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Digitizing the Mind to Understand Mental Health Digitizing the Mind to Understand Mental Health

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:13:00 +0100

New tools may make the diagnostic process less subjective in mental illness, paving the way for better therapeutics.Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Safety of Tiotropium in Children with Persistent Asthma

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:12:32 +0100

Results of the first study to evaluate use of the adult COPD drug in children age 5 years and younger lay fertile ground for future trials. (Source: ConsultantLive)



It's a Draw! Low-Fat or Low-Carb Diets Equally Good, Finds Study It's a Draw! Low-Fat or Low-Carb Diets Equally Good, Finds Study

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:10:15 +0100

A healthy low-fat or healthy low-carb diet did not'fit'a person better, or lead to greater 1-year weight loss if it'matched'their genotype pattern or insulin secretion, contrary to preliminary studies.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)



Hydroxychloroquine no more effective than placebo for relieving osteoarthritis hand pain

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(American College of Physicians) Hydroxychloroquine is no more effective than placebo for relieving moderate to severe hand pain and radiographic osteoarthritis. The findings of a randomized trial are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



Treatment Initiation for Depression Low in Primary Care

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:00:00 +0100

Minorities and elderly more unlikely to start depression treatment in the primary care setting (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)



Weak, Wobbly, and He Can & #039;t Look Up

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:09:18 +0100

A 34-year-old man with a history of HIV says family members are exaggerating his symptoms but that the headache and double vision are bothersome.   (Source: ConsultantLive)

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Novel School-based Asthma Program Cuts ER Visits in Half

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:09:18 +0100

In a new study, the combination of hands-on in school asthma therapy and telemedicine visits proved a successful model that could be scaleable. (Source: ConsultantLive)



Expanding Leg Ulcer in a Young Woman

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:30:30 +0100

Self-treatment has done nothing to slow the progress of this lesion which the patient thought might be an insect bite at first. Your Dx? (Source: ConsultantLive)



Long - Term Inhaled Corticosteroid Use May Raise Fracture Risk

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Long - term inhaled corticosteroid use for COPD tied to small increased risk of hip, upper extremity fracture (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)



Influenza A(H3N2) Viruses Predominate 2017 - 2018 Season

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Vaccine effectiveness estimated at 25 percent against A(H3N2) (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)



Recent Study Looks at How Consumers Use Wearables That Generate Biometric data and Whether Such Data Might Be Valuable for Physicians and Medical Laboratories

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:50:22 +0100

Precision medicine programs can benefit from wearable usage data; however, little information has been collected on personalities and behaviors of the device users Wearables medical devices have the potential to monitor some of the same biomarkers used in medical laboratory tests today. In addition, these mobile technologies can make it possible for clinical laboratories to […] (Source: Dark Daily)

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Confused About the Pneumococcal Vaccine Schedule? You're Not Alone Confused About the Pneumococcal Vaccine Schedule? You're Not Alone

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:31:15 +0100

Dr Arefa Cassoobhoy highlights a study showing that many clinicians are unclear on pneumococcal vaccination schedules for adults.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Environmental Factors and Quality of Life in Older Adults Environmental Factors and Quality of Life in Older Adults

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:15:15 +0100

What role do environmental factors such as housing and neighborhood characteristics, noise, and traffic play in the quality of life of community-dwelling older people?The Gerontologist (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Many in Oregon View Alcohol As More Harmful Than Marijuana

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:00:00 +0100

In survey, 52.5 percent called alcohol more harmful, 40 percent considered the two equally harmful (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)



5-Question Quiz on HCV

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:50:46 +0100

It's a short quiz but it covers a broad range of knowledge about testing, treatment, and drug choices in persons with HCV infection. (Source: ConsultantLive)



Medication Overuse Headache: A Short Test

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:30:30 +0100

When the cure becomes worse than the cause, it ’s MOH. See what you know about these hard-to-treat headaches. (Source: ConsultantLive)

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You Asked: Do Religious People Live Longer?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:15:10 +0100

If a long life is what you’re after, going to church may be the answer to your prayers. A number of studies have shown associations between attending religious services and living a long time. One of the most comprehensive, published in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2016, found that women who went to any kind of religious service more than once a week had a 33% lower chance than their secular peers of dying during the 16-year study-follow-up period. Another study, published last year in PLOS One, found that regular service attendance was linked to reductions in the body’s stress responses and even in mortality–so much so that worshippers were 55% less likely to die during the up to 18-year follow-up period than people who didn’t frequent the temple, church or mosque. Y...



