid Deposition Seen in Some Healthy Older Adults
Greater amyloid burden associated with APOE status; linked to poorer cognitive performance
Thursday, February 02, 2012

Heart Failure Linked to Loss of Cerebral Gray Matter
Patients with heart failure also score lower on cognitive function tests
Thursday, February 02, 2012

AHA: Thrombolysis Shows Potential After Wake-Up Stroke
Outcomes similar to those treated with thrombolysis within 4.5 hours of stroke onset
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Decision Support Tools Help Optimize Acute PE Detection
Clinical decision support improves efficacy of CT screening for acute pulmonary embolism
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Proton Pump Inhibitor Use Ups Hip Fracture Risk for Women
More than 50 percent increased risk for postmenopausal current or former smokers
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Breast Reexcision Rates Vary With Surgeon, Institution
For women who undergo partial mastectomy and have negative margins, significant variation seen
Tuesday, January 31, 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

New PCR-Based Assay Better Predicts Lung Cancer Survival
Assay identifies which early-stage NSCLC patients are at high risk of death after surgical resection
Friday, January 27, 2012

Testing Patterns to Diagnose Neuropathy Vary Widely
Median of four tests performed per patient, with high-cost tests used more frequently
Friday, January 27, 2012

Not Enough Americans Being Screened for Cancer
Rates short of Healthy People 2020 targets for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Exposure to Iodinated Contrast Media Affects Thyroid Function
Linked to subsequent development of incident hyperthyroidism, incident overt hypothyroidism
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Imaging May Spare Nerves in Prostate Cancer Surgery
Preoperative MRI led to a change in surgical plan in 27 percent of robot-assisted prostatectomies
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Reduced Brain Activity Seen in Prereaders With Dyslexia Risk
Reduced activity in bilateral occipitotemporal and left temporoparietal regions
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Overuse of Health Care Services Understudied
Research limited primarily to unnecessary antibiotic use and a few cardiovascular procedures
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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

HealthGrades IDs Notable Hospitals for Clinical Excellence
If all hospitals performed at this level, thousands of Medicare deaths, complications could be averted
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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

Warfarin Patients With Head Trauma Need Second CT Scan
For patients on warfarin, 24-hour observation and repeat CT scan detects delayed bleeding
Friday, January 20, 2012

Study IDs Optimal Interval Between Bone Density Tests
Researchers provide evidence-based estimates for BMD screening in postmenopausal women
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Patients With Breast Cancer Lack Knowledge of the Disease
Overall treatment concordance with goals high, but lower for women preferring mastectomy
Monday, January 16, 2012

Endovascular Graft Approved for Tears of Aorta
Gore Tag Thoracic Endoprosthesis first sanctioned in 2005 to treat aortic aneurysms
Monday, January 16, 2012

Impaired White Matter ID'd in Internet Addiction Disorder
Reductions in fractional anisotropy seen in many areas of the brain of affected teens
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

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

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

Larger Trabecular Holes Explain Bone Fragility in Diabetes
More porous bone may up fracture risk despite normal bone density in postmenopausal women
Monday, January 09, 2012

Cancer-Related Mortality Continues to Decrease
From 1999 to 2008, overall annual decrease of 1.6 percent in men, 1.8 percent in women
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Infarcts, Hippocampal Volume Independently Linked to Memory
Brain infarcts, hippocampal volume independently tied to poor memory in dementia-free elderly
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Standardized Count Practices Reduce Retained Surgical Items
Count discrepancies and incorrect counts reduced by 50 percent; estimated $12,500 saved
Monday, January 02, 2012

Irradiation of Left Breast Linked to Coronary Stenosis Risk
Radiotherapy of left-sided breast cancer tied to elevated high-grade coronary artery stenosis risk
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Coronary MRI Good Alternative to SPECT for CHD Diagnosis
Cardiovascular MR has better sensitivity, negative predictive value than single-photon emission CT
Monday, December 26, 2011

Screening Mammography Over-Recommended in Terminally Ill
Physician specialty, gender, minority status, and size of practice impact over-recommendation
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Quantitative MRI Biomarker IDs Cognitive Decline Risk
Alzheimer's signature tied to cortical thinning; predicts risk in cognitively normal older adults
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Trauma Quality Indicators Linked to Clinical Outcomes
In-hospital mortality, major complications strongly linked with ACSCOT quality indicators
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Early PET Predicts Survival Outcomes in B-Cell Lymphoma
Visual and quantitative PET analysis predict survival in patients receiving chemo plus rituximab
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Infection Prevention Up in VA, Non-Federal Hospitals
But catheter-associated urinary tract infection prevention practices remain low
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Breast Cancer Screening May Be Causing More Harm Than Good
Net quality adjusted life years negative for first seven years of screening
Friday, December 09, 2011

Factors Affecting Micro-RNA Detection Accuracy Identified
Include variations in plasma samples, collection method, anticoagulant used, inhibitors in plasma
Friday, December 09, 2011

BRCA1/2 Mutations Up Risk of Contralateral Breast Cancer
For mutation carriers, age at diagnosis and triple-negative first tumor also impact risk
Thursday, December 08, 2011

Role of Environmental Factors in Breast Cancer Explored
IOM finds consistent evidence for links with combo HRT, postmenopausal weight gain, radiation, alcohol
Wednesday, December 07, 2011

SABCS: Whole Breast Radiation Beats Partial Brachytherapy
Higher risk of subsequent mastectomy, acute complication, long-term toxicity with APBI-brachy
Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Randomized Controlled HCC Screening Trial Not Feasible
And, US screening every three versus six months does not improve small liver cancer detection rate
Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Childhood Maltreatment Linked to Reduced Gray Matter Volume
Association affected by gender, subtypes of exposure to childhood maltreatment
Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Study Finds Mammography Cuts Breast Cancer Deaths
Being invited to and attending mammography screening cuts breast cancer mortality risk
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

Biomarkers of Huntington's Disease Progression ID'd
Longitudinal changes in brain matter, function differ in patients with premanifest and early HD
Friday, December 02, 2011

Learning Assessment Tool IDs R.N. Educational Needs
Pediatric procedural sedation education needs identified through questionnaire
Thursday, December 01, 2011

RSNA: Gender Impacts Cardiac CT Angiography ID'd CVD Risk
CVD risk higher for women with any plaque or with more extensive lesions than for men
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Risk Factors ID'd for Radiation-Induced Hypothyroidism
Female gender, neck surgery up risk; Caucasians at higher risk than African-Americans
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bone Suppression Imaging Ups Small Lung Cancer Detection
However, dual-energy subtraction imaging provides even higher accuracy
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

RSNA: Family History Doesn't Affect Breast Cancer Rates
Women aged 40 to 49 with and without family history have similar disease, lymph node mets rates
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Crash Injuries of Children in Restraints Not Tied to Weight
No correlation between weight and clinically significant injuries across broad age, weight range
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Small Cell Carcinoma of Urinary Bladder Incidence Up
Elderly Caucasian men at highest risk; age, race, marital status, TNM staging impact prognosis
Monday, November 28, 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

RSNA: Brain's Functional Connectivity Impaired in ADHD
Functional MRI detects impaired brain activity, functional connectivity in children with ADHD
Monday, November 28, 2011

