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Standardizing demographic data can improve the accuracy of patient matching

Standardizing Demographics Ups Accuracy of Patient Matching

Standardization of address and last name improved sensitivity from 81.3 to 91.6 percent
Foreign-body ingestions are common in children aged younger than 6 years and have increased over time

Foreign Body Ingestions Increasingly Common in Young Children

Annual rate increased significantly from 9.5 to 18 per 10,000 children from 1995 to 2015
Extragenital (rectal and pharyngeal) chlamydia and gonorrhea are prevalent among men who have sex with men

Prevalence of Extragenital STDs High in Men Who Have Sex With Men

Extragenital STDs mostly seen in throat and rectum, contribute to risk for drug-resistant gonorrhea and HIV
For physician mothers in procedural specialties

Domestic Responsibilities Tied to Physician Mothers’ Satisfaction

Being responsible for at least five tasks linked to desire to change career for moms in procedural specialties
Nearly half of older adults report difficulty hearing

Older Adults With Hearing Loss Have Lower Patient Activation

Even those with 'a little trouble' hearing have higher risk for low activation than those with 'no trouble'
The latest edition of the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria has been released and includes 188 diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology topics

New, Revised Topics Released in ACR Appropriateness Criteria

New topics relate to clinically suspected vascular malformation of extremities, gestational trophoblastic disease
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Over-the-Counter Meds Save Health Care System Money

OTC medicines lead to $146 billion in annual clinical and drug cost savings
About one in eight Americans borrowed a total of $88 billion in the past year to pay for health care

Americans Borrowed $88 Billion in Past Year to Pay for Health Care

Many do not seek treatment for health issues due to cost or reduce spending to pay for health care
Practicing physicians might not understand their legal responsibilities when caring for people with disability

Doctors Unclear on Legal Obligations in Caring for Patients With Disability

Doctors report having little formal training, have incorrect understanding of care for patients with disability

March 2019 Briefing – Otolaryngology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Otolaryngology for March 2019. This roundup includes the latest...