Taming the Healthcare Cost Beast Taming the Healthcare Cost Beast

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:26:56 +0100

Will the recent proposal by three large American corporations to create a new healthcare company take profit out of healthcare?Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



The Training of Dr. Robot: Data Wave Hits Medical Care The Training of Dr. Robot: Data Wave Hits Medical Care

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:04:54 +0100

Algorithms and other technologies are moving from research labs to hospitals and clinics to predict and combat disease.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Higher Biopsy Rates for Women Undergoing Screening Breast MRI

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Lower cancer yield compared to mammography alone for women with, without personal history of cancer (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)



' No' to Ovarian Cancer Screening: Harms Outweigh Benefits'No' to Ovarian Cancer Screening: Harms Outweigh Benefits

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:11:32 +0100

Women who are not at high risk of developing ovarian cancer should not undergo routine screening, as it will not improve survival but may increase surgical complications, say US experts.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)

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Medicine Teams With Young Artists to Shift Diabetes Message Medicine Teams With Young Artists to Shift Diabetes Message

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:43:03 +0100

Video poems aim to show teenagers the systemic reasons type 2 diabetes has infiltrated their families and hope to ignite their social justice energy to reverse the disease trajectory.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)



Do Right-to-Try Laws Offer Compassion or'False Hope'? Do Right-to-Try Laws Offer Compassion or'False Hope'?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:06:51 +0100

Opponents warn against removing the FDA from the process of making experimental therapies available to dying patients.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Medications That Cause Dry Mouth in Older People Medications That Cause Dry Mouth in Older People

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:14:52 +0100

Xerostomia, or dry mouth, is one of the most common adverse effects of medication use in older adults. Which classes of drugs are most problematic, and how great is the risk?Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Four Best Practices Outlined to Prevent Health Care Cyberattacks

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 01:00:00 +0100

Health care execs should ID potential inefficiencies in cybersecurity, ensure systems backed up (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)



The Neurohormonal Axis of the Left Atrial Appendage

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:17:34 +0100

A small single-center study yields provocative results that may help increase understanding of the importance of the left atrial appendage.   (Source: ConsultantLive)

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Prophylactic LAA Closure for Stroke Prevention in AF: Is it Really As Good An Idea As We Thought?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:51:50 +0100

Results of the largest study to assess impact of left atrial appendage closure during routine non-AF-related cardiac surgery raise a few new questions.   (Source: ConsultantLive)



National Data Show Depression's Heavy Toll National Data Show Depression's Heavy Toll

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:37:46 +0100

New federal data show depression is common in US adults and exacts a high toll on work, home, and social activities.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)



Education About Imaging Most Often Given by Ordering Provider

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Delivery of pre - examination information to patients suboptimal; about half seek information themselves (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)



USPSTF Recommends Against Ovarian Cancer Screening

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Among asymptomatic women, harms of screening for ovarian cancer outweigh potential benefits (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)



Treating Depression Found to Up Successful Opioid Cessation

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Taking antidepressants helped non - cancer pain patients successfully stop long - term opioid use (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)

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Medical cannabis significantly safer for elderly with chronic pain than Opioids

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) The new study, published in The European Journal of Internal Medicine, found cannabis therapy is safe and efficacious for elderly patients who are seeking to address cancer symptoms, Parkinson's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, and other medical issues. After six months, more than 18 percent of patients surveyed had stopped using opioid analgesics or had reduced their dosage. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



EHRs Not Sufficient to Ensure Success in Value - Based Care

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:00:00 +0100

EHRs do not necessarily capture information needed; interoperability is poor, analytics are incomplete (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)



Prescription Opioids Increase Risk for Serious Infections Prescription Opioids Increase Risk for Serious Infections

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:17:36 +0100

Use of prescription opioids, particularly long-acting formulations or high doses, appears to substantially increase the risk of developing invasive pneumococcal disease.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Lipoprotein(a) and Atrial Fibrillation: What Association?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:15:15 +0100

A recent study finds an unexepcted association between the CVD biomarker lipoprotein(a), atrial fibrillation, and stroke.   (Source: ConsultantLive)



MedStar hoped ride-sharing could lower its doctor visit no-shows. This study isn't so sure.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:00:49 +0100