Post-Mortem CT More Accurate Than MRI for Cause of Death
Common imaging errors in ischemic heart disease, lung embolism, pneumonia, intra-abdominal lesions
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Nonpunitive Method Improves Medical Error Reporting
Most common errors: misfiled or incorrectly entered patient info
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

CRC Screening Participation Up With CT Colonography
But, diagnostic yield of advanced neoplasia among participants higher with colonoscopy
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Family History, Alcohol Tied to Benign Breast Disease Risk
Consuming seven alcoholic drinks per week more than doubled risk for those with family history
Monday, November 14, 2011

FDA: Manufacturer Recalls Operating Room Tables
Recall based on reports of patient injury
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Glove Use Linked to Reduced Hand Hygiene Compliance
Gloves often worn when not indicated, and not worn when indicated
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Improved Breast CA Outcomes Affect Older Women Less
Increasing disparity in breast cancer outcomes by age; outcomes for younger women better
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Spinal Subdural Hemorrhage Linked to Abusive Head Trauma
High incidence in children with abusive head trauma who underwent thoracolumbar imaging
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Wait-and-See Policy Feasible for Some With Rectal Cancer
Using strict selection criteria and follow-up, wait-and-see results in promising outcomes
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

No Added Benefits of Cranial Bypass in Stroke Prevention
For patients with atherosclerotic internal carotid artery occlusion, surgery doesn't cut stroke risk
Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Male Children With Autism Have More Prefrontal Neurons
Children with autism have 67 percent more neurons in dorsolateral, mesial prefrontal cortex
Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Post-Revascularization Stress Testing Billing Ups Its Use
Billing for technical, professional testing fees, or both, ups stress testing usage
Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Guidelines Released
HCM management must be tailored to the patient and varies for symptomatic/asymptomatic patients
Tuesday, November 08, 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

Rooms of Patients With A. baumannii Often Contaminated
Supply carts, floors, infusion pumps, ventilator touch pads are most commonly contaminated
Friday, November 04, 2011

ADT Plus Radiotherapy Tied to Improved Prostate CA Survival
Better survival with androgen deprivation therapy, radiotherapy combo for locally advanced cancer
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Rectal CA Radiotherapy Tied to Lower Testosterone Levels
Testosterone levels after long-course radiotherapy are significantly lower than pretreatment levels
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

Radiation Dose Predicts Growth Hormone Deficit
For children with brain tumors, dose, time after irradiation predicts growth hormone deficiency
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Hand-Held Metal Detectors Safe With Implanted Devices
Exposure to hand-held metal detectors doesn't impact functioning of pacemakers, ICDs
Tuesday, November 01, 2011

ACG: Colonoscopic Adenoma Detection Rate, Mozart Linked
Endoscopists listening to Mozart during colonoscopy have higher adenoma detection rates
Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Ovarian Stimulation Ups Risk of Ovarian Tumors in Later Life
Increased risk of ovarian stimulation for IVF seen in particular with borderline ovarian tumors
Thursday, October 27, 2011

No Lung Cancer Mortality Drop With Chest X-Ray Screening
Annual chest X-ray screening for four years does not lower lung cancer deaths versus usual care
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ghost Authorship Prevalent in About One-Fifth of Articles
Prevalence of honorary, ghost authorship, down from 29.2 to 21.0 percent from 1996 to 2008
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Low-Dose Lung Cancer CT Screens May Help Identify COPD
Yield 63 percent sensitivity, 88 percent specificity for COPD in current, former heavy smokers
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Radiographic Osteoarthritis Phenotypes Linked to Race
African-Americans less likely to have hand rOA phenotypes, more likely to have knee phenotypes
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CHEST: Predictors of Lung Cancer Include Heavy Drinking
Lung cancer predictors include diet, heavy alcohol consumption and vary with race and gender
Monday, October 24, 2011

Social Network Size Associated With Brain Structure
Three sites show increased gray matter density with increased online social network size
Thursday, October 20, 2011

Breast Cancer Recurrence Halved by Radiation
Rate of death by breast cancer also falls with radiotherapy
Thursday, October 20, 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

Intensive Lipid Therapy Lowers Plaque Lipid Content
Carotid plaque lipid content decreases significantly after one year of therapy, lasts in second year
Thursday, October 20, 2011

Low Lethal Potential for Atypical Spitz Tumors
ASTs have favorable prognosis, elevated melanoma risk, moderate risk of regional nodes mets
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

Topotecan Induction Feasible for High-Risk Neuroblastoma
No deaths or dose-limiting toxicities with dose-intensive topotecan, cyclophosphamide induction
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

False-Positive Recall for Most After 10 Years of Mammograms
And, detection rates are similar for 50- to 79-year-old women with digital, film-screen mammography
Monday, October 17, 2011

Marker IDs Injury in Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy
Neonates with HIE treated with whole-body cooling have high serum glial fibrillary acidic protein
Monday, October 17, 2011

AAP: CT Overuse for White Children, Low Brain-Injury Risk
However, CT scan use does not differ by race for children at high risk for traumatic brain injury
Friday, October 14, 2011

Pediatric MRI Meets Minimum-Risk Standards
Physical and psychological risks meet minimal-risk standards, but contrast, sedation up risks
Thursday, October 13, 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

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

Recurrent Child UTIs Rarely Cause Chronic Kidney Disease
Etiologic fraction of recurrent childhood UTIs as main cause of CKD maximum of 0.3 percent
Monday, October 10, 2011

Many Elderly in U.S. Undergo Surgery in Last Year of Life
Rate of surgery varies with age, region, availability of hospital beds, Medicare spending
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

Early ID of Morbidly Obese Improves Surgical Care
Improves perioperative care and postoperative outcomes for patients with BMI of 35 or more
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

Early Identification of Ischemic Stroke With DWI-FLAIR Mismatch
Acute lesions ID'd with DWI, but not FLAIR, likely to be in time for safe, effective thrombolysis
Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Lower Overall Survival for Men Than Women With Breast Cancer
However, men have better relative survival, adjusted for age, treatment, and stage, than women
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

MRI Safe, Feasible in Some With Implanted Cardiac Devices
Electrophysiologic monitoring required during MRI due to changes in device variables, programming
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Breast Cancer Deaths Falling in United States
But economic disparities persist in terms of screening, mortality
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Pericardial Fat Volume Tied to Coronary Artery Plaque Burden
Correlation between pericardial fat volume and plaque burden stronger in men than women
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Quantitative CT Phenotypes Linked to COPD Exacerbations
CT-measured bronchial wall thickness, total lung emphysema associated with COPD exacerbations
Monday, October 03, 2011

ASTRO: Fewer Side Effects With IMRT for Prostate Cancer
Intensity modulated radiation therapy tied to fewer side effects than 3-D conformal radiation
Monday, October 03, 2011

Spinal MRI Reviewer Accuracy Equal Across Training Levels
Posterior ligamentous complex integrity interpreted with accuracy irrespective of training level
Friday, September 30, 2011

ASTRO: Hypofractionated IMRT Practical Approach in Prostate CA
Hypofractionated intensity modulated radiation as effective as conventional IMRT at five years
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vitamin B12 Markers Tied to Cognition, Brain Volume
Homocysteine affects global cognitive performance, and methylmalonate affects total brain volume
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Study Compares Great Saphenous Vein Insufficiency Therapies
More adverse events with laser, but advantages in hemodynamics, recovery, cosmetic outcome
Thursday, September 22, 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

