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In evidence-based guidelines issued by the American Society of Hematology and published in the Aug. 11 issue of Blood Advances

ASH Issues Guidelines on Newly Diagnosed AML in Older Adults

Antileukemic therapy recommended over supportive care for patients who are candidates for such therapy
In an Ideas and Opinions article published online Aug. 11 in the Annals of Internal Medicine

Guidance Helps Doctors Optimize Telemedicine for Seniors

Physicians should be mindful of cues that patient may not hear or understand and repeat or rephrase
Clinical outcomes are similar for patients receiving standardized treatment for germ cell tumors at a public safety net hospital or an academic tertiary care center

Standardized Treatment Improves Outcomes in Germ Cell Tumors

Outcomes similar for patients treated at public safety net hospital, academic tertiary care center
Expanding Medicaid to all states could reduce the number of uninsured by 28 percent based on pre-COVID-19 data

Expanding Medicaid in Holdout States Could Insure 3.9 Million

Given the increase in uninsured due to COVID-19-related unemployment, this estimate is likely low
Almost half of older U.S. adults report being screened for colorectal

Overscreening for Cancer Common Among Older Adults

Findings seen across cancer types, particularly for women living in U.S. metropolitan areas
Life expectancy for 2009 to 2011 was 78.60 years for the total U.S. population

Life Expectancy 78.60 Years for U.S. Population for 2009-2011

Highest life expectancy at birth for Hispanic women, non-Hispanic white women, Hispanic men
Highest life expectancy at birth for Hispanic women

Life Expectancy 78.60 Years for U.S. Population for 2009-2011

Highest life expectancy at birth for Hispanic women, non-Hispanic white women, Hispanic men
Hospitalized patients with advanced cancer who have difficulty with activities of daily living experience worse clinical outcomes

Trouble With Daily Activities Tied to Worse Cancer Outcomes

Authors call for routine assessment of functional status on hospital admission
Significant differences are seen in gastric adenocarcinoma incidence according to race and ethnicity

Gastric Cancer Incidence in Those ≥50 Differs by Race/Ethnicity

Incidence of noncardia gastric adenocarcinoma higher in nonwhites than in non-Hispanic whites
Physicians say prior authorization continues to interfere with patient care and can lead to adverse clinical consequences

Health Plans Not Implementing Prior Authorization Reforms

Findings based on American Medical Association survey of practicing physicians' experiences