MedStar Health was an early partner with Uber Technologies Inc., hoping the ride-sharing service could help curb the problem of medical appointment no-shows. But a new study suggests otherwise. The study, published online last week in JAMA Internal Medicine, showed that offering complimentary ride-sharing for patients resulted in little difference in the rate of missed appointments. During the study, which looked at Medicaid enrollees at two Philadelphia clinics between October 2016 and April 2017,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)

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Premature Dementia Risk May Be Up in Survivors of Heart Defects

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Increased risk of dementia compared with general population, especially for early - onset dementia (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)



MedStar hoped ride-sharing could lower its doctor visit no-shows. This study isn't so sure.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:11:46 +0100

MedStar Health was an early partner with Uber Technologies Inc., hoping the ride-sharing service could help curb the problem of medical appointment no-shows. But a new study suggests otherwise. The study, published online last week in JAMA Internal Medicine, showed that offering complimentary ride-sharing for patients resulted in little difference in the rate of missed appointments. During the study, which looked at Medicaid enrollees at two Philadelphia clinics between October 2016 and April 2017,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)



Fatal Car Crashes Happen More Often Than Usual on 4/20, Study Finds

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:00:55 +0100

April 20 is known as a popular “4/20” holiday for marijuana enthusiasts, but researchers argue that the festivities may have serious consequences, including an increased risk of fatal traffic crashes. In a research letter published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, Canadian researchers looked at 25 years of data on fatal crashes in the U.S. They also compared the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes from 4:20 p.m. to midnight on April 20, and compared it to the same time frame one week earlier and a week later. The authors found that the risk of a fatal crash was 12% higher on April 20. Among drivers under age 21, the risk was 38% higher. “The simplest interpretation of our findings is that more drivers are impaired by cannabis on 4/20 and these driver...



Balancing the benefits and risks of electronic cigarettes

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Massachusetts General Hospital) Massachusetts General Hospital physician Nancy Rigotti, M.D., outlines what is and is not known about the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes in a commentary published in the Feb. 13 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



' Home Hospital' Halves Costs in Small Randomized Trial'Home Hospital' Halves Costs in Small Randomized Trial

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 23:13:43 +0100

In the pilot of its kind in the US, costs for acute care episodes were dramatically lower when patients were treated at home, compared with usual care, with no reduction in quality or safety.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Free Lyft May Not Help Poor People Keep Doctor Appointments Free Lyft May Not Help Poor People Keep Doctor Appointments

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 21:11:50 +0100

Giving poor people free use of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft for doctor appointments doesn ’ t make them any less likely to become no-shows than patients who have to find their own way there, a U.S. study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



The Future of Medicine, From a Leader in Venture Capital The Future of Medicine, From a Leader in Venture Capital

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 19:04:19 +0100

The founder of Sun Microsystems predicted that artificial intelligence will replace 80% of physicians, but he says the profession could fortify itself by changing its focus.Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Prenatal, Early Life Fructose Intake Associated With Asthma

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

High intake of sugar - sweetened beverages during pregnancy and early childhood linked to asthma (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)



High - Risk Typologies for Heavy Drinking ID ’ d in Underage Women

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Feminine norms of sexual fidelity and appearance are associated with latent trajectory classes of drinking (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)



Acne Linked to Increased Risk of Major Depressive Disorder

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Significantly increased risk of developing MDD in first five years after diagnosis; highest risk in first year (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)

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New Stroke Guidelines Widen the Treatment Window New Stroke Guidelines Widen the Treatment Window

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:34:08 +0100

Dr Arefa Cassoobhoy highlights key elements of new stroke guidelines that all healthcare professionals need to know.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



' Physician Trust' Tied to PSA Testing'Physician Trust' Tied to PSA Testing

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:57:54 +0100

In the era of shared decision making, a patient's trust in a physician plays a strong role in a controversial choice, such as PSA screening, a new study finds.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)



Sofosbuvir Regimens Benefit Hard to Treat Patients with Both HIV and Hepatitis C

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 02:38:07 +0100

Favorable results seen with sofosbuvir-containing regimens in these complex patients need to be tempered with the high potential for adverse drug interactions. (Source: ConsultantLive)



Hepatitis C: Toward New Public Health Models to Improve Detection and Treatment

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 01:44:27 +0100

A community health model based on direct treatment via primary care epxanded detection and treatment of HCV and also increased life expectancy.   (Source: ConsultantLive)