Racial Disparities in Radical Prostatectomy Decreasing
Improved minimally invasive radical prostatectomy rates in African-Americans versus Caucasians
Monday, September 19, 2011

Optimal CRC Screening Varies With Age, Family History
Cost-effective screening strategy based on first-degree relatives with CRC, age at diagnosis
Friday, September 16, 2011

Statins After Ischemic Stroke Not Tied to Brain Hemorrhage
Similar lack of association found for subgroups and dose-response analyses
Friday, September 16, 2011

Mammography Screening Ups Breast Cancer Surgery Rates
From 1993-1995 to 1996-2004, mastectomies up for some, down for others
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

Aortic Dissection Incidence Higher in Individuals With BAV
Incidence low but significantly higher in patients with bicuspid aortic valves than in general population
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Dalcetrapib Use Safe, Possibly Beneficial in Atherosclerosis
Dalcetrapib use reduces change in total vessel area, most-diseased segment over 24 months
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ureteral Access Sheaths Safe in Urothelial Carcinoma
Ureteral access sheaths safe for diagnosis and treatment of upper tract urothelial carcinoma
Monday, September 12, 2011

64-MDCT Improves Radiologic Workflow in Mass Casualties
64-MDCT with volume image reading lowers image processing time, increases imaging capacity
Friday, September 09, 2011

Arterial Calcification Tied to Vascular Brain Disease
Intra-, extracranial carotid calcification tied to white matter lesion volume, infarcts, respectively
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

Cerebrovascular Pathologies Tied to Mild Parkinsonian Signs
Macroscopic infarcts, microinfarcts, arteriolosclerosis tied to parkinsonian signs in old age
Friday, September 02, 2011

MRI Tumor Assessment Predicts Rectal Cancer Survival
Tumor regression grade, circumferential resection margin predict survival in good, poor responders
Friday, September 02, 2011

NPe6 May Beat Photofrin Photodynamic Therapy in Lung CA
Individualized approach based on Bcl-2/BCRP expression may improve PDT efficacy in lung cancers
Thursday, September 01, 2011

Variable Survival Benefit of Radioembolization in HCC
Disease stage, ECOG status, hepatic function, tumor burden, extrahepatic disease affect survival
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

AAP Updates Infant/Young Child Febrile UTI Guidelines
Revised AAP report provides updated recommendations for management of febrile UTI
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Loss of Jobs Means Loss of Health Coverage for Many in U.S.
Majority report delay in getting needed healthcare and financial difficulties paying medical bills
Monday, August 29, 2011

Complementary Medicine Used More by Health Care Workers
U.S. health care providers use complementary, alternative medicine more than support workers
Friday, August 26, 2011

CT Enterography More Sensitive Than Capsule Endoscopy
More sensitive than capsule endoscopy for detecting obscure gastrointestinal bleeding
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mammography Decline Linked to Fall in Hormone Therapy
Lower hormone therapy use linked to decline in mammography rates in U.S. women aged 50 to 64
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

CDC: 2010/2011 Flu Vaccination Coverage Studied
Coverage in health care personnel and pregnant women remained stable versus previous season
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cost of Interacting With Payers Higher in U.S. Than Canada
U.S. physicians and nursing staff spend more time and money interacting with health plans
Friday, August 05, 2011

Pulse Oximetry Able to Detect Congenital Heart Defects
Screening identifies cases of newborn congenital heart defects missed by antenatal ultrasonography
Friday, August 05, 2011

Mammography Screening Has Low Impact on Mortality
Similar breast cancer mortality rate in European countries with different levels of screening
Friday, July 29, 2011

Disrupted Thalamic MRI Patterns in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Resting-state MRI patterns show increased thalamic resting-state networks, reduced symmetry
Thursday, July 21, 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

Annual Mammography Screening Should Begin at 40
Mammography, clinical, and self breast examination are recommended for breast cancer screening
Thursday, July 21, 2011

Acute Nondisplaced Scaphoid Fractures Heal Without Surgery
In kids, majority heal without surgery; lower union rate for chronic, displaced, proximal fractures
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Stress ECHO Effectively Stratifies CAD Risk in Patients With HIV
Abnormal SE, ischemia on SE independently predict cardiovascular events in patients with HIV
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Personalizing Frequency of Mammography Is Cost-Effective
Mammography is most cost-effective when frequency is based on breast cancer risk factors
Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Normal CT Scan Tied to Favorable Head Trauma Result
Low risk of neurosurgical intervention for children with normal CT scan after minor head trauma
Monday, June 27, 2011

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Approach Feasible for Infants
Feed-and-swaddle protocol successfully diagnoses aortic arch abnormalities in infants
Friday, June 24, 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

Life Expectancy in U.S. Counties Below Many Nations
Women, and black men and women have lower life expectancy in all U.S. counties
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

High-Pitch CT Offers Diagnostic Accuracy for Children
Accurate diagnosis in children with congenital heart failure at lower doses of radiation
Monday, June 06, 2011

Functional MRI May Indicate Language Disability in Autism
Difference in activation within the superior temporal gyrus in children with and without autism
Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Effect Estimates May Be Inflated in Biomarker Studies
Highly cited studies overestimate biomarker effect compared to meta-analyses
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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

Use of CCTA Screening Tied to Increased Invasive Testing
Coronary computed tomographic angiography tied to elevated medication use and revascularizations
Tuesday, May 24, 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

Observing Children With Head Injury Reduces CT Scan Use
Clinically important traumatic brain injury rate similar in observed and non-observed children
Monday, May 09, 2011

ARRS: Bismuth Shields Reduce Radiation to Female Breast
Posteriorly centered partial CT reduces radiation dose to breast, increases overall radiation
Thursday, May 05, 2011

Cerebral Cortex Enlargement Found in Children With Autism
Children with autism spectrum disorder have large cerebral cortex with bigger temporal lobe
Wednesday, May 04, 2011

ASBS: More False Negatives After Breast Augmentation
False negative mammography rate higher in women who have had augmentation mammoplasty
Friday, April 29, 2011

Increasing Cancer Burden Projected for Ethnic Minorities
Need for improved understanding of risk factors, progression, and outcomes in U.S. subpopulations
Thursday, April 28, 2011

NKF: Gender Plays Role in Angiogram Kidney Damage
Radiocontrast-induced nephropathy seen more often in women than men
Thursday, April 28, 2011

Preoperative MRI Doesn't Affect Scoliosis Surgery Outcomes
MRI for scoliosis in adolescents may not impact outcomes even if abnormality detected
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Black Cancer Patients More Willing to Pay to Extend Life
Minority patients more willing than whites to expend their financial resources to prolong life
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Researchers Review Risks Tied to Nuclear Accidents
Review outlines short- and long-term risks of radiation exposure after nuclear reactor accident
Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ultrasound Shows Pathology in Joints Despite Remission
Pathology detected in idiopathic arthritis may assist with assessment in children
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Confuse Women
Paying attention to the recommendations significantly associated with correct understanding
Thursday, April 14, 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

Increase in Pediatric CT Scans in Emergency Departments
Appropriate interpretation necessary as majority of scans done in nonpediatric facilities
Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Breast Cancer Survival Factors for Underserved Identified
Limited awareness that breast cancer is treatable hinders survival in low-income countries
Monday, April 04, 2011