Poll: Personal Beliefs Shouldn ’ t Allow Doctors to Refuse to Treat

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 01:00:00 +0100

Majority surveyed don't believe health care workers should be able to refuse services based on beliefs (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)

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5 Key Biomarkers in CVD Prevention

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:41:55 +0100

Which CVD biomarker is most useful in what situation? Here are the top 5 most useful in primary care plus 3 key criteria to help choose the right one.   (Source: ConsultantLive)



Positive Age Beliefs May Protect Seniors Against Dementia

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

In APOE ε 4 carriers, those with positive age beliefs were less likely to develop dementia (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)



Updated Review Confirms Worse Stroke Outcomes for Women

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

More activity limitations and worse health - related quality of life based on studies from 2007 onward (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)



Primary Care Compensation: Incomes are Up, Job Satisfaction Not So Much

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 22:00:30 +0100

What does primary care compensation look like these days? Would you choose primary care all over again? Here: key highlights that shed light from a Medscape Physician Compensation Report. (Source: ConsultantLive)



Pediatric Lipid Testing Remains Low Despite Recommendations

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:16:58 +0100

Professional groups disagree on the need for universal lipid screening in pediatrics. Where do you stand? (Source: ConsultantLive)

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Expenditures Rising for Treating Obesity - Related Illness in U.S.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Proportion of medical expenditures for obesity - related illness varies widely by state (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)



HPV Prevalence 4.9 Percent in Tonsil Tissue of Healthy Adults

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Human papillomavirus colocalizes to the biofilm of the tonsillar crypts (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)



Depressed Rural HIV Patients May Benefit From Therapy Via Phone

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Telephone - administered interpersonal psychotherapy associated with fewer depressive symptoms (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)



Opiate Prescribing in Hospitalized Older Adults Opiate Prescribing in Hospitalized Older Adults

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:14:59 +0100

This study examined opiate prescribing patterns and associated outcomes in older adults hospitalized for reasons other than surgery.Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



The Country ’s First Safe Injection Facility May Soon Open in Philadelphia. Here’s What You Need to Know

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 19:20:47 +0100

Last month, supervised injection facilities, also known as safe injection facilities (SIFs), were thrust back into the news when Philadelphia officials announced the city would likely become the first in the U.S. to adopt the controversial tactic for fighting opioid abuse. SIFs, which currently operate in Canada, Europe and Australia, offer drug users a place to use heroin and other narcotics under the supervision of medical professionals. (SIFs do not provide drugs, nor do their employees inject users directly.) Proponents say they can help curb overdose deaths, improve injection hygiene and expand access to addiction treatment. Adversaries, meanwhile, argue that they condone and enable illicit drug use. Here’s what you need to know about the debate around SIFs. Where are there cur...

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The New Forbidden-Word List The New Forbidden-Word List

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:14:11 +0100

Dr George Lundberg reflects on the history of forbidden words and how physicians will respond to President Donald Trump's list of words that can't be used at the CDC.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



How Loud Noise Exposure Is Linked to Heart Disease

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:09:27 +0100

If you live near an airport, railroad tracks or a busy road, you might be concerned about how fumes from those planes, trains and automobiles are affecting your health. But according to a new review in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, there may be another threat to worry about: high levels of noise that may be bad for your heart. A connection between noise pollution and cardiovascular disease has been observed in numerous studies over the years, the authors of the new review said. High decibel levels from road traffic and airplanes, for example, has been linked to high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure — even after controlling for other factors like air pollution and socioeconomic status. But despite this growing body of evidence, no...



Hot Tea + Alcohol or Smoking May Up Esophageal Cancer Risk

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 01:00:00 +0100

Greatest risk for esophageal cancer for those who drink burning hot tea, consume ≥ 15 mg alcohol daily (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)



2018 Adult ACIP Schedule Highlights New Shingles Vaccine 2018 Adult ACIP Schedule Highlights New Shingles Vaccine

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 22:10:07 +0100

The new recommendations also address the use of an extra dose of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine during mumps outbreaks.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Here ’s How Drinking Hot Tea Could Increase Your Risk of Cancer

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 22:00:42 +0100

Smoking cigarettes and drinking too much alcohol both raise your risk for developing esophageal cancer, which affects the tube connecting the throat to the stomach. Now, a new study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds another lifestyle linked to the cancer, this one more surprising: drinking hot tea, if people also smoke and drink alcohol. Among people who regularly smoked cigarettes and drank at least one drink per day, drinking hot tea was linked to a five-times higher risk of developing esophageal cancer, compared to those who didn’t do any of those three habits. In people who didn’t have those two vices, however, drinking tea did not seem to have a significant effect on cancer development. “We found that the association between high-temperature ...

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Most Patients in US Have Access to Palliative Care Most Patients in US Have Access to Palliative Care

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 21:04:48 +0100

The Center to Advance Palliative Care successfully disseminated palliative care via its hallmark training initiative known as Palliative Care Leadership Centers.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Haloperidol vs Placebo for Delirium Prevention in the Elderly Haloperidol vs Placebo for Delirium Prevention in the Elderly

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 05:49:01 +0100

Haloperidol is currently the drug of choice for treatment of delirium symptoms. Is it efficacious in preventing delirium incidence in older, acutely ill patients?Age and Ageing (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Ridesharing may not reduce number of missed medical appointments, Penn study finds

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) The high number of low-income patients missing medical appointments because of unreliable transportation has led to partnerships between health care systems and ridesharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, in an effort to ease travel and boost attendance. However, a new study from Penn Medicine researchers published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that offering a free Lyft ride to Medicaid patients for an upcoming medical appointment did not reduce the rate of missed appointments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)



Despite Motivation, Drinkers Have Difficulty Reducing Alcohol Use

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 01:00:00 +0100

Many motivated individuals report making an attempt, but consumption not reduced over 6 months (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)



Chronic Disease Major Risk Factor for Cancer, Cancer Mortality

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Risk scores summarizing eight diseases, markers tied to cancer risk in dose - response manner (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)

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Avoid These Antibiotics in the First Trimester of Pregnancy Avoid These Antibiotics in the First Trimester of Pregnancy

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:58:54 +0100

Dr Arefa Cassoobhoy highlights a study of antibiotics prescribed to pregnant women with urinary tract infections.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)



Marijuana May Raise, Not Reduce, Risk for Opioid Use Disorder Marijuana May Raise, Not Reduce, Risk for Opioid Use Disorder

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:25:42 +0100

A new study calls into question the assumption that broader public use of marijuana may lead to a reduction in prescription opioid abuse.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)



Is It Influenza or Adenovirus? Is It Influenza or Adenovirus?

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:20:23 +0100

Some cases among the ongoing influenza-like illness outbreaks in the United States may be not caused by influenza virus but by a human adenovirus type 4 variant usually found in military settings.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)



A dose of inspiration – ‘Black Men in White Coats’ – is just what the doctor ordered

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 03:26:51 +0100

​The nation ’s medical schools have too few black male medical students. That’s the cold, hard reality according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, which found that the number of black men enrolled in U.S. medical schools declined from 1978 to 2014 — from 542 to just 515.Now, theDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a handful of other medical schools are aiming to change that dismal reality with an unprecedented video outreach campaign.“We have a responsibility as a medical school to welcome the best and brightest young people from an array of ethnicities and social backgrounds to consider a career in medicine,” said Dr. Lynn Gordon, senior associate dean for diversity affairs at the Geffen School of Medicine. “To do that, w e first must make them aware of...



Overvaluation, Binge Eating Linked to Functional Impairment

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 01:00:00 +0100

Overvaluation and binge eating are strong and unique predictors of distress and impairment (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)

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Harassment From Patients Prevalent, Poll Shows Harassment From Patients Prevalent, Poll Shows

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:01:17 +0100

Harassment is more frequent against nurses than doctors, but doctors get more inappropriate communication from patients. Almost all male nurses say they have been threatened with physical violence.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)



Non - Sleep Specialists May Offer Similar Quality Sleep Apnea Care

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Findings based on review comparing OSA care by non - sleep specialists vs. sleep specialist physicians (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)



Older Adults' Awareness of Deprescribing Older Adults' Awareness of Deprescribing

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 05:14:53 +0100

How cognizant are older adults of medication-induced harm and the concept of"deprescribing"?Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Long-term opioid use has dropped among US military veterans

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Springer) A new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, published by Springer, shows that opioid prescribing has dropped after a peak in 2012. Lead author Katherine Hadlandsmyth of the Iowa City VA Healthcare System and the University of Iowa in the US further noted that the decline was mostly due to decreases in long-term opioid prescribing, which carries much greater risk for harmful side effects, addiction and overdose, relative to short-term prescribing. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)