Cancer Rates, Cancer Mortality Rates Falling in U.S.
Lung cancer mortality falls in women after decades of rising
Friday, April 01, 2011

MRI Found to Improve Breast Cancer Detection Rate
Increased sensitivity when magnetic resonance imaging is used in combination with mammography
Friday, April 01, 2011

Online Health Records Less Used by Minorities, Poor
Low-income patients, blacks, and Hispanics less likely to use Internet personal health record
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Radiation Risk From Airport Full-Body Scanners Limited
Research finds radiation doses from scans are very small; pose trivial risk
Tuesday, March 29, 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

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

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

Cancer Patients Willing to Undergo Pre-Trial Testing
Greater willingness to undergo pharmacodynamic, pharmacokinetic tests found with fewer tests
Monday, March 07, 2011

Smoking Hurts Head-and-Neck Cancer Outcomes
Lower five-year overall survival in patients who continue smoking during radiation therapy
Friday, March 04, 2011

Role of Diabetes in Premature Death Is Substantial
Risk of death from many nonvascular causes higher in people with diabetes
Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Ultrasound Detects Silent Enthesitis in Arthritis
Power Doppler ultrasound detects clinically silent enthesitis in juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Breast Cancer History Lowers Accuracy of Mammogram
Mammogram's sensitivity lower in the initial five-year period after the first cancer
Tuesday, February 22, 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

Mammogram Sensitivity Varies by Week of Menstrual Cycle
Highest in first week of cycle; effect seen only in women who have regular mammograms
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

MRI With Mammography Useful for High-Risk Women
When used with mammography, MRI detects more cancer among women who had chest irradiation
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Most Recalled Medical Devices Given Lenient Approval
Over 70 percent of the medical devices recalled were considered low or moderate risk
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

First 3-D Mammography Test Cleared
Testing of new system shows 7 percent improvement in ability to distinguish abnormalities
Friday, February 11, 2011

X-Rays in Utero, Early Infancy Could Raise Cancer Risk
Increased risks from diagnostic X-rays are slight, nonsignificant
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

U.S. Task Force Mammogram Recommendations Questioned
Study finds starting at younger age and screening more frequently results in more lives saved
Monday, February 07, 2011

More Radiation in Minimally Invasive Than Open Surgery
Standing in a substerile room during X-ray screening in open cases is only partially protective
Monday, February 07, 2011

Imaging for Low Back Pain Often Useless, Harmful
American College of Physicians questions value, benefit, cost
Tuesday, February 01, 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

CDC Report Highlights Important Health Disparities
Outlines disparities by sex, race/ethnicity, income, and other social characteristics
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Burnout Levels Particularly High in Residents
High percentage of anesthesiology chairs also meet criteria for high or moderately-high burnout
Monday, January 10, 2011

Imaging With Ionizing Radiation Common in Children
Plain radiography accounts for most procedures in children, followed by computed tomography
Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Burnout Driving Away Many Emergency Physicians
French study finds work-family conflicts, poor teamwork associated with burnout
Thursday, December 02, 2010

Patient Attitudes Toward CT Risk Assessed
Most feel cancer risk from CT in emergency department is low; use in diagnosis is important
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

RSNA: Visceral Body Fat Tied to Poor Bone Health
Women with more visceral fat have higher bone marrow fat and lower bone mineral density
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

RSNA: Walking May Reduce Cognitive Decline
Walking sufficient miles weekly may protect brains of those with, without cognitive impairment
Monday, November 29, 2010

RSNA: Computed Tomography Use in Emergency Room Up
CT use has increased in emergency department at a higher rate than in other clinical settings
Monday, November 29, 2010

Research Supports Annual Mammogram for Some
For women under 50 with medium familial risk, surveillance found to decrease mortality
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

Risk of Mammography Radiation Found to Be Low
Benefits of routine screening seem to outweigh risk of radiation-induced breast cancer, deaths
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Intra-Abdominal Fat Predicts Hepatectomy Complications
Is a better measure of risk of complications than outer-abdominal fat, BMI
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fraud in Scientific Literature Appears Intentional
Characteristics of articles retracted for fraud versus error suggest deliberate effort
Thursday, November 18, 2010

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

Primary Care Trails Other Specialties in Hourly Wages
In other study, physicians point to Medicare reimbursement problems, differ on reforms
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

ASTRO: Routine Prostate Cancer Screening Useful
Routine screening associated with lower risk of metastatic disease
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

ASBMR: Osteoporosis Screening Interval Assessed
Bone mineral density key determinant of screening interval in postmenopausal women
Monday, October 18, 2010

Word Choice Influences Patient Perception of Prognosis
Degenerative explanations of back pain may have a negative impact
Monday, October 11, 2010

More Evidence Links Dense Breasts to Later Cancer
Mammographic density may predict second cancer risk in ductal carcinoma in situ patients
Thursday, October 07, 2010

Diagnostic X-Ray Exposure Linked to Childhood Leukemia
Exposure tied to B-cell acute lymphoid leukemia but not acute myeloid leukemia or T-cell ALL
Thursday, October 07, 2010

Approach Linked to Better Productivity in Radiology Group
Team members share in tracking their productivity and deciding what changes to make
Wednesday, October 06, 2010

CT, MRI During Injury-Related ER Visits on the Rise
Emergency department scans more than doubled in a decade, though rate of admission is stable
Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Tissue Oxygenation Test Predicts Surgical Site Infection
Subcutaneous oxygen measured with near-infrared spectroscopy may identify at-risk patients
Thursday, September 30, 2010

Several Factors Affect Imaging Research Incidental Findings
Frequency of incidental findings varies by age, imaging modality, body region
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Optical Coherence Tomography Detects Tooth Decay
Approach used in patients with dental sealants more effective than visual or radiographic exam
Friday, September 24, 2010

Nuchal Translucency May Often Be Underestimated
20 percent of centers have never reported a value higher than 3 mm
Thursday, September 23, 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

Radiologists Can ID, Treat Self-Embedding Behavior
Percutaneous radiologic treatment of self-embedded foreign bodies is safe, precise
Wednesday, September 08, 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

Incidental Findings Frequently Seen in Pediatric Brain Imaging
Findings present on MRI in 6.6 percent; potentially serious incidental findings only seen in 0.6 percent
Monday, June 14, 2010

CT Contrast Agents May Cause Delayed Adverse Reactions
Reactions in those who underwent contrast-enhanced CT include skin rashes, redness, swelling
Friday, May 28, 2010

New Rule Reduces Low-Yield Outpatient Imaging Exams
Change in order entry system increases percentage of tests personally ordered by physicians
Tuesday, May 25, 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

ARRS: New System Tracks Radiation Exposure Information
Researchers find system effective in tracking patient-specific CT dose exposure
Tuesday, May 04, 2010

ARRS: Adaptive Image Filters Lower CT Radiation Dose
They are also associated with improved image quality for chest, abdominal scans
Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Surveillance Feasible for Small Testicular Masses
Ultrasound follow-up may be safe alternative to surgery for incidental masses
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

Rates, Costs of Imaging in Medicare Patients Have Risen
Imaging costs have outpaced rate of increase in total costs for cancer care in this population
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

FDA Changes Medical Device Advisory Committee Process
Expert panels reviewing devices for premarket approval will discuss information differently
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

Daily Chest Radiography in ICU May Be Unnecessary
Mortality, length of stay, ventilator days not affected when daily radiographs eliminated
Monday, April 26, 2010