Mortality, CVD, T2DM Risks Not Up for Living Kidney Donors

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 01:00:00 +0100

Increased risks for ESRD, preeclampsia, although absolute risk of these outcomes remains low (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)

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Prevalence of PE Low for Patients Presenting to ER With Syncope

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 01:00:00 +0100

Prevalence varied from 0.06 to 0.55 percent for all patients, 0.15 to 2.1 percent for hospitalized patients (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)



Regulators Trying to Reduce Physician Burden Linked to EHR

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 01:00:00 +0100

Agency head describes the multifactorial burden, which is being addressed on different levels (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)



Living Kidney Donors Face Some Excess Risk Over Time Living Kidney Donors Face Some Excess Risk Over Time

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 22:54:47 +0100

Living kidney donors are at increased risk for end-stage renal disease and several other adverse outcomes vs nondonors, but not for other chronic diseases, over the mid- to long-term follow-up.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Health Care Spending Up, Mainly Due to Rising Prices

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Spending increasing despite no change or decline in utilization of most health care services (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)



Smokers Have Distorted View of Onset of Adverse Consequences

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 01:00:00 +0100

In the minds of smokers, onset of mild and severe smoking - related conditions postponed (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)

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CHMP Backs Shingles Vaccine Shingrix for Adults 50 and Older CHMP Backs Shingles Vaccine Shingrix for Adults 50 and Older

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:54:53 +0100

The European Medicines Agency's CHMP voted to grant marketing authorization for the Shingrix vaccine to prevent herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia.International Approvals (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)



Body Fat Linked to Breast Cancer Risk in Normal - BMI Women

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0100

High whole - body, trunk fat mass tied to higher risk of ER - positive breast cancer in postmenopausal women (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)



Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome Ups Risk of Recurrent Prostate Cancer

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Following radical prostatectomy, higher BMI increases risk of recurrence for prostate cancer (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)



Missing Influenza in Our Older Patients Missing Influenza in Our Older Patients

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 15:50:07 +0100

Dr Arefa Cassoobhoy highlights a recent study suggesting that we might not see typical flu symptoms in the elderly.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Want to Reduce Burnout? Tackle System Problems, Experts Say Want to Reduce Burnout? Tackle System Problems, Experts Say

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:13:49 +0100

Experts call for collaboration and innovation to understand and address the organizational, system-based, and cultural drivers of physician burnout.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Significant Increase in Sleep Duration Reported for 2003 - 2016

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Longer sleep mainly due to retiring earlier; decrease in watching TV or reading before bed (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)



Lung Cancer Screening More Efficient for Those at Higher Risk

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Initial screens were least effective and least efficient for veterans with lowest lung cancer risk (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)



Breath Training Before Surgery Halves Postoperative Pneumonia Risk Breath Training Before Surgery Halves Postoperative Pneumonia Risk

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 03:52:29 +0100

' These results are directly applicable to the tens of millions of patients listed for elective major abdominal surgery worldwide,'say authors of a new randomized, multicenter, controlled study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Polish-Born Doctor Jailed by ICE After Nearly 40 Years in US Polish-Born Doctor Jailed by ICE After Nearly 40 Years in US

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 21:14:05 +0100

The arrest is based on two misdemeanor convictions from more than 25 years ago, when he was 17 years old. Family fears deportation to a country he doesn't know.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



No Physician Shortage Despite Dire Warnings: Zeke Emanuel No Physician Shortage Despite Dire Warnings: Zeke Emanuel

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 20:11:05 +0100

Dr Eric Topol discusses factors behind a predicted physician shortage (or lack thereof) with policy expert and ethicist Dr Ezekiel Emanuel.Medscape (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)

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Cognitive Training Aids Memory in People With Mild Impairment

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Learned strategies can help older adults in everyday life (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)



CV Risks, Breast CA Recurrence Down With Exercise in Survivors

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Exercise intervention associated with improved z - score, serum biomarkers in obese survivors (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)



Diabetes Tied to Higher Rates of Serious Infection

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Findings demonstrate an important population burden, including hospitalization and death (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)



Closed - Head Injury May Induce TBI Even If No Concussive Sx

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Concussion - like deficits after impact injury, lower shear diffuse stress after blast exposure in mice (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)