Low-Dose CT Linked to High False-Positive Rates
Risks for false-positive lung cancer screening results substantial after two annual exams
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Palliative Radiotherapy Is Often Not Beneficial
End-stage cancer patients often treated with little or no benefit
Monday, April 12, 2010

Chest Radiation in Youth Found to Up Breast Cancer Risk
Women treated for pediatric, young adult cancer face increased risk of breast cancer at young age
Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Decision Aids Not Used by Most Doctors With Cancer Patients
Two-thirds of physicians are aware of the tools, but only 24 percent report using them
Thursday, April 01, 2010

Triple Regimen Plus Radiation Effective for Esophageal Cancer
Preoperative oxaliplatin, docetaxel and capecitabine plus radiation found effective, relatively safe
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Imaging Detects Child Abuse Fractures With High Sensitivity
PET imaging shows higher sensitivity in overall detection of fractures than skeletal survey
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis Mostly in Line With Guidelines
Study finds some variation in imaging tests by physician specialty and geographic location
Monday, March 29, 2010

Chest X-Ray Helps Predict Adverse H1N1 Outcomes
However, study finds normal initial X-rays cannot exclude adverse outcomes
Monday, March 29, 2010

Depth of Infant Head Injury Can Help Identify Cause
Children under 3 more likely to have been abused if injuries are beyond superficial
Monday, March 29, 2010

Stereotactic Body Radiation Beneficial in Lung Cancer
High rate of primary tumor control observed in patients with inoperable, early-stage tumors
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Coronary Artery Calcium Score Conversion Assessed
Study finds conversion from normal to abnormal score occurs at low frequency before four years
Friday, March 12, 2010

Type of Specialist Seen Affects Prostate Cancer Treatment
Data suggest primary care physicians more likely to treat the disease expectantly
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Combined Screening for BRCA1 Mutation Carriers Found Useful
Annual screen-film mammography with magnetic resonance imaging linked with improved survival
Monday, March 08, 2010

Lumbar Fusion Linked to Improved Driver Reaction Time
Patients' driver reaction time after three months found better than preoperative driver reaction time
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Metastatic Prostate Cancer Mechanism Identified
Studies suggest that inhibition of the EZH2 enzyme may prevent suppression of oncogene
Monday, February 15, 2010

2009 H1N1-Related Deaths and Hospitalizations Examined
CDC finds cases, related hospitalizations and deaths highest among 18 to 64 year olds
Monday, February 15, 2010

Stenosis Can Still Exist in Absence of Coronary Calcium
Study challenges AHA guidelines advising use of coronary calcium to assess need for intervention
Friday, February 12, 2010

MRI Benefit in Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Questioned
Magnetic resonance imaging not considered a good use of resources in study group of patients
Friday, February 12, 2010

Vesicoureteral Reflux Treatment in Children Studied
Procedure choice driven mainly by treating hospital, but other factors play smaller role
Friday, February 12, 2010

Myocarditis Linked to Pandemic H1N1 Flu in Children
Several cases of this rare complication found over a one month period
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Laparoscopic Practice Takes Physical Toll on Surgeons
Study finds that 87 percent of laparoscopic surgeons suffer discomfort or physical symptoms
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Reducing Skin Toxicity During Cancer Treatment Studied
Skin toxicity is the most common adverse event seen with certain cancer drugs
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Better Quality of Life Linked to Hypofractionated Radiation Doses
Study finds regimen associated with fewer adverse effects in women with breast cancer
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

AHRQ: U.S. Adults Seeing Big Barriers to Specialty Care
About one in 13 who need specialty care report 'big problem' in gaining access to specialists
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

FDA Initiative Aims to Cut Medical Radiation Exposure
Focus of efforts include computed tomography, nuclear medicine studies and fluoroscopy
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bedside Blood Test Found to Detect Anticoagulation Status
Hemonox clotting time test helps identify patients poorly anticoagulated before PCI
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

AAN: Mediterranean Diet Found to Benefit Older Adults
Infarct risk is significantly reduced in adults with moderate or high adherence to the diet
Monday, February 08, 2010

H1N1 Vaccination Still Highly Recommended
H1N1 activity leveling off, but CDC still recommends vaccination
Monday, February 08, 2010

Many American Adults Do Not Get Recommended Vaccines
40,000 to 50,000 die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases, per report
Monday, February 08, 2010

Coalition Launches Campaign to Limit Residents' Hours
Advocates say 30-hour workdays cause fatigue and medical errors that impact patient safety
Friday, February 05, 2010

Backpack Weight Linked to Back Issues in Children
With loaded backpacks, MRI finds compressed lumbar discs, asymmetry; back pain reported
Friday, February 05, 2010

Health Care Spending Makes Record Leap in GDP Share
GDP health share now estimated at 17.3 percent; health spending in 2019 projected at $4.5 trillion
Thursday, February 04, 2010

Diversity Growth Incremental in the Medical Professions
A century after the Flexner Report, minorities still woefully underrepresented and obstacles remain
Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Lancet Retracts Study Linking MMR Vaccine, Autism
Medical panel finds several elements of the controversial study to be incorrect
Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Colorectal Cancer Screening Approach Studied in Seniors
Computed tomographic colonography found to be safe and effective in older individuals
Friday, January 29, 2010

Tylenol Recall in Effect Includes Several Other Drugs
Motrin, Benadryl and Rolaids are also part of recall by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Biomedical Research Funding Shows Decline in 2008
The decline followed 7.8 percent annual increases in 1994 to 2003, 3.4 percent in 2003 to 2007
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Imaging Groups Issue Breast Screening Recommendations
SBI, ACR suggest annual mammography at 40 for women at average risk; also discuss use of MRI
Monday, January 11, 2010

Ultrasound Detects Shoulder Dislocation After Birth Injury
Study finds screening at 3 to 6 months of age detects most cases
Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Nausea and Vomiting Found Common Heart Attack Symptoms
However, study finds nausea and vomiting frequency unrelated to infarct location
Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Surveillance Can Reduce Treatment in Mild Hip Dysplasia
Active surveillance strategy reduces treatment rate and health care costs, with similar outcomes
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Risk of Neurologic Deficit Right After Spinal Surgery Low
Study finds epidural hematoma and inadequate decompression to be the most common etiologies
Monday, December 21, 2009

Digital Radiography Rapidly Localizes Spine Level
Technique is faster than and as effective as conventional radiography and may reduce costs
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Racial Disparities Seen in Breast Cancer Radiotherapy
Caucasian women more likely than women of other races to receive radiotherapy after surgery
Monday, December 14, 2009

Weight Loss and Exercise Can Improve Cardiac Function
Studies show improvements in obese children and adults in cardiac risk factors
Monday, December 14, 2009

Lower Speed Limit Reduces Casualties in London
Introduction of 20 mph zones associated with 42 percent decrease in deaths and serious injuries
Friday, December 11, 2009

SABCS: MRI May Provide Benefit in Breast Screenings
MRI shows benefit in earlier diagnosis of breast cancer in high-risk patients
Friday, December 11, 2009

Patients Often Lack Knowledge of Their Own Medications
Study suggests incorporating them into medication management would improve safety
Thursday, December 10, 2009

Algorithm Developed for Metal-on-Metal Hip Resurfacing
Algorithm may help surgeons identify which patients are most likely to benefit
Thursday, December 10, 2009

FDA Issues Recommendations to Prevent Excess CT Radiation
Interim recommendations follow news of excess radiation exposure during CT perfusion imaging
Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Low X-Ray Radiation Exposure Found in Neonates
Infants received equivalent of 12 natural background radiation days in intensive care unit
Friday, December 04, 2009

Hysterectomy Linked to Better Cervical Cancer Survival
Study finds improved survival over radiation observed in women with smaller sized tumors
Friday, December 04, 2009

RSNA: MRI May Improve Breast Cancer Detection Rate
Study demonstrates utility of MRI after three years of mammography and ultrasound
Thursday, December 03, 2009

RSNA: Many Abdominal/Pelvic CT Scans May Not Be Needed
Unindicated scans have no clinical benefit while exposing patients to excess radiation
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

RSNA: Remote Diagnosis Feasible for Acute Appendicitis
Use of handheld devices equipped with special software useful for emergent consultations
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Women Researchers Lag Behind Men in Grant Awards
Study finds 36.2 percent of women researchers earn awards versus 45.6 percent of men
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Study Finds Surgeon Burnout Associated With Medical Errors
Depersonalization, emotional exhaustion linked to higher chance of reporting recent errors
Friday, November 27, 2009

Most Medical Journals Have Conflict of Interest Policies
Still, study suggests definition of conflict and disclosure requirements of authors vary greatly
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Patients With Limited English Present Practice Challenges
For communication during cancer treatment, study finds use of interpreting services varies
Friday, November 20, 2009

Deformational Plagiocephaly Risk Factors Evaluated
Children's sleep position found to be predictive of location of deformational plagiocephaly
Friday, November 20, 2009

Stress-Only Heart Imaging May Be Sufficient
Study finds additional rest imaging unlikely to impact survival but increases radiation dose
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Optical Techniques Accurately Identify Precancerous Polyps
Study suggests new techniques may be as reliable and accurate as conventional histopathology
Monday, November 16, 2009

Nervous System Cancer Linked to Cognitive Impairment
Survivors more likely to have cognitive deficits resulting in lower education and employment
Monday, November 16, 2009

Knee Ligament Reconstruction Techniques Compared
Study finds arthroscopic double-bundle technique produces the best knee stability results
Thursday, November 12, 2009

MRI Found to Be Useful in Predicting Multiple Sclerosis
Modified Barkhof criteria may have moderate value in predicting change to multiple sclerosis
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Increased Cancer Recurrence Linked to High Breast Density
Women with high-density tissue who undergo surgery without radiotherapy at higher risk
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Study Finds Costs of Quality Programs Burden Practices
Another study finds many clinical trials change study design outcomes without explanation
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Estrogens Found to Modestly Increase Breast Density
Research reports increased density in ethnically diverse women that is sustained over two years
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Medical Errors Disclosure Can Help Physicians and Patients
Second study suggests patients give higher quality ratings when staff report mistakes
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Benefits of Steroid Use After Knee Arthroplasty Studied
Adding steroids to pain medications may shorten hospital stay but does not help pain or motion
Monday, November 09, 2009

Lumbar Spine Functional Restoration Program Evaluated
Program completion likely improves pain and disability associated with lumbar disorders
Monday, November 09, 2009

Shock-Wave Therapy and Surgery for Fractures Assessed
Study finds shock-wave therapy as effective as surgery in healing long-bone fractures
Friday, November 06, 2009

Independent Predictors of Cardiac Risk Evaluated
Coronary artery calcium scores may indicate long-term risk in patients with normal SPECT results
Friday, November 06, 2009

Teriparatide May Help Treat Steroid-Induced Osteoporosis
Drug found better than alendronate at increasing bone mineral density and preventing fractures
Thursday, November 05, 2009

Early MS Relapses Linked to Short-Term Risk of Progression
Study finds longer-term impact on progression likely minimal for early or late relapses
Thursday, November 05, 2009

Stats Helps Paint Picture of H1N1 Hospitalizations
Study reviews cases of flu hospitalizations and deaths in California from April to August
Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Background Disease Rates Important in H1N1 Pandemic
Awareness is essential to prevent public fears that could hinder mass immunization programs
Monday, November 02, 2009

Pediatric H1N1 Influenza Deaths Reach at Least 114
CDC says 90 percent of swine flu deaths are in people younger than 65 years
Monday, November 02, 2009

Swine Flu Radiographic and CT Imaging Patterns Studied
Ground-glass opacities and consolidations in one or both lungs may resemble pneumonia
Friday, October 30, 2009

Link Between Nicotinic Acid and Atherosclerosis Examined
Study finds nicotinic acid reduces atherosclerosis in statin-treated patients with low HDL-C levels
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Medical School Enrollment Continues to Expand
Number of residency slots also needs to increase to meet future demand for physicians
Monday, October 26, 2009

Neonatal Outcomes Examined in Cancer Pregnancies
Study shows good outcomes but a higher rate of preterm labor and neonatal intensive care
Friday, October 23, 2009

Some Hospital Staff Predicted to Be Infection Superspreaders
Hand washing compliance by staff in contact with all patients has biggest impact
Thursday, October 22, 2009

Benefit of BRCA Testing in Ovarian Cancer Examined
Testing of women with ovarian cancer based on history of cancer or ancestry likely cost-effective
Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sources Find Different Numbers of Active Physicians
Study compares projections of future physician work force using U.S. Census, AMA Masterfile
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cardiovascular Disease Linked to Hip Fracture Risk
Swedish twin study even suggests elevated risk for those whose twin had heart failure or stroke
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

ASA: IV Dextrose Found to Ease Postoperative Nausea
Patients treated after surgery had lower nausea, vomiting scores, needed less rescue anti-emetics
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

SNS: Web Surfing Linked to Brain Function in Older Adults
Internet use shows activation of regions affecting working memory and decision-making
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

FDA Launches Drug Disposal Advice Web Page
Flushing recommended for some drugs with potentially deadly effects
Friday, October 16, 2009

Study Finds Exercise Reduces Bone Loss During Lactation
New moms lose significantly less lumbar spine bone mineral density and lean body mass
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Breast-Conserving Surgery, Mastectomy Rates Surveyed
Breast-conserving surgery attempted in majority of intraductal, stage I and II survey cases
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Study Evaluates Hospital Quality and Mortality Rates
Findings suggest major quality differences between hospitals, but mortality rate improving
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Cytokines Linked to Knee Pain With Meniscal Injury
IL-6, MCP-1, MIP-1β and IFN-γ higher in painful knees and correlated with pain scores
Friday, October 09, 2009

Health Care Disparities Among States Found to Be Widening
Commonwealth Fund Commission state report card emphasizes need for health care reform
Friday, October 09, 2009

Glatiramer Acetate May Delay Multiple Sclerosis Onset
Early treatment shown to delay conversion to clinically definite multiple sclerosis
Thursday, October 08, 2009

Roundtable Discussion Tackles Health Care Reform
Improvements in payment, more data to guide decisions could lead to wiser health spending
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Medical Students Want More Practice of Medicine Training
Report finds time devoted to medical economics does not adversely affect clinical training quality
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Effectiveness and Cost Help to Make Coverage Decisions
Study suggests countries that use these two criteria can also incorporate other factors
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

CDC Says States Not Meeting Fruit and Veggie Objectives
State-by-state report finds states deficient in supporting healthy food in stores and schools
Thursday, October 01, 2009

Bacterial Infections Are a Factor in Many H1N1 Deaths
Finding underscores importance of pneumococcal vaccination for those at high risk for pneumonia
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

H1N1 Virus's Genetic Makeup Appears to Be Staying Stable
CDC suggests forthcoming vaccine likely to be very effective in preventing the disease
Monday, September 28, 2009

Review Advises Hand Washing, Other Antiviral Measures
Masks, gloves, focusing on children's hygiene helpful in preventing respiratory virus spread
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Spotlight on Social Networking Use Among Medical Students
Survey finds a minority of medical schools have policies governing online posting by students
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Overweight Can Complicate Aneuploidy Screening
Study finds ultrasounds take longer in women with higher body mass index
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Scoliosis Surgery Linked to Good Long-Term Outcomes
Rates of low back pain, employment, childbearing are similar to those of general population
Monday, September 21, 2009

Department Issues New HIPAA Notification Regulations
HHS regulations cover need to notify individuals after breaches of their health information
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Health Care Financing Model Rewards Efficient Care
Incentives for reducing potentially avoidable costs put focus on quality
Friday, August 21, 2009

Alarm Symptoms Often Do Not Result in Timely Diagnosis
Many evaluated for hematuria, hemoptysis, other conditions lack definite diagnoses after three years
Friday, August 14, 2009

HHS Releases Reports on Health Insurance Reform
Health and Human Services says reform would decrease costs, increase number of options
Friday, August 07, 2009

Stroke Can Increase Risk of Hip or Femur Fracture
Fracture risk heightened in recent stroke patients, females, and those under 71 years
Friday, August 07, 2009

Electronic Disease Surveillance Systems Vary Widely
Lack of unified systems will increase cost of data sharing, report predicts
Friday, July 31, 2009

U.S. Health Data Network a Powerful Tool for Quality
DARTNet, a prototype for data sharing, already gives clinicians access to data on 400,000 patients
Friday, July 31, 2009

Radiologist Workload Rises Overall, but Varies by Practice
Radiologist procedures have increased 7 percent in past four years, 34 percent since early 1990s
Thursday, July 30, 2009

Methods to Determine Health Care Priorities Questioned
Debate over whether to base resource allocation on measures of patient or public attitudes
Friday, July 24, 2009

Camera Phones Can Help Doctors Make Rare Diagnoses
Patient captured images of transient symptoms and gave them to her doctor
Friday, July 24, 2009

Obesity Rates Highest Among African-American Population
Prevalence among African-Americans 51 percent higher than among Caucasians
Friday, July 17, 2009

Obesity Rates for American Adults Still Going Up
CDC survey finds a quarter of the population in 32 states is now obese
Thursday, July 09, 2009

Priorities Set for Comparative Effectiveness Research
Best ways to spend $400 million research budget identified
Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Americans Paying for More of Their Health Care Costs
Families with individual coverage may spend 22 to 50 percent of household income on health care
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

President Signs Tobacco Law, Acts on Medicare Coverage
New law regulates tobacco marketing; Medicare reform to cut costs for seniors in coverage gap
Monday, June 22, 2009

Reinforced Infection Control Needed to Combat H1N1
Health care personnel are picking up infections in medical and community settings
Monday, June 22, 2009

AMA: Policy Statement Supports Health Care Reform
Association also adopts strategies to reduce medical school debt, increase supply of physicians
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Individual Mandate for Health Insurance Affordable and Fair
Perspective offers that compulsory minimum health insurance would benefit health care reform
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

AMA: Air Travel Guidelines Needed to Prevent Flu's Spread
Separate policy recognizes health care facilities' role in sustainable, healthy food system
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

AMA: Guidance Offered on Medical Record Breaches
American Medical Association also addresses male breast cancer, anti-aging hormone use
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Adverse Events for Colonoscopy Increase With Age in Elderly
Physicians also should consider their patient's comorbidities before recommending procedure
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sweeping Medical Reforms Lack Medical Liability Element
Focus is on cost control, with other issues not yet addressed
Monday, June 15, 2009

Bill Giving FDA Authority Over Tobacco on Way to President
House of Representatives rapidly endorses Senate's version of bill passed late Thursday
Friday, June 12, 2009

Senate Approves Bill Giving FDA Authority Over Tobacco
Measure requires companies to list ingredients and agency to approve new products
Thursday, June 11, 2009

ADA: Medicines Compared to Surgery in Diabetic Heart Disease
Survival is the same in patients who undergo revascularization or receive medical therapy
Monday, June 08, 2009

Many U.K. Trained Doctors Stay in National Health Service
And men and women found to choose similar career paths
Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Democrats Set Ambitious Goal for Health Care Reform
Physicians can take lead to get much-needed federal legislation passed
Thursday, May 21, 2009

Medicare Denies Coverage for 'Virtual Colonoscopy'
Advocacy, professional groups say decision will prevent widespread screening that could save lives
Thursday, May 14, 2009

High Urine Albumin Linked to Venous Thromboembolism
Microalbuminuria risk for VTE found comparable to its risk for heart attack and stroke
Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Medical Center Press Releases Often Lacking Key Details
Many overstate importance and clinical relevance of studies but omit cautions and limitations
Tuesday, May 05, 2009

More Americans Reporting Disability
Arthritis, rheumatism, back and heart problems most common causes
Friday, May 01, 2009

New Web-based Information Source to Support UK Clinicians
NHS Evidence employs technology and rigorous criteria to assure relevance and quality
Thursday, April 30, 2009

NEJM Commends New Conflict of Interest Proposal
Editorialist says comprehensive recommendations could significantly impact practices, institutions
Thursday, April 30, 2009

FDA Requires OTC Pain Relievers to Display Warnings
New rule requires warnings on stomach bleeding, liver damage on NSAIDs and acetaminophen
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pharmacist Involvement May Decrease Medication Errors
Two studies suggest benefits of an interdisciplinary medication reconciliation process
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Steep Copayments Increase Risk of Non-Adherence
Higher out-of-pocket drug costs delay initiation of therapy for patients with chronic conditions
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

ACP: Board Votes to Enhance Perception of Primary Care
Regents support measures including legislation to fund studies assessing value of primary care
Friday, April 24, 2009

Having Health Insurance May Not Improve Mortality Risk
Researchers say finding suggests universal coverage would not decrease US death rate
Thursday, April 23, 2009

Stretches Without Health Insurance More Common
Change from early 1980s to early 2000s seen particularly in those with lowest education level
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Continuity of Care Declining for Medicare Beneficiaries
Less than a third of beneficiaries saw their PCP when they were hospitalized in 2006
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Revascularization Not Linked to Long-Term Benefit
Patients had at least three cardiac risk factors before undergoing major vascular surgery
Friday, April 17, 2009

Financial Rewards for Healthy Behavior Can Be Effective
But the practice can be fraught with moral dilemmas
Friday, April 10, 2009

Accelerated Care Cost-Effective After Joint Replacement
Perioperative care and rehabilitation protocol is associated with significant savings
Thursday, April 09, 2009

Electronic Prescribing Online-Learning Tools Launched
American Medical Association tools will help physicians evaluate ePrescribing systems
Thursday, April 02, 2009

Changes Needed in New-Drug Evaluation Process
Patients get 'poor return on investment'; independent evaluation and transparency needed
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

New Health Program Leads to Questions in the UK
Program calls for each primary care trust to seek a general practitioner-led health center
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Safe Practice Scores Do Not Add Up to Fewer Patient Deaths
Safe Practices Survey data only shows how hospitals have implemented safety guidelines
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ACC: Finger Sensor Test May Predict Cardiac Events
Peripheral arterial tonometry identifies at-risk subjects with low Framingham Risk scores
Monday, March 30, 2009

Cost Barriers Slow Adoption of Electronic Health Records
But government intervention and funding could quickly spur improvement
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Specialist Nurses Help Grieving Parents Agree to Autopsy
Almost all parents give consent after research- and bereavement-trained nurse contacts them
Friday, March 13, 2009

Transdermal Patches Pose Burn Risk During Scans
Metal in patches can cause burns during MRI
Friday, March 06, 2009

Obama Wants to Spend $630 Billion on Health Care Reform
President's plan calls for replacement of Medicare reimbursement system, increase in FDA budget
Thursday, March 05, 2009

US Motor Vehicle-Related Death Rates Vary Geographically
Mortality rate in the South double that of the Northeast
Monday, March 02, 2009

Risk Score May Help Predict Atrial Fibrillation
Score developed based on clinical factors predicts risk over 10 years
Friday, February 27, 2009

AAOS: Soaring Demand for Joint Surgery May Not Be Met
Shortage of qualified surgeons may prevent many patients from receiving new hips and knees
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

More Rapid Communication of Breast Biopsy Results Needed
Uncertainty regarding breast cancer diagnosis linked to biochemical stress
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Insurance Essential for Good Health, Well-Being
Report calls on policymakers, public to address uninsurance problem
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

US Health Spending May Have Hit $2.4 Trillion in 2008
Private health spending growth due to hit 15-year low
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Use On The Rise
Rate increased among women with unilateral ductal carcinoma in situ from 1998 to 2005
Friday, February 20, 2009

Proposed Changes to Health Care Would Reduce Costs
Investing in health care reform will improve outcomes, save money
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Transparency, Globalization Growing in Clinical Research
Enhanced data reporting, increased globalization among recent trends in clinical trial research
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Implementing a Quality Improvement Faculty Path
Criteria include broadening promotion factors, considering publication alternatives
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ads Featuring 'Drug Facts Box' Help Educate Consumers
Replacement of brief summary with 'facts box' may lead to better informed medication choices
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Thrombolysis Window May Be Longer Than Thought
Patients with proximal arterial occlusion more likely to have lengthy diffusion-perfusion mismatch
Thursday, February 12, 2009

Care Coordination Programs Don't Benefit Medicare Patients
Few such programs reduce hospitalizations, monthly expenditures or improve quality of care
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

ASCO Guide Addresses High Costs of Cancer Care
New guide aims to improve doctor-patient communication regarding cancer care costs
Monday, February 09, 2009

Hormonal Therapy Link to Breast Cancer Explored
Combination hormone therapy, not mammography frequency, associated with increased breast cancer incidence
Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Baby Formula with Melamine Linked to Urinary Tract Stones
Most children with stones in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan lacked conventional symptoms and signs
Wednesday, February 04, 2009

US Outpatient Surgeries Increasingly Common
Outpatient surgeries accounted for half of all surgeries in 1996 and nearly two-thirds of surgeries in 2006
Friday, January 30, 2009

FX06 Cuts Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Injury
Peptide reduces necrotic core zone but overall benefits need more research
Thursday, January 29, 2009

Low Mammogram Rates Among Pediatric Cancer Survivors
Many women who received chest radiation for childhood cancer do not follow recommended guidelines for mammography screening
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Clinical Information Technology Leads to Safer Hospitals
Automated records associated with lower mortality, fewer complications
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Prolonged Use of Loop Diuretics May Raise Fracture Risk
Medications are normally used by women already at risk for fractures
Monday, January 26, 2009

ISET: Stents Can Be Used to Treat Strokes
They can be used to unclog arteries in the brain as a stroke happens
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

ISET: For Angioplasty, Wrist Entry May Be Safer Than Groin
Less bleeding, less overall risk, especially in obese patients
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Telephone Follow-Up Effective in Breast Cancer Patients
Follow-up by phone a convenient, effective option for women with low-to-moderate recurrence risk
Thursday, January 15, 2009

AHA: Medical Usage High Among Heart Failure Patients
Each year, those with severe disease see up to 23 clinicians
Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Premiums Up, Coverage Down for Medicare Part D Plans
Nearly all stand-alone Medicare Part D plans will have a coverage gap in 2009
Monday, November 10, 2008

Access to Primary Care Key to US Health Care Reform
Careers in primary care should be supported and promoted
Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Credit Crisis to Take Long-Term Toll on Health System
UK's National Health Service will have no real growth in funding
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Placebo Treatments Commonly Utilized
Prescribing placebo treatments viewed as both common and ethical
Friday, October 24, 2008

Financial Bailout Puts US Health Care Reform in Jeopardy
Neither McCain's nor Obama's proposals would escape unscathed
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

UK Researchers Demand Regulatory Relief
Regulatory burden of clinical research threatens to inhibit delivery of potential life-saving benefits
Friday, October 17, 2008

Lumbar Brace of No Benefit After Spine Arthrodesis
No significant advantage or disadvantage of lumbar corset use following lumbar arthrodesis
Thursday, October 16, 2008

Endograft Procedure Promising Option for Aortic Injury
Review looks at effectiveness, risks of procedures that repair blunt aortic injuries
Wednesday, October 15, 2008

News Media Under-Report Drug Company Funding of Research
Few newspapers have written policy on reporting funding and using generic names for drugs
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Antibiotic Resistance Has Become a Global Pandemic
Major medical breakthroughs under threat from loss of antibiotic efficacy
Friday, September 19, 2008

History, Physical Exam Provide Accurate Cardiac Estimates
Predicts death or rehospitalization after heart failure
Thursday, September 18, 2008

BCS: Racial Disparity Seen in Post-Surgery Radiation Rates
Access to radiation therapy not responsible for higher mastectomy rates among rural women
Thursday, September 04, 2008

Lancet Supports WHO Report on Health Inequality
Journal applauds report's call to action, will participate in conference and publish theme issue
Friday, August 29, 2008

Outlook Mixed on US Presidential Candidates' Health Plans
Commentary examines potential benefits, flaws in McCain and Obama health care proposals
Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Seniors Likely to Find Medicare Health Web Site Unusable
Study of computer-savvy seniors shows the site is difficult to use and navigate
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Over 1 Billion U.S. Doctor, Hospital Visits Logged in 2006
CDC attributes increase to aging of the U.S. population
Thursday, August 07, 2008

International Issue of Torture Complicity Analyzed
Medical community may condone torture or fail to intervene
Friday, August 01, 2008

Device May Decrease Musculoskeletal Procedure Pain
Reciprocating procedure device also found to improve outcomes, increase safety
Thursday, July 31, 2008

Exception Reporting Improves Pay-for-Performance Benefits
Inappropriate exclusion is rare
Thursday, July 17, 2008

Health Cash Incentives for Poor People Debated
Affirmative side says they may reduce health inequality; negative side doubts significant benefit
Wednesday, July 09, 2